Monday, 30 September 2013

Special one day offer on my Christmas snowflakes!!

Pin It It's been a while since I blogged or joined in with the Handmade Monday posts so I thought as I have a special offer on today I would write a quick post!!

For today only I am offering 3 of my handmade beaded snowflakes (and stars) for a special price.  You can choose to have 3 in the same colour or in 3 different colours, the choice is entirely yours!!  I am offering them until midnight GMT for the special price of £20 which includes UK postage.  I would normally sell them for £7.50 plus £1.20 postage so this is a saving of over £4!!!

See the picture for the current choice of colours, but I am also open to suggestions of new colours!!!!

Contact me on my Facebook page if you are interested...

Don't forget to check out the other Handmade Monday posts

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Where is this year going?

Pin It I can't believe it's September already and almost my birthday!!!  I also can't believe that I haven't blogged since June, seriously did someone hit the fast forward button?

I've been busy recently, there are some new beads in my Etsy shop and I've got some new beaded snowflakes to be listed soon, so be sure to keep visiting!!

I've also been trying my hand at making ear cuffs and I followed this fabulous tutorial on Shaelynns Faerie Shoppe blog.  I think I will be playing around and making some more to list in my shop!!!

This is the one I've just made....  I can't believe how difficult it is to take a picture of your own ear!!!  I think it looks pretty good for a first attempt - what do you all think?

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Summer Elements blog hop

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Welcome to the Summer Elements blog hop hosted by Toltec Jewels of Jewel School Friends.

We were invited to create and share what we love about an element of summer. It could be jewellery, beads, a recipe, a craft, holiday memories, campfire songs -- basically anything that celebrates summer. 

So I had totally forgotten about the blog hop until I received a message about it about a week ago!!  So I had no idea what I was going to share, then I thought about the Natasha beads I had literally made the day before.  I decided they were perfect as they reminded me of summer!!  I made them with a mix of old cane ends that were sitting in my scrap box, smooching them into a cane, twisting, slicing and shaping until the beads below were left!!

The orange and yellow in them made them pop and it's that that shouted summer to me...  So here they are....  I'm still trying to decide whether to list them in my Etsy shop as they are or if I will create a piece or pieces of jewellery from them, so watch this space!!

So now that you have seen my beads don't forget to pop by all the other Summer Elements Blog Hop Participants: 

Toltec Jewels (Hostess)
Marlene Cupo         
Cheri Reed              
Ailsa Cordner               <<<<<<<You are here!!!!
Robin Reed             
Nan Smith               
Sherri Stokey           
Christie (Charis Designs)
Carolyn Lawson       
Susie Harris              
Andrea Glick-Zenith 
Nelly May                
Melissa Trudinger     
Dini Bruinsma           
Kathy Lindemer       
Cory Tompkins        
Robin Reed             
Gina Hockett           
Karen Martinez       
Jasvanti Patel           
Solange Collin          
Karla Morgan          
Anindita Basu           
Alicia Marinache      
Andrea Trank          
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Mischelle Fanucchi   
Tanty Sri Hartanti     
Shaiha Williams        
Mary Govaars          
Becca Sirevaag        
Lennis Carrier          
Regina Wood           
Sue Kennedy           
Kathleen Breeding   

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

WOYWW - 12/06/2013

Pin It Welcome to another WOYWW post.  Today I have been working with Polymer Clay for the first time in weeks and I actually managed to finish some things and bake them!!!  Now just to decide if to list on Etsy as beads or make into jewellery myself...opinions always welcomed!!

Be sure to visit everyone else and have a nose look at what everyone else has been working on this week by popping over to Julia's blog.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

WOYWW - 29/05/2013

Pin It What's on my workdesk this week?  Well I came home from work tonight to find a package from the wonderful shop The Rainbowgirl.  In it was 50 hand dyed silk cocoons!!!


I plan to make some more jewellery from them, they are all lovely summery colours though the photo doesn't do them justice!!  There are 10 of each of the following colours - black, yellow, orange, turquoise and purple.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing what is on my workdesk this week - be sure to check out the other work desks this week and help to celebrate 4 years of WOYWW by popping over to Julia's blog.

Monday, 27 May 2013

New techniques...

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For my Handmade Monday post I thought I would show you the two new techniques I've been working recently, viking knit and kumihimo braiding.  I'll be listing some of these items in my Etsy shop soon and I'm also looking to get a Folksy shop up and running too.  I'm also looking to expand my range of men's jewellery to include more than just cufflinks and I think these 2 techniques will be perfect for doing just that!!

Viking knit - in progress...


The finished viking knit bracelet...

Kumihimo in progress....

Finished Kumihimo bracelet

Don't forget to check out the other Handmade Monday posts on Handmade Harbour

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

WOYWW - 22/05/2013

Pin It So I haven't blogged for a while and needed something to kick start me and that was seeing a WOYWW email in my inbox today....

As you can see I have lots of unfinished things on the go at the moment!!  Hopefully I'll actually get some things finished this week but not this evening as I've got a meeting to go to in a minute followed by a visit to the cinema to see Iron Man 3 - got to love Orange Wednesdays!!!  (For those not in the UK Orange Wednesday is a offer where one of the mobile phone companies offers 2 cinema tickets for the price of 1 with a text message code)

Don't forget to check out some of the other workdesk pictures!!  You can find the list here!

