Finally packed and new items

It’s only taken me all week, but I am now finally sorted for the market this week.

Ready for market

Ready for market

I had wanted to take along some brand new items, so those felt balls I bought a while back came out and seven new simple necklaces were made.

Felt ball necklaces

Felt ball necklaces

The colours are predominately blue, pink and red, with some black, green and neutrals added in for good mesaure.  I don’t intend to make bulk of one – or several – colours, it’s just the way it goes sometimes.  And that is fine, next time it might be purple, orange and green.

Also made were 7 new bracelets to add some excitement.

Bracelets

Bracelets

I found some buttons, handmade by the lovely Nat from Peruzi, and finally used them in a couple of bracelets as a focal bead.

Beads from Peruzi

Beads from Peruzi

Have a great weekend, and hopefully on Monday my new pliers will arrive and I can share the wonder that is the looper pliers. Magical things they are.
Jennifer 🙂

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Words words words….

I am normally not too bad with words, and am not really an eloquent writer, but I hate it when I really want to find a word, and it just won’t show it self.  It sits out there taunting me. Either that, or it’s on the end of my tongue which is why I can’t find it…..

From yesterday’s, or was it the day before’s post. I can’t remember. The last post I wrote I mentioned all the things I wanted to do. An hour or so this afternoon was spent with the laptop, going through all my blogs and fixing things up. I feel happy now that the ‘pages’ are all up to date, re worded as necessary, or written from scratch. My next job will be to sort out my website. This will be time-consuming, but my plan is to work off the website when fixing the Facebook page and using it as a guide to what I upload and what jewellery items get tossed, changed or put on sale.  (Part of FB is now sorted, sorted most and deleted some of my albums, that was the easy part).

This brings me to the title of today’s post.  I generally make one of each item. I buy beads to be used for one thing, or use up leftovers which means there is no easy way of replicating items.  Sure, mass-produced or multiples of items are good, especially if something is popular, but I would prefer to cater to those that don’t want to wear what everyone else is, who are happy to have something that is a little different. Herein lies my problem. The wording of these such items.
OOAK – one of a kind. It bores me. Everyone is now doing OOAK, and wording it as such – the abbreviation – it’s almost become passé, so yesterday, definitely NOT different. How can it be different if everyone is doing OOAK??

I would like to have on my website and Facebook page (even here) something that catches your eye, or makes you think ‘I’ve got to have a look at that’ when you hear/read it.  Sure, I’m still doing items that are the only one of their kind, but I want a new word for it.
Exotic, maybe. I looked up the thesaurus (different, odd, unusual) and wrote down some words that appealed. Those words are:
Unusual
Limited edition
Rare
Bizarre – (
as in bizarre beads, just a thought)
Distinct or distinctive
Off-beat
Unique
Treasure

My current catch-phrase is “a new way to express yourself” and while I still love this, I would like something to add to it.
Say…. “A new way to express yourself (with) off-beat jewellery and bags”  As I read this, off-beat is not the right word, and now crossed off the list. Even unique is getting to me like OOAK is.. gone from the list.

I know this is the second thing I have asked of you my lovely readers and followers, in as many days, but sometimes when you’re stuck, fresh eyes can see things you’ve overlooked, or think of words that fit the bill.

What would catch your eye, what words or phrases would make you take a second look?

With much thanks in advance,
Jennifer 🙂

Buttons buttons and lots of beads….

Back in November I was scrounging around on eBay, not really looking for anything in particular when I came across these gorgeous painted wooden buttons. They were so cheap I just had to buy two lots. I now had 140 buttons on their way with no real idea of what I wanted to use them for. Typical of an obsessed person. Just have to have it. Just because, and well, you just love it.
They finally arrived today, or yesterday (it’s been over a week since I’ve been to the post office with all their public holidays off I just didn’t bother).
I have a few ideas, string them onto leather for a multi strand, or a couple of strands added to chain, maybe as a charm bracelet with other beads….

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My lovely sister in law rang me back in mid December and asked if she were to get me beads (thanks-for-letting-us-stay-beads) what would I like?? OMG! And oh, wow, where do I start?

I reeled off a couple of things and then said to surprise me. I am happy to say as I will receive items that I may not pick up myself otherwise, unless they are in a shop I know well (not likely to happen really) Which gives me a challenge to make something, different. The pile of goodies that arrived was amazing. Lots of bright colours, and some beautiful bead caps that I have always wanted to use but never got around to buying or even looking for. Check out the flowers, top left.

There was one small catch. Well, it’s not a catch really. She had picked out some flat shell hearts and I am to make her a long tie back style of necklace. Simple. Restring the beads and attach ribbon.

 

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Having family to stay meant I had to find more room. In the end, there was only my craft room. Tables were moved, boxes stacked in the corner and now the room looks so good I don’t want to put the tables back. I will, but differently. This gives me the much needed kick to get everything sorted and organised. Organise being the word.

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I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Jennifer 🙂

Photo shoot time!

