Featured Artist: Ceraminic

Meet Ildi from Ceraminic on Etsy. Her handcrafted ceramic designs are delightful! As I have said many times in the past, I feel very fortunate to have met so many talented artists and crafters through both my blog and my shops.

This month I am happy to introduce you to my friend Ildi, from Ceraminic on Etsy. I think you'll agree that her designs are absolutely delightful in their elegant simplicity.

Who are you and where are you from?

I'm Ildi, a psychotherapist and an economist, mother of 2 girls and a ceramic lover from the Netherlands. I like to see our world in a creative way and I am very interested in most of the things that have to do with crafts. As many other girls, I learned knitting at a young age, then I started sewing clothes for my dolls, made cross stitches, tried decoupage techniques, glass and silk painting and at last started pottery.

Meet Ildi from Ceraminic on Etsy. Her handcrafted ceramic designs are delightful!

What do you create?

I really enjoy the process of making pottery: I sit down at a table with clay and try to make something that I have an imagination of. I want something and the clay wants something but in the end I can work until I am most satisfied with the outcome. For me, the best part is after the first kiln firing when I can paint with bright, shiny colors and decorate in different ways. I love the tiny details, I do have patience to work with really small things to achieve those fascinating patterns.

What or who inspires you in your crafting?

First of all, it would most definitely be my ceramic teacher. She always said, start to make something and let the clay built itself. Sometimes I’m not really satisfied. I’m just sitting there and watching her books. She has thousand of books and magazines about ceramics.

We like walking. In the forest I always see something with an interesting shape or color, as well as beautiful plants and bugs.

The Internet is also very useful, where I find myself searching a lot.

What is a typical day for you?

I really force myself to live and work as a normal full time job employee. I'm waking up with my computer, check my mails, making, packaging and posting my ceramics. I’m a night owl and like to create new things in the evening, painting at night.

Summer is a perfect time to prepare my shop for Christmas. I enjoy the process of creating new Christmas ornaments, figure out the new sales strategy, because fall and winter my main season.

Ceramic Christmas ornaments handcrafted by Ceraminic on Etsy

What projects are you the most proud of?

I’m looking for success and I’m so glad so many people are happy with my ceramics. Once a lovely lady asked me special hearts. She works for a children hospital and the hearts needed for an auction:)

What is the most important thing in Internet Selling?

I think the photos. I make new design every year and retake photos some of my items regularly. I often ask my photographer friend, Kriszta for help. On the picture she is with my daughter, one of my models :) (Learn more about Kriszta on her Facebook page.)

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Knitting Pattern: Baby Strawberry Hat

Free Knitting Pattern: Baby Strawberry Shortcake HatI love when people contact me about custom projects. It forces me to expand my creative horizons and make items that may be a little out of my normal, crafting comfort zone. These projects are especially gratifying since I know someone is entrusting me to make the perfect design based on their idea. It's not always an easy task.

When my sister-in-law asked if I would be willing to knit a Strawberry Shortcake Halloween costume for my baby niece, I jumped at the opportunity. I couldn't really find a pattern I liked, so after exchanging a few ideas and pins with SIL, I set to work creating my own pattern.

The complete set includes a pink strawberry hat, green and white striped legwarmers and a strawberry skirt. My favorite piece, and I think you'll agree, is the strawberry hat. It's just so dang cute with the visor and the little knotted stem!



17 sts x 23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Finished hat fits a 6-18 month baby. It's 15 inches in circumference and stretches to approximately 20-22 inches.


k - knit
p - purl
sl - slip
m1 - make 1 stitch by lifting the strand between the needles with the left needle tip and knit the lifted loop through the back
yfwd - pull the yarn forward under the needles
ybk - pull the yarn back under the needles
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
ssk - slip two stitches individually, knit wise then knit the stitches together through the back loops


With white, co 72.

Rnd 1-4: *K1, p1* around.

