Black as the night or don’t wander around a jewellery supplier without a list.

I write lists. I take my list to the supermarket and strictly follow the advice not to shop when hungry. I prepare and research and under most circumstances know what I am shopping for before I leave the house.

However, when I began making my own jewellery I found that all my self control was lost and all the lists in the world could not have protected me from myself.

Jewellery suppliers are wonderful. Huge Aladdin’s caves of the most beautiful and sparkly beads. Colours of every shade, stones in tiny perfect sizes or large, statement pieces. These are shops where you are encouraged to touch, pick up and examine, and put into your basket for later.

If you have not prepared (as I found out to my cost on the first few shopping expedition you can be overwhelmed by colour and choice. On my first outing I found myself unable to resist, and that is why came home and discovered that somebody had bought these striped onyx stones.

Now I’m not saying that they aren’t wonderful. I like the markings, white bands against the striking perfect black. I love how large and smooth and tactile these stones are. They make a stunning statement necklace and I have had lots of comments about this piece. But they weren’t on my list and I didn’t know what to make with them.

So, I figured that simple was best. White freshwater pearls to bring out the banding, and leave it at that.

Next time I took a list.    Joanna x

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pinterest or how I can spend 2 hours happily playing at working

I have a secret I need to confess. When I tell my husband that I worked all morning, ( in that very valuable time when the children are at school and nursery and he thinks I should be cleaning the kitchen and ironing his shirts,) I’m actually drooling over images at pinterest.com

I have found a website that allows me to meander across the world wide web and not feel guilty about following wherever the trail will take me. Pinterest actually encourages viewers to wander. Aimlessly. Until the time is all gone and there is nothing material to show for it.

But it is working, I hear you shout, because it’s all for inspiration.

http://pinterest.com/myturquoiseque/

My boards (collections of images that I think make sense as an assembled whole) are mostly colours. I have a board for Turquoise (well of course I do, you all know how much I adore Turquoise.) There is also a Lapis Lazuli board and one for Pearls.

But the most useful, amazing, how did I ever function without these images come from a website called design-seeds.com I can’t explain how wonderful their collages are, you just have to go and look for yourself.


So, follow my link to my pinterest boards and see where your journey will take you. It is very easy to join, then you too can waste away the day collating weird and wonderful images.

Moo.com

I do love it when the postman brings me parcels. Particularly when they are actually for me, not emergency triangles for the car (darling hubbie) or peppa pig figures (youngest daughter.)This morning was a great parcel. My new business cards from moo.com who are my newest best friend and can do amazing things with their fancy printers.

My cards are connected to my etsy.com and folksy.com accounts so I followed links from their sites to allow me to their logo on my cards. Ten minutes to follow the template, upload some of my images (I cropped an image of white pearls to get an extra long image for the edge of the card) and off to the moo printer they go. I ordered these on Monday and they are here on Thursday morning.

There are normal sized business cards, which feel strong and reliable. They are for normal use and so I’ve put both craft shop addresses on them.

These are the tiny mini-moo cards, which I adore and will be really useful as price tags and to attach to gift wrapped boxes.

So there really is no reason why everyone can’t have cool business cards to hand out. For new businesses, for bloggers out socializing, even just for yummy mummies who need to hand out their contact details. I highly recommend moo.com Go and have some fun designing your own. You get 10% off your order if you follow the link below.

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