Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Quotes that inspire me.

There is a quote that I like to say to myself when I need to give myself a kick up the bum. You know how it, when you feel like your in a rut and you don't know how to get out of it. The quote is, 'If you keep doing the same thing, you will keep having the same results'. I can't remember where I came across this quote, but I have applied it to different sections of my life and I can say, by tweeking and changing the way I do certain things, it has resulted in different outcomes, it has often been useful in my personal and business life.

I have a Pinterest account and I've created a board, after coming across several inspirational quotes. My board is called 'Loving this Quote' and it contains several quotes that I have liked so much that I have repinned them.

This quote encourages you to make a decision and  not stand still.

 Three choices

This one encourages you to take control of your life and not let someone else do it for you.
See more quotes about Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket

This is one of my favorites, we are all special and we are all unique.


I like to refer to my quotes on days when I get a creative or writers block or feeling blah, after all we are all humans and we can all have off days.

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Do you have a quote that inspires you?

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Spring has Sprung.

I hate the snow. I mean I really hate it. It looks pretty through the window, but that's it. In this part of Essex, we did have snow but it melted quickly, thank goodness.

Seeing the growing miniture daffodils that I planted in the window box, is enough to put me in a happy mood, I'll be out in the garden in the next  couple of weeks, planting lots of colourful flowers.  The best thing about spring, is that summer is right behind. Fingers cross that we have a decent summer this year. 

Spring Jewellery and Accessories

 I thought I'd share with you the jewellery I have in my shop, inspired by the spring season.

If your like me and prefer to read a good old fashion book, here is a bookmark that will come in hand and stop you losing your page.

Colourful flower rings, that are easily adjustable, one to match each outfit.
Pretty pink flower earrings, that are floral and delicate, in beautiful soft shades of pink.
A green bag charm, in the same colour scheme as my daffs.
 What items have you made that remind you of spring?
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Thursday, 14 March 2013

It's Oh So Quiet!

I like to do my jewellery making at night, I enjoy the piece and quiet and I'm able to get on with my creating, without any interruptions. I'm lucky enough to work from home, so when, the twins and partner are off to school and work, my day is filled with housework, nipping to the shops or the post office, to post orders, then it's working on my websites, taking pictures, which I love doing, one day I'm going to take a photography course, then editing, ordering stock and working on my Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook accounts, which are all very addictive, I can quite easily get lost in Pinterest for hours and hours.

I made this bridal comb late one night. I started round 11pm by the time and finished at 1.30am. the only one's awake was myself and my cat Bobby, who normally sleeps next to the radiator, who can blame him with the awful weather we have been having. Today he has sneaked up onto my bed, grrrr..

I chose to add some red Swarovski crystal bicone beads and made them into beaded flowers, as red is one of the hottest bridal colours this year! I made the bead and crystal bead sprays first, using 0.4mm silver plated beading wire. When I felt I'd made enough, I laid them against the comb and played around with them, till I was happy with the layout. Then I began to attach each spray, one at a time. I'm very happy with the result.

I don't stay up every night, only a couple of nights a week. In the early days, I was staying up till 2 am in morning, then getting up at 6am, to get the boys ready for school and I felt tired all day, but now I don't do that anymore, well I try not to, lol.

When do you do your crafting, are you a night person like me, or you can craft anytime of the day?

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

What to do with leftover beads?

I've got a plastic bead container on my workdesk and whenever I finish a project, I pop the leftover beads into it. Sometimes I buy beads in bulk, it all depends on what I'm making, but generally I buy only the beads I need. I hate to waste things, so unless you've planned to make several projects with your stash of beads, those leftover beads are just going to sit there.

Well, last weekend was my mother-in laws 70th birthday lunch. I had the outfit, black dress, jacket and heels. I wanted to make a necklace with a bit of colour and sparkle, to brighten up my outfit.

I went to my spare bead container and choose a selection of yellow glass beads, blue AB faceted beads and also added some gold filigree beads and some gold plated chain. I always think the colour gold is a strong contrast against the colour black.

I got to work, I wanted to make a statement necklace, I had an idea how I wanted it to look and I'm pleased to say, it turned out exactly how I thought it would.
Here is the statement necklace I made. 


My necklace received lots of compliments and I love the way it drapes when I am wearing it.
I've talked about my leftover beads, but I know all you crafters out there must have leftover supplies from a project you have completed, whether it be fabric, card e.t.c.
Drop me a line and let me know how you made use of what you had spare, I'd love to know.
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