Sunday, 23 November 2008

An Award!

I have been given this 'Luna Award' by Sharon of Mana Moon Studios, for spreading hope and inspiration through a blog. I feel very honoured indeed to receive this award, but I have to admit though that I'm not convinced I deserve it ~ I know I always have good intentions to post more regularly but it doesn't always happen! It is however heartwarming to know that people checking in get something out of the experience and I'm very grateful to Sharon for passing it on to me, so for this reason I will be doubling my efforts to live up to this award in future.
And in the true spirit of blog awards, this one must be passed on to seven others whose blogs inspire me (luckily there are many to chose from ;), so without further ado, here they are:

Brandi for her 'brandi-girl' blog - her blog is through provoking and inspiring, she is so good at promoting other artists and she never fails to make me smile :)
Felicia of Fluffy Flowers - a fabulous photo diary, the most adorable plush creatures and a dog called Slashables!
Mandie of Jewellery Craft - a blog about jewellery and the ups and downs of real life, Mandie has been the source of some great tips as I've been experimenting with jewellery-making techniques for which I'm very grateful.
Nia of GemwaithNia Jewellery - I loved that she took us on her holidays this summer with her blog ;) and Nia's jewellery is really lovely.
Caroline of Crafted Gems - the most amazing lampwork beads and some great chocolate cakes along the way ;)
Laura of Beads by Laura - more fabulous beads (and I've just won my first set in a prize draw, I'm so excited!) and a love of Star Wars and Lego, lol :)
Izzy of Adventures in Glass - my first set of lampwork glass beads were made by Izzy (I made a bracelet for myself ;) and I think her beads are beautiful. She encouraged me to get involved in this online community of beady people and I am very grateful for that - her blog is a lovely showcase of fab beads and beady creations.

Thank you ladies all very much :)


So I've been pretty busy at work and have not had enough time to make jewellery (as per usual) and I also have a job interview tomorrow morning, the preparation for which has been taking up a large chunk of my weekend. I'm happy with the work I do where I am, but I've been there 7 years now, and I'm thinking I should at least see what else is out there, even if I don't actually change jobs. This is probably not the smartest time to be jumping ship either with a recession looming large, but I guess I should start somewhere. Although my job can be pretty manic quite a lot of the time, if I'm honest I am still pretty comfortable with the work and I get this little voice that says I should be challenging myself now, which means working for someone new... I have a 3 1/2 hour interview which is a bit scary, but hey, I wanted a challenge!

Last weekend I did a craft fair, and my goal was to make enough money to cover my phonebill, which I did, so I was happy (it doesn't take much ;). I met some other lovely artists too, including one lady (also called Alison) who makes jewellery with real flowers, sealed in resin / acrylic, which she has got from Thailand. Her creations are lovely (checkout her website The Flower Jewellery Shop here). She recommended some other possiblities for craft fairs too, so I'm hoping to cross paths with her again.
And at the craft fair I had a bit of time to sit and make some jewellery. I have finally taken the plunge and split up my beautiful string of Sunbaked beads by Julie of Lush Lampwork, and here are the initial results - a bracelet with Thai silver and Swarovski crystals (I think the Swarovskis are a perfect match for the sunbaked colours).

And finally ~ I made my first sale through Etsy ~ yay! I've had an Etsy shop since the spring without many things in it to be honest, but I recently stocked it up a bit more and this seems to have done the trick (lets hope it's the first sale of many ;). I sold a pair of earrings, very simple design made with a pair of beads by Caroline Cash, very similar to the pair below. These beads are a pair by Java Bead on Etsy which I need to get listed this week I think.


Well that's it for me, I'm off to go over my notes for the morning once more and check my suit still fits, lol! Have a good week everyone ;)

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Lots of Earrings

I've got a stall at a Christmas Fair in a couple of weeks' time, so I've been trying to make as many new pieces of jewellery as possible over the last few weekends (I try, but just don't get much chance during the week to create). I have quite a few bracelets and necklaces that are on the more expensive side, but I also wanted to have a few things that were not so pricey - so I've been making earrings like crazy. I've done some simple wrapped briolettes as well as some more elaborate cluster designs.


The dish in a couple of my pictures is my newest attempt at adding some interest to my photos - I went on a day trip to Bath with my friend a couple of weeks ago, and although I was not extravagant with my shopping, this was one of my finds. I also got a bag I just couldn't resist and the teal wheel beads I've used in the top photo.







I'm hoping to have another go at some oxidising with some of these earrings, so far I've only used my liver of sulphur once, on a bracelet I made myself, but I'm thinking these beryl and iolite earrings are prime candidates... all I need now is some dry weather so I can get out in the garden to do it, rather than stink out the house with the smell of rotten eggs!





I've been experimenting with making earwires recently too, they don't always come out quite right but I'm quite please with the ones that have made it onto jewellery so far ;) Just as with earrings themselves, I'm finding the hardest thing is to make both sides look the same and hang the same length...
And finally, I just wanted to say how much fun the game of tag has been, very enlightening and and definitely a good way to get to know my online friends a little better. I hope you all have a good week ;)