...they are everywhere! On your high street, in local markets, in that little corner shop unit near your house, occasionally working out of a van (electricians, food sellers, decorators...).
And in this age of technology, a lot of them are on the internet. Some because that is their business model and some because they have not yet got to the point where they could afford premises on the high street to open a brick and mortars shop. (That will be me then!) Some of us are working very hard towards having a little shop. In the mean time we are still trading and open for business on-line.
On Small Business Saturday why not take a browse around the interweb and seek out small, individual businesses (like mine) in your area. You know they are there. They have websites and on-line shops you can buy from. You have seen some of them on Facebook or Twitter.You have met them at local markets / craft fairs.You have friends who have told you about their friend - who makes jewellery - restores furn…
Stamford Artisans Guild's final Craft show of 2013 is at the beautiful Oakham Castle. Local artists and makers including various guild members will be exhibiting a range of beautiful handmade Christmas gifts during the Oakham Late Night Shopping Festival on 9th December.
I will be there with my handmade jewellery :-) There is still time to place a bespoke order. But only just!
...sometimes don't quite materialise. Oh well... That's life.
Its my Birthday week-end so Dave & I had planned two days of intense learning to celebrate... how to solder, how to set bezels, how to make cold connections... and create a few new pieces in time for 3 Christmas shows coming up.
Unfortunately an old friend decided to pay a visit on my birthday (yesterday). Well not quite a friend, I don't like it, I don't want it, but it likes to arrive unannounced anyway and linger for a while. And it has no concept of timing! (Grrrrrrr!)
So here I am suffering with an Iritis flare up (right eye pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision in the affected eye due to the medication, more eye pain) Intricate jewellery work is out. Spending too much time at the computer is out. Daytime telly is not really my thing and its not a good idea to watch TV with an aching eye anyway. Its been just over 24 hours and I am bored already! So the next few days I will probably spend time be…
All those very useful Interest Lists I made are completely useless at the moment!
I added all the pages I follow into various interest lists so updates didn't get lost in the main news feed which I prefer to keep for friends' updates. Suddenly those lists are no longer updating unless I check show in news feed as well for the pages. So I am missing things that are important to me.
And I guess other people like me who made lists and added my page Jewellery By Shalini to one of their lists are no longer seeing my page updates. No wonder my reach stats are down since last week! I guess Facebook wants me to spend lots of money and advertise my updates to be seen :-(
Something that does not involve your handbag, the colour of your Bra, Knickers or other frivolous aspects of your facebook life! Something that is not hush hush to keep men wondering for days.
Because Cancer is NOT a game and Cancer is most certainly not a secret!
So get over yourselves people and instead of having a giggle about cancer do something that actually raises awareness! You know like making a simple facebook status update about why cancer matters. Use your imagination and write something about why it matters to you and why you want to raise awareness. And if you can't think of anything original to say just share this fantastic post by Playful Genie:
Breast Cancer : Facebook Slactivisim or Awareness?.
As far as I am concerned every month is cancer awareness month, every day is cancer awareness day. Because people who get this deadly disease don't have the time to wait for an awareness month to come around for support, they need it now! And each one of us can do it by …
Spent the afternoon polishing some of the recently acquired Labradorite. It was great fun and I am quite pleased with the results :-)
I also cabbed a couple of slices of Indian Moonstone. They are OK but not the best result. It could be something to do with the quality of rough stock we have at present. Its not brilliant. I will carry on trying for better results and post pics when I am satisfied with the pieces.
I mentioned last week that I had signed up for another creative challenge and was sent an adorable bunny by Vintage Magpie Bears as my inspiration.
"The aim of this campaign is for you to share your creative craft skills with another craft blogger, by creating an item for them and sending it via a prepaid DHL courier box."
So when Nicky sent me this little chap I thought wire sculpture instead of a piece of jewellery would do this "cute" creature justice. Out came the aluminium wire I have used before for trees and the Wire Sculpture Fairy I made in July. Aluminium wire is not very good for most of my jewellery but the qualities that don't work for jewellery are ideal for sculptures! Its so soft and manageable that I can bend, wind and wrap it in so many different ways.
