Wednesday, 19 November 2014

FLASH sale at Curious today!

FLASH sale today (Wednesday 19th November) at 

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Art Bead Scene November Challenge

Hello there! You probably know about the other blog which I write for - Art Bead Scene. Each month we have a challenge, where we take a piece of artwork and invite our readers to design art bead-filled jewellery inspired by our challenge piece. 

Let me hand you over to our editor-in-chief, Heather Powers:

"The Art Bead Scene editors have risen again to take the monthly challenge. We are having so much fun playing along every month we've decided to make this a regular feature. Take some time this month to enter the challenge for a chance to win some amazing prizes. 

And don't forget beadmakers, we have a category for you too and you could win a month of advertising on the ABS."

Yep, you read that right - there are prizes too! 

This month (as Heather said), some of my co-editors and I carved out a little time to take the challenge ourselves. 

There is SO much going on in this picture....I can't really decide if I am drawn to this picture or not; the folliage and imagery here is so lush it feels like it is almost over-ripe and on the cusp of decaying. (Is that just me?) However, it is certainly very intriguing - a piece of art that really makes me question what I am seeing. First of all, it seems like the orchid is the central point, but somehow I kept coming back to the largest hummingbird to the right....his colouring specifically.
Feather components - Green Girl Studio

Next, a piece based around the painting as a whole. The colour scheme, the birds, the lush foliage....

I hope you will find the time to take the challenge too! And do take a minute to check out the other participating editors' blog posts too:

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Songbead Studs - now available, and with a special offer for blog readers too.

This is something I've been working on for a while Songbead Studs! I can't tell you how pleased I am with how these have turned out. Take a peek -

These fourteen designs are just the beginning. I think I've covered most bases - but what colours would you like to see? 

I'm particularly pleased with this little design of mine. I've only stitched it up in these colours - turquoise and antique bronze - but I can see it in other colours too. What do you think? 

These studs are mounted on sterling silver stud settings, and I also have plans to roll out some with 14k gold-filled settings too. Gold-filled is a really cost-effective way of wearing gold in your ears - it is a solid layer of gold, bonded to a base metal - a much thicker layer than a plating, so findings in this finish have the appearance and feel of real 14k gold. 

These stud earrings will be available in my etsy shop for £15 a pair. But for the month of November, I have a special offer available via my blog - £12.50 a pair, or - even better! - two pairs for £22, plus P+P (£2 uk, £3.50 Europe, £4 RoW). There are PayPal buttons below for you to purchase these studs - I had to make two as each button only allows up to 10 colour options, so if you don't see the colour you're after under the first button, it's sure to be there under the second. The studs will be made to order, and will be posted out in 5 working days from the point of payment. 

Postage is included in the price below, and if you buy more than one pair at once, I will refund the different via paypal. It would have been too complicated creating buttons to cater for all of the possible colour/metal combinations! But don't worry, refunds will be issued within 24 hours of purchase.

I'm so excited to be sharing these little pieces of me with the world. They feel like a real reflection of where I am creatively at the moment.They are ideal little gifts - perfect stocking fillers, and a sweet treat for yourself too. 

I hope lots of you will be unwrapping these under the tree this year!

Price (inc. postage)
Stud Setting

Price (inc. postage)
Stud Setting

PS I don't know why I didn't get rid of 'Option 3' on the Stud Setting menu....oops. Just pick Sterling Silver or Gold-Filled.

Friday, 7 November 2014


It was an earrings kind of day about a week ago. Mainly because I had handed over a whole bunch of new earrings to one of my stockists, but still, every once in a while I get on a real earrings kick and I really enjoy it. Here are some of the spoils of my labour.....

You can find most of these lovelies in my etsy shop

Thursday, 6 November 2014

I'm here!

Wow. I honestly can't believe that my last blog post was the 22nd July....over three months away. Where did I go? I have missed this place - my own little spot in the universe. 

My mind has returned here over and over again, especially during the past month, but each time, the thought of doing a huge 'catch up' post has scared me away. So, I'm afraid, I have decided against a big catch up post - here's a very abbreviated version of what I've been up to over the past few months:

*Moved from N. Ireland to Scotland

*Did a 3.5 week craft fair

*Collapsed in a heap (repeat ad lib.)

*Tried to catch up with life whilst sorting out our new much smaller space


*...but kept (and am keeping on!) trying!

*Went to America for 2 weeks for a family wedding

*Got back to Scotland

*Had jet lag


....and somehow, I didn't find time for blogging amongst all of this dashing around the universe! 

Seriously though, I have had so many ideas for blog posts over the past few weeks, and I haven't worked on *any* of them for fear that I had to do a big, informative post, telling you where I've been. Well, enough, say I! I've caught you up, and I'm back in my space, and now I can blog again without fear. The last few months have felt a little like '1 step forward, 2 steps back', but I feel that I may now be at a '3 steps forward, 2 steps back' stage, which is at least moving in the right direction.

For today, here are some new pieces of jewellery in the shop. I have so much to share here, in my little corner - my internet diary, my web-log; my own small scratched out space in the universe. But I can't share everything at once, so for now - jewellery it is. Bracelets specifically.

Midnight Sun

Autumn Fayre

Sweet Tweet

Tuscan Dreams


Sweet readers, if you haven't entirely forgotten who I am, and fancy adorning your wrists with any of these, you can find them over at my etsy shop.


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