This week already has provided me with the most amazing opportunities. I have booked in for two new markets that are being held in the Ipswich & Scenic Rim area. This weekend I am off to Boonah - about 45min drive from Ipswich. The Rotary club and Boonah Show Society are starting a "Make it , Bake it, Take it" type farmers market which will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at the Boonah showground.
I have just bought a new market tent as my old one was on the verge of collapse. I have also invested in some professional signage with my new logo and some wonderful colour picture of my custom lampwork designs. Can't wait to take photos and share with you all.
I am also booked in to go to the newly formed Ipswich Indoor Baazar - which will be held on the last Sunday of the Month at the Ipswich High School Hall - 1 Hunter Street Brassall. These guys were running the Karalee Sunday Markets but it seem like time for them to move and expand. The have a blog if you are interested.
I also had a visit today from the creators of The Swich Contemporary Art Space I am going to have some custom lampwork creations in thier gallery space for sale.
It just keeps coming this week - I have aldo had an expression of interest from a retirement village to run a couple of classes to show some of the ladies how to bead.
So I have been a very busy girl and have been down making beads nearly every night - I have been going back to basics and relearning some technqiue so that when I get to the more complex beads that I have been really wanting to try that I will have some of the other stuff down pat.
So I made a bead directly onto the spoon - permanently fixed there to admire. Some of the silver plating on the spoon burnt off in little sections but I think it truly adds to the feel of the whole design. I will now be making more and trying to perfect the production skills.
While I was impatiently waiting for the kiln to slowly ramp down in temperature I had a play with some more copper and came up the the bracelet below - I am going to keep this one and see how it wears.
Took the family op shopping today - I sure it was not their cup of tea but they followed me around and helped me look for stuff. We went into Paddington, Rosalie, and Red Hill - finding places were easy as this is where Jim grew up and went to school - alot has changed over the last 40 years but the op shops seem to stay in the same places.
Was on the look out for items to incorporate in my jewellery designs and stumbled upon some lovely little spoons. Many creations are filling my brain cells at the moment and I have already tried one designs but just waiting for the kiln to cool down to see if my idea works, so you will have to stay tuned to see the photographic evidence of the attempt!
I bought an old patty cake tray to display my handmade beads in at my shop
Here are a couple of photos of the finished necklace that I will be donating to the Craft Hope for Haiti fund raising effort.
When I was making this necklace the ideas where just flowing and it came together really quickly - it has an amazing energy around it while it was being created. You know those moments when things just come together effortlessly.
We are heading to the Sunshine Coast this morning to take Ella to the beach - she starts Prep on Wednesday so a little family outing will be nice.
See you all later and have a good Australia Day Long Weekend!
I made some lampwork beads last night that I am going to donate to Craft Hope for Haiti to sell on etsy.
This fabulous group of people from Craft Hope have got together and formed a shop on etsy - all the proceeds from the sale of the donated items goes to Doctors without Borders. Donations are opening again soon so I would recommend you visiting - this is a great way to donate and send a little love world wide.
Here are the beads that I made last night - I may make them into a necklace before I submit my donation.
I also made a few more beads to make into items for the store
Well I have finished something today and already uploaded it to my etsy store. The following beads were lonely little orphans until they all got together and had a party - I stacked the three on a copper woven bail that I finished making today with the help of an awesome tutorial I bought. The large bead is made from boro and the two smaller ones are from Reichenbach glass. - I love the way the boro colours come out and are highlighted by the two solid soapy looking beads.
Well I have had a little time at the shop over the last couple of days to complete a few brooches for sale. I am now looking at my fabric scraps in a totally new way!
I have made a little commitment to myself for the next couple of months to produce something each day - even if it is as small as a pair of earrings. I have a few new market outlets coming up and need a little push to get some stock made. Also after the Christmas rush my own shop is a little bare of handcrafted goodness.
So keep coming back and seeing what I am up to - and if I have failed to post - please feel free to kick me!
Currently I have a couple of works in progress - I have nearly finished this brooch - just have to put the attachment on the back.
I have so many ideas in my head, due to far too much blog surfing, I needed to get some of them out of my head space - so since my other half is away and my little one & I are home alone, it was time for me to do some upstairs craft projects. These brooches are a great project for me to do at the shop when I get a chance between customers. I am trying to get a few done before Valentines Day. So keep an eye out in you live close by the shop - they may even get a show on my etsy store.
They consist of two yo yo's - a self covered button and wool felt cut out leaves - simple as - no pattern required.