Saturday, 19 December 2009

New!! Beautiful Stone Circle Charm Bracelets

Mystic Earth has a new range of beautiful Stone Circle Charm Bracelets. Unlike the usual variety this collection of stunning charms hangs from a circle of healing gemstones.

So far, there are four to choose from.
Beautiful Hematite (this one is very gothic)

This one is created using Lepidolite


Immune Boosting Bloodstone.


Harmonising Bronzite

These lovely bracelets can be purchased from my Mystic Earth site here for £25 each.

I love them, let me know what you think?

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Creative Crafting Christmas Issue!!

Just a flying visit to bring you the latest issue of our Creative Crafting Magazine.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Meet Merrick!

My new advertising aid arrived yesterday!!! She's lovely, I didn't really play with dolls much as a child but I intend to make up for it now. lol

Everyone, this is Merrick!

Her head is fully poseable and I've found that different positions give her different expressions. I'm also hoping to be able to get her more wigs in the future. I do, however, have to practice putting material and clothes around her as she tends to look a bit like Lady Penelope from 'Thunderbirds'. (Think its the skinny shoulder look). lol. Small boy was fascinated when he first saw her, until her wig fell off, then he got worried. Lovely husbands face was a picture too when he came into the kitchen to see her set on my desk. I think she made him jump!

With Merricks help, I have updated the photos for my Crystal Cobweb Necklace. Hopefully it will be making someone sparkle this Halloween.

The necklace can be found on my Radiance Crystals Website and also from my Misi Store

I also have on offer various other bracelets including one of my favourites. The Blood Drop Bracelet

Before I forget, I also have a sale on extra long 'Dragons Blood' Incense sticks on my Mystic Earth Website. Perfect for burning at Halloween.

Friday, 9 October 2009

The Next Issue of our magazine needs a cover!!

We had so much fun putting together the first issue of our Creative Crafting magazine that we have now started work on our next festive issue due out on 1st December.

The amount of readers that we have had is staggering, we are all so proud! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, we are very pleased that you are enjoying it. The Christmas issue will be full of lots of good stuff to make, buy and learn and we thought that we would offer you the chance to play an important part.

We are holding a competition to find the best picture for our front cover. The closing date is 5th November. Please send all pictures to me at:

thecrystallady@mysticearth.co.uk

Whether they are pictures of things that you have made, your kids, your pets or anything else, our only requirement is that they are festive.

I have also been busy this week making beaded rings. They are the first I've made so watch this space for lots more.


Rose Quartz and Swarovski Crystals


Obsidian Snowflake and Swarovski Crystals.

Bye for now!


Monday, 5 October 2009

More Healing Garden Items

Now that the magazine has been published, I got busy with some wire and made 5 more pieces for my Healing Garden.

Amethyst and Moonstone Flower Earrings. These are on my Mystic Earth Site, and also on Misi

Hematite, Quartz and Swarovski Crystal Flower Earrings on Mystic Earth and on Misi

Rhodocroisite, Moonstone, Rose Quartz and Swarovski Crystal Flower Earrings. Also on my website and on Misi

Blue Lace Agate and Swarovski Crystals on Mystic Earth and on Misi

Peridot Tree Brooch, on Mystic Earth and on Misi

Hopefully, there will be some more to follow. I sold my first healing garden piece yesterday. The flower hair comb.


Friday, 2 October 2009

We've been published!!!

After alllooooooooottt of work, the first issue of our crafting magazine, Creative Crafting has just been published. this last 24 hours has proved to be particularly frantic with humongus files flying backwards and forwards between myself and Avril (Sprinkles Sparkles). The file was so big, we had to search online for an online resource to send it. lol.

It has been quite a journey but we are all very proud of the end product. Now we can start preparing for the Christmas Issue which should be fun. Not forgetting that we all have businesses to run too, so at some point making some Christmas stock may not be a bad idea.

You can view our magazine here
. Or from the bottom of this blog. (The full screen function is wonderful!) If you can, please take time to rate it and leave a comment, also any links in blogs, twitter, forum posts, facebook etc would be fantastically appreciated.

Enjoy

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The Healing Garden

My Mystic Earth Website now has its very own Healing Garden section. I love making these so it should be expanding at quite a rapid rate. I am being told by friends that I am pricing the pieces too cheaply but I think I would rather sell lots at less than none at more. That way I can keep making them! (I have very naughtily ordered lots of different coloured wires so watch this space!)

Last night I made some beautiful Labradorite and Moonstone Earrings. The labradorite has the most gorgeous light and dark blue flashes in it. As well as on my website I have also listed them on Misi.



Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Another Healing Garden Item!!!!

I think I may be addicted to doing these now!

