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Report from Collaborate 14, Las Vegas

David Haimes - Fri, 2014-05-23 22:54
David in a Suit

Talking Fusion Accounting Hub in a suit

Last month I attended and presented at Collaborate, the largest Oracle conference outside of Open World and one where the agenda is determined by the user community.

I was well organized this year; before I attended the conference I had downloaded the mobile App and started creating a conference agenda, I was a little bit disappointed that I had to manually add sessions I was presenting to my agenda, seems like a missing feature and it did not create the best first impression.  However, I then found the mobile app really good, a lot of discussions, the ability to comment on sessions and all the good social features you would expect.  When the conference got started the gamification they had added (a simple leader board of activity) helped to drive adoption and also caused some controversy, I’ll stay out of that but I would recommend reading Debra Lilley’s thoughts on it.

Throughout the week many people were talking about how several sessions they wanted to attend seemed to be scheduled at the same time. My first thought about this was that they were just making a polite excuse for not attending some of my sessions, but then I did observe the same thing myself.  It is hard having to choose between two or often three very interesting and useful sessions which are on at the same time, it is also tough when attendance at some sessions is lower than they deserve.  However, as I thought more about it, I feel it should be seen as a positive that the quality of the sessions and the presenters was very high.

My session on Fusion Accounting Hub and GLobal Charts of Accounts and Consolidation was on Monday and I had a decent crowd, got through a lot of material and had some really good questions (and I hope the answers were good).  I mentioned on my blog that FAH was the talk of the town based on the number of sessions that were covering it, I certainly spent  lots of time discussing it with people over the course of the conference.  We had a good GL SIG group meeting, I did a few minutes about the management segment and Data Access Sets in EBusiness Suite GL Release 12.  I was surprised that more people were not aware of this very useful feature, maybe I should blog about it (he says, adding it to a long to do list).  My third session was co-presented with Sangeeta Sameer from GE, I have asked Sangeeta to write a guest blog post introducing it, sharing the paper and announcing a webinar repeat of it – watch this space.

Exciting that all the things were, probably the part I enjoyed most was talking to so many people who had implemented or were implementing Cloud ERP Apps.  I had a chance to hear the positive comments and excitement that customers and partners had, but equally chat about where the y had suggestions for improvements.  We have a lot of very experienced, motivated and very smart partners out there and I enjoy every minute talking with them and learning from them, hopefully helping them out with a few tips too.

So next up for me is Open World, I did not make KScope this year, but one day I would like to go there, but for my particular field Collaborate is a must conference and if you have never been I would highly recommend you consider it next year, I will certainly be submitting a paper.

 

 

 


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Oracle E-Business Suite Denial of Service Attacks and Locking the APPS Password

My wake-up call one day last week came from an acquaintance. Somebody at his company typed the APPS password in wrong too many times and locked the APPS database account. This caused the Oracle E-Business Suite to lock-out ALL users from accessing the application and concurrent processing to stop. Since it was production, excitement ensued. By the time he had called me, the APPS password had been reset and the Oracle E-Business Suite was back up. The question was what do to prevent it from occurring in the future?

In order to provide a more secure default configuration, Oracle began setting the default profile FAILED_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS in 11g to 10 (failed logins). This profile is assigned to all database accounts by default, including the APPS account in Oracle E-Business Suite environments.  Thus, most are vulnerable to a very simple to execute denial of service attack. The risk of allowing the APPS password to be easily locked is essentially risking an intentional or unintentional denial-of-service attack.

As part of Integrigy’s standard security assessment checks for the Oracle E-Business Suite, we recommend that a custom database password profile be created for key service accounts such as APPS. In this custom profile for service accounts, FAILED_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS should be set high value or UNLIMITED for key application service accounts. To mitigate any risk of brute force attempts against these accounts, failed login attempts should be monitored and a PASSWORD_VERIFY_FUNCTION set to require password complexity and a minimum password length.

The default password profile should not be used. Integrigy recommends a set of custom profiles be developed and segment accounts into interactive service accounts, other service accounts, and named users.

