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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.

howlite gemstone stretch bracelet
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

Instagramming

I have been using my smartphone to take photos of my creations and for my blog, for the past 6 months or so, as the images seem clearer and sharper than those taken with my old digital camera.   Note – I am not a professional photographer, neither am I anywhere up there with the growing league of  those people producing fantastic works of art with their iPhones.  I’m an amateur in the truest sense of the word in that all I literally do is try and take my photos in natural light with a creative background, and point and shoot!

I’ve recently discovered Instagram which is a social photo networking app you can download for free.  It has inbuilt filters which enable you to edit your images and apply borders or effects that give your photos a nice 1970’s nostalgic, retro style look, a grungy look, or old black and white movie style look.  I must have an addictive personality…..because, well…I’ve become addicted to it and am looking at everything with ‘new eyes’ and wanting to take photos all the time or am spending far too much time admiring other Instagramer’s photos!   I’ve also discovered loads of other filter apps are available.  I’ve only downloaded one (so far).

Here are some photos I’ve taken and then experimented with filters and applied effects’.

esme1 esme2

red phonebox red phonebox2

IMG_2688 IMG_2689IMG_2685 Eiffel Tower Earrings

 

Being Creative…More Earrings (Personal Styllng)

gray earrings

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

Long Sight In Age

my eyes

Long Sight In Age

They say eyes clear with age, 
As dew clarifies air 
To sharpen evenings, 
As if time put an edge 
Round the last shape of things 
To show them there; 
The many-levelled trees, 
The long soft tides of grass 
Wrinkling away the gold 
Wind-ridden waves- all these, 
They say, come back to focus 
As we grow old.

(Philip Larkin,  English Poet & Novelist, 1922-1985)

Candy Colours & Handmade Earrings

beads

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?