Sunday, 31 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
Happy Friday everyone xx
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
He apparently hit his head on the radiator and has bruised his back. My parents have had their fair share of hospital visits over the last few years they fob everyone off telling us they are ok so they won't be subjected to another one.
I'm on my way to see them tonight to make sure he really is ok. It brings it home that we can no longer deny the fact they are getting old and how much they need looking after now.
How the tides have turned my mum was always the strong one, bossy definitely! It doesn't feel right that I'll have to go tonight and make the decision to take him to hospital or not it feels like I've suddenly become the grown up?
It happens to us all I guess I just wish it wasn't happening to my mum and dad x
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Well tonight I received an email with some photos of the portrait, I opened them to find the most SUPERB portrait.. below is a photo of our boy and a photo of the portrait. WOW is all I can say. The cost of the portrait was an amazing £30 + £3 postage which is fantastic value compared to other artists offering portraits for well over £100. I think Sarah is one talented lady who is far better than she gives herself credit for.
Sarah works from photos emailed to her. She is very friendly, quick to respond to emails and we completely recommend her work, you can see the quality for yourself. Sarah's contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org and she is happy to be contacted.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
I turned some of them into this today and this is now listed in my folksy shop. I love it - thank you Fiona xx
When I first started out I found it really hard to find good quality gemstones, I was lucky to come across Vanessa on ebay, she sells some lovely gemstones including turquoise, black agate, rose quartz and jasper beads. She also sells pearls, crackle beads, various silver findings and filigree beads. The quality of all her products is second to none and one of the best I have come across. As well as continuing to sell on ebay she has her own website http://www.thebeadbasket.co.uk/ Amazingly she offers free postage on all orders, no matter how small! The postage is super fast, you could almost blink and the parcel arrives through the door!
A major component to most of my designs is chain and toggle clasps. It can be very difficult to find toggles that are of a good size and that are of good quality, the same can be said of the chain, to make charm bracelets you need chain of a fair chunky size that can take a mass of beads. I buy all mine from Beezkneeze by Denny. She is a lovely lady who offers great quality products at very reasonable prices with fast postage. Denny's shop is on ebay and here is the link: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/denny5569/
I specialise in fun jewellery, visitors to my folksy shop will see that I stock dolly mixture, liquorice allsorts, fondant fancies, iced gems & cake and flump charm bracelets. My clay beads are supplied by http://www.pixicreationz.com/ Nicky and her family are so clever, she makes lot of different polymer clay sweets and food charms. They are so realistic children often come up to my craft stall and say 'look mummy sweeties'....
For my glass beads, spacer beads, silver charms and everything else I have a few favourites where I buy everything I need from.
Of them are Sanctuary Beads, I love this shop. I buy all of my buttons from here as they are great value and the colours are fantastic, the price is reasonable too. I also love their glass bead mixes, they offer colours I have not found anywhere else before. The prices are all extremely reasonable and the quality is superb. They offer elastic cord, jump rings, headpins, pearls, glass beads, buttons, bookmark findings, assorted acrylic beads in various colour mixes... everything you could want really. This is another shop that is on ebay: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/sanctuarybeads/
Fabfifi is as the name suggests Fab! Maureen is the lady behind the shop, I buy all of my flower and butterfly beads from Maureen. The butterflies are completely gorgeous and add a unique dimension to my jewellery and the colours are so vivid. The prices are very reasonable and again the postage is super quick. The link for Maureen's shop is http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/fabfifi50//fabfifi50/
Helen's Little Gems, again on ebay stocks some lovely murano hearts, all different sizes and colours. She also sells a wide range of beads, including pearls, millefori, murano and furnace beads as well as findings and threads. Great value, quick postage and great quality. http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/herosemineral/
Finally but by no means least, I love the glass bead mixes, miracle beads, silver foil beads and practically everything else sold by Beads Unlimited. This bead shop is based in Brighton but the online shop is: http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/ The ladies at beads unlimited are so helpful and its great that you can create custom mixes of certain beads, you get a reasonable amount of beads for fantastic reasonable prices.
The suppliers I have listed here today are some of the best I have found, I hope you will have a look to see for yourself. xxxx
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Monday, 4 January 2010
This is Midnight, we got him from the cats protection league when he was about 10 weeks old back in 2005, he is truly like a dog! Unfortunately he has heart disease diagnosed nearly 2 years ago now, every extra day we get with him is a blessing. My folksy shop is called Black Cats Whiskers, inspired by my boy.
This is Minstrel aka the hobbit, she is a true lady. We got her also in 2005 when she was a tiny baby, we bought her from a terrible breeder, she was in awful conditions and being fed all the wrong food, I had to rescue her. She's the naughty one of the bunch, always knocking things off the side with her paw and climbing into cupboards and getting shut in! She takes life in her stride. She has also adopted our neighbour, he loves her (luckily) and we often see her sitting in his bedroom window or on top of his kitchen cupboards, she has no shame!
Below is Millie, she was another rescue this time from Croydon Animal Samaritans, we got Millie when we moved to this house back in 2007. She was 9 months old when she was rescued from a garden with her mum and brother. They were living wild, she had never been inside a house, let alone played or had any human interaction. She wasn't ferral though surprisingly. Understandably she was pretty scared when she came to us but she was accepted easily by Midnight and Minstrel. The lady who was fostering her said that she would most likely bond really strongly to me, which she has. She's like my shadow and sleeps on the end of the bed by my feet (poor girl) every night! I enjoy gardening and Millie loves to help in the garden, I can carry her around in the garden under my arms for ages and she loves to help dig holes. If I ignore her she will bite my bottom!
Sunday, 3 January 2010
My mum then told me about a craft fair near where she lived, so I booked up for it and things have just progressed from there. Since the beginning of 2009 I have been trying to do as many craft fairs as I can, the run up until Christmas was mental. Some fairs have been terrible others have been fantastic but I have met some fantastically talented people and made some wonderful friends.
As well as doing the craft fairs I also wanted to start an online shop, folksy was recommended to me by one of my new craft friends. It has been amazing and I'm really proud of my little shop!
It has been nice over Christmas to have the time to list lots of new pieces in my shop.
I'm really excited about this year. I have a regular monthly craft fair slot starting in February. Will be stocked in a shop from March and am looking forward to lots of craft fairs this year. I also hope to continue to build my shop on folksy over the coming year.
It's going to be hard work but I can't wait!!!