Saturday, 21 March 2009

New Jewellery & Awards

Hi everyone, it's a beautiful day here and I've got some time at last to catch up with things non-work ;)

I finished off a couple of new pieces last weekend ~ their titles are both names of songs by Tori Amos ~ can you tell what I was listening to on my iPod? Icicle, Icicle is a rock crystal focal with cluster of icy blue and silver gems and pearls and Yes, Anastasia is a necklace with a soft pink smooth rose quartz briolette on a chain of rose quartz and rustic crackle aquamarine rounds and some really cool shapped black blister pearls. I oxidised this one too. The third picture is still a work in progress. The bracelet has already gone back with my sister for sale in her Orlando hair salon, and I'm working on the earrings this weekend. I love the red fossil coral with the creamy pearls ;)

And despite being such a bad blogger I have been given two awards so now I must pass on the love ;)

Firstly thanks so much to Elaine of ChatElaine Jewellery, a fellow bead fanatic, who has passed on the 'Let's be Friends' award, and this is what it's all about:

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

And so to pass this on to 8 other bloggers who (among others) have become my online friends over the last year or so since I've been blogging:

Brandi - Brandi-Girl
Caroline - Crafted Gems
Deb - Crysallis Creations
Janine - Cherished Trinkets
Jo - Gemheaven
Mandie - Jewellery Craft
Catherine - La Perle
Veryan - Beady Pool

Thanks ladies you all keep me smiling ;)

And last but not least I have another award, which I really should have blogged about long before now, received from Brandi
apparently for just being lovely ;) which I'm really very touched by.
And the rules for this award are...

1. Please put the logo on your blog.
2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.

So the 7 people I've chosen for this one are (no apologies if some of you have received this one already, but no obligation to pass it on ;)...

Sharon - Mana Moon Studios
Tina - So What's New Today?
Laura - Beads by Laura
Clare - Beads by Clare Scott
Izzy - Adventures in Glass
Elaine - ChatElaine Jewellery
Vicky - Swiss Side Jewellery

Well that's probably more than enough from me for one day, hope you are all having a great weekend ;)

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

All of a Twitter ~ Shop of the Week

I can't quite believe I am managing two posts in one week, but I guess I must be on a roll! A couple of weeks ago I joined the Etsy Twitter Team, basically a group of Etsy sellers who use Twitter to communicate and promote their work. The Team has a 'Shop of the Week' feature ~ which the rest of the team commit to promote through their own blogs, Twitter and other online forums. I think it's a great way to to give each other a boost and to find some great new items too. This week's shop is Angel Kisses Jewelry ~ a family collective of Michelle, her mother Sherry and sister Annette.

Angel Kisses jewelry is all about making individual, one-of-a-kind pieces using gemstones and glass beads and semi-precious metals. I love the textures and colours of their creations, these here are a couple of my favourites.

Even better, this week Angel Kisses are donating 10% of all proceeds from sales to support HIV Positive women in Addis Kidan, Ethiopia, through the Good Samaritan Organization, with which Sherry is personally involved. She is due to travel to Ethiopia next week to visit the women who receive the support from this charity. Go check them out!

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Against a Dark Background

Once again it's been ages since I posted, but as the saying goes, better late than never! There always seems so much to do and not enough hours in the day to do them all. I've got lots to say, but I'll try to keep it short and sweet (for those of you whose blogger reader list is anything like mine !) Firstly 'hi' to all my new followers and thanks so much for taking an interest in my blog ;o)

Since my last post I've been investigating the forums online and thinking about promoting myself better online. I've signed up to Twitter (& Plurk too) and am now a member of the Etsy Twitter Team. If you are there too come and say hi!
I've also set up an Artfire account and am on the verge of listing there ~ I've not done much with my shops lately and need a real kickstart I think!

I've not been very prolific since Christmas jewellery-wise, but I've got lots of new ideas. Still I've finally managed to finish a couple of pieces, including these necklaces here. The first is one I made for myself with beads by Isabelle Anderson of
Flame & Glass, I just love her beads so much. The second is a necklace I need to list, featuring a gorgeous set of beads by Clare Scott. I've had these for ages but was waiting for the right blue beads to go with them. These Peruvian blue opals did it for me.

The last one is a necklace I've been making for ages and features beads by American lampwork artists JavaBead. They names these lovely boro beads 'Arabian Nights' so I have stuck with the theme and decided to call this necklace 'Sheherazade'. I've used amethysts, iolite, aquamarines and pink sapphires to bring out the colours in the glass.

And so for the post title... I decided recently that my photos needed a little perking up, and I discover it is much easier to get a good picture with a dark background! I paid my local garden centre a visit and came away with a black sandstone slab and a slice of slate, and I've made a little set up with these and some lovely slightly shiny deep grey paper I had in my stash... I know it's not the most original of ideas, but I hope it does more justice to the beads than my cream ground did before. 'Against a Dark Background' is also a great story by one of my favourite sci-fi authors, Iain M. Banks. I highly recommend it if you like that sort of thing ;o)

I have more (including an award I need to acknowledge ~ thanks Brandi, I know I'm rubbish but I promise I haven't forgotten;). It probably deserves its own post, so I'll save it for next time.