Friday, 26 November 2010

The BIG 70!

I am so excited! This lovely Seraphinite pendant has taken my total sales tally to 70 since I joined Folksy.

As a way of celebrating this, I have decided to have a competition and prize give away.

I would like you to suggest a design or gemstone to be used in a new jewellery creation. Be as descriptive as you like, with colours, inspirational ideas, etc. All the entrants names will be put into a hat (or similar) and the winners name will be pulled from it. The winner will have their idea made into a new piece of jewellery and given to them as a prize! The budget is £20 so please keep this in mind when you design your piece.

The winner will be drawn on the 1st of December, so you have a few days to get some ideas down.

Please add your entries as comments below...

I have added some fantastic Sparks items that have inspired me today, with their colours, form and design - perhaps they will give you some ideas too?

Just click on the photos to be taken to the individual Folksters shops for more wonderful items and great inspirational ideas....


Jacqueline x

Monday, 15 November 2010

Kingsclere Christmas Craft Fair

What an eventful day we all had! I organised this Craft Fair to raise money for Naomi House Children's Hospice. The Hospice provides care and support for families and children who are terminally ill, making their final days as comfortable as possible. The fair was also organised to help raise funds for the Church and to let us all have an outlet for our hand crafted goodies too!

The Methodist Church hall is quite a small venue, but we had plenty of visitors who spent well and supported us perfectly. I was a little worried that all the advertising would be for nothing, but I needn't have been concerned.

There were so many wonderful hand crafted items for sale, the lovely people of Kingsclere could not help but buy their Christmas presents.

I would like to introduce the wonderful sellers who came and supported the event...

The lovely Bev, from Bits and Bobs Crafts./>

Such a lovely lady with gorgeous hand crafted knitted and crocheted goods. I have to say that her lovely pieces look so much better in real life than they look in her Folksy Shop. This lovely pink bag got many admiring comments - please click on the photo for a link back to her shop.


Gemma from Damselflygemma and her friend Jen.

I have to say, these ladies have the most wonderful goods. Gemma has such lovely jewellery and her Resin pieces are fascinating. I watched her complete some intricate beading work during the fair and I don't think I could have done anything remotely like it!
Jen had some gorgeous hand sewn bags which proved popular. I loved her little lady bird bags, which she was stitching as she sat. Her lavender bags smelt divine!
These lovely ladies were kind enough to lend me their pen on more than one occasion and offered to watch my stall when I had to get coffees teas etc too.

I was amazed at this bracelet - it is so intricate in real life. Please click on the picture to link back to the item and Gemmas shop.


Also there were the Hollilands, Jesse, Tina and a gentleman, whom I very rudely didn't catch the name of!

All were crafting away during the fair and my boys were especially taken with some 'spinners' they had created. These are now going into their Christmas stockings - so don't tell them!

There were some gorgeous hand knitted and crocheted hats on their stall, beaded jewellery and felted goods. I had the pleasure of meeting Cuthbert Caterpillar no less! Please click on the picture to link back to the item and Jesselu's shop.


Marie from Mushy Makes came and set up a beautiful, colourful stall. I loved her little felt reindeer and Christmas puds!


I heard so many positive comments on her items, so I hope she did well. Such a lovely lady and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Mushy and baby Mushy too! Please clich on the picture to link back to Marie's shop and other goodies!


Natalie Ofkants of NOfkantsCurios fame was also there!

She had an amazing display of fossils, knitted and crocheted items as well as collectibles and keyrings. There was so much she could have put on her stall, but just couldn't fit it all on! I was opposite and could see how the people crowded round her stall and admired the quality of the goods she had made. Her daughetr also had a small display of jewellery, which sold really well. She also helped out on the Cake stall too, so she had a very busy day.

Please click on the picture below to link to the item and her shop to see more wonderful and varied items...


We also had some non Folksy sellers too.

There were Cards by Emma Wells. Stunning creations using various design techniques. I am trying to convince her to have a shop on Folksy!


Not only did she have a craft stall on the day, but she baked for the cake stall and helped me enormously with preparations for the fair. An amazing friend indeed. Her husband was a saint on the day and organised the advertising on a huge screen in the church, the heating and also served all us stall holders tea and coffee throughout the day, whilst making sure everyone in the church had cakes and coffee too. He also helped get the tables (borrowed from our local primary schools)to the Church, aided by my gorgeous hubby!

Please take a look at Emma's designs and give any comments you wish. I will feed them all back to her!

Also there was a wonderful stall selling sewn goods, oils and nuts amongst other items. These were all being sold for Cancer research. I believe the stall raised in excess of £150 for the charity!


The cake stall was a huge hit, with all the cakes sold being hand made and donated. Three young ladies ran the stall and between them and the coffee and cakes in Church, raised in excess of £190!!! All the proceeds from this will go to the Church to help maintain the roof and other pressing projects.

We also had a Virgin Vie Stall, run by a very talented lady, Emma Rivers. She does wedding makeovers and was a hit on the day.


