I've just come across my old degree show work, and thought I should share the story of my journey!
I started the final year of my degree with my 9 week old baby boy Ifan (pronounced Ivan), I thought about my options and decided to just crack on and finish what I'd started, instead of dropping out or deferring a year. So for the first 3 weeks my partner and I, my dad and all of our friends helped to juggle Ifan between our student timetables until he was 12 week old, and he could go to nursery full time.
It was heart breaking leaving my little lamb at such an early age, and I cried all the way to the workshop after dropping him off, but decided that I just needed to make the most of the facilities and opportunities that were available and make the most of the child free time to get my work done!
So this is what I made! The playful collection of jewellery and furniture inspired by Memphis and Eames.
I studied 3D Design with Digital Modelling at The University of Central Lancashire in 2007. The course was a combination of jewellery, furniture and 3D CAD design.
This Chaise Longue was inspired by the Memphis Design Movement, it's a playful mix of recycled materials meets luxury, with luxurious velvet upholstery and recycled steel, beech plywood and recycled powder coated buoys!
I was fascinated by vintage buttons and beads at the time, and amidst doing my course I also did lots of craft markets making and selling jewellery around the University with two of my friends every time the student loans came out!
The Chaise Longue now lives happily in our studio where we enjoy the occasional power nap!
If you would love to own a bespoke chaise longue, then just get in touch as we can make them to order, in a colour of your choice!
Here is the matching mirror, hat hook and magnetic button notice board that I made to go with the Chaise Longue!
Again it was inspired by the Memphis Design movement, vintage buttons and beads and also The Vitra Eames 'Hang it all' hooks.
This was made from recycled powder coated steel, velvet, acrylic, vintage button magnets and powder coated wood.
These were a set of silver stacking rings that I made as part of the collection, I used cold enamel to give the pink colour, with gold leaf in the centre of the button holes and a green glass cabochon.
These revamped shoes with interchangeable shoe clips were the final piece of the collection!
Again going for the playful vibrant vibes of the Memphis movement!
So there you have it! One of the proudest achievements of my life!
Thanks for reading x
Emma Hedley jewellery will be having an open studios event this Friday as part of the Block Party! We are based on
Market Street East
Newcastle Upon Tyne
In Bamburgh House there are 8 floors full of creative businesses, music, performance, exhibitions, so there is loads to see and it's all free!
So if you fancy seeing where all the magic happens and a closer look at some of our collections, whilst enjoying an evening bursting with culture and creativity then get yourselves down!
Check out the write up below about some of the other wonderful things that are going on at the Block Party!
The creative and cultural organisations of Pilgrim Street, Market Street and New Bridge Street West open late for a second block party showcase night.
Within the confines of just 1 city centre block, over a dozen organisations and dozens of artists are coming together to showcase the creative work housed in the East Pilgrim Street area. From theatre companies such as Alphabetti Theatre, to art galleries like The Globe Gallery, and community venues such as ¡VAMOS! Social, this quarter of the city centre has become a vibrant hub for artistic and cultural organisations, experienced by many thousands of people over the past few years.
Whilst the area is awaiting redevelopment, many of the empty buildings have been occupied by cultural organisations and house a diverse range of arts, education and social enterprises. This has taken the area from an empty boarded up shell to a populated cultural draw with a high density of some the city’s oldest and newest arts producers.
The first Block Party in January was attended by over 1200 people, the second looks to aim even higher.
On the 7th October, many of the venues and organisations of the so called Creative Quarter will be opening their doors late to create a block party with a vast array of culture on offer, all for free. The evening kicks off at 7pm and comes to a close at ¡VAMOS! Social for late night music by Milk The Cow with Stephanie Skyes, Pete Woosh and more.
(12-16 New Bridge St West, NE1 8AW)
Alphabetti Theatre (basement)
Bacon Knees and Sausage Fingers
Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with Gary Kitching & Co presents Bacon Knees and Sausage Fingers.
NewBridge Bookshop (ground floor)
Grace Denton & Competition: Both things are true
“Join us for the release of party of Both Things are True, a short film and zine by Grace Denton and Competition”.
NewBridge Project Space (ground floor)
Hidden Civil War
“Join us for a late night opening of Hidden Civil War at NewBridge Project Space”.
Commercial Union House
(39 Pilgrim St, NE1 6QE)
B&D Studios (3rd floor)
Dylan Shields: Not cast in stone
An exhibition by Dylan Shields entitled Fantastical. Shields investigates the relationship between traditional, narrative painting and contemporary materials.
Globe Galley (ground floor)
Artist’s Boot Sale
Continuing on with The Globe Gallery’s fundraising activity, Amy Whitfield is organising an Artists Boot Sale.
The Northern Charter (5th floor)
Friend you stand on sacred ground... this is a printing office
Are hosting a ‘drop-in’ poster making workshop with studio holders, CIRCA Projects and artists Giles Baily: 6-10pm.
