Thursday, 27 December 2007
I received a PMC kit for Christmas, which for those of you who don't know is a clay which after being worked and fired with a torch (yes I know its scary, I'm hoping I'll keep my eyebrows)turns into beautiful precious silver. So I can create even more unique and one off jewellery with charms, pendents etc! I'm hoping to have a go tomorrow and shall post the results!!!
Hope you all had a FAB Christmas!!!
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Sunday, 9 December 2007
I'm still very busy with the commissions and I've managed to get a few done this week. Here's my 'Aqua Dream Pool' which I was asked to make as a leaving gift for somebody.
I was also very lucky to win some of Laura Sparlings beautiful Zebra beads last week from her bead naming competition on her blog. I couldn't resist getting some earrings made from them straight away and I'm sat wearing them as I type. Thank you Laura! I love them!
Friday, 30 November 2007
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
I've also been trying to get ready for Christmas, I'm dreading the thought of fighting my way through the crowds this weekend to get a bit of shopping done.... on second thoughts I may look to the internet!
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Here is my latest project, a purple and black beaded bracelet to match a necklace that my customer was desperate to have a 'set' for. This time I've used black cord as my base and wrapped around lots of beads! I like the finished result and think I shall be adapting this style in the future!
Yesterday I went into town for the first time since I left my job at Burtons and it felt really strange going back, but I was secretly very pleased not to have to be at work but able to shop instead! I picked up a beautiful new scarf and coat and did a spot of lunch! Oh I love having weekends off!
Sunday, 28 October 2007
I have been deciding what to do with this gorgeous bead for a while now! Mark had bought me it as a surprise from one of my favourite lamp work artists Jan Jennings and I really wanted to do something special with it! So i decided to team it with some beautiful freshwater pearls and sterling silver 'wiggly tubes' and I love the outcome, especially as the necklace is a bit longer as I really like the style of the longer ones. This necklace is for keeps I think!! He he.
I now have a eBay shop which Mark has been designing for most of the weekend, i may have the odd auction now and then as well as some jewellery as 'but it now' that is also on my website... It's anther portal for people to see my work after all! and I'm pretty happy with the result. Take a look!
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Here's me at work today, sporting one of the creations from my place! I sat at my desk wearing this all day and felt very special indeed! Please excuse the photo as it was only taken with a phone camera but you get the gist! Some of the tiaras/hair pieces are made on site by the super talented ladies who work very hard to get them done! This is one which was knocked up in a few minutes. The girls sit there amongst all the beautiful beads and wire, twiddling away for most of the day- sounds like heaven to me!
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Not had much of a chance to 'blog' lately as I have been putting my all into my new job! It's going really well and everybody is really nice and helpful! There is so much to learn though and my little brain gets overloaded with information very quickly! He he! I'm in charge of around 350 accounts all mostly bridal shops, so it's quite hard keeping up with them all and remembering who's who! I have also being trying to keep up with making jewellery which I'm sure Mark will be photographing at the weekend! Oh it's great having full weekends together! I'm really appreciating it, and I'm sure Mark is too, usually we only really get to spend Sundays together as he's away all week so it's nice being able to plan stuff to do without having to think about me working on a Saturday!
Saturday, 6 October 2007
WHOOOO HOOOOO! Today was my last day working in retail, no more Saturdays at work!!! I did feel quite sad though having worked in Burtons for 7 years I will miss meeting different people every day. I am excited for my new job on Monday though! :)
Friday, 5 October 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
Quite excited today, as Mark and me are going to hull tonight to see Ian Brown play a gig. I managed to get the weekend off so we can spend it together... I feel a bit of shopping is in order for tomorrow as we shall be stopping over tonight. I love shopping out of town and I hear that Hull has a new shopping centre that is just about to open this weekend.... Must have known I was coming!
It's my last week at work next week, and my last week in retail, I'm looking forward to starting my new job but I'm also going to miss aspects of retail, I do enjoy meeting different people and helping them prepare for special event like weddings and nights out especially when they are genuinely grateful for your help, it's so satisfying. I'll also miss all my wonderful friends at work 7 years is a long time to work with people so I'm sure I'll keep in touch!
Right, I best figure out what I'll be wearing tonight... I can feel a dilemma coming on!
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Just a quick update really! On Thursday I received a call offering me a position for a new job which I had applied for. It is a new career path for me, away from retail and I'm very excited about it. I shall be working for a company who supply whole sale Bridal accessories, jewellery, bags etc and I shall be their accounts administrator. I start on the 8th of August and I'm really looking forward to it! I get two weeks off at Christmas for starters!!! something which hasn't happened for about 8 years now! Horray!
