Jewellery Giveaway - Be a part of the 1st one

I am very happy to launch my first giveaway. 3 pairs of earrings to the value of $25 a lovely mixture of semi precious stones and crystal and glass beads in silver and antique brass settings.

To be a part of this giveaway all you have to do is to 1, 2 or 3 of the following each worth one entry. The winner will be decided by a random number generator.

#1 Become a follower of this blog.
#2 Visit my shop redeemdesigns and come back here and post your favourite item
#3 Twitter or Blog this Giveaway and come and back and post your tweet/blog link here
Please remember to leave an email address if you do not follow so I can contact you.

Giveaway ends Mon 9th Nov

Good luck everyone.


It's flower power with a touch of Grandma!!

I have started to diversify my Etsy shop and have added  a new line of hair clips.
I took up crochet this winter and after 4 or 5 lap blankets I got itching to try more and so thanks to the wonderful instructional blogsites on the www found a little tutorial on how to crochet the Peony flower.  I have since been hooked (no pun intended) and spend most of my TV watching time happily crocheting away just like a regular granny minus the grandkids!!!

In keeping with my ethic of reusing and recycling materials I found the thread for this pair of clips (pictured) at the Salvos (God bless 'em) the little pearl buttons have been siting in my button jar since forever and it was very satisfying to unite them together.

I have also started making brooches with them using recycled jewelry parts for the centres.  My 20yr old daughter requested one and has been wearing it around.  I have also given them as thank you gifts to my buyers who also have been thrilled with them.  I don't know when I will stop, I am having a ball churning them out and sitting and matching flowers to centres from my collection of beads, buttons and jewelry bits.

I am also working on my 1st GIVEAWAY I just need to take the really good photos not the blurry kind I keep coming up with so stay tuned.

Peony Flower How To:
Click here for the Peony flower tutorial.   Thanks to sewritzytitzy blog for posting this fantastic tutorial.


Giveaways, swaps and flow of life...

I have been sadly neglecting the Blog.  Life is happening at full tilt and I haven't even had time to list anything new in the shop let alone write something inspiring here.  Today my baby son has his semi formal and I have to take up his new MENSWEAR pants and go shopping for a good shirt since the last good shirt I bought no longer fits.  It wasn't so long ago when he was a chubby bundle of joy with a head full of Shirley Temple curls (no I could not bear to cut them).

We are very proud of the young man he has become but they grow so very quickly our daughter has turned 20 this month and the hubby and I celebrated 26 years of married bliss.. How come those numbers got so big so fast??? It certainly has no bearing on my age haha I'm still as young as ever in my head I just wish the body would fall into line  (could it be I need to seriously work at it now?? yikes that sounds like discipline).

This month I have also won my first ever contest....YAY!! Luisa from Dance in my Garden hosted a giveaway by Susan from Berrylicious Buttons and I won!!!!  I received my lovely tags this week.  I wish I had taken a photo but was not thinking at the time..... too busy ripping open my prize.

I did however, get a pic of the craft swap I did with fellow DUSTer Verity from Joie de Tea
I received 3 yummy packs of her herbal blend teas and 2 lovely hand embroidered napkins, wrapped and   packaged beautifully, I only hope she is as happy with her handmade Christmas ornaments.

The 3 blends I have are Ruby Red Mint, Spice Road and Peppermint Soother can't wait to try them out.

Well my son is waiting to go shirt shopping... like most men he hates shopping and is eager to get it over and done with.

Finally I got a Treasury West last week after much frustrated waiting during Etsy maintenance.  I did feature myself... hehe adding my new Blue Hobo Tote.. I am so in love with the colour (although I am in love with most colours I have a special affinity with brights)  it also features quite a few of our very talented DUST Team, you may recognise a few.   Helen from Stitcharooney let me know she got her 1st sale on the swallow broach that I featured. Congrats Helen that really made my treasury. I know how excited I was with my first sale so I was happy to be a very small part of hers.  Now off to the shops.:)