Break white and attach strawberry

Rnd 5: *K2, m1* around. There will be 108 sts in the round.
Rnd 6-17: K all sts.
Rnd 18: K all sts placing 6 markers evenly around every 18 sts.

*K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog* until 42 sts remain.

Break strawberry and attach baby green.

*K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog* until 6 sts remain.

*K1, K2tog* twice. 4 sts remain.

Work an I-cord by sliding all 4 sts onto one dpn.

*K 4 sts. Without turning the needle, slide sts to other point and pull the yarn around the back* repeat until I-cord measures 3 inches long.

Break the yarn and thread the tail through the 4 sts, pulling tightly. You can hide the tail by threading it down through the I-cord. Tie the I-cord in a knot.

Next, you will make the visor.

With right side facing, pick up 30 sts along the cast on edge of the brim with baby green yarn.

Row 1: *P1, ybk, sl 1, yfwd* across.
Row 2: Ssk, *k1, yfwd, sl 1, ybk* across to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 3: Sl 1, *p1, ybk, sl 1, yfwd* across to last stitch, p1.
Row 4: Ssk, *yfwd, sl 1, ybk, k1* across to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 5: *P1, ybk, sl 1, yfwd* across.
Row 6: Ssk, *k1, yfwd, sl 1, ybk* across to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Bind off.

Free Knitting Pattern: Baby Strawberry Shortcake Hat

Here's a peek at all three pieces.

Knit baby Strawberry Shortcake photo prop costume pattern

October Giveaway

October 2015 Giveaway: You'll always remember to "Do What You Love" with this handcrafted tile

I recently held a couple local workshops where we made these super cool decorative tiles. I had samples ready to go before the classes and also made additional tiles during each class. Of course some will be gifted during the holiday season, but this one goes to a lucky reader.

Good luck!

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Tutorial: Sharpie Tile Coasters

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.I've had a stack of plain white tiles in the garage since we did some bathroom work over a year ago. I knew they would eventually be perfect for some sort of craft. The obvious project, of course, is coasters.

These coasters incorporate two materials that you probably have in your house right now - Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. A set of four coasters are easy (and inexpensive) to create and would be a thoughtful housewarming, hostess or holiday gift.

With a little guidance, this is a project that even the kids could help with.



A word of warning before you begin. This project does not smell great while you are working, so make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Also, protect your work surfaces.

Make sure the tile surface is clean and dry.

Choose four Sharpie colors. (Pro tip: The metallics don't work well for this project.)
Take your first color and draw 4-6, randomly placed circles that are between the size of a dime and nickel.

Completely color in the circles.

Neatness doesn't count ;)
Choose your next color and scribble "lion manes" around each circle. It's fine if the colors mix a bit.
With the next color, draw lion manes around your lion manes.
With the last color, fill in any remaining white space.

Let your coloring dry for a few minutes.
Dip a fan brush into rubbing alcohol. Lightly tap the brush against your finger so the alcohol gets sprinkled across the tile.

Don't add too much alcohol at first. You'll be surprised how quickly the colors start to blend and blur.
Sprinkles of rubbing alcohol blurs a Sharpie marker design and gives the effect of watercolors. Gradually tap a little more alcohol across the tile until your design looks just right.

If you go overboard and your design becomes too white or you just don't like the color combination, you can remove all of the ink with an alcohol covered cotton ball. Make sure to wash and dry the tile before you start coloring again.
After the alcohol drops are completely dry, seal in the colors with clear spray paint. Start with a very light coating sprayed at least 18 inches from the tile. If you spray too close to the tile or use too much for the first coat, your colors will blur even more.

After the initial coat is dry, add 2-3 more coats of clear paint according to the package directions.

After the clear coat is completely dry, affix the cork to the back of your tile with E6000 according to the package directions.
When the glue is dry, your coaster is ready for use.
Don't be afraid to experiment with your colors. As I mentioned before, if you hate the color combo, you can always remove the ink with rubbing alcohol and start over.

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.

Which color is your favorite?