What might be a few other denial-of-service attacks for the E-Business Suite? This not inclusive, but a few of them are:

  • If the profile option ‘Upload File Size Limit’ is not set, a user could potentially upload an inordinately large document or a number of large attached documents sufficient to consume storage to the point that the database would become inoperable. The file size limit should be set and be set appropriately small for your business processes.
  • If you are Internet facing, such as running iRecruitment, there is another profile option, ‘IRC: Document Upload Count Limit’ which limits the total number of documents that can be uploaded per user.
  • As well, if you are Internet facing, such as running iRecruitment or any other module that allows self-registration and creation of accounts, you should consider implementing CAPTCHA – these are the hard-to-read random words you need to retype that are used by web sites to prove you are a human. Someone with nefarious intent could create numerous bogus E-Business Suite user accounts (most likely through automation) sufficient to interfere with the normal operation of the Suite.  See the reference below for the Oracle Support note for how to implement CAPTCHA.
  • Not directly related to the E-Business Suite, but those accounts used in OBIEE data source connections (defined in the RPD) should certainly be treated the same as what is suggested above for the APPS account. Locking the accounts used for data connections will render OBIEE unusable for users.

 If you have questions, please contact us at info@integrigy.com

References Tags: DMZ/ExternalOracle E-Business Suite
Categories: APPS Blogs, Security Blogs

How To Stop Insiders from Stealing Your Secrets – Recommendations on Rings of Security

For those of you who attended our webinar on 15-May-2014 on how to secure privileged users, Bruce Schneier’s blog post on 5/16/2014 will be of interest. The post was titled “How to Stop an Insider from Stealing All Your Secrets”. In the post he referenced a magazine article by Bob Toxen in the Communications of the ACM.

Bob Toxen’s article is here and it is a fascinating read on Edward Snowden’s exploits at the NSA and what should have been in place to stop him. The article reviews best practices for “Rings of Security” with which to protect against insider threats from privileged users. Of particular interest were Bob’s comments about the NSA’s use of SharePoint and his recommended best practices for the implementation and use of SSH (Secure Shell).

If you have questions or comments on this topic, please contact us at info@integrigy.com. We would enjoy hearing from you.

References Tags: AuditingSecurity Strategy and StandardsSensitive Data
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Oracle E-Business Suite Security - Signed JAR Files - What Should You Do

Until recently the Oracle E-Business Suite allowed self-designed certificates to assure the validity of Java code run within end-users’ browsers. This meant that the Java JAR files downloaded from the middle tier server were tested by the end-user’s browser for validity using a certificate created by you and/or you organization during installation. Use of a Trusted Certificate Authority (CA) issued certificate, while always an option for enhanced security, is now a requirement. Oracle has recently deemed self-signed certificates as no longer being secure. Oracle strongly recommends that Oracle E-Business Suite users now sign their Java content using a Trusted CA.

FAQ
  • Does this apply to me? This requirement applies to you if you are running the later JRE releases – specifically 7u40 or above. As Oracle releases new versions of Java over time, and for many good security reasons, Integrigy recommends that you start signing your JAR files using a Trusted CA.
  • What is Java JAR signing? - In short, signing code confirms the author of the code (where it is coming from) and that code has not been altered or corrupted. Each file in the Java archive (JAR) is programmatically profiled and an inventory file is then added to the JAR file. You then sign this inventory file using public key encryption. You sign using your private key and, once signed, your public key is then automatically inserted into the JAR file – this is your digital certificate of authenticity. When the JAR file is used, the end-user’s browser will verify your public key to test whether or not it should trust the JAR file. You buy your public and private keys from a Certificate Authority (CA). A good reference on Java JAR signing is here.
  • How do I sign E-Business JAR files? -  Follow the instructions in the Oracle Support note ID 1591073.1 to generate a certificate request, send the request to a CA, import the certificate once it has been generated by the CA and then regenerate your JAR files using the adadmin utility.
  • What is a CA? Will this cost money? A CA usually is a third party such as Verisign or Thawte, who for a fee, will sell you a certificate. This certificate will then be verified by the master root certificates that ship with all major browsers. You can also be your own CA. However, if you decide to be your own CA, you will need to take responsibility for distributing your CA root certificates throughout your end-user community’s desktops and laptops.  
  • Can I use an existing SSL certificate to sign my Java JAR files? No you cannot. The two certificates are used for two different purposes. The SSL certificate authenticates your server and the code signing certificate verifies the authenticity of the code on the server. As such the two certificates are built differently to do two different tasks.
  • Why is Oracle not signing their code? – There is an enhancement request for Oracle do this. There are also several reasons why Oracle is not signing their code that involve their flexibility to package and ship patches.
  • Can I ignore this? – Talk with your IT security team. Depending on your version of Java there are options to setup a “whitelist” of applications that can ignore checking for signed code. This involves using “Exception Site Lists” or “Deployment Rule Sets”.   If you attempt to use Deployment rule sets, you will need to distribute files to each end-user’s desktop. This is however, after you have a CA sign the DeploymentRuleSet.jar. Use of Deployment Rule Sets are typically used as an additional security tool along with signed JAR files.
  • Will this require downtime? – Most likely yes. You may need to apply patches to begin signing code, and to sign your JAR files, the Application tier will need to be stopped while your JAR files regenerated.
  • How often will I need to sign JAR files? - Every time you patch or potentially clone, depending on if, or how, you decide to share certificates among production, test and development.
  • Can I share certificates among instances? - Yes. One certificate can be used for or multiple E-Business Suite environments. 
  • How should I protect my Private Key used to sign JAR files? – Very carefully is the answer. Do not leave your private key (adkeystore.* files) on the middle tier. Securely wipe it from the operating system after using it and store it in a secure location. You can also potentially use solutions from Vendor such as Symantec or Vormetric who offer hardware security modules, smart cards and smart card-type devices such as USB tokens. Lastly, you can also just use a USB thumb drive that is locked in a safe.
  • What should I do? - Java security is only to become more stringent over time.  Integrigy recommends that you start signing your code, preferably using a certificate from a third party CA. Set aside time for a small project and be prepared to apply patches and make changes to your cloning and post-cloning steps and procedures depending on if, or how, you decide to share certificates among production, test and development.

