Art Charm Swap 2014

Welcome to the Art Charm Exchange Big Revel and Charity Auction. I have had so very much fun during this wonderful exchange, it has been fantastic and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the Amazing Jennifer Cameron for doing all the hard work!

So our theme for this swap was "SOAR" which makes me think instantly of Eagles high over mountains. I tried to think of other ideas that were less obvious, feelings and emotions that the word  soar evoked but I kept coming back to birds, so I decided to just go with it!
I had a vague idea of the type of charm I wanted to make, Something involving my current obsession for coins, but I had to find the right coin....

Which lead me to this beauty, This coin was PERFECT for what I had decided to do (just look at the wonderfully soaring bird), but things were going way too smoothly! When I tried to purchase 22 plus a few extra coins incase of mishaps (which are surprisingly common) it turns out I had fallen for a rare and hard to get hold of coin (well hard to get hold of that many), so on to plan B, use a different coin.... 

Much easier to get hold of, a much smaller bird but still with the ability to soar I turned to my much loved old farthings, after doming, sanding and filing on to the hard part....

Making tiny silver bezels for the little treasures (these are 4x6mm tiny) and lots of jump rings

Then comes my favorite parts, lots of soldering, cleaning, setting, polishing and then there you have it, my charm....

All over half a century old, re purposed farthing coins....

Little coin treasure charms

With lovely little jewels hidden inside....

4x6mm pink rhodolite garnet

and beautiful 4x6mm iolite

See you don't have to be an eagle to soar, even the little wren is full of the potential to do great things!

I recived many beautiful charms but you will have to wait a couple of days to see what I got, but as I know you are diying to see all the other amazing charms that these fantastic artisans have made here are the links....

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants

Niky Sayers

THE IMPORTANT PART.... if you see a charm that you would like the extras that these wonderfully talented artists have made are being auctioned off on ebay with the proceeds going to an amazingly deserving cause Beads Of Courage who do such wonderful work with sick children, so please take a moment to check out the auctions!


We're All Ears - November Reveal

As soon as I saw the inspiration post on the Earrings Everyday blog for November I knew I wanted to join in! I have always had a love of fairytale and magical creatures and the Nebula animation is just amazing (seriously you need to watch it)....

Instantly I was drawn to the magical creature and the glowing water! So I wanted to do some thing inspired by that.

I really wanted to use moonstones, white with that beautiful blue glow that would have been perfect but I did not have any to hand, I did how ever have some rose cut chalcedony that would work well.....

I started by making some feather headpins (I would have liked these bigger and alot fancier but I'm still very new to sawing shapes and was not feeling overly confident at this point) I then made an open back prong setting for the chalcedony and decided to use these as the ear wires. I was unsure about using the lampwork beads and decided against it in the end, trying to keep the design simple and sleek like the creature, and after a bit of a play heres what I came up with....

I love the way the open back setting of the chalcedony lets the light shine through the stones, I may have to try making some more stone set earwires.

The feathers are't amazing but I am happy with them as a first attempt.

So there you go, I rather like them, but I really do want to try and make a moonstone pair with better feathers! Thank you so much Erin for the fantastic inspiration.

Have a great day you lovely people xxx



Blah, I am having one of those days where I just can not think of the right thing to type (possibly due to the horrible change in weather, winter is definitely coming, or the massive pile of dishes that need washing up, they are going no where in a hurry, because, I am definitely lacking in motivation today)!
So something shiny to cheer me up....

My first attempt at riveting turned out rather well, It is one of those lovely watery/magical type of beads that really is just so beautiful to look at! This wonderful bead is one of a set I got at The Big Bead Show in October and is by the very talented Sarah Downton

It looks so lovely on I even painted my nails to match! 

Please don't forget to pop by on 25th November to see what we all made for the Art Charm Exchange and for your chance to bid on some of the really beautiful charms in the Charity Auction, with the profits going to the amazing charity Beads of Courage. If you have not heard of the work Beads of Courage do then follow the link it really is inspiring and there are many ways you can help!

So now I am back to feeling fully motivated and incredibly lucky again (amazing how beads can do that), bring on the dishes so I can go singing in the rain!

Have a great day lovely people xxx



I made a little some thing simple for myself this morning, because try as I might I just can not keep a paper poppy looking nice for more then 5 minuits.
And a little something to go in a christmas cracker....

