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Interview with… Plaidfuzz


Plaidfuzz is a crafter who is now focusing her attentions on her blog and helping others promote themselves. She does occasionally still get the urge though! Her blog can be read at http://plaidfuzz.blogspot.com


Who are you?
My name is Melissa, I am going to be 28 on Saturday, I have been a hairstylist for 10 years, and I am a single mom to a 7 year old daughter.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
 I spend a lot of time with my nephews who are 9 and 13. I also play a little guitar, and like to go out with friends.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
I crochet and make cards. I seem to have a rubber stamp addiction.

What do you enjoy making most?
I like easy crochet projects because they are pretty mindless and relaxing, lol.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
For cardmaking, I usually set out with a specific idea in mind. With crocheting I find yarn that I love and go from there.

What are you currently making?
Scarves! Made on for my daughter and now I am making one for my twin sister for her birthday.

Can you make custom orders?
I do still make the occasional custom order.

Where can we buy your work?
Nowhere! I closed my Etsy shop a few months ago and now I am just concentrating on my blog.

Now some silly questions just for fun!
What’s the plural of mongoose?


Where would you like to go if you could go anywhere in the world?
I always thought it would be cool to go to Ireland.

Do you have any pets?

What’s your favourite flavour ice-cream?
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I would buy a house, then I would give the rest away. I don’t like what money does to people.

Interview with… Kalicat


I found Catherine’s work after she contacted me through my website. I think she is very talented, and creates timeless pieces. I hope you enjoy her work too.



Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Catherine Marche, I am French Designer Jeweller from Paris who lives and work in London.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I am a Goldsmith and artist, and uttermost a Mother of 2 young boys (2 and 4), who take a good share of my time.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
High-end jewellery in precious metals (18K gold and sterling silver), for women with a great sense of style and fashion.
I design and hand make limited edition and bespoke jewellery that is characterised by its chic and elegance, with a hint of French playfulness. My pieces are made in high carat gold or sterling silver, playing with the rich colours of precious and semi precious gemstones and lustrous pearls. My collection includes engagement and wedding rings, [everyday] rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets, as well as a few brooches.

What do you enjoy making most?
I have a little preference for rings, as our fingers deserve to be treated with respect. We have 365 days a year to adorn them, so why should we be contented wearing the same ring on the same finger day after day? I like to wear a different ring each day on my right hand, keeping my left one for engagement and wedding rings), sometimes, stacking up to 7 rings on the same finger. It does look very trendy when made with small thin rings like those from the Blum collection.
And after all, we do have 10 fingers.
I also love working on bespoke orders.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
I am inspired by people, music, moods and colour.
I believe that everyone deserves to look stunning and spoilt with beautiful and playful pieces that will enhance their inner beauty and be a statement or the mood of the moment I love to do custom orders, in fact I find the challenge very exciting! If you have an idea in mind for your own design, or you would like a different color, stone, metal just ask : )

What are you currently making?
Etched ring with onyx for man, 18K gold stacking rings with diamonds, and opera long necklaces and chains.
I like to work on several collections in parallel.

Can you make custom orders?
Oh yes. I am currently taking orders for special occasions like Christmas and Valentine’s day. Some creations can take a few weeks to be made, especially if they involve special processes like engraving, pave setting, etc.

Where can we buy your work?
I am offering my jewels on several venues like VIX Emporium in Philadelphia (USA), Katerina’ Gallery near Brighton (UK), and a few online galleries.
http://kalicat.etsy.com in US$
http://en.dawanda.com/shop/kalicat in Euros 
http://www.design-connections.com/designer.aspx?id=110&product=307  in GBP £, and a few others 🙂 Happy shopping and thank you for visiting!

Interview with… Cute Designs

I’m always amazed at the cute plushies and amigurumi animals that come out on a regular basis from Cute Designs. They are all designed, stitched, embellished and given names and stories by Donna, and she sells them through several venues. Designed to be collectables, there will be someone to appeal to everyone…

Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Donna and I’m in Herts, UK.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I love watching films and playing video games.  I love playing on my Nintendo DS and Wii.  I also like spending time with my cats and reading sci-fi and fantasy books. 🙂

What is your favourite game at the moment?
At the moment on my Wii I am enjoying Star Wars the Force Unleashed and on my DS I am loving Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make… What do you enjoy making most, crochet or plush?
I like to design amd make little plushies out of felt and also crocheted amigurumis.  I mainly love making animals because I have always loved them and it can be fun turning them into little characters to appeal to other people.

It’s a tough one being asked if I prefer crochet or plush.  I really love both.  Sometimes felt can be better as you can really get it to look very much like your design on paper and is also a quicker process to produce.  Crochet takes me longer but I like having cute 3D critters and find crochet really relaxing. 🙂

What are your most popular pieces?
For my plushies people seem to like little Felix “Scout” McFrosty, and for my crochet, Marvin the Monkey seems to be loved by many.

What are your main inspirations and ideas behind making your creatures?
Animals.  I love making animals and anything cute as I also love kawaii and quirky stuff.  I love Japanese style designs.

What are you currently making?
At the moment I am making a crochet kawaii purple bunny requested by a friend. 🙂

Can you make custom orders?
Yes, I have taken custom orders in the past.  If I think I can make it I will do it.

Where can we buy your work?

The Great British Craft Tour: Tomorrow

My interview for www.thegreatbritishcrafttour.co.uk is tomorrow! I’m going to sneak out of work for a few minutes to talk to Tjobbe and Rosie in their camper van. I’m showing a couple of ice pieces, embedded gems, a citrus piece and a bangle, very exciting! There’s still time to sign up if you are quick, click the link above for more details.

It might even make it onto Central News tomorrow- even more exciting!

