Friday, 28 August 2009

Roses for you...

A special offer for you this weekend...

For every purchase totalling over $30 in my Etsy shop I'll be giving away a FREE pair of Simple Rose Earrings!

One per customer, I'll send your earrings out automatically, no need to enter a code during checkout.

A little note about shipping whilst I'm here. Its a bank holiday in the UK this weekend (yay! extra day off work!) so I won't be posting on Monday. All orders will ship on Tuesday 1st September.

Happy shopping!

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Monday, 24 August 2009

weekend beading..

A few new pretties to start off the week...

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Peach cupcakes

I've been craving peaches for a while now and I really did fall hard for this recipe on Smitten Kitchen. So naturally I had to make them.

You don't see English peaches very often, I don't think they grow well here so I expect anyone with a healthy peach tree in England keeps the peaches to themselves! So I went for the food miled Spanish peaches at my local farm shop. I consoled myself that at least from the farm shop they'd be a bit better than the watery offerings from the supermarkets.

The peaches were lovely and sweet and they work so well in cupcakes. The cake was very moist and with a lovely sweetness, but not too sweet. I can't pretend I am good at icing cakes, my effort was very much less neat than the ones exhibted by Deb on Smitten Kitchen, but the frosting tasted as good as I'd hoped it would, which is the main thing!

I think I'll try these again soon, this time with more of a breakfast muffin approach as suggested by Deb too. I think I'll swap out a little bit of the flour for oats and add an extra peach into the mix too.


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Thursday, 20 August 2009

new blue things

I've been eagerly awaiting these beads, they are both very special and both my favourite kind of vintage beads.

These are vintage rough cuts or English cut beads, they are rare and very old, I would say probably 1950s. Each of the beads is hand cut so every bead and facet is different from the rest. It also gives the beads a beautiful chippy rustic look that I love.

The crisp blue works so well with brass so I put them together (straight away, I couldn't wait!) with this lovely golden chunky brass chain. The Capri bracelet is one of a kind and in my Etsy shop.

The second lot of beads are these dimpled textured beads that you may have seen in my shop before in different colours.

This time I have found them in a glorious deep midnight blue colour. As yet I'm not sure what to do with them but I'll keep you posted! I have just two of these beads so whatever I do make will be one of a kind or limited edition. They will also form part of my new Autumn collection.

If you are a newsletter subscriber stay tuned for a special offer on my Autumn collection, if you haven't subscribed already you can do so at the top right of this page :)


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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Autumn collection is here!

I have listed the first three pieces from my Autumn collection, you can find them in my Etsy shop.

Check back for new designs very soon. :)

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Sunday, 16 August 2009

All Things Original

Some news!

I am now selling on the All Things Original website.
You can find my jewellery here, I'll be adding lots of stock over the next couple of weeks.

Check out all the great designers on there too, so glad to have found another fab platform for Handmade goodness.

You can find My All Things Original Shop Here


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Thursday, 13 August 2009

autumn preview no. 3

A necklace!

In wonderful autumnal amber with golden brass, I love the vibrancy of this lucite ring, the facets on it make it extra special and really show off the amber.

In my shop very soon, I hope to start listing in a week or so :)

Look out for more autumnal goodies soon.

Also, to make way for new things, I am running a very nice sale in my Etsy shop.
All sale earrings are only $10.


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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

something new

Can't stop buying these filigrees, I love them! These will be listed later, with better pictures :)

I also have some beautiful dark red filigrees which I am working into my Autumn collection.


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Tuesday, 11 August 2009



After last years harvest of two plums (because it basically rained throughout Spring and Summer) I was so pleased to see the trees heaving with plums once again. So last weekend, I made jam!

Looks like we have plenty to see us through the winter, I am waiting the weather to get cold now so I can have it on my porridge as soon as possible ;)


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I was delighted to once again be featured in the Etsy Finds email, I am so pleased!

My Lace Earrings were featured in the Weekend Jewelry Deals article and email on Friday. I had a fab weekend filling orders, thanks to everyone who visited and purchased over the weekend.

After such a busy weekend I am looking forward to settling down and creating more autumnal lovelies for you too see.


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Friday, 7 August 2009

autumn preview - no. 2

More newness!

Well, now who doesn't like tortoiseshell when it looks like this?
Some great beads that I previously used in a different design, now perfect on oxidized silver hoops.

In my etsy shop in the next few weeks!


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Thursday, 6 August 2009

autumn preview - no.1

Glossy black cherry lucite nuggets suspended from golden brass chain, a perfect slice of Autumn!

These will be in my etsy shop in the next few weeks, I'll be previewing some more items in the run up too, so keep an eye on the blog!


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Wednesday, 5 August 2009


I love scouring for interesting beads, its half the fun of jewellery making, and lately I have been lucky to find some very rare and very beautiful vintage beads.

I don't claim to be an expert but I do know some people that are! I got these beautiful vintage beads from a relative, I thought them to be made in England but it turns out they are venetian beads and very rare. My lovely etsy friend and lampwork glass aficionado Leeski told me about them.

They are venetian glass with a sparkle of aventurina, which is the gold swirl you can see. Apparently very hard to find and rarely seen, and they are handpainted too!

I have just the one pair in my shop, and those beads are the only ones I have, so they are definitely going to be one of a kind!

I could talk forever about some of the other rare beads I have found lately, but I won't waffle too much, instead I'll leave you with some pictures. Click on the photo to see the listing, which has more information.


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Tuesday, 4 August 2009


We picked our first lot yesterday, two lovely sticks which shall be cooked down for a rhubarb fool.

Stop by tomorrow for the recipe and yummy pictures (without the cat).


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