(Market Street, NE1 6BH)
Abject Gallery (8th floor)
Mao Kai: Superior Animals
Mao Kai’s painting embodies classic traits of the modern society of China; idealism formed by a dynamic conflict.
Abject 2 Gallery (2nd floor)
‘Babble’ is an experimental event, exploring interdisciplinary performance.
F A D (4th floor)
A performative, collaborative exhibition showcasing work by F A D students – an independent Foundation course delivered in collaboration with Northumberland College.
Inspired Support (7th floor)
Inspired Support Ltd is an organisation that supports people with a learning disability or autism spectrum condition, to change their lives.
Nosebleed Interactive (6th floor)
Nosebleed Interactive is an independent games developer, whose focus is on crafting unique, fun and inclusive experiences.
(Market Street, NE1 6BH)
Milk the Cow
An absolutely fantastic event as Milk the Cow returns for the first time since our Easter special with music by Dax J and Subhead.
To enter our competition to win one of these gorgeous little hummingbird pendants, you can enter via Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
Twitter: Follow us and like the competition post
Terms and Conditions:
You can enter the competition more than once, you will be entered into the prize draw a maximum of 3 times if you follow the above instructions for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Deadline for entries is Midnight Sunday 30th October 2016. The winner will be selected at random, by pulling a name out of a hat.
The winner will be announced Sunday 6th November 2016.
Entrants must have followed the Emma Hedley Jewellery Instagram page, liked the post and tagged a friend. And/Or on the Emma Hedley Jewellery Facebook Page, liked the page, liked the post and tagged a friend. And/Or Followed Emma Hedley Jewellery Twitter account and liked the competition post.
The winner can choose between a silver, yellow gold plated, or rose gold plated little hummingbird on an 18" chain. The winner will receive the chosen prize via Royal Mail special delivery within 30 days of selecting their chosen colour.
Thank you for entering the competition, and good luck!!!!!
For the full collection of Dreams to Reality Jewellery visit www.tanyabardo.com
To check out the full collection visit www.tanyabardo.com
We design and make the fabulous Dreams to Reality jewellery collection for Tanya! If you'd like to purchase an Angel Love Pendant please go to www.tanyabardo.com
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We have been working incredibly hard over the past year creating some wonderful new collections which will be launched as part of an exciting collaborative exhibition. With stunning illustrations by Helen McClafferty from Osseus Design, ambient music provided by The Newcastle Gig Guide and beautiful video imagery by Alannah Lamb.
The new Crown Collection is designed to empower you, each piece comes with the message
" This crown symbolises strength, power and resilience.
As you put on your crown, feel empowered to take charge.
You are the ruler of your world."
The Enchantment collection celebrates Emma's love of pattern, texture and intricate detail with layers and layers of hand pierced silver and laser cut acrylic creating elaborate and stunning statement pieces, very different to her previous work.
Elaborate patterns and intricate details,
inspired by magical treasures
from faraway lands.
Explore the beauty of life.
The Launch event is on Friday 25th September 7-9pm and the exhibition will be in place until 25th October
at Praxis Gallery,
4th floor, Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Visit our facebook event page Emma Hedley Jewellery:New collection launch for more details, contact email@example.com or call 07887 555496
The Medical ID Jewellery Range was made in honour of a lovely friend Helen Holmes.
People with a severe allergy or medical condition are recommended to wear medical ID jewellery to help in situations when they are unable to communicate. Over 95% of respondents look for a medical ID in an emergency, they help to give vital information to allow the correct and timely medical care, preventing potentially harmful medical errors.
Helen had asked me to design her some medical alert jewellery as she couldn't find anything that she liked. She needed something that she could wear in case of an emergency to let people know that she had Type One Diabetes. We kept making arrangements to meet up and work out what she wanted, but we had to keep rearranging as things kept getting in the way.
Heartbreakingly Helen suffered an extreme hypoglycaemic attack while at home on her own, and as a result has been left severely brain damaged. A huge group of her family and friends gathered earlier this year to take a Dip For Diabetes, to celebrate Helen's 30th birthday and to raise money for diabetic research. Hundreds of people turned up on Saltburn Beach, we released balloons with messages for Helen and then took the plunge in the freezing cold sea. The target was to raise £1000 for Diabetes UK and so far her family and friends have managed to raise over £15000!
To continue raising funds for the charity 20% of the money from the sales of the Medic Alert Jewellery Range will go to Diabetes UK, hopefully one day they will find a cure and prevent such tragedies happening to other people.
Medical ID Jewellery is often suggested to people who suffer from any of the conditions listed below:
If you wish to make a donation please visit https://donate.diabetes.org.uk/a/my-donation
If you would like to discuss a commission for your own personalised item of Medical ID jewellery, please get in touch using the contact form below.
For more information about Medic Alert visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MedicAlert or http://www.medicalert.org.uk/buy-jewellery/jewellery
One of the things we specialise in is the redesigning of sentimental jewellery, this video shows the steps involved in melting a gold ring and remaking it into a setting for a marquis shaped
aquamarine, as part of a cluster of charms on a textured sterling silver bangle. If you are interested in having your jewellery redesigned for you then contact us using the form below for further
Finally the time has come, to share some exciting news!
