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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Rings, re-organising, giveaway and donation!

I've got a lot to write about this time, I haven't stopped in the last few days!! I had a moment of inspiration on Thursday and decided to make a chainmaille ring...I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, or even if I'd be able to get it finished without getting annoyed and giving up but I'm really pleased with pleased I made another one on Friday!

The second one is more intricate and was definitely more diffcult to join together! I've ordered some smaller silver and aluminium jump rings so I can try out some new designs, just got to think of something else to do in the mean time :)

I had a very productive day yesterday, after seeing comments on one of the forums I'm on about how people store their jump rings I remembered I had some test tube style pots I'd acquired from somewhere so I dug them out and I can finally see what I've got...well some of it anyway I need to order some more!

Got another exciting week coming up, the giveaway finishes tomorrow and I can't to pick the winner and see what they choose for a prize!! I've donated a bracelet today to be auctioned off for Chelsea's Angels, a charity that supports children diagnosed with rare cancers and their families, visit their Facebook page Chelsea's Angels to find out more about the work they do. The auction is running until 12pm, 29th January, I've added a link to the auction here

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Facebook giveaway and Valentine's design...

I'm doing a giveaway on my Facebook page at the minute, I was at 178 likes and 200 seemed a bit of an easy target but I wasn't sure if 250 was too many too I decided to make a bit more interesting and give a prize of up to £15 if I reached 200, but if I get to the higher target I'll put it up to £20...I'm even going to let the winner choose what they want as a prize! I'm at 213 so far with 5 days to go and getting very excited that I might make it to 250...I think I'm probably more excited than anyone who might win a prize! :)
 Amongst all the excitement I've somehow managed to remember that it's Valentine's day next month, I don't tend to make heart themed jewellery specifically for this time of year but I did make one piece yesterday...I used 1mm sterling silver wire and shaped the heart by hand, it's not perfectly even but I think that gives it more of a handmade look to it, and I attached two swarovski crystals to the top of the heart so that they hang down the middle. I got some Fimo clay a while ago and haven't had much of a chance to use it so far, may be a good excuse to have a play! :)

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

First day back to reality...

Well the first day back at the full time job is over and done with, getting up this morning was not at all fun, especially after being kept up half the night because of the noisy weather, and it feels like I've never been away! I kept thinking about all of the crafty things I could have been doing instead of sitting in front of a computer...but of course now I'm home instead of doing any of those crafty things I'm sat in front of a computer!!
 I did manage to sneak onto one of the forums at lunch time and post about my Facebook giveaway...I'm trying to hit 200 'likes' by the 16th January, I'm at 182 so far so I'm pretty hopeful I'll get there and when I do one lucky fan will get to pick a prize up to the value of £15, if I manage to make it to 250 I'll be even more generous and make it £20 :)
 I've also set up a deal through the shop on the page that everyone who likes it automatically gets 20% discount, and everything is set at free postage - if I'm honest though that's mainly because I can't be bothered to weigh everything to set the charges up properly, it takes me long enough as it is to keep everything online up to date as I don't like making the same thing over and over again!!
 Oh well, I'm going to be good and make at least one thing tonight, I've got a few events in the pipeline and possibly one big one this summer so I'm going to try and get ahead of myself now so I don't have a big panic in the last few weeks to make lots of stock...wish me luck!!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Here's to 2012!

I've had a bit of a hectic 6 months, unfortuantely not for good reasons, so haven't had time to post anything in a while, well actually I haven't really had time to do anything much craft related but I'm making up for it now! I've made that much in the last couple of days I've had to put the pliers down because my hands are really starting to lots more ideas ready and waiting so I'm quite pleased with how the year has started so far!

I've gone a bit made for twists at the minute so I've been playing about with different colours in aluminium, I really like the rainbow ones and I might have to treat myself and keep one for a change!!

The sterling silver ones are the same weave but come out completely differently because they're much looser, I've done pendants and earrings to go with them too and I think I'll do the same with the rainbow ones


I'm going to try and carry on the rainbow theme in some other pieces, I like the bright colours and I hope it'll do well as we're coming up to spring...ok it's not that close but I'm trying to think positively, I really don't like the winter!!