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Postcards, scallop pies and other stuff…

More postcards have arrived for Kelly. for the “Office Wall Project”.  It’s really cool that so many people have jumped on board and spent a dollar or two to send one. I’ll be getting pictures to show off tomorrow.

Scallop pies have been mentioned recently and what did I see in the paper today, in the letters section? A picture of a scallop pie. So for those that don’t understand our Aussie pie, here it is, joined by the requisiste chips and salad:

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I’m thinking of visiting a market on Sunday that I will be attending from May onwards and the closest scallop pie shop is only 5-10 km’s away.  I did a little research on said cafe and now I’m scared.  As one reviewer said “it’s consistantly hit and miss” which reflects what most of the what the reviews say.  Some are good, most are not so, and the prices stated are on the expensive side.  Thinking if I take this route I will do a reconisance first.  I am not relishing waiting an hour – yes, that’s right, an hour, as some people said – for a pie.   A review will definitely be coming up if I go.

On other news, school holidays have started so that means some sleep ins, yeah right. But more driving to and from for son to work.  He passed his L2 licence (very confusing, please don’t ask) so now we have to fill out a log book every time he drives.  I will be wrking on a new Wraptures collection and some chunky twisted chain and bead necklaces and multi strand bracelets.  Hubby and I are having a weekend away, and no I’m not telling until we go. But I can guarantee (well almost)  getting some good piccies.
I’m hoping the weather plays nice over the weekend as I want to head out and get some more pictures of things around Hobart, and the eastern shore in particular (looking west to the city).
I was asked to write a testimony for my Power Pilates class for the teacher to add into some new promo work she’s making up and while I was working out what to write I wrote up a blurb for her as well.  She loves it so will publish that along with my feedback.  We were talking about the class and decided it was education about what it entailed that people need, so I gave her my thoughts.
Anzac Day is next week so I will do some baking – must find something else to go with the Anzac bikkies. Or one of the 30+ variations I just found online.
I have at least one book review to write and post, as well as reviews for a couple of wines I still have lurking in my fridge.

I might go and make something, I just saw a cool bead that gave me an idea.
Happy Thursday 🙂
Jen

New website launching!

my new website, if you could check it out and pass on some feedback, pretty please 🙂 (there is lots more work to do)

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Hi my friends, I have done the hard yards on my new website and below is the link for you to have a browse.
For those that don’t know, I am looking at another web-building site that gives me everything I want, shopping cart included for a better price than my current one.

So I wasn’t wasting time for nothing, I have uploaded only 3 items per category, which I feel is enough to get people started on what will be.  I’m sure there are more categories to be included later, but time will work on that.

It is quite completely different for the one I have now, so if you’ve seen that one, be prepared, this is not the same, except for the colour scheme. Pink, of course.

The header is rather plain at the moment with just my logo, I will be working on that. I won’t say anything…

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Beady names…

What’s in a name…?
A lot, not much at all.
A name can evoke many emotions and if your first impression is not ‘happy’ will that change your mind on the piece of jewellery you are looking at.
Yes, Jewellery.
A lot of jewellery makes I have met and know will put names to their pieces – something I have a great deal of trouble with.
Do I make it really obvious (blue flowers for example) or something more obscure that makes you want you want to look further. Girls names, flavours or romantic imagery often feature and can be delectable enough to want to buy it for the name alone.

My sister in Finland often sends me packs of beads from a company called Sinelli.  they have the most gorgeous packs of bead in scrummy colour combinations, but it is the names that are so cool.
The ones I have currently are Pink Parfait (delicate pastel pink and greens, still deciding on the design), Peppermint Sticks (bright red and creamy white, now a simple 3-strand necklace) and the Blackberry Jam I made into an asymmetrical necklace last night.  Dark burgundy and black beads paired with chain and a cinnibar bead.
There is also another I used, but cannot find the packet with the name… dark silver greys and dark gothic reds – made as a single strand but part of a super chunky chained up re model.  ~insert short break~  Hmm, after going through the bin (the crafty bin, not the other one, eww) I found the label on my shelf! and it is simply called Metallic Red.  I think she is a Veronica personally.

This started in my head as a post about re-modelled pieces, but took its own direction.  I really should get back on track and post some piccies.
Some of you have seen the blue necklace from yesterday  I posted as a teaser… wonder where she came from originally?
Maybe you guys can help me with names?

bah… plain and boring.

