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Wahoo! Last day of NaBloPoMo!

This is it, my last compulsory post, I have successfully blogged every day of November and completed NaBloPoMo! I will still be blogging, but it will be more meaningful, and on a less frequent basis, back to 2-3 post a week I think!

I’m feeling poorly and miserable, but the craft fair today really cheered me up. Got lots of positive feedback and ideas from customers and stallholders alike, and it was generally one of the most positive fairs I have ever been to. I was told a scary ghost story about a woman who stands at the top of the stairs and tells a story. I was directly at the bottom of said stairs, so I made sure I was packed up and gone before any chance of that happened! I now have a few bits and bobs to remake for selling online. Here’s a picture of my stand, including my new display board I showed you the other day!

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 30 (last one!): http://www.nablopomo.com/


Interview with… Pips Jewellery


Pippa’s work is really amazing. She uses polymer clay and can imitate other materials and create intricate designs, all with one simple ingredient and her imagination and skill. I want to have a custom order made, but there’s so much to choose from, I haven’t yet decided what I want!


Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Pippa and I live in a beautiful little village not far from Bath in Wiltshire. I am a Mum to my two Children, Katie who is 12 and Logan who is 6.

What do you do in your spare time other than craft?
I don’t have any spare time! Every spare minute is taken up with making beads and jewellery! It makes for a busy life, but I love it! I do set aside time for the Children though, Sundays are our Family Days when we go out for walks or to the park or just stay in and play endless games of Frustration! I am very lucky to have a near perfect Husband who supports me so much and will do the washing or ironing and cooking when I am at Craft Fairs or working. I couldn’t do what I am doing without him, he is truely one in a million.

Please tell us a little bit about what you make.
I make Polymer Clay Beads which I then use in my own Jewellery Designs. I only use my own beads, which gives me great scope for design. I use seed beads and crystal for accent, but that is all.

What do you enjoy making most?
There are so many techniques you can use with polymer clay from Kaleidoscope Caning, to Mokume Gane to Mica Shift, that it is hard to chose a favourite. I do love Mica Shift because it gives such lovely results – it looks 3D but is actually only 2D – almost like a hologram!
Kaleidoscope Caning is also a great favourite. Polymer Clay Artists all over the world are pushing the limits of this fantastic medium and are creating the most wonderful things with it. It seems to me that there is no limit to what you can do with it. I also love doing Swirl beads – they are really addictive!

What part of jewellery making do you dislike the most?
I really hate sanding! I sand every bead with 4 different grits of sandpaper – it can take forever, but it is well worth it for the results!

What are your main inspirations for making a piece?
I find inspiration all over the place. Nature, of course, especially leaves – I love leaves! My daughter is great at coming up with unusual ideas, probably because she never thinks “oh you can’t put that with that, or that colour with that colour”, she just says what comes into her head like ” I think you should make something in Purple with some orange and green highlights” I would never come up with that, but often she is right and the results are fantastic!

Do you plan out your designs or do you get stuck in straight away when inspiration strikes?
Sometimes I plan, but not often! I find when I plan something to much it will not turn out the way I want it to. The clay has it’s own ideas about what it wants to do and sometimes you just have to let it! Often I will just sit at my desk and look at the colours of the clay and just start playing – some of my best pieces have come about that way!

What are you currently making?
I am making lots and lots of stock for all the craft fairs I have coming up before Christmas as well as several commissions. I have also got involved with some Secret Santas and Ornament Swaps online.

Do you make custom orders?
Yes I love making custom orders. That is the joy of making your own beads. I can match colours for outfits such as Mother of the Bride or Bridesmaids, or for a special dress. It is wonderful for the customer to be able to design their own piece too. I can advise on what will work technically speaking, but they can design the colour, pattern, shape and size of the beads we use in their necklace. That is a really empowering thing! I get great ideas from these collaborations too, things I might never have thought of.

Where can we buy your work?
I am a Member of the Craftsmans Market in Cirencester. This is a Craft Market that has been running for nearly 30 years and has some amazing Artists who show their work there, everything from Mosiacs, glass, pottery, textiles, ceramics, furniture to jewellery. It was nerve racking applying to become a member, because I was not sure my work would be good enough, but was thrilled to be accepted. I am also a member of the Cotswold Craft Market, also in Cirencester, which is another fantastic Craft Market. These two markets are open on consequtive Saturdays each month. So I do every Saturday! It is quite a challenge having to make enough stock, but it does keep me on my toes! I also have a shop on Etsy (http://pipsjewellery.etsy.com), although there is very little in it because of time constraints – I just don’t have enough time!!

See more of Pippa’s work on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pipsjewellery/

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 29: http://www.nablopomo.com/

Folksy Angels and new presentation

I uploaded my first of a possible two entries into the Folksy Angels competition I mentioned earlier on this month. I made resin tealight holders with pieces of chocolate coin foil embedded inside. Sanding the inside of these was a bitch though, I won’t be making more of these in a hurry! The other possible entry involves spoons. I won’t say any more!

