Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy your visit.

Catch up on the day to day work I do, and the occassional thought. It's ok, I wouldn't subject you to all the gory details. For more of the handmade art and craft, jewellery and textiles I make and sell, see my online store.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Summer 2010 - Jewellery collection

I have been working towards getting a collection of jewellery together for the new season. It seems to me that pearls and crystals are coming back. They always have looked great with that little black number you keep for special occasions, but now they are high fashion with lots of other outfits too.

The Crystals always look brilliant (excuse the pun) and make a great team with the pearls.

I like the natural Fresh Water cultured pearls and these are within anyone's budget, although the size and perfectness of them will differ depending on the price bracket. And I have discovered I love hand knotting the pearls (and some other beads too.)

And then there are crystals with crystals.

I have loads more ideas, just hoping for a larger amount of time to make them all. I find it all a bit more-ish. Once I start making these gorgeous little numbers, it's hard to stop.

I hope you enjoy looking at them and if you are in the mood for a little shopping you will find them on my website under the Shopping heading. Look for Pearl Plus.

Do you like the new presentation boxes? The pearls will come in a presentation box or pouch. That helps make them great gifts, and with Christmas just around the corner . . . Happy Shopping.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Exhibition at Depot Artspace in Devonport.

I have made several pieces for the Auckland Quiltmakers exhibition being held at Depot Artspace. Check out the link to find out some of the details.

Here are photos of my pieces. They are all for sale at the Gallery for the (almost) 2 weeks it is open.

I would love to see you at the opening on Saturday afternoon 3pm to 4.30 pm.

Hibiscus (4 in x 6 in)

"Inch by Inch" (approx 8in by 10 in)

"Flower Power" (Fits within a 16 inch square)

"Confusion" (Fits within a 16 inch square.)

Isn't it great to keep busy? See you soon. 

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Beaded Scissor Keeper

I really enjoyed the class I did with the Bead Hold. It was organised by the Auckland Embroiderer's Guild - thank you Robyn.

We started by making a bead out of beads for the top. That's on a par with cutting up fabric to join it together to make a quilt. There are some definite possibilities there for making some special beads to include in a necklace. So I made a couple more beads to see how they would go.

They may not look much to you, but at an hour a piece, that was a night's work. I think they look quite cute. You may see them on  necklace on my website some time.

If you want more info on these, please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you.