Friday, February 29, 2008

Photo hell

I am having a real problem taking photo's of my bags, I just can't seem to get them right, I really wanted to put up some pictures, but every time I get out the camera and take some pics, they just look really flat and uninteresting, so I am making it my mission for tomorrow to be creative and take some really great pictures.

That's not my only problem, once I've taken my photo's and download them onto the pc, I can't find them again, and then I have to wait for my husband to come in and search for them!
I really do need to get a bit more technically minded.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

One a day

I failed already, I didn't get chance to post yesterday as I was ultra busy and didn't get a chance to get on the pc, except for to check my emails and shop!

I had a customer here to design her some wedding jewelery, we managed to get her bridesmaid bracelet sorted out which will be lovely and I will post pictures when it's done.
We didn't really decide exactly what she would be having as she was not quite sure, she wants something simple and elegant which doesn't distract the eye from the dress, I have something in mind but will wait until she has had a little more time to think about it first.

Also last night was the first night of getting my 16 month old to go to sleep by himself. It went surprisingly well, he was asleep within 25 minutes and went down for his nap this morning with no problem and he was asleep within 5 minutes, so fingers crossed it will continue. I have used the controlled crying method, where I go back and check on him every 10 minutes until he is asleep.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Just giving my blog some love

I'm not really very good at keeping my blog up to date, I never seem to get the time, so I am going to try and post something everyday, even if it's just my ramblings, which I do quite often anyway, and sometimes get very carried away!

I have been really busy knitting, I have completed 4 bags all except the handles which I make in i-cord, which is pretty slow going as they need to be around 6 feet long.
One of the bags is for Jessica, my great neice, who will be 6 in a couple of weeks, so I really need to get it finished. I am also making some knitted flowers to sew on to the front of it, it looks really pretty so far so I hope she likes it.

I have also had my order of rings for making chainmaille jewelry, I have made a sterling silver Trizantine weave bracelet for my friends son, luckily he's only got a little wrist as it took 138 rings to make it to 6", but it looks wonderful, it's the first time I have done this weave, I found it a little tricky to start with and had to undo and redo it twice before I finally got it right.
I have also just started to do a stainless steel byzantine 3 weave for my husband, it's tough going and makes my hands ache, so I do a little at a time, can't afford to damage my hands as then I won't be able to do any knitting!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pinkdoodle another place to sell

I joined pinkdoodle, it's similar to Etsy only it's in the UK, another place to buy and sell all things handmade.
Listing is free until March 5th and after then it's only 5 pence per item with 6 picture slots and the listing is on there for 4 months, they take 3% when you sell an item, so overall it's another great place to promote yourselves.
It's still in the early days with little problems popping up now and again, which are solved pretty quickly, but it's worth taking a look.
Anybody, anywhere in the world can set up a shop, which is really easy, only it's in £££££ and not $$$$$, so it may take some of you some getting used to.
Anyway it's worth a shot so take a look and see what you think.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Oh no I've been tagged!!!!!!

Sh** I've been tagged, I only just recently heard about tagging and now I'm it.
Thanks to Wax Dribbles & Melt Pools (thanks) I have to share 7 facts about myself

1. I am originally from the UK but I now live in France, have done for almost 4 years.
2. I had my son, now 16 months old, when I was 40.
3. I just love growing my own veggies.
4. I hate mustard.
5. I try my hardest to practice the principals of "The Secret".
6. A phrase I use often is, and my kids hate it "nobody ever said life was fair".
7. I go to bed really early and read.

Here are the 7 people I am tagging

The Banner Queen
A field Journal
Titled Unnecessarily
artgirx studio
timothy adam designs
Trainers in Nightclubs-ordinary beauty
Indie Finds on Etsy

Here’s the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

new bags


Well I have been really busy knitting new bags, I have done 3 in the last 3 days, so I'm really pleased, although I have yet to sew them up!!!!
I love the knitting part but just hate the sewing up, so that's my job for today.
I really love doing these bags they are so quick to knit, I use 3 strands of yarn for thickness and strength, and the colors can be all the same or all different, giving them each a unique look.
I have taken a couple of pictures of work in progress and the finished bags will be put in my etsy store later today or tomorrow.I also received my copper toggles for the chainmaille bracelets that I made, I ordered them from hodgepodgerie she made them herself and they are lovely, I'm really pleased with them so thanks Stacy.
This bracelet will also be listed in my store.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Another sleepless night "sigh"

My little one keeps waking up at the most outrageous hour, and frankly I'm getting too old for this, but don't tell anyone. So while I'm wide awake at 3.15am this morning, I start thinking about my blog of all things, and all the things I have to do today, and I nearly, I said nearly, got up when I realised how much I had to do. Well how much have I got done? Nada! Nothing! Rien! Zilch!

5.45am I got up.
First I had a cup of tea, then I had another, and then as I was still not quite awake I started on the coffee, so by this time it's getting on for 7am and Daniel 16 and Tasmin 14 are getting ready for school, my little one S├ębastien who is 16 months old is happily playing and entertaining himself, why he can't do that while in his cot I don't know, I am just coming out of my zombie state, I must add at this point that the night time waking has been going on for about 2 weeks now so it's wearing thin!

7.30am wave kids off to school, wave hubby off to work, and turn on pc, mistake number 1, as we all know, once the pc is on I have to check etsy, my blog, and while I was at it signed up for Indiepublic, and had to spend a little time on there to find my way round didn't I????

Ok Ok now it's 9.30am and S├ębastien needs a nap so I get showered and dressed and do a little rummaging around to make it look like I've actually done something, in fact what I actually did was wash the breakfast pots!!!!
I ran to the supermarket, came back and started dinner, hubby and Tasmin home for lunch, served lunch, hubby washed up, now it's 2pm and everyones gone again and I'm back on the pc!!!!
The day is almost over (OK so now I'm being paranoid) and I have still done nothing that I should have :( Oh dear I really must do something, but the way I look at it, I am doing something useful, I'm networking! So the day has not gone to waste at all, I have people who have looked at my Indiepublic and added a couple of friends, they have checked out my etsy store and I have checked out theirs, now I feel so much better.

I do really need to replace some jewelry though, as we have yet another new outlet and stock is going down, so I must go now and try and get something made.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Etsy


Have you ever heard of Etsy? Etsy is a place to buy and sell all things handmade, there are some truly wonderful things, and some truly talented people, so it really is worth a look.
Come and see my etsy shop www.bijouxboutique.etsy.com

finally blogging


Well I finally did it, I got myself a blog!!!
So where do I begin?
I am in the middle of my new craft, which is chainmaille, I just love making it and it looks so pretty. I have to be careful as it's so addictive.
This is my first piece and it will be a bracelet, I'm just waiting for my copper toggle and bail to arrive and then I will put it in my etsy shop.
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