Tuesday, 22 November 2011

My Folksy Shop

Just listed a couple of new items in my Folksy Shop - http://www.folksy.com/shops/AllAboutBeads

This is a gorgeous topaz and gold beaded pendant and necklace made using bead weaving techniques.  It would dress up a plain top beautifully.

I plan to make it in other colours and if you have a preference just let me know.

It is a very unusual piece of jewellery.

I also listed this blue bracelet (and there is a matching necklace)

The stitch pattern is Ogalala - it's a lacey pattern, very pretty and lightweight to wear.  Again available in different colours including, black/white, purple, pink, green.

Do you have a favourite colour?

Friday, 18 November 2011

Guildhall Craft Fair - Derry/Londonderry

I had the loveliest day out today with my crafty friend, Claire, to a huge craft fair in the Guildhall in Derry/Londonderry.


I had picked up a leaflet two or three years ago and had put it on my 'to do' list, to visit it to see what it was like.

Well worth putting it in the diary for next year, although it will be held in a different venue as the Guildhall is closing for renovation.

Claire and I travelled by train from Central Station direct to Derry, then a free bus drops the train passengers into the City bus station.  The Guildhall is just a few feet from the bus station-so convenient.

Lots and lots of stalls, beautiful items and friendly crafters, it's great to talk to the stall holders to find out where they come from , where they teach or get their supplies or hear about other craft fairs - it was a great experience.

We had time for a quick look through the Foyleside shopping centre, had a quick tea and then home on the 6.30ish train.

Loved it !

I did take my camera but forgot to take any photos - must try harder as a blog post is much better with photos - don't you agree?

Thursday, 17 November 2011

It's my lovely cousin, Michelle's birthday this week, I've chosen suitable gifts for her or for a November birthday.

The print of the girl is just beautiful and definitely resembles Michelle.  Michelle has a little Yorkie dog and the cross stitch picture is fab.
Chrysanthemum is the flower for November and Topaz is the birthstone for the month.  (The cuff is one of my creations !)

Scorpio is the zodiac sign for November and I loved the cupcake card.

Little Wren Art Folksy Shop Pig Corner Cards Folksy Shop
sweetest things Folksy Shop All About Beads Folksy Shop
Simply Art Ceramics Folksy Shop
Happy Birthday lovely cousin, hope you had a great day.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Folksy Wish List

Some wonderful goodies on Folksy - here are some of my favourites!

Raven’s Stained Glass Aileen Clarke Crafts
Lynwood Crafts Folksy Shop Finnspirations Folksy Shop
Betty Thread Folksy Shop

Click on any of the pics to go straight to the Folksy shop and then take time to browse the site - you'll find some beautiful pressies there.

If you decide to buy anything on Folksy - do let me know, it's an excellent opportunity to promote UK crafters.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Folksy Friday - 11 November 2011

This week I've chosen tote bags for sale on Folksy - so many to choose from and these are some of my favourites.

Very useful and most will fold up smallish and be easy to carry in your handbag until needed.

Liquidpaper1 Folksy Shop Stephanie Cole Design
It was meant to Bee Creative Cotton Bags Folksy Shop
Sew You Originals Folksy Shop
The child's one with the baking accessories would make a beautiful present.
Just click on any of the pictures to go to the Folksy shop.
Which one is your fav?

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Redcar Crafts Autumn Fair - Wed 9 November 2011

I had a stall tonight at an Autumn Craft Fair held in Christian Fellowship Church, just off the Cregagh Road, Belfast.

It was a very enjoyable evening, my mum (and Kathryn and Rachel) helped me to set up my stall.

There were about 14 stalls including Baked in Belfast - lovely jams, chutneys and pottery pieces -

a few stalls with knitted and fabric goods including this one
staffed by the very talented Ronnie and Helen and ably assisted by Rachel!

This was a beautifully staged stall by Marta - selling beautiful brooches, earrings, necklaces and other lovely bits and pieces.

Other stalls included knitted toys, african jewellery, hand made cards and cakes/traybakes.

It was a great night, really well supported and a real buzz, there was also a fab supper with millions of traybakes, I love traybakes and have to confess I had FOUR ! all delicious!

Many thanks to my friend Claire and her mum, Olive, who 'minded' my stall so mum and I could browse the other stalls and enjoy our supper.  Also thanks to my friend Heather and friends who came and my friend Norma and daughter Ashleigh and little Georgia who also paid a visit.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The Beadworkers Guild

I'm a member of The Beadworkers Guild - http://www.beadworkersguild.org.uk/ and they had a stand at the Glasgow craft exhibition.

Some fab bead work on display -
just part of their exhibition
a Dr Who set - all beaded!

These are two wallhangings made up of beaded squares, each square was made by a Guildmember, I bought two raffle tickets to win one of them, fingers crossed, as they are beautiful and I really want one !

There are some very talented and creative people out there!