Friday, February 24, 2012

A Drawing A Day ~ Adrian Mills

I am really enjoying my daily dose of art from Adrian Mills, an illustrator who is undertaking a personal challenge to produce a drawing a day and share them on this site.  Having undertaken  One A day Challenges in the past in the mediums of a sky photo a day and A crafted item A day, I know the commitment needed.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Claire's Accessories ~ More Shame On You

You may remember that back in January 2011 that I wrote this article about the accessories chain Claire's and the blatant copying of a UK designers work.
This morning it was brought to my attention that they have indeed repeated the copying by using the work of another talented UK designer Tatty Devine who specialises in bold perspex designs.
These examples are only some of the copied designs.
You can have a look at the post written by Tatty Devine Here
So what can you do to help stop this?
email Claire's
comment on their facebook

and of course boycott Claires.  If you want to buy great Uk designs go Here

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Children's Birthday Party ~ Jewellery Making

I have been running children's  and teens jewellery making parties around East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire, for several years now.  I am CRB checked.

  • The parties last for approx 1.5 hours and are really fun.  I work with ages 5+ .
  • suitable for 5 to 15 children although I have worked with 30 children before (although i did make special provision for this.
  • Suitable for girls and boys
  • "Proper" tools and materials
  • great fun for all
  • No need to have additional party bags
If you would like to know more then you can look at my site for pricing details

Monday, February 20, 2012

Introducing ~ The New Look Beads By Design

As I have previously blogged, I have been working on my web site.  I have now moved from my original hosts who I had been with since 2005.  I wanted more flexibility and  to combine my three shops Beads By Design. Crystal Velvet weddings and Ra Ra Bazaar so that they could all be promoted from under one roof.
It's taken a lot of time and patience and I am now happy with the finished results.  (obviously tweeking will continue).  Please take a look and leave any feedback negative or positive etc.

Click HERE

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Swap Your Clothes

Swap 'til you Drop A Clothes Swap Evening
Tuesday 28 February in Riding Hall South Hunsley school , Melton.  HU14 2HS
Doors open for donations from 6.00pm - 6.30pm
Swapping from 7.00pm - 8.30pm
£2 Entry - All profits go to charity.

Refreshments will be available.
Each person must bring at least one item of either clothing, shoes, bags or other fashion accessories, which are of good quality You will receive a ticket with the number of items you have donated All items will be put on display for everyone to see You will be able to take home the number of items you have donated or less Left over clothes will be donated to charity

 For more information email

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bridge Over Troubled Water

A Sneeky Peek

Thought I would give you a little peek at things to come.
This is a few shots from the new look combined web site for Beads By Design, Crystal Velvet and Ra Ra Bazaar.
The colour scheme may yet change, I can't make up my mind yet.
Should be live by the end of this week.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Nokia, but not as you know it.

A tune, but not how you know it.  This is the "Valse Irritation by Marc-Andre Hamelin

Friday, February 10, 2012

If I had Known

Hindsight is a great thing.  Unfortunately, it doesn't kick in until after the event, and by then it is too late.
I set up my business thinking I knew the direction it would go, but I was short sighted and did not anticipate what would happen and how it would all develop.
As a result of this, I am currently having to readdress where I am and how I can best work things.  I am putting together a new web site that enables me to have everything under one roof.   I am hoping that by the end of next week, I will be able to unveil the new combination site.  (providing I can make my mind up about the colour scheme!) At the moment I am doing the tedious stuff!
Watch this space.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Treasures or Trash?

As a child I treasured an eclectic mix of trinkets, wimsys and other little bits of junk.  I just saw these deer and they were one of my childhood treasures.  I used to take time standing them just so on the top of my speakers. 
Of course, now a days I'd probably not give them shelf room, but my daughter has just gone "awww cute".

My Lagan Love

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hide Me Now

Say It ~ Christian Cards

Laura comes from Anlaby in the East Riding Of Yorkshire and started up her business making cards in September 2011.  She has a full range of occassion cards, but it was her Christian sentiment cards that caught my eye.  

Each card is handmade.
The insides are blank for you to offer your own greeting and words of encouragement.
You can find more about Laura
on her Folksy shop "sayit"
on her Blog
or on her Facebook

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mary Mary ~ I Worship You

A Gift From Canada

A few weeks ago I won a twitter event run by Little Red Door.  I'd almost forgotten about it when a parcel dropped through the door yesterday.  It had come all the way from Canada and contained this lovely little ceramic hanger.  The disc has the word JOY on it and I'm not sure if it's just chance, or if some investigating had been done, but JOY is one of my favourite words and so the gift is just perfect!
Thank you so much.
If you would like to take a look at the work of The little red door, you can take a look at her Etsy shop or her Twitter profile
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