Friday, September 30, 2011

oh no

handmade hockey
clockwise from top right
sports fan leg warmers  :: mademoiselle mermaid
hockey tote :: avril loreti
hockey puck soap :: maplecreeksoap
hockey player charm :: 824nothingmore


oh no.

today starts the FINAL weekend before that dreaded,  oh-so-LONG national hockey league / nhl season begins.

i've noted before: the boys @ the rikrak home are hockey nuts. fun hockey playing (that part i like!), 24 hour a day hockey updating, hockey news, hockey stats, hockey reading, hockey role-playing, hockey strategizing, hockey cheering,  hockey costumes, ... it's pretty much all hockey craziness, all the time....

(i know... that's NOT very canadian of me, is it?!)

in good news ... only 9 1/2 months til it's over!

have a glorious *last weekend without hockey* cuties!
who's with me?
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

mini & modern beach hut models

fabulous beach hut miniatures


the weather cools.
but my love for the beach fades not!

how about a little bonfire in the sand in front of one of these fabulous mini & modern beach hut models ? a little tiny retreat maybe? they're entries from the "bathing beauties *re-imagine the beach hut for the 21st century*" coastal design competition. {via mini modern}
they're all 1:15 scale models. 

talking of miniature:  did you hear about this wonderful modern dollhouse decorating challenge: i'm a giant over at the beautiful style by emily henderson ? looks so fun! (& great judges!) 

which beach hut's your fave? 
do love mini things? (i'm obsessed)


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


{ one } 
hi cuties!
love collecting things? me too.

so i'm looking for some fabulous collections to feature here and on my Etsy blog collecting series. do you have a great, interesting collection of things you'd like to share ??

i'm ESPECIALLY keen to find a beautiful collection of: 
  • textiles
  • eyeglasses
  • puppets
  • harmonicas

{it has to be a fun personal collection that you don't use for art or craft , & you can't sell it in your shop!}  ... i'd feature your collection &  i'll feature your lovely work, too! }

if yes, please let me know here in the comments ( or email me at rikrakmail at yahoo dot com ) what you collect and i'll be in touch.

{ two } 
come WIN my *i love my sponsors* $25 gift certificate giveaway. it ends this friday.

{ three } 

{ four }
 still looking for a few more folks who'd like me to send out samples of their handmade goodies with my orders! let me know if you're keen!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

confessions: i can't knit

:: 1st collage :: 
row one

row two
row three

row four
cabled leg warmers |  cleos craft

row five
gray chunky baby blanket | knitsome designs
sunflower pompom hat | tortilla girl


:: 2nd collage :: 
 row one
rococo shawl | tickledpinkknits
quiet time photograph |  habitofbeing

 row two
loop scarf pattern pdf | ruby submarine

row three
large knit pouf |  luckyhanks
creamy white slouchy hat | love and knit
silver gray sock yarn | evermorestudios

row four
spicy mustard hairband |  baruchslullaby

row five


confession: i just can't knit.

5 different times.
over 20 years.
to no avail.

many friends have tried to show-me-the-ropes, too.
but i just can't knit.

i so admire knitters. 
that lightning-speed way you can knit, purl, drop a stitch, increase, cast on ... make amazing things magically appear from a simple yarn.
it's all a secret mathematical language to me!
AND... aren't knitters phenomenal multi-taskers? knitting while visiting, knitting while watching a concert, knitting while bathing, knitting while exercising (i've seen it done!) ... wow!

how about YOU & knitting - yay or nay?
have an artform you just can't seem to master?

join my club. :)

i'll just have to sit back and admire!
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Monday, September 26, 2011

your red carpet stylist looks revealed!

tessa charms in ...
harem royal + onor


lori looks lovely in... 


jenn's ready to party in...


saigewisdom looks stunning in ... 

dressdavie and chiyo

good heavens ... you beauties look gorgeous!
so move over hollywood starlets!
zillion-dollar designer outfits have nothing on our amazing handmaking community!

i asked you to join me again this season on the RED CARPET at the Toronto International Film Festival  (shield your pretty eyes from the blinding paparazzi flash bulbs, cuties!) .. so now you can join me in oohing and aahing at today's handmade & vintage TIFF looks!

thanks again so much to everyone who played.
sorry i couldn't include everyone this time around. but you all look STUNNING!
so yay to handmade + vintage!