If you have questions, please contact us at info@integrigy.com

References Tags: Security Strategy and StandardsOracle E-Business SuiteDBAIT Security
Categories: APPS Blogs, Security Blogs

Error while starting OAM WebLogic Servers “Policy store update operations are not allowed, system is write protected”

Online Apps DBA - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:20
I’ve come across an issue in OAM 11g R2 PS2 environment. Multi Data Center is also being setup with one DC as Master and other DC as Clone. After configuring the Clone DC using T2P commands and running few WLST commands to accomplish MDC setup, the below errors were seen while starting the OAM WebLogic [...]

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Revert R12.1.3 Homepage Layout to Link Style as in R12.1.1 or 11i

OracleApps Epicenter - Wed, 2014-05-07 04:35
If you are using R12.1.2 , user may report some difficulty with Homepage responsblity , therefore they prefer similar to 11i or R12.1 In release 12.1.2 the E-Business Suite homepage has been re-designed using the configurable pages infrastructure. This is new Enhancement which allows customers to work with a WYSIWYG model of configuration. This allows [...]
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Invasion of the Octopi!

iAdvise - Tue, 2014-03-18 21:42
As a bit of a sci-fi geek (a dedicated Browncoat, amongst other things) I was shocked to discover that Cthulhu's had completely passed me by. For those uninitiated into this global geek cult a Cthulhu is a squid like creature created in the fantasy works of H.P.Lovecraft in 1926. But in modern sci-fi has become a jokey euphemism for horror and evil on a great scale. A recent Neil Gaiman short story piqued my curiosity even more.Cthulhu created a mini trend in the world of crafts, with squid and octopus creations becoming extremely popular in amigurumi and jewellery. Which led me to discover these cephalopod inspired creations on Folksy.First up is a stunning print from I Like It I Think Its Nice. The detail in this print is quite outstanding, and wonderfully fantastical at the same time.Here's some of that famous Octopus jewellery I mentioned, this one's on a lovely gold plated chain from Laura's Jewellery.As a lover of all things laser cut (I've even dabbled a little myself) this piece really stood out for me. Mirrored purple acrylic, with a delicate engraving, and Czech glass ink drops, lovely work from Tea Stained Jewellery.Although these little Jellyfish are not cephalopods, their little tentacles were too cute to be left out. Snap one up from Orangefishy Plush.Wear your Octopus love on your sleeve! Well, your hem if you buy this snappy t-shirt from Conkerlove. Loving the button eyes.Create your own under sea imaginary adventure with these Octopus finger puppets from MuNGBEANS. Or you could just wear them whilst reading a Cthulhu novel.Its amigurumi time from Ali's Crafts, a cute little child safe critter handmade with loving care.And finally, the more deadly side of Octopi in this recycled card depicting the venomous Blue Ringed Octopus. Wonderful hand stitched detail from Ethel & Iris.A slightly odd inspiration for this article, but I hope you've enjoyed reading it, and are now aware of the Cult of Cthulhu!P.S. I hope you're having a Happy New Year too.
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Have a Heart...