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
I have thrown myself into jewellery making whenever I have had a spare minute and it's helping a lot, I don't know what I would do without it sometimes! I am hoping to get my new creations onto the website this weekend but I shall keep you updated. If you wish to join the mailing list for regular updates on my work please email me at email@example.com.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
I have a day off from the regular job today so I decided to go for a much needed hair cut! Now, the girl who usually does my hair wasn't there so I was a bit nervous as I hate getting my hair cut at the best of times! It's done now... but not how I would usually want it (I think this is a girl thing) so I'll be washing and styling it myself later I think!
Just checked my web site statistics and I have recieved almost 6000 hits since its launch on Sunday which is fantastic and I really want to thank everybody who has supported me! Those close to me know that I have been having a bad time recently and I hope this is a turnaround that I have much needed! I think a lot of web designers are taking a peek at the site from a design point of view! Lets hope it wins Mark(the designer)some more awards! Thanks again Mark and I wish you all the luck in the world with your job interviews!
I intend to make some jewellery now as I can quite honestly say that I haven't made any for a while and I'm eager to use some beadies that I've been saving for a rainy day!!
Take care everyone!
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Well, this last bank holiday has been spent mostly working on the site, Mark and me have been going through each product, making sure its got the right code, name and price and putting it in order with its edited picture in its proper place on the web site. It's really took it's time as Mark is such a perfectionist!!! It will be worth it though I'm sure. The site really is very near to being ready... as in a week or so maybe (fingers crossed) and poor Mark is so busy applying for jobs and working on his portfolio as well as having his regular job that working on my site as well is tiring him out! So thank you Mark for all your hard work! I much appreciate it!!!
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
1) I have one thumb noticeably shorter and fatter than the other, as in about 1cm shorter, I was born like it and I have no idea why.
2) I once made jewellery out of car seat (the wooden beaded ones) covers and sold my creations in the school play ground when I was about 10 years old.
3) I am petrified of driving out of town... anywhere where I really don't know, actually I am also scared of using public transport.
4) I used to horse ride as a youngster and owned my own pony. Most weekends i could be found show jumping or competing in some other pony owner way.
5) Now this is shameful... but as a child I had the biggest crush on Bill Murray from Ghost Busters.
6) My favourite film in the whole wide world is 'The never ending story'.
7) I was... and probably still am a member of the 'Dennis the Menace fan club'.
8) I cannot abide people who put the milk in tea before the hot water, it seriously upsets me!
So now I have to tag 8 people, which will be difficult as I have no friends. he he
I have tagged Claire from Rowanberryglass
Graphic designer Mark Sugdon of Fault 151
So if your reading this and you want to play you need to...
a.) Let others know who 'tagged' you.
b.) Post eight random facts about yourself.
c.) Post these rules.
d.) Tag another eight people and notify them that they've been tagged.
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Unfortunately I have to return to my regular job tomorrow... until i become a millionaire from making jewellery I shall have to put up with measuring inside legs and awkward customers! Ah well! Mark also returned back to Rotherham tonight... it was sad to see him go as I wont see him until Friday night now when he returns home for the weekend!
I managed to also cheer myself up by popping onto Jan Jennings Crystal gardens website and purchased some gorgeous beads that she made! i can't wait to get creating with them! they are so pretty! She is lucky enough to have a home studio within the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park and uses it for inspiration. How lovely!
Well I suppose I should go as it's 'a school night' and I need my beauty sleep.
Catch you later xxx
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Yesterday Mark and me did a spot of shopping, we only nipped into Doncaster for the afternoon but had a nice day all the same and managed to pick up a few bargains! While we were gone we received some studio lighting that Mark had ordered a few days before. This morning we set to work on some new pics and managed to photograph lots of jewellery for the website. Here's one of my 'Midnight Sparkle' sterling silver cluster rings.
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
After a lot of waiting for the sun to come from behind the clouds we finally got some pictures! And with Marks wonderful magic he turned them into something quite stunning! Above shows my 'pretty in pink' kitch charm necklace. The web site will also feature close ups so that they will see more detail of what they are buying but I really wanted to capture what the necklace would look like when its worn... I don't think it looks half bad!
Saturday, 21 July 2007
With regards to working on the web site Mark and me are becoming increasingly annoyed as we want to take pictures for it in natural light, but this awful weather has meant that its been virtually impossible to get a decent piccy!!! How frustrating! Please send us some sunshine soon!
Friday, 20 July 2007
I am waiting for the postman I am sure he takes longer when I have something coming. I'm waiting for a jewellery making book and also some beads by Lamp work bead maker Laura Sparling, I love getting new beads!!!! And you're lucky to get hold of some of Lauras beads as they sell out in seconds on her web site! It's quite distressing! Thought I would pass a bit of time writing on here..... but its only killed like.... 2 mins....hmmmm maybe I should do something creative whilst I wait!
Mark is home tonight (he works away) and we have over a week together! Plans are to go 'bike riding' (he he) 'do lunch' and of course work on the website lots!!!! I went out last night, and a random person said that they had seen pictures of my work on Myspace and that she was excited about the website! How exciting is that? At least one fan is out there! Horray!