Sunday, 19 June 2016

Talking Jewellery at the Womens' Institute (WI)

I was delighted to be invited as the Guest Speaker at a WI (Womens' Institute) meeting last Thursday. Earlier this year I received a lovely email from the group's events organiser who asked me if I would speak about my jewellery making. I was very pleased to accept the invitation.

I spoke for 40 minutes and as well as describing my jewellery journey over the last 14 years I also showed lots of my silversmithing and beaded jewellery. Here are just a few of the many pieces I shared.
From my first ring (very basic)

through my "middle years" playing with enamelling
onto chain making and delft clay casting.

Up until present day where I combined my card making and silver smithing to make a silver hinged card pendant. 

I talked about the lampwork beads I use as well as all the semi precious stones I use. 
 And the fun bag charms I make.

I also spoke about my jewellery parties and took some of my stock to sell.
I took a few photos to share of afternoon. It was great fun.

I was so busy after my talk that I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the table I had set up to sell my beaded jewellery. You can just see a peep of the corner of it in the photo below.
It was a most enjoyable afternoon.

As it is Father's Day today my challenge card is a one I made for selling at Dotty's Teahouse but there is a very funny story behind it.

My son arrived at lunchtime laden with gorgeous pressies for my Hb and a Father's day card......
...............................bless him, he had been down to Dotty's Teahouse and bought one of my cards for sale there. How about that for family support eh! My Hb did a double take when he opened it as he thought that the Mo Manning image looked a little familiar..LOLOL!
Here it is on the kitchen side
and as well as the gin, chocolate featured too :0)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges; I coloured my image with Promarkers.

Pixie's Snippets playground #234 I have use a snippet of card for the sentiment and for cutting my die cuts.
Try it on Tuesday all about him
Die cuttin Divas Father's day
Double D challenges all about the boys
As you like it  1/3 favourite die and why I have lots but I love this Spellbinders die as it is just so versatile and I love using it as layer and mats.
Crafty Calender 2/3 Father's day/male
Ribbon Girl 1/3 any image

Happy Father's day to all those lovely Dads out there including my own. We had a lovely dry day in S'Ton yesterday and managed our coastal walk which finished off with afternoon tea and cake..what else? Enjoy the end of the weekend

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. You can be proud of yourself for all your creations. May they spread happiness wherever the go! Cute dad on your card :)

  2. Haha, brilliant, that is definitely family loyalty! :)
    Your WI talk and display looked great, I love your very first ring.....gorgeous.
    Enjoy the week ahead my friend,
    V x

  3. The card is a perfect man card and works with my hubby. I love your jewelry pieces...they are so great!

  4. Your program looks very well attended.. I hope you sold lots of your wonderful jewelry art. How sweet of your son to buy one of your cards for you husband. I'm glad you had a great day. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Fun image and cute card Jane!! Beautiful jewelry too. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘One for the Boys’! We hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Oh, my goodness, your jewelry is outstanding! It looks like a nice gathering. Cute story about your card. What a nice son you have! But it's a great card and probably perfect for your hubby. I'm so glad you shared it in our "One for the Boys" challenge at Double D!

  7. Glad your talk went well Jane, there was certainly a great turnout. I had to smile when your son turned up with one of your cards, that is family support indeed and glad the weather stayed fine enough for your walk Saturday, I thought about you. Have a fab week xxx

  8. Jane! Your jewellery is fabulous! Gosh you're so talented, love the snippets card of course and what a laugh and so sweet of your son to support you buy nipping into Dotty's to buy it :)


    Di xx

  9. Dear Jane,
    So glad you enjoyed your WI talk and I'm sure the ladies found it very interesting and loved your work! Your silversmithing has obviously advanced over the years but I find it amusing that you call your first piece (the ring) 'very basic', as I wouldn't know where to start! Sometimes we do take our talents a little for granted and presume that everyone else sees it as we do (usually with a critical eye) but your pieces are all beautifully individual and personal too! I especially loved your pea necklace for Emily!
    Great story about hubby's card - just goes to show what good taste your son has! Hugs, Lisa x

  10. Absolutely brilliant ..and so funny that your son bought yourcard xx

  11. A super event - you are so talented!!! Thank you for the photos and what a nice story about your son buying your card!♥♥
    A lovely one is this - would fit my hubby as well ! Thank you for joining us at TioT's!
    oxo Susi

  12. Goodness Jane - your jewelry is magnificent! The stone in your first ring is so gorgeous!!!! Oh wow Jane -- that is so cute about your son buying your card. Can you sell some of your jewelry at the tea shop too? You are so talented - a pleasure to follow!!
    sandy xx

  13. That is such a sweet story! So lovely that your son bought one of your cards for Father's Day! Well done on your jewelry talk, you have so many crafty talents, Jane. Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

  14. Love your jewellery ! I have made some stuff with silver clay, really enjoyed it... Not to your standards though !
    Corrie x

  15. What a super post Jane and so lovely to see your silver jewellery. I bet all the ladies thoroughly enjoyed your talk. Super fun card, loving the tool embellishments.
    Julie x

  16. Your jewelry looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing the super Fathers Day card with us at TioT's.

  17. A fabulous Father's Day card, thanks for joining us at AYLI this week.
    Lorraine DT

  18. This is a great card Jane and I really like those dies. Thank you for joining in at AYLI. Sarah :0)

  19. Hello dear Jane,

    I am big fan of your jewelry (and still so amazed every time: how can anyone make those???), and how lucky were those ladies hearing your speech...And see your pieces irl too!

    And thar card, that is too funny... But is shows that great taste runs in a family! ;)

    Have a lovely week, hopefully sun shines at yours and here!



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