Interview with… Ukiyo-E Designs


Ukiyo-E Designs and The Quirky Bride are both run by one busy lady based in Norwich, Nella Gasteazoro. She works both with wire, silk and many other luxurious mediums, and really is very talented! Here is a little bit more about her and her work…


Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Nellamargarita Gasteazoro and as a revolutionary baby, I ended up living a rather nomadic lifestyle -living in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala before the age of 3 – so it’s hard to say where I am from.  A safe answer would be somewhere in Central America.  I have several different passports so I guess I could become an international spy if the medicine thing doesn’t pan out.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I am a ridiculous movie buff.  It drives my fiancé crazy as he hasn’t seen nearly as many movies as I have and can’t, to his satisfaction, have that first viewing chat afterwards.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make…
I studied sculpture and did quite a bit of metal work when I was younger as a welder.  It was only until Medical School that I started manipulating Sterling Silver wire to create the sort of pieces I make today.  

As my fiancé and I are getting married in a few weeks I’ve also started making wedding accessories.  Being a rather picky bride (but then again what bride isn’t) I turned to making most of the items for my wedding – candles, cake topper, table decorations, a  variety of favours, place cards…I’ve been very busy.

What do you enjoy making most?
I love making rings but I think it stems from the fact that I love wearing rings.  Also it’s exciting to transform two simple bands into something dramatic.  I am currently working on a line of gemstone (over 1 carat pieces) floating in sterling silver wire.  I made myself a ring with a 4 carat smoky topaz and have created quite a local interest.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
As most of my work is custom, I will get asked to create a piece in a certain colour scheme.  I usually line up the stones that I have chosen and the inspiration – the way I combine the colours and the shape it forms- comes as I work.  I had a piece that I loved dearly which I called “Blue as the sea.”  I had been asked to make a pair of earrings in Caribbean colours.  I sat at the pool at True Blue Bay in Grenada, sipping on a Pina Colada, staring out at the ocean, and these magnificent earrings poured out of me.  The pina colada might have helped.

What are you currently making?
I am currently finishing up the table decorations for my wedding.  I’ve made lace and silk dupioni love birds in burgundy and ivory with sterling silver legs.  They are just too adorable.  Unfortunately it takes me 6 hours to hand sew and finish one of my birds so it has been a true labour of love.

Can you make custom orders?
Most of my work is custom orders.  I actually enjoy the challenge of taking another’s aesthetic and moulding my work to meet their expectations.

Where can we buy your work?
If you don’t live in Norwich you can visit my etsy shops : www.ukiyoedesigns.etsy.com and www.lostmykitty.etsy.com.

Interview with… Eskimimi


Eskimimi’s shop is colourful, weird and wonderful, there is something quirky to suit everyone, from DS pouches, to jewellery, and it is all so professional too, from the general website to the products sold. I decided to ask her a few questions…

Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Mimi (‘eskimimi’) and I am from all over. I mean, my family lineage is as scattered as you’d care to imagine, and there are big chunks missing from even my immediate ancestry, but I grew up on a small island off of the coast of Kent in the UK, called the Isle of Sheppey. I lived in a tiny little hamlet called ‘Warden’ where you bought your vegetables by leaving a few pennies on someone’s doorstep and helping yourself. Then I moved to London when I was 11, which was a whole different life. I now live in Lancaster, in the North of England, which is a happy medium.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I watch the same few films over and over again (The Princess Bride, A Knight’s Tale, Labyrinth) play video games with my boyfriend and read feverishly. I like escapism, so anything like Gabriel Garcia Marquez always goes down a treat. I think dipping your toe into fairytales and magical realism gives you inspiration to let your creativity go off on a tangent, and I think we are all big kids at heart if we just get ourselves go a little.

Please tell us a little but about what you make…
Difficult question, because I make just about anything that pops into my head. I recently treated myself to a new sewing machine, so I’ve been making lots of purses and things like that recently, just because I’ve been enjoying playing with my new toy, but I also make jewellery, picture frames, notebooks, fridge magnets. Someone has this morning asked me to make a ‘rat hammock’, so really, just about anything.

What do you enjoy making best?
At the moment I am enjoying making little purses, bags, cases for DSs and things like that because they are extremely practical things, as well as decorative, and because I design my own fabrics I know that each design is unique to only me, but ultimately I enjoy making jewellery pieces, simply because of the tactile nature of the materials I use. With fabric you are working with quite a restrictive 2 dimensional medium, whereas when I make jewellery from materials such as polymer clay I can mould it to whatever form my mind tells me to, and I can feel each change and modification through my fingers.

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
Gosh, anything! But, I was thinking the other day, and a lot of my ideas come about because of word play for some reason (which is probably down to watching too much Stephen Fry), so a business card holder in the shape of a wedge of Emmenthal, and called ‘The Big Cheese’, and a fabric design featuring vampire pigs (hampires), or zombees (undead bees) seem to make regular appearances in my shop.
Most of my ideas strike me when I am in bed. I’ll lay there and in that, the first quiet moment of the day, suddenly my mind is filled with the most random thoughts of new products. Often I have to get back up and sketch them so that I can clear my mind out to sleep.  Because of this I am a terrible insomniac.

What are you currently making?
Today I am finishing off a new batch of DS cases and then going on to make some new jewellery designs that I have been thinking about for the last few days, then I have a new fabric design that I have been considering for a while, so a bit of a hodge-podge of everything, but I enjoy that, it keeps things interesting.

Can you make custom orders?
Yes! I completed one yesterday as it happens, I enjoy custom orders as it is nice to realise someone else’s idea. I am also going to offer personalised items in my store, the first of which should be hitting the virtual shelves this week.

Where can we buy your work? (craft fairs, websites, etc)
You can find me on my shiny new website, http://www.eskimimi.com, it is my new pride and joy!