Monday, 21 December 2009

that's it

looks like that's it for orders for christmas then! what a snowy christmassy day today has been too! After not being ill for about 6 months I seem to have some kind of siusy cold, just in time for christmas, as usual!

Here are a few pics showing what's been going on throughout december...

We were in the drawing issue of Anorak magazine.

Christmas ornament swap

Bright white christmas tree



A fair bit of snow

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

last posting dates for the big day!

It's that time of year again! Yay! So to make sure you get your bis & bobs in time, please order before 12 noon. The dates are below...
I can't believe it's the First of December already & I also can't believe I haven't got an advent calendar!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Me & Tea

Although I simply love tea, I must admit, I haven't tried all that many. Every brand of normal tea, yes, lots of herbal teas, yes, some chinese teas, yep. I can drink my good old assam everyday about 5 or more cups a day, I can often get to work at 6 & realize I haven't actually had anything else to drink. not good.

Having entered the lovely SheDraw's tea swap a bulging package landed on my doorstep this morning, The equally lovely Marnie from the Spotted Bikini duo has send me a MASSIVE host of exciting loose teas, such as chai mumbai etc etc. I don't know which to try first! They smell amazing, my kitchen now smells so woody & yummy. Also included was some choc, which *ahem* I ate with my *normal* tea with lunch, little cute stickers, a little mushroom & tiny little biccies too, ahh! I feel rather spoiled, I'll update you all with my new favourite tea once I've tried them all. OOhh how refined!



Thought I might include a pic of the little enamelled copper cloud I made in this weeks metalworking class. I've done loads before at college, but I'm brushing up on my skills slightly, I have always *loved* piercing & after a couple of mins, whizzed out this little cloud fellow. It's making me wish I had done something slightly more jewellery/silversmithing for my degree, but never mind.

When I did some at college, I don't know, about 7 or so years ago (phew) there were massive blow torches attached to the ceiling with a rubber tube, where the gas came from, they were massive, I often felt like I was putting out a fire or something!! I always felt a bit afraid of these, they were so noisy & large & I'm a bit clumsy... only in situations where I can't be though!! Now, I have this tiny little hand blowtorch, so cute, so small, so easy & not scary. So that makes me happy. I also break a lot less piercing saw blades than when I did it before, less frustrated, also happy about that. And soldering, no more snipping off some solder & mixing the flux, blobbing on in the hope it will look neat (& stick!) There is now solder in syringes! Squidge it out in the right place & wa la! Very happy about that.

So I may be asking for a tiny little enamelling kiln for xmas then. I have an idea for a whole host of little cloud chaps with rain, shine, rainbows etc as brooches etc etc.

cute.

Also, I thought I'd give you a little sneaky peek at my fused glass earrings in action. Don't worry, these will be my pair, they're meant to cool slowly, rather than the kiln just being popped open. I love how they glow.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

things that make me smile...


this cute foxy scarf from lazy oaf. i love lazy oaf, they have absolutely everything, something one day I would like to do. I can never stick to one thing you see, one day I want to be sewing, the next jewellery making, the next you can't get me away from my wacom.

This little chap is the perfect mixture of a fun, yet sophisticated illustration, I sometimes struggle with the idea of that for new items. I can actually draw "realistically" but prefer my style, but perhaps feel I should draw something a little more serious sometimes!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

things I like

knitted clocks.

here. so cute.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

robins & new cups


you can buy these little beauties here & on my website too shortly.
They're 5 assorted robin designs, keep an eye out for packs on one type & also some penguin ones!




Also, I ordered my new set of plates, cups & saucers from H is for Home they have lots of handmade & vintage things for the home, there's so much more I would love!

Monday, 26 October 2009

what i found...

...in the little garage at the bottom of the garden at the house we've just moved into I found this amazing kitchen cabinet. The kitchen before it was redone by the owner was all like this! A little old lady used to live in the house last, so there are loads of old-ish looking things left! For example, by the fuse box (where is has been replaced) is a little hint into what the wallpaper used to be like, a floral, highly patterned, with leaves & bamboo(?) The house is old, but has character, but has been done up in all the important places! The upstairs floors seem to be slightly slopey & we put a shelf in the built in wardrobe... all the walls in it was wonky! If you're lucky, you may even get to see the old fashioned gas fire in the living room one day! I quite like the old textured wallpaper & all the weird old things here!

