Thursday, 29 April 2010

Better late than never!

Well it's all gone very very behind schedule here at Pirate Treasures Towers - the making is as usual up to date, but the blogging is sadly lacking!

Firstly I was spending time caring for little Leo the gerbil (as mentioned in a previous post), he sadly died on 17th April and for his last couple of days needed help feeding and generally cuddling to keep warm. He was nearly 3 years old so an elderly gentleman in gerbil terms, he's gone to play with his brother Squizzle wherever gerbils go!

I've been busy booking a few Summer fetes to attend and have the first on Monday at Woodmansterne in Surrey - hopefully it will stay dry! I bought a pop-up waterproof gazebo and new (supposedly) 'lightweight' table, but they both weigh a tonne (well maybe not literally) and I didn't consider how far we might have to park the car and carry them from, so I think I'll have to go to B&Q to buy a trolley type thing later... that's all costing a fortune so I'd better sell loads!

I've had a few commissions to make, which I've sold/will be selling/have added similar desings on my website  I was asked to make some dangly pirate earrings with cameos and a bracelet for a bride with a pirate theme!
I've also been making lots of new things for the upcoming fetes...
Memory wire coiled bracelets always look nice & sparkly and the single coil ones are popular with little girls! When I checked through  my box of  'stall jewellery', which I hadn't opened since the Christmas Fair, I realised I only had a few charm bracelets left, so I made one with white glass pearls and acrylic silver hearts and one of my frosty flowers ones which always sell well.
I have a bunch of other stuff made, but I need to take some photos and anyway it would be a giant post if I posted it all at once! So I will definitely blog again before Monday, and then afterwards to say how the fete went...

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Scarves, decorating & jewellery-making!

This week's excuse for lack of blog posting is because I have been decorating my bedroom. Actually it was just painting the walls and ceiling white, but it now has a nice fresh new look with new curtains and duvet cover!

This week I was excited by the arrival of my lovely new scarf, made for me by Fiona at Rainbowfizz Creations . It was admired by my Mum when I wore it yesterday (pic below) so I have an idea of what to get her for her birthday!

I've just added a few pairs of earrings I made this week and a Steampunk watch movement ring to my Misi and Folksy shops
This week I've also made some jeans/belt loop charms for the Men's range on my website...
...and I've just had a commission for some dangly Pirate themed earrings, so I'm making a few different pairs so she can choose which ones she likes best. Photos of them in my next post.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

One a Day 75-80

Yes I've done it! More than one blog post in a week!
I've pulled a muscle in my shoulder, no idea how, so am sitting in front of the computer while the ibuprofen gets to work.
OK, Monday and Tuesday I didn't really make anything because I was sorting loads of beads and things for my other website . I have several large boxes of beads, findings, charms, bead caps etc which need decanting into little gripseal bags so I can sell them in manageable packs, but obviously this takes aaaaages and if I'm on a roll it means I have less time for making new things. Ah well, it's all part of working!
So Days 75 & 76 were sorting these:

Day 77 was hideous and rainy so I decided to brighten it up with a summery orange and yellow bracelet.

Day 78 I made a couple of necklaces for the Men's range on my website - long beaded ones with brown glass seed beads and wooden beads in a kind of Johnny Depp style!

Day 79 (yesterday) I made a couple of necklaces on tigertail wire with silver foil lined lampwork glass beads. I would love to say I made the beads myself, but alas I bought them from China! If only there were enough hours in the day for me to learn lampworking too! 
Day 80 (today) I made a flowery bracelet in pastel shades using acrylic flowers and berry beads. I'll keep this for one of the Summer fete/craft fair stalls I do later in the year.  
So that's that for now, my shoulder is hurting too much to make anything else right now. I need to rest it beacause I'm planning on painting my bedroom walls on Monday! I'm going to have a cup of tea, a Cadbury's cream egg and play Space Colony as I only need my right hand to control the mouse and it's my left shoulder I've hurt!!
Happy Easter!