... Last month was a busy one! We moved into our new house :) Then two weeks later we got married :)
We had the most amazing day, despite the car taking me to church breaking down on the way!! After the initial shock and panic it was all fine, I arrived to church in a Volvo Estate but hey it was better than walking! lol
Apart from the bumpy start everything else was amazing and the weather was kind to us too!
Now though it's life as normal, back to work we go :(
... I've done quite well really, all the orders I've had for fascinators I've managed to find the right colour feathers with ease. Then my luck run out, and panic set in as I knew the time had come where I was going to have to dye my own. For some this may not have been a problem but knowing how bad I was at dying material at uni I was a tad nervous! I ordered the dye and the plain white feathers, they arrived, it was D-Day. Printed some instructions off the internet set out all materials needed. Heart beating wildly I began.... the verdict.... actually it was quite easy and the results were good. The only problem was the colour wasn't vibrant enough because I wasn't brave enough to put enough powder in, but one more dunk in some fresh dye and wa-la :) I was pretty pleased with the results, and here they are...
I didn't think to take any pictures of the process as I was faffing too much, but I'm about to dye my second lot so I will take some photos of that :)
... Well it feels like a while since I've written on here. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day or days in the week anymore!
I just thought I'd share with you what I've been up to the past couple of weeks...
... I've been in a show called the Pajama Game (American, hence the spelling!) I played a ditsy character called Poopsie and every night I had to have my hair back combed and curled (ouch for my hair).
It was loads of fun, but I'm still trying to recover, I'm soooo sleepy!
After all the clips we taken out of my hair, this was the result!!
It was also the grand opening of Seventh Heaven Bridal last Saturday, which was an amazing day.
I've got a selection of my jewellery and fascinators on display in the shop.
Then in between all this we have finally made our wedding invitations and I'm also getting ready for a craft fair at Shugborough Hall in a couple of weeks! It's all go!!
... I've gone a bit tea cup mad this past year. We decided to have a vintage tea party theme for our wedding reception, so have been scouring charity shops and car boots for old tea cups, as a result I have two huge boxes full and they are all AMAZING!!
Vintage Town in one of my favourite shops on folksy, her work is beautiful! Very quirky, just amazing, and I was very excited when this appeared in Vintage Towns shop...
... Whilst having a break from making my orders I thought I'd browse the net for my wedding shoes. Some are HORRIBLE, old fashioned yuck, so are pretty but just not what I'm looking for, others are ok but the heal just a tad too high, then I spot these...
The buttercup shoe by Diane Hassal, so pretty, made to order, just perfect, yum, love them. Apart from one small detail... The price tag! £185 ! If I start saving now perhaps....
For those of you who don't know, I had my first jewellery party last week, which was a huge success. If anyone would like to hold a jewellery party/jewellery morning at their house or even place of work let me know and I shall see what I can do.
I'm also going to start doing felt making workshops, perfect for most ages. All materials will be supplied and you can choose whether you would like to learn needle felting* or wet felting. *Please note: Needle felting uses extremely sharp needles so is unsuitable for children's workshops.
... Yesterday I had my first open house jewellery party.
I had such a good day, it was lots of fun, much more relaxed than a craft fair. I made some sales and custom orders too!
If you read my interview with Nifty Knits, I explained that my favourite piece was a necklace that I just couldn't take a good photo of... well the necklace on the left of the stand at the back is that necklace.
Here's a close up, ish...
If anyone lives in the Cheshire area and would like to have a jewellery party at their house just give me a shout.
I'm also available for felt making workshops, both needle felting and wet felting.
I'm a jewellery and accessories designer but like to dabble in any sort of craft, from beads and buttons, felt and feathers to metal work and enamel. I've even been know to make wedding invites and favours too!
I've also had a love for all things handmade & have recently opened a shop in Congleton, Cheshire promoting local handmade talent.
This blog is to share my ideas & inspirations with you.