Here is the super pretty cabinet & the cobwebby, yucky garage, it may be knocked down, so I thought I'd take pictures of it while I could, I'll be quite sad when it's gone, I like it's dirt & charm. However, neither of us can get our cars in there, so at least we'll have somewhere to park our cars! I was going to clean it & pretty it up, but I'm not sure if it's possible, where I'd put it once it was fixed up, and more importantly, if it has woodworm or not!



I really like the peeling wallpaper & the lined shelves, part of me would like to keep it just as it is, but once the garage has gone, there's no point keeping it. Can anyone give it a good home?! If it doesn't have woodworm that is!

Saturday, 24 October 2009

I'm always interested to see behind the scenes of people's workspaces & processes, my little studio is still a work in progress, so here is a little look into things until we're fully back on track after the move...

plate & frame getting ready to be photographed. love the old biscuit barrel that I keep bits & bobs in now & my ancient mac. Haven't used it for years but I just like the way it looks... will pop it in the loft as it's a pretty, but takes up a lot of space.

Glueing new & vintage buttons from my massive collection for button rings. Made these a while ago & they tend to come out at fairs & sell really well, perhaps I should pop them into the shop?

Glass ready to be fused. love this process, I have stopped cutting myself every time I cut glass now, I have lots of lovely autumny coloured glass ready to be made into earrings.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

It's been a little while again, but I've been moving, nearly sorted now, all the things in my new little studio space just need to be sorted out & then there will be lots of new things popped into the shops again! It's a cute little end terrace with a big back garden & front one too, so there's loads of space for Lulu god & pickleskitten, who is not so much a kitten now but a cat! She's at home with my parents at the minute while we get sorted, terrorizing the dogs, I think my mum & dad's dog is actually in love with her!! She is definately the superior race!

In other news, I HAVE WON a blog giveaway, yay! it's so exciting!! Think the last thing i won was a colouring competition for a leisure centre when I was about 10 & got free swimming lessons!! I'm lucky enough to have won the very dashing Mr. Britain from the lovely SheDraws, check her shop out, it's super cute. I have promised to do a little diary of his new home with me, been a bit hard to get us doing anything but being surrounded by boxes, so you will see his travels within the next week or so, I promise!!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

button swap

here are the lovely goodies I recieved in the lovely sam from incy wincy stiches button swap.

there's a cute little wrap around bracelet, a buttony pendant, little buttony clips & a lovely turquoise button ring, that I'm wearing today, it goes with my turquoise leopard print cardi nicely. there are also lots of lovely buttons & beads, that are too nice to use! there was also a nice bar of milk choc included, that went in rather a short time, with teas!


here's the stuff I sent, buttons made by myself, which will be available in the shop within the next few days after many requests! a variety of papers, stickers & vintage lace. & a buttony bib necklace made from fabric I brought back from Japan & also lots of lovely old & new buttons. I may start making more of these, I have made a few in the past but may start again, what do you think? I like how chunky & fabricy it is.

after a long wait...

You may remember I talked about a little cabinet I bought a while ago & didn't know what to do with it really, I was unsure wether to paint it matt white, turquoise, red, pink, black? The red drawer was suggested by a lovlely lady, I like the red, I'm just not sure on the finish, maybe it would look better matt white, hmmm.



I do love the spotty handles though! The inside of the lega still isn't painted as I've been unsure about it for a while. Please excuse the slightly grubby carpet, we're in the process of moving!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

birdy plates flying everywhere!

you can now buy our birds plates at two more exciting places!

firstly from hunkydory home, there's loads of exciting home stuff there, I like the clocks!

and
anorak magazine's little shop. i opened the latest issue this morning & spent rather a long tome reading it! get your copy of the insect issue here. there's some exciting news regarding the next issue too!

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

buy one get one free

for one week ONLY fused glass earrings HERE will be buy one get one free. please purchase two & I will refund the second pair. they can be two the same or two totally different pairs. the offer will end at midnight on 6th october!!

