Well, the lurgy is disappearing slowly, and I have been making jewellery again today. I started 2 different lots of chain maille and made a pendant based on a tutorial by Nicole Hanna, a well known american wire work artist, whos work I admire tremendously.
The children are all back at school and feeling better, and I am slowly getting on with my Christmas planning. This is supposed to include making pieces for my online shop here, and for the craft fair events that are booked, however, I seem to have spent more time on the internet browsing for bargains for the kids and the other half, than I have actually playing with beads and wire.
Still not sure what to do with this piece, its an Amazonite donut pendant with a simple 2x2 chain maille weave. Inspiration appears to be totally evading me, I had plenty when I started the chain maille, but it has run away to join the circus I think. I will sleep on it, and try again tomorrow I think. TTFN
Well, the weather has turned, and you can tell that the festive season is beginning by the fact that 6 out of the 7 people living in my house are full of colds, including myself. My 14 year old son is in full on man flu mode, my 8 year old daughter cant stop sneezing and the rest of us are in various states in between. Only the youngest girl has so far avoided the plague, and has been bouncing around like she is on coffee.
Despite having a stinking cold, I am feeling somewhat festive this week, and am working on designs for my Christmas Crackers page, shopping for goodies for my kids, and trying to think of a colour scheme for my decorations. I thought this evening that I would share with you some funny photos of my silly pets as I am not getting much jewellery done, so here they are.
Am going to disappear off to my sick bed now, and languish in its warmth. TTFN
What grim weather!!!!!! its been throwing it down all day nearly, and it does not inspire me to make pretty things. I did however almost finish my european 4 in 1 chain maille bracelet
I have had to order some clasps for it, so it will sit in this state until they arrive. Also, I have been contemplating christmas, did you know its only 15 saturday's away? Scary thought huh? Well it scares me as I have so far made one piece for my Christmas range of jewellery, so I think I had better get my skates on. TTFN xxx
So, this is my first blog post. I dont really know what to write so I will jump in first with some basic info, and then tell you what I have been doing the last few weeks.
I started Cherished Gems under a different name in August 2011, almost exactly a year after my beloved Grandmother passed away. My Nan was an avid crafter, into card making and paper crafts, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and bakery to name but a few of her loves. I can remember her making me clothes as a child, and indeed still have the clothes she made for my own children in more recent years. She introduced me to the world of crafting, starting with baking and papercrafts. I moved on to jewellery in early 2011, and have loved it ever since. Here are some examples of my early craft work:
Whilst I still adore baking, my card making stash has been cleared out to make room for my hoard of jewellery making goodies. Here is my lovely little studio: (looking very tidy for once)
Anyway, on to more recent things. I quickly developed a love of wire, and wirework, and although I still love doing this, my currently trend is chain maille. here are some pictures of pieces I have made, including one I am still working on.
I am a mother of 4, and have been making jewellery now for about 4 years. Cherished Gems was established in 2011.