The personal Blog of designer jewellery artist Janine Byrom. View my jewellery collection at

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Andre the Pygmy hedgehog has arrived!

Hi, sorry about a delay in posts but I have been so busy this last 2 weeks with the fairs, getting last minute orders out and prearing for my wonderful new pet's arrival. We've named him Andre and he arrived on Sunday, having travelled from Hartlepool in the snow! (Well not actually in the snow, he was snuggled up in his box). He seems to be settling in quite well and in between sleeping is coming out for cuddles :o) Here's a picture of him in his play tunnel, he's coming up to 7 weeks old.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Gothic Style Skull and cross bones necklace and Alice in wonderland brooch

How lovely is this? A gothic style necklace featuring a gorgeous vintage inspired antique silver setting with skull and cross bone cabochon, perfectly adorned with a purple satin bow.

Darkness vintage inspired Gothic necklace- £17
And how about these gorgeous Alice in Wonderland stocking filler? This cute little Alice in wonderland brooch is enough to make any Alice enthusiast smile on Christmas morning :O) Order now in time for Christmas (for UK delivery). Click here for more details

Vintage inspired Alice In Wonderland Brooch- £12

Friday, 11 December 2009

Manchester and Sheffield Vintage Fairs

I really love attending the vintage fairs, it's great to meet other designers and to also meet my wonderful customers! I get so many nice comments and really do meet some interesting people!

Please also keep an eye on my blog for vintage fair dates in 2010 I hope to attend lots more of them in Sheffield and Manchester and will have lots of new designs for you to see so remember to check back often!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Don't forget the Sheffield Vintage Christmas Fair this Saturday the 5th of December!

A quick reminder to let you know that I will be attending the Sheffield Vintage Christmas Fair on Saturday at The Basement. I'll have lots of new jewellery designs for you to drool over! There will be other stalls of Vintage goodies like clothes, trinkets, jewellery and much much more! Not to mention some gorgeous cup cakes too! See you at the fair!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

My new 'Blinged Up' Ipod!

I just had to show you the wonderful job that Naomi from Bling Blings made of making this custom Ipod cover for me! It's drenched in crystals and other girly delights! Bling Bling is situated in Aflecks Palace in Manchester cty centre, right on the Third floor. They will bling up your Nintendo DS, phone, Ipod... whatever! I love my new super sparkly Ipod I think I may have to take my Nintendo DS next :o)

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Mulled Wine hand made Charm bracelet style watch

I was commissioned to make this watch, the customer wanted something warm and almost plum like. Its made with sterling silver chain and Silver charms and lots and lots of crystals and beads. I finished it off with a black stain bow. I love this bracelet so much and it reminds me that I must make one for myself some time!

As soon as I made it I knew what it had to be named... Mulled Wine of course!

Mulled Wine hand made Charm bracelet style watch- Commissioned

By the way I had a great time at the Skunk Anansie gig on Tuesday. Mark has blogged about it if you're interested. Just click here.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Spoilt Rotten!

It's my birthday today, last night I went for a lovely meal with some friends and mark and today Mark took me on a shopping trip in Manchester town centre. Mark wasn't sure what i wanted and wanted me to pick something I really like.

I love Vivienne Westwood jewellery but have never been lucky enough to own any. We went to The Vivienne Westwood store on King Street and I gasped in awe at all the beautiful jewellery in there. A very helpful assistant helped me choose which necklace I liked best and I settled on this stunning Sterling silver locket style Vivienne Westwood orb. It's beautiful, Mark always feels a bit nervous buying me jewellery I think, because I make my own he finds it hard to find something that I really like, but I'm in love with this so thanks Mark!

We are going to see Old school Brit pop band skunk anansie tonight at the Manchester Acadamy. Mark also managed to get hold of some Yeah Yeah Yeah tickets for next Sunday, I really can't wait for that one!

This Sterling silver and Swarovski crystals Locket opens up revealing heart shaped inscription in French "+ qu'hier -que demain" meaning: (I love you) more than yesterday less than tomorrow.

Monday, 23 November 2009

And the winner is....

The name picked out of a box by my assistant Mark is Esra Ipekci. Well done Esra! I have sent you an email :o)

Watch out for more competitions in the future guys!

New Shoes... with a difference!

I had to show you this wonderful gift I received. My Mum and Dad came over to manchester yesterday to check out the Manchester Christmas Markets and drop off my presents for my birthday tomorrow. They made me open this one early as they 'wanted to see my face!' At first glance you may think 'Oh what a beautiful shoe!' But if you look closely you will see that it is actually made of chocolate! How wonderful is that? It sure does smell good but it would be such a shame to eat it!

