Sprogs And Sprouts

Three Girls, Three Corners of the World All Joined In The Middle…East that is!

The Sprogs & Sprouts story began, unbeknownst to us, several years ago in the deserts of Doha, Qatar. We girls would spend every Monday night at a different member’s home each week. We would eat a lovely meal, we would commune over projects whether it be knitting, crochet, spinning, or dying. We would talk of our latest travels and plans. It was warm. It was delicious. It was where we learned lots about knitting and where kindred spirits were knit together. We were a group of tremendous diversity and culture and the one thing we all found without fail is that the

the one language we all spoke together fluently was spun into yarn and stitches. Did you know that knitters can hold an entire conversation with each other on say a Tuk-Tuk through the mountains of Thailand and never speak a single word? We can learn and touch and form an instant friendship by simply clicking needles.

Several years after leaving the arid, shifting sands of Arabia, most members of our Doha Knitters group are spread far and wide throughout the world, but with technology today, that means nothing! Sprogs and Sprouts is no longer the passion, vision, or ambition of a single knitter, our founder Kelly (who is currently taking a break to focus on work and family). We are now three strong of some amazing knitters and fiber artists and we come to you from three different corners of the world! Karen is currently snowed in in the South Norway, Cheryl is sunning herself in Beerwah Queensland, Australia and Kelly is breathing the fresh Appalachian mountain air of Northeast Tennessee in the United States.

We hope that you will follow and love and shop! We thank you in advance!

Karen, Cheryl and Kelly

ETSY shop: www.SprogsAndSprouts.etsy.com

Paper polar Bears

Paper Polar Bears- from Metal Jewelry to Planner Stickers

In 2013 I started out selling metal stamped jewelry through my Fiverr shop, fiverr.com/tonjesorum when I was doing a year of community college in California. I really loved how I could personalize jewelry, and it seemed like my customers also did.

Later, this year I got real into pretty planning. I started designing and printing out my own stickers for my planner, and I wanted to share them. I started with my printable shop, as I had no way of cutting the stickers. I got very excited about the idea of selling physical stickers, and I ordered a cutting machine to try out this business!

I still have my printable sticker shop open (StampedMyHeartDigita), but I also opened a new shop for my physical stickers, PaperPolarBears. Thought the name was suiting, since everyone I talked to in California thought we had lots of polar bears where I came from when they found out I was Norwegian!

I am still in the beginning phase of this project that I am very excited about. It includes everything I love; photoshop designing, making something of my own, and shipping out orders to customers that´s waiting for my products to arrive. I love getting packages in the mail myself. It is probably my next to favorite thing, right after making things by myself.

I hope there will be a lot more to add to this story, and I have many plans for the future if this goes my way! (I really like the idea of starting a subscription/monthly surprise box!! :O)

ETSY shop: www.PaperPolarBears.etsy.com

Finding North

Practical, modern and stylish

Hi, I’m Tale, and welcome to my shop!

My first proper craft project was a bedspread put together by over 100 individually knitted squares. While I knitted many of these myself, I also made my family and friends knit me squares whenever I could. The result was a big, homey and original bedspread filled with memories and love. I still have it and use it, 18 years later!

And this is what homemade items should be; durable, filled with history and above all else, made with love.

And that is what you can find at FindingNorth – modern accessories made with love and built on tradition. I want to create items that are not only stylish, but also practical and useful.

ETSY shop: www.findingnorth.etsy.com

Rubber dance

My name is Bibi and I’m a rubber stamp addict …

My name is Bibi and I live in Norway with my two sweethearts – my man Tom and our dog, Ulrikke (aka Ullaskrulla = Woolly Crackpot). Ulla follows me wherever I go, which usually isn’t very far…. My studio is in a separate building from our house, but shorter than 10 steps away – gotta love a short commute!

Rubber stamping has been my passion for decades, and I’ve made stamps for sale since 1999. I sold my first stamp company in 2005 when I went back to college, but Life had other plans for me… Due to health problems I eventually had to take a reality check and learn to accept that I couldn’t have a “normal” job. So, here I am with my “abnormal” job as a stamp maker 🙂

If you want to see my artwork, you can visit my blog:
http://rubberdance.blogspot.com
where my Design Team also share their work, tutorials, and more.

Happy Dancing, Happily Stamping,
Bibi

ETSY shop: www.RubberDance.etsy.com

Soilevuo arts and crafts

My shop named soilevuo art & crafts sells hand-made accessories like felted dreadlock inspired neckwear, handbag charms, hats and caps, foot and boot decor, reflectors with macrame cord, home decor, and assemblage art.

I am Finnish, born and raised in Finland but currently living in Norway. My style is a mixture of influences from Nordic traditions, nature and everyday life. My products are uncomplicated and unpolished, even rough when I work with nature materials like twigs, sea shells and horse chestnuts. I add a hint of silly and feminine touch when I work with fabrics, strong colors, buttons and ribbons. I want to be nature-friendly and ecological whenever I can by combining new and used materials, like used toys.

I am self-educated and have been developing my skills and imagination since 1983. My favorite materials are fabrics, sea shells, branches, fabrics, cord, beads, plastic toys, buttons, coins, horse chestnuts, leather and wool. I usually make only one example of each item. I trademark my works with my * S * -logo. Each * S * is hand written on leather with a pyrography pen.

I enjoy hammering and drilling holes into various materials. My special passion is sabrage and I use champagne bottle corks in my assemblage art.

