Friday, 18 April 2014

This week

It has been a busy week here at Black Sunshine! Unfortunately I am still battling with my internet provider to improve my service, I don't think I have ever called one number so much!

I've been working on a dread set in black, tropics and UV tropical blue. Such pretty colours all together and the finished accent set should be ready and for sale on my shop on Sunday.

The winner of my latest giveaway have been announced which you can see HERE, thank you to everyone who entered :)

It looks like it is going to be a lovely sunny Easter weekend. But today I am having to stay indoors to finish some course work. For those of you who don't know I am currently studying a course is business and administration. But I am off for a picnic tomorrow :)
Do you have any plans for this weekend?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

#HappyHandmade My Picks

Its week 59 on this week #HappyHandmade link up on the Daft Crafts website, click here to see all the great crafty items.
From last weeks items one of my items (rainbow button headband) was lucky enough to be one of this weeks staff picks! :D

Here are my three favourites from this week linked items.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Internet Says No

Over the last couple of months I have been having a lot of problems with my internet connection. After having a few engineers sent round the problem seems to be getting worse :( 
My internet provider is still trying to fix it but this post is just to let you know that if I am a little quiet on here and Facebook this is why.

I am hoping I do not have to close my Etsy shop because of this, so fingers crossed!
On the plus side, having limited internet means no procrastinating! Lots of dreads are being made and photographed for my shop while this problem is going on.

I will do my best to answer all messages and comments as quickly as I can.

Amz x

Sharing the Love: Efflorescent Dreams

This weeks 'Sharing the Love' post features dread maker Efflorescent Dreams.

"Hi, my name is Roisin (or Rosh if you like) and I am a 20 year old psychology student / dread maker / hobby hoarder from the UK.

Efflorescent Dreams started off  a year ago as a little craft page where I posted mostly hand made jewellery, crocheted accessories and hair wraps. I have always been creative and wanted my own little shop to run in my spare time.
I'm currently a full time University student, so time isn't
a thing I have much of these days but my Facebook page is one of my passions and I always try to fit at least one project into my day.

I have recently started selling my dreads and I generally make either crocheted accent kits or full wool sets. So far, wool being my favourite to make.
I started making dreads probably around 3 years ago. I fell in love with dreads but being a poor student at home with no job I have a limited amount of money. I would have loved to have splashed out on some awesome dreads, but my lack of money paired with my creative curiosity drove me to make my own set.

From then I made multiple sets for myself and friends until I took the plunge to get real dreads. I started practising with accent sets for myself until I felt like I was at a standard to finally start selling dreads and things have really took off from there!"

You can check out the awesome creations from Efflorescent Dreams on the following sites:

Facebook Page
Etsy Shop

Sunday, 6 April 2014

#HappyHandmade My Picks

Its week 58 over on the Daft Crafts #HappyHandmade link up!
I never got a chance to share my last weeks favourites (although I did tweet them), the days seem to be going by so fast!
So here are my three faves from this weeks crafty goodness.

Monday, 31 March 2014

New Knotty Crochet Dreads

I have been experimenting with my crochet dreads recently and have started making some in a knotty crochet style. 
In the photo below you can see my new knotty next to my regular crochet style.

The new knotty dreads have a more lumpy bumpy natural style to them. I have used a different method of dread making compared to my usual crochet dreads. 
These new knotty dreads will be making an appearance on my shop soon!

What do you think?

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Current Projects

This week I have mostly been helping my parents sort out their spare room so my Mum can have her sewing room back :) But in the evenings I have been back combing dreads galore!

Here is a sneak peek at just one of the new accent dread kits that will be added to my shop this week

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My Psypuff!

Recently the lovely Psychara and I did a trade, an accent dread kit for one of her plushy Psypuff creations!

Here is Psychara in the dreads I made her. I used blends of several shades of blue with black and white splashes. Doesn't she look awesome!?

And here is my Psypuff! He is so cute and I have named him Clive (after Mr. Clive Barker )
You can check out the Psypuff page HERE.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

#HappyHandmade My Picks

The weeks seem to be going by fast so far this year. And this week its week 56 over on the Daft Crafts #HappyHandmade link up (see it here).

So here are three of my favourites

I'm a big America Horror Story fan so this necklace is an absolute winner for me!

Such a beautiful colour and unique necklace

He's a cute little guy!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

4000 Likes on Facebook! - Now Closed!

To celebrate reaching 4000 likes on the Black Sunshine Facebook page here is a giveaway to say thank you to you all!

You can enter by filling out the rafflecopter form below, lots of ways to enter!
Open Worldwide.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Worldwide postage is included in the prizes.
  • Your accent kit will be made in my textured crochet style
  • The winners can choose up to 8 colours (from here ), any style ( e.g. blends, transitional, splashes) and length (up to 22 inches)
  • As these are custom dreads they will take up to 4 weeks to be made (not including postage time)
  • The prizes can not be exchanged
  • The 1st and 2nd place winners will be selected at random by the rafflecopter app on 12th of April 2014
  • The winners will be notified by e-mail, if I receive no correspondence within 5 days you will forfeit your prize.