Thursday, 20 December 2012

Etsy Contest

Pin It I have been featured in today's Etsy Contest

Please check it out and vote for me (and others!!)

Beaded snowflake Christmas decoration purple2nd place December 20th, 2012
Theme Thursday! Snowflake items from $1-$50.

Beaded snowflake Christmas decoration purple
by BramalfieBeadsEtc



Monday, 17 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas

Pin It I'm taking a few days off from making stuff and enjoying a few relaxing days at my parents before the last minute rush of Christmas food shopping!!  There will only be the 2 of us for Christmas Day lunch so it should be fairly stress free then I have to go to the mortgage paying job and work Christmas Day nightshift!!!  Don't feel too sorry for me though I volunteered and I'm being paid very well to do it!!! :-)

Anyway  on to the main body of my post in place of the Craft Britannia Shop of the Week posts (which will be back in the new year) the fabulous Erica Price has been putting together the 12 Days of Christmas blog posts which feature lots of fabulous items made by Craft Britannia team members.  I've been meaning to post the links since day 1 but keep forgetting so here they are!!!  I was really honoured to have been featured on Days 5 & 6.

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 1: Gifts for Guys
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 2: Gifts for Baby
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 3: Let’s Decorate! 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 4: Gifts for Her
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 5: Cards & Giftwrap 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 6: Secret Santa 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 7: Gifts for Little Girls 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 8: Gifts for Little Boys 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 9: Gifts for Toddlers 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 10: Stocking Fillers 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 11: Last Minute Gifts 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 12: What We Really Want! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing the huge variety of handmade gifts made by members of the Craft Britannia team on Etsy.  For other handmade goods why not check out Handmade Monday on Handmade Harbour...

The Gossiping Goddess: Double Celebration - Double Giveaway...!

Pin It The Gossiping Goddess: Double Celebration - Double Giveaway...!

The extremely talented Lesley from The Gossiping Goddess is holding a giveaway to celebrate 1000 sales in one of her Etsy shops - check out the link above and be sure to comment on her blog to be in with a chance of winning!!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Gossiping Goddess Bead giveaway and challenge - Reveal

Pin It So today is the reveal day for the The Gossiping Goddess Bead giveaway and challenge.  You may remember my last blog post on 6th November which mentioned it!!  Yes that really was my last blog and for that I apologise I have been so busy getting orders ready for Christmas that I kept forgetting to write a post.  I promise that will change going forward and that the Craft Britannia shop of the week posts will re-commence in the new year!

Anyway back to the reveal...  I received my beads in the post a few weeks back and loved them immediately (sadly I didn't think to take a picture of the beads before I got to work).  A quick trip to my local bead shop The Bead Base (in Basingstoke) resulted in me buying far too many beads as always!!  
One thing I should have mentioned is that the beautiful beads came from Kaz Baildon - you can find more of her beautiful work here in her Etsy shop

Anyway here is the bracelet I created....




 Be sure to check out what everyone else has created by following the links below....

Edited to add: If anyone is wondering how I made this bracelet check out the tutorial on Lesley's Gossiping Goddess blog - Tutorial

     Sandy Huntress - http://keepsakecrafts.net/blog/
        Lori Bowring Michaud - http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
        Amy - http://copperdiem.blogspot.com
        Katherine Gale - http://terrabeadworks.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Gossiping Goddess: Free Bead Challenge Participants

Pin It The Gossiping Goddess: Free Bead Challenge Participants

I've been chosen to participate in a bead challenge on The Gossiping Goddesses blog.  She will be sending me and several others some beautiful glass beads and I will have to create something with them!!!  Can't say much more until I have seen the beads and until the big reveal on December 12th, be sure to pop back to see what I come up with :-)



Monday, 5 November 2012

All things tangled - treasury

Pin It SleightGirl from All Things Tangled asked people to comment on her blog giving links to their brown and orange items for sale on Etsy, she was looking for items to feature in a treasury.  I put forward my Brown and Orange Natasha Bead and was happy to see it was chosen to be featured in this fabulous treasury.  She also featured it on her blog.

