Vintage sewing machine

This post is especially for the sewing enthusiasts out there. If you’re like me, one thing that you immediately notice when you are in a flea market, second hand shop or antique shop, is old sewing machines, old looms, old bobbin lace pillows and stands… So you can imagine how I felt when I bought an old end of 19th century sewing machine.



I was happy not only because it’s a beautiful machine but because I knew the machine was working. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it’s brand and model, it looks like a Singer but in some parts is different from all the Singer models I found. I couldn’t find any more information about this particular machine, and it was my first time using a machine so old. Because of this, when I first used the machine, it felt like I was solving a puzzle. How do I wind the bobbin? How can I put it down there? Where is the thread suppose to go first? Can I fix the tension in this thing?

It was a fun challenge and I finally made it work. I was happy, it was working… although…it was so stiff. I had already put oil in a lot of places but still, it was so stiff that my arm was already hurting. Then suddenly I found a little spot that I forgot to oil. It was amazing!!! As soon as I put oil in that spot the machine was working like new. I didn’t had to do any strength pushing the handle! It was really amazing! So now you can imagine, I feel like I won the lottery. I got an old 19th century sewing machine for a nice price and that is working like new. What more could I want?

You can watch the movie and see it in action. And oh that lovely sound!  :)

 

Snow Mori Critter with pink stripe

This cute Mori Critter with a fluffy tail was created by needle felting, which means that wool fibers were meshed together using a special needle. His little arms are made around a wire and that gives him the ability to move them. He measures approximately 6cm /2.3”

Mori Critters are creatures from the forest, they love nature and plants, and help to protect them. This one in particular is a winter’s snow critter, usually he hides during the hot summer days and appears in the cold days of winter. He helps keeping the animals lairs cozy and warm during this freezing season.
Usually they are very shy but this one agreed to go to a lovely human home so he can bring good luck to the humans, plants and pets of the house. At home you can see him, on a shelf, looking at a window or near a flower pot. But please don’t let the cat or dog get him, as I told you before he is very shy and he may not resist a direct contact with a pet.

Mori acorn with Christmas hat

There is a new special edition of Mori acorns with little Christmas hats in the shop.

These Mori acorns in particular are so into the season spirit that they even changed their acorns for Christmas hats. They also agreed to go to lovely human homes so they can help with the Christmas decorations and spread joy.

At home you can see them, on a shelf, looking at a window or near a flower pot. They also like heights so they won’t mind if you tie a little string on the top hang them on the Christmas three for example. But please don’t let the cat or dog get him, he may not resist a direct contact with a pet.

Each Mori Acorn is handmade individually so there might be some slight variations between each one of them.

Preparing for the weekend

Almost weekend and I’m packing up stuff and making the last minute items and tags. I’m going south today so I don’t have much time left to prepare things.

Again, if you can, come visit the Julemarked in the Middelaldercentret, it’s fun, you can buy handmade gifts and decorations and you can take a look at a medieval town. Next week I will post some photos of it, and if you want some of the items I sold there you can ask me and I can make more to sell through Etsy.

Have a nice weekend!

Alletiders Julemarked

Craft fair tips and ideas

Just 5 more days to the Julemarked at Middelaldercentret. I think this is a good time to show some tips and ideas for craft fairs.

Through the internet you can find many ideas for craft fair stands, displays and tags and lots of tips about how to arrange your stand in a customer friendly way and how to attract more customers. On this post I’m going to share only a few of the links that I find helpful but if you want to see more ideas you can check my “craft fair” board or my “packaging” board on Pinterest.

  • Craft Fair Vendor Sales Tips for your Display Booth – Here you will find tips of how your display should look in order to appeal to customers. It should be clean, your items should contrast from the background, you must have good lightning, among other things. And it even says how you can give a pleasant experience to your customers in other ways, for example through music and their sense of smell. Yes, smell.

  • Display ideas – If you’re like me and don’t participate regularly in craft fairs and don’t have a car to help you take your stuff, it’s obvious that you don’t want to spend lots of money in professional displays that will be a nightmare to transport. Fortunately, there are several ideas for simple displays that you can make yourself without spending too much money.

  

  • Price tags – Sometimes an uncomfortable subject for crafty sellers but very a important one

 

Hope this post gave you some nice ideas and don’t forget, always take business cards with you.

Olive green Mori Acorn

This cute little acorn with a fluffy tail was created by needle felting, which means that wool fibers were meshed together using a special needle. He measures approximately 2.5cm /1”

Mori Acorns are the companions of the Mori Critters. They help them taking care of the forest and animals. The olive green Mori acorns are usually seen with the earth Critters, but he will keep company to any Critter that is alone and need help.
They are shy by nature but this one agreed to go to a lovely human home so he can bring good luck to the humans, plants and pets of the house. At home you can see him, on a shelf, looking at a window or near a flower pot. He also like heights so he won’t mind if you tie a little string on the top of his acorn and hang him somewhere. But please don’t let the cat or dog get him, he may not resist a direct contact with a pet.

Not suitable for small children.
Each Mori Acorn is handmade individually so there might be some slight variations between each one of them.

You can find him here

Earth Mori Critter with Brown Stripe – Now in store


This cute Mori Critter with a fluffy tail was created by needle felting, which means that wool fibers were meshed together using a special needle. His little arms are made around a wire and that gives him the ability to move them. He measures approximately 6cm /2.3”

Mori Critters are creatures from the forest, they love nature and plants, and help to protect them. This one in particular is more connected to earth, and makes what he can to keep it’s balance.
Usually they are very shy but this one agreed to go to a lovely human home so he can bring good luck to the humans, plants and pets of the house. At home you can see him, on a shelf, looking at a window or near a flower pot. But please don’t let the cat or dog get him, as I told you before he is very shy and he may not resist a direct contact with a pet.

Not suitable for small children.
Each Mori Critter is handmade individually so there might be some slight variations between each one of them.

You can find him here