Over the past year I’ve been working with Tanya Bardsley, wife of the Stoke City Footballer Phil Bardsley to develop the Tanya Bardo Dreams to Reality jewellery range!
Each piece of jewellery comes with a little set of instructions to help you focus on your dream, asking you to write down 5 steps that you can take to make your dream become reality. You then wear the jewellery as a constant reminder to keep working towards your goal! Because there’s no point sitting about wishing your life away, you have to get out there and make it happen!
The jewellery range goes hand in hand with Tanyas self help book ‘Just a girl who got it all’ which is about how she has used the power of positive thinking to transform her life, sharing her skills and knowledge to help others to do the same. The book launch is going to be featured in tonight’s show at 10pm on ITVBe!
It’s been so much fun developing this collection and we’re buzzing with ideas for the next one!
The Dreams to Reality jewellery range is available on www.tanyabardo.com
They will make gorgeous gifts for Valentines day, as gifts for bridesmaids, for birthday presents, actually for all occasions and for a treat for yourself too! So come on lets all start making our dreams come true!
If you would like to buy an Angel Love Pendant please go to www.tanyabardo.com we are working as fast as we can to make these beautiful pendants!
Here are a couple of behind the scene pictures from the book launch! Check out the silver painted angels!
We're very happy as we've just made the move from a home studio to an actual studio! It's slap bang in Newcastle city centre on Pilgrim Street. It's an old office block that has been converted into 6 floors of artists studios and community projects, it's a real hive of activity and is full to the brim of talented creative people! We are based on the 4th floor with Ampersand Inventions it's a lovely space and we are thoroughly enjoying being there.
Working form home has it's pros and cons... On one hand there's no rush hour, extra rent or parking to deal with, I could also work while the kids were in bed. On the other hand, there are always distractions like washing up, laundry, toys everywhere and ending up working too much because theres no separation to work and home life, It was also a bit isolating working from home.
Being in the new studio has given us an opportunity to get involved with Newcastle's bustling creative scene and have a better work life balance, it's brilliant!
Since the move to Newcastle there's been an explosion of ideas and creativity in the company.
We've been overwhelmed by the city's style; Newcastle Fashion week, the Late shows, the nightlife and the swagger of it all!
There's nothing better than hitting Tyne Bar, standing under that huge arch and style watching everyone. We're glad to say our jewellery has slipped into the trends smoother than that slice of cucumber in your gin and tonic!
The fashion shops in the area amazing but the vintage scene has blown us away. The High Bridge quarter has got enough pieces of classic and crazy clothing to rival Grace kelly and Grace Jones combined!
The talent of the guys in Eric is astonishing, reworked vintage to the highest standard. Their clothes not only show their tailoring prowess but also their vision. Just like our own recycled jewellery they see the potential in everything!
All we can say is that we're so glad to be here and can't wait to see what the city's got to offer us next!
This years Late Shows were a veritable hive of activity, with all kinds of weird and wonderful things going on. We spent Friday night in the Ouseburn valley, browsing the beautiful open studios in Lime Street Studios, hanging out with the animals in Ouseburn Farm and busting some vintage moves on the dance floor in the Toffee Factory, with retro cocktails.
Saturday night was spent in the city centre, checking out The Laing Art Gallery's space themed exhibitions, making robots out of rubbish. Watching the Bangshees rocking out in the City Library, a female group of drummers who were allowed to rip the silence out of the library with awesome rhythms! Followed by hours of fun in the 6 floors of The Newbridge Project open studios.
The Late Shows have 50 venues around Newcastle open after hours, a bit like a pub-crawl but for all things arty and creative! It is such good fun I recommend it to everyone!
I went to the Fashion Front Row Catwalk Show last night featuring fabulous North East Designers. It was truly inspirational and great to see such cutting edge design from the North!
Here are some of my favorites:
F6 Studios, the gorgeous dress at the top, ice dyed flowing fabric in beautiful colours... I would love one of those!
Dayne Henderson, Couture Latex. These outfits were incredible, not something one could wear on the school run, but great fun!
The Libertarian, Millinery, exquisite hats from sophisticated to quirky show stoppers!
Tallulah Love Lingerie, stunning, vintage inspired, French Lace, silk, underwear.
Unfortunately my camera died so I didn’t get as many pictures as I should have, but here are the ones I did get!
What a treat, great night, lovely people, inspirational design.
Unfortunately Emma didn't win, it was great to be nominated though and had a lovely time at the awards ceremony. Imran Hakim, creator of the Iteddy, (Dragons Den) was the key note speaker of the night. His speech was really inspirational here is one of the poems that he used to have on his wall while growing up:
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!
Great ways to use up old christmas cards, cut them up to make labels for presents, use them to decorate a bottle of wine or make them into paper chains!
Make your own wrapping paper using old fabric, news paper, flowers and leaves... these look so beautiful, almost too beautiful to open!
