Thursday, 11 December 2008

Boxed up

Having listed another Midnight Blizzard cuff yesterday, I decided not to rush making another brooch or cuff to get it listed in time for my North America Christmas deadline. I could have managed something I think but it would have been a rushed job and being the persnickety thing that I am, I don't want to list anything that I've not taken a reasonable amount of time making.

Having told myself that there was little sense in hurrying to get anything more listed (for the sake of my sanity as well as quality control!) I spent the evening watching my old video of Love Actually. It was the first time in a long while that I've sat down and not been thinking about making things or doing my accounts, and I think I needed it. This film always makes me feel festive and recall the day I met Richard Curtis, outside Somerset House, filming a snippet of a skating rink for the opening sequence!

I was woken from my peaceful post-relaxing-evening sleep by a very early (8.30 am) visit from the postman delivering a parcel I've been anxiously awaiting. At last, I have my new jewellery boxes!

I'm really pleased with them, though a little disappointed that Royal Mail managed to take a week to deliver them. Any earrings or necklaces sold now will come packaged like so:

Plus a little raffia ribbon or suchlike to finish it off. The great thing about the boxes is not only are they a more practical way for me to package jewellery, they're also made with recycled card and covered with paper from sustainable forests.

I'm going to slow down production for the next week while I get ready to go away for Christmas. Lots of exciting new plans for the new year though, so watch this space for more of my scribblings and ramblings!

Friday, 5 December 2008


Winter is well and truly here and I'm feeling the temptation to build myself a nest out of fabric and hibernate until the swallows come back. This isn't a good time to be sleeping though, and I'm full of plans and ideas so I get the feeling if I were to huddle down under the duvet for the next three months, at the very least I'd have to take my sketchbook with me, and a torch!

Alternatives to hibernation are:
Good food (gallons of spicy parsnip soup!) ... check
Hot water bottle ... check
Fluffy slipper socks ... check
Official designated 'making things' hat (see pic in previous post) ... check

There are many things I'd like to get completed and listed on Etsy before Wednesday's Christmas shipping for North America deadline. I'm back in work at my day job at the weekend, so realistically I don't think I'll get absolutely everything on my list done. I'm determined though to have at least one more cuff made and hopefully a brooch or two.

I've ordered some lovely eco-friendly boxes for my jewellery which will hopefully arrive early next week, as well as a new (to me) crafting product that I'm really excited about. Its silk habotai that you can put through an inkjet printer - like the cotton I use for my care labels. Since my lack of space at home means I can't try my hand at screenprinting yet, this is going to be a simple alternative. I'm going to design some abstract line-drawn patterns that will work cut up for my brooches, earrings etc.

Some of the patterns will be based around the sorts of shapes I already use in things like my 'shoal' designs. I'm also really inspired by Indian patterns, like those used in Mehndi designs painted onto hands. Check out these stunning ones: