Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wishlish Wednesday

I have a handbag that was a Christmas gift from my little sister which I love to death, and that's the problem, it is getting worn out. I love it because it is bright and eclectic and suits me perfectly. It also seems to go with every outfit. Most important it is a messanger style bag, I have scrawny shoulders and a shoulder bag never ever sits right on me, just ends up giving me a sore shoulder.

I have been hunting and hunting for something to take its place, the contenders are:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Now that's one creative Mother

With Mother's Day fast approaching I thought I would pay tribute to a Mother who is also a spectacular artist. She inspires artists the world over and never seems to suffer from a creative block.

Her ideas are weird and wonderful, her palate extensive. Her work can be seen all over the world, but I have put togther just a few of my favourites from Australia.

Mother Nature, you rock!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday

The change of season always brings an overwhelming desire for some retail therapy. I am almost bursting at the seams now with a desire to buy buy buy... I think one of these pretties will be in my mailbox very soon, now which one?

Tubeway Armies Arm Warmers - Grey, Red and Orange with Flowers by gayeabandon

White moon light in black by idea2lifestyle

Sunday, April 19, 2009

New in store and the one that got away

Another fabulous weekend has almost come to an end, we still have sunday evening to mooch about in our PJs and watch a movie while eating comfort food, but tomorrow heralds the start of another working week.

This weekend, like most recent ones has been action packed. We had a fabulous outing to see Dralion by Cirque Du Soliel at Docklands followed by dinner at a Cambodian Restaurant called Bopha Devi. My parents came for the weekend to join us at the circus and our little man who is now 20 months was an absolute angel!

While the little fella was giving the grandparents some exercise I made a new piece for the store, the eclipse earrings, named by my hubby. These have been made from sterling silver earwires and recycled copper. I love the simple lines of them, what do you think?

Also this weekend while showing my mum all the bits and pieces I have on the go she laid claim to a ring in progress. I set about getting in finished so that she could take it home today. The ring is filed into a wedge shape thick at one side and thin at the other, then the oval stone set off centre. Lucky for Mum being in the right place at the right time meant I could make it exactly to size.

So, you wont be seeing this ring any time soon in my etsy store, although I may make it a sister in the future.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday

I love autumn, the crispy cool mornings and the warm sun on my hair during the day, there is always a sense of anticipation in the air. And still autumn mornings make me look to the skies for hot air balloons.

I haven't yet been lucky enough to go up in a balloon, we had an early morning flight booked last year at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, but it got cancelled due to fog. They tried to fit us in the following morning but again there was too much fog.

I will get my hot air balloon ride one day, but until then I will gaze wistfully at these ones.

Stained Glass Hot Air Balloon Suncatcher in a Rainbow of Colors by livingglassart

Monday, April 13, 2009

What's cooking?

I have been a busy little bee this week and all the work has been hot hot hot, quite literally! Most of the work I have done this weekend was soldering. I was very organised last weekend doing preparations so that I could so a whole stack of soldering this weekend. I find it easier that way as I can get into a groove.

Of course what that means is next weekend I will have to do an awful lot of finishing and cleaning up - the jewellery equivalent of house work!

As well as making a pair of my bird earrings and bird pendant, which I will need stock of when my work goes into a gallery next month, I am cooking up something new.

I have a fabulous hexagonal smokey quartz, I have made a faceted ring and am now working on the setting.

Once I cut down and prepare the setting I can solder it to the ring.

Right now everything is sitting pretty high and it looks a bit crazy, but once completed this will be some serious bling!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

On the front page

I got a fabulous surprise this evening when I checked my email. I had a convo saying:

"Your work is WONDERFUL!!!I just found it on the front page of etsy, congratulations!!"

A quick check of heart-o-matic confirmed I had been getting a lot of love and views and I managed to find the front page in flikr

The front page was from a treasury created by Carley from VanillaPixie called "Plain is never boring", thanks Carley!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday

Today my wishlist is child's play, literally!

How much would my little boy love this gorgeous Flying Saucer Step Stool, although he has a fascinaton with water and would probably single-handedly deplete Melbourne's water supply if he could reach the hand basin himself!

What home is complete without at least one Princess Tower?

And if we have a princess tower we would of course require a dragon, maybe Felix Flammable

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Better late than never... I hope!

I have just completed my first alchemy order. A bird pendant on a necklace of jade rondells the customer had ordered to be sent directly to me.

The order was to match a pair of my bird earrings and an evening dress for a wedding on the 6th March. Unfortunately the jade did not get to me until the 13th March.

So I hope my very patient customer agrees, better late than never.

If you love the bird pendant it is available in store now on a beautiful sterling silver belcher chain.

A sad day for saw blades

There is almost an audible sigh from my saw blades whenever I start on a piece in my geometry range. While these pieces are quite visually striking complete, on the bench they can be pretty painful, especially to my blades as I go through a mountain load.

Although I have many hours of saw piercing under my belt and some days the blades go through the silver like butter (and could slice off a finger before you have a chance to notice), today was not one of those days. The constant removal and retightening of the blades into each little cell that I have pre-drilled with either a 0.6mm or 0.8mm drill bit puts a lot of strain on the saw blades and the more I rush the more I break them!

Currently my geometry range consists of my Trilogy Pendant

Today I am happy to unveil my latest addition, the Triangulum Earrings

I think they look and feel absolutely fabulous and they have just the right weight and movement.

I'm very happy with them, I hope you love them as much as I do.

Friday, April 3, 2009

We have a winner

Thankyou to all who took part in my first giveaway, a fabulous e-book courtesy of Kirsty at Filmless Photos.
The lucky winner selected at random is....

Julie-Ann of Julie's Jewels, congratulations Julie-Ann!

Thanks to everyone who participated, Julie-Ann your prize will be on it's way to you very soon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday

I want... I want....

A nice bag to carry goodies like lunch and sensible shoes to work so I can stop getting about with ugly Coles green bags.

Robot Black Dance Machine Future Style Schematic Messenger / Field Bag Poppy Pink Red by Happy Family

For no reason other than I love it, this gorgeous KikiZeal Singlet Tank Top (small) Orange apricot black jungle by MindCargo

For my autumn/winter work wardrobe which is full of lots of simple wool jumpers I NEED a funky Carpe Noctem necklace by Untamed Menagerie for some dramatic flair.