February 2013 Update

It’s been a tad too long since I last updated, I must try to get back in to the habit of blogging more regularly.

Christmas Event

So to catch up from where I last left off, the Winter Fayre I attended at the end of November was a wonderful success, it was packed and was busy the entire time.

Christmas Sales

The Christmas buying season online, was better than I had expected. I even tried out Folksy in the run up to the Christmas season to see whether that would be another possible venue through which to sell. Although I did get one sale through Folksy, I was quite disappointed by the visitor stats, as they were very low and not what I had expected. Whilst I expected views to be lower than Etsy (as Etsy is more widely known worldwide) than Folksy, I didn’t expect a lower amount of views than my own web site obtains. So I’m not currently impressed with Folksy, although it’s a venue I will keep my eye on as it is targeted towards the UK market, whereas in comparison Etsy is very US targeted.

Community Pop Up Shop

The Community Pop Up Shop that I sell items through in Chelmsford town centre closed at the end of December. However, it has now reopened, yay! So my items have now been restocked there, plus it’s back in it’s original location.

Community Pop Up Shop Inside

Community Pop Up Shop Outside

New Items

I have been adding a new range of items to my stores ~ macrame charm bracelets.

Custom Colour Crystal Bar Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Bar Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Sideways Cross Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Sideways Cross Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Infinity Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Infinity Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Anchor Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Anchor Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Plus, I’m working on adding a range of macrame tutorials as well. I have one listed so far, but more will follow.

PDF Tutorial Square Knot Macrame Bracelet Single & Two Colour With Adjustable Slider

PDF Tutorial Square Knot Macrame Bracelet Single & Two Colour With Adjustable Slider

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Monday Update

It’s been a while since I did an update, so I’ve got a number of new things to share, including events, shop locations, and new items.

Christmas Event

In a month’s time, I’m attending a Winter Fayre Event, which I’m hoping will be a fun one to do as it is the first Christmas event I’ve done. I had hoped to attend a few more events. However, there is a bit of competition with spaces for jewellery stalls at events, as a number of them restrict the amount of similar stalls at an event, and unfortunately I haven’t been lucky enough to obtain a stall at those events.

Community Pop Up Shop

The local Community Pop Up Shop moved location at the beginning of this month. They’re still based at the High Chelmer Shopping Centre but in a slightly different location, just round the corner. The volunteers did a fantastic job of moving everything in to the new shop, and managed to complete the move in a couple of hours. Items are now arranged over two floors, with the top floor predominately showcasing local painters and downstairs predominately showcasing local crafters.

Community Pop Up Shop Outside

Community Pop Up Shop Downstairs

My items are situated on a table by the window that’s covered in the red tablecloth. Since they moved in to their new location, I’ve added a larger range of items for sale in their shop.

New Items

First up, out of my new creations, is a silver plated necklace I created with beads received in my surprise package, and is currently for sale in the Community Pop Up Shop.

Green Glass with Gold Patterns Silver Plated Necklace

Green Glass Silver Plated Necklace

I’ve added two new macramé bracelets, and there will be more on the way in the future, as I keep on having ideas for other styles I would like to create.

Two Colour Macrame Fishbone Knot Friendship Bracelet - Custom Colour

Two Colour Macrame Fishbone Knot Friendship Bracelet – Custom Colour

Personalised Name Macrame Bracelet with Beaded Flowers - Custom Colour

Personalised Name Macrame Bracelet with Beaded Flowers – Custom Colour

The fishbone knot bracelet is created using square knots, but due to the order of how the threads are tied, creates a different look compared to a standard square knot bracelet.

Lastly, I’ve extended my range of hair accessories to include hair barettes, which are currently for sale in the Community Pop Up Shop.

Trefoil Gold & Silver Flowers Barette

Trefoil Gold & Silver Flowers Barette

Trefoil Red & Silver Flowers Barette

Trefoil Red & Silver Flowers Barette

Update & Treasury Features

As promised in my last post, I managed to take a couple of pictures today of the Community Pop Up Shop that is currently featuring some of my creations.

Community Pop Up Shop

Plus, my items in store:

Community Pop Up Shop

Treasury Features

My Pink Magnetic Hematite Silver Plated Bracelet plus my Purple Flower Crystal Silver Plated Pendant and my Jasper Sterling Silver Necklace were featured in the following lovely treasuries this past week.

‘Pink Summer’ by Nuray and Cem Aytaç from Myworlds
Pink Summer
‘Have A Wonderful Week’ by ArzuMusa from ArzuMusa
Have A Wonderful Week
‘Monochromatic Monday’ by Jenn Patterson from theeclecticpackrat
Monochromatic Monday

Purple Wyvern Jewels On The High Street!

