New theme

Ok,here it is.  After spending way too long on it last night, and stuffing up my widgets I am reasonably happy with this one. Minimilistic and tidy.
Please check out the website and tell me if you think they’re comparable or I should go back to something else, brighter maybe.
Website for perusal.

Cheers, Jen 🙂

 

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website, blog and other beady stuffs

I’m doing a little upgrading and sorting on my website.  Working out what I should be adding on and taking off.
Do I have more or less Collections (galleries), do I stock lots of bigger, more expensive items, or do I do keep it as is and add in the smaller add-ons, the accessories, like bookmarks and hair slides?

I’m working on a page fo rmy re-made items. I’ve done so many but taken so few pictures.
I am happy to re-make and re-fashion items, or if you have a bag of beads, make something completely new for you. Items that are sentimental or broken, can’t throw them away – I can help you.
Re purpose them into something new and funky, or add a few new items and fix it up.

I’m also thinking of changing the designs on this page, so it’s more like the website in design. Now to spend the time to find one.. eek, but such a fun waste of time.  (update: I’ve had a quick look through the themes thnking I’d find maybe 3 or 4 that would be suitable, but no.  I found 8. This may be harder than first anticipated. Or very easy when I get into the nitty gritty of each theme)

I love the website, it’s clean and neat. Nothing too flowery and over the top.  Nothing gets in the way of crisp (for the most part) photos and clean lines.  All in pink, black and white.

I bought some pearls at the Craft Fair on Saturday with a few ideas of what to make.  Something to go with the pearl necklace a friend gave to me to fix and then keep.
Plus some scarf bails which I’ll make assorted dangles for so they are interchangable for the multitude of scarves I have.

That is about it for today, I have to go for my run and then, although the sun is shining out there (winter, where are you?) get back into inside jobs.  Like sorting market boxes form yesterday and the tidy and making thigns on my desk.
More computer work can wait til the evening when it is too cold to use my hands properly.

A picture of something pretty to finish with, coz I like to add pictures to my posts.

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Have a great day or evening where ever you may be,
Jennifer 🙂

Monday makes

I finally got back to the craft room and got busy. Between running around after the kids and doing other jobs I made 11 bookmarks and the earrings are from last week -and ran out of time to photograph them. These simple earrings are always a winner at markets, and perfect for little girls or those adults who like small unobtrusive ear decorations.

Hoping I get back into later in the week, there are several unfinished items I want to play with – bracelets in particular.

Jen.

What a strange market day

Today was the day. Fundraiser market day. To help raise funds to get a sailer to Canada with all the extras (boats included) to train and hopefully get into the Paralympics.
And it was a great day.
Both halls were full, actives were happening all day and loads of people came through the doors. They had a band playing a few times as well as recorded music for the Zumba and gymnastic demonstrations which was way too loud. I was in the room next door and it was loud, when I wandered into the main hall, it was unbearable. I’m not surprised no one wanted to stop around too long.

Despite the large number of people, not many hands were in pockets, and a lot of the stall holders I spoke to sold one or two items or nothing. I actually sold my one and only item seconds before I was told it was time to pack up. At least I paid for my lunch.
On the other hand, and I got in some market networking and chatted to prospective stall holders for Woodbridge, was told ‘I’ve seen you all over the internet’ by one lady and the organiser is very interested in coming along to have a proper look at my jewellery.

My stall looked pretty good, I haven’t been able to do a large set up for a long time so relish the idea when it comes along.
I backed onto the enormous child’s playground, with netting all round so was able to hang my girls and banner easily on here. Initially I thought the screaming kids would be a problem but once more people arrives it was just a lot of noise everywhere and I hardly noticed it.
I took my digital photo frame but they weren’t able to get electricity to my position so – as mentioned yesterday when I spoke to them – I’d bring along alternative arrangements in a case.
As for the photo frame, the one I bought didn’t actually work properly and the remote didn’t work at all so it went back and I got one from another shop, which I was able to work straight up without looking at the instructions. Of course to utilise it properly I will read the book, but for now, I am happy.

My next market will be Woodbridge on there 22 June. And hopefully we’ll have some new people along.

Now if only I enjoyed a nice bath I would be doing that, but not to be, an early night for me instead, and then back to the making and uploading new makes to the website.

Have a great week
Jen 🙂

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Market set-up. Ready to roll!