Thursday, 9 May 2013


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Sorry I haven't posted much lately I've been busy being ill and going on holiday!!  Hopefully now that spring seems to have finally arrived the bugs will go into hiding and I can have a illness free summer :-)

Anyway just because I can I have decided to run a giveaway over on my Facebook page!!  To win one of my shaggy chainmaille bracelets in the colour of your choice follow this link...

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Inky Doodle Crafts

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Featured Artist

Inky Doodle Crafts

Inky Doodle Crafts

Today's Featured Artist is Inky Doodle Crafts! You will find delightful, greeting cards, birthday cards and more in this Etsy Shop! Inky Doodle Crafts is a proud member of On Fire for Handmade and Jelly Park ! We are thrilled to have them on board!

You can find Inky Doodle Crafts on: Etsy  Blog  Facebook

Are You On Fire for Handmade?

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


Pin It So I've just discovered WOYWW - which stands for What is on your workdesk? Wednesday and thought I would join in this week!!!

My workdesk is a mess and hasn't really been touched in week's as I seem to have lost my mojo a bit!!  I have been using this time to photograph and list things on my Etsy shop and have finally hit my target of 100 items!! That isn't what this post is about though!!  So here is my workdesk...

This was taken a few weeks ago and I don't think it has changed too much, maybe a few more started but not finished objects!!!  I'm off work for the next 5 days so maybe it will change in that time and I will be able to post a different picture next week!!  I really do need to make a pendant from that red and black mix though as it matches the dress I will be wearing on Monday night....

If you want to find out more about WOYWW, join in or generally just have a nose at everyones workdesks pop over here.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Shop of the Week - Rather Unseamly

Pin It This week's fabulous Etsy shop is Rather Unseamly the home of geeky, nerdy and sarcastic (their words!!) cross stitch designs.

Here are some of my favourite items!!!

To read more about Beki and Rather Unseamly read her interview on the Craft Britannia blog.

I'm a bit late with this but this is my Handmade Monday post, pop over to the blog to see what everyone else is up to!!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Monday Moodboard - 18/03/13

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We are the champions!!

The ice hockey team that I support (yes there is ice hockey in the UK!!) won their league championship for the 2nd year running, quite an achievement in a very competitive league!!  So today's mood board is in celebration of the Guildford Flames back to back league champions!!!

Don't forget to pop over to Star of the East's blog to see more moodboards....

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Tuesday Treasury - 12/03/13

Pin It Just the one this week....  I am thinking of moving this post to make it a Thursday Treasury as the start of the week seems to be full of posts from me!!!  So this will be the last Tuesday treasury.

'Spring wedding' by BramalfieBeadsetc

Pearl- White Weddin...

Beach Bridal Bouque...

White Fairy Dress U...

Wedding lace cuff. ...

Bridal Cream and Iv...

Natural Pearl Neckl...

Wooden Personalized...

Easter Spring Perso...

Ivory tatted lace n...

Everlasting Love Fl...

Love Birds Wedding ...

White Flower Twigs ...

White wedding earri...

Hydrangea Wreath- S...

Flower Necklace, Si...

Ivory Bridal Fascin...

Shop of the Week - gemmaclarkehome

Pin It Gemma from gemmaclarkehome creates beautiful hand-painted, handmade scarves and cushion covers in organic linen, organic cotton/bamboo and muslin.  Below are some of my favourite items from Gemma's beautiful shop.

Light Grey Linen cushion (small) with hand-painted butterfly

Cotton scarf/shawl/sarong in black (large) with hand-painted Passiflora

Organic cotton/bamboo Skinny Scarf in Indigo with hand-painted silver butterflies

Pop over to Gemma's shop to see the rest of her item's and pop over to the Craft Britannia blog to read the interview with Gemma.

This is my slightly delayed Handmade Monday post!!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Monday moodboard 11/03/2013

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It's absolutely freezing here in the UK hence today's choices!!!!  Check out the other moodboards at Star of the East's blog

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Tuesday Treasury - 05/03/2013

Pin It Back to two treasuries this week!!!

'Grey is beautiful' by BramalfieBeadsetc

Women house shoes, ...

Large Sterling & Gr...

Grey Black Tunik Si...

Sterling silver hea...

8x10 Photography Pr...

Baby Boys Newborn G...


Ristretto ceramic c...

Wristlet in Gray wi...

Titanium Ring Sandb...

Aqua Gray Nursery S...

Grey and Amber Twis...

Gray Chevron Owl Pl...

Dog Bowtie Collar S...

White Yellow and Gr...

Grey and Yellow Wed...

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

'Spring flowers' by BramalfieBeadsetc

Flower Photography ...

Leather flower brac...

Dusty Rose Chiffon ...

Small Red Flowers p...

Orinuno Bag - Handf...

Spring floral silk ...

Golden necklace wit...

Felted Flower Neck...

Scrabble Tile Penda...

Paper Flower Garlan...

Sky Blue Crochet Tr...

Dreamy Day 2- Photo...

bridal hair acessor...

Plum purple romanti...

TWO Wall Flowers -L...

Delphinium - botani...

Treasury tool supported by the dog house