We offer a collection of unique, hand-crafted metal, wire & semi-precious gemstones jewellery created individually in our design studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire. We also cut and polish semi precious stones and other rocks (Lapidary). We accept bespoke Lapidary, Jewellery making & Wire Sculpture Tree commissions. Do Visit our website & Online Showroom: www.shaliniaustin.co.uk

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Something For My Personal Jewellery Collection...

Its a really busy time of the year at the moment. I am  working on bespoke orders for Christmas presents, there are Craft Shows every week-end, I am making new stock to sell at the shows and I have to make sure that all the guild events publicity is happening as scheduled. This means I have no spare time at least until 10 December!

So I decided to do another Artisan Whimsy Challenge, "Berries and Leaves"... Yes I know I just said its a very busy time...

But challenges are fun! There is always the hope that I might win something, but more than that its thinking of new ideas and making something different to what I have done before that really excites me. Its a "Me" exercise really  A little bit of time invested in me and to pamper my ego. Self indulgent... yes. Even a bit vain... of course! Well its high time I did!

I am reading a Terry Pratchet book at the moment and this statement by a character called Malicia  really struck a chord
"If you don't turn your life into a story, you become a part of someone else's story."
And I am determined I am going to find time to do more things for my story.

That's why I made the "You'll never Walk Alone" Necklace as part of the UK Inspiration Challenge from Artisan Whimsy and it's mine! So why not a pair of earrings to go with it?

Copper wire shaped as leaves, gently hammered and a few round coral beads for the berries
Now that I have short hair again big earrings are back in fashion in my world :-) And these are quite long, approx 2.2 inches and they look great with the necklace.

I made the necklace and the earrings to please myself. I will use what I learned from the exercise to create more jewellery to sell and for custom orders of course but this is something for my personal collection! Its my own special bespoke piece for my Happy Birthday.

From me, To me

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Berries And Leaves

And now there is a "Berries and Leaves" November challenge over at Artisan Whimsy.


Yeah! Why not! :-)

I think I can make a pair of earrings for this...

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012

UK Inspiration Challenge... "Walk On..."

I came across ArtisanWhimsy on Facebook through MyBeadTherpay’s Page (I follow Heidi’s work with a passion because she has inspired me to try so many new things and its great to see how wonderfully her work has progressed in the 2 odd years we've been talking bling with each other!)

And right there on the front page of the forum was this little banner which took me to a page which said:

“Can you create a piece of jewellery or a jewellery component inspired by where the UK Blog team live?”

The choices were Dorset / Edinburgh / Bath / The Isle of Wight / Liverpool / Southampton and this is what the description said about Liverpool:
image courtesy Wikipedia
Liverpool is world-famous as the home of The Beatles, but is also well known for football, the Scouse (now there's a term for you non-Brits to look up!) sense of humour and of course, the shipping port and the River Mersey”

The description and for various other reasons Liverpool it had to be!

I did a quick poll on Facebook “Tell me one thing that suggests to you Liverpool (The city!) “
image courtesy Wikipedia
Some of the suggestions: Liver birds; The Beatles / The Cavern Club / Cilla Black / The Mersey;  a beetle brooch in Liverpool colours of red and white,  the cormorant bird as seen on Liverpool's Coat of Arms, or the Liver Bird as seen on top of the Liver Building. There's also the famous Liver Clock; and… Something to do with music?

World famous home of the Beatles yes but as my friend Michala said something to do with music?

There is more to music from Liverpool than just the Beatles you know, and there is Football and there is the River Mersey. (And there is also Mr. A but that will be a story for another day)

So I chose a song sung by “Gerry and the Pacemakers” who also sang a song about the Mersey.  Tenuous link but a link nevertheless :-)
image courtesy Wikipedia
Ok so this song is not a Gerry and the Pacemakers Original. It is a song from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. Gerry & the Pacemakers released their version in 1963. And what a beautiful version it is too! The song was adopted by Liverpool Football Club as their anthem and is known worldwide especially to the football family! The words feature on the club crest and on the formidable Shankly Gate at Anfield (the home of Liverpool Football Club). The song has since, in my opinion, become the most important part of Liverpool Football Club for reasons beyond football. 

The Jewellery:

It was a messy affair at my work board for a week or so...

I had been toying with the idea of making name or initial bracelets and pendants for a while and had only recently started writing letters and words in wire to make components for an idea... Then I saw this challenge so the names will have to wait. I used the wire letters to make a necklace which simply says

I wrote each letter in wire individually, hammered the wire and joined the letters with some more wire. Because Liverpool Football Club is a part of this necklace a bit of Red (Coral Beads) was essential of course! And my trademark swirls just have to be a part of my wire work!

