Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Holidays

Well, here we are... Christmas Eve, and all is quiet in our neighbourhood.  Wishing you and your families all the best for the holidays. Thanks for your support over the last year.

As is usual in our house, there's jewellery given to friends and family for gifts. Here are a couple of simple beaded pieces that I made for family, and as these have already been given  it's not spoiling anyone's surprise by showing you these!  Both feature pendants by Nancy Adams of Round Rabbit.

The first is for my sister-in-law, Lone. She loves green, so the mix of malachite with seed beads and a connector from Chinook meets the brief.

  The second is for my niece, Hannah who is 13. The pendant is one that I've held on to for a while.

On another note, I'm thinking of shutting my Etsy store after 4 years. It's been very quiet (no sales since April), possibly due to the change / loosening of  who can sell on Etsy , and the overseas shipping costs which are extortionate from Australia.. My local site, Made it has had a good year so I may focus on it in the new year. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts and experiences.

Have a wonderful festive time!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Crazy Holiday Countdown

Woohoo!  In one week I'll be on a break for 2 weeks, at home, doing whatever takes my fancy.

Cant wait! Must say its been the hardest year in terms of how much the day job in design has taken out of me - consistently intense, deadlines with no down time.  Have enjoyed it but won't be able to maintain this level of pace in the New Year. I'm looking forward to reintroducing myself to exercise - have forgotten what it is like to have a lunch break and time to go to gym, and my waist line has expanded accordingly... ouch...

There is always beading time however - funny how I manage to squeeze that it - it keeps me sane. Here are some new pieces. I'm hoping for a new camera from Santa...hint hint to hubby Kev....

Tahitian Earrings

I've reworked the blue Pinocean beads.  I like this combo.

Sputnik Earrings