I’ve also been working on a better presentation of my necklaces at craft fairs. Remember my guitar stand tutorial? Well I wasn’t 100% happy with the way it turned out, so some citting and folding, my old damaged tablecloth and two cork pinboards from Ikea later….

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 28: http://www.nablopomo.com/

Top-up stock

Kathleen and Lily’s let me know that they have sold 7 items in their shop, and want more stock for the Christmas shoppers, so today I’ve been working on replacement goods. I’m so pleased that things have been selling well in the little over a month that they have been on sale there.

Here’s a little peek at my work in progress:

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 27: http://www.nablopomo.com/

Spotlight on… Old Bag Crafts

Old Bag Crafts can be found on Etsy (http://oldbagcrafts.etsy.com) or Folksy (http://oldbagcrafts.folksy.com) and may just have the answer to your Christmas gift wrapping woes. Vicky makes gift bags as well as totes and other accessories, so you can give those awkward to wrap presents in a lovely reusable fabric bag!


I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 26: http://www.nablopomo.com/

3 of the best: Llamas on Etsy

Llamas are so cool, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite finds for sale on Etsy honouring the creature…

Llama plate and cup set by Dola Makes http://dolamakes.etsy.com

4 Llama print postcards by TheDailyMax http://thedailymax.etsy.com

Llama T-shirt by nontrendy http://nontrendy.etsy.com (I bought one of these for my partner last year and he loves it)

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 24: http://www.nablopomo.com/


I’m a bit stressed out at the moment. I’ve got pieces to make as prep for my We Make Christmas demonstration (6th December), and also to choose what to have in my showcase there and the lesson plan itself, as well as duplicating items so I have plenty to sell when I get there. Next sunday I have a craft fair and also the deadline for the Folksy Angels competition as I still haven’t finished mine (and my other half says it’s crap which doesn’t help). I’ve also got 2 shop orders to make within 2 weeks, secret santa, finishing a custom order, an example of work for a potential magazine article that I’ve been asked for as well as keeping up with my ever increasing web sales. It’s nice to be popular, but I also work 40 hours a week full time during the week and it’s all starting to get a bit too much for me. I’m also starting to feel unwell, I guess I’m run down. It will all be over in 2 weeks or so, but I’m absolutely frazzled right now, and I could really have done with being at home this weekend. As you can tell, going to work tomorrow isn’t going to help matters 😦

Here’s a few things I listed on www.penny-dog.co.uk this weekend just to show you some pretty pictures…


I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 23: http://www.nablopomo.com/

Present for Grandma

My grandma moved into her new flat this weekend, and out of her window she can see a field where people can keep their horses for grazing. She loves to watch them, so this gave me an idea for Christmas! I found this lovely print on Etsy and come pay day, it will be mine 🙂 The shop is Bruckner Cowboy Art: http://brucknercowboyart.etsy.com

Taylors New Filly, print by BrucknerCowboyArt $18.99
Taylor’s New Filly, print by BrucknerCowboyArt $18.99

 I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 22: http://www.nablopomo.com/

Spotlight on… The Rainbow Room

I found this shop when browsing Flickr and, wow, this felt is colourful! She creates pins, hair accessories and even felted soaps, which I must admit was what drew me in, and what I was going to post about until I saw this card! It’s a print of some original work, which must have taken a heck of a long time to create! Here’s the card and some of the felted soaps 🙂 Available from http://therainbowroom.etsy.com

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 19: http://www.nablopomo.com/

Custom order work in progress…

I’ve been making a tinfoil heart necklace for ITSABEE1 on Folksy as a custom order as there is a story behind the foil and she wants it as a keepsake. Unfortunately I got some nasty veins on the back of the piece making it look dirty from the front. To solve this problem, I got out my trusty bandsaw and cut around the heart to remove all of the duff resin. It needs a bit of filing to smoothen the edges but It now looks like this:

I will then put it back in the circle mould and refill clear resin around the edges, though I’m waiting for a new mould to come through as my other one got damaged, any day now… This got me thinking. I could cut shapes with embedded objects out with the saw and fill the edges with different colour resin, which means another tutorial option for my book (I can dream) and a unique product! I will definitely be having a play with this to see if it works!

This is what it did (and will) look like:

I’ve also been making some dog hair pendants for pangolin on Crafteroo. It sounds like an odd request, but they are also little keepsakes for her mum to remember her dogs who no longer live with her. I should have taken some photos but they’ve gone off with the postman! Here’s when they were in the mould, see dog hair can be attractive 😉

Finally I’ve been working on my Folksy Angels entries. The first of my two entries is nearly finished, I’m making a silver and a gold tealight holder. The mould was made from old moulds and recycled, and the holders themselves are resin and inside are pieces of chocolate coin wrappers. Unfortunately chocolate coins were harmed in the making of this production :p

Lots and lots of sanding for me to do at the moment, I can’t wait until Santa brings me this!

I am taking part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), so I will be blogging every day in November. Today is post 18: http://www.nablopomo.com/