Photo shoot? What’s all this about, you never told us about this. Well, I only found out a couple of days ago.
Mum asked if I could help her take pictures of all her scarves – 180 of them – so she can put them on her website as well as printing to take to the Deloraine Craft Fair next week. No problem.
Can you take the pictures? Yep. Are you sure?
It’s all well and good taking pictures of my own things, but for someone else, when I am just an amateur playing, is a whole ‘nother thing altogether.

I arrive earlier than planned and we work out what exactly is needed.  What does she want in each picture, how will we lay it out.
We set up the background, the table and my lights and I snap off a few shots to see how it looks colour wise, and checking if they are what’s required.
So far, so good.

Our models were very obliging and not once complained about being cold, or half dressed or constantly man handled.

I have to finish about 3.30 for when the boys get home as we were going out – the usual Tuesday evening trip to town  – and despite it being rather chilly, at least no wind, and me having the start of a head cold we get through them quite well,  with only about 50 left photograph.  (Typical spring weather here. I can survive winter without getting one, but come spring, I get sick.)

While we’re both really happy with how it went, I just hope they look good on the big screen (ie: laptop). I only deleted about 5 so mum has some work to do on the shots where I needed to take more than just 3 or 4.  Even when I do mine, unless the shot is obviously out of focus or wrong I leave it and look at it on the laptop.  Sometimes it can look better bigger.  Once I got into a rhythm I managed to get off an average of 3 shots a scarf without too much playing.  The only issues were with some of the purples and very pale colours. The purples would often come out as blue. Highlighting the blue ones of the colour, the red based and lighter purples would come up much better. Some of the pale colours would look too washed out, so they required some more attention.

I now have a good idea to make my jewellery shots better – partly from today and partly from the new photography book I recently bought. I will be testing out my ideas when I return to finish the job. And yes, there will be pictures of that too.
Here are some more of my favourites, which was really hard, but I narrowed it down to about 7 or 8 I think.

Pop over here to check out more and find out my mum, creator of all these awesome neck pieces.

Never mind shoes or handbags – I’m a scarf girl. Well, I like all of them, but since being back in Tassie, it’s scarves all the way. And I could have added so many more today.  Some styles or material in a whole rainbow of colours.. They are soft and voluptuous, and just so damn cuddly sexy. And one last picture.

My new website is up and running. Please check it out, share with your friends and don’t forget there are three coupons to use. Perfect for Christmas shopping.

Jennifer 🙂

It’s UFO day.

No, I’m not talking about aliens, UnFinished Objects. Or bead work in my case. Back the other week while I was cleaning I ended up with a basket of bits and bobs. Things to finish, pull apart, add to…
What I pull out of this basket may just need a little tweaking to finish it. It might be a focal bead in a bag that I’ve added beads to that might work together, or it might be something to fully pull apart and disperse the beads elsewhere, using the focal or beads elsewhere.

Last night I decided I had to get onto it, and pulled out 3 items. Different colours, different styles. And definitely, different when they are finished.
The before pictures..

A little tweaking here…

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Adding some dangles and a chain and/or ribbon here….

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And combining the two to make… I’m thinking maybe a focal point of a necklace…

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Time to get to work.

Several hours later…..
All done, I think I was in a chain mood today.
From the top we have:

I added a toggle near the pendant that can be used as needed, while blending with the design, and added ribbon for the back half where it sits on your neck.

 

Next came turquoise. I had so much trouble,  fun, no confusion with this one. I made it up several ways, then on photographing it decided it didn’t look right so I changed it again. Happy with this result.
And lastly, the red and blue beads with chains.  This was one chunky bracelet, then I made it two and finally gave up on it, as I didn’t like it anymore.
I added chunky silver foil-look chain for a simple summer necklace. It’s quite short,  that will sit round the collar of a tee shirt.

i took out 3 links from each side after the picture was taken, so it is a bit shorter than what this shows.

Happy UFO day 🙂 and til my next one, what UFO’s do you have to work on?
Jennifer

Flowers in Pink Clouds

My flowers are getting a new home.  On the canvas and not a bag or necklace like I was originally thinking.  I now know how to make them, so I can now make as many as I like any time I want.

I chose to make the background solid colour and not splatters from the other day.  On the mention of that one, I will decide if I add more colours or another form of texture.

My round sponges will add enough texture and shapes without taking away from the flowers where as a flat painted background may be too flat.
I  started with a dark base of lightened purple, and then white over the top to lighten it a bit more.

Then I added orange and yellow, followed by a deep red and topped off with pink and white.

The purple on the border was feeling a little harsh, too dark, so I dabbed over it with a pink white and I am now happy with the result.
I’m not exactly sure of what I was hoping to achieve with all the colours, when I could have just done red and pink with a super light violet , but I think maybe it gives it all a deeper colour and some depth.
It is very bright, but it is meant to be.

Once all the colours were dry I attached the flowers by sewing through from the bottom and securing with several knots.
The edges are loose and the centre only attached.

Very pretty. And Pink!

it is much brighter in the flesh, but this is not too bad.

 

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer