Monday, 22 October 2012

My Open House and an invitation for you too

Yesterday afternoon I held my annual Jewellery Open House. This is always a fun afternoon. There is lots of laughter and tea drinking. It also gives me a chance to get out all my stock. I usually hold jewellery parties during the year but this year has been so busy that I have had to turn them down. I decided that to make up for my lack of parties I would offer a special pre Christmas 20% discount on all my current jewellery stock. I also offered my bag charms for £6.25 instead of the usual price of £6.75 and 10% off my handmade cards. As you can imagine this was a pretty good incentive.
Here is a photo of some of my "pearls and shells" stock laid out to sell. I have collected lots of shells over the years and they are also very pretty to use as props.






Here are some other photos taken just before my guests arrived.






















My bag charms were also very popular.


















And  so were my handmade cards.
Business was brisk and I really enjoyed catching up with everyone over tea and biscuits.





My blogging friends often say that it a shame we live so far away...some are all the way over in the States, as they would loved to have popped in and browsed my stock over a cup of tea.
With this in mind have decided to put a couple of things up for offer here on my blog with the same 20% discount as I offered at my Open House from my current stock.

Here are a few things I held back which will eventually go in my Etsy shop if they are unsold.
Some of these photos are a bit blurry as I took them on the table at the open house, but they are lovely and very sparkly in real life.





Blue one of a kind lampwork focal necklace with lapis lazuli and rock crystal. 18" length.
£21.50
20% discount,
Now ;£17.20











Lava, coral and haematite bracelet. 8" length.
£16
20% discount;
Now; £12.80










Swarovski crystal dangling earrings.
Light sapphire blue.
£6.99
20% discount;
Now;£5.60









A couple of the pearl necklace in the very first photo of this post are also still for sale so do email me if you are interested in any of those. The purple dagger pearl necklace (middle of photo with matching bracelet) for example (19" length) is reduced to £19.60 from £24.50

I will also make any of my bag charms up for £6.25 and offer 10% off any of my cards. You can see lots of my cards for sale in my Etsy Shop here If you see anything of interest I can deactivate it for you to buy from me directly. Please don't combine Etsy purchases with this offer, just email me to deactivate anything you would like to add to your direct order from me.
I charge £1.10 postage and packing in the UK for a single item. 2 or more items (I can fit anything up to 750g weight in this package) is £2.20
For the EU my postage is £2.70 for a single item and £3.30 to the States. Please email me if you want more than 1 item. I only charge the true cost of postage.
All my jewellery and bag charms come in a pretty organza gift bag. An example of this can be seen with the lava and haematite bracelet.

Just email me with any requests, my address in on my profile. This is found on the top right tab of my blog. Look for "about me" Just click where it says view my complete profile. I will leave this offer open for 2 weeks so do email me if you are interested. You may be able to solve some of your Christmas gift headaches. All my jewellery (bag charms excluded) are made with only sterling or fine silver findings/clasps/ ear wires etc so there are no problems with skin irritation etc.
Payment needs to be by Paypal or by Bank transfer (UK Only).

I am offering this as a big thank you to everyone who reads my blog, I really do enjoy your visits. You could say that "Christmas has come early ." I couldn't share tea and biscuits with you...this is a "virtual" alternative to join the fun.

My card challenge card is a Christmas card to reflect this sentiment.
I used a new stamp I bought from my beloved Lili of the Valley called Christmas Bunnies stocking. It is actually from a release some years ago but I think it is so sweet. I won a £25 voucher and  this is my first spend from my voucher. Isn't it a cutie ;0) I went for some very non traditional colours this time. I am not a pink girl but I think pink and blue always look great together. 
I coloured my stamped image with my trusty Promarkers and highlighted them with my Prismacolor pencils. The snowflake paper is also LOTV as is the round sentiment. The little joy sentiment is from Whimsy stamps.  I added some glamour dust glitter for some bling around the stocking and to the hats. The die cuts are Memory Box and I think Martha Stewart. 
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Crafty Pad Use an animal #193
Cute Card Thursday #239 Got Glitter
Totally Papercraft Christmas 9 weeks and counting
Crimbo Crackers Pink #26
ABC card challenge Z is for Zoo use an animal
Penny Black and More Animal magic
Make it Monday Linky Party #112
A and T Emerald Faeries Challlenge #34 anything goes

And after my party you can guess who grabbed back his chair can't you.


Today we woke up to fog...and it is still so misty out even now. We are also forecast a very cold snap by the end of the week so it may be time for me to dip out my scarf and gloves. It may well be the taste of the weather to come.

Enjoy the week. Keep warm and Carry on Crafting ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


42 comments:

  1. Beautiful jewellery Jane. Love your card, gorgeous image, sooo beautifully coloured.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  2. Thanks for visiting Caz,
    Jane x

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  3. What lovely jewellery Jane! Your card is stunning too, love the image you have used it is sooo cute..I love LOTV...Thank you for sharing with us this week at "Make It Monday"...
    Hugs,
    Marjorie
    xx

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  4. Thanks Marjorie I do enjoy my jewellery making. Thanks also for looking at my card...I too love LOTV,
    Jane x

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  5. So glad your jewellery party went so well Jane! :)
    Your jewellery all looks amazing!!
    I would like to buy your little bunny card if it's still for sale, it is ever so cute. :)
    Vivienne x

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  6. It was great Vivienne,a shame you don't live nearer. I have de activated my bunny card on Etsy and will email you. Thanks so much!
    Jane x

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  7. Hi Jane, So great that your party went so well. I am going to pop over to your shop and look around! Everything in your blog looks so pretty. You know I am a fan of your bag charms!! I'm going over now.
    xoRobin❤
    Thanks for thinking of your friends across the pond : )

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  8. Hi dear Robin, so good to see you here at my "On line Open House"! Do have a look around Etsy including any of my sold items and just email me with any requests. I am just off to dancing but will be back later.
    Jane x

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  9. Hi Jane, wow, you have a lot of things made up for your party! I almost felt like I was there. I'm going over to check on your Etsy shop, too. The bag charm I won from you is still on my bag - but somehow I lost two of the charms! Good thing I'm a jeweler too and can add things back. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Great work! I love all that jewellery
    & your card is fab! Thanks for playing in the Use An Animal Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  11. One of my favorite LOTV images. Love the colors you used...very pretty jewelry. Thank you for joining us at ABC's 'zoo' challenge. Good luck and I hope we see more of your lovely work in our next challenge!