The Nail Lounge, also had a stall which was really popular! Mini manicures all round! I think she did really well and all of the ladies (young and all) who had their nails done loved the results. Sandra Watson, who owns the Nail Lounge is a huge campaigner for Naomi House and also provided all the Naomi Hose Merchandise for sale on the day. In total, the fair raised £313.66 for Naomi House. A wonderful achievement.


The Naomi House Stall, run by Wendy Morgan on the day.


Oh, I nearly forgot! I had a stall too!


I did really well and thoroughly enjoyed my day, meeting all the crafters and the public. Please click on the picture below to link to the item and my shop


During a quiet moment, I went out of the fair with a Naomi Hose Collection tin and roamed the village! I managed to get the boys from the Village Butchers (where I work part time) to come over for a cupper and a browse. Nigel, the owner also donated generously to Naomi House to have his advert running in the church for the day. Thank you so much.

There were so many volunteers on the day, helping with tea and coffees, donating cakes and clearing up afterwards. I would just like to thank them all for being there. I couldn't have got this fair off the ground without you all.

Jacqueline x

Saturday, 25 September 2010

September Stars 1000th Sale and 50th Sale in My Shop!

YIPPEE! I can not quite believe it was my brand new destash shop, that made our little listing club get to the magic number of 1000 sales in September (and so many more now)

Congratulations to all the Stars for your hard work and unique designs that make our listing clubs so fantastic and successful.

To celebrate I have decided to have a little giveaway. I would like to give away either:

a. A custom designed piece of jewellery up the the value of £20
b. Any item from my shop, to the value of £20
c. A mystery prize of jewellery up the value of £20

"What do I have to do?" I hear you all ask. Well, all you have to is tell me which of the three choices you would choose and why, by leaving a comment on this blog post - it is as simple as that. No strings attached!

I will devise a way to randomly choose a name from those who enter.

I have also decided to send a 'Mystery Gift' to the lady who purchased the 1000th item - Louisa50. Thank you so much Margaret for helping to make the September Stars so successful and supporting us as much as you do - you are the best!

For now, I will leave you with a few of my designs to give you inspirational ideas of what you might like to have created just for you....

Just a few ideas of past work to get you in the mood - for more ideas, just visit my shop

Good Luck everyone!

Jacqueline x

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Beautiful Brown!

Well, with this being the start of the Autumn season, I thought it was the perfect time to celebrate all things gorgeous and brown. I started a Folksy Thread and the response was massive! Thank you all so much. I wish I could have featured you all, but I would have filled a gallery with all the listings. I had to be strong and just choose a few - so here they are!

Who could not resist this beautiful puppy! By Hidden Cottage Cards & Poochie Freak Pet Photography - please click on the photo to be taken to this gorgeous shop!

I love tea! The fact the photo had biscuits in sold it to me - it had to be included in my blog! By The Crafty Bride; this shop is full of beautiful boas, cosies, shawls and so much more - perfect for every occasion. Please click on the photo to be taken to her stunning shop of goodies.

I adore Tigers Eye and NOfkants Curios has made this gem into a gorgeous keyring! Please take a peek at her shop. It is full of wonderful items, ranging from hand crocheted and knitted bags through to fossil pictures! It has everything you could ever want as a gift. Full of unique items. Please click on the photo to be taken to her shop.

I love this bowl. The perfect gift for anyone who likes natural and organic objects. Diggiwoodturning makes the most beautiful pens, bottle stoppers, bowls, key rings and so much more. All in a variety of woods and acrylics. Gorgeous shop this - full of perfect gifts for all the family. Please click on the photo to be taken to his shop.

I could not resist! How gorgeous is this tea cosy with the little mice on it, by clootielugs? It is just adorable. Her shop is full of unique gorgeous goodies, so please pop over for a browse by clicking on the photo.

Another tea cosy - but isn't he just fantastic! I loved him, so I thought you would too. He has been created by jacksknits. Super cute and lovely! Please pop over and have a look at all the other wonderful creations for sale by clicking on the photo.

I thought I would include one of mine too...

This large brown agate on a silk cord in sterling silver is just one of the many brown designs I have for sale in my shop at the moment. If you would like to take a look and browse at will, that would be lovely! Just click on the photo.

Thank you all so much for contributing your beautiful items to the thread. A special thanks to those of you above for creating such lovely items! All I need now is the cash to buy them all!

Love Jacqueline x

Saturday, 11 September 2010

September Stars - all about Malachite!

Malachite is one of the most recognisable gemstones, with its gorgeous colour, bands and swirls in light to deep green.

I love it, so, as an avid member of the September Stars listing club, I thought I would ask other Stars to share with us their Malachite stunners....

This hand specimen of Malachite can be found at NOfkants Curios (please click on the pic for a link to her shop) Malachite is a secondary copper ore, meaning that it is often mined for its metal content. In the UK, Copper was mined from the mineral rich rocks of Cornwall, as well as other locations. The gem can form in massive formations, with characteristic grape like or botroidal crystal growths. Its high copper content accounts for its relatively heavy weight.

However, not all Malachite is doomed to be crushed for its copper content. Some is saved to make stunning gemstone beads, carvings and ornaments! Yippie!