I’ve a big fundraiser market tomorrow in a (semi local) PCYC which means they can have loads of stalls and other activities. It has been touted as a family fun day with something for everyone.
There is always one issue with most markets – how to do the toilet run. I don’t always have a person keeping me company and sometimes you’re not enamoured with your neighbour in these things. But tomorrow I know the lady who I’m next to so much easier there. Another friend is going and is taking her daughter (mr 17’s GF) and she was happy to do stall-keeping for toilet and food runs, but I saw today they are as far away from me as possible, in another room, in the far corner.

Back to my stall. I asked for a power point and to be near the wall. Well I’m backing onto the netting for the giant play ground so that’s ok, I can attach my banner to this. And the stall sites were marked out at the 3×3 and I fit quite nicely inside my spot.
The power is a not sure of thign at the moment. I wanted to hook up my digital photo frame, but as we discussed, I will make other arrangements to fill the space if they can’t get a 40+ metre extension cord.

I’m looking forward to this one, a local guy, mini celebrity is going to be there. He was on a cooking show and is now a DJ so has been spruiking it all week.

Tables and space ready to be transformed

Tables and space ready to be transformed

 

And after - looking pretty... well looking pretty. Pity tablecloths have to be so crinkled. Hopefully they'll be looking a  bit neater tomorrow.

And after – looking pretty… well looking pretty. Pity tablecloths have to be so crinkled. Hopefully they’ll be looking a bit neater tomorrow.

 

My wooden letters - Marcato Designs

My wooden letters – Marcato Designs

 

Market round-up tomorrow, with better pictures of the stall.
Have a great one.
Jennifer 🙂

Market time and digital photos

I’m off to a fundraising market this weekend – a mere week after finding out about it. For something this big (and it is big) there would be no hope in getting a place this late in the day. But I got lucky.
The first I knew about it was in the local paper when hubby pointed it out, I said I’d think about it and maybe email them later.
That was Saturday.
Sunday evening/Monday morning I sent of my email and then got a huge surprise back.
The organiser not only said Yes, but she had been looking at my website – and loving it! – when my email turned up. She was very complimentary and I feel humbled by her praise.
And I am eagerly looking forward to attending.
Going slightly off track, I was sent an application for another market I may be interested in attending, and part of their ‘thoughts’ for good displays was to have a digital photo frame on display. Well, it got me thinking, I have wanted one for some time, so off I went and checked some out before picking one that looked alright. And it was on special so as a bonus I save $20+. Very happy.
Now the big job is to get a mass amount of pictures onto a USB to take with me. Wont be too hard really, I have so many of the buggers.
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And to add to my job list for marketing, I was thinking of working on some felt bags this week. I’m not so sure as I didn’t have a market to attend when I thought of this. We shall see what I end up doing.

I’m not sure how much of a time traveller I am, but time sure has flown since I got up this morning.
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Have a great week, I may or may not be back before market time. But there will be a recap and pictures afterwards.
Jen

Charmed, I’m sure

It’s market week and I’ve been busy. It’s funny how things work out. I got out my book of charm jewellery and opened it to the first project, and from that point I just made and made. Didn’t look at the book til I’d finished – 8 bracelets, 1 pendant and 3 pairs of earrings later.
Not bad I’d say.

These are all for sale, let me know if you want anything. They’ll be off to market this week and then onto the website. Most of them have Swarovski crystals, please ask for prices.

Have a good rest of your week.
Jen

It’s finished – and I love it!!

I finally got a couple of hours where I could concentrate on the last few things in my room. And boy does it look good now.
You know how it is, the last things are the fiddly bits that you don’t know what to do with, and whether you keep them or not.
I have one box left, but it is of no issue to the rest of the room.
Halfway through I had the idea to make a big spacey room, that would not feel crowded – and so I can crank the music and dance my silly self crazy when I feel like it.
Check out the pictures. Sorry they’re a bit dark or overly ‘flashed’ due to not being able to get them in daylight as planned.
Overview from lounge room end.

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Love this wall. Just because.

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Overview from the other end – looks a bit messy, but is not so bad, and very user friendly. Sewing desk on left, utility desk in front of bookcase.

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Material racks and storage cupboards.

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Close up of the ‘work’ corner.

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Now to get the mojo back, it’s upsetting by that it has been so hit and miss lately. But I don’t like to make things when not fully in here mood otherwise they turn out crap. Been there done that, not a good look.

Have a good weekend 🙂