Thursday, February 24, 2011

Almost Friday!

Well, the weather was slightly better today, bright and dry, so I was on a photo taking mission in a bid to get some better pics to upload to my and the new one

I also received an order of supplies from the Bead Shop Scotland.  They had a fab special offer on for reaching 3,000 fans on their Facebook page - a free selection of glass beads when you spent £15.00 or more on the website.  It's a real treasure trove of beads in the box I received!

Think I've finally found some elastic I'm totally happy with for making elasticated bracelets.  I've been wearing a sample bracelet made with it today and so far so good.  Neil tried to snap a length of it when he came home from work and couldn't do it!  Success!

Here are a few of my makes from today....

Last day of the school hols tomorrow :o(  Me and J are off out with some friends for lunch and then to a little craft place where the kids can paint their own pottery items.  They also do courses on silver art clay so I'm going to get some details and maybe book a session.

It's almost the weekend!

Sharon x

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nice weather for ducks!

Well, day 3 of the school hols and yet another miserable day of mist and rain.  Popped up to Ramsey this morning with J to visit Jan in the bead shop (spent a small fortune!) and had the pleasure of meeting a fellow crafter, Karen from purplecatscorner.  Be sure to take a look at her Facebook page, her work is fantastic!

Finished another tiara today as well.  This one is made with clear AB Czech firepolish beads, not quite so sparkly as Swarovski but a fab less expensive way to make you sparkle on your special day.

Also been busy with some orders for DS stylus safety chains.

Hoping the weather improves for the next 2 days.

Sharon x

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You can tell it's the school hols..... the shocking weather we're having here on the Isle of Man!  Misty and raining for the 2nd day now.  It's so annoying for 2 reasons - 1. I was hoping for a good day so I could take some better pics for my website and 2. I was hoping to get J out riding his bike.

I'm working on a range of less expensive designs at the minute.  Rather than using Swarovski crystals I'm using Czech firepolish beads instead.  Here's a version of my flower headband with aquamarine and jet black beads....

This would be ideal for a bridesmaid or for a special occasion in general such as a prom or a day at the races.  I'm working on a necklace to match this at the minute, a smaller version of the flower on a beaded chain.

Have a good week, everyone x

Friday, February 18, 2011

More wedding makes.

Still busy with preparations for the wedding fayre this Sunday.  Here are my latest makes....

I bought a fab tool the other day which has been an absolute godsend for making my new designs.  It's a Beadalon wire twisting gizmo.  To twist the wires as in the cake toppers pictured above is so sore on your fingers so I'm chuffed to bits with my new gadget.

Almost ready for Sunday.  I just have a necklace I want to make to match a bracelet I've already made.  Getting real excited about the fayre now.  My lovely friend, Adelle, is coming along to keep me company and to showcase her new bridal bags.  She's a very talented lady and if you'd like to see her work she has a Facebook page called bagz4ewe.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! x

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A flash of inspiration!

I had a flash of inspiration the other day when ordering yet another stylus for my son's Nintendo DS.  I wondered if there was any way of attaching the stylus to the console.  He has a dangly Professor Leyton on his console (like a mobile phone charm).  There is a small gap on the stylus so I thought there must be a way of doing this.  Here's what I've come up with....

These are now available to order via my Facebook page.  They come with the stylus as well and I can personalise them with names.  No more hunting down the back of the sofa for a missing stylus.

Been very busy with preparing for the wedding fayre this coming Sunday.  Really excited about it.  Will post some pics and updates after the event.

It's nearly Friday! :o)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

So excited!

Well, yesterday I was like a kid at Christmas!  I'm taking part in a wedding fayre on February 20th and thought I'd treat myself to some lovely new display stands.  I ordered them from a shop called Design Acrylics on Ebay and I have to say I'm absolutely chuffed to bits with them.  I ordered a tiara stand (holds 6 tiaras), 3 necklace displays, 5 earring displays and rather than the run of the mill usual bracelet displays I ordered 10 small scalloped edge coasters.  They are all matching, frosted mirror effect.  I just love them and how well they make the jewellery look, I can't stop looking at them!  Here's a pic....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Been a busy bee!

I was back to work after 5 days off and boy was it a struggle to get out of bed this morning!  I'm only working part time now though so not too bad.

I received a delivery of some gorgeous freshwater pearls yesterday and couldn't wait to get started on some designs with them.  I've made a new bridal jewellery set combining the pearls with vintage rose Swarovski crystals.  I love the vintage rose shade, it's so classic and beautiful and always seems to make me think of oldy worldy weddings.

I've already had some very positive comments about the set so fingers crossed I receive an order or 2!

Today I also made a sparkly headband for a little girl.  Her mum is a previous customer of mine and she requested a headband for her little girl to wear at a christening this coming Sunday.  It's very simple but very effective.

I have a wedding fayre coming up on February 20th so I'm very excited about that.  I have quite a few designs ready and I just need to find some lovely fabric to cover the table with and order some tiara display stands.

J has just taken Scamp out for a walk.  Neil made the mistake of saying if J took Scamp for a walk every day for the next 3 months we could get a playmate for him.  It's only day 2 but I'm so surprised J has walked him 2 days in a row!

Happy Tuesday everyone x

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday again, where does the weekend disappear to??!!

Well, it's Monday again.  I'm sure the weekends are passing by more quickly than ever!

I've had a couple of custom orders to work on over the weekend and I've just finished one off.  It was a special request from a previous customer - a bracelet for her mother who had unfortunately just lost her brother.  It's made up of Swarovski pearls and crystals, sterling silver spacers and clasp and the finishing touch is a sterling silver angel charm.

The other piece I'm working on is a sparkly pink headband for a 3 year old to wear at a christening.  Pic to follow shortly.

A Craft Forum member has recently set up a new website for crafters to showcase their work.  It's free to sign up and non-crafters are encouraged to sign up to as there are links and details to the designers should they wish to purchase any items.  The site is called Crafty-Bitz.  This is a fab idea, like a 24/7 craft fair!  Please take a look, sign up and spread the word!

Hope you all have a great week! x

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Don't you just love days off :o)

Well, I have a few days off work starting from today so aside from meeting up with some friends for lunch I'm hoping to get some more jewellery made for the wedding fayre on 20th February.  I made another tiara last night and I was really pleased with how it turned out.  The pics never do the designs justice, they're so much more sparkly in real life.  I'm hoping to get someone to model for me and have some professional pics taken to use on my website.

And here's another tiara which I made the other day.

Off now for a cuppa and to walk the dog.  Scamp joined the family in October last year.  He's a bichon/springer spaniel cross, full of fun and character!

Enjoy your day, everyone x