All posts by Valerie

Stretch Gemstone Bracelet Giveaway – CLOSED

For no other reason, other than the fact that it is the last day of August, I thought I would do a giveaway of one of my howlite gemstone stretch bracelets with gold tone rhinestone pave bead. You can wear it on its own or stack with other bracelets.

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This givewaway will run for a week and there is only one question to answer.

 If there is enough interest and it goes well (this is the first time I’m using Rafflecopter),  I will aim to do them more frequently, say, once a month.  

Thank you for participating!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Being Creative…More Earrings (Personal Styllng)

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Made myself another pair of earrings…..using some left over Swarovski Elements crystal bicone shaped beads from a previous project, and rondelles with sterling silver teardrop beads, headpins and earwires.

Dress to go with handmade earrings

I’ve made them to go with this sky blue ombre silk dress (another recent sales purchase from Mint Velvet).

Being Creative – More Art Tags

Several styles I love are reflected in these art tags I made a couple of months ago – shabby, romantic, whimsical and vintage/retro.

How Time Flies

“Time flies….never to be recalled”. ~Virgil

Morning Prayer

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Candy Colours & Handmade Earrings


I’m in earring making mood!  I’ve just rooted through my bead selection and found these 2 faceted candy jade briolette beads which I’m going to wire wrap with sterling silver wire and cluster with small white swarovski crystal pearl beads and artisan sterling silver earwires.  I might also make a stretch bracelet with some larger crystal pearl beads and silver charm.

These little dinkies are going to accessorise the stone coloured lace top dress I recently purchased in the sales from Mink Velvet.   The dress and earrings will also go well with either of the 2 pairs of shoes I also recently purchased in the sales – stone suede court shoes and coral wedge heeled sling backs.

Peaches n Cream & Mink Velvet

Now I just need a bag!  Stone/nude……or coral/deep salmon pink……which colour would you go for?

Electric Kitsch Pop Up Shop, East London

Electric Kitsch is a new pop up shop based in The Village Green, Hackney Downs Studios, East London.   Set up by Caroline, Fabrice and Vixie who have over the years held and shared stalls at various craft markets across London, including Camden and Tooting.  The shop hosts an eclectic collection of accessories, jewellery, clothes, prints, illustrations, cards and homewards, plus vintage goodies, from local and London wide designers and makers (including myself).

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I popped in on Saturday to drop of some stock and was given a warm and friendly welcome (including a cool refreshing sparkly drink which was very much needed as it was such a hot sunny day).

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Caroline, spent time showing me around the shop and creatively displayed my button accessories and fabric corsages, as vintage records played in the background and customers had their nails done at the pop up nail bar located in the shop.

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Exhibition/showcase spaces are still available to rent.  The shop is not in a high street location and thus, rental prices are very reasonable.  If you are interested, you can contact Caroline via email:  or if you just want to know more about events, sales, contests and giveways they will be hosting from time to time, follow them on Facebook.  Of course, if you are present buying or just want to treat yourself to something unique and special, pop into the shop!   Did I buy anything?  Of course I did, I treated myself to some gorgeous lavender dead sea & epsom bath salts handmade by  Ville De Fleurs.

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Opening times: 12pm-5pm from Wednesday to Sunday, staying open until 9pm on Thursdays.

Address:  Electric Kitsch, Unit 7, The Village Green – Hackney Downs Studio, Amhurst Terrace, Hackney, London E8 2BT.

Harmony – Quote

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” ~Mahatma Gandhi  

Hematite Gemstone Stretch Bracelet (highly protective, grounding and balancing, hematite absorbs negative energy and is said to harmonise mind, body and spirit).