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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.