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  12. Anything of interest just email me Teresa ;-)
    Jane x

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  13. Thank you Dawn you're very kind,
    Jane x

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  14. It's a wonderful stamp isn't it Patti Sue, I was so delighted I won that voucher. Thanks for visiting me,
    Jane x

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  15. Fantastic card and Beautiful Jewellery. Saw this on MIM..Faye

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  16. Lovely to see you here Faye,
    Jane x

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  17. Oh to live closer Jane and join in the fun !

    A super Christmas card, beautifully delicate dies and nice soft colours.

    Thanks so much for joining our Animal Magic theme at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    That rocking chair looks very familiar, but ours tends to be inhabited by a Jack Russell.

    B x

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  18. Wow Jane, what a beautiful collection of pieces. Sounds like a lovely day you had, wish I was closer too, not as far as the States but...Hereford is the back of beyond! Love the Xmas card. Lx

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  19. Jane, your jeweleries are so beautiful and I love your sweet bag charms! I hope you had a great selling! Wonderful Christmas card and I think light blue, pink and white are good colours. I don't want always red-green Christmas. Those light colours has a little bit 'frozen' feeling. Lovely stamp!
    Here it's finally raining! x Teje

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  20. You would be so welcome Brenda. Yes Billy thinks that is HIS chair and will actually shout if anyone dares to sit in it!
    Jane x

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  21. It was great Laney, lots of fun! One day we will catch up!
    Jane x

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  22. Hi Teje, your rain has finally arrived...we have too much of it here and fog too...yuk! Thanks for liking my newest card which is on it's way over to Northern Ireland.
    Jane x

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  23. Gorgeous and adorable card sweetie. Thank you for sharing it with us at Totally Papercrafts and good luck.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxxx

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  24. Hi Jane - you are sooooo creative!!! Love all your jewellery and really love this cute card you've shared today too. Gorgeous image and I love the glitter round the top of the stocking. Thank you for sharing it at The Crafty Pad this week in our "Use an Animal" challenge.
    Helen x (DT)

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  25. Fab Entry, thanks for joining Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenge, Good luck. Love all your makes, handbag charms especially.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  26. You're very kind Helen, thanks for visiting me here,
    Jane x

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  27. Hi Tracey my handbag charms are one of my best sellers and I really enjoy coming up with new themes. Thanks for your kind comments,
    Jane x

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  28. Lovely jewelry once again, dear Jane!

    I am a happy, happy owner of some of your pieces, and I love them, it's just that a truly handmade piece is really something else!

    And that handsome boy in HIS chair again... Kiss him for me again!

    Happy day!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  29. I am a huge fan of your beautiful jewelry, Jane! I will be popping over to you etsy shop after I write this. : ) And wonderful to see Billy and that gorgeous card you created..such sweet bunnies! Hope you've been well and many thanks for popping in..I've been swamped with my eldest's play practice and this year I've volunteered for backstage help. Yikes! Wish me luck. : ) Happy end of October to you!

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  30. Hi Jane,
    Oh, how I wish I could have come to your Jewellery Open House...it must have been so much fun...everything looks so lovely!
    Before I place my order I have to say how cool Billy looks in your pic!
    Could I purchase the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland bag charm Jane in your ETSY shop?
    Susan x

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  31. Hello Mia, our dear Billy is King (or should I say Prince ) of all that goes on here and sends you the biggest purr. Happy Thursday my friend,
    Jane x

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  32. Hi Shirley, I am so glad you were pleased with your jewellery ;0) I wish you the very best of luck with the production ;0)
    Jane x

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  33. Susan it's such a shame everyone is so far away. I shall be emailing you now about your Alice In Wonderland Bag charm, I can make you your very own custom colours or I can deactivate the one in my shop. Email coming now..... Thanks so much!
    Jane x

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  34. Gosh what a wonderful party it must have been...so much lovely jewellery to choose from! You are so creative and productive, Jane :)
    The little card with the bunnies is so sweet and I love the soft colours.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    Helen x

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  35. Thanks Helen, it went very well. Enjoy your family party this weekend, always such fun ;0)
    Jane x

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  36. Hi Jane, I'm trying to catch up with all of your postings. Thank you for all of your gardening, Billy and jewelry making photos/posts.

    The recent party sounds fun and I hope many jewels and cards found new homes!!

    with all best wishes,
    Anne
    PC22

    Speak soon.

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  37. Enjoy the read Anne, it's been pretty busy around here as you can see. Enjoy the weekend,
    Jane x

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  38. Beautiful card! Love the blue and pink and the image is so darn cute! Thank you for linking up and sharing with at The Crafty Pad :)

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  39. Lovely card and l like your jewelry makes too.
    Thank you for joining the Animal Magic challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

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  40. such a cute Christmas card!!! love the image, so sweet!!!
    thanks for playing with us at ABC Challenge
    hugs

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  41. Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x