Thursday, October 2, 2008

Featured Artisan: blinkingmouse

Pretty Little Love Objects sells keepsakes and love objects for those who like to give thoughtful gifts and cards. I hope to put the romance back into gift giving and beat out all the mass made, disposable gift items big card companies seem eager to flog these days. A gift made and given in haste means nothing and sits quietly on a shelf, waiting for the next charity collection while a gift crafted and bought with care and love in mind will be carried everywhere. If cards are creative it inspires those who write in them to think harder about their words, discouraging the slapdash way we often sign cards for special occasions. Romance be reignited and I plan to help it along a little. Each piece of jewellery is an individual design so customers will never have to worry about seeing someone else wearing your necklace. I use high quality materials that are both textural and eye catching. My favourite part of designing an item is playing with colour until I achieve exactly the effect I’m looking for. I also like to use unusual items like buttons and interesting pendants to add an eclectic feel to my items.In October I will be involved in a Craft Pink event for Breast Cancer Awareness month, where 50% of all items from the Craft Pink section of my shop (excluding shipping and a $0.20 listing fee) will be donated to Cancer Research UK. I will also be crafting exclusively in pink in October to show my commit to the cause. Lots of other crafters will be taking part in some way at Etsy, just search for the p4o tag to see their wonderful items.My shop is at and my blog is at . I also write reviews and a monthly column on British books at .