Saturday, 6 October 2012

Hi all.

Doesn't time fly when you are having fun?  Or should that be 'working hard'? 

Since my last blog I've been lucky and got the Big Shot I wanted for 10 years or more, AND a sewing machine, given to me by my lovely friend, it was her mum's, and I'm going to take great care of it.  Whether I can actually sew or not remains to be seen.

I am also an Independant Demonstrator for Stampin' Up!, and can provide workshops and fun afternoons with stamps, beautiful cardstock, and more to make fab cards with.  I can also sell these products, if I don't buy them all myself first.

My jewellery is still my first love, and I'm looking forward to the next Craftfest hosted by http://www.creative-connections.ning.com in November.  I'm slowly working up to getting more stock in my Etsy shop, and have just listed this tonight, what do you think?

 
 
Cute isn't it?
 
In the meantime, check out http://thecrystalcavern1.blogspot.ie/ for more information on Craftfest, Creative Connections, and The Crystal Cavern's beautiful Gemstone jewellery.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Bargain Shops!

Hi again,

I've been quiet on the blog front, but busy on the work and spending front!

Workwise, Fairy Elephant Design has been advertised in the June edition of Vogue magazine, and even more exciting to me, in Making Jewellery's August edition out now, in the reader's section, with a whole third of a page.  So proud!

On the shopping front, just wanted to share some knowledge, if you are in wales (living or visiting), and can jump on the coastal train, all the way up to Pwthwelli, and back down to Machynlleth, there are some fab bargains to be had.

In Pwthwelli there is a lovely craft shop, and downstairs all manner of art and craft supplies, it's worth seeking out, although I didn't grab the name, it should be easy to ask for.  I could of got lost in there. . .

And in Machynlleth, there are lots of second hand shops, vintage market stalls (weds), and an amazing fabric shop with a great sale on (currently - so hurry!). 

The shops aren't hard to find, and it's more fun wandering round each one I say!

I bought some vintage postcards, water paintbrush, artists pastels, card, buttons, books, acrylic & watercolour paints, fabric (fat quarters), vintage sheet music. . . .oh so much to play with!!!!

Check back soon to see some results. . All I need now is a sewing maching. . . and Sizzix Big shot machine. . .

 

Friday, 13 April 2012

Wow!  Did it really take me from January to now to get over doing the Tax return?  I didn't realise how long it had been since my last blog.

Well, Fairy Elephant Headquarters has been very busy over the last two days.  Firstly to the left, my second piece ever of altered art, using a combination of tools, pictures, charms and found items.  Let me know what you think? 

I will be making jewellery from this art, it's in progress as we speak, I will post pictures when it's all set and ready and polished up.

I used a couple of the pictures from the amazing Graphics Fairy, who tirelessly provides pictures for free, and has a great shop of her own, please visit her at http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.co.uk/ and please respect the terms of use - which are very fair and it's a fab reference site, as well as promoting other crafter's and artists.  She also has some great links to tutorials and supplies sites, so if you want to start making your own unique style of jewellery or craft, this is the place to start.

Well, I'm off to do some more work, and to get an advert submitted for a magazine, more on that later. ..

Have a great day whatever you do.

Best Wishes,
Nikki

Fairy Elephant (that's me that is. . ) 



Friday, 20 January 2012

New Year, New Passion!

It's been a long time since my last blog. .

I've started this new year afresh, and have so much enthusiasm for my jewellery this year.  On February 1st a great new shop is opening, in Coventry, in Ball Hill's Two Tone Village, called Made in Coventry.  Full of local, talented Designer Makers, it brings a great opportunity to purchase something that little bit different, all under one roof. 

I will soon have an online storefront, currently in progress, and I'm going to keep blogging, and pass on tips and advice, and links to sites that have been invaluable to me, and friends with amazing talents, along the way.

So a belated Happy New Year, and now I'm off to fill in the tax return! (groan).