Thursday, 12 June 2008

Cupcakes, Candy and Ice Cream!

This was the latest challenge set on the Mumsnet Arts & Crafts Forum:

Cupcakes, Candy and Ice Cream- A Craft Challenge
Who can resist the lure of freshly baked and iced cupcakes, sticky sweet candy, and ice cream melting on a hot summer day? This challenge is to craft something with a cupcake, candy or ice cream theme an essential part of summertime and of childhood. Knit an ice cream cone, paint a cupcake, make a card with candy shapes, create jewellery in candy coloured tones, or create softies in candy coloured fabrics. If you need more inspiration feel free to sit down with a bar of chocolate, or a bowl of ice cream, or a handful of your children’s gummy sweets, essential crafting materials most assuredly. So have fun and try not to get too much of a sugar high.

And here is what I came up with (although it seemed to have taken me forever to get round to making it!!). The beads just remind me of wrapped sweets.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

At long last, more photos

Well it's taken me a while but here are the photos of my most recent makes.
First a gold, silver and clear multi-strand necklace. I thought this colour combination looked quite summery.

Then, just as I got organised with the camera, I had a little 'help' from a furry friend. I think she wanted her tea!

When I had fed the furry fiend, I managed to take a pic of this bracelet which is made from big fat grey glass pearls. It's chunky!

Next a series of gemstone bracelets :

Rainbow Fluorite - said to help with innovation, inspiration & co-ordination

Leopardskin Jasper - lovely and speckled - jasper is grounding and repairing

Another Rainbow Fluorite bracelet, but this time with much larger rounder beads, another chunky one! The colours of these beads are much darker and more purple than the previous bracelet.

Then back to small beads - Green Aventurine - said to be stabilising, balancing and promotes tranquility

and finally, Yellow Jade - promotes stability and belonging

I think that will do for now !!

Thursday, 5 June 2008

It's been a while!

I just have too much stuff on at the moment, so I have neglected my blog - so here is an attempt to update.

First a picture of a 'chunky turquoise' bracelet for MNs Ranting (sorry about the rubbish photo)

Then a photo of my stall at last weekend Family Fun Day and 'craft' marquee - note the quotes as most of the other jewellery stalls were 'bought in' overseas stuff (grr)

I tried to look vaguely professional - in case you were wondering there are 2 prices of earrings in the bowls + some mobile phone charms in the middle bowl, gemstone bracelets are on the two bracelet stands with various other bits & bobs scattered about. I did OK, covered the stall cost and then some more, so I was happy. There wasn't that much interest in the gemstone stuff which was disappointing, not many even looked at the price tags, so I don't think pricing was an issue. The stuff that did sell was mostly £4 - £5 stuff, although I did sell a £10 necklace. A bit of a confidence knocker really as I really want to concentrate on gemstone stuff, with possible sterling silver & sparkly Swarovski crystals too.....but I'm not sure if it would ever sell?

The funniest bit of the day was two girls who were both trying on a necklace, they ummed & arghed for about 10 mins, passing it back & forth between them. Then they did the same with a bracelet for another 10 minutes, considering various outfits it would or wouldn't go with. In the end they said they would go for a walk round to think about it and come back - they never did! I wouldn't mind if they were spending all that time pondering over a £50 item, but it was £7 they couldn't decide whether to spend or not.....and I thought I was bad!

I've got a few more photos to add of things I made just before the craft fair but I need to unpack the box to take pics. Hopefully I will add those soon.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

I've been Tagged!


Here are my answers:-

1) What was I doing 10 years ago:
I'd been married for a year, working in a chemical factory as a H&S person and loving my job. I wasn't doing any crafting then, my son wasn't born so at weekends me & hubby used to go walking and being generally carefree!

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today:
In no particular order :
Sort out some jewellery to take into school tomorrow to see if there is any interest from any of the staff (Will pick out some summery things I think)
Do a mountain of ironing (it is like Everest!!)
Nag hubby until he cuts the grass ;-)
Start a chain maille bracelet in scrummy shades of aqua
Unpack the box from yesterdays craft fair

3) Snacks I enjoy:
M&S Greek marinated Olives, Sun Bite crisps, nuts and Doritos & dips

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Buy a house in Cornwall (but it must overlook the sea and have a craft annexe), buy a house in Spain (but not in a Brit enclave!), open a jewellery shop, ensure all my family are happy

5) Places I have lived:
I've not strayed far and still live in the area in which I was born, although I have lived in different areas. I bought a house before I was married and then moved to a larger one about 6 years ago.

6) bloggers I want to know more about
I think every one I 'know' in the Blogging world (ie Mumsnet crafters) has been tagged already. I will have a think & get back to you!!

I will also add something about the craft fair / family fun day I did yesterday and hopefully add some pictures of my recent 'creations'!!