Category Archives: crafts

Random Joy

joy joy placemat

Hi friends! I hope you are fine.

I am doing great and have stopped by for a while to show you a few things that have been making me very happy recently…

Like, I fell head over heals in love with the crochet pattern shown in the picture above. I think it is addictive.
 
 

crochet circle coasters

And I have material to prove that… :)

I have made a placemat and some coasters too.

 
 

crochet circle coasters

Psst, there’s a pattern for these coming soon!

 
 

crochet basket full of yarn

Some really delicious new yarn has filled my basket recently.

Ahhh, how I love new yarn.

This actually leads me to an idea that I need to crochet a few more baskets like this one, just to be able to store more yarn for crocheting… the sweetest vicious circle I know. :)

 
 

book about healing plants and blue handmade mug

These two precious things have been filling my heart with joy as well – an interesting and beautiful book about herbs and healing plants. Love!

 
 

blue handmade mug with small flowers

And this amazing handmade buddy.

Isn’t it just sweet?

 
 

big green shabby chic floral buttons

I went button-hunting. This is my loot.

 
 

colorful buttons

And there’s more.

 
 

crochet joy joy bracelets

Oh, and the pattern I have shown you in the beginning? I made some bracelets too! Have I already mentioned that it might be addictive? :)

Wishing you a nice rest of the week!

Love,
Petra

 

Magical Folk Art & Crafts Fair

bobbin lace making

Art and crafts have always been a great love of mine.

A few days ago, I was very lucky to visit a fair dedicated to the traditional folk art and crafts of my native country – Slovakia.

The whole experience was just magical. That is probably the best word I can use to describe the feelings I had when I was watching a selection of very old crafts being demonstrated by the most skillful craftsmen right there in front of my eyes. They are the crafts that helped my ancestors live better and nicer lives. And the best thing is that those traditions are still alive.

I am very thankful to the kind people who came to demonstrate their skills in front of curious people like me and I am also thankful to the people who want to keep the old traditions alive and organize this great festival. It was an amazing, sentimental and important touch with the wisdom of the past. Just have look…

 

bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making.

 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

blacksmithing

Blacksmithing.
 

blacksmithing
 

blacksmithing
 

cooperage

Cooperage.

 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

painting on glass

Painting on glass.
 

painting on glass
 

painting on glass
 

wood carving

Wood carving.

 

wood carving

Chiseling wood.
 

wood carving
 

wood carving
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

making wooden spoons and dishes
 

making musical instruments

Making musical instruments.
 

weaving on loom

Weaving on loom.
 

weaving on loom
 

weaving on loom
 

cast brass bells making

Cast brass bells making.
 

tinkering

Tinkering.
 

heart made from wire
 

gingerbread decorating

Gingerbread decorating.
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

making products from leather

Leathercraft.
 

making ceramics

Making ceramics.
 

ceramics
 

making ceramics
 

crooked needle embroidery

Crooked needle embroidery.
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

making wooden toys

Making wooden toys.
 

decorating Easter eggs

Easter eggs decorating.
 

decorating Easter eggs
 

decorating Easter eggs with wire
 

decorating Easter eggs with wax
 

making whips

Making whips.
 

making shepherd’s dishes

Making shepherd’s dishes.
 

making herding sticks

And making herding sticks.

 
I hope you enjoyed this tour of traditional folk arts and crafts.

And, by the way, which craft is your favorite?

Love,
Petra

 

Random Joy (A Very Colorful Edition)

colorful glass flower beads for crafting

Crafting is my love and joy and a few lovely and colorful things of crafty kind have made me really happy recently. I love those phases of my creative process where I gather cute little things and let them inspire me. Ahh, pure joy! And the joy gets even bigger if I can share those little thingies with you…

 

crochet

I enjoy using my new colorful flower beads. They are already playing an important prettifying role in my new crochet project (psst, more on that in my later post).

 
 

crochet presentation in ikea frame filled with burlap fabric

I also enjoy my new Ikea frame that I have adjusted a little and use it as a presentation board for my crochet ornaments.

 
 

colorful sequins

I enjoy these colorful sequins. Christmas projects, here I come!

 
 

colorful heart beads

And these heart beads – them and me, that is true love.

 
 

wooden sticks heart and star

I have yet to find a way how to use these wooden sticks (any ideas?). But aren’t they just adorable?

 
 

colorful ribbons

And these ribbons. A colorful ribbon is a girl’s best friend… is what I say.

 
 

owl notebook with owl pen

I really love my new owl notebook too. Oh, and it came with an owl pen. Ahh, my heart is happy.

 
 

heart punch

Thanks for letting me share my little joys, dear friends! I appreciate it!

Wishing you a nice day!

Love,
Petra

 

Lovely Handmade Baskets

handmade baskets

I have always been a big fan of crafts and handmade products. They hide so much love and make me truly and utterly happy. I love looking at them, I love studying each and every part of them, I love imagining life stories of people who created them and why they were drawn to this or that particular craft. And most of all, I absolutely marvel at products made by my own people, I mean, my family.

Like, these baskets, they were made by my Grandpa – an avid basket weaver.

I introduced his work to you a couple of years ago. I loved his recent baskets so much that I thought I’d definitely need to share them with you.

Enjoy!

 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets
 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets

I am looking forward to all the future baskets that my Grandpa will give life to. He is a true master!

Love,
Petra

 

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