I just love National Days!! Today I am delighted to say it is National Button Day!! Whoopie! This has to be one of my favourite days as I just love buttons and use them regularly in my jewellery! Now, I … Continue reading
Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind them at Christmas, but before then when you are busy and you never seem to see the light of day it can be a little bit depressing!
In Northern Ireland we are soo lucky to have those long summer nights that is still quite bright at 10.30pm! I love them!
Well this weekend the clocks go back! Daylight Savings Time! I have a little offer on my button clocks that I make at the moment on my website, so today was about making clocks and taking some updated product pictures.
I have a bad habit of being excited about an item that I have made, taking a quick snap and because then I get busy doing other things that quick snap becomes the official picture. I always say, oh I must take a day and sort out my pictures- BUT IT NEVER HAPPENS!
Any hoo here is my clock! x
I have been a fan of Polka for almost 2 years now I think and its time to share this designers work! The lovely Andrea’ s work is just amazing. Lots of bright coloured fabrics, tweeds, buttons ( you know I love buttons!! ) and of who could survive without a bit of ribbon??
These generously adorned brooches have layers fo felt, fabric, buttons ( Can we squeeze anymore ribbon on???) have to be one of my favourite!
Just look at this bag!! How gorgeous is that?
Now, where do you get theses lovely items I hear you say! Well, Andreas work has been recognised by notonthehighstreet.com which is no easy task. Word on the street is approx only 5% of applicants are successful to make it on the the website to sell each year! Here is a link to her online shop
Polka has its very own Facebook Page
Andrea is a busy lady and rightly so, so why not pop her a message on her Facebook page or join one of her regular market nights?
Button earrings are probably some of the first things I ever made! I am glad to say that they are just as popular then as they are now!
I forget how popular they are and then only release I need to make more when I run out!!!
Anyone other crafters like that?
I should know better!
These cuties are available on my website
Oh I hear there is snow on the way!!! I hate snow! Brrrr! Makes crafting chilly!!
Well after the winter break its time to get the tax return completed! I spend my time though trying to distract myself with new designs. Its amazing what you can come up with when you are being naughty and not doing what you are supposed to!!
Well fear not tax sorted and everything is back to normal!
Last year I started working with flowers and resin and the dandelion seed necklace went down a storm with my lovely customers. They were left wanting more! Unfortunately autumn had set it in, which proves a busy time of year for me so I mainly concentrate with what designs I have and keeping them well stocked. I did make a mental note that in the new year I was going to have new flower designs!
Here is what I have so far and there is still more to come!
Forget Me Not
They are all retailed at £16.00 each.
I really love these little glass pendants. They are also handmade ( not by me) and they came all the way from the US, so although I don’t travel far, the jewellery certainly does travel far for you!
All the pendants are sealed shut so the delicate little flower will be safe and sound! I am loving the selection, Daisies, Larkspur, Dandelion Seeds, to the little Forget Me Nots, how sweet!
Last year large statement necklaces were a major trend in jewellery. I am glad to say its still following us into 2014 ,which gave me a chance to have a go a designing my own!
Well sticking with my favourite resin and buttons I came up with this design. This has been hand cut and hand sanded and polished. There is a lot of love labour in these necklaces but the results I was really pleased with. To top it off what else better than a few candy cane stripes in the form of ribbon! Who does not love ribbon??
These necklaces are designed to be worn at the neckline / collar and the lovely chunky chain can be adjusted to suit you!
They retail at £20 and are available online now!
I remember all of my teachers from school. Its funny I can’t remember half the people I went to school with!! I remember those teachers though for good reasons and bad reasons! If you like your teacher or your children … Continue reading
Yesterday evening I headed up to Belfast to the 34th Belfast Brownies to teach them all how to make button brooches.
We had 20 children to get through in 1.5 hours usually I do 15 or less in more time than that! So I was under a little pressure. With the help of my friend Zanewe took to that task!
I have to say that the girls did really well and we managed to get all the brooches finished with seconds to spare!
Check out some of their brooches!!
AREN’T THEY ALL AMAZING!!!
I would like to that the girls for working so well with me and of course the Brownie leaders!!
Great night and great creations from a true CRAFT marathon!!
So even though it has been freeeeeezing and cold and windy, I have been thinking of summer. More like longing for summer and some decent heat! Anyway I came up with a few designs to bring even more colour and … Continue reading
On Saturday 16th March Ruby Bijou held its first birthday party! The Birthday Girl was Amy and she is the ripe old age of 9! ( Everything ready to go before the party starts!) So how did the day progress? … Continue reading
February is always a short month! Its even shorter when you are opening the studio for the first time to the public! February was also the start of Ruby Bijou attending various events and fairs! I kicked started it with … Continue reading