It’s up to you to decide whether this piece of jewellery is a tribute to the Football Club (I am a fan) or to music from Merseyside. For me it is just something I have always associated with “Liverpool” and which in recent times especially has been an inspirational song because of that one very important word that we all often build on “Hope”.

"Walk on.. Walk on... with hope in your heart
and you'll never walk alone"

Below are the blogs of those taking part in the UK Inspiration Challenge 

The Hosts
Lesley Watt Gossiping Goddess
Rebecca Anderson Songbeads
Pippa Chandler Pip's Jewellery
Teresa Hulley Bo Hulley Beads
Natalie McKenna Grubbi
Jo Tinley Daisychain Designs

Ginger Bishop Lilmummylikes
Cece Cormier The Beading Yogini
Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures
Cilla Watkins Tell Your Girlfriends
Sherry Baun

Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures
Kashmira Patel Sadafulee
Caroline Dewison Blueberribeads
Sherry Baun
Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Sherry Baun

Isle of Wight
Duane Clark Bizzy Bead
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Sharyl's Jewelry
Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh
Jean Wright Just Beadey
D Lynne Bowland Islandgirl’s Insights
Kathy Lindemer Bay Moon Design
Sherry Baun

Shalini Austin   That's Me!
Doris Stumpf Glaszwerg
Sherry Baun
Lennis C Windbent

Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macramé
Sherry Baun
Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

I think I am keeping this...

Friday, 2 November 2012

UK Inspiration Challenge... Liverpool It Is...

Of Course!

That's all I am saying for now. Oh and two things I am quite partial to are involved... Copper and Red.

This is for the Artisan Whimsy: UK Inspiration Challenge I wrote about a couple of days ago. My piece of jewellery is inspired by Liverpool.

Here is a sneak peak :-)

Rest of it on 12 November.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Artisan Whimsy: UK Inspiration Challenge

I am making something for this...

The Challenge is to create a piece of jewellery or a jewellery component inspired by one of these places:

Dorset / Edinburgh / Bath / The Isle of Wight / Liverpool / Southampton

I wonder which city I should choose...

Any ideas people?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Christmas Bazaar in Aid of The Children’s Society

Christmas Bazaar in Aid of The Children’s Society | Jewellery By Shalini:

Pop-Up Coffee Bar and Christmas Bazaar in aid of The Children’s Society

I have booked this event at the Stamford Town Hall on 9 November. Its the first time I will be doing an event for the Children's Society and quite looking forward to a good day!

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Monday, 27 August 2012

Busy Month of Craft Fairs coming up!

Really Looking forward to September! I have 4 events booked including the Autumn Market at Easton Walled Gardens which is such a lovely venue. Hope I will be in the stables again...

2 September
Fineshade Woods Craft Fayre
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

9 September 

Easton Walled Gardens Autumn Country Market
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

16 September

Craft Fair at Ferry Meadows
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

23 September

Autumn Craft Market – Stamford Arts Centre
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wendy Came For a Visit Today

Wendy Who?

She is a jewellery designer friend and a lovely lady. If you have not seen it before this is her website: Wendy McLean Jewellery.


The reason I think this is worth a mention is because I found it so refreshing to sit down with a fellow jewellery maker and discuss all kinds including website design, publicising our work, fairs, bespoke orders and stuff in general.

We both work in the same industry, and in some ways a VERY similar field because we both make wire jewellery but we can talk about it and even share supplier information occasionally and feel good about it.

Just wanted to say it...

And of course always a bonus that she is a dog lover and Bullet and Millie enjoyed the visit too. She talks in a tone of voice they understand. I would love to meet her dog sometime if possible as I am sure we would get on well. I have a special soft spot reserved for German Shepherds :-)

Monday, 6 August 2012

New Website... Well Actually Same Website, New Design...

I have now activated my new website based on a completely different shopping cart solution. I like it because it give me so much more flexibility with images. AND I actually have a proper rss feed for items in the shop!

Do have a look at the new Jewellery By Shalini website & online showroom and let me know what you think please :-)

Good Bye Marketpress! Your developers made a good e-commerce solution to start with but you are not very pro-active and your customer service is seriously lacking of late so its not for me!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Looks like its neglect the blog (again) month!

Yup I have not updated this blog for ages and I'll be honest I have not even visited it much!

Its been a mad month so far!

In the Motorhomes business it was Burning Man RV Rentals balance payment week last week and that is always crazy. This year spectacularly so with a couple of ... clients for the first time in my history of doing Burning Man bookings. But as in everything else two people will not let me spoil the enjoyment of dealing with some of the nicest people in the world who keep coming back every year, refer their friends and even share their fun photos with me when they come back from the show :-) I will go there one day...

Then there is Accounts! I never want to see another spreadsheet in my life! GRRRRR!

Couple of bespoke orders to make.