A slide show of my past and present products is available at soilevuo.com

You will also find me at http://soilevuo.deviantart.com/

and in facebook https://www.facebook.com/soilevuoartandcrafts

The Soilevuo story

In the 1930’s, my grandma and her sister were young and unmarried, and they found themselves in a messy situation where they no longer were able to use their family name Stranden, which was their father’s name. They needed a new name. They invented Soilevuo as their new last name.

How and why Soilevuo, I do not know. Maybe as a variation of Stranden, maybe after war hero Siilasvuo, maybe just out of thin air they came up with this beautiful, one of a kind surname, which combines the female forename Soile with the common ending -vuo. The result is a fantastic, original name which does not come from any man, but from grandma to granddaughter.

In the 1960’s, before I was born, my grandma bought a Pfaff 360. She was talented in sewing but unfortunately her deteriorating health kept her from enjoying this hobby. Fifteen years later she died and I inherited both the machine and her passion in sewing, which I developed even further. I was devastated when in 2004 my dear Pfaff broke. My trusted repairman had retired and there was no one who could have fixed the machine which had served us so well.

In 2006 my life changed dramatically. As a way of coping, I began to work with materials from my everyday life: twigs, sea shells, plastic toys, horse chestnuts, coins. I try to find inner peace in combining new and used, recycling and upcycling, trying to turn something dull and ordinary into interesting and original, seeing beauty in ugly objects. In a true Soilevuo spirit, when in a tight spot, I invent a new life out of thin air.

ETSY shop: www.soilevuoartsandcrafts.etsy.com

Christmas gift ideas

 

 

Gifts for her

https://www.etsy.com/pages/madeinnorway/gaver-til-henne-jul-2016

Gifts for him

https://www.etsy.com/pages/madeinnorway/gaver-til-ham-jul-2016

Gifts for children

https://www.etsy.com/pages/madeinnorway/gaver-til-barn-jul-2016

Gifts for the home

https://www.etsy.com/pages/madeinnorway/gaver-til-hjemmet-jul-2016

LisMShop

Handmade Norwegian Quality Jewelry
I am the sole designer, maker and photographer behind LisM. I enjoy creating affordable handcrafted jewellery using quality metals and gemstones. My jewellery is inspired by all the beautiful colors, shapes, and textures found in nature. I love the creative process of combining different colored gemstones and metal components to create unique, elegant designs.

I attribute my love of crafting to my mother and learned to appreciate the uniqueness of handmade, and the great satisfaction of creating something that is uniquely yours.

My studio is based in Fredrikstad, Norway. In addition to creating jewellery I love to paint, draw, photograph and create with my hands.

I am dedicated to creating a successful business and I strive to use materials, tools, and shipping supplies that are environmentally friendly. I hope you enjoy visiting my shop!

 

The Aldersworlds

Don’t look behind you, if you are not prepared to see something magic

The story of this shops kind of started when I was 6 years old and I made my first puppet. Due to an accident with my hand, the story almost ended when I was 18, before it even had began. Because of the accident I didn’t pursue my dream of becoming an artist, not before many years later, when life happened and I suddenly found myself working on my first art doll.


Ever since that day it seems all kinds of creatures from the alderworld knock on the door of my imagination, asking for being sculpted. Alas, not all of them can or want to stay with me, so this is why we agreed on opening this shop to make sure they can find the one person they are supposed to be with. Maybe you are one?

ETSY shop: www.theAldersworlds.etsy.com

Crochet Monkie

Crochet Patterns and how it started.

My name is Yvonne. I am a graphic designer by education, and I live in the beautiful town of Kristiansand in the South of norway.

I have been crocheting since I was a teenager. In the beginning I used to make up something along the way, I just started crocheting. Usually without any good plan of what I was doing, and sometimes even without any plan at all. The result often matched the lack of planning, and I must admit I created a few strange and funny looking “can’t-be-used-for-anything”‘s during those early years. But it was so much fun!

A few years later when I was in my 20’s I started buying crochet patterns, and a whole new world opened up to me. I remember it felt kind of like magic when all of a sudden the stitches were put into system, and the result was actually something I could be proud of.
I made doilies, table cloths, baby dresses, jackets and hats.
I got experienced after a while and I went back to doing what I did as a teen, making it up as I go. Only this time I knew a little better what I was doing. And most of the time, not allways though, the finished product looked very similar to the ideas in my head.

It’s only recent, the last year or so, I started writing down what I was doing. Even that is fun. First I write the patterns in Norwegian. When I’m done I go through it over and over again to make sure there are no mistakes or spelling errors. When I am happy with it, it’s time to translate it into English. The Norwegian and English crochet terms are very different, so I need to be focused and very concentrated. I think I can say the process of making the pattern takes as much time, sometimes more, as the crocheting itself. But I love every part of it.

I opened my shop in July 2014, but I didn’t start to list any items until November the same year. I also have to mention I have a “business partner”, my 8 year old son. Sometimes he helps me with ideas, and I must admire him for willingly being my test-model for a lot of my (sometimes very girly) creations.

ETSY shop: www.CrochetMonkie.etsy.com

Handmade Norway

HandmadeNorway combines my passion for sewing, beautiful fabric, pattern and colour. Whatever item you choose, you can be sure that you will receive one of a kind design using unique fabric that you will not easily spot elsewhere, be it modern, Scandinavian or beautifully sourced European vintage fabric. New items and designs are added regularly, so do keep checking back.

All my products are handmade and stored in my smoke free and pet free Norwegian home studio.
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If you wish to have an item especially made for you, do not hesitate to contact me by sending me a message. Custom orders, feedback, questions and comments are all welcome!

Thank you for supporting handmade 🙂

ETSY shop: www.HandmadeNorway.etsy.com