This is a fab idea, use a hot glue gun to make patterns on your old baubles, allow it to cool then spray paint over the top! Amazing! Found it here
This scrummy little Bambi shift dress by Sugarhill Boutique is the perfect accompaniment to my new nature inspired necklaces available at Dolly Mama Boutique in Darlington.
Dolly Mama is my favorite little boutique in Darlington opposite the delightful Imperial café just off Grange road near Laura Ashley Interiors. It’s full to the brim with stunning designer dresses, vintage and handmade clothing by new up and coming designers.
It’s the perfect place to find something special.
This handmade silver Hummingbird necklace symbolises the abundance of energy and lightness of being, it reminds you to enjoy the sweetness of life…
The handmade silver Deer necklace is a symbol of intuition, strength and grace, it reminds you to always follow your heart…
This is such a great storage idea for a kids bedroom or play room, functional yet stylish at the same time. Magnetic knife strips to store toy cars, genius!
Spotted it on Design Sponge a fab site for stylish home ideas
Just found this on Pinterest These fab magnetic notice boards are just made from simple light weight baking trays and vintage tea trays! Spray paint them the colour you want and then make funky magnets to hold up your notes. What a lovely idea, and really easy to make.
Visit Tara Andersons 'Crate Paper Blog' for the full tutorial and loads more fab ideas
I've been at the British craft trade fair (BCTF) for the last three days helping my sister and doing a spot of research. Here are some of my favourite suppliers from the show!
My sister makes these fab quirky little fused glass brooches. She even does personalised ones for historic landmarks so if you want any for your shop or gallery have a look at some more of her designs on www.joannahedley.com
I used to sell these in my little shop and they were my best seller!
Deryn Relph creates wonderful machine knitted patterns and turns them into these fabulous retro cushions, lamp shades and chairs. Her work is so vibrant and playful, I love her use of colour and just everything about what she does.
Linda Lovatt of 'Beastie brooches' makes beautiful brooches, pictures and little ornaments out of recycled bits of ceramics, copper and beads. They are absolutely lovely and I would like all of her work! Watch out for her work in galleries around the uk as she is going to be very poular indeed!
Flossy Teacake makes totally scrumptious ceramics and mixed media, her buildings are just stunning, her use of colour, texture and mixture of textiles with ceramics is something I haven't seen before. I just love it!
Here's a lovely tutorial from craftaholics anonymous Showing you how to make pom poms using old t-shirts. I'd recommend when cutting up the tshirt, start from the bottom, and cut in a continuous spiral around the t-shirt so that you have 1 long piece of fabric to wrap around the cardboard. (click on the link for the full tutorial)
Another completely fab craft project idea from the Design Sponge DIY section revamp a simple paper orb ikea light shade by covering it with cup cake cases! Easy peasy and looks wicked. Recycling in style
What a lovely way to reuse old light bulbs. These would make lovely gifts for Mothersday
I found a link to this beautiful lamp shade tuorial on www.pinterest.com
If you haven't heard of it before it's a great website where you can create mood boards of all the things you love. It's so inspiring, looking at other peoples mood boards, there are all kinds of wonderful ideas from recipes, to home decor, to music, clothing, science and all sorts of crafty projects.
This lamp shade is so lovely, simple but effective.
These look so beautiful, if you don't have a wooden hoop you could easily make one out of wire, and fold the fabric over the top, gluing it down with a glue gun.
I've just found this incredible tutorial, showing you how to make a stunning huge paper rose. These look beautiful as bouquets, to decorate your house, or as a lovely gift. Here is the link so you can have a go yourself, I think I'll be having a go tonight! http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-giant-paper-rose-flower/ There are all kinds of fab wedding ideas on green wedding shoes, if you need inspiration. Happy making! :-)
For the full tutorial go to design sponge a fantastic blog where you will also find stunning home decor and quirky interior ideas. It's a blog that explores inside artists and designers homes. Very inspirational indeed.
I found this tutorial on Martha Stewarts website it shows you pictures of the different shapes to cut out for each petal. All you need is crepe paper, florists tape, wire, scissors and a bit of patients.
If you're looking for something a little bit different, a gift for a bridesmaid, your bride to be, a christening bracelet, 18th birthday present, 21st birthday present, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th or even 80th birthday present!
Then our personalised lyric bangles are the perfect gift.
You can have your own personalised message hand stamped rather than engraved, giving a beautiful organic texture to the metal.
Each bangle is made out of sterling silver 2.5mm wire, and is made to measure so will fit any size.
To work out what size bangle you need, you can either measure the inside diameter of an existing bangle (not one with a hinge) in millimeters. Or alternatively using a tape measure, measure around the widest part of your hand around the knuckles while squeezing your hand into the shape you would make whilst putting on a bangle.
You can fit about 20 words onto one side of an average sized bangle, they look great stacked and we can even make little charms to clip on.
If you need any ideas of what to write on your bangle here are a couple of suggestions:
As a wedding gift, using the lyrics to the couple’s first dance is a really lovely touch.
