Thursday, 20 December 2012

Rainy Rain Rain

So all day yesterday it rained. I believe that all day today, it will also rain. Lucky for me I'm giving myself a duvet day. It's almost eleven and I have only just had breakfast and I have no intention of leaving the warmth of my house. These pictures are taken from the dry safety of my bedroom.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Gifts I've Been Making For Christmas

Wow, it's been far to long since I wrote on this thing. I am proud to say however, it is not due to laziness. It's due to busyness. Or to be precise, business. My jewellery has been live on Not On The High Street for 8 weeks now and I am very grateful for the orders I have received since them. It has given me such a confidence boost to know that people desire my ideas.

So yeah, the last 8 weeks have been great, they've been slow, but great. Not that I could have handle loads of orders and so the one a week that I received was perfect. Foolishly I have been making to order, rather than having stock, which is a undesirable lesson that I soon learnt and I have now shut my shop for a week in the hopes of creating a little pile of jewellery that I can just send out as soon as I need to. But it is Christmas next week... so who knows.

It's not all orders that I have been creating. I have also designed a necklace for my best friend Kimberley Joy Howley's Birthday. I sent it today (she lives in Yorkshire) and I don't think she reads this blog so it's probably safe to post an image, here goes.....

I have also been making a pendent for Christmas for her baby girl, Elsie. (This is the same baby I created the naming ceremony invitations for the-new-arrival.html ).
Again, I'm hoping Kimberley does not go on this blog.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Not On The High Street

It's happened! Only a year late but at least I have finally got my act into gear to sell on the website 'Not on the high street'. Here's hoping it will be the beginning of something good! Click on the logo below if you want to be taken to my store.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Teapot Pendent

I designed this last week. It's decoupage on beech wood and hand pierced. It's quite small at the moment. I'm thinking I might make it bigger - make it a statement piece.

Monday, 15 October 2012

New Earring Design

Here are some pictures of a pair earrings I designed. The pattern is from vintage material and etched onto the surface of silver before being carefully hand pierced. I then added an oxidising solution to bring out the detail.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Ready For Winter

This is my new red duffle coat. I am all excited for the cold weather now. The scarf was knitted by my mother in a mustard yellow - my favourite colour. Come on winter, I'm ready for you!

Monday, 8 October 2012

It's Been A While Since My Visit To Steyning

As the title states, it's been a while since I went for a day trip to Steyning, August in fact. I am only posting about it now because for some reason Blogger has once again allowed me to upload images. Apparently it didn't want to for a two month period (I am guessing it wanted a holiday). 

Anyway, I thought I would get back into the swing of things by posting images of the day. 

Steyning is a beautiful little remote village about a fifteen minute drive from my house. My grandmother was staying with us for a week so I threw her in the car, switched on the sat nav (because I have no sense of direction) and off we went. The weather was miserable but some of the lovely houses we saw more than lifted my damp spirits.

And of course, no day out is complete without the tea room. The cobblestone tearoom was extra lovely. Me and my grandmother enjoyed a pot of tea drank from miss-matched tea cups. What more could you ask for!

The grandmother

This poster was hanging inside the tea room. I honestly believed they were real gold medals from the 1948 Olympics, that was until I got closer and saw the embossed Cadbury's logo. Oh dear!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

All I Want From Folksy....

So I have steadily been building up a collection of favourite items that would look absolutely lovely in my house. I thought I would share a few bits here and post a link to each of the artists shop. I have my own shop on Folksy and it's important to spread the word for one another.

As you can see below I have a bit of a thing for colour at the moment.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

The New Arrival

So after hours of labour, indecision, rearranging and trying out different things the deed is finally done! Sweating, crying, stressing... no I'm not talking about having a baby, I'm talking about the design for my friend's baby girls naming ceremony.  It is The Owl And The Pussycat themed and earlier I posted the owl, now I've made all the rest of it, and it was certainly an undertaking.  I am stupidly pleased with how it turned out and I hope she will like them. 

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Art & Design

 For some time now I have liked a facebook page called Art & Design and I feel that I must share it with you. It showcases a stunning array of beautiful, unusual and inspiring images from creative people around the world. It includes photos, ideas, interiors, design and many more things. In fact it seems as long as something is inspiring, it is worth posting. I know there has been lots of pros and cons about the internet but I can't help but think it is a wonderful invention. To see what we as human beings can offer, silences me at times and without the internet, I would have missed a great deal.


Below is a taster of the imagery:



Sunday, 29 July 2012

To Write Or Not To Write

Today I brought home my lovely new writing bureau. Previously I had no space that was just mine to sit and write or design on my computer. Every space I occupied was earmarked for someone else. The office belongs to the worker, the dinning room belongs to the eater... It was very frustrating constantly being moved on like a squatter. So how pleased was I to discover this little beauty on gumtree. It cost me a neat £10 and even comes with a  key. It requires a bit of work but its a solid little thing and I love the retro 60's feel to it.

I just need to find a chair now, which is proving difficult. every chair I like is massive as I want it to be an armchair, but then armchairs are not exactly practical when getting down on the laptop.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Something New On Something Old

I found this wonderful print on Folksy. It's an original artwork printed onto a page from an old dictionary.

It's part of the master plan for my far too sweet bedroom. Watch this space.....

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Where's The Pussy Cat?

This is the start of a little design I am working on for my friend Kimberley Joy Howley. Two month ago she gave birth to a baby girl and gave her the lovely name Elsie and in October they are having a  bit of a shin-dig in her honour. I have been asked to create the invitations and I'm using the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' as inspiration. As you can see, the owl is all finished. I just need to create the pussycat.  

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Day the Olympics Came To Town

The torch arrived in Worthing today and I had been looking forward to it for weeks. I'd not done anything to celebrate the royal wedding last year nor the Jubilee this year and so I was determined to be British and jolly well get involved. This after all was history and very possible something that will never again happen in my life time and definitely not something the awful rainy weather could deter me from. 

My father also wanted to come down and had left his work in Basingstoke with two hours to spare only to find himself stuck in the traffic of the previous Olympic torch destination of Arundel. Therefore it was down to me to fly the (metaphorical) flag and represent the Hayes family.

The roads were lined with parked cars up to a mile away and the streets were full of people making their way to Broadwater. Flags were waved, whistles were blowing, kids were excited. I was determined to take some amazing pictures and really capture the atmosphere.

I arrived with ten minutes to spare and had decided to walk a little way down to find the perfect spot, only the further I travelled the more condensed it got. I turned back in fear of not finding a gap with the minutes ticking away, greatly aware that time was running out. Luckily a few customers from the pub I work in own a house over looking the route with a very nicely placed balcony at the front. These fine fellow swooped to my rescue and gave me a view that the queen would have been jealous of. I was very regal indeed!

Now after the build-up, the hurrying, the worry and concern, the big moment was upon me. There I was, camera poised, zoom action practised, finger ready... only for my camera to seriously let me down. I managed just two pictures that day of the bearer. The flame is hidden by a tree in one and the other is of the back of his head. Oh Dear.

Anyway I thought I'd post the second picture and there is also one below of bunting.... everyone likes a bit of bunting.