Birthday Present For A Friend & Handmade Monday #27

What a busy week it's been with meetings with new clients, new web designer and an interview on Redshift Radio (see previous post) oh and it was my dads birthday.  

So with all this going on I didn't have much time in the week to make my friends birthday present -it's her birthday today (1st Aug).  I wasn't sure whether to buy her the usual wine and flowers or a piece of jewellery.  A few years ago I gave her vouchers for Christmas and made a gift holder out of card to present it in.  It seems she kept the pocket and has been using it to hold her bits of papers etc for when she goes shopping.  We met up a few weeks ago and she showed me the now tattered pocket and asked if I'd make her another one.  So this gave me the idea of making her a fabric purse to put her vouchers and notes in for her birthday.

Here is what I made her - fabric purse with hidden button closure, handmade card and because I'd forgotten to buy wrapping paper and couldn't find the gift bags I used some brown paper to wrap it all in.  I think the package looks quite neat and was really pleased with the way it turned out.  It's amazing what you can do with a bit of ribbon and lace.

Oh and in-case you're wondering she has already had her present today (Sunday)
She had a little gathering at her house and we all enjoyed some Pimms and had a lovely buffet and for dessert there was chocolate covered marshmallows, trifle and a baked raspberry cheesecake. Then we had a game of Family Fortunes to end the afternoon.

If you've enjoyed reading my little post and would like to see what other crafters have been making then why not pop over to Wendy's blog and click on the links.



Live On Radio

Today I spent a couple of hours as a guest on the European Lunch hour (well 2 hours12pm to 2pm) at RedShift Radio. I was invited by the lovely Chrisoula Sirigou the owner of Explorama a company that provides very unique/alternative holiday packages.  I met Chrisoula a couple of months ago at the Pre-Launch of the Female Entrepreneur Association and on the FEA LinkedIn group.  Chrisoula had started a thread and invited people to put their names forward if they were interested in going on the show.  Anyway to cut a long story short I put my name down like you do and I was invited to take part in todays show.  

The programme today was all about France it's culture, history, food etc.  We also talked about our passions ans what keeps us creative and how to keep a good work/life balance and the consequencies of stress and bad working habits and the importance of realising when to take time out for you.  You can listen back to the show just go to the radios website and click on the schedule then on the European Lunch hour box and if you scroll down you will see the previous show dates.
As well as myself there were 2 other guests - 

Rachel Kasaven who is a lifestyle coach and provides training and coaching to help you succeed in life.  Rachel works with businesses and on a one to one basis.  You can find out more about Rachel and her work on her website Rachel Kasaven Coaching .

Angelita Woosnam is a holistic therapist and is the owner of Indigo Spirit.  Angelita offers treatments such as Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Facelift Massage and my personal favourite Reflexology.     

I would like to finish of by saying a BIG thank you to Chrisoula & Redshift Radio for the opportunity to go on the show and to say how lovely it was to chat with Rachel and Angelita.  It was  definately one of those days I will remember for a long time to come and for all the right reasons.
Please do pop over to the websites as there is a lot more information than what I have posted here.



Day 22 of 30 Day Challenge

I can't believe I'm already onto day 22 of my 30 day challenge the days seem to have flown by.   It's been good having set myself a challenge otherwise I would still be waiting for tomorrow to arrive and my Etsy shop would still be fairly empty.  

I haven't uploaded the recent makes to Etsy as they are going to be shown to Annabel who runs Eco Chic Boutique in Boughton Chester.  Annabel has been selling some of my jewellery in her lovely little shop where she also sells the most gorgeous dresses and outfits which can be made to order as a bespoke/customised piece.

Here are a couple of the newer items I've made this week -

I also made these customised White Swarovski Pearl Crysal & Crystal AB earrings for a friend of mine.  She saw one of her friends daughters wearing something similar at a party and wanted me to make her something along that line.  My photography doesn't do them justice.

So the next challenge is to come up with another challenge - any ideas welcome - please feel free to leave your suggestions here.


Handmade Monday #26

Firstly apologies for not posting anything for a couple of weeks.  Life's been a little bit hectic and stressed but I seem to be on track again.

I missed last weeks Handmade Monday as hosted by the lovely Wendy .  If you craft or just like to see what people have been creating then pop on over to Wendy's blog to see all the other crafters and their makes - you won't be disappointed.

