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Folksy Friday - Tights For Sore Eyes

Are you suffering from dull, colourless legs? Then look no further than new  Folksy shop    Tights For Sore Eyes Drawn by the clever name and funky photos, I decided to find out a bit more............ Recently opened, Tights For Sore Eyes is run by Scotland-based Danni and Nikki McWilliams. With backgrounds in fashion design, marketing and fine art Danni and Nikki set about combining their individual passions to create tongue in cheek fashion and art for legs everywhere Each pair of tights is screen-printed by hand in a variety of cool colours including vanilla, mint, red, green and baby pink. With designs including Mr Moustache, Winged Diamond (with Swarovski Crystals) and Grape Toxicity, your legs need never feel in the shade again! Find out more about Tights For Sore Eyes  by visiting Danni and Nikki's BLOG

Lampwork Bead Giveaway!

Visit lampwork bead maker Laura Sparling's blog Beads By Laura  for a chance to win a set of her lovely blue, green and purple nuggety lampwork beads! Just leave a comment by 7pm August 18 to enter. Blog or tweet about the giveaway and get two chances to win!

Folksy Friday - Cats!

This week's Folksy  Friday is all about CATS! Mel Croft Illustration Quernus Crafts The Sunroom Jessica Woodhouse Northfield Primitives Millicent

Gazania - By The Power Of Macro!

Inspired by a post on Red Bird Jewellery's blog  recently I took my camera out into the garden (who am I kidding, it's a yard, not a blade of grass in sight!) yesterday and took some quick close-up photos of a beautiful orange Gazania. I was really surprised with the results as I use a normal point and shoot Canon digital. Just think what you could do with a super-dooper bells and and whistles type affair! Introducing Gordon the Gazania I love the contrast of the vivid orange and the greeny-grey at the base of the petals

Another Sterling Silver Destash!

I finally finished sorting out my silver box recently. It's full of Sterling Silver findings that I used a lot when I first started making jewellery but as the style of jewellery I make has changed a lot of it just wasn't being used anymore. So rather than the findings just sitting there I thought I'd set them free! I've listed them in my Folksy shop - all at very good prices! 2mm Sterling Silver round beads 3mm Sterling Silver round beads 4mm Sterling Silver crimp covers 3mm Sterling Silver crimp covers

Enamel Bead Giveaway!

Check out Eve's blog Jems Direct  for a chance to win one set of these beautiful torch-fired enamel beads. To enter the giveaway become a follower of Eve's blog, leave a comment and post on your own blog about this lovely giveaway! The winner will be chosen tomorrow - 8 August.  Good Luck!

Folksy Friday : Turquoise

 Folksy Friday   Today I am mostly feeling Turquoise Dive into the blue with these beautiful finds from   Folksy Toucan Ceramics righthand Gelert Design mengsel Fizzy Popov Northfield Primitives

Book Review: Stamped Metal Jewelry By Lisa Niven Kelly

Lisa Niven Kelly is the founder of , a wonderful website for jewellery supplies and online step-by-step video jewellery-making classes. I've seen her work featured in several magazines - Bead & Button, Step-by-Step Wire, Beadwork and Art Jewelry, so when I decided to try my hand at stamped metal jewellery her new book was the obvious choice. With sections covering materials and tools, basic metalsmithing techniques and getting started stamping, this book is a very good starting point. A 33 minute instructional DVD is included with the book showing the techniques covered. Learning how to rivet is now my new favourite technique! There are 19 projects in the book with instructions on how to make a variety of stamped pendants, rings and bracelets, including designs by jewellery makers such as Janice Berkebile, Tracy Stanley and Connie Fox. The book also includes a resources section covering basic wirework techniques and a supplies source.  Whether you ju

Coming Soon To Artfire - "Collections"

Artfire  are currently testing their newest "gadget" called "Collections". Similar to Etsy's Treasuries, Artfire's Collections will allow users to browse the site and select items that catch their eye by clicking a button on the item page which will then be added to their Collections page. You then give it a title and set it free! Easier than doing an Etsy Treasury as you won't have to look for the item url AND the shop owners whose items are picked will automatically receive an email letting them know! Other people can see, rate and leave comments for each Collection and they will be used on the Artfire frontpage. Fab! It's still in the testing phase at the moment with the Artfire "mavens" doing the testing to find any last minute hiccups but will be unleased on the rest of us very soon. How fab! I was lucky enough to have three of my items chosen for three collections so far. Thank you StitchnTyme, ShinyAdornments and Drunkenmimes

Sunday Showcase! hello gorgeous On Folksy

Sue Hodgkinson is the founder and designer of Folksy shop  hello gorgeous A change in personal circumstances in 2007 caused Sue to have a "light bulb" moment and start making jewellery. She takes immense pleasure in creating individual pieces and devotes her time and skill to making sure only the finest quality jewellery is presented. All Sue's designs are made with the finest components available - Sterling Silver, Bali and Thai Silver findings and beads, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, lampwork and glass beads and are sourced from amazing artists all over the world. Each piece is individually hand-crafted and promises to give as much pleasure to the wearer as it has given to Sue as she created it. I asked Sue a few questions........... Why do you make jewellery? Why not knitting or taxidermy? I make jewellery for a number of reasons... it calms me - having to concentrate clears my mind of all the “fluff” that’s milling around in my brain! I also lik