As of last Saturday, Purple Wyvern Jewels can be found on the high street. A selection of my jewellery and bookmark items can be found in the Community Pop Up Shop located in the High Chelmer Shopping Centre in Chelmsford, UK.

The Community Pop Up Shop, makes use of an empty retail shop whilst raising money for charity and giving local artists and crafts people an opportunity to show off their items to a wider audience. The Community Pop Up Shop was originally open back in March, and had expected to be only open for two weeks due to lease reasons, but ended up running for eight weeks, before having to close. It’s now back again in a slightly different location within the High Chelmer Shopping Centre and this time I’ve taken the opportunity to showcase some of my creations there. (I don’t have any photos of the shop to share, as I forgot to take my camera with me, so will hopefully add a picture or two when I next pop by the shop.)

Included amongst my jewellery items, are some children’s bracelets that aren’t currently available elsewhere. My little boy, has been asking for some time now for me to make some jewellery for him, which I finally got around to a little while ago. The elastic bracelet I made for him, is made from plastic beads in white, with teal and a splash of orange and yellow being in sparkly glittery colours. Here’s my little boy even being a willing model for me:

Elastic Triple Strand Bracelet
Elastic Triple Strand Bracelet

Monday Update – Event & New Items

I’ve got another event lined up for me to attend. It’s the Bastille Day Fair taking place at Hockley & Hawkwell Methodist Church in Hockley, Essex (SS5 4QY) on Saturday 14th July from 10am – 1pm.

I’m hoping that it will be a good day for all concerned, with some nice sunny weather – we can wish given how changeable the weather has been here recently. I’ll be taking along my new silver plated jewellery and bookmark items to sell at an event for the first time. Plus, I’ve developed a new item which I will also be taking to the event, and that you get to have a sneak peek at (see below).

Hair Clips!

These trefoil flower shapes come in a variety of colours ~ pink, blue, red, purple, gold/silver combination and orange are shown in the photos below. The gold/silver combination has 2 petals in gold with 1 in silver. (It’s also possible to have black, bronze or green petals which are not shown in the photos below).

Trefoil (3 Petal) Flower Snappy Hair Clip
Trefoil (3 Petal) Flower Snappy Hair Clip

These hair clips use a typical snappy/bendie/sleepies (depending upon what you like to call them) as the basis of the hair clip. Then I’ve utilised Chain Maille items, scale maille for the petals and chain maille rings to connect it all together. For those that don’t know, Chain Maille is the process of linking rings in patterns and was originally used as armour, but now-a-days is also used as a jewellery making technique.

These hair clips aren’t currently listed up on Etsy, but if they prove to be popular, then they’ll be added there too.

Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelets

Plus, last but not least, as I mentioned in last monday’s update, I’ve been adding magnetic wrap bracelets to my Etsy shop last week.

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Monday Update – Flower Pendants & Magnetic Hematite Bracelets

As I stated in this post last month, I am adding a range of silver plated jewellery to my shop. The first items are crystal glass beads that I’ve wire wrapped to create flower shapes and added to a chain to create these lovely unique flower pendants.

Purple Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Purple Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Green Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Green Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Pink Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Pink Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Black Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Black Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Next up in my range of silver plated jewellery, are these lovely fun magnetic hematite stones. They come in a range of colours that I’ve combined with Swarovski crystals to create these fun summery bracelets. Plus I have these bracelets in a wrap bracelet style that I will adding to my Etsy shop this coming week.

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Rainbow Flourite Jewellery

I showed a sneak peek of some rainbow flourite gemstones back in April. So now you get to view the completed items that I made with these lovely colourful stones. The rainbow flourite stones have a semi-translucent nature to them and come in a variety of colours and shades from purple and green, to orange and yellow. The necklace has been created in the style of a cascade or waterfall necklace, and the bracelet is in a dangly style that creates motion when you move.

Rainbow Flourite Bracelet in Sterling Silver

Rainbow Flourite Bracelet in Sterling Silver

Rainbow Flourite Necklace, Waterfall Cascading Necklace in Sterling Silver

Rainbow Flourite Necklace, Waterfall Cascading Necklace in Sterling Silver

Rainbow Flourite Earrings, Wire Wrap Earrings in Sterling Silver

Rainbow Flourite Wire Wrap Earrings in Sterling Silver


New Pendant Too

Yellow Crazy Lace Agate Pendant in Sterling Silver

Yellow Crazy Lace Agate Pendant in Sterling Silver

This agate gemstone is a dyed yellow crazy lace agate stone, that is wire wrapped with sterling silver wire to create this unique pendant with amazing patterns to it.

Whilst emerald is the common modern birthstone for May, agate along with emerald is a traditional birthstone for May. Agate is also the birthstone for the Zodiac sign Gemini (21 May – 21 Jun).