This Rabbit (Or if you think he looks more like a hare then Hare) was wrapped free hand. I had no template from a previous sculpture b…
My "Memories" Charity Exhibition piece has gone to London. I would like to thank Spriha for her very generous donation to Dementia Support South Lincs. Hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I did making it Spriha, and making beautiful memories of your own :-)
This time its a little different because its not just jewellery makers but all crafty people. Back in August I received an email from someone called Dan asking if I wanted to be part of DHL Crafty Blogger Challenge.
This is the challenge:
aim of this campaign is for you to share your creative craft skills
with another craft blogger, by creating an item for them and sending it
via a prepaid DHL courier box."
OK... Another challenge... Yeah of course I want to be part of it!
So they sent me a DHL box with all the instructions and Hobby Craft Vouchers as a thank you for taking part. Now I am not a regular at Hobby craft but I do like to browse and pick up bits from there on and off, especially when working on packaging ideas, so this is VERY welcome. Thank you parcel.dhl.co.uk
Then I had to wait for my item to arrive from Vintage Magpie Bears which would be my inspiration and theme for the item I have to make for the next bl…
In my world THIS will win every time!
I started out with very good intentions of tidying up my making table today. It is in a mess. And no I have no intention of taking a photo to show you my mess! It was going very well... Found a few orphan beads and pearls, a cab I thought I had lost, bits of wire...
Actually it was LOTS of bits of wire. I cut it too short, or bend it the wrong way, or it gets kinks I don't need so I put it aside on my board for doing something at a later date.
I have been playing with patina on copper by painting all kinds of copper bits with fire. Sometimes satisfied, mostly not, many times I have started again but generally its been a learning exercise that I know will do me good!
I made these bangles. They are OK... Actually they are pretty good for a first attempt but Can do better!
Then I played some more and used the same copper pipes that I used in the bangles above to make some earrings. They turned out all right. I liked the way the colours came out. And I think they should fit in well with all the horseshoes at Oakham Castle at my next show there.
I have gone fire painting mad! That's what Mr. A thinks anyway! I have a han…
I have only just started doing a bit of flame painting but perhaps I should enter one of the copper pipe bracelets I recently made. It would be nice to get feedback from experienced jewellery artists on the forum I think...
While going through my hoarded stash of beads, wire and all kinds of jewellery making bits for the Bead Hoarders Blog hop I came across a big bag of beads, mostly wooden but a few glass ones thrown in as well! My friend Carol gave me these beads. I don’t know if they were just beads she had bought or if they have been in a necklace before but she said she was sure I would find some use for them. This was many months ago!
Anyway... I have finally made something with the recycled beads. They have been thoroughly cleaned and washed and I think they look nice on adjustable waxed cotton cord. I also used wire which was left over from previous projects where possible. Some extra components I made, or occasionally when it got bent out of shape or scratched and I just put it aside instead of repairing it. Hoarder that I am I rarely throw things away! :-)
So its time to reveal what I have been hoarding. Well this does not even touch the surface of things I have stashed away but its a start!
Let me begin by introducing fellow Stamford Artisans Guild member DL Designs of Rutland. Diz makes the most amazing jewellery, charms and lanyards in different types of cords and threads and I admire her work a lot. So about two years ago I bought a handmade hemp macramé cording knot necklace from DL Designs. And then I promptly put it in safe keeping because I wanted to make something special with it. And I have been hoarding it all this time.
I also had a beautiful Labradorite Cabochon cut and polished in house in our Lapidary workshop. This beautiful stone has a magnificent Labradorescence and I have had it on my board for almost 6 months! Because of the angle its been cut at it needed a special wrap on it for the colours to be seen in full glory. I have wrapped it a couple of times and then taken the wire off because the Labradorescence was hi…