iAdvise - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:42
I think we were all blown away last week by the Royal Wedding - the pagenatry, the flags, THE dress, the splendour and the great outpouring of general "Britishness". But we mustn't forget that this was really just a young couple's marriage - their declaration of love for one another, and their commitment for their lives ahead.But this isn't the only "matter of the heart" that we should be paying tribute to... On this day in 1968 the first heart transplant in the UK was conducted at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London. This amazing, life-saving surgery was undertaken by South African born surgeon Donald Ross, on an unnamed 45 year old man. At the time this was a wonderous new procedure, that (sadly, but necessarily) has become a very "ordinary" operation these days - but has saved, and will continue to save, many many lives each year.So this week's selection of beautiful Folksy items are all dedicated to "hearts" - symbols of love, and vital organs alike!Heart BangleHeart BoxHandcut Heart CardSmall Copper HeartHeart CushionSilver Heart EarringsHeart & Heart Felt BroochKey to my Heart KeyringCurly HeartWooden Heart
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Happy New Year!

iAdvise - Mon, 2014-03-17 21:42
The team at FOF hope that you've all had a wonderfully relaxing and fun-filled Christmas and New Year - we certainly have! And to welcome us all into 2011 and a new decade, here's a stunning selection to celebrate the New Year and all that it stands for!It's traditional to go first-footing on New Year's Eve, so here's something to keep those tootsies in tip-top condition.Night Time Foot Butter by FreyalunaIn the UK, it's lucky if the first person to cross your threshold on New Year's Day is a man (although tradition doesn't say that it has to be a good-looking man...)Old Man Comedy Photograph, Croatia by Kate Seaton PhotographyIt's also considered good luck if that man brings with him either a lump of coal...(well, a bit of poetic licence was required here)coal tit birdseed card by kate broughton...or bread...Bread Slice Kawaii Coaster by Asking For Trouble...or money.Mini purse, hand printed pink silk by SabineCornicIn some parts of Britain, the gift of mistletoe is also considered auspicious.Everlasting Mistletoe Sprig by Phoenix GlassThen, at the stroke of midnight, that's the cue for the fireworks to go off..'Firework' Recycled Skateboard Belt Buckle by O'blue Thrashion... and for the bubbly to be opened...Champagne Supernova Original Painting by Mazzi's Art...and for the dancing to begin!We hope that 2011 brings you health, wealth and happiness - it's time to celebrate!
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Sew and Sew

iAdvise - Mon, 2014-03-17 09:42
Blogging on gives me the opportunity to blog about my passions - and one of these is sewing. I just love to sew (except repairing clothes or taking up trousers) and my Mum taught me on a Singer sewing machine that belonged to her grandmother.I am also passionate about embroidery and when my children were small we used to go to the Young Embroiderers Club, organised by the Embroidery Guild in Baildon. Well there are some very talented embroiderers on Folksy and I hope you enjoy their work. (Don't forget to click and buy - support your local Foksy artist). Vintage Embroidered Pincushion by Pretty GoodsFlowers and Curls Silk Purse by Silk Tree PursesCaged Bird Brooch by Yam SoupDry Stone Wall Textile Art by Chocolate FrogAfternoon Tea by Hung Drawn QuotedFloral Heart Egg Cosies by Felt FanciesEmbroidered Lavender Bags by Flaming NorahEmbroidered Card by Boo Boo CraftBirdie Felt Brooch by Applique OriginalsPortrait Embroidery by Gentry Illustration Sunshine Textile Embroidery by Sally YoungEmbroidered and Beaded Brooch by Nadine Arbuthnot Adornments
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This is Dedicated

iAdvise - Sun, 2014-03-16 21:42
Stop Press! It's not too late to buy your Valentine's Card before the big day! Folksy has brilliant original art cards and designs and so much better than a store-bought card (no mass production, one of a kind design, personal service - you can't get that from Clinton Cards).Valentine Card from Andy Lanham ArtSmall Heart Card by The Mosaic GardenLet Love Out Valentine Pocket moleskine cahier by ChampignonsYou Set My Heart On Fire Embroidered Valentine Card by Silver Birch CraftsAppliqued Heart Valentines Card by Claire Hurd DesignRecycled Valentine Card by Nina Rowan Paper BoutiqueStar Trek Meerkat Valentine Card by Nifty KnitsI Love You Card by ZebedeeValentine Card by Lino King CardsAmore Card by SooziebeeGlassprimitif
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Body Parts - Ears!

