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Interview with… Dria Hades

Dria is a regular on the Crafteroo forum and likes to dabble with most things that involve a needle!

Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Talia, and I come from Bristol. These days I live in Crawley, with my lovely boyfriend though!

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I bake, I watch TV, write to friends, travel back and forth to Bristol, gossip via email, blog, and listen to heavy metal!!

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
I mostly make sock creatures, but in the winter I make hats and scarves. I also make button corsage flowers, and I embroider.

What do you enjoy making most?
I think sock creatures. When I’m making one I can see a little personality developing, and they always look so cute when they’re “born”.

What part do you dislike the most?
I don’t like photographing my products much. I need more practice on that, and a decent place to take them. At the moment most of my photos are taken in the garden, and that’s very weather dependent!

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
If I see something pretty (like socks or wool), then I generally want to buy it to make something pretty from. I’m a big sucker for buying pretty socks and wanting to turn them into cute sock animals!

Do you plan out your designs or do you get stuck in straight away when inspiration strikes?
I’m really not a big planner. Mostly I’m halfway through cutting up socks, or through a row of knitting before I’ve even decided what something’s going to be!

What are you currently making?
At the moment I’m working on my new project – embroidered underwear!

Do you make custom orders?
If someone wanted me to, I don’t see why I wouldn’t!

Where can we buy your work?
In my Etsy shop – http://www.driahades.etsy.com

Comic Relief

Another quick post since it’s been a busy week just to update you on how well we did in the Crafteroo Folksy shop. W have since taken about £25 more for the charity. This is my official statement as published on the Folksy blog (http://blog.folksy.com):

From 7th February to 14th March, we had 97 sales amounting to £597.83 solely from the Folksy shop, and donating a total of £622.83 as a final amount due to an item selling by secret auction also. This was a brilliant effort and truly unexpected, we only thought we’d raise £200 maximum, and it really is down to everyone who donated, bought or both! The support has been fantastic from Folksy members, a few making an appearance on the Crafteroo forum eager to donate. There are some special donators that would like to thank- Gill from Hollingdale Designs, who sold a massive 23 sets of buttons over this time, amounting to £64.95, and due to the success has started selling the buttons in her own shop too. Also the most money raised by an individual was £72.95 by GlassKanvas, and the highest value individual item was a £25 ring sold by Nic from Murano Silver, who is relatively new to the forum. Our biggest thanks go to our buyers, we couldn’t have done it without you. We plan to make a comeback later in the year, setting up the shop again for Children in Need, but until then we will be drawing the shop to a close and begin delisting in about a week’s time, so there’s still a little while to get some last minute purchases in!

Here’s some of the items sold by the shops mentioned above!

 

Interview with… The Bijou Dragon

 

Nic is a regular on the Crafteroo forum, and shares lots of useful tutorials on her website, from cardmaking to glass pebble magnets. She is currently updating her website, where she sells semi-precious jewellery which is elegant and timeless in design.

 

Who are you and where do you come from?
I am Nic, I was born in Manchester and lived in Macclesfield in Cheshire most of my life but moved down to London to live with my Fiancé in 2006.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
Now then, how long have we got? I enjoy Medieval Re-enactment and when actively taking part I portray a 14th Century Lady of great wealth alongside my Fiance who portrays a Knight in the court of King Edward III. I collect and read books, collect playing (and other kinds) of cards and I enjoy car modding and am currently working on my 17 year old Mazda 323F. I also keep tropical fish and own two Cockatiels which take up quite a bit of my time. I also design and develop websites and am currently working on a completely new look for my Bijou Dragon website which I hope will wow the customers a little. I build and maintain PCs, play PC games and enjoy working with anything technical either hardware or software related. I have a rather time consuming addiction to Photoshop CS3 as well which can suck up several hours at a time. There’s also cooking and brewing beers, wines and Meads… there’s not much I don’t do to be honest!

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
Well, I started making earrings as a hobby after buying some cheap ones from e-Bay which weren’t terribly wonderful. I decided I could do better so I started making earrings then moved onto bracelets and finally necklaces. Up until now I have worked in Silver Plate but I have slowly moved onto Sterling Silver and will be moving over to predominantly Sterling Silver items in the future.

What do you enjoy making most?
I enjoy making anything with Sterling Silver and either Semi Precious stones or Swarovski Crystal beads. Being a bit of a magpie I greatly enjoy making anything shiny or shimmery and I enjoy the healing aspect of certain semi precious stones.

What part do you dislike the most?
Currently I dislike inserting small pieces of php code into my new website design which clashes with some other, earlier inserted code which makes my shop disappear in a poof of electronic tomfoolery. But I really dislike trapping little bits of my finger in pliers, it makes my eyes water.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
I don’t tend to work from inspiration alot of the time I just generally sit down and go with the creative flow but on occasion I take inspiration from the current season and try to come up with something that will make people immediately think of say a particular season or a particular historical period.

Do you plan out your designs or do you get stuck in straight away when inspiration strikes?
A bit of both once again. Sometimes I just sit there with the beads in front of me and make whatever comes to mind but occasionally I see some special beads which require a little designing before hand but these tend to be the one off pieces I make that cannot be repeated due to say the hand crafted aspect of the bead or beads.

What are you currently making?
I am currently working on a beautiful Purple glass bead and Sterling Silver necklace, earring and bracelet set along with a Lampwork bead Sterling Silver bracelet which will feature on my new look website.

Do you make custom orders?
I do on the proviso I can source the materials needed and it is within my capabilities or area of expertise to make the item requested.

Where can we buy your work?
You can pop along to http://www.thebijoudragon.com we’re always happy to see you!

Comic Relief the Crafteroo way…

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The Crafteroo forum (www.crafteroo.co.uk) now have a group shop to raise money for Comic Relief in partnership with Folksy. Items are been added all the time, all kindly donated by the members of the forum, and all proceeds will go towards this year’s Comic Relief campaign.

Please take a look and support the cause: http://CrafterooShop.folksy.com

And thank you to Folksy for waiving the fees for this cause!

A couple of triumphs!

Another short post today, but I just wanted to let you know that Handm@de Oxford was a success, and I look forward to doing another one! Lovely people and well worth it, though very tiring! Over 1300 people passed through the doors, which was fantastic, and twice the number expected! There are early murmurs about another in the spring and possibly organising one in Cambridge, which is great for me as students are my main buyers! Here’s a couple of pictures I borrowed off TwinklySpangle ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/twinklyspangle ) on Flickr (I didn’t get chance to take any of my own)!

Also On Crafteroo (www.crafteroo.co.uk) I reached my 1337th post, which was quite cool:

Not sure how well you can see it but it says leet 😉

Don’t forget to enter the November giveaway here: https://pennydog.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/november-giveaway/

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 10! http://www.nablopomo.com/