 I was thinking of adding a few more strands to this and making it chunkier… well guess what? After taking the ribbon off it went from 2 to 15 strands and looks glorious. Here, is Miss Blue Belle.

Yeah, this was that one..

clasp detail. THIS is the fiddly part.

Ok, next cab off the rank… a black and silver chain and bead necklace that now has a brand new lease of life. This one had the same idea as the blue one – add a few more strands of beads…

Miss Metallic Red, Veronica, Ronnie....

The Peppermint sticks came together really easily… when it could have been a royal pain.
(I was asked the other night while ‘mobile beading’ if things work out quickly or I have to leave them for a bit – most definitely they do.  Sometimes I’m lucky and it all falls into place, other times, I’m just not sure so it sits for a night, a day, a week… until I figure out what’s wrong and fix it).
I had a lariat that was tied in a knot and needed to be cut so the red and silver beads came with me to join Miss Pepper Mint in a simple almost classic design.

Lastly is my Blackberry Jam… again, a design that came easily and went together the first time. Always a joy when that happens.  The chain tassle and two of the links are from another necklace.  There is a small square toggle clasp at the front although it is able to be put straight over your head.

close up showing all the bits.

Do any names spring to mind?  What would you call your crafty pieces to give them their own life?

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

I think I need to clean…

My creative space is always a work in progress and until I find just the right work tables that will fit my space easily then it will just keep on doing the shuffle…

the bag of grapes I ate whilst tidying up - that and many coffee's

Ok, so I was bored and took pictures of the grapes…

My problems:
– the bay window.  I love the window for the light it lets in and the view but it has made those little weird little corners where nothing will fit.
– there is only a couple of feet before the corner of the house so that creates another corner that makes it awkward to fit furniture in.
– it is through way!  There is a door on one side to the kitchen/dining and just half a wall on the other backing onto the lounge (this wall is partly the chimney).
– then the french doors (right between said corner of house and walkway into lounge.
– on the back side of the chimney someone has ever so kindly put up floating shelves (at stupid heights) so I am limited with what goes underneath…

But am I complaining… well, just a little bit.  I have my tall boy (large chest of drawers, not tall children, although two are taller than me…) under these shelves with a cd rack one side and filing cabinet with jewellery storage on the other.  Works fine.
Against the back wall facing the kitchen is my mega set of shelves (I was so happy when we found these, they are the perfect fit for all my beady boxes).  Next to this was a space that was a pain.  There is a double power point here which means certain boxes or containers cannot fit or have to look messy sitting at an angle.

before - a mess.

I was in a second-hand shop close by the other day and spotted the perfect set of shelves – I measured, ran home (drove), measure my space then went back and paid for them.  They would be the Perfect Fit! And they are.

after - in progress

I just need to find a space for my market boxes when they’re not in use… hmmm.  That is 3 large plastic containers & a suitcase, then two others with odd props and the like in them.  A lot of space required.

My desk, as always was stupidly messy.

new shelves, and an email stating I needed to take my trestles to market this week (guess what I use as a beading table??) meant I had to get to work.

My plan was to put all things from the tall boy into the new shelves and utilse the tall boy for all my materials and sewing bits… ah, yeah… that was a good thought…

will all this fit into the tall boy..?

‘Business’ things fit into some funky baskets on the shelves, then comes the fun part getting all my glass, resin, clay, and light tent to fit in the space so it is easy and I know where everything is…
Well, I got started, and by the time I went to bed was pretty pleased with myself… not for long.  I woke this morning to another stupidly messy desk…. now I could have taken the easy way out and just stuffed everything into boxes and been done with it. But I didn’t. Put everything where it belongs so I don’t have to back track later.

I was meant to tidy the table... I thought so. This is clean compared to the night before.

Now to get all the material to fit in the drawers… like that’s gonna happen!

ooh, look, more little jars to put beads in....

neat, semi sorted beads and findings

a clean and tidy table….

and the piece de resistance….

full, finished and looking soo much better 🙂

I was going to do some more sewing tonight and get some new bags ready for the market – well one is nearly done.  Just a little hand sewing of beady fringelets to do.  the others… nowhere near ready to sew even…

Now the table has sewing all over it, but that will be easy to move later on. Now, I best get back to it if I’m going to get at least one more done..

keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer