Sunday, 21 May 2017

Back soon!

The move went well, but we're up to our eyes in packing boxes and general mess. The shop will be back up again in a few days, just as soon as I've had chance to unpack my supplies.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Where is Rose Bay?

The glitch over on Etsy that I reported in my last post seems to have been fixed.

Etsy has now introduced 'Guest Checkout' which is good news for you if you want to buy something on Etsy but aren't a member.

My shop is currently closed, but don't be alarmed! We are moving soon, and I need to spend time packing up all those beads, cords, findings, chain, wire, charms, silks, ribbon, more beads and yet more beads! And, you know, the rest of the house...

Its likely we won't have the internet for a few days, and we will need to get straight but I should be back up again within a couple of weeks. Watch this space for news!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Recent updates

I gather that some of you have been experiencing difficulty with my Etsy page. Most of you know that I try to add something new every day, but for some reason these new listings are not showing up and I'm getting people asking me if everything is all right because I haven't updated for ages! Sigh. If you are having this issue, and not everyone is, you can manually alter your page by going to the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the page, just over the pictures. Just select 'most recent' and all my latest goodies will be yours to see. Sorry, I know this is a bit of a pain, but hopefully Etsy will fix the glitch soon and everything will be back to normal again.

Social media – 450 posts on Instagram!

It seems ages since I posted pictures of my earrings, so I think I will remedy that with this lot:





And a closer look at some of my new, and absolutely adorable, ceramics, retailing at £18:




I have a pair of the ceramic birds myself, and they always raise a smile when I wear them!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter!

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate, and a good weekend to those who don't. But perhaps you all will enjoy this little Easter-related poem.

Diary of a Church Mouse
~ by John Betjeman

Here among long-discarded cassocks,
Damp stools, and half-split open hassocks,
Here where the vicar never looks
I nibble through old service books.

Lean and alone I spend my days
Behind this Church of England baize.

I share my dark forgotten room
With two oil-lamps and half a broom.

The cleaner never bothers me,
So here I eat my frugal tea.

My bread is sawdust mixed with straw;
My jam is polish for the floor.

Christmas and Easter may be feasts
For congregations and for priests,
And so may Whitsun.
 All the same,
They do not fill my meagre frame.

For me the only feast at all
Is Autumn's Harvest Festival,
When I can satisfy my want
With ears of corn around the font.

I climb the eagle's brazen head
To burrow through a loaf of bread.

I scramble up the pulpit stair
And gnaw the marrows hanging there.

It is enjoyable to taste
These items ere they go to waste,
But how annoying when one finds
That other mice with pagan minds
Come into church my food to share
Who have no proper business there.

Two field mice who have no desire
To be baptized, invade the choir.

A large and most unfriendly rat
Comes in to see what we are at.

He says he thinks there is no God
And yet he comes .
.
.
 it's rather odd.

This year he stole a sheaf of wheat
(It screened our special preacher's seat),
And prosperous mice from fields away
Come in to hear our organ play,
And under cover of its notes
Ate through the altar's sheaf of oats.

A Low Church mouse, who thinks that I
Am too papistical, and High,
Yet somehow doesn't think it wrong
To munch through Harvest Evensong,
While I, who starve the whole year through,
Must share my food with rodents who
Except at this time of the year
Not once inside the church appear.

Within the human world I know
Such goings-on could not be so,
For human beings only do
What their religion tells them to.

They read the Bible every day
And always, night and morning, pray,
And just like me, the good church mouse,
Worship each week in God's own house,
But all the same it's strange to me
How very full the church can be
With people I don't see at all
Except at Harvest Festival.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Red background?

So. I have a whole flock of new necklaces for the shop, some of which have already been added. We tried something different with the picture – we keep trying new things. We'll get it right eventually – and displayed them on a red background. 




Social media? I'm over 300 posts on Twitter!

I've been making loads of stuff, where possible, as we are hoping to move soon, so a lot of our time has been taken up with viewings and packing and sorting out cupboards and organising and jumping up and down in frustration... you know, all the normal thing you do at such a time.

One of the funniest things I've seen recently is this.



Have a good weekend!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

New pendants!

March already! Soon be Spring!

Following the introduction of my new resin pendants, I would like to share with you a batch of current and upcoming resin pendants. I am very excited about my new range!




My house is full of beads. Big ones, little ones, some as big as.... well, you get the picture. Some of my smallest, I keep in little stacks of screw-top tubs. The other day I dropped one, and the bottom two tubs came off. Do you have any idea how many hundreds of tiny little beads are in those tubs? No, neither did I until they spread all over the floor and kept on spreading. And most of them are round, so they just rolled out of the way as I scrabbled all over the floor trying to catch them all!

I'll be finding them for months yet, lurking behind the furniture...


And a short March quote for you:

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil.
~Sara Coleridge (1802–1852), "The Months,"

And in case you were wondering, yes, Sara Coleridge is related to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. She was his daughter.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Birth of a new range!

Exciting news! Today I'm launching the first of my new range of resin jewellery with this cute hand-painted stork (or crane!) pendant, available at my Etsy shop.





Other new ranges coming soon!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Going Gaga for the new jewellery!

If you are a lady Gaga fan, you're very happy tonight!

It's February already! Where is the year going to?

First pictures for the new products are done, and I have already started to post them. Here is a preview of some of my new necklaces!






And how about a quick seasonal extract?


On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill.

'A Year's Windfalls' by Christina Georgina Rossetti


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Frosty mornings

How is your new year going? I hope you have lots of lovely plans for 2017!

I've been hard at work making some super new designs and I will be posting them shortly. They're mostly earrings and necklaces so far, super creations in glass, semi-precious beads, and pretty colours for spring and summer.

My Twitter posts are now up to 250! 

Its been cold and foggy here, and with thick frost in the mornings. Talking of Frost (see what I did there?) how about a little poem?

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of the easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.



Thursday, 5 January 2017

Happy New Year! I predict this will be wonderful year for everyone reading this post...

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas/holiday?


The shop is back up again. I've had a little break from making – well, what with the whole Christmas thing, and other RL paraphernalia, its been difficult finding the opportunity! However, I shall start making again this weekend, and I can't wait. I've got so many ideas to try, lots of new lines coming up, and I need to get on with my upcoming Spring and Summer jewellery, too.

Before we finally say goodbye to 2016 though, I would like to share a couple of Chrimble pictures.

The first is my Christmas cat, looking somewhat miffed by it all...





And you might be in interested in a local tradition. Residents of the town knit Christmas or winter scenes to decorate post boxes. Its fun and quirky! As an example, how about this one:



Happy 2017 everyone!