As a 'push present' for new mums to celebrate the new arrival, why not have the babies name, weight, date and time of birth?
As a christening bangle, some people get a bangle in an average size so that the mum can wear it, and then pass it on to the baby when they are old enough. A prayer, blessing or one of the hymns from the christening, along with the babies name is a popular choice.
As a coming of age present, what about using a funny quote from their childhood, or a meaningful song or saying to inspire them?
The possibilities are endless!
The pressure is on!
This Sunday I'm having a wedding style photo shoot for my latest jewellery collection.
Fingers and toes are well and truly crossed for a frosty winter wonderland! The weather has been perfect all week with a sparkling layer of frost everywhere so I'm hoping it will last until Sunday!
Denise Marmont from Muscari florists is providing the flowers.
Victoria Beere has made the beautiful, 1950's style, vintage wedding dress.
Niche Living are providing beautiful interior accessories to set the scene.
For the second location we are using a stunning room designed by Claire Elizabeth Designs & Bespoke Finishing Services, in Barnard Castle.
And Rachel Hughes is doing the hair and make up!
What a beautiful colour palette for a winter wedding, chocolate and cream yummy!
I love the big tissue paper ruffle decorations here’s a tutorial to show you how to make them your self. It’s such good fun making things yourself and it’ll save you a bit of cash too.
For some quirky alternative wedding ideas, see this blog http://www.belleamour.co.uk/category/alternative-altar/ I love this tree wrapped in lace!
How sweet are these Shabby Chic custom made bridesmaids dresses?! by Armour sans anguish
This stunning powder pink silk rose and vintage diamante brooch bouquet, is something that will last forever, maybe you could throw something else over your shoulder!
There are so many cute wedding cake toppers out there! I found these on Etsy by Orlydesign, a fab place to look for all things handmade and lovely.
I've just come across this stunning wedding bouquet made entirely out of vintage brooches! Amazing
I don't know what it is about tins, but i completely LOVE them!!!
I have hundreds of them! I use them on my dressing table with make up and jewellery in, in the bathroom with toiletries, in the kitchen for tea, and biscuits and stock cubes and cakes.... they are just gorgeous! I was putting together a mood board and came across these little beauties so thought I'd share them, what a feast for the eyes!!! :-)
This is a really beautiful poem about living life to the full....
If I had my life to live over,
I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I'm one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely,
hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I've had my moments,
and if I had to do it over again,
I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.
I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer,
a hot water bottle,
a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had to do it again,
I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.
These are so cute and really well made i love the little pink one with the leopardprint flower on her website!
This is a pretty cool technique, i wonder if it would work with fabric? They would make really lovely party decorations!
I completely love fascinators and hats, and they are so easy to make! You can buy fascinator bases on ebay or make your own buy cutting up an old straw hat and sewing bias binding around the edge! You can even cut out a circle of cardboard and cover it with fabric! The flowers they make on this tutorial are pretty cool, you could use that technique to make really big flowers of all different shapes and sizes. Fab fab fab! im feeling inspired! Happy hat making people!
I've just come accross these fab bangles made from old plastic knitting needles by Liana Kabel
It's dead easy to do at home, all you need is a pan of boiling water, plastic knitting needles, a bangle mandrel/ former (or rolling pin... or anything round to wrap the needles around!)and a well ventolated area!
Just heat up the knitting needles in the boiling water, then after 5- 10 minutes take them out (using tongs) and wrap them around your former.
I wore thermal gloves when handling the hot plastic but it cools down quickly so you need to be quite quick. Once it's in the right shape hold it into a bowl of cold water to set. If it isn't flexible enough just put it back into the water for a bit longer and try again! Easy!
Apparently you can use a steamer, but it didnt seem to work as well as the boiling water. Happy bangle making! x:-)
If you don't fancy making them you can buy them from Liana Kitch on Etsy, she has all kinds of wonderful kitch and recycled jewellery!
Here are some pictures of the process involved in making on of my lyric bangles!
1) cut silver wire to size with piercing saw
3) put in safety pickle (acid bath) to clean
4) rinse then file excess solder off
5) hammer flat to give the battered organic look! (ear plugs are handy as this is pretty loud!
6) Hand stamp the personalised message- each letter individually
6) oxidise, so you can read the writing easily
7) polish with 5 different polishing wheels
8) gift wrap!
Here are a few behind the scenes pics from a photoshoot with my lovely sister and Claire Collinson! It was very much fun, but flipping freezing! Pictures of my new collection coming soon!
I've organised a wonderful array of craft based workshops to be held at my Parents retreat centre http://wycliffecentre.jimdo.com/workshops/
near Barnard Castle, County Durham
We've got some fantastic artists lined up to share their skills
There is going to be:
revamping kids clothes
crochet (hearts, hats and flowers)
and Polymer Clay Beads (fimo)
I'm so excited I will be doing all of the courses!!!
With prices starting from only £17.50 you can learn some life long skills and not break the bank!
If you want to do a whole weekend you can stay at St Mary's for just £30 b&b including an evening meal!
