22nd September marks the first day of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere (bye, bye summer) and first day of the spring equinox in the southern hemisphere. Good enough reason for me to do a giveaway don’t you think? Open from 12.ooam BST on the 22nd September and running until 5th October (12.00am BST) inc, enter and you might win yourself these earrings. Comprised of large salmon pink coloured candy quartz teardrop beads with clusters of grey faux pearl beads and smokey grey crystal beads. The fixtures are lead/nickel free antiqued brass.
Bringing in the gentle healing power of the sea, shell is believed to be emotionally balancing and protective as well as provide insight into decision making, enhancing and stimulating intuition, imagination and sensitivity. The necklace below has been named Sedna after the Inuit goddess of the sea.
Sedna is a one of a kind freestyle necklace I have made and is comprised of lovely dyed pink mother of pearl tear drop and spiked dagger beads wire wrapped to raspberry coloured artisan lampwork beads plus a couple of white swarovski elements crystal pearl beads. Accented with a large wood bead and finished with an antiqued bronze leaf clasp. One of a kind, eclectic maybe…..but uniquely yours. Available for purchase from Chi Chi Gemmes (my Etsy shop).
Thank you to all who took time to complete my survey – which is now closed. For those who left their details, I will randomly choose a winner over the weekend (using Randomizer). Winner to be notified via email and above earrings (sterling silver fixtures with smokey grey swarovski elements crystal glass beads and spacers) posted signed for mail (entrants were from the US and UK).
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.
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.
Do you wear handcrafted bead jewellery? Have you got a few moments to spare? Ok, thats great – please take my survey (closing date is 12 September 2013). If you are interested, leave your details at the end of the survey to be entered into a prize drawer to win a pair of earrings. Thank you!
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’.
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.
I’ve made them to go with this sky blue ombre silk dress (another recent sales purchase from Mint Velvet).