Brown and Orange Natasha Bead


'Orange you glad Brown is in Style?' by AllThingsTangled

I love fall colors, and as Thanksgiving approaches, it is the perfect time to wear them. They warm the skin, the heart and your home. Surely there's something here that will make you thankful that you bought it.


Fabric handbag with hand spu...
$68.00

Felted Wool Fish Catnip Cat ...
$6.00

Golden Agate Geode Necklace ...
$52.00

Secret Compartment Keychain-...
$15.00

Autumn flower button cocktai...
$15.00

Treasure Cave Topaz basket s...
$69.50

Vintage Ice Bucket with Cork...
$27.50

Brown and orange polymer cla...
$10.00

Hot Air Balloon Earrings - S...
$22.00

Mosaic Art, Leaf Decor, Than...
$45.00

Beautiful sunflowers pillow ...
$45.00

Fizz Candy Signature Multist...
$60.00

Tribal Headband
$18.00

Mosaic Pedestal Dish Brown C...
$57.75

Red Apple Scrabble Necklace ...
$25.00

Friday, 2 November 2012

Craft Britannia shop of the week - Willow's Room

Pin It It's time for another Craft Britannia shop of the week this week it is the turn of Willow's Room.  Alex from Willow's Room makes beautiful bunting, lavender bags and hair accessories.

I love this heart, it would make a great Christmas decoration!


Red & white polka dot fabric heart decoration

This gorgeous bunting would fabulous in a kids bedroom or play room....

Pink & orange elephant bunting

For more about Alex and Willow's Room have a read of the Craft Britannia blog interview

Friday, 26 October 2012

Craft Britannia shop of the week - Loutul

Pin It It's time for another shop of the week post.  This week's Craft Britannia Etsy team shop of the week is the fabulous Loutul.

Louise of Loutul makes fabulous Pewter and hand embroidered items such as this beautiful pewter embossed decorative bottle.

Heart embossed pewter bottle

To find out more about Louise and Loutul have a read of the Craft Britannia blog interview or visit Louise's blog

Friday, 19 October 2012

Handmade Men

Pin It Came across a fabulous blog a few weeks ago called Handmademen.  They were looking for suggestions for their Hot Picks feature so I decided to suggest handmade cufflinks.  You may or may not realise that I make cufflinks, you can check out my range on Etsy.  Since I revised my tags on Etsy last weekend they are proving to be quite popular as I have sold 2 pairs in the last week.  Guess I should get on and make some more!!!

Check out the full post at Handmademen.com

Pink Cufflinks - Bramalfie Beads Etc

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Craft Britannia Shop of the Week - Colour Me Fun

Pin It Over on Etsy I am a member of many teams one of them being Craft Britannia - this is a team for UK based Etsians and is a really great and supportive team.  One of the fantastic things they do is have a shop of the week where a different shop is chosen and we all help to promote them by tweeting, posting on Facebook, hearting things in their shop etc.  So I thought I would write a blog post dedicated to this week's shop - Colour Me Fun.

Colour Me Fun makes fabulous crayons in a variety of shapes and colours from dinosaurs to crowns, even your name in letters!!!

One of my favourites has to be lego crayons!!!


http://www.etsy.com/listing/90025938/lego-brick-crayons-set-of-8
Lego Crayons


You can read more from Danielle of Colour Me Fun at the Craft Britannia Blog Interview

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

New beaded beads

Pin It Spent the evening last night trying out a new beading pattern for beaded beads from The Crimson Moon.  These ones have a wooden bead as the core.  Quite straight forward once I got the hang of it!!  Think I will make a matching one and do some earrings...



Monday, 8 October 2012

Blog revamp!!

Pin It After neglecting my blog for far too long I have decided it is time to give it a make over and start using it again!!!  So I've changed the banner to match the new one for my Etsy shop and changed the template.  I think it looks much better now!!  Now I just need to remember to update it every now and then :-)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

I've been MIA....

Pin It Haven't visited my blog in a while and it is looking very sorry for itself!!  Not sure where all the pictures have disappeared to... :-(  Looks like I need to give this page a bit of a overhaul so that will be my next project!!!  In the meantime pop over to my Facebook page where you will find lots of photos :-)  http://www.facebook.com/bramalfiebeadsetc