Thank heavens for sunny days, I can finally take some product photos! I'm really working hard towards a June/July shop opening. Stay tuned...
I hope you're all having a nice, relaxing Easter weekend. It's a windy ol' Good Friday 'round these parts; I pity anyone attempting a picnic! A quiet day at home for me. I've been working on my jewellery packaging (as you can see from the pics) & now I'm done with that for now, it's time to go & bake some cinnamon scrolls with pecans & cranberries (in lieu of hot cross buns - vegan ones are tricky to come by) & perhaps get in a little sofa time & watch some DVDs. I've been thinking of re-watching Atonement because I saw another Ian McEwan adaptation on the teev the other day, Enduring Love, which I really enjoyed. The beginning was so haunting, it's still stuck in my head! Has anyone seen it? I do love Atonement, but you've got to be in a buoyant mood because it's so terribly sad!
Anyway, here are some sneak peeks at my jewellery packaging. I'm rather happy with it! I've posted so many photos because none of them really do these enticing little boxes justice - there's something very tactile & pick-up-able about them. The designs are influenced a little by vintage matchboxes & mid-20th century Chinese apothecary labels, as well as 1930s-40s beauty products. The boxes have a genuinely vintage look, in part due to my paper choice, which is made to emulate old, faded butcher paper. It has a lovely sheen & feel. For once, I could make my designs unashamedly girly because the products are solely for we gals. Sorry chaps, I might do some tiepins & cufflinks in future!
I thought I'd show you what I'm making today. Here are some pieces from a range of jewellery destined for my shop, waiting to be sealed within resin & made all shiny & gem-like. I've already shown you this bracelet from my folk art inspired range, these blue & white designs are influenced (as you might have guessed!) by Delftware. I wanted to do a woodland theme, but not the usual suspects such as bears & rabbits. I finished the swan the other day (I'm quite happy with it!) & I'm currently drawing weasels for yet another addition to The Woodlanders range. You might have noticed the little weasel I drew for this calendar - I thought he was so cute I just knew another weasel would pop up soon enough. These pieces are quite large - 55x43mm (2.15x1.7 inches) - & I'm making them into pendants & cuff bracelets (the little hearts top-right are for matching rings). I like larger jewellery myself, but I'm also making some dainty-sized pieces too. I've had friends & family road testing my jewellery for about a year now, & it's great to see it stand up to the rigors of every day wear & tear such as grabby toddlers. Nicest of all is hearing reports back of the compliments my jewellery has received!
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What have I been doing lately? Do you want to know? Cast your eyes leftwards...here's a sneak peek at one of the pieces from my new jewellery range which will be in my new online shop early September (I hope it will be early September, if everything runs smoothly). I've been making jewellery for a year now - sourcing nice supplies, perfecting techniques, working on my designs & illustrations, playing around with product photography - it's been a long time in development & it's gotten to the point where I'm bursting to show people what I've been doing! I am so looking forward to the day when I fling open the doors to the brand new Magic Jelly Emporium, full of shiny trinkets, new artwork, gocco prints, etc (I'm imaging a stampede of eager shoppers buying everything in sight, but that may be a tad optimistic). Oh dear, I have a lot to do between now & September haven't I? Why am I hanging around here blogging?!
I'll leave you with some eye candy (or eye cake - but that sounds like a nasty condition requiring a dose of eye drops), here's a vegan carrot cake with vanilla cream frosting I made on the weekend.