Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pearls ... Pearls ... Pearls ...

This week I had received some lovely Mother of Pearl leaf drops from "The Bead Shed" so they'd sat at the top of my bead stahs waiting for me to do something with them. I had bought them with the idea of making them into earrings, pearly cluster earrings - and today my muse decided that today was the day to make them!

I gathered all that I needed to make them ...

Mother of Pearl leaf drops, lots of freshwater pearls and sterling silver components ...

perfect for a bride - or that little black dress.

I'll get them added into my Etsy shop later, it's been a while since I put anything in there :)

Hope you're having a great weekend

Lots of Love

(PS: I have been trying to comment on a lot of blogs over the past few days, but i'm failing miserably! - just wanna say that i'm not ignoring you, and I am loving every post - just getting sick of blogger and their comment bugs :( )

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stuttgarter Saturday Fleamarket (photo heavy)

You know, it was weeks ago when I went to the flea market – and I was going to blog about it ... and then, well, umm ... life got in the way and I didn’t do it ...*yeah I know I’m terrible!*

Joe was away on this particular Saturday driving to Aachen with a friend to buy a car, which means that he was on the road for about 8 hours so I got a Saturday to myself. (Which is rare)

This usually means a few things for me, get up late, read magazine on the sunny balcony whilst having my morning coffee, leisurely get ready and pop into the city for a mooch around.

Nearly every Saturday – Stuttgart has a fleamarket on karlsplatz which is right in the city centre. I am inspired always by peoples fleamarket thrifty finds that they blog about so I thought again I’I’d go and see what would inspire me.

Well, truth is – it’s a dream. It’s not just full of old stuff that has no use to no-one, it has old stuff that is treasure to new eyes that befall on them. (heh! … I really should be honest here, there is *also* shit and shite that no-one would want … but I just ignored that!)

I took lots of pictures – and truth is, I didn’t take enough. There is such a wide variety.

From furniture wanting a good home …

To chandeliers waiting to be lit …

Chandelier crystals ready for a repair or another crafty project …

Tons of vintage jewellery (to be honest this is one thing you will not get a bargain on, all vintage jewellery has an expensive price tag on this market)

To old photographs dating back to the early 20th century …

Bake ware …

Party dishes …

Beautifully random …


Glasses …

Trinkets …

I was inspired by so much (I wanted old books, chandelier pieces, photographs, that wonderful microscope, antique coins and dainty plates … )

I wanted so much that I walked away with nothing! So overwhelmed. Well, it gives me a reason to go back!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ooooh yay! again... look what I won :)

I completely forgot to blog about this - here is the second thing I won on a blog giveaway recently.

It's a beaded cuff, made from the teeniest of seed beads, in a cow-print design :) perfect for wearing at work. (it matches my mug and my squishable-stress-cow)

It is from Ruthie at Pintail Designs! Thankyou Ruth for soing such a fabulous generous giveaway!
Only recently she started putting her work for sale on Folksy! Hope she has lots of luck and sales, and I for one can recommend her beautiful craftmanship so go and have a peek! :)

Here's a sneak preview of what she has for sale ...

Loe the colours in this bracelet

Pacman bracelet! hehe!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Yay! I won!

I was so lucky recently, to win not one, but TWO blog giveaways!
I love reading blogs, and I am a sucker for entering a giveaway.
I follow such great blogs of people who's work I admire, and spend a lot of my time online catching up with what people have been writing.

The first prize arrived today! Yay! Here it is in all it's glory!

Some of you may recognise it as the work of Louise Goodchild of COBWEBS CACHE. :) I have been following her work on FLICKR for over a year now, always commenting on my favourite pieces, astounded at the beautiful designs that she has for sale in her ETSY SHOP.

It's not just the actual craftwork of her pieces that stand out as being perfect, but her imagination just surprises me, she makes some amazing portraits of things I would have not dreamt of to do myself.

Here are a few pieces that she has currently for sale in her etsy shop or form her flickr photostream ... *love love love!*

how amazing is this one :)

Beautiful eh? Aren't I a lucky gal! x