Wow, its been forever since I last posted here. So much has happened, we have moved house (finally), the kids have gone back to school after a hectic summer, I have done another course, and am decorating my new home. And now we have begun the run up to christmas, I have a new collection coming very soon, and will be starting to do some tutorials as well. Here are some of my recent pieces, which will be on sale shortly.
And here is the piece I started on the course I attended at the weekend, hosted by two fantastic ladies whom I am proud to call friends. My butterfly, made in non tarnish copper wire with Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Aquamarine, Pearls and Blue Quartz.
I will leave you with this little lot for now, and I promise that I will not leave it so long next time. TTFN........
Wow, its been such a long time since I posted here. Life has been hectic, and work hard. We are preparing to move house, so crafting has taken a bit of a break (although its still happening, its not as frequent)
First and foremost, I have some birthday wishes to give. To my son Connor, who will finally become a teenager next week (18th june) many happy returns mate, you made it to 13 at last. And to my wonderful Mum, Julie, who celebrates her birthday on 7th July, and her 37th wedding anniversary with my Dad on 9th July, Happy birthday mum, you remain an inspiration and a tower of strength to me xxxxxxxx.
So, on to what's been happening the last couple of months.....
We may be moving soon to a bigger and better house (yay), My friend and I did our second holiday craft workshop, which went very well, we taught macrame this time, which was picked up very quickly by our young patrons,
This is the very cute (and very clever) Henry with his wonderful macrame creations.
I have also been experimenting with different mediums in my work (again) and here are a few examples of items I have made, with sari silk, friendly plastic and other items.
So, this is what I have been doing, as well as enjoying the nice weather we are having right now. As usual, I do hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoying making it. TTFN........
Wow, I can't believe its over a month since my last post. I have been so busy, I just haven't had time. Let's see, two of the kids have had school residentials, the easter holidays have happened, I have run a kids crafting workshop with a friend (took a lot of organising, but more on that shortly), and I have started working with a totally new (to me) medium for jewellery.
So, first things first, the crafting workshop. I teamed up with my good friend Fiona Jones, of Sunago Unique Creations which is also based in Cheltenham, to run a holiday crafting workshop for local children. The Fairview pub on Hewlett Road, generously gave us a lovely room in which to hold the workshop, and it went well. It will be repeated in the future.
The lovely Gessica, showing off her makes from our workshop.
Next, I have been working with a new (to me) medium called dip-it fantasy film which is a type of resin paint. it dries into a lovely film in a wire frame. Her are some of the projects I have been working on.
I will be working a lot more with this lovely medium but have only had it a week so far, so haven't had much chance to play.
And finally, I have been asked by a friend to run a stall at a charity fundraiser in my local area tomorrow (26th april), to raise funds for 'Harlee's Wings' a charity dedicated to the memory of a very special little boy who was born (and sadly passed away) this January from a congenital heart defect.
His parents have set up the charity to raise awareness and funds for sufferers of this defect, and their parents. I have made a prize for the raffle they are running, and here it is.
This is Harlee's pendant.
Made with a 14x10mm Almandine Garnet cab with gold and silver plated wires in 1mm, 0.6mm and 0.4mm.
So, this is what has been happening for me, I do hope you enjoy reading my posts, and I wont leave it so long before the next one this time. TTFN.........
Hopefully at least. The weather is currently glorious, there is washing on the line, I have all the windows open and its warm. I have been fiddling about with lots of different things this last month, but first and foremost I have some birthday wishes to give.
To my youngest daughter Freya, who will be 8 on wednesday (12th), a very happy birthday my little love. To my eldest daughter Hope who will be 9 the following saturday (21st), happy birthday to my big string bean, and to my eldest son Callum, who will be 15 (i know) on the 31st, and in france with school on his birthday, a very happy birthday, enjoy your school trip, and bring me back something nice. And of course a hearty hello to my youngest son Connor, who is 12 and doesn't have a birthday this month. but I didn't want him to feel left out as he is the only one who has to wait.
