Friday, 15 December 2017

Gingerbread for Christmas & Folksy Friday

Well the title says it all, this weeks Folksy Friday is all about Gingerbread, click on the links to take you to Folksy shops.

So where did gingerbread originate?  There are lots of theories almost as many as there are gingerbread men.  Some say it originated in the Middle East, from where wonderful spices were brought to the western world, but there are also references that go as far back as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
Queen Elizabeth I who's reign was 1558 – 1603 is often credited with the invention of the gingerbread man.  She would have gingerbread men made for visiting dignitaries in their own likenesses.

Felt Gingerbread chefs 


Gingerbread was so popular that William Shakespeare wrote in Love’s Labor’s Lost, “An I had but one penny in the world, thou shouldst have it to buy gingerbread.”

Ceramic Gingerbread Man

We like to see Gingerbread men as decorations for trees and on cards to send to family and friends.

Gingerbread Cards

The smell of it baking, mmmm conjures the memories Christmas time. The aroma the tastes and sight of Gingerbread Men, Women and Houses are a feast for the eyes and delicious on the taste buds.

Gingerbread Men Bookends

 Some say the tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses started in Germany in the early 1800s. According to certain researchers, the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known fairy tale "Hansel & Gretel" after the Brothers Grimm published Hansel and Gretel in 1812.

Wrapping Paper
But some say that The Brothers Grimm used the House in their story because it was already a popular tradition. 

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Hanger


Click on the links under the above photo's to take you the Folksy Shops where you can see more deliciousness.

I'm off to have a yummy bit of Gingerbread with my coffee.

Jan x 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Robins appear when Loved Ones are Near, Hearts for Christmas and Folksy Friday

Yesterday was an icy day with a smattering of snow but as it often is in the UK it doesn't last long, it rained all evening and washed it all away so today is wet and grey but no slippy ice.

Bbrrrr icy car window
  I've been putting the bird feeders out and they have been much used. 

I've also been painting some hearts, 
I thought Robins would suit this time of year.

Robin on a branch
A Large Hanging Heart with a Robin and Holly, 
this heart is 14cm at it's widest and tallest.

Robin in the Snow

This is another Large Heart with the Robin in the Snow, these 2 Large Hearts are painted plain blue on the back.
These next two are Small Hearts, just 6cm tall and at the widest.

Robin in the Snow

Robins appear when loved ones are near

These small Hearts are double sided, the back of the Heart has the quote 
'Robins appear when Loved Ones are Near'

A quartet of Robins

 Here are all 4 Hearts together, there's a big difference in size, they all have a pretty ribbon for hanging up and are finished off with varnish and a shimmer of sparkle. 

You may find these in my Folksy Shop or in my Etsy Shop, you can always contact me via the shops or leave a comment.

Now as it's # FOLKSY FRIDAY I want to show you a few more Robins from the Folksy Folk, I'll pop their shop link under the photo's.

A Lovely Mug Cosy for those cold winter days, you can get this from Hook and Loop

This gorgeous necklace can be had at  Claire Gent Design

Happy Cards to make you smile from the lovely Tilly Print

Thank you for joining me.

Jan x

Friday, 17 November 2017

Frosty Friday

Not only is it a Frosty Friday, it's also...

I had a lovely morning walk while the frost was still on the ground, it's going to be a sunny day so I know that the frost is not going to last long.

Sunrise on a Frosty Morning

Beautiful Autumn Frosty Colours


Through the Branches

I looked through the Folksy online selling site and checked out some Frosty items...

Frosty white bean sea glass necklace by Beach SHACK Project

How cute is this lovely Knitted Bird House by Cherry Bee

A little Pair of Penguins by me over at Handcrafted by Picto

I hope your Friday is a good one.
Please feel free to Share on any or all social media platforms, it's the best way to get the Folksy name out there.

Jan x

Friday, 13 October 2017

#Folksy Friday Little Houses

It's that time's..

This week, my #Folksy Friday is all about Houses, click on the links under the photos to take you to the Folksy shops.

This is my Tudor House

and my Love Heart Fairy House 

House with a Heart from Handcrafted by Picto

and from other shops on Folksy, here is a lovely necklace

Silver House from The Silver Rainbow

and a pretty painting of a lovely cottage

Cottage from Art that makes you Happy

every house needs a key, here's the perfect keyring

Keyring from Stitch Galore

that's it for this weeks Folksy Friday, I hope you can pop along and say Hi.

Jan x


Friday, 6 October 2017

Dogs for #Folksy Friday

This week I've chosen Dogs as my theme, I have a couple of doggy listings and picked a couple of shops that have cute doggy items, I hope you enjoy this...


 A Little Black West Highland Terrier

 A Squidgy Dachshund Wrist Rest and Mousepad

A lovely Beagle lino print

 This set of doggy coasters

Have a great Friday and a wonderful week. I'd love you to pop over to the Folksy Shops and show some 💕💕

Jan x

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

K is for Keyrings

Everybody I know uses a keyring, they come in all shapes, sizes, colours and designs,big, small, soft, hard. I've made a few....

A wooden man painted orange.

 A Keyring for Dad.

A pretty Fairy Door
And my favourite... The Scull

The scull is very versatile, it can be finished off as a brooch, a bookmark or zip pull.

Any questions or queries? you can contact me via my facebook or shops... links in side bar 

Jan x 

Friday, 28 April 2017

Sculls and Skeletons for Folksy Friday



This week I've chosen to show you some sculls and skeletons that can be found on Folksy...
the great online selling site.

 Don't you just love this great gothic necklace by Sisters of the Craft Jewellery


No table would be complete without a set of skeleton coasters,
these are by Willow Gifts Ceramics


A lovely sugar scull cover to keep your coffee cozy by  The Sherbet Patch



A waterproof bag is an ideal addition for a trip to the swimming pool, 


 A wooden plaque for those who like their own space by Handcrafted by Picto



That's it for this Folksy Friday, I'd love you to follow the links to the shops and show a little 💖

Jan x