So what have I been up to?  I've set myself a challenge to photograph a piece of jewellery everyday for the next 30 days -today is day 20.  I can't believe how time disappears and that I have kept up the challenge - only 10 more days to go.

Here are a couple of new pieces that I made in the last couple of days.  I'll be taking these to Eco Chic Boutique in Boughton, Chester.  Annabel has been selling my jewellery for quite a few months now and I hope she likes these enough to sell them in her shop.

You can see all the other pieces on my facebook page.
They are all available to buy on my Etsy shop.
Hope you all have a lovely week. 


Winner Announced of the July Giveaway

Sorry for the delay in posting the announcement but I lost access to the internet yet again.  
The winner was picked at random by my friend last night
 Congratulations - The earrings will be mailed out to you on Monday 

Thank you to everyone who entered.  
Could everyone who entered please send me an email from my website as I have a 
little something for you to for entering the giveaway.  


Handmade Monday #24

Another Monday and it's time for Handmade Monday hosted by the lovely Wendy from 1stUniqueGifts.  It's also Wendy's birthday so this makes an it extra special day for her and her hubby who also shares his birthday today.
Happy Birthday to you both hope you have a fab day.

I started a 30 day challenge after watching this YouTube video which was posted on facebook by one of my contacts.  

What's my challenge?  To take a photograph of one piece of jewellery for the next 30 days and list it on my etsy shop - today is day 6 (I still need to take today's pics later on).  I have also started an album on my flickr account and now that I have announced it to the world on twitter and facebook I have no excuse to not keep it up.

Here are a couple from the last couple of days 

Available to buy from my Etsy shop  

I've also been making more cards and really enjoying it.

I have no idea who this set of stamps is made by- I've only got pic of the images.

A sneak peek at an Indian wedding card that I have been asked to make.

Now that you've seen my makes why not pop on over to 1stUniqueGifts and see what
all the other creative people have been busy making.

Hope you all have a creative and happy week.


Handmade Monday #23

This weeks Handmade Monday is dedicated to some of the people 
who I met at the  Mossley Craft Market   this Saturday.   
The market is held every 2 weeks and is in place to bring the people from 
Tameside, Saddleworth and Glossop areas together bringing the spirit
of the community to one place.

 Firstly let me introduce you to Jannicke Brun she is the owner of Mossley Cracker
Specialists in supplying ECO fuel to local community in the form of recycled 
waste materials to make logs for burning.
 Jannike is also one of the organisers of the Mossley Craft Market.

In the background of the above photograph (right) you will see Debbie of 
Refind Creations they bring life back to tired 
objects and turn these objects in to new things.
Like these frying pans which have been turned into clocks.

Then we have a couple of photographs from Symon of
  Restor8 Design Solutions Ltd
Professional Photograph Restorers & Retouchers.

Below are some samples from Alan Tolfrey 
Model Buildings - Portraits with a difference. Unique, Individual and Unusual 

Next we have Lucy Allen of Knitted By Lulu
Lucy is new to the world of craft markets -this is here first one.
Lucy has only been knitting since February 2011.  
She decided that she needed something to do while watching televison in the evenings.
Lucy told me that she taught herself to knit by watching videos on YouTube.
I have to say after seeing Lucys work I would never have guessed that she has 
only been knitting for a few months. 
Here are a few pics of Lucy's creations and the lady herself.

Oh and finally here is a pic of my table
 If you would like to know more about the Mossley Craft Market pop on over to their website

I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog then you might want to pop over to Wendy's blog and
read what my fellow crafters have been making this week - you won't be disappointed.

Oh yes and before I sign off why not have a look at my previous post (1st July) 
and leave a comment to win this pair of Swarovski Pearl Earrings  
(you must leave your comment in that post to qualify)


July Giveaway


The winner was picked at random by my friend
Verna this evening.  I will post pictures tomorrow.
 I guess it's time I put my money where my mouth is as the saying goes. 
I posted on many of the social networks that once I had reached 
500 followers on my facebook page
I would giveaway a prize.   
I have to say I am rather overwhelmed with how many followers
I have on facebook, twitter and here on my blog 

So what am I giving away and what do you have to do?

It's simple - all you have to do is pop on over to the blog page on my website
and leave a comment - see simple.

If you wish to you may leave a comment on here or on my facebook page to be entered into the prize draw.
Here is what you can win - a gorgeous pair of Swarovski Pearl Earrings.

 The winner will be picked at random on Friday 15th July 2011