Home made soup and crusty bread will be available at lunch time for £3.50 and tea, coffee and scones will be available for a donation. Just let us know your dietry requirements.
If you would like to book a place on any of the courses then please get in touch!
I was just searching google images for some heart bunting for the valentines home page, and came across this beautiful blog showing you how to make your own crochet heart bunting! It's so cute! here is a link to see how to do it
I'm going to have a go! X:-)
I've just been out to the garden and measured the snow on the table it's 35.5cm!! I love it! Now I'm working away in my studio with christmas music on, feel like a little elf! Happy snow everyone! x:-)
I had to go along to an auction, bid on some bargain furniture, then take it home and revamp it!
It was all very exciting! I had to try and compose myself otherwise I would have got whipped up into a frenzy and bought everything!! As it was my first time at an auction, i didn't realise you had to register to be able to bid, so after a few failed attemptes at bidding I asked at the reception what i was supposed to do! Ridiculous I know. Anyway i managed to get the standard lamps a foot stool and a dressing table for less than a tenner!
then the work began...
I decided to knit a cover for one of the lamps and the foot stool, knitting is great and you can do it almost anywhere... which i did, even walking around Barny during the Teesdale open studios week! I used organic fairtrade cotton from Buttons and Bowes, a fantastic wool shop in Barnard Castle, and some odds and ends from the YMCA local charity shop.
The dressing table and the other standard lamp, I re painted in a lovely duck egg blue, then painted the handles white with blue spots! Which compared to the knitting marathon was quick and easy! The lamps needed re-wiring and a couple of nice lamp shades and that was it!
Auctions are the best! You can find some fab bargains, and have great fun at the same time! I will definitely be going again x:-)
To see the LUXE magazine article and furniture pics click the link below
I had the most Blissful day at Rockliffe Hall! I got dropped off at 9am thinking that the launch was starting at 10am, but it was actually starting at 12!!! So lucky me ended up with 3 hours worth of ultimate pampering in the SPA!!! It is completely incredible, with a beautiful rainbow of stained glass by the pool, a huge plate of fresh fruit to refresh yourself, iced tea and water to keep you hydrated whilst relaxing!
The hydro-pool is lovely and warm with a variety of different water pressured fountains, pipes and jets to massage your body. There was one that really made me laugh, it bubbles right up your back starting at the base making everything wabble, so i was sitting on my own laughing histerically!
The sound-wave therapy beds were amazing! They are in a beautiful body temperatured room with heated mosaic tiled beds shaped to fit the contours of your body with relaxing music and little twinkling lights in the celing.
Then theres the tepidarium, caldarium, tropicarium, roman and heat saunas, which range in temperature with either moisure, steam or dry heat all with beautiful lighting and music.
After a hot room you can either have an ice cold monsoon shower or exfoliate with ice from the ice fountain in the Igloo! I loved the Igloo! It was so refreshing, although i had to muffle my shrieks and squeals because it was so cold rubbing the ice all over your hot body (temperature hot i mean!)
Theres also a fabulous mosaic tiled foot spa with hot and ice cold mini bubbling baths to plunge your feet into.
The whole experience was sheer bliss. My skin was like silk afterwards and i felt like i was floating i was so relaxed!
What a wonderful way to start the day!
When i finally emerged to launch the jewellery collection (after a hot pink Leighton and Denny file and polish) we had a delicious array of mini mince pies, mulled wine and Ferrero Rochers to tuck into whilst browsing the new Christmas goodies in the SPA Boutique. With lovely reps from Mamma Mio and Comfort zone giving away free samples and special offers, the day was just lovely! The jewellery looked beautiful in the cabinets and went down a storm with the SPA members and staff!
The Range consists of 'Sleepy Dreamy Tipsy Love' Lyric Rings, (which describes the feeling you get after a good pampering in the spa)
Lyric Bangles with 3 positive affirmations to choose from
'Positive things happen to positive people'
' Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony'
'Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries'
Sterling Silver Cocktail Rings with large clusters of Howlite beads (as seen in July 2010 issue of Vogue)
Matching Bangle charms and plain drop little turquiose earrings.
I'd highly recommend a visit to Rockliffe hall the staff, treatments and the venue are truly amazing!
The jewellery's not bad either even if i do say so my self!! lol x:-)
See more pictures of the event here.
Do you fancy having a little get together with the girls, whilst browsing through a wonderful array of affordable goodies and gifts? Then Book yourself a party! We've got something for everyone, see our facebook page for some sneeky peeks!
We can take card payments now too!!!
I'll be launching my new jewellery collection next week at the cheshire young designer of the year finale! I'll also be one of the judges, how exciting! I'll be like Cheryl on X factor! ha ha! I'll also be bringing the Eco Chic Boutique pop up shop, selling a variety of all things eco, vintage, handmade and fabulous! Can't wait! But the pressure's on, I still haven't chosen a song for the models to strut down the catwalk to.... any suggestions are more than welcome!