Preparing for the 29 July Summer Fair. As one of the committee members of Stamford Artisans Guild I do volunteer a lot of time to guild stuff (and enjoy every second of it... OK almost every second of it!)

And I am re-building my website because the current software is not doing everything I need it to do and the guys who wrote it are not doing much to make any updates to it!

And its annual tidy up week this week too! Mr. A's Mum is coming for a visit to celebrate his birthday on 29th July so I think we have to get the house looking something like a home instead of a workshop with jewellery bits, tools and wire everywhere!

Now I am off to the workshop to try and make some new display busts for the jewellery.

Happy Days...

Monday, 18 June 2012

Oakham Festival 2012

Guest Post: Oakham Festival 2012 on Stamford Artisans Guild:

Dave & I will be at the Crafts show at Oakham Castle which is part of Oakham Festival 2012 on 23 June. We had a great day last year at this event which was held on Gaol Street and really looking forward to this one at one of my favourite venues of all - Oakham Castle.

Sarah who is the chief organiser for this has been working really hard to get everything in place and I think she is doing a brilliant job!

Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Bespoke St Helena Rock Pendants

I have already talked about these on my "other" blog but I thought I should post the pictures here too :-)

Really proud of the finished pieces and THIS is why I do what I do! :-)

"Hiya, Safely in receipt of the pendant and I absolutely LOVE it – it’s amazing. I know Stacy will love it too. Thanks again for all your hard work."

"Safely in possession of my 2 pendants - they are both amazing, love them! I am going to keep the more triangular one for myself and send the other one to my friend in Oz - can't want to hear from her when she gets it!!! Thanks again so much for all your hard work - it's been fun...well for me...maybe less fun and more work for you!"  

(They were sent on different days)
I can assure everyone that it has been a lot of fun for me! :-)

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Craft Shows Calendar

Craft Fairs, Shows and Markets Where You Can Meet me & occasionally Mr. A too!:

I don’t have a showroom (yet!) but you can meet me at various local craft fairs and hand-made markets in Stamford and surrounding areas. I have updated the Craft Calendar on my website. You can have a look via the link above :-)

This little one has been helping me sort out all the jewellery and packaging for the fairs too! If I forget to take something important I blame it on Millie in advance!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Scary Post From Exactly 1 Year Ago...

Go Slow | Jewellery By Shalini:

I wrote this on 25 May 2011:
At the moment my adventures in jewellery making are on a go slow and its not very nice. For about  a month now I have been suffering from blurred vision on and off.  Some days I can see clearly but some days the vision is completely blurred. Been to the optician – nothing wrong with eye sight. Had a whole lot of blood tests including for diabetes. All Fine. I have now been referred to the eye clinic & Fingers Crossed they will know what’s wrong.
So there are days (and quite a lot of them!) when there is no way I can make any jewellery because everything is blurred. I can do some work on the computer because it can be set to large size reading option but I am reluctant to try close work or take on any repair jobs at the moment. The last repair job was delayed so much because of vision problems.  The customer was really sweet and understanding about it and it has finally been completed but that’s not how I work and I felt so bad letting her down :-(
Well I am staying positive that the ophthalmologists will be able to figure out what it is. My past experience when I used to suffer from Iritis has always been really good at Peterborough Hospital and they do know what they are doing.
So I may be quiet for a while but hopefully not too long. I will of course do all the craft fairs I have booked.

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Update 25 May 2012: I still have the eye condition but nothing like what it was a year ago thanks to the fantastic Eye doctors at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust
 (And yes that means this is a massive shout-out for SAVE OUR NHS too!)

I am making jewellery again, I can work properly again and I am being VERY GOOD! I remember to take my medication everyday!


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Jewellery By Shalini Pinterest Tab on Facebook

Do you know about Craft Blog UK? Well if you had not heard of it before now you know. You should have a look! Its an excellent resource of blogging tips, social media tutorials and fabulous craft links.

This morning there was a really easy to use tutorial on How to Install a Pinterest Tab on Facebook

Brilliant pictures explaining what to do. So I did!

Have a look via this link! Jewellery By Shalini:

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Another Shout Out For Twitter!

Today I met someone else who I have been talking with for a few months on twitter - Andy Deighton from the Events and Fundraising team of local charity St Barnabas Hospice ( @StBarnabasLinc on twitter). The charity ploughs all the funds it raises back into helping Lincolnshire.

It was a very pleasant meeting and some interesting ideas discussed. Always nice to put a face to name :-)

Read more about St. Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice  on their website.

And can I just add that we met at the Stamford Arts Centre, a great venue for one to one and group meetings. They serve up a nice mug of coffee at the Arts Centre Coffee Shop too.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Jewellery By Shalini at Spring Craft Fair, Stamford Arts Centre

YES! It's almost here :-)

Stamford... where it all started. Where I did my first craft fair, where I organised my first craft fair in December 2009 and where I like doing as many craft shows as possible!

