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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Thoughts of Christmas Craft

A few months ago I started a board on pinterest labelled Home Made Gift Ideas.  This is basically an online collection of crafts that I have stumbled across that would make perfect pressies.

We will officially be in September next week and that means less then 4 months to go until Christmas!  Each year I claim that I will be super organised and then fail miserably, this year failure is not an option!  I will be digging out the knitting needles to re-do the project I originally completed at the beginning of the year (sadly my knitted gift died a doggy related death) and am hoping that I have enough time left to make a few!

I am going sloe picking with a bestie next Sunday as I discovered gin last Christmas, and am determined to make it my new festive tradition!  Sloe gin seems to be linked strongly with Christmas which means it will make perfect gifts (if I manage to not drink it all).  I am on a mission to find a lovely sloe gin recipe that will really wow the recipients!

In early Summer some friends and I trawled car boot sales for glass ware.  I now have an assembled collection of clear bottles, vases and containers that need to be transformed into lovely pieces.  It started when I stumbled across this adorable DIY etched trifle bowl;

Although not a big trifle fan, I do make one for my husband each year during Christmas gatherings, and I just couldn't stop fantasising about how amazing it would look in this!

I have trawled ebay and many car boot sales to find a bowl that comes close, but to no avail.  I can purchase a new one for £40 but this goes against my thrify up-cycling nature - the search continues!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Tree of Life Pendants

A very quick update to share my latest make with you all.  I have an etsy store for which I design jewellery that centres around fertility, loss, pregnancy and family.  It is called Onuava, and is a much needed outlet for my creative passion.
The thing that I love most about my store is the individual stories of courage and shared empathy that my buyers all have.  There is nothing quite as special as knowing that my pieces are providing hope and unity to women all over the globe.

I sell a few pendants that are called The Tree of Life and these are extremely popular.  To date, I have only made pendants with round beads.  After purchasing some gorgeous copper wire, I was inspired to use stone chips as they give a lovely textural appearance that imitates leaves.

After 6 solid hours of work, I have produced these;

The wondrous thing about these pendants is that they feature precious stones and crystals that are said to help increase fertility.  For those that are not big fans of alternative therapies (like crystal healing) these necklaces hold their own on appearance alone.

From top left we have; Garnet, Citrine, Amethyst
From bottom left we have; Trio of Amethyst, Moonstone and Rose Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Green Malachite

I am pleased as punch with these, and as soon as we have a sunny day I will be photographing them, ready for the shop!