Friday, 29 April 2011

Sharing the love...

Through uploading and researching my own products, I frequently come across amazing artists and sellers on Etsy and all over the internet. I thought I would showcase a few items that I've stumbled upon over the last week or so.

Firstly, I'd like to draw everyones attention to the wonderful work over at Shelly Belle. She creates fantastic name and wedding plaques. I came across the site on facebook and was instantly drawn to the commissioned plaques photo album where there are some great pics of a very wide variety of designs, including, safari, Peppa pig and rock chick. These plaques are ideal for children's bedroom doors. She has an amazing talent and a list of sterling reviews! I shall definitely be placing a custom order in the future!

A shop that I know many people are sick to death of 
me shouting about is NeverDieArt
I love her art work! I recently ordered another 2 prints from her amazing collection. The only reason I found her shop was through random browsing on Etsy and I am very thankful that I did as her prints look amazing framed and on my wall! Anyone who likes alternative art should definitely check her out and even if you don't ...just go have a look anyways :p 

It's hard to keep this post brief as there really are LOTS of sellers and shops I could mention. I'll probably start doing blogs similar to this one on a regular basis. I had thought about doing blog interviews..but this way, I can choose who and what I write about and I'll always be blogging about items and art that I love!! What could be better than that?

Lastly, I bought another print from a shop on Etsy called Spiral Moon. They have such a beautiful range of art work and decorative boxes. Their shop says that they will be uploading new products soon so I will definitely be keeping an eye out for those!
Anyways, that's all I have to say for now so check out these awesome sellers (and maybe pop over to DysfunctionDesigns as well if you fancy) and I'll do another update with more awesome products soon.

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Monday, 25 April 2011

The birth of the fimo-bug...

Handmade fimo bracelet
I'd entertained the notion of working with fimo for a while and had already created a couple of necklaces using it. However, it was only yesterday that I really started to look into it in more depth. I created a selection of patterned beads which I ended up being quite proud of. I created a bracelet soon after and listed in on Etsy. Less than an hour later and it had sold! I couldn't believe how quickly it went. Needless to say I feel extremely proud and happy with myself.

I spent more time last night and today creating more fimo beads. I don't want handmade beads to take over my business but I do think they definitely have a place in my shop. Creating any of my items gives me a great sense of pride but when I make my own beads as well I get something extra in knowing that I had a hand in creating all the elements.

Recently, I have been working with a lot of Antique style pieces and they are quite delicate and feminine. This inspired me to create a number of chunky tribal bracelets with big skull beads. I adore stuff like that as it's so bold and great for everyday wear. Most tribal jewellery is also unisex so it generally doesn't look too girly.

Over the last month i'd had to limit the time spent making jewellery as i've been working and studying a lot. I missed it so much though and it's nice to have a bit more time for it. After a few weeks I should have even more time and I cannot wait! Here's to finding your passion! I've had a few fleeting ventures in the past and none lasted as I either got bored or they just didn't work out. I've been making jewellery for a while now and I'm still as passionate about it, if not even more so! I fully intend to be doing this for the rest of my life.
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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Here comes the sun!

Judging by the weather over the last week or so it's looking like summer is getting into full swing. Even here in Scotland!
I do love the nice weather but ideally i'd liked to have had my exams out the way before the really good weather kicks in, but never mind. I won't complain :p

Over the next 2/3 weeks i'll be spending a lot of time studying for my last 2 exams so things may be quiet on the DysfunctionDesigns front. After the 9th May though...I should be able to focus a lot more of my time to my wee business as well as blogging more often! (You're all cheering arent you!)

I've got some products loaded onto WowThankYou so that should be an exciting avenue when it launches in the next week or so. I'm also thinking of branching into over avenues..I have my jewellery and supplies shops..but I may try to take on another. Need to get some ideas flowing I think.

But yes..for now i'll leave you as even though the sun is still shining I really do need to do some studying!

Ta ta x
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

My item was featured in a front page treasury!

What it says above basically! :p
One of my bracelets was selected for a treasury which is currently sitting on the FRONT page of the treasury listings on Etsy! I'm quite proud.
Whether it gets me sales or not..I don't really mind as it's just a nice feeling knowing that people like your work! :D

You can check it out here > Surf's Up! Treasury
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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Louise Knits: Made in Britain!

My Etsy shop has just been featured on this blog :Louise Knits: Made in Britain!

Check it out! :D
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Friday, 1 April 2011

What day is it!!

It's been hectic at this end lately. Sadly i've got so much going on with uni, work and the rest of it that I've not been able to spend as much time on my jewellery as i'd have liked to. Hopefully that will all change very soon though!
I got my shipment of bronze and gunmetal beads and findings in this week and i've already started creating new pieces so they should be up this weekend!
I've just added a bracelet and a necklace to my Etsy shop :

you can find them here
I'm currently in the middle of setting up my new shop on WowThankYou so that should be open at the end of April when the new site launches :) Looking forward to that!
I'll try to update more frequently, but for now, ta ta x
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