I just love making these little fellas. I have made some into earrings and some into pendants and my friends love them. They also look great hanging in the window with the light streaming through, I could produce a whole bunch of them to hang up! After a busy weekend of visiting friends in Staffordshire and watching "Kevin" play badminton in Derby, it was so nice to spend some time today making bracelets - photos to follow when they're done.
Up and out early to Hatton Countryworld. The new improved layout for the stand looked great - thanks Ted for getting those shelves done so quickly - and Sue and I were optimistic about the day ahead. Lots of visitors, lots of interest but not many people ready to spend. We even had our secret weapon ready, an enticing display just at the right height for those little girls to spy gorgeous jewellery made especially for them. I had to deploy my best sales techniques to ensnare them and persuade them to part with Mummy or Daddy's cash! Lets hope the fairs leading up to Christmas can get everybody parting with their cash.
Just have to introduce you to my gorgeous grandson Oliver. This picture was taken at four weeks having a little snooze after lunch - so like his Dad! With one son of my own, two step-sons and now young Oliver it looks like it's going to be a while before I can indulge in all things pink. Oh well back to my jewellery making, if I wait long enough maybe two will come along together!
Zoe and Tom - seen here with my own sweet "Kevin" - were lucky enough to get married on the one dry sunny day that we have had in a long long time. A better match than these two I cannot imagine. Zoe looked stunning as she and Tom, proudly wearing his kilt, got the Caleigh off to a flying start. Lots of catching up with family members and plenty of new people to meet and a great time had by all in the decorated barn, which looked great due to the hard work put in by family members.
Yesterday I got chance for a coffee with my lovely friend Sue, (seen at the Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa) she is on the left in this photo. After catching up on the family gossip we turned our attention to what else but our jewellery making. Sue is very artistic and always has plenty of great ideas so she is a great person to do some brainstorming with. As ever I came away feeling inspired and eager to get back to some more crafting.
Why is it that sometimes I have so many things to do and ideas to try that I end up not getting anything done? The offer of coffee at my friend Mandy's this morning proved too hard to resist. By the time I returned there wasn't a lot of time left to do much before the school run. I did manage to play around a little with a necklace that I am working on and I am almost happy with the end result.
I'm feeling really chuffed with myself today because I've worked out how to download pictures from my digital camera onto my computer and how to upload them here afterwards. There's no stopping me now so I've posted this chunky bracelet which I made recently out of really weighty haematite cubes and metal spacer balls. Now I've got to take photos of all my lovely jewellery!
My photography skills leave a lot to be desired as you can see so this photo doesn't really do justice to this piece. The colours work really well together for an autumn feel and the weight of the necklace lets it hang really well. So yes you could say I am happy with the finished piece! Lots more jewellery making today, its creeping towards Christmas.......
Ok so it's "Kevin"s first day back tomorrow and he starts senior school. This means he has been frantically catching up on homework which has been sitting around for nine weeks. It also means that I have left it to the last minute to start sewing on lables, buying stationary and worrying about rugby studs - and yes he did rub it in that I've had nine weeks etc etc. Still it will be time for me to start getting back to some serious jewellery making, and I have a heap of new ideas to try out. Watch this space!
I'm married, one son, two stepsons, a grandson, one crazy German Pointer and two cats (all male). I love making jewellery, especially knitted and crocheted wire necklaces and bracelets.Before having my son I ran my own publishers' representative service, selling English books into Europe. It was really hard work but great fun and I got to see a lot of Europe and North America. These days I am happiest when I am close to home.