Sunday, 9 November 2008

A quick catch up


Sorry I havn't manage to post for a while, I have been preparing for my new exhibition at Piece Hall Art Gallery & Visitor Centre in Halifax, bye the way check out the link to this absolutely beautiful piece of history right in the centre of Halifax. My jewellery will be showcased here as part of the Christmas Crafts event from 15th November to 4th Jan, I received special invites to the event to give out to friends and was over the moon to see they had used my lush earrings on the official merchandising that will be used to promote the event Yipee, sorry about the poor picture will update shortly, but hopefully you can see them on the left.


I have also been making a variety of different designs over the last couple of weeks, here are my latest fine silver earrings, I love these, they are lightly textured and have a little stem & leaf design on them, they will be on my website sometime this week.

I have also been making some goldfilled earrings with luscious Tundra Sapphires, they have such delicious colours and catch the light wonderfully, there is also the beautiful Emma, stunning Whisky Quarts and creamy Keshi Pearls topped with coils of gold wire.



I may have mentioned on here before that I adore boro lampwork glass beads, these are my latest lampwork designs, the beads are wonderful, wispy & ethereal, they are by lampwork artist Caroline Cash and were a dream to work with, I love the way the oxidised silver works so well with the tones of the beads.
I think that is all I have for the moment, and I will hopefully be able to post a bit more regularly in future.
bye for now

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

New items for sale.


I have put quite a few new items on my site over the past week or so, here are just a few. First up is 'Winter Blues', the blue in these Blue Obsidian is gorgeous it is so vibrant, didn't want to do too much with these, just them on there own with silver is enough.





I seem to have a thing for blue at the moment here is another recent addion 'Raindrops'.




I have had this focal bead for ages just waiting for the right design to use it in, finally decided that tourmaline worked best on a simple chain, I love the organic look of the bead, was in two minds whether to keep this one or not....



I've been tagged!!!

Thanks to Barbara at Wildberry Jewellery for tagging me.

The 'tagging' rules are as follows:

1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Just need to think of 7 facts now!!!!!

1.I am originally from Scotland, I now live in a village just outside Halifax, I am married have, 1 son & 1 daughter and a cat called Heidi.

2.I hate butterflies, they frighten the life out of me!!!!! weird I know.

3.I hate ironing!!!!need I say any more.

4.I have been taking lampwork lessons from the wonderful Mike Pool at Tillerman Beads, what a great teacher, hopefully I will be able set up a small studio next year and try to make some beads, it is so addictive, I am hooked already.

5.Flew over Angel Falls in an 8 seater plane a couple of years ago, soooo scary but what an amazing experience.

6.I love going for walks in the rain.!!

7.My wardrobe is all arranged by colour OH thinks this is really weird, which it probably is, just can't bring myself to put the blues with the whites etc.NOoooooooo.

Well I have probably made myself look totally neurotic & weird or just boring now.
Here is my tag list sorry if I have tagged someone that has already been done.

Wildberry Jewellery
Nanna Moon Studio
To Bead or not to Bead
All about the Beads
Gurgly Things
All in a Day
Glass by Jennifer

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Etsy Front Page

Wow I am over the moon today, my Branching Out Necklace made it to the Etsy front page this morning, of course I missed it, the first time in ages I haven't logged in first thing in the morning and it would be the day one of my items made it to the front page, the treasuary was selected by Azurine and was beautiful you can have a look here http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=29083

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Chocolate Limes & Autumn!!






I have been selling these pendants for a while now through a local gallery, they have been so popular that I decided to add a few to my website. Chocolate Limes & Autumn which has all the colours of the coming season so the name suited it perfectly. If you are looking for something different from the selection that is currently on my site, the pendant is a available in a variety of different gemstones, colours etc, just contact me if you have something particular in mind and I will see what I can do for you.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Fusion, Brulee & Seastorm

Fusion
Brulee
Seastorm
I love borosilicate lampwork beads, they are my most favourite beads to work with I recently bought some quite delicious ones, here are the designs I came up with for them, hope you like them :), just click on the pictures for more images.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Littlebrownpen!!



