Friday, 30 July 2010

LOVE THESE STICKS!


How cool are these? Very inspirational, never thought I would get an urge to paint stripes on sticks!!! By"ginettesqulette" on Flickr.
Goodbye, untill next time!

AW2010 sneek peeks

Working on the Autumn Winter collection,
lots of crystal, drilled frosted glass beads, sparkle and soft silk threads...
Wont be available untill september October but I was getting excited and thought I would post one of the necklaces online, I'm going to wear it camping this weekend, sweeeeeeeeeeeet!!!
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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Doodles

I like doodling,

Here is my Mafia Penguin and some seals swimming aboot....

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Monday, 26 July 2010

Ministers Treehouse

My boyfriend is addicted to StumbleUpon at the moment, its a website that claims to change the way you use the internet! Basically you just join, tick what interests you from a very broad range of topics from Tea to Quilting! He found this the other day, apparently its the biggest treehouse in existence...

Its called the Ministers treehouse, and was built as "Gods Treehouse" when God said that if he constructed a massive treehouse then he would ensure that the Minister would never run out of wood. 14 years later he is still adding to it, using salvaged materials from barns, outbuildings, sheds and garages. It has 5 stories, 80 rooms and a church and belltower!
I love treehouses, my friend bought me a book on them for Christmas a while ago, and my dream house has always been the same....a houseboat in a tree!
There was this example of a boat in a tree in the book, the Gainza Treehouse in France, an amazing eighteenth century replica boat in a plane tree, which then led me to find this:



I can buy it for $34,500.00, could be a good investment if house prices are rising, I'll just plonk it on Brighton Beach! Arrrrrr!!!!

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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Cool Flowers

Check out these badboys, so pretty! I was in Poynings today, having a nice pub BBQ and then I spotted these in someones garden when we went for a stroll in the village.
I'm not very good with flowers so I have no idea what they are so if anyone knows let me know!!! I want some!!










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Friday, 23 July 2010

UK Handmade

Love UK Handmade, they are a UK based website that publish online magazines 4 times a year, and it's always a good read, and inbetween all this there's also the blog www.ukhandmade.blogspot.com
I was featured there on Wednesday, so thankyou guys!!!




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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Trash to Treasure upcycling comp @ makers online

I heard about the Trash to Treasure competition at makers online. I decided to enter with the following entry below...I love using recycled elements within my work as it really makes you think outside the box sometimes, this necklace was really fun to make and has been inspired by the pieces I choose to use, as is often the case when I make a one-off design. I am always drawn to over the top statement necklaces, so for this one I have made a really chunky piece, with lots of beach bling included. I wanted to create a really summery piece so I choose some bright pieces of Flotsam and Jetsam like the orange reclaimed nylon, forest green cartridges and turquoise plywood.
Everything in the necklace has been reclaimed, even the crystals, apart from the hemp I used which is organic, and some good old fashioned jump rings and picture hooks!
You will need:
One drill
One 2.5mm diamond tipped drill bit
Bowl and water for drilling in
Epoxy glue
Tapestry needles
pliers

Ingredients:
Plywood (found)
driftwood (found)
Sea pottery (found)
Nylon (found)
Pebble (found)
Crystals (reclaimed)
Jump rings
Hemp twine,
BB gun pellets / empty cartridges (found)


Method:
So, I picked some driftwood, some sea rounded plywood and some neutral sea pottery to make up the main part of the pendant. I measured where the sea pottery pendants would hang and drilled some holes in it (not advisable - drilling plywood stinks!). I then glued the driftwood to the plywood using strong epoxy glue (and again smelly), and glued some beautiful sparkly vintage Swarovski crystals onto the plywood.



Then I drilled the sea pottery using 2.5mm diamond tipped drill points, in water (in the little terracotta pot above) and attached it to plywood using gold jump rings...
NB: Don't ever drill sea glass or pottery without doing it in water, it will just shatter, there are loads of tutorials online if you are unsure...

I took the nylon and cut it into some strips, approx 8 inches long, and then sewed and bound the hemp onto the ends by using tapestry needles and created two loops to act as the connecting devise on one end, near the pendant. The nylon is too thick to bend back around itself so I decided to get some hemp on the scene!!!
The clasp is made by taking a beach pebble and hooking it over a larger loop on the other ends...I strung another crystal over the pebble as a little charm....

Next comes one of my favourite parts of the necklace, I wanted this to be a very beach bling necklace, and a while ago I found these BB gun pellets on the beach, which are just empty cartridges from the gun, I thought it would be great to stick crystals in them and add a more dramatic sparkly element to the piece itself...




I put some old picture hooks into the driftwood and this is how the pendant connects to the necklace...I then connected it all together using jump rings...



And then the finished product looks like this once you have connected the pendant to the nylon via the crystal BB pellets!!!



And here's me modelling it!!


Hope you enjoyed seeing my process, if you check out the page link above on the button you can see loads of other great entries too...
Goodbye, untill next time...!!!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Tomorrow I will be mostly doing...


This!
In Brighton!
I will have a little stall selling sea treasures and trinkets, if your in the area get on down!!!
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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

If there was an interior designer in Moomin land...

This was the interior design for a family entertainment centre. I don't know what a family entertainment centre is, I even tried googling it and no one else seems to know either. Its where a family goes to be entertained I guess...
Anyway, check out these ultra cool photos, the rooms are designed by Mario Yasko.
I would love to have a room like this...





Goodbye, untill next time....

Friday, 2 July 2010

Stickers!!!!

Got my stickers in the post today, so exciting!
I had whales, seals and fish ones and I'm going to be using them to decorate my giftboxes, they look so cute!!!



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New rings in store now - BEACH BLING RING

Hey, just listed these new fab rings in the shop...
Each one is handmade to order and you can choose from 4 colours, to order simply choose your ring size and colour preference....
Goodbye, untill next time...