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

Tomicraft

It’s all about colours

I like to see where the real craft is visible in any piece I make , which is why I am constantly learning new techniques and trying to hone them. I strive to create something that last, with good care. That is the reason I spend so much time hovered over tiny things I can hardly see. I want them to stand against time somehow. Whether that is with wire, or a design of assembled beads on a string–it must feel like it could be handed over–in time. Therefore I use high quality material on wire and string, and choose other small things you might not see that adds quality and longevity to the piece.

I like to create my own chain, and use old techniques for that–or invent my own. This is time-intensive work, and the size of the chain will not always fit a more dainty look. Then I might use chains from one of my trustworthy suppliers. I will always tell you what has been done, and what parts of the piece I have worked on. I will also always inform you of metal and minerals. I work in a smoke free and pet free environment.

I hope you like what you see.

If you want to learn more about me and my process, I try to update my blog as often as possible.

regards,
Tove
tomicrafts

Etsy shop: www.tomicraft.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

Fit for Vikings

Handmade beard care Fit for Vikings by a Viking

Over a decade I have been working with digital products like websites and apps, but lately I have been craving to make some more lasting and tangible products. So where to start? Well I have been spotting a beard for a long time, a decade or more. In the last few years I have been using a variety of beard care products, oils, balms, waxes and soaps. Some good and some not so good.

I am not gonna say that my products are better than the rest. I use 100% natural ingredients. The ingredients I use are some very expensive and therefor my products might be in the high price range for their category. All I ask for you before choosing an beard care product, from me or some other producer, is to investigate a bit the ingredients, Is the product using cheap oils like grapeseed or castor oils? Or if they use something like jojoba or Argan oils? And research a bit what different oils bring to the table.

Fit for Vikings started around the kitchen table, it is a family operation with great help from the wife and my son. Most important is that we have fun with this, we enjoy it and we love to interact and hear from our customers. So if you have questions or feedback then get in touch

Best,
Hjörtur Scheving
The Viking in charge

ETSY shop: www.FitForVikings.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

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

Tailored Soap

Skin loving, sweet-smelling and beautiful

I (Marte) started making soap as a coincidence as I went into a hobby store, saw a soap base, and figured I’d give it a try. It didn’t take long before I found myself addicted to the art form. During the 3 years I’ve been soaping, my storage of soaps, oils, molds, tools, colorants and fragrance oils have just kept on growing. I enjoy everything pretty, shiny and all things that smell amazing, and our whole range of soaps do the trick! We make, design, print, label and wrap up everything in our studio in Stavanger, Norway.

All of our soaps are made in our soap making studio, using quality materials, and they are treated with love both during and after production. All of our soaps contain glycerin, which absorbs moisture from the air onto your skin once you have used it (this is often removed from store bought soap). Our glycerin soaps are either made with a white base, which makes them opaque and colors turn pastel, or with a clear base, which makes the color brighter – shimmer and glitter can be added, and they are more or less transparent.


Cold process soaps are made from scratch, using oils, sodium hydroxide (lye) and water. There is no lye in the finished product, and during the saponification glycerin is formed. Also there are oils in the soaps that are not saponified, which are beneficial to your skin. Different recipes feel and work differently, but all of our recipes are all great for your skin, and can be used on both hands and body, and most also on your face. Once the soaps are made and done, they’re wrapped in their packaging, as well as bubble wrap to be securely shipped to your home.

Other than soaps, I also enjoy making other bath and skin products, such as scrubs, body butter, bath bombs and lip balm. Christopher, my boyfriend and partner, also came up with the idea that we should add beard balm and oils, and so we did! Our goal is to have something for everyone !

ETSY shop: www.tailoredsoap.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