Please don't forget to get your entry in for the White Rabbit pendant competition which will be drawn at 5pm later today! Good luck to those of you that have already entered!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

MORE Newly listed Alice in wonderland Vintage inspired jewellery

Check out these Alice in wonderland lovelies that I've just listed. The demand for Alice goodies has been high and I've managed to top it up a little bit. For details on how to purchase Click here!

Alice in wonderland Charm bracelet- SOLD
Alice In wonderland Vintage style charm necklace- £45
Alice and the drink me bottle Alice In Wonderland Necklace - SOLD

Spotted On Folksy- Cute Hedgehog knitting pattern!

Now if I thought i could actually knit this little fella sold by Little Cotton Rabbits I would be buying this straight away, its too cute for words. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Pygmy Hedgehog update!

You may remember me mentioning the cute Pygmy hedgehogs in a previous post and the fact that Mark and I are getting one. Well I have news. I have been given an update from the breeder who has just had a litter of the little cuties. They are over 2 weeks old and about the size of an AA battery. Here are some cute pics to coo over in the mean time.

Andy who has been breeding Pygmy Hedgehogs for four years says my little boy should be ready around Christmas time. If you are interested in owning a little hedgehog Andy has three left looking for a new home from this litter. Email him at or call 07599454844.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

MORE TEA AND CAKE vintage style charm bracelet

This charm bracelet features truly wonderful cup cake charms. It also has brass teapots, teabags and even tiny little tea spoons. All finished with a pretty pink satin ribbon. Delightful, and lets face it who doesn't like tea and cake? Click here for details on how to purchase.

Also don't forget to keep you're entries coming in for the White Rabbit pendant competition!

More tea and cake vintage style charm bracelet-£39

Monday, 16 November 2009

Alice In Wonderland Competition Time! Win this Vintage Inspired White Rabbit necklace....

That's right you can win this Gorgeous White Rabbit necklace hand made by myself! All you have to do is tell me what the Rabbit carries with him to tell the time! Send me a comment with your name and Answer or email me at to be entered and I will draw a winner next Monday the 23rd of November at 6pm.

EDIT: I have had to change the time of this draw to the slightly earlier time of 5pm.

Anybody can enter, one entry per person!

Good luck!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

'Gothia' my new Gothic and vintage style artisian necklace

I was determined to make something truly Gothic looking and different from my recent pieces. Hopefully I have succeeded!

I started by Aging a strip of sterling silver and then I twisted the wire and hammered to give a lovely old feel. Next I added this fantastic skull and cross bones charm, oxidised sterling silver butterfly, black roses and vintage key. Of course I also added my signature touch of black satin ribbon.

You can find out how to purchase this and other pieces by clicking here!

Gothika- Gothic and Vintage Inspired Hand made Necklace- £49

Oh and don't forget to check out my blog tomorrow for a fantastic competition where you can win a Alice In Wonderland Pendant!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Christmas is coming...

I'm very excited as here in Manchester we have the fabulous Christmas Market featuring the giant Santa, lots of food and drink and Christmassy goodies to buy! I walk past the square where they have this market almost every day for work and they are building it all now.... it's very exciting. I love nipping to the market in my lunch hour and grabbing some Lancashire hotpot!

... Also keep an eye out for my blog on Monday as I am going to be running a competition for a fabulous Alice in wonderland pendant!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Alice in wonderland illustrated bathroom design!

I wanted to share this wonderful bathroom with you, all hand painted by a designer called Joanna Henly. It appears from the description that the client was Meg Matthews. It's wonderful and would certainly make a trip to the bathroom more interesting! Click here for more info.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Newly listed Alice in wonderland Vintage inspired art necklace!

Wonderland Vintage inspired Art necklace- SOLD
This necklace is simply breathtaking! It is a real piece of art and took some time to make! Framed from hammered wire it features important elements from the Alice in wonderland story including a 'drink me' statement pendant, Brass 'Alice' charm and clock charm. I've enhanced the design with creamy satin ribbon, cream rose flowers, key charm and glass pearls cascading along one side of the finished piece. I wanted to capture the wonderful imagination of the story and make this piece a real collectible.

As always if you are interested in purchasing any of my work Click here for more information.

Free Cherished Trinkets wallpaper

Just a quick blog to let you know that you can now download this beautiful Cherished Trinkets wall paper designed by the Super Talented Mark Sugdon from here. Mark is my partner and a talented web designer, he also spends time building Amplifiers... very geeky indeed!

Mac users Drag and drop image to the Desktop
PC users Right click on image and 'Save As'

Once the item is saved you can right click the image and set as desk top background.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

A few of my favourite items from Etsy

Here is a quick look at some of my favourite items from Etsy... I have done a lot of window shopping this week!

