Saturday, 19 March 2011

Things ARE happening behind the scenes...

A week has passed since I wrote my post, I should have known this right from the start,
well writing blog posts isn't my forte. BUT I have been very busy chugging away behind the scenes. Am "re-mastering" some of my older makes . I still love the designs but I thought they deserved being made in better materials, and put together more durably. My materials of preference for the "guts" of my makes is brass -based, usually American made. It's quality. full stop.
In pieces , as I type ,I have Sunny Day Blue daisy bracelet, and Aqua daisies bracelet too, soon to be ready to fly the nest (or should that be spoil heap? ). I also have my new logo swing tags designed by my lovely daughter Rache.
I have been invited to participate in a local Artisan fair which is exciting for me!
Ok so it's just a quick snippet this time , photos of completed pieces in next few days, just thought I'd better say "hello" in the meantime. so HELLO :D

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Warm Fuzzies - The Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my second ever blog post :)

Todays post is all about the "Warm Fuzzies" Blog Hop organised by my US Facebook friend Hilary Carrow Frye. We each bought a kit from B'Sue Boutiques consisting of a brass ox cuff, a mount and an acrylic cabochon.The theme was to create a piece that evoked "warm fuzzies" or to those who are unfamiliar with the term "something that evokes happiness and nice feelings". A warm fuzzy can be a compliment , a place, a thought or an emotion.

My cuff has a focal that is made from a photo that I took of the woods in Summer near my house. It's is my favourite ever photo and my best place to go and unwind. That day was perfect -the reflections in the river were beautiful and everything was just so , well green ! My little piece of heaven I think !

Here is the photograph that I took that inspired my cuff

and here are the photos of the cuff itself. I have embellished it with silk ribbon in green/woodland tones and added some tendrils of leaves and flowers, wanted a feeling of abandon as if the cuff was being overgrown and reclaimed by nature :)

Here are the rest of the Warm Fuzzy Blog-hop participants , please go over to their blogs and see what they came up with too ! :)

Georgene Lockwood Sylvana Vintage designs

Kate Mulligan

and Mike Mulligan of hosted by Hilarys Blog

Jeannie K Dukic Jewelry by Jeannie

Kris Binsfeld Cherish Designs

Sam Hamp Insanity Jewelry

Margaret O Brien hosted By B'sue
Joan M Kelly Cosmik Souls Handcrafted jewelery (hosted by Fryestyle)
Beth Sacco as below
Kelly Allen as below
Carla Allen Warm and Fuzzy in CA

If I have missed anyone please let me know in comments and I will add you :)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Welcome to Spoil Heap Tales by MagPie In The Sky

I have a new blog! Ok that's a somewhat unnecessary statement as obviously if you are reading this then you already know that!
Decided that I wanted a blog that will compliment my website and Facebook page

MagPie In The sky is my jewellery baby. I dreamed up the name as I am a self-confessed magpie, slight huge hoarding tendencies and a penchant for glittery pretty things. Love things vintage and old and am a little LOT obsessed with buying beads.
The Pie -in-the-sky part comes from being told it was a somewhat unlikely idea of me making jewellery. I beg to differ :D
The Spoil Heap is my ever -increasing stash of pretties all waiting to be transformed into wearables. My taste is eclectic, love flowers and Steampunk and old fashioned and sparkly sometimes all in one go!
I love to look in charity shops. Spending 50p on something fabby makes me happy. I will share my hauls with you.When I find beads in the charity shop that is a double whammy !

Please have a look on my facebook page , there are 2 galleries of previous "makes". My OOAK (one- of -a -kind) items,are just that -unique- you won't see anyone else wearing the same , often I only have charms or beads in the singular so these are truly special.
I look forward to sharing my ramblings with you .
Remember to practise random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
:) Linzi