clay beads and ace necklaces

We made these necklaces for the school fair craft stall.  

In actual fact we made most of the beads a year ago but never got around to firing them … And used the fair as an excuse to get going on this half forgotten project.

I am so happy with them  (well done crafty friends and me).  And they all sold. We will definitely make some more for the shop at Art4All I reckon (if we get time).  Look out for them Helen and Julie!

colours of 2017

As you know, I DO shop mostly at the op shop, buying last year’s clothes and all … but I don’t want to be super uncool in my choices.  I like op shop prices (and it’s good for the world to reuse and recycle) but I don’t want to look like I shop at the op shop necessarily (not that I won’t immediately tell you that I bought something second hand if you comment on my clothes or anything in my house – I just can’t help myself).

So, to keep things relevant I present my not so secret weapon …ta da!   The Pantone colour chart for the year.  2017 here we go.

‘Greenery’ is the PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR (and thus I predict that the home decorating trend for lots of plants inside is going to continue – go forth and buy that fiddle leaf fig I say).

Anyway, now I am checking out this chart to get the vibe man … you know.  

I’ll keep that smokey mid blue colour in mind.  I ❤️ blue.  And I like mid greens and yellows.  A bit of orange (yay I’ve got some great orange pants).  And I like the combo of the greens with that lighter blue.  

Those pastels aren’t super for me, but they might be good mixed with the stronger colours …

Right, done.  That’s it.  I’m  ready to go forth and rummage my way through 2017 with confidence.

$4 well spent

Have I ever mentioned that way back before my life became all about children and their interests I actually had my own interests … one of which was jewellery making?  And so, having time to actually follow through on things back then, I went off with Elise to do a silversmithing course at CAE in the city.

And what I discovered, much to my great sadness!! was that silversmithing and I were never … not in a million trillion years … going to be friends.  Never. Ever.

I am sure I cried multiple times in that course as I got to the last solder on some complicated thing and accidentally overheated the metal (once again), which made every join crack and everything fall apart.  Literally.   Aaagh!  No doubt about it, Elise with her patience and precision is definitely the ‘jeweller twin’.

Anyway, before Christmas I got a new haircut. A lop sided bob.  And became a little bit obsessed with dangly earrings.  As usual I took my obsession with me to the op shop.

Isn’t it amazing how you can find whatever you are looking for at the op shop? 

I discovered my two new great pairs of hand made stamped silver earrings over summer by focusing my search on the posts and hooks – I figured if they weren’t cheap and nasty then the earrings probably wouldn’t be either.

The first pair I found came from my old fave the Anglesea Op Shop.  They’re ace.  I got them right at the start of the holidays.  And wore them as I body surfed my way around the thousands of sharks hanging out with us along The Great Ocean Road.

The second I found at the end of summer holidays at the Torquay Op Shop.  A bit dressier, and not that comfortable to sleep in (unless you like waking up with metal discs wedged in to your neck, and I am assuming most people don’t) but ace as well.  

And only $2 (again).  And I didn’t have to solder anything.  See.  $4 well spent.