& how lucky your celebrity dates are escorting you!
see you at the *afterparties*, cutiepies.

and have a glamorous, megawatt-smile weekend, nicies, whether your strutting your stuff on the red carpet or dancing in your kitchen doing dishes!


nihan looks lovely in...



isn't Mrunmayee lovely in...


itchin' stitchin charms in...


missy is glamorous in... 

maya epler steals the show with ...
sophia clothingnataliaraya
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Friday, September 23, 2011

the 2nd annual *my talented friends* giveaway!

yay to friends!
so thankful for dear long-time friends; for reconnecting with long-lost friends; and for brand new wonderful friends!

thought we'd have a little cyberly neighbourhood party here on the blog!

last year i started compiling a thanks to
my lovely handmaking & vintage-finds friends! now you can WIN a $20 gift certificate to any one of their lovely lovely shops! you choose the shop!

AND better yet... you & your fun fun handmaking or vintage or supplies shop can get added to the fun, too!
{fun free advertising for ya!} just click here to find out how to add your shop!

i'll be updating the list of shops every day and rotating the order, too, for maximum exposure!

and yes - participants can play, too!
and now... the prize....

{ the prize }
a fabulous $20.00 gift certificate from me to YOU to spend in
ANY ONE of the e-shops below.

that's right... one lucky winner will get to spend the prize in any one of the e-shops participating.

1. visit my lovely friends' shops.
just click on the etsy mini's below to go to the shops!

come back here and tell us YOUR FAVE item from EACH SHOP and why you love it.

PLEASE NOTE: ------> YOU can visit up to 20 different shops!
= up to 20 entries!

the shops are:

2. in the spirit of friends, tell us about one of your dearest pals.
& why you love them!
= 1 entry

3. what makes a great friend, in your book?
i'd love to hear your thoughts!
= 1 entry

4. come follow or subscribe to my little blog 
and join the fun everyday! 
you can become a google friend connect *follower* by clicking "follow" on the top left of the blog home page OR subscribe via email or *reader* on the left hand colomn. (please note:--->  to WIN this particular giveaway you must be a rikrak studio follower or subscriber! thanks nicies!)

please leave me a comment about it.
 = 1 entry

5. grab one of my rikrak studio buttons,
like this one for YOUR BLOG!

the rikrak studio

the rikrak studio

and add it to your blog!
{ ... just copy & paste the text in the box above onto your blog sidebar! thanks! } 

6. tweet about this giveaway
= you can tweet about this giveaway ONCE PER DAY for the duration of the giveaway! (one  entry for each tweet!)
 and come back here and tell me about it. please include my twitter account in the update: i'm @therikrakshop on twitter!)

7. follow me on twitter
i'm @therikrakshop
= 1 entry

8. blog about the giveaway and tell me about it here.
= 1 entry

9. do a facebook update
about the giveaway with a link, and tell us here 
= 1 entry

10. please just make sure that each entry is its own comment!



a) it is possible to have numerous entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) as always, this giveaway is open to all contestants, worldwide.
d) for this particular giveaway, YOU MUST BE A RIKRAK studio follower or subscriber,
old or new! thanks!
e) the winner of this giveaway will be chosen from on
friday october 7th, 2011 @ 11pm EST.
f) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account 
doesn't link to one. thanks.
g) thanks so much everyone! and thanks for visiting the blog!


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

come advertise with the rikrak studio blog!

i just love my sponsors! i'm so thankful for their kind and artistic support each month! and i'm just delighted with how things are going, growing here on the blog with you lovelies. thank you!

so i'm very happy to be offering a few new ad spots as of today for OCTOBER!

with october comes  a great time to continue building your wonderful indie business!  i hope it might be the perfect opportunity to showcase your beautiful shops & blogs for all of those handmade shoppers & bloggers & media out there!the autumn  is such a busy busy shopping time for the  Holiday season, and i'm offering a few new ad spots, all at GREAT prices!

if you feel that your shop, group, Etsy Team,  or blog would be a good fit with the rikrak studio blog feel & focus, and are interested in rates, please email me at 
---> rikrakmail @ <---

there's lots of continued fun coming up on the blog: funfun guests, little inspirations, more fabulous giveaways you're not going to want to miss, great games, fantastic features,  and, as always, a few extra fun surprises, too. being part of the fun is a great way to boost sales, increase exposure and build your little business in the handmade community, too!

i'm a handmaker & mommy and know it's a challenging economic time out there... so i try to keep the rates nice & reasonable.

i also love designing ads for folks that need them, too.
so just let me know if i can help!

so come & be part of the fun!
thanks so much, lovelies!

PS: don't forget --> just a few more days to enter to win the september you-choose-the sponsor-shop $25 gift certificate giveaway! yay great sponsors!
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