Thursday, 30 July 2009

Going green....

It's the start of August on Saturday and the birthstone for the month is Peridot so I thought I should make a couple of pieces that would make nice pressies for a birthday this week, including a pendant and earring set with simple beaten silver ovals and small beautifully faceted peridot kites ~ just a peek of peridot...

Then I realised I had some lovely green stones stashed away in box and got my silver wire and pliers out ~ a distraction as I really wanted to make a couple of beaded designs but my new supply of beading material is somewhere in the London mail system. I've made a long, monster size pendant with a pale green amethyst nugget and a rich green onyx focal complimented by a cluster of small stones of peridot, prehnite, green tourmaline and green onyx. A pair of simple green onyx leverbacks sets the pendant off beautifully.

Now I'm off to get all my newly made goodies ready for working at Greenwich tomorrow ~ hope the weather is a bit better than it's been this week otherwise I may need a cardi and stout July ?!!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Knackered old turkey...

That just about describes me at the moment!

This weekend, I worked my first Sunday at Greenwich craft market and worked like the clappers last week designing and making jewellery pieces to make sure I had enough stock to cover the days I was trading. I worked on Friday at Greenwich craft market as usual, Saturday I worked at the Clocktower market in Greenwich and when I woke up on Sunday morning, every bone in my tired old body was screaming at me to go back to sleep....instead I crawled out of bed and into the shower to get ready to leave by 8am.

I had a great day, saw some of the Friday traders, met some new Sunday traders, chatted to customers and had some good sales to boot. What more could I ask for? Well, a new pair of feet would be a good start...

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Nose to the grindstone....

Been a mixed bag of a week so far ~ on Monday the cat went to the vet with cystitis (poor old thing) and yesterday the car went into the garage for a new clutch (how much?!).

This weekend I'll be working 3 days at Greenwich Market instead of the usual two ~ I'm working at the craft market on Sunday as an additional day. I work every week there on Friday, but I've never done Sunday before, so I've been making sure I have interesting range of stock to attract the eye of passers-by in the crowded market. I've also been sorting out some orders that have been waiting in the wings ~ the "whenever you have time" repairs and redesign work.

I'm pleased to say I finally finished restringing an amethyst necklace and another one of multi-coloured beryls as well as lengthening 4 pairs of earrings and making another two, all for one customer! Then I set to making some new designs for the week I am definitely setting some time aside to play with silver again!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Every cloud has a silver lining....

A couple of funny days ~ disaster followed by joy....

Friday evening, after a full day working at Greenwich Market, my car decided it didn't want to go home ~ right in the middle of the market the clutch went pop just as I was setting off home! What followed was worthy of a sketch from a sitcom ~ husband drove to collect me and waited with my car for the recovery vehicle; I drove home with son only to find we didn't have the house keys; husband argues with recovery driver; son climbs over wall to break into house. Oops-la!

One of the cats was unwell and had to go to the vet on Saturday, so with only one car available, I was unable to work at the market as normal....but the upside was that I could go to a family meal to celebrate the 18th birthday of my beautiful neice ~ I had a great evening, yay!!

Feeling a little tired today after a very late bedtime, but trying to sort out orders that I need to make for next weekend and take photos etc to update my website. I've been making more designs using my silversmithing skills and recently entered a mythology challenge in my group, End of the Rainbow ~ the piece was entitled "The Fall of Icarus" and I was really pleased to have won, especially as there was so many stunning entries and wonderful interpretations of myths.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

All that glitters is not gold...

Getting things together for working at Greenwich Market tomorrow and Saturday, finishing orders and making some new designs. Had a minor heart flutter when I thought I'd lost half a pair of stud earrings that I'd just made ~ I'd spent an age trying to find the right size and colour of bloodstone gemstones. The cheeky earring was hiding under my mouse-mat, but now it's been reunited with it's sister and matching pendant..phew!!

This week I have been playing with gold-filled metal ~ also known as "rolled gold" which is nearly as hardwearing as solid gold but without the price tag. I have a sneaky suspicion that half my mind was on Christmas as I was making them ~ although it's only July some bright spark mentioned it was looming (urghhh!).

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

New Busts!

Now don't get excited, it's nothing to do with me having a boob-job, but I recently bought some lovely wooden jewellery display busts for my stall at Greenwich and I'm dead pleased with them ~ my chunky necklaces look sooooo nice...well I think so anyway.

It's been all quiet on the London-front since my last blog ~ last week was too hot to contemplate sitting over a soldering torch and besides, there was a distraction every afternoon on the TV from about 1pm. Almost glad the tennis has finished so I can get back to some work!