Monday, 21 September 2009

i love jewellery, i always have, i thought it was about time i showed you part of my own, vast collection of overflowing from everywhere jewellery items.

this is the first of many posts i think, this is only a small section of MOST of my favourites. doing this has made me realize how little handmade jewellery i own, & i feel a bit bad for that really. i often make things for myself & then feel bad for keeping them & they often just end up for sale.

i have a few handmade bits & some pretty old bits that i like a lot, just don't ever really wear, i may do a little something on thise soon.

ok, so:

1. My Ana Lou of London corgi necklace. i bought this in topshop in london this summer when it was stupidly hot! i like this a lot, although have to wear it with the right thing.

2. haematite ring that i've had for years & vivienne westwood studs. the boy got these for my 25th bday, along with the notorious pickleskitten.

3. these rings were bought in tokyo last december, they came flat packed & you could build them yourself. there were a few choices of colour, style size etc, but these were the only ones that didn't come in a small. (whether it's because i have fat fingers or the japanese are just so slight, probably the first!) i like the colour anyway, i would have chosen the black/white combo anyway. they are pretty chunky to wear & make your fingers stick out like you're trying to do some kind of star trek hand gesture.

4. tiffany necklace, xmas last year, i like it lots, despite nearly the whole world having one. it;s a bit scratched & that makes me sad.

5. vivienne westwood studs, the boy bought me these for my bday last year, we went to cambridge that weekend & it was sooo warm.

6. now this little beauty i got in devon a couple of weeks ago, the colours are really nice, although it doesnt photograph quite so well. i can wear it on my 3rd finger, as they are quite chubby, but big rings on that finger tend to pinch slightly. but for this lovely resin lovely i don't mind.

7. vivienne westwood necklace, for my birthday this year from my mum! i like it as it's a little bit longer than 18", shorter necklaces like that sometimes make me feel like a granny, i don't know why.

8. this bracelet i love, i wear it loads, although it turns me green slightly. (all my favourite jewellery seems to do something to me) my mum had it in her jewellery box for ages & never wore it, i think her aunt bought it back from india many many years ago. it's different & old, i like it.

9. ok so more vivienne westwood, this time a necklace, it's super long & goes right down to my waistband, i have a bracelet that matches it too, the bracelet the boy gave to me in japan & this necklace was just, because!

10. these earrings are from malta, they're traditional filagree silver. i don't wear these enough, i get spoilt for choice as to what to wear & often end up wearing the same thing.

11. lots of bangles at once, a pain to get off, but i like the jingle. i work at a bar as the other half of my job & we serve food, so i never really wear any jewellery there, however when i'm not there i like to wear lots. these metal babies are from primark! the creamy one i think must be from somewhere like matalan.

Monday, 7 September 2009

I get annoyed when I lose my page

the first of our bookmarks, he's so cute, you can get him here & here too






been making some jewellery for myself recently, the first is a failed bangle & the second is a little something I will probably attach to a bracelet

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

badges

we now do custom badges over on folksy. They come in quantities of 20, 50 & 100. they can be used as little promos, to sell or just for yourself!

they're 25mm & we can do up to 5 designs, here's an example..




Tuesday, 25 August 2009

its been a while

been rather busy with, well lots of things recently. here are a few pics to fill you in. we are sorting things for notonthehighstreet.com too, it's soooo exciting!

new glass mugs from poundland & lots of earring making:


inside cardiff castle:



amazing cardiff hotel:

Friday, 7 August 2009

friday.








been taking & retaking photos today, here's a little sample of them. Been setting up some dressing table scenes. All of the bowls/plates have been re photographed especially, as they will be appearing in a few new places over the next few weeks!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009



got a tree thing going on at the minute, i'd quite like my little print as wallpaper or something, that would be so good. until then it will probably have to do with being made into fabric first though!

owls...

ok so here are a couple of owl plates (& a cat one!) that will be for sale in a couple of new places soon! they're all hand drawn, so will vary slightly, they're made in a limited quantity.







here is some more owly goodness. i have been thinking about some laser cutting for a while, just not perspex, wood perhaps...

bride&wolfe wall hanging


this little papercut envelope by design night is really cute, i've been wanting to do something papercutty for a while, but i'm not sure i have the patience. i feel like there are million things i want to learn, do try, i feel i can do lots of things ok, just nothing really well, know what i mean? i feel if i spent time mastering one thing, or a couple, rather than lots of things, i'd feel more, you know, satisfied, rather than always wanting to do the next thing. rubbish attention span perhaps? ambitious? who knows...




xx