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Monday, 19 October 2009

Alice In wonderland 'diamonds and pearls' edition- vintage inspired charm bracelet

I wanted to make an Alice in wonderland charm bracelet that screamed class and glamour whilst also capturing the magic of the infamous story. I decided to cram this one with lots of gold charms and beautiful illustrated pictures from the novel, I complimented the gold chain and Alice charms with cream glass pearls and super sparkly swarovski crystals representing the 'diamonds'. Each piece has been lovingly hand attached to the chain, the centre piece comprising of a beautiful fully functioning locket adorned with a black and white illustration of Alice and the pig baby. I'm really pleased with the finished item of jewellery and feel this piece is definately a must for any Alice enthusiast!

For information on buying this or any of my other items please click here

Alice in wonderland 'Diamonds and Pearls' edition charm bracelet- SOLD

View other Alice in wonderland jewellery here!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Are these just the cutest thing ever??- African Pygmy Hedgehogs!

I can't believe how cute these little things are. Tiny Hedgehogs originally from Africa are now becoming the latest must have pet! I didn't know anything about them until earlier in the week when I spotted a newspaper article about them.
After researching and looking into them a little bit more, Mark and me have decided we would like to give one a home. We have found a reputable breeder who has just had a litter and has another on the way and we have been put on the waiting list. We have been thinking about getting a pet for a long time, but thought it would be unfair to get a dog or cat due to us living in a 10th floor apartment a APH (African Pygmy Hedgehog) seems like the perfect pet as while we are at work he will be sleeping and should be up ready to play in the evening.

However if you are thinking about owning a Pygmy hedgehog please do your research carefully. There have been a lot of articles recently about them and some people just don't realise the work involved. I have joined a forum called Pygmy Hogs UK for extra help and support.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Manchester Vintage Fair Saturday the 10th Of October at The Met

Wow! I had such a wonderful time at the Manchester Vintage fair. My hours of hard work definitely paid off and I got to meet some fabulous people! There were a whole host of goodies to be snapped up and I managed to grab a couple while I was there!

I took most of my stock, including some new designs and was thrilled with the response from customers. This was my first fair and I cant wait to do another!

If you couldn't make this one there is another event in Sheffield on the 5th Of December and another in Manchester On the 12th Of December. I am hoping to attend both!

Here are some pictures from the event!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Come and see me at The Manchester vintage Fair Tomorrow October the 10th!

There will be lots to see at the Manchester vintage Fair! I'm so excited and can't wait to show case my newest designs! Prices will be starting at £4.50 on my stall so there really is something for everybody! Not only that but there will be other equally wonderful things to see and buy including rails of vintage clothes, home wares and the wonderful vintage tea party! Yay!

The fair is to be held at the MET on Oxford road and starts at 12pm until 5pm. There will be lots of balloons and banners outside. See you at the Fair!

Friday, 2 October 2009

All the fun of the (vintage) Fair! Sheffield 26th September

Last Saturday I headed over to Sheffield with my friend to take a look at the Vintage Fair. It's wonderful get together of vintage stalls, clothes, jewellery and lots more! There was so much to see and I particularly enjoyed the Fancie Cupcakes on offer! I managed to get one rather naff picture as it was so busy it was hard to take any pictures! But I did pick up this lovely vintage hand bag for just £5... Bargain! The Vintage fair is coming to Manchester next Saturday the 10th of October and I will be showcasing my work and newest designs, some of which wont be available on the websites. It starts at 12pm until 5pm and is at The Met on Oxford road please Click here for more details!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Cherished trinkets is featured In Make Jewellery Magazine!

I love being featured in magazines, its such an honour to be asked to share my work with others! I was lucky enough to be asked to be featured in Make Jewellery magazine and of course I jumped at the chance. The feature is about Vintage jewellery designers and it shows some lovely work from other creative vintage jewellery designers too. The 7th issue is out today and is really worth the buy as it also includes some fabulous design ideas and has a very modern and fresh approach to jewellery design. You can find a copy at your local W H Smiths.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Think Pink!- New vintage inspired jewellery in pink!

I must admit that pink is my favourite colour but I didn't realise that all the items I made today turned out to be just that! Hope you love these new vintage inspired goodies. I particulary love the Boudoir mirror pendant featuring the cutest pink rose cabochon and glass pearl. Click here for information on how to purchase any of my designs

Sending all My love Vintage inspired necklace- £18

Pink rose Vintage inspired stud earrings- SOLD

Boudoir Mirror- vintage inspired necklace £18

....and not to forget the latest Alice In wonderland addition...

Delicate flower Alice in wonderland vintage inspired charm bracelet- SOLD