Wednesday, 16 November 2011


I've been experimenting a bit with miniature food rings recently.
Not everyone wears pendants, and earrings are a very personal choice as a gift, it's easy to get it wrong , but a ring is very wearable. Statement rings are brilliant to pop on for a special occasion or function, and these fun food rings will, I hope stand out from the crowd.
I'm hoping to add a few more in the next week or so....and I'm trying to decide which one I fancy for myself!
They are all made by hand using polymer clay, served up on tiny ceramic plates, and attached to silver plated rings.
I've made a couple as Christmas presents for friends too.

Wonton Noodle Soup

Spring /Egg rolls Ring

Strawberry Icecream Ring

Donut Ring

Lemon Meringue Pie Ring


It doesn't matter what kind of jewellery you create, at some point you will almost certainly need to buy in some sort of findings...most of us don't or can't manufacture everything we need and it's always great to stumble on a site or shop that can supply exactly what you need.
Here you will find High quality Artisan findings for jewellery designers, exclusive sterling silver findings, amazing jewellery wire supplies and more.
All these wonderful supplies are handmade by the store owner and because of this, the attention to detail and finished quality are far superior to mass produced products.
Using a handmade finding will give your finished piece that extra special touch and will help your pieces to stand out from the crowd.

This multi talented artist and store owner also creates lampwork beads-
and makes her own jewellery-
I'm going to have a good browse round her supply shop now, I'm always on the lookout for something a bit special to add to my creations.
Happy shopping x

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Time marches on!

Ok, so yesterday I was 41!
I have no problems whatsoever with my age...I am what I am...but what does scare me is how quickly time is rushing by! Where on earth did that last year go?
I am unbelievably busy in every facet of my life these days, and I can't help wondering when it's all going to slow down a bit. Just a little bit would be nice, so I can take a breath and catch up with myself.
Squeezing everything in is getting harder and harder, and where as I want to be doing my crafting, it's more a case of slotting that into the huge list of must-do's and have-to's that crop up.
I would hate for the creating side of me to become just another chore that has to be done in order to keep up. But where to find a little bit of quality time to sit and enjoy what I want to do?
My head is just brimming with ideas that I don't have the time to explore, so I am writing them all down at the moment so I can come back to them when I can. It's frustrating, but for the most part I wouldn't change my life, after all an over full life has to always be better than an under full one doesn't it?
Anyway, I've managed to upload a few pieces this week, hope you like them.......

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Needle felting.

I'm so excited!
I've ordered a special Christmas gift for my Mum, a needle felted brooch made to the likeness of her cat, Wesley!
I'm totally fascinated by the art of needle felting and I've had a little look into how it's done.
What a clever skill, it's something I'd like to have a go at one day when I have a bit more free time on my hands....probably when I retire given how busy my life is right now!!
Anyway, I thought I'd do a little feature on the amazing artist who is making my brooch for me.
Her shop is called HandmadeByNovember.
She is based in the UK and her creations are totally stunning!
The prices are really reasonable given how much work goes into them and they are so realistic.
I've put a couple of photos of my favourite pieces, although really, I love them all.
You can get to her shop by clicking the name of her shop above, or by clicking one of the pictures.
I'll leave you to admire her work whilst I sit and excited wait for my custom order to arrive.

Christmas is coming!

I've listed a few Christmas items already, but these are the start of my Christmas stock proper.
I'm hoping to list some more in a day or two.
Are you looking forwards to Christmas this year?
I always love Christmas, although working in a shop means it's our busiest and most stressful time of year and I'm usually ready to drop by the end of the day on Christmas eve. I still love it though...especially the run up to the main event with all that excited preparation and anticipation.
I'm looking for some really unusual and different gifts this year. We've set ourselves a very modest budget in our family, so finding the perfect gift is going to be a challenge, but I love challenges. x

Monday, 24 October 2011

High tide.

Wow.. sea front closed due to strong winds and very high tide.

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Friday, 21 October 2011

All things giraffe.

As you may have guessed, I am mad about giraffes...and I've made this treasury featuring 16 of my favourite giraffe items that are currently on sale on etsy-

I hope you enjoy it and you can go directly to any of the featured items by clicking on the pictures.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Amazing Book Bags

I've just stumbled across this shop on Etsy and I simply had to share it with you.
Who would think to take a book and turn it into a bag?
I absolutely adore them and I'm saving my pennies from today to get myself the coolest bag I've ever seen!
I love really unusual bags and I think you'd really stand out from the crowd with one of these on your arm.
The shop is called Zaties and you can reach it by clicking on the pictures or by going to-

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

New Items.

I've listed 3 new items to my Etsy store today.
They are all made using polymer clay (fimo), which is an oven baked clay.
You can see all my work in my store by clicking the link to the right. x

Monday, 17 October 2011

Invisible v visible.

One thing I've learn't in the three months or so that I,ve been selling online is how hard it is to get yourself seen. I work full time in a bricks and mortar shop and I know the challenges faced in drawing customers into a real life store. But at least you have a real life store front and passing trade. Inevitably you will pick up customers if you have attractive displays that people notice as they pass by. But what if your store is buried amongst thousands and thousands of online stores, all touting for the same customers?

It doesn't matter how great your wares are or how attractive your shop if nobody sees it.

So how do you get seen? I'm still trying to figure it out.

I Would love to walk away from my paid job and support my family doing something I really love, but I think it will be a long time coming unless I find that elusive magic formula. X

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My new blog.

So here it is... my first post on my blog. Welcome to giraffeskiss. My plan is to link my etsy shop... post new items as I list them, blog about my craft, and feature other crafter's and creaters as I find them. Thank you for reading.. it's going to be fun! X