A silver ring with "The poppies blow" hammered inside from one of my favorite poems (a little reminder to the recipient of how lucky we are in so many ways)

by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This mornings sky was so beautiful I had to share, have a great day xxx


Remembrance Sunday

Each year in November, the UK remembers the many men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. 
Remembrance Sunday is the Second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November which is Remembrance Day when we hold at two minute silence at 11am.

Last week we took the littles on a trip to London to see the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red (aka the Poppies at the Tower) before the display is taken down....

It marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a truely amazing 888 246 handmade ceramic poppies filling the towers moat, it is a most humbling sight....

Each handmade poppy represents a British military death during the war.

The poppies just went on and on....

Such a beautiful, moving and terribly sad sight



New bureau

My beloved desk had finally taken too much of a beating to be mended yet again, so I decided to buy another, but no flimsy flat pack this time (I'm so fed up of replacing draw runners and gluing things back together) any thing that comes into this home needs to be able to take a battering! I decided to get some thing older and made to last, so off I headed to a wonderful second hand furniture shop that I love and there it was! 

A very rustic looking (someone had left it in the rain and the varnish had started to flake off and the wood had split in places) bureau, not what I thought I wanted but as soon as I saw it I fell in love!

I wanted to sand it back and wax it but after a jolly good sand the wood was still in such bad shape I decided to give it a lick of chalk paint and distress it.

The insert is a sheet of wrapping paper from paper chase that my other half found.

Key handles from Ebay

I replaced the key gaurds that were missing

Made lots of stands and a couple of draws for my tools 

even managed to find a few bottles that fit in fantastically (great for my collection of lampwork headpins)

Now I am mostly organised, I just need to sort through my old desk.

I love this little detail a silver plack presented to Mrs T S Taylor November 1933 

Lovely big draws for all my other tools and bits and bobs. I enjoyed this project so much and love how it turned out!

Linked to...




Finally I have come up with a design that I like enough to use some of my most favourite hoarded lampwork beads in (and it was about time as I have long since run out of bead storage and have been shoving my little treasures in draws, the horror)....

These beautiful lampies are by Pinocean and I love them! I think to date these are my most favourite earrings that I have ever made and I'm so glad to say that they have gone to a wonderful home! The little charms are coin hammered copper inspired by one of my very favorite designers Keirsten Giles  and have tiny set rhodolite garnets.

Shooting stars
More Pinocean beads this time with hammered copper stars set with tiny iolite cabs (6x4mm tiny and so cute) now I have to wait for more supplies (no not beads) before I can make some more!


November Giveaway

Every year in November, the United Kingdom remembers the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. So my November giveaway has a bit of a poppy theme....

This giveaway includes
  • copper fancy head pins from my Bits of NikNats shop (coz they look like poppys)
  • pair of ceramic charms from Scorched Earth
  • Trio of lampwork beads by by Tempting Little Charm
  • Lampwork heart and spacers sorry I do not know the artist here
  • Star sapphire on a coin and polymer heart by moi 
  • Strand of black onyx faceted nugget gemstone bead 15x20mm
  • Some bullet shells
  • some random rough black beads which are rather pretty

So here's what you have to do....

Leave a comment on this blog post!!!

Easy as that, of course if you would like more chances to win you could....

Please leave a separate comment for all of the things that you do (if you are already a follower you can still enter just leave your comments)

This giveaway closes 28th November 12.00 UK time where I will use random number genarator to pick a winner!

and make sure you pop back after 28th to see if you have won!

Have a great day lovely people x


October Giveaway winner

I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween, I enjoyed staying in eating my first ever packet of candy corn (found a lovely shop that sells wonderful American sweets) and watching spooky movies! Any who on to Octobers giveaway winner the random number generator picked (imaginary drum roll).....

number 11....

Congratulations Shaiha if you could email me your postal address, I shall get your prize straight out to you, and to those of you that did not win, worry not November's giveaway shall be posted soon enough as the clear continues, so watch this space!


2014 Art Charm Swap tease 2

So I have already told you that I have joined the wonderful Jen Cameron's Art Charm Exchange and have shown you my first tease photo well here's another....

Don't forget to join us on November 25th for the big reveal and more importantly the Charity Auction!

Have a great day wonderful people x

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