And on to business. I have been entering competitions, playing with new mediums and of course, the trusty wire work
Well, as I sit in my little studio, with the window wide open making my pretties, I look up and am confronted by this gorgeous view
I cant believe its been over a month since i last posted. Times have been very busy, with courses, and meetings etc, as well as ill children, a partner off work and on crutches, and the horrible weather we have been having. It just doesnt inspire me to do very much, but onwards and upwards as they say. I have been creating, including a competition entry, and some valentines inspired pieces.
On monday (10th feb) I went to Redditch to take part in a course learning how to make viking knit dragons. The course was taught by the lovely Alison Tarry, and travelled there with my very good friend Michelle who was also doing the course. We learnt lots of wonderful new techniques, and polished some old ones. Although I didnt produce a whole dragon on the course, I made enough that I could bring it home to finish. Following this, I have produced my first dragon, and am in the process of doing the second one. Below are the pics of the first, and the plans and progress of the second.
Pop the dragon is still a work in progress, He still needs facial frills, a spine with spikes and some legs, and will be lying down, curled around a rock of some description, possibly agate once I find the right one for him.
So, this is what I have been doing recently, and possibly will be doing for some time yet since I have at least 2 more dragons to make in the upcoming weeks, Snap, who will be a fire dragon of some description, and a black wire dragon who is still unnamed, for my brother. I will get back to them now, I hope you have enjoyed seeing my babies. TTFN......
I am continuing with the tiny theme at the moment.
I have entered a Year of Jewellery project 2014, which involves making a different piece of jewellery every week, to a set theme. We are on week two currently, and below are my submissions so far.
So, I will update with my Year of Jewellery pictures for each week. For now, I am back off to my desk to play with more wire.
Well, that's Christmas and the New Year over and done with. I have had a lovely time, despite being ill with manflu over christmas. I had some lovely presents, and time with the family, and also did a lot of cooking.
I have decided that my first project for 2014 will be to make small jewellery. I normally make big pendants with a lot of detail, but am attempting to go for dinky for a while.
I hope that you have all had a wonderful christmas and new year, keep looking out as there will be more lovely pieces, and a few more tutorials in the coming weeks. TTFN........
The goose is getting fat. And all that jazz. The last few weeks have been busy for me, I have craft fairs coming up, christmas to organise for my large family, and pretties to make. I have really been getting into Chain Maille recently, after doing a course with a good friend in the summer. Here are a few of my recent creations......
I have also been playing with wire and animal shapes, I have done a step by step set of photographs of one project with more to follow.
Larger picture of the finished horses head. I love this and I have plans to do lots more animals, I am already working on a cat.
I do hope that you enjoyed this, my first ever tutorial, and will have fun making you
So, Halloween is over, my 12 year old son wanted a spiderman pumpkin (?) so i had fun carving that, and my own creation.
And Bonfire night is also over, we didn't do much this year, just hung out in the front garden watching fireworks and playing with sparklers. So, on to Christmas, I am busy making away for presents and another upcoming stall next month. I have been working with some gorgeous stones, including genuine Black Diamonds
Today I went to the Rock, Gem and Bead show in my town, its been better in previous years, but it was still good. I got some pretties including a cabochon of Blue Goldstone and a Star Diopside. They are very lovely. I had a good time and saw a good friend so am pleased with that. Well its late now, and I think its about time I went off to bed so I will bid you good night. TTFN......
Hey all, cant believe its nearly a fortnight since I last updated my blog. So, I have been very busy preparing for my first craft fair of the festive season which is in 2 days. Also, been getting Christmas shopping done, and acquiring proper precious gemstones including Black Diamonds!!!!!
So I made this today, this is my Hero piece, Sterling and Fine Silver with genuine Black Diamond small nuggets. Am so in love with this piece, but sadly I cant afford to keep it.
Please wish me luck for my craft fair on saturday, I have everything crossed that i make some sales, and get some good networking done. See you in a few days. TTFN.......