Friday, 17 December 2010

An excusable horsey moment

Need I say more then I love horses best of all the animals, I love horses they're my friends? If you haven't seen this advert you may not know what I'm on about, but trust me it's cool.

I wanted to put together a few things what I do like. Even if you don't like a horse you can still appreciate them I'm sure...... 
http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.196094988.jpg
I am a huge Bonbi Forest fan. I think it's the horses and creativity rolled into one....

While Ingemar is swedish, dont feed him swedish berries. He'll get hyper
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Corrabelle?ref=seller_info.



http://www.etsy.com/people/ashita?ref=pr_profile
ashita creates quirky jewellery. I particularly like this locket 

Shop Sakura is for all your miniature sweet/supply needs!
 http://www.etsy.com/people/ShopSakura?ref=pr_profile

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Another successful day!

A third trip to Greenwich market started slowly, but after a mad lunchtime rush I was seriously concerned that I might run out of stock! Now having cut my teeth on the Greenwich market I am feeling the passion for jewellery design and selling big time. What a feeling to create something that someone will be given for Christmas or wear about the place. 

I've been there for three weeks now, and it looks like it has come to an end.  The place we were selling was only hosting stalls for The Christmas period so if anyone knows somewhere similar I can set up pitch let me know. 

Also, The Little Paper Box boyfriend, Tom, branched out into selling vintage teacards on the stall. We have some on our wall and I LOVE them so we thought we would see if other folk were as crazy as we. It seems they are.Everyone we sold too went dreamy eyed over the cards, remembering the good old days....hmmm

The Cambodian Guar. Now extinct in the wild.



Hawfinch. Last seen East coast in Irgerland



Asian animals

Both sold!
Wrong address - whoops

Lemon jasper, faceted coral on gold fill chain


Flourite on sterling silver

Yes, everyone tried to buy the books...argh

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Hello Christmas hazel nuts, yes please thank you very much.

There is only one thing to own this Christmas. That thing is one MASSIVE pile of nuts. Almond, hazel, brazil and brainy walnuts all piled up in an impenetrable fortress of nuts.

Don't forget the crackers. I have discovered trying to break them with your teeth is painful and pointless, it also takes the enjoyment out of the whole Christmassy nutty situation.


Thursday, 2 December 2010

The very first thing I have EVER won!

.....apart from a stale Christmas cake in 1988.

I had to mention that I was the lucky winner of Stacie Swift's giveaway last weekend.
I was unfeasibily excited. I have entered countless raffles, tombolas, prize draws and GMTV competitions and not won a jot! Stacie Swift has hopefully broken this spell!

Stacie is a brilliant illustrator based in the most wonderful London city. I beg you check out her blog as it makes for good reading/looking.


And here is my Stacie Swift hoard for all to see.


My winning ticket with Stacie Swift


My Prize - eeep

Robbie the dog guarding the winning package


Sunday, 28 November 2010

First sale!!!!

Yesterday my Mum went to Greenwich Market to sell her chutney and cordial and she invited me along to sell some jewellery. It was absolutely freezing, but really exciting to get out and get some bits on show.
We sold £100 worth of chutney, but the BIG NEWS is I made my first sale! Ok so It was just one £10 necklace, but I love the idea of someone wearing and hopefully appreciating something that I have made. Its far too exciting....


Here are a few pics for you all. 

Thomas Lord manning the stall






hot chocolate to warm us up



Friday, 26 November 2010

So I went to see the lampshade and got confused by Christmas decorations, Lights, furniture and moisturizers. Why does this happen to me everytime? It really is the story of my life! I just cannot choose which amazingly exciting thing to choose in life and end up wondering off with nothing, or a very small token of something. Surely other people have this problem?

So for Christmas we trawled through the deepest darkest pages of Etsy looking for art for our walls.

Here are those that made it onto the Christmas list. Anyone??



http://www.etsy.com/shop/amandakindregan


http://www.etsy.com/people/mengseldesign?ref=ls_profile

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Wild Pigs Lampshade

My house has has the same terrible light fitting swinging about over my head for the last 5 months.GUESS WHAT is about to happen???? It's coming down, its life is over. Straight to the bin with you I will say!


The plan is to replace the monstrocity with a new and lovely Liberty lampshade.
I just couldn't help creeping into their website in the dead of night and lusting over new lampshades and side tables. Liberty Tables I cannot afford, lampshades I can just about stretch to!

Wild Pigs Lampshade

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Autumn Exposure

So I managed to wheel the camera out today and do some experimenting. I had no idea how much fun this would be. After some fiddling and going off road into the realms of the manual setting on my camera I managed to get some abstract photos that I love. There were some precarious moments balancing over muddy puddles trying to get the right section in tree in the frame but I think the dog walkers and families in the park appreciated it.

Most of these shots were obtained by letting loads of light into the camera whilst trying to stay as still as possible.
















Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Two weeks in Borneo

After 18 hours flying and sleeping on the floor of various airports we arrived back at Streatham Common from Borneo. After one days sleeping, the second day was spent in Crystal Palace junk shops and markets. Joy! Why have I never been before? 