iAdvise - Sun, 2014-03-16 09:42
In my opinion it is a design fault in genetics that we weren't all born with pierced ears - we would have no excuse not to wear fabulous earrings. I love earrings - I can't leave the house with bare ears and I own hundreds of pairs. I also own hundreds of odd ones too! Folksy has a huge selection of quality jewellers and silversmiths so, to save you browsing, I have chosen a few of my favourites. Red Red Red by Ravenwolf DesignJellyfish Earrings by Felicity TaylorPaper Earrings by Crowns From AshesVintage Peacock Dangle Earrings by Decade DesignSteampunk Clock Hands Earrings by Mollie MagpiePink Sunrise reworked vintage earrings by Made With LoveLemonart Earrings by Lemon ArtJapanese Dragonscale earrings by Corvus ChainmailleHeart Studs ~ Fine Silver Earrings by Murano SilverGreen turquoise earrings by Blue Forest JewelleryPink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings by YOSABeez Kneez by Lej JewelleryLego Spacemen Earrings by The Bothered Owl
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April Showers

iAdvise - Sat, 2014-03-15 21:42
Spring is my favourite time of year - the lambs are bouncing, the trees are budding, the days are growing warmer, and even the rain (when it invariably falls) seems gentle and kind by comparison to the harshness of winter. So here's a selection of some beautiful items which sum up this lovely time of year for me.Splash of Rain - Silky Baby alpaca laceweight yarn by Abstract Cat CraftsRain Cloud Necklace by Killer CupcakeSinging in the Rain Necklace by Boho BoutiqueAzure Splash... A Handmade Ceramic Brooch by H B CeramicsVintage Buttons Rain Boots - Sew Cute by Asking For TroubleSpring Greens Mini Bunting by says aliceSpring is in the air - Citrine Nugget and Sterling Silver Necklace by Tania Covo Designs
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Beware the Ides of March

iAdvise - Sat, 2014-03-15 09:42
This week we're having a bit of a history lesson, courtesy of all you erudite people at Folksy!The Ides of March is 15th March in the Roman calendar, and was originally a festive day dedicated to the god Mars. It is also the day in 44 BC that Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times in the Roman Senate, which gave rise to Shakespeare's famous quotation "Beware the Ides of March" in his eponymous play. Today, the Ides of March is celebrated in Rome with a toga run. Sounds like much more fun to me.So we're taking a stroll through ancient history this week, focusing on the Roman empire. Prepare to be educated!Olive branch - upcycled antique saucer - candlestick by LoglikeRoman Numeral Bracelet by Jupiter Rocks�Roman Print Clutch Bag by Grown-Up GladragsHandmade Roman Necklace by Beaux Bijoux Handmade JewelleryMarble, The Colosseum - Ltd Ed A4 Photo Print by Lemonade & Lamingtons ARTLatin manuscript pendant by Artifex JewelleryColourful Roman Ruins Photograph, Croatia by Kate Seaton PhotographyRoman style metallic button necklace by made by kate dRoman Mosaic Stained Glass Suncatcher by JOYSofGLASSArmadillo Leather Cuff by Alpha Prime
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In Celebration of Pencils

iAdvise - Fri, 2014-03-14 21:42
Pencils are the best invention - ever! Look at what you can do with them - draw, scratch your head, clean your ears, jab the annoying person next to you.... I think pencils are great. The design hasn't changed much during the history of the pencil and it is ergonomically designed to be held comfortably. Fortunately the content has changed from lead to graphite so that we are not poisoning ourselves as we chew distractedly on the end. So, let's take a look at some pencil inspired Folksy items and make our mark!Large Pencil Cushion from Dinky DaisyColoured Pencils Photoprint from Dyche PhotographyPen and Pencil Set from Turning TimeBird Print Pencil Case from Leanne Woods DesignsPencil Case from Paper SpoonPersonalised Teacher Rubber Stamp from Skull and CrossbonesPen Pot from Malcolm's CreationsA5 Drawing Sketchbook from Chalk Hill Studio He Says He Can Hear The Forest Whisper from Hidden Eloise
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Temporary Tattoo

