Part two of Fridays Favorite Five is all about Etsy shops. There is so much prettiness going on over there on Etsy! Just a bunch of creative people designing and making happy stuff. What more could you ask for? So as a crafty start of the weekend, here are five of my favorite Etsy shops.

One of the first shops I noticed when I first browse Etsy a long long time ago was Knitting Dreams by Aintzi. Those bears … they are so cute and tiny and have you seen their little scarfs? She makes amigurumi miniature bears, but also bunnies and pandas.  Some of them have a cool hat, or a dress. They all have their own name (This little fellow is Ilu) and will be specially made to order for you.

 

Just recently I discovered Mim’s Instagram account with unbelievable cute sock dolls. (Her Instagram is really a happy place, you should check it out!) You can find the sock dolls in her Etsy shop Sew in the moment, and she has a blog too. Every figure she makes had an own personality and story. This is what she tells about Bob: “Bob is a good Aussie Bloke. He loves living in the suburbs and he is an Electrician by trade. He volunteers with the SES (State Emergency Service) and he really loves operating the chainsaw for them.” Don’t you just want to adopt him?

 

Have you ever seen a cuter purse than this one? Michelle and her husband Sanford from Misala handmade make the most pretty and adorable purses ever. I love the polka dot fabrics and happy colors that are used in all the designs. My favorites are the little piggies and the whales. They are so perfectly made, where better to keep your coins than in such a cutie?

 

Another multi talented designer I found on Instagram is Anke from Anke Panke. On DailyAnke on Instagram she shares one comic/illustration about herself everyday, just awesome. She’s an Illustrator and graphic designer, I really like what she makes! In her Etsy shop you’ll find books, planners, stickers, cards and cats. She also designs fonts, which you can find in her shop called Fun Font Shop. The book “Random things to draw” helps you to learn to draw random things like a balloon, a light house and a sock monkey.

 

Timor from TIMOHandmade is a very talented doll maker. She has a large collection of  handmade dolls, patchwork bags, doll house dolls and x-mas decor items. I especially love the mouse, rabbit and bird dolls. They are so awesome with their long arms and huge feet. This little chick doll is part of the Ducks & Birds dolls series that includes rare birds, chicks, ducks and penguins. Don’t you love his little paper hat? Go check out the other animals in this lovely shop and on her website!

Have a wonderful creative weekend!
Love,
Irene

How better to decorate a cupcake than with a cupcake? :) Today I’ll show you how to make this happy cupcake!

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For one cupcake you will need:

  • 4 gr. blue fondant
  • 5 gr. white fondant
  • 1 gr. red fondant
  • a tiny piece of brown fondant
  • fondant to cover your cupcake.

Cover cupcake with fondant

Cut out a 7cm circle to fit nicely on the top of a cupcake.

Cupcake liners

1) Take 4 gr. of blue fondant and roll it out until it is large enough to cut out a rectangle of 3 x 4 cm.

2) Cut out the rectangle and adjust the sides to make the top a little wider than the bottom.

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3) Use a 7cm circle cutter to round off the bottom.

 

4) Glue the cupcake liner to the background with a tiny bit of water and make some lines/texture on it with a modeling tool

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Topping

1) roll the 5gr. of white fondant to a string of 19cm long.

2) cut it in 4 pieces of 5cm, 4cm, 3cm and 3cm long.

3) Create a pointy end to the 2cm piece by rolling it between your fingers. Bent the point upwards.

4) Glue the topping above the cupcake liner like in the picture below.

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Cherry

1) Take 1 gr. of red fondant and roll it into a little ball.

2) Make a small hole in the cherry.

3) Take the tiny piece of braun fondant and mold it into a stem.

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4) Glue the cherry on top of the cupcake and your done!

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That was fun wasn’t it? Enjoy your cupcake, with a cupcake!

Love,
Irene