This is a fantastic event! The members of the Teesdale Artists Network open their studios to the public, for a behind the scenes preview. You can pick up a brochure with the addresses and contact details for each artist from all around Teesdale. You can see my work in 'My Generation', Barnard Castle Town centre
The Station, Richmond / Sat 11 Sep – Sun 8 Oct 2010, open 10am – 10pm daily)
This stunning exhibition showcases the work of professional fine artists from Teesdale in Co. Durham. The exhibition features the work of 24 quality vetted artists who work with a diverse range of styles and media to create work of exceptional quality.
With work ranging from gorgeous textiles and design to exquisite artisan jewellery, striking sculpture to textural pottery, and
thought provoking photography to an astonishing range of painting styles, subject matter and media, there should be something of interest for all visitors. This is an exhibition where a visit will be rewarded by finding beauty, challenge, meaning and wonder.
After many late nights, early mornings and a bit of elbow grease the new shop is now open!! Eco Chic Boutique has moved to the beautiful historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham! Home to the famous Bowes Museum and surrounded by idyllic countryside, beautiful views, amazing antique shops, friends and family! I also completely love the fact that there is no rush hour!!! In Manchester i was leaving the house at 8am to get to work for 9.30am, and the same journey only took 15mins in normal traffic!!!
Eco Chic Boutique can be located inside 'My Generation' right next to the Butter Market in Barnard Castle town centre. 'My Generation' is an Aladins cave filled with all things Retro, Collectable and Timeless Classics as well as some amazing handmade textiles and artwork by local artists such as Ingried Swan and Stephanie Grant. You can find the Eco Chic Boutique neatly nestled in the back of 'My Generation' selling all things eco, vintage, handmade and fabulous!
I'm stocking some amazing artists work such as some original and limited edition prints by the up and coming star Matthew Swan! Fab t-shirts and cards by Mia Hague and Gus Little, handmade bags and purses by boho raspberry, cute jewellery by she draws, hilarious cards by Hazel Bee! I regularly have people crying with laughter in the corner of the shop because of Hazel!!! Sophisticated contemporary jewellery by Rachel Hearne Stunning Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal jewellery by Veritas, cute little glass brooches by Joanna Hedley, gorgeous textile jewellery, hairbands and brooches by Sally Southern.... the list goes on!
Oh my goodness and incredible revamped to order shoes by 'God Bless Shoes' the excitement is unbearable!!! Honestly people are going wild for the shoes! so if you'd like to see some pics and get the latest news have a look at www.facebook.com/ecochicboutique
It's not often that you see something so incredible it leaves you utterly speachless and giddy with excitement! I can safely say i have never seen anything so fabulous made out of fimo! Irene Hoiles hand makes each bead using polymer clay, each pattern is so intricate that it takes up to 1 week to complete one of her necklaces! The beads are about the size of golf balls but are much lighter. She also makes gorgeous little cigarette/ business card cases, bangles and all kinds of other lovely items! Irene also teaches fimo jewellery making workshops, so i'm sure we will have people queuing up at the eco chic boutique to learn some of her techniques!
Here are some behind the scenes pictures at BBC Tees in Middlesbrough, with Neil Green and Diane Youdale! What a treat! It was such good fun! I was really scared I'd make a fool out of myself but I think it went really well, thank God! Neil and Diane were lovely and made me feel at ease, so I just relaxed and had a good chat! I took a vintage case full of goodies from the Eco Chic Boutique to show them, and they went down a treat!
You can hear the radio interview here
Well... where to begin? I've been hibernating through the winter, moving house, designing new collections and opening my first boutique! It's all been very exciting and exhausting but the Eco
Chic Boutique is now open!
I'm selling fabulous vintage recycled and new beads as well as revamped clothes shoes and accessories, amazing Hazel Bee cards which are just hilarious! Handmade cushions by Lalou, gorgeous handmade jewellery of course, and lots of other lovely bits and pieces!
The Shop is located in a tiny town called Bishop Aukland, in County Durham, it's part of the 'In Shops' arcade on the main high street! I've been lucky enough to be part of the One Northeast Enterprise Scheme, helping new business get up and running.
I was just listening to Teesdale Radio while peeling wallpaper in our new house, when I heard an advert for funding through 'flexible families' at Enterprise House in Barnard Castle, so I went in
for a chat with Sue Smith and came out with a shop!!! I'm so excited and grateful, I’ve always wanted my own little boutique where I can just sit and make lovely jewellery! I just didn’t think it
would be possible! So thank you so much to everyone who has helped me get set up! I really can’t thank you enough X:-)
These are one of my specialities! They have a hand woven silver or silver plated band, with huge chunky clusters of beads on top. Each one is unique Commissions are available on request and can even be made using your old recycled jewellery! The bigger the better I say!
These fabulously versatile necklaces can be worn in a variety of different ways, either wear them long, wrap them twice around your neck or around your wrist four times as a bracelet!
Each one is nicely finished with a hand stamped silver signature toggle clasp and is available in every colour of the rainbow.
