Saturday, 27 November 2010

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Screen printing - I think I have a new addiction!

So last weekend I went to a screen printing course at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield.  I had previously done an Introduction to Printmaking course there, and wanted to develop my skills a bit more.  The tutor was Clare Caulfield, who creates the most gorgeous pieces of artwork, and is so inspiring.  

We learnt how to use UV to expose and create screens, which gave a great effect and opened up lots of possibilities, particularly to get fantastic detail on the prints.  This was definitely my favourite part and has given me lots of ideas of where I can go with it in the future.  Here's a sneak preview of what I did on the day, and will be putting in my Folksy shop soon :)

What do you reckon??

Thursday, 4 November 2010

November Sparks

I know it's been a while since my last post - I've been so busy and neglecting my blog a little....must try harder in future!

Anyway, I wanted to feature some of the gorgeous things listed by my fellow November Sparks so far (oh, and a few of
Secret Love Necklace
Keep Calm and Carry On
 my own listings too...) - click on the link below to be taken to the listing on Folksy.

Black Feathers Hair band from MollyMagpie Handcrafted Jewellery
Red Tartan Bow Band from Ickle Imogen

Flower and Filigree Headband from Lonely Hearts

News Giraffe from Esme Dodsworth Designs

10 Recycled Envelopes - Trees from Swirlyarts


Sunday, 3 October 2010

Fancy a go at jewellery making?

In my new shop laura's little leftovers you'll be able to pick up a 'taster' size bag of beads, findings and anything else you might need to have a little try.  At the moment, it's just got a few red beads in, but more will be added soon! 

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

All things Parisian.....

To celebrate my 'Beaux Bijoux' and 'Paris, Je t'aime' jewellery ranges being in this lovely little shop I thought I'd write a post celebrating all things Parisian.  I really miss living so close to Paris, and in France in general - I may move back one day to open up a boutique selling my wares :)

I love this simple necklace from punky 'n' prettyful
Silent Theatre is one of my favourite shops on Folksy, and I particularly love this print -  I want a seat in the shape of the Eiffel Tower :)

These earrings from The Blue Jellyfish are gorgeous and whimsical 

The Whimsical Wren has some absolutely beautiful jewellery in her shop, but I particularly love this necklace, and I do love Paris :)
Montmartre is one of my favourite haunts in Paris, and I love the Sacre Coeur sitting on the hill overlooking the rest of Paris.  This photograph by Felix Landscape Photography captures the building in all its glory.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Last weekend I had a stall at Kirklees Craft Fair which took place at the Light Railway in Denby Dale. It wasn't as crafty as I'd have liked, but I had quite a few sales and a lot of interest in my handmade goods.

The weather wasn't great, which was a shame as it was an outdoor event, but I got to spend the weekend chatting to one of my best friends who had offered to help me out and kept me in pop and chocolate :)

Only one mishap - my Dad managed to lock my car keys inside my car, so had to drive home in his car to collect the spare. Luckily at this point we'd already got all my stock out, and whilst we were waiting, me and Mum decided to move round all the stuff to the layout you see above, so he kind of helped out (but don't tell him that!!)

Another fair coming up in October where I'll be doing a demonstration as well - I'll let you know details closer to the time.
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Thursday, 26 August 2010

A bit of good news....

Just a quick blog post to share with you some recent developments.  Today I was offered a permanent job as a PA (I've been temping for over a year since being made redundant) at the place I'm currently working.  

On Tuesday, on my way to the Print Workshop to print my etchings (photos to come tomorrow!) I spotted that the gorgeous gift shop next door was open, as usually I'm there much later, so I popped in to see if there was any chance they would want to stock my jewellery.  I met with the owners today and showed them my jewellery and they will be selling my stuff as soon as I can get it made for them! I'm so excited and happy, everything just seems to be fitting into place perfectly! 

Have you had any good news lately?
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