We started at the Secret Garden Centre behind Sainsburys: http://www.thesecretgardencentre.com/ 

We bought some crocus' to plant in the lawn. Really looking forward to seeing them poking through in spring. Heaven! It feels like it will be a long time before that happens, but will be worth the wait.

We then moved on to have a peek, rummage/ramble through some local junk shops. The signs on the door say " antique" but I think "junk" was definately more fitting. Saying that I am a massive fan of junk so that was no problem. 

The final and most exciting find of the day was: http://www.hayneslanemarket.com/
A brilliant little find if you are a fan of places where every surface is covered in treasure and trinkets. You seriously have to get down there. It's a treasure trove of bits and bobs for upcycling, fixing and remaking. I held off any spending sadly as twp weeks in Borneo was pretty hard on the old wallet.





Monday, 11 October 2010

tea drinking and jewellery making

So the dressage competition went well but alas no rosettes. C'est La Vie ey?
It was a lovely weekend of wine, cheese, Thai chicken currys, friends, horse riding, sunny cups of tea and making jewellery.

Yes you did hear me right. Making jewellery!! Can you believe it?
Here are some bits and bobs wot I did make. 

Lemon jasper, faceted pink coral, flourine and turquoise and tiny black crystals

Lemon jasper, sponge coral and pink coral

Dalmation Jasper, Sponge Coral, pink coral, smoky quartz and black agate on sterling silver chain

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

It's been a while since the last post.

One or two things have happened and one or two things have not happened. Pretty standard stuff really. Cully and I are entered to do a dressage test on Sunday so I am currently trying to learn the moves, but so far I haven't taught her. She better learn quick! Unfortunately she is a horse so I can't right write it all down for her to learn overnight.

Also last night I went to see Eat, Pray, Love at the cinema. A hideously cluncky life affirmingesque chick flick with the old staple Julia Roberts. I wonder if Jennifer Anniston was busy that day? Anyway, despite my criticism I came away feeling quite jolly and dreamy about cutting myself out of my usual society and swanning around the world learning yoga and Spanish. All good things to do, but the movie doesn't tell you exactly what happens to these people in twenty years time does it?

I have been to India and met folk that have been finding themselves for quite a few years and they were super and all, but I'm not sure I want to go down that road right now! I will hold it as backup in case of a chronic personal disaster perhaps.

My less drastic second best was to start thinking about doing a bit of alternative baking.
After a little bit of looking about the place I came across some bits and bobs you could put on a cake that you cannot fail to appreciate. Some of them are not edible, in fact I think most if not all of them may be inedible. 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/56525061/circus-parade-cake-toppers?ref=v1_other_2
totally random at Pussycat Vintage!


http://www.etsy.com/listing/21105088/reserved-white-sheep-needle-felted
Check out smallest friend on Etsy to create a  scene


oh dear?


http://www.etsy.com/listing/55048495/plastic-retro-rose-cupcake-toppers-12?ga_search_query=flower&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5675407



Thursday, 30 September 2010

ooo lovely

Just flying through the million pages of Etsy and stuff 'n' guff and chose to click the "view most expensive" button. What a risky strategy I hear you say. I say it had to be done. Weirdly it displayed a load of items priced at £64,000. None of them looked worth that amount of money.

Annoyed I thought I would resort to my favourite topic of jewellery and clicked the "jewelry" button (weird american spelling) and instantly saw something magical.

A blue diamond and gold ring. Simple maybe even basic, but  really quite attractive. I feel a bit twitchy!

It was created by these people: http://www.etsy.com/shop/kyleannemetals
I am pleased to encourage you to check them out.




Thursday, 23 September 2010

Productive squirrel time

As I squirrel away this morning contacting the nice folk  of the United Kingdom trying to convince them to hand over wads of cash to charity I took a quick pit stop at: http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.com/

This is a place I have been before and enjoyed it.

Her latest post brought The Bucket Tree to my attention. An online vintage shop where I found some nice little bits of jewellery I wanted to tickle your fancy with. If you like them the good news is you can still buy them.....





Vintage resin broach

Milk glass vintage bracelet
 



Tuesday, 21 September 2010

do do doo, do do do do do do do do doooooo. la la la la la la la laaa...ginger beauty

In case any of you were wondering what I do when I'm not at work nobbling rich folk for money, writing blogs, tweeting and generally bothering people about the place  I thought I would post this one photo for you.

Taken with my new DIGITAL SLR I would love to introduce Cully the wonder horse. Generally she looks like a donkey, but I managed to whizz her up and get this shot of her doing her thing.

She takes all my spare time and money so keeping her in insane and stupid, but I wouldn't be me if I wasn't a bit on the thick side.


Coolcullen Colleen

Friday, 17 September 2010

House Jewellery

Is this a concept that works for you? What would fall into this category? Mirrors? Chandeliers?
Table Clothes and Curtains? That's up to you and up to your house.....whatever your house may decide.

One thing that I do believe to hit the "house jewellery" bullseye right in the milddle are door knobs. Yes knobs for doors.

The place to go for said door knobs is Chloe Alberrys shop on Portobello Road, London.
It is heaven for your doors and they sell knockers too!