In a few weeks time I will be hosting my annual jewellery Open House. This is always such a fun afternoon as I see some of my customers I have no seen for some time. I also love catching up with my local friends who come to support my work too. I enjoy having a chat over a cup of tea whilst helping them select their jewellery or discussing something custom made. It is always a busy day and I could not do it with out the help of my dear Hb...he is an expert tea maker ;0)
I am sure you will be interested to see what I have been making. Recently I attended the Big Bead show and bought some rather yummy haematite. Haematite is a very popular stone and sells very well at this time of year. It is one of those stones which looks good with casual clothes or "dressed up". Here are a few of my "makes".
I filled some of the circular hollows with sparkly Czech glass faceted beads and some with the star haematite for bracelets. I used the small hearts to make a delicate necklace with tiny sparkly Czech beads as spacers.
These are the bracelets in close up.
I also made up some little earrings using the haematite. I really like the first pair where I have used dalmatian jasper with the hearts and added tiny silver spacer beads.
I also needed some more malachite earrings so I made up these 2 styles, the style below is a new one for me using a crystal rondelle bead. Malachite is such a lovely rich green, very festive too for Christmas time.
I have also been making up some new Christmas themed bag charms as I think they will be great stocking fillers. At my Mum's recent jewellery party they were very popular and I even had a request to make a hairdressing themed one as a Christmas gift for a treasured hairdresser. Here it is.
And do you remember the sweet little reindeer I found at the show....well here he is below.....
I have teamed him up with the happy Snowman. This is a blue colour way which I have called "Frosty the Snowman"
And here he again with some creamy white glass lampwork beads ...I have called this one Winter wonderland and teamed him up with a lovely scarf charm. I think it would also make a very original stocking filler or cracker gift for someone who "knits".
I have been adding some new designs on line and
these last 2 bag charms I have popped into my Etsy shop
So I am busy, busy, busy beavering away in my Studio getting my stock together. I like to have quite a bit of stock to sell on the day as then I don't have to spend too many hours making up extras after the event. As you know I am SUCH a Christmas girl I then really like to focus on my Christmas preparations. I had a look at my countdown widget on my phone again and there are now 52 days to go..................;0)
This weekend we are going down to stay with my daughter and hoping to visit her wedding venue. It will be lovely to see it as we have only seen the details and photos of it on line. I am sure it will be wonderful. I have another countdown widget on my phone for her wedding too...there are 268 days to go!!
I am wishing you all a wonderful weekend, we are nearly there again. Our weather in Surrey has still be so mild for this time of year. It has been a real bonus and the trees this autumn have been the most lovely colours. Thanks as always for your visits to my blog and your kind comments, I always love to read them.
Bye for now,