Hope to see you all there!

Some new wire fun pieces I will be putting out for the very first time!

Monday, 7 May 2012

13 May Spring Fair: Stamford Arts Centre | Stamford Artisans Guild

Getting Excited! The First Stamford Craft Event of the year is almost here :-)

View the link below to get an idea of the fabulous range of crafts on display & available to buy.

AND you can meet the talented people who make these beautiful things! There will be no bought in or imported items!

13 May Spring Fair at Stamford Arts Centre | Stamford Artisans Guild:

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Monday, 30 April 2012

Weekly Specials: 30 April - 6 May 2012

This week's specials from Jewellery By Shalini:

£5.00 off everything Blue in the On-line showroom

Click on the image below to visit my shop and read more about the items!

And if I add anything new which is blue the offer will apply to the new listings too! So do check back again later if you don't see something that immediately takes your fancy right away.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Cakes and Crepes at Oakham Castle!

In my world everything stops for Cake!

So am I actually going to get any work done this week-end or will it be spent eating Cakes and Crepes at Oakham Castle?

I will be at this Hand-made Craft Market at Oakham Castle on 28-29 April

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Thursday, 19 April 2012

New Additions: Lapis and Labradorite

New pendants added to my online jewellery showroom:

This is my first Labradorite and Copper pendant. I personally feel the two really compliment each other!

And some Lapis Lazuli

& my personal favourite:

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Bespoke Wire Sculpture Tree by Dave Austin

Dave has done a fantastic job on this hasn't he? :-)

This tree was commissioned by a family in memory of their little boy and will be placed at their Church in Edinburgh as a prayer tree.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Isn't Twitter great?

You get to meet some fantastic people on it!

I joined twitter long before it was "cool" and remember getting really excited when anyone followed me! Well over the years I have learned that there are some rather nasty, rude and silly people out there who are not worth my time and I am more careful about who I follow and who I block.

These days looks like everyone has a twitter account and some of those who do really have no idea of how to use the internet and especially a public platform like twitter in a responsible way! I am not going to go into specifics but I do see a lot of nonsense posted on twitter and have encountered a few keyboard warriors who are an embarrassment to humankind!

BUT  for each one of these morons there are a 100 good guys and gals who are a pleasure to know.  I am happy to say I have met really lovely people on it, some I knew before and twitter has just given us another way of sharing information or occasionally having a laugh. Some I made the effort to meet face to face after I got to know them on twitter. Some I have never met but just enjoy talking to and reading what they have to say and hope they like what I have to say too.

Ok this is one of those random posts with no particular motive. I  wrote it because I felt like it!

OR maybe its a follow up of a post I wrote on my other blog

Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Mending Shop, Peterborough

Came across this on Facebook and I have posted it on Stamford Artisans Guild website. What a good initiative! Please feel free to share this :-)

"A pop-up shop in Peterborough for DIY mending, tea and cake, devised by the women menders of HMP Peterborough with Futuremenders. Mar 30 - Apr 5 2012"

The Mending Shop, Peterborough:

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Winter's back!

Brrr! Bit chilly today. (Update 14:03) Its Snowing!

This is the best plan for the rest of the day I think!  Light a fire and play with wire.

I have to get a few more bracelets finished for the SKDC Tourist Information shop at the Stamford Arts Centre. Mary the shop manager has asked for new stock :-)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Doing the right thing looks good. - LINKwithlove

Doing the right thing looks good. - LINKwithlove:
"It's about spreading the word that linking to the original creator is the best way to share intellectual property and inspiration online. And sharing is awesome."

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

If you are thinking about sending flowers this Valentine's Day

or for any other occasion, I'd like to recommend my dear friend Amanda at Greensleaves Florist, Stamford.

Give her a call to discuss your bespoke arrangements, Bouquets and baskets or visit her beautiful shop.

Shop Telephone Number: 01780 480077
Address: Stamford Garden Centre Great Casterton Stamford Lincolnshire PE9 4BB

The shop opening hours are
Mon: 10:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri: 08:30 - 17:00
Sat: 08:30 - 16:30

If you are not in the Stamford area you can order flowers via the Greensleaves Website. And if you are on facebook, she can be contacted there too!

Mandy (yes she will answer to that as well!) is taking orders for Valentine's Day Flowers now!

And if you had forgotten all about Valentine's day treat my post as a timely reminder so you don't get into trouble! Don't leave it too late! 

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Last Day for Discounted Prices

The Jewellery By Shalini 15% Off Sale January Sale ends today. Still a few hours to grab yourself a great deal on a one off piece of jewellery or wire sculpture!

Thanks everyone who has supported me and made purchases during the sale period :-)