Here's my pick of the Etsy halloween treasuries!
Click here to view some funky fiendish finds!
For ethereal beauty, click here for a fairy grotto of Etsy treasures!
And for gothic glitz, check out this parade of purple finds!
It's been a while since my last blog post and a lot has been happening! I turned 30 this month and spent a great week away celebrating! But as we move into November I'm gearing up to the biggest season of the year for jewellery sales - yup, it's just 54 days until Christmas!
Click here to take a look on Etsy at the first of my Swarovski Christmas Tree earrings!
So it's well and truly Autumn now but I've left Summer behind with a sense of contentment. This season is a great excuse to work with all those gorgeous Autumn colours that I love so much. Burgundy, amber, royal purple, rich browns and copper. So watch this space for some lovely autumn and winter designs coming soon and, dare I say it... Christmas... range of Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree earrings. We have new colourways available this year so they should be even more popular!
In the meantime, I have been making some stunning sterling silver wire and freshwater pearl stud earrings for a bridal customer in the US. I enjoyed making these so much that I plan to add the gorgeous pearl nest earrings to my sophisticated sterling silver range. Particularly popular with brides, they are also a great gift for Christmas or for dazzling your friends in the party season! The ones below are made with ivory freshwater pearls but other colours will be available. I quite fancy burgundy …
It's a rainy morning here at basecamp. Although we are promised sunshine later in the day, waking up this morning to rain and middling temperatures felt ever so slightly autumnal... Still, Autumn has it's own charms, including the return of rich, autumnal shades that echo the tones of fallen leaves. We love this Etsy treasury of burgundy jewels, featuring Inspired: Scilly's burgundy pearl knit wire bracelet.
Click here to view it and be inspired to update your Autumn wardrobe!
Without doubt, one of my favourite colours.
At last, some sunshine! Not sure how long it will last but I am defintely making the most of it, even if that means knitting with wire at the garden table! With a couple of craft fairs in late August and September, there's plenty to do, especially as I've had a short time out with moving house and various other commitments!
Obviously 2012 is quite a big year for the UK and to celebrate Inspired: Scilly would like to offer 20% discount to all our loyal followers, fans and customers. Use the code SCILLY2012 at the checkout on our Etsy Shop to claim your discount. The offer will run until 31st December 2012 so you have plenty of time!
As it is still very much the wedding season, here's a lovely picture of an Inspired: Scilly bridal hair vine using Swarovski crystals and handmade freshwater pearl flowers in a stunning hairstyle courtesy of Blonde Hair and Beauty in the Isles of Scilly.
The lavender in my new garden is just coming out and, along with the roses, is making everything smell gorgeous, despite the terrible weather! Take a look at this lovely Lavender treasury on Etsy, featuring the bracelet pictured below.
Have you seen the latest knit wire bracelet from Inspired: Scilly? With a new wire colour for the summer season, this gorgeous aquamarine knit wire cuff is a surefire way to bring the beach to you. It is inspired by the crystal clear waters surrounding the Isles of Scilly and is encrusted with petrol blue pearls and sparkling Swarovski crystal bicones in sea-washed shades of pacific opal, sand opal, black diamond and light azore, reflecting the organic colours of rock, sand, sea and sky...
Browsing on Etsy, I found another treasury for you to feast your eyes upon and in one of my favourite colours, gorgeous Petrol Blue. The treasury features my lovely petrol blue knit wire bracelet. Here is some more bluesy inspiration:
Next week is Art Scilly, a week of arts and crafts classes and exhibitions on the beautiful Isles of Scilly. Although the classes I attended were outside of this dedicated week, last year I had the pleasure of attending both the precious metal clay and sterling silver classes with Paula Smith. Paula was a fantastic teacher, patient and friendly and not at all intimidating, despite her obvious talent for creating the most beautiful silver jewellery. She really put me at ease as I had never used precious metal clay or sterling silver before and I thoroughly enjoyed both classes. Class sizes are kept small so you can be sure of getting the help and guidance that you need. I came away with a gorgeous sterling silver ring, a pair of PMC earrings and a PMC pendant, all of which I designed and made myself and now wear with great pride! If you get the chance to visit Scilly, I heartily recommend taking part in these and other courses, some of which run at other times during the year. For more…
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I hope you've had a great Easter weekend! In the spirit of all things Easter, here's a selection of springtime treats to feast your eyes upon... (sorry, none of them are chocolate!)
This pretty haircomb is inspired by the famous scilly scented narcissi, some of which have just been creating the most wonderful perfume in my house and on my patio! Now if only the comb could smell that nice!
This cute hairpiece comes with a gorgeous handmade nest, mounted on a barrette clip so it is easy to clip into the hair. It's nestled among frills of russian veiling in a deep chocolate brown (ahh, there's the chocolate fix!) and adorned with freshwater pearl 'eggs' and natural feathers.
Pretty in pastels, this unique, knitted mesh hairpiece is right on trend for Spring. This beautiful two-strand hair vine of copper, crystal, peach and ivory was a commission for a bride in Poland but you can commission your own design for parties and proms, as well as weddings! A little too fancy…
Still need a gift for Mum? It's only a week to go now, but you can be sure of a speedy service at Inspired: Scilly! Just order any item on my Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/inspiredscilly and not only can you get 15% off with the latest voucher code, but be sure of speedy service and a unique item to treasure. Use the code LOVEMUM for your 15% discount!
Nope, I'm not dying my hair (been there, done that...) I just wanted to introduce you to Inspired: Scilly's fabulous friend, Blonde Hair and Beauty Salon. Based in Hugh Town in the Isles of Scilly, this friendly and experienced salon is the perfect place for a pamper when you visit the islands! We are now gearing up to the bridal season, so to check out some of Inspired: Scilly's hairpieces shown in beautiful bridal hair on the salon's Facebook page, please click here.
Don't forget Mother's Day is fast approaching... The perfect time for a spot of pampering for Mum! Be sure to check out my new knit wire brooches, a gorgeous and inexpensive gift, or splash out on a stunning, sterling silver cuff at Inspired: Scilly's shop!
Happy New Year! The year has got off to a good start with a couple of sales already, which is not bad, post-Christmas! I've also been working on a really gorgeous tiara for a lady in the US. It's looking fab! I really don't know where the time went over the Christmas period!
As well as fulfilling those couple of orders, I have been having a bit of fun on the sewing machine (my Christmas present last year!) and made this lovely Suffolk Puff necklace, while listening to Florence Welch's latest album, 'Ceremonials' - bliss! The Suffolk Puffs are really fun to make and a great way to use up small scraps of fabric. As you can see, I popped a button in the centre of each of my puffs which looks quite funky, I think! I can see these necklaces could get a bit addictive...