iAdvise - Fri, 2014-03-14 09:42
Tattoos, the ultimate permanent form of self expression, clothes can change - tattoos are for life. Well some are, these wonderful tattoo inspired items offer a less permanent solution, whilst still being a form of self expression. Don't forget to click the shop name in the description to see more about any of the items featured.First in, a lovely Valentine t-shirt from Pidgeon Stitch, the scroll detail can be customised.A little Demon Pin-Up girl of your very own, with this hand drawn pendant from Candy Apple.Lost at Sea is rapidly becoming one of my all time Folksy favs, and this skull brooch is a great example of classic tattoo art.Another customisable item on the menu today, this winged heart necklace can be personalised from KittyPink.A Royal Skull pendant from Inks on Links is superbly hand drawn onto shrink plastic.This cute trinket box from Juliet Killed Romeo is perfect for bringing a little retro chic to your dressing table.Could come in handy to wear on Mother's Day, a superb cross stitch brooch from Magasin.Put your hair up in a bouncy 50's ponytail and finish of with these cute hair slides from Very Vintage Designs.Slightly different winged heart necklace to finish on, this one comes from KittyPink again, I just couldn't leave it out!A little bit tattoo, a little bit Rock-a-Billy all these items are handmade by some very talented people, support crafters and buy handmade.Article by Aleximo, xXx
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A little birdy told me

iAdvise - Thu, 2014-03-13 21:42
One of two things always inspire me; Bunnies and Birds. I've talked about bunnies in several previous articles on another site, so now it's time for the birds! Once again Folksy makers and sellers have outdone themselves with amazing birdy related items. Here's a selection of my favorites;Below is an amazingly beautiful and detailed clutch purse from notes, in a super summery sunshine yellow.These super kawaii Birdy Amigurumi Toys from Owl on the Sill are so adorable! Love their little birdy quiffs;Jiji Kiki comes top trumps again with this vintage love birds necklace. Look at the cute heart beads detailing;I'm a big fan of papercraft, and Under the Stairs Studios creates some of the most inventive paper circuses I've ever seen. Would make a great deluxe birthday card!Molly's Mum is a shop that's been on my radar for a while now, everything is so wonderfully made with fabulous fabrics and attention to detail. Make sure you check out the owl brooches too;Who doesn't love Jemima Lumley's Jewellery? I bet these earrings look stunning on, and even better with one of the matching birdy necklaces also available;For all of us who have a button stash, these would make a welcome addition I'm sure. Handmade by Mollimoo (aka Chumley) these buttons are also available in blue;Upcycling is everywhere, even this article can't escape it! Here's the upcycled item for this selection, check out the cute ribbon tails; from Kerli;I truly admire ceramists, as my clay creations are truly horrendous! This pair of lovebird bowls from Prince Design UK would be a simply stunning wedding gift, timeless and elegant.Now I realise this is a little cheeky, but what the heck. For the first (and most likely last) time here's one of my items. Understand that this is mearly to prove the point I stated at the beginning of this article, that I gain inspiration from birds. So to the point, here is a set of my birdy badges;Aside from my shameless self promotion at the end (feel free to ignore it) I hope you like my selection of beautiful birdy items fresh from the pages of Folksy this month. Since I found so many wonderful bird based items I intend to follow this artilce up with a 'part 2' sometime in the future. But for now, don't let these unique handmade creations fly away without you. Many thanks to all those who suggested items,Aleximo, xXx
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Jammy Dodgers and Creativi-tea!

