Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fruit Salad anyone?

I'm in retreat from the golf - my OH is watching The Masters and has been hogging the television for the past 4 nights.  I'll be glad when it's finished, just the sound of the inane commentary drives me to an early bedtime.  I always think I'll read for an hour or so but seem to nod off much too soon.

But before I have yet another early night I thought I'd share my latest makes.

I love using these tiny little slices of fruit in my resin jewellery. They are made from polymer clay and come in a thin cane that I cut into slices and then cast in the resin.

All these items are listed in my Etsy shop - as usual type fruit into the search box to see everything fruity for sale.  

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Is it wine o'clock yet?

Is it wine o'clock yet?
This seems to be a favourite saying amongst my crafty friends on Facebook so I couldn't resist making these wine o'clock necklaces.

Both are listed in my Etsy shop - Click here to go to Etsy.

I'm not sure who is the the most stupid.  The bird for not flying away or Pepper, who was thrashing her tail furiously and making a chirruping squeaky noise at the bird.  I took the photo out of my workroom window (with the zoom feature on my camera) and when I next looked they'd both gone. 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

It's Etsy Every Day for the Craftyfolk team

On Etsy I belong to a team called Craftyfolk where we try and promote each others work.

I thought I'd try and do an occasional blogpost of a few things that have caught my eye.

Click the link under the photo to find out more about it.

I love these hazel wood compass keyrings by Cottage Coppicing

These satin orange flowers are by Nurichant Crafts

This fabric wallet or purse is by Moody Cow Designs 
I have one of her fabric business card wallets and it's perfect and very well made. 

I really like this "just to say" handmade card by Polly Purple Horse

Easter bunnies by Witty Dawn UK

Tea or Coffee Jewellery

I recently bought coffee beans instead of ground coffee at the supermarket - I obviously wasn't paying enough attention.  Turned out to be an expensive mistake as we then bought a little coffee grinder - but Nick says he likes the taste so we're now buying coffee beans.

I thought I'd see what the coffee beans look like when cast in resin.  I wasn't sure if they would colour the resin but it turned out that air bubbles would be the problem.  The air bubbles seem to pop out of the coffee beans when I'm not looking.

I hope people don't mind the air bubbles too much.  I need to play some more to work out how to avoid getting the air bubbles, although I don't really mind them.

The keyring below was my first attempt - and I've listed it as a Seconds in my GroovyCart shop due to the air bubbles. 

Having used the coffee beans my mind turned to tea - what would that look like in resin.  So I rummaged in the cupboard and found a box of Green Tea with Lemon.  I snipped the top off the tea bag and sprinkled some into the resin.  Again I was expecting the tea to colour the resin but it didn't - this is the result...

Everything is listed in my Etsy shop apart from the Keyring which is listed in my GroovyCart shop. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fish swimming in blue resin water jewellery

It's a glorious sunny day here and I've been quite productive.  I've been making a custom order, taken photos of new stock and created "draft listings" in my Etsy shop - all ready to go live when I'm ready.

I keep the door of my workroom closed when I'm not working as Pepper does like to investigate.  The fascination is probably because she's locked out of here most of the time.

I was asked recently if I could use blue resin rather than clear resin with the little fish - so it looks more realistic.  I wasn't sure if it would work but had a go - and these are the result.

All these items are listed in my Etsy shop.  As usual type "fish" in the search box to find them - as well as all the other fish jewellery.

Pepper is now bored with my workroom and with me working - she is rubbing around my legs and miaowing at me to go outside and play with her......