You know some times when you find an item that you instantly love, and just for a change I am not talking about glass beads or gemstones, I came accross a wonderful etsy shop Littlebrownpen, they sell the most wonderful templates for gift tags, cards etc, I fell in love with every single one of them but as I have a thing for dandelions I couldn't resist the windswept dandelion one, and it is even nicer than in the pictures, so pop along to Nichole & Evan's store, http://www.littlebrownpen.etsy.com/ and have a look, you won't be able to resit them.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Occassions Collection


These 'Delice' earring are part of my occassions collection, I specifically had weddings in mind when I designed these particular ones, but you could wear them on many occassions, beautiful clear crystal cubes with cream freshwater pearls in differing sizes, they really are lovely :), I will be adding more to this collection shortly.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Cufflinks


make a lot of my vintage typewriter key bracelets and cufflinks as commissions, people have their own little codes to put into them whether it be dates or initals or variations of names, I love them as they are so personal, I have now got some stock of vintage cash register keys (the big old style registers from the US which seem to have a key for everthing) another recent commission was for a pair of these, they worked so well and I have had a few more request that I thought I would show a couple of pairs that I have on my website for sale at the moment,
they are just a bit different and they come in lovely packaging perfect for gents gifts.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Earrings & Necklaces

I have been working on some new earrings this week some for my website, my etsy store & some for the exhibition I am in as they are selling out. I love these new Mandalay earrings, although they are time consuming to make the end result is worth it, the name is so luscious sounding, just like the earrings!!


Another pair is orchid, I have had these beautiful beads for ages just waiting for the right inspiration, and here they are.

I also worked on this beautiful botanical necklace with wonderful gemstones & lampwork beads, I am totally taken with wirewrapping jewellery at the moment, as I said before it is time consuming but totally addictive.



Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Finished !!

I finally got the Larimar bracelet finished, I am so pleased with it, the stones are absolutely beautiful, they are such a delicate colour, they do cost quite a bit but I think they are worth it they really are gorgeous, I have kept the design simple, with stones like these you don't need much else!!!.

The showcase of my jewellery is going well at Bankfield Museum, a wonderful building with a long history in Halifax. The jewellery looks great in the display cases, not something you get to see all the time when you sell online, the rest of the exhibition is wonderful, the artists on show are truly inspiring, if you thought tapestry was old and dull think again this exhibition is wonderful & contemporary, I could visit every day......it really is worth a visit so if you are in the area try to pop along......

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Website updates!!!

I have been working on my website the last few days making some tweaks here & there and generally tidying it up, but I did manage to get some gemstone shopping done on Friday, (big favourite of mine).
Larimar is a beautiful stone that is found in the Dominican Republic, I came across it on a visit to the island and had to get some, although that did prove quite difficult and costly as the stone is so beautiful and quite rare, it has the most beautiful blue colouration, now I just need to work out what to do with the stones, check back and hopefully I should have something to show you by the end of the week.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

I almost forgot this one!!!!!

I almost forgot this pendant/necklace that I also made a few days ago, how could I forget this beautiful colour, vibrant purple Howlite, with freshwater pearls.
I also wanted to say Hi & thanks to everyone who has recently joined my mailing list, I hope you get round to using the vouchers, I you haven't joined my list yet there is a link on my site, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Commissions

Sorry I havn't posted for a while, I have been so busy with commissions, which I never complain about as I love working on them, just not enough hours in the day to get everything else done though!!!!

I did manage to get a couple of thing added to my website at the weekend, a pair of earrings called 'Pagoda', now it is probably just me but I thought with the beautiful beadcaps they looked just like a minature pagodas, but I may have just lost it completely......at the minute they are listed in my shop on Etsy, you can see them there, I will get them onto my website asap. I also have a beautiful pair of handmade lampwork teardrop glass bead hung simply on sterling hoop earrings, again they are on Etsy, but will get them onto my site as well.



My other item is 'summer garden' vermeil gold necklace, I have held onto this focal bead for such a long time and it fell into my 'special bead' category, I finally came up with what I think is a design that compliments it to perfection.


Just wanted to say do feel free to comment on anything you see here, I would love to hear your feedback/comments.

bye for now

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Some photos of my recent work





Here are some photos of designs that I have been working on this week, I love the boro lampwork beads in the charm bracelet, they are wonderful, full of depth and colour.
I also have jewellery in a showcase at the moment at Bankfield Museum in Halifax, it is part of the British Tapestry National Exibition and conference, it runs from June to September so I am trying to make some pieces to send along there at the moment, don't know where the time goes....

Friday, 4 July 2008

My first blog

Hi,

I am new to posting a blog although I do have a journal area on my website, so please be patient will me until I have the hang of it, I have seen loads of sites with blogs on them and thought I would give it a go.

I will be using this to update you with my 'goings on', what I am up to and what I am making at the moment.

Hope to hear from other jewellery designers.

byee for now
Elizabeth