Malachite was loved by the ancients, imbibed with powers and beliefs. In ancient Rome it was called 'peacock Stone' and dedicated to the Goddess Juno. She protected you from lightening strikes! Some Italians wear it today to ward off the evil eye.

In ancient Greece, the gem was dedicated to the Goddess Venus, goddess of love and all things natural. I am sure she would have loved these necklaces...

This stunning design is by Liz Dyson, It is still to be listed in her shop, but would make the perfect Christmas present for that special someone. Please click on the link to be directed to her fab shop.

This is one of my creations. It features Vintage Victorian Malachite beads, that were cut by hand over 100 years ago! It is a statement necklace and has a magnetic clasp in sterling silver. Please click on the photo to be taken to my shop.

This pendant also features those lovely vintage Malachite gem beads - please click on the photo to be taken to my shop.

If necklaces are not for you, how about some stunning earrings? In ancient Egypt, Malachite was attributed to their hippo goddess Toeris, who wore a necklace of many beads, including Malachite. Legend states that Malachite would break if their was impending danger, so it became the gemstone associated with the protection of travellers.

These stunning earrings feature beautiful Malachite beads and hand forged Sterling Silver drops - the handiwork of Gemma aka Damselflygemma. She has so many gorgeous items in her shop - please click on the pic to be taken to her shop and have a browse.

These pretty earrings are by Natalie of NOfkantsCurios. Perfect for those of you who like the more petite look to your jewellery. She has some absolutely unique and stunning items in her shop, so please click on the photo to have a look.

Modern day crystal healers believe Malachite gives the wearer protection, power, peace, hope love and success in business. This synthesised Malachite gem keyring/handbag charm my just be what you need if you are looking for any of these attributes to be bestowed upon you. (I need ALL of them!)

By Natalie Ofkants (NOfkants Curios) it may make the perfect gift for the lady or gent in you life.

Well, other than bamboozling you with more geological talk and waffle (I could go on for hours) I would love to leave my blog here and let you enjoy the shops I have featured.

Thanks to all those who contributed their beautiful designs to this blog - you are the best,

Jacqueline x

Sunday, 5 September 2010

London Honeymoon Weekend!

At last I have finally managed to write my blog about our London Weekend Honeymoon!

We had a wonderful time. Although we had grey skys, nothing could dampen our spirits as we enjoyed the first quality time alone together in 7 years!!!!

We got to London on the train, and found our gorgeous hotel on Russel Square. It was just like somthing out of a film! We spent the weekend enjoying the British Museum, The V&A Museum and Harrods. Most of all, we enjoyed our flight on the London Eye and Sister Act, at the Paladium!

Here I am, actaully on the London Eye (Palace of Westminster and Big Ben in the background) sporting my gorgeous swap item - a super bag from See the Woods! Thanks so much Leanne!

Champagne all round at the hotel, after a wonderful meal in a nearby restaurant...

Classic Londan view....

We generally spent the weekend soaking up culture, eating and enjoying life to the full. The memories will last a lifetime. It was fantastic!

With all those romantical memories, I thought about how lovely hand crafted items from the 'September Stars' might just keep the theme going, so here is a selection of my favourites...

One of mine to start with - African Green Jade Pendant on a woven cord. I know, not very romantic, but would have looked great with some of the outfits I took with me!

Yep, one of mine again, Geode Druzy Agate Earrings. These would have looked fantastic worn to the theatre to see Sister Act (which was absolutely fantastic!) I will have to make myself a pair - just incase the OH decides to take me to London again! I will probably have to wait another 7 years though!

What a perfect way to keep all my lovely photos, with a gorgeous personalised album by Dottie Designs. Her shop is full of the most gorgeous handcrafted albums and keepsakes. Please take a look by clicking on the photo.

I love this hand carved stamp from Skull and Cross Buns - it summs up our trip. Patriotic London and Love ahhh. There are loads of fantastic, unique stamps and other goodies in her shop, please click on the pic for a link to her shop.

This is so lovely! From the wonderful Leanne Woods Designs. She made the bag I have with me in the first photo too. I love her work. Top quality and beautiful fabrics. She has stunning bags, purses, brooches and so much more in her shop. Please take a moment to have a look. Just click on the photo for a link back to her shop.

This would be the perfect romantic momento of our trip. Beautiful Silver clay heart, created by Wellydog Designs. She has stunning, unique jewellery in her shop. All beautifully presented in cream gift boxes - please click on the photo to be taken to her shop.

This Stunning Shabby Chic Heart Suncatcher would give me an everlasting reminder of our special time away. Made by the very tallented Diomo Glass. Her shop is absolutely filled with beautiful glass creations. Everything from coasters to mobiles. I love all her designs and I am sure you will too. Please just click on the photo to get to her shop.

Last but not least, a lovely double heart Amazonite keyring from NOfkantsCurios - a prfect daily reminder of our honeymoon weekend! Natalie has the most wonderful collection of hand knitted bags, fossils, gem stone keyrings and so much more. You are sure to find a gift for someone in her shop. Please take a look by clicking on the photo for a link to the shop.

Well, we had a wonderful time. I don't think we will do it again for many years to come - but it was worth the 7 year wait!

Jacqueline x