Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Item of the Day: Swosch! lampwork bead

It took quite a while to make this bead.Then swirly lines are made from a lovely silver glass that shifts nicely in different blues. The surface is decorated with goldstone stringer.
The bead is 27 mm long.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Item of the Day

Cubic zirconia briolettes in a deep garnet shade of red. Very striking with the antiqued silver connectors and Bali silver earwires.

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Quote of the day

Aim for progress, not perfection.
- Anonymous

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Item of the day : Sanity Calms, But Madness Is More Interesting. Bag no. 235

I think I have posted this embroidery earlier, before it got turned into a bag. Well here it is, the finished product!

Sanity Calms, But Madness Is More Interesting. Bag no. 235

By Jenny Karlsson Design.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Item of the day - Pale blue flower earrings

Today's item is these pale blue and amber flower earrings by Kitty Ballistic.

The Czech glass flowers are a lovely mix of powder blue and amber, and at the centre of each flower is a small amber Swarovski crystal. The flowers hang from sterling silver ear wires.

I love these beads so much that I bought them in lots of different colours. I have some mint green ones that I wear quite a lot, and I have some other colours ready to be made into earrings.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Item of the Day

Today's item is "Glacial" - a necklace from The Sheriff's Daughter.

The aquamarine nuggets in this necklace are a beautiful shade of icy blue. As a child, I was lucky enough to have a summer holiday in Norway and we visited a glacier. As we squeezed through a huge crack at the end of the glacier, you could look right into the ice and it was just this shade of blue...or that is how I remember it anyway.

The necklace is designed to be worn with the heart toggle clasp at the front, but you could wear it at the back where, if you have long hair like me, it could be our little secret...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Crafty Tip (cross stitch and embroidery)

The threads for embroidery and cross stitch come as a 6 ply thread. However, when working from patterns, they generally only ask for you to use 2 plys at a time; meaning that you have to cut a thread to length, then carefully draw out 2 plys; leaving the other 4 for later use.

These can quickly mount up especially when doing a colourful pattern. They can also get horribly tangled and you can forget which number colour they are (each shade and colour has it's own number; many of the shades are very similar)

Here is a simple way of keeping your threads tidy and remembering their shade number.

Just cut a strip of card (cereal boxes are great for this) then add little cuts down the sides as in the photo. This way you can wrap your left over pieces around the width of the card without them sliding off. Also you can write the shade number above each one. This means that even if you don't use those pieces for this project; you can always find the right number shade again for another project - thus saving you money - and who doesn't love to save money?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Quote of the day

No matter what our age or condition,
there are still untapped possibilities within us
and new beauty waiting to be born.
—Dale E. Turner

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Item of the day - Green Fairy necklace

This necklace is made from dark green copper wire, faceted green glass crystals and dark green satin ribbon.
The wire has been spool knit with the crystals worked right in while the ribbon is just running inside. As the ribbon has not been added later, it got twisted during the crafting which gives a nice touch.
There is no clasp, the necklace is tied with the ribbon ends which means you can wear the bow in the back or in front for that little extra.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Item of the Day - Cross Stitch Christmas Card

Is it a little early for Christmas? I don't think it's ever too early to get organised.

This 15cm x20cm Card features a character from the popular Christmas song "the 12 Days of Christmas" The Partridge in a pear tree is hand-sewn cross stitch on 14 count aida fabric inserted into white heavy card stock. It has several gold-coloured festive acid-free stickers for decoration. The inside is blank for your own greeting and, of course, it comes with a plain white envelope for posting.

I will be adding more of these over the next few weeks - don't miss out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Quote of the day

"Do one thing everyday that scares you."

Elinor Roosevelt

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Newly Listed

What a wonderful selection of newly listed items we have to choose from. Everyone has been hard at work making and listing some of the most beautiful and unusual pieces just for you.
What amazing lampwork beads from Silver Soul; her blue moon earings are just so pretty. Just look at those Swarovski crystal bicones added as an extra to the silver ear wires.
Spotted Sparrow offers these handmade cards either singley or as a set of 4. In case you are wondering; the pages are from a vintage German encyclopedia. The cards are also blank inside awaiting your message.
Cat's Wire has caught a wonderful fossilised piece of coral in this coral heart pendant The necklace itself is made from black cotton satin ribbon and a gold wire spool knit together.

Goldlily has created this Silver Angel earring set. What a wonderful gift for someone going away; their own set of guardian angels
You can click on any of the pictures or the highlighted descriptions to be taken to that item. Whilst there, have a look at some of the other wonderful works in our studios. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Item of the day - Evil lemon felt plush

Today's Item of the Day is Sir Everard E. Vill-L'mone, made by Kitty Ballistic.

He is the sort of lemon that will tie a damson to a train track and then run off, laughing evilly, as the approach of the 4.12 express can be heard in the distance. He refuses to help people with bad colds or scurvy, and he doesnt care if your gin and tonic has ice but no slice. He is the most evil of the citrus fruits (with the possible exception of the Malevolent Mandarin).

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Quote of the day

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
- Emily Dickinson

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Item of the Day - Harvest Bell Pull

Quilted Harvest Bell pull Aprox 23"/58cms from top of hanger to bottom of bell

I thought the motifs were particularly suitable for a kitchen. A bell pull was perfect for decorating small wall spaces

A harvest shopping bag/tote is also available

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Item of the day - crab agate pendant with spool knit rope

If you want to catch attention and make a statement with big and bold jewelry, this might be your piece.
A large faceted orange crab agate has been set in a gunmetal wire crochet bezel with a hand-wrapped bail and teamed with a spool knit rope made from black satin ribbon and gunmetal wire.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Newly Listed Showcase

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