Commissions are available on request if you would like a particular colour, or they can be made to order using your own recycled jewellery.
Thrillermania are atempting to break the World Record for the most zombies doing Michael Jackson's Thriller Dance in Bolton tomorrow night!
The event is taking place at Harper Green Leisure complex at 7pm. There are video tutorials on their website and a link to buy tickets http://www.thrillbolton.co.uk/
How exciting! What an awesome way to celebrate halloween! I met the organisers (pictured above!) outside the Palace Hotel at the Destination Florida fund raising event. Shame I wont be able to join in, I'll be apple bobing while dressed as a pumpkin at a kids halloween party!!! Very excited about that though!!!
On Tuesday 3rd November 2009 12-2pm @ Centurion House, Deansgate, Manchester
I'll be sharing a stall with the lovely Ashley Holden, selling my latest collection of lovely rings, earrings, chunky necklaces and charms. Ashley will be selling her luxurious gift wrapping and personal shopping services! There will be a variety of other stalls there as well so if you are passing by please pop in for a nosey!
Lucy Hallam's beautiful little boutique 'Gifted' has just opened in Buckfastleigh! What a treat! She is selling all things fabulous, recycled, eco, organic, handmade and unique; Including my Exclusive Handmade Jewellery, Emily Bond fabric and homeware, Nicky Thomson knitted textiles, Coast and Country Interiors, the Organic Baby Company, Angel Eden and she is also the first Bellini Rocks Stockist!
Fancy hosting a jewellery party?
If you like the sound of getting together with the girls, having a cupcake and maybe a little drink or two, while browsing some fabulous jewellery then get in touch and book yourself a jewellery party!!!
We have a wide variety of styles and prices to suit every budget, whether you're looking for a gift or a treat for yourself!
The host receives a little something special too! Who could resist!
Oh My Goodness what a week!!! Ashley Holden (One of our bellini girls, you may recognise her from Colleens Real Women!!) went to the Talented Youngster competition at the Palace Hotel. She went sparkling down the red carpet wearing two fabulous stacks of Bellini Rocks rings and a beautiful corset and skirt combo form Co-Cu!! The whole event was to raise money for Destination florida. We donated a stack of Bellini Rocks on a stunning black tulip shaped champagne flute to the charity auction.
All in perfect time for the launch of the bellini rocks website!!! www.bellinirocks.com
Over the last few weeks Rosie Frater, a jewellery student from Manchester college has been doing some work experience with me.
We've been designing and making some cute little pouches out of vintage and recycled fabric, using up all the fabric that I've been hording for the last 10 years! So now when people buy a piece of jewellery they get it all bunched up in a lovely little matching wrap!
Well the Bellini Rocks Photo shoot was wicked! It was in Preston at the Media Factory, we did a street casting in Manchester and had an article in the Lancashire Evening Post to find Bellini Girls to model the rings.
You can see the Bellini Girls and the rings at www.bellinirocks.com they all looked fantastic, I'm really pleased with how it all went! It's crazy how much organisation it takes though!
Yan Preston was the photographer we've done loads of projects together before but this was the biggest (www.yanpreston.com) , Claire and Liv did the hair and make up, they worked so hard, they had a little production line going on! We had gorgeous lunch delivered from the Equator Cafe just round the corner. (I used to work there in 1st year at uni!) Richard Green filmed the shoot, he's an apprentice gold smith at AKA Bespoke Jewellers, I think he was enjoying hanging out with the models a bit too much though!!! Check out the vid here as edited by my lovely bro! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIpT3rOPPxo. Rosie Frater is doing work experience with me, she was the ultimate helper! Running everyone through the health and safety, setting up, preparing the studio, sorting out rings for each look! Chris Dobson is the Bellini Rocks Agent, she's so glam and fabulous! She was working with me to direct the shoot and make sure we had each look just right. Phew! What a day! I think every one slept well that night x:-)
I've decided to start teaching workshops again! Every girl has a jewellery box full of old jewellery that never gets worn, so I'm teaching workshops to show people how to recycle their old jewellery and make something new and fabulous!
In this pesky credit crunch time, recycling is what we should all be doing more of!
It's so satisfying to create something new for your self too x:-)
So... this is my 1st blog! And what better way to kick start than with a trip to see lady Gaga!
I was on my way home from work when I bumped into my friend who suggested we try and get tickets to see Lady Gaga at the Manchester Students Union on Oxford road Monday 29th June. So off we went to get ready to go and I just thought Lady Gaga has the most awesome style... maybe she might like one of my rings?! So I made her a huge cluster ring! like really seriously huge! I used these beautiful 20mm Chrysophase beads that are dyed this luscious green, and some cute lime green buttons from an amazing haberdashery in Poitiers in France, topped off with a silver hand sqished and stamped name tag!
So I wrapped it up and off we went! the gig was fantastic, her costumes were wicked, I love the bubble jacket with matching piano!!! We danced our little socks off and screamed our little hearts out! then gave the gift wrapped present to one of the team! So I hope she gets it and loves it and wears it!!! X:-)