iAdvise - Thu, 2014-03-13 09:42
Well, this is quite an honour to be here and to be writing my first blog for . Normally I would celebrate in some way, perhaps with a large cup of tea and a jammy dodger biscuit. For those of you who already know me, I do have rather a reputation for liking the occasional cup of tea ...... OK, I admit it, LOTS of tea!!! The odd jammy dodger biscuit makes an appearance as well, although not for long and certainly not as often as I would like them to!So, in recognition of being asked to blog for '' and very much in honour of my love for tea and jammy dodgers, I have put together a treasury of beautiful and inspiring pieces of work from the very talented and creative people of Folksy. To me, these pieces show how a truly creative person can draw inspiration from everyday, possibly mundane, items to produce something inspiring, uplifting and desired by many. I hope you will enjoy my lighthearted journey through the pages of Folksy and share in the appreciation of these unique and inspired pieces of work.I love the quirkiness of this print and the fact that it depicts the typically British tradition of tea drinking. The use of cockney rhyming slang can't help but make you smile. 7 x 5" mounted print 'Rosy Lee' by Artwork by AngieWhat can I say? It really does look good enough to eat!Jammy Dodger Pendant by CutiePiesI chose this because the fluid lines of the teaspoon lend themselves perfectly to the shape of a ring. I love the concept of recycling the odd, or unwanted, teaspoons to breathe new life into them. It reminds me of a mobile I once bought for my kitchen, that was made entirely from recycled cutlery.Sterling Silver Teaspoon Ring by Sophie Marie Smith DesignThese would certainly make bath time more fun!Biscuit Soap Set - Oreo, Jammy Dodger, Custart Cream & Bourbon - yummy fun food soap - vegan and suitable for sensitive skinI love these! Lino printing reminds me of early craft experiences at school and these cards inspire me to maybe try it again one day.Teapot Linoprint Cards, Set of 4Although not strictly tea, or jammy dodger related, this gorgeous little chap appeared in my search and he does have a somewhat striking resemblance to a certain biscuit!Tubby Love Cat (Dark Brown) by Quernus CraftsAnother quirky one. I love the individuality of this brooch.Square Wooden Teapot Brooch by Kettle of FishI like the bold simplicity of the design on this one and the sentiment obviously!"I love tea"! Mug, Red by Quite Contrary CraftsThis is just so striking and a great combination of different styles that work together so well. A really eyecatching teapot, but also an amazing piece of art. You would definately want to get this one out if Hyacinth Bucket came round for tea and SO much nicer than her hand painted periwinkle set!Tin Can Teapot by Rebecca Sims Ceramics
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Wrapped up in a Bow

iAdvise - Wed, 2014-03-12 21:42
Well there are plenty of Christmas gift guides out there, but what about the wrapping? I personally love wrapping presents, I try to do something new each year - this year I'm using tissue paper, heart stickers, organza bags with fabric cloth wraps. I'm trying to stay away from commercial papers and raid my fabric stash instead. I might as well do a little to save the planet whilst I'm taking my Handmade Pledge!Although why shouldn't your Handmade Pledge extend to the wrapping? Those talented Folksters have come up top trumps again, here are a few of my favs.A relatively new seller The Copper Swallow makes some delightful greetings cards and paper goods. These gift tags remind me of brown paper parcels and postcards from far away lands, available in packs of five.These pretty gift boxes from Bazzil's Great Adventure would be great to package up some special jewellery or a little bottle of perfume. Loving the chrysanthemum print too.I'd never thought of making the tape a feature of my wrapping before, well not until I saw this tape anyway! Would look great over silver, gold, brown or cream paper, pick up a roll from Magic Alice.These mini tins would be perfect for a teeny stocking filler, you could fill them with beads for a fellow crafter, a little bit of pocket money for an advent calendar, or even some sweeties. What ever you decide to use them for, you can get them from The Jazzy Jewelz Studio.I've already mentioned fabric wraps, but these ones are stunning. Made by, who else, myfuroshiki, these wraps can be used again and again. I think they'd look beautiful framed too.This luxury paper ribbon from Lupin Handmade would look fab around a home baked Christmas cake, or as the finishing touch to a pretty parcel.Each of these gorgeous manilla paper tags from Charlotte Macey Textiles is drawn and pained by hand. Now there's a truly unique tag for your pressies! Quite frankly these are so cute I'd be tempted to hang them on my tree as decorations.Hopefully your head will be brimming with festive and unique gift wrapping ideas ready just in time for Christmas. As always all items are available to purchase through Folksy, just click the shop name links, and let me know what you think with a comment below.Best of festive greetings to you! (even if it's still November!)
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Mary had a little lamb

iAdvise - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:42
The uber cute lambing season is well and truly over, which is all the more reason to showcase our very own Fabulous Folksy Flock (and be careful how you say that!)White Towelling Sheep by ComingAroundAgainLinen Lambs Knitting Bag/Tote by Roselands BagsCrazy Sheep Card by Aileen Clark CraftsWelsh Sheep in Snow Photograph by GregHowesSheep resin necklace by PennyDog JewelleryAlly's Herdwicks by Ally's Baa-BaasHappy Sheep Brooch by PatsParaphernaliaSpring lamb by NiftyKnitsSheep Brooch by Minifeltslamb animal hood by Doodles in the MarginWell, that wasn't too baa-d was it?! It's not all just about sheep thrills, you know. But all's wool that end's wool. (I'll stop now. Promise.)
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