Thursday, 4 September 2014

Workspace DIY - a simple pen pot

Today I have an interior styling DIY rather than jewellery. As you may know from previous posts we bought a house last year. All the major work is done but we are running low on money for the really fun bit - the accessories and the styling.

Having been a buyer of interior products before I had my son, I do love to trawl around online trying to source exactly what I am looking for but I don't have that kind of time on my hands anymore, or the money to spend on what I really like. So the solution is to make a few things that I can't find or can't afford! It actually takes less time than trying to find what I'm looking for online anyway!

This one is really easy. I found an empty tub - this was a bouillon stock tub but a short Pringles tub would do the same job. I had some gesso from doing papier mache in the past so I used that to create my white base - regular white paint would do the same job. I liked the gold rim on the original packaging so I kept that exposed. Then once my final coat was dry I decorated with washi tape - my favourite decorating material! 

Really easy and really cheap, a great new addition to my workspace.

Then I had my first attempt at interiors styling so I could take a photo of it for you. Not bad for my first attempt but room for improvement I think!

Have you got any simple DIY's for the home, I'm all ears as I need a lot of ideas to brighten our house up and make it more of a home!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Winter Jewellery Inspiration from Lola Donoghue Painting

Painting inspiration image from Lola Donoghue Facebook Page

My interest in making abstract jewellery continues. I think this is one style I may stick with as I am really pleased with my recent creations. I have a print in our house by Irish artist Lola Donoghue that my mum gave me for my birthday. I really love it and follow Lola on facebook where she has photos of her creations.

I have been stuck in a bit of a colour rut recently so I thought I would use one of Lola's paintings as inspiration for a necklace. I wanted to make something with a winter feel as I have made so many bright summery pieces recently. As well as the colours in the painting, I used the composition as inspiration too.

Once I made the long necklace that can also be worn as a multi strand bracelet I thought I would make some earrings in the same colour palette. I am super pleased with both the necklace and the earrings so thank you Lola! What do you think of these? And what do you use for inspiration?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Catwalk Mashup

I haven't featured catwalk mash up in quite a while but thought I would bring it back to show you a bracelet I made. We are going to a wedding next week and I bought the above dress from warehouse to wear to it. I will be wearing it with a navy blazer and gold sandals. The neckline is a little tricky for a necklace so I decided to make a statement bracelet instead.

Recently I have been into making abstract necklaces so thought I would try something similar as a wrap bracelet. I am really pleased with it so I think I will make another one to list in my shop. It has also inspired me to use fashion as the starting point for more of the pieces I make.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My own online boutique - Bits by Beadbash

I don't know how many of my blog readers are regular as I'm not very good at posting on a regular basis but I do know I have regular readers of my facebook page. One thing I like to do on my facebook page is share things I like. There is a theme you will notice and that's colour (and lots of it!) - I tend to share things that are the same aesthetic as the jewellery in my etsy shop.

That's why when I discovered I thought - great, here's another way to share things I love. It can get pretty boring if all you ever do is share the things you make yourself. I couldn't believe it when they accepted me as a tastemaker as it's not something that I would call myself - but hey it's great - it means I can set up my own little boutique online filled with things I like that are all handmade. 

Now obviously I love jewellery but I also love interior design, kids things, pretty things for myself and of course supplies for crafty endeavors. So why not take a little look at my boutique if you're looking for something a little different and handmade. Perfect for gift hunting!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Introducing my Party Packs

You may or may not know that my business name came about as I started out providing jewellery making parties for children when I lived in Galway in Ireland. We have since moved back to Scotland and I have my son now, we only have one car which my husband uses to get to work so continuing the parties is kind of out of the question at present.

When I did the parties, I enjoyed putting kits together for the kids and found that older kids and adults enjoyed making the jewellery just as much as, if not more than the kids did. I have also noticed through Pinterest and other blogs the popularity of craft parties for adults. So the idea struck to sell my kits rather than go to the house myself to host the party.

I have kept my kits simple so that no tools are required and at the moment they are just for bracelets. Depending on how that goes I will hopefully design kits for necklaces too. There are individual bracelet kits which are packaged like favors with beads, elastic and confetti. There is also my party pack which comes with 3 honeycomb decorations and some extra confetti along with 4 bracelet making kits. You can find them all in my shop here.

What do you think of craft parties? I think a craft or jewellery making party is a fun way to spend an evening with some of your girlfriends. Whether it's on a random tuesday night or for a bachelorette or hen party, bridal shower or birthday party. It's great to get together with your friends, make something that you can all keep and have great conversation at the same time.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

A Couple of Necklaces for my New Shop

Hi folks, this is just a short post as I promised to show you my first couple of necklaces. I love love love my geometric triangle pendant necklace. The pink and teal alongside the matte gold just makes me smile. This is one necklace where I am going to keep one for myself.

I also love my cloud necklace. When I was pregnant I made a felt cloud mobile for my son's bedroom. It has white clouds and bright colourful raindrops. There is something really nice about clouds with bright rain drops. I guess it is a much brighter (and colourful) way of thinking of rain clouds! I have lots of these cloud pendants so think of all the colour possibilities!

You can find these in my shop there is also a shortcut on my sidebar.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

I've Opened My New Etsy Shop

I have finally opened my new Etsy Shop. I've had a vision of what I want my new shop to look like for some time but finding the time to put my vision into action has been a little tricky. I decided that the only way I am going to achieve my vision is to do it slowly and in stages. So I have opened my new shop, but at the moment there are only 4 products in the shop.

Photography takes me ages as I have to wait for nap time and then I have to work out my costings and list the products which takes some time. I will add more products gradually but I thought I would share my first two pairs of earrings today. I have also listed two necklaces that I will share on the blog in the next few days.

The first pair of earrings are matte 16K gold plated scallop chandelier earrings with blue and turquoise glass beads. The second pair are silver plated arrow dangle earrings with multi-colour glass beads in pink, purple, aqua and green. I love the colour of all the glass beads - I have spent a lot of time trying to source the correct materials.

What do you think of the photography and the styling? It's something I've been working on since I started my last etsy shop. It's definitely improved but I think it's a skill I need to develop and evolve.

I wanted the styling to provide a party vibe it's the theme for my new shop. There will be another party element that will be revealed shortly.

What do you think of my packaging? It's quite simple, tissue paper and confetti but I love it.

Anyway I hope that you like the new jewellery. Check out my shop here.

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