Last night I created my second Healing Garden Brooch. Here it is -

It contains Carnelian, Aragonite, Prehnite, Malachite Gemstones and Fire Opal Swarovski Crystals.
This one is also listed on my Misi Store and will soon be on the new page I creating on my Mystic Earth Website.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Garden inspired Seasonal Brooch and Earrings

I have been thinking of designs for this years Seasonal range. After much thought I decided to take inspiration from my garden and started to make something. It took shape as various leaves, with berries and flowers and then I got stuck! I couldn't decide what it was going to be. After consulting my friends on Creative Connections and a phone call to my mum it was decided that it would make a lovely brooch. It is created using Peridot, Malachite and Garnet Gemstone chips and Siam Red Swarovski Crystals. I hope you like it. It is listed on Misi and on my Radiance Website.


I also made some earrings to go with it. These are also on Misi and on my site.


Look out for more of my special Healing Garden Christmas Range.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Isn't this lovely!

I love happy customers.

"In July, you made for me a necklace and two pairs or earrings, at the time I was suffering with very bad pain in my shoulders and neck. I could not sleep and was unable to work in the garden, which since my retirement is my pride and joy, infact I was in pain all the time.

When I first put on the jewellery, which in itself is so beautiful I felt this warmth, which was very comfortable. However on the following day, the pain was slightly worse. I did however, realise that this was a healing crisis and from that day it slowly eased away.

Words can not express my graitude to you for this relief from pain, I can now sleep and today ahve spent a wonderful day working in my garden, but not just these two aspects of my life have changed. My whole outlook is different as I feel I can now do anything. I am sure that I am also much easier to live with, and my long-suffering husband will agree.

Also, this jewellery as I mentioned is so beautiful, I get compliments on it all the time. I wear the short pair of earrings every day but the second pair, which you made longer, enables me to be elegant in the evening. The two pairs were such a good idea of yours.

Again all my thanks; I definately am a very satisfied and happy customer."

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Autumn Sale!!!

I am being terribly bad at blogging recently but it's been very busy. So many things to do and so little time to do them in.

I thought that I would let everyone know that I am holding an Autumn Sale on my Radiance Crystals Site.
There are a few Mystic Earth pieces on there as well although I am hoping to hold a sale on the main site soon as well.

Don't miss out as 'One of a kind' pieces are sold on a first come first served basis. Some of my Misi listed items are included in the sale but will need to be purchased directly through the site to get the cheaper price.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

August Giveaway Winners!!!

This was an easy draw, the crystal earrings don't seem as popular as the Mystic Earth pieces I usually give away so I will stick to those in the future.

The winners are:

Pink and Crystal - Emma at Fairyqueens Jewels
Green and Crystal - Splash

Addresses please ladies and I will post them out to you.

Congratulations!

Now I need to think of something for September!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Unbelievable!!!!

My Rose Quartz Saga!!!

My friends on Creative Connections will have heard of my Rose Quartz fiasco this week.
A couple of weeks ago I created a Custom Healing Necklace for a lady in Australia. It was beautiful and contained Rose Quartz, Lepidolite, Mangano Calcite, Rhodochroisite, Amethyst and Swarovski Crystal.

It was taking a while to arrive and I was concerned that it had got lost. I then received an email from the customer saying that she had received it. I was horrified to find that it had been in Quarantine and the Rose Quartz had turned completely black. She said it looked like Onyx.

I received an email this morning from the lady, she appears to have got to the bottom of it. During July and August letter class mail from India is bulk treated by quarantine with Gamma irradiation before delivery to minimise any potential quarantine risk. Apparently it is all to do with the Hindu festival Rakhi. They will offer her compensation and it should be safe for me to send a replacement.

Can you imagine this with black stones!



So guys, it looks like it is still safe to send Rose Quartz internationally, but it would be best to avoid sending it to Australia during July and August. Just to be on the safe side!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Creative Connections

Its been a while I know, but I've had a real problem with my phone lines! They've been driving me nuts. On again, off again and then off completely last weekend. Luckily I know a good repair man who came round and sorted them out for me on Monday.
I can't believe how bereft I was without my internet connection. It was as though I had lost a body part. I kept having panic attacks about checking my emails!!!! Is that really sad or what!

Still, I'm back now and trying to catch up on everything that I have missed.

I have also started a new social network. Yes, I know we have enough to do. Twitter, Facebook, blogging etc. But this network is just for us crafters. A place that we can all be together and get to know eachother. As I created it I would love everyones ideas about how to make it better, things that we can do. Which of you would like featuring etc.

So please, pop along and join me on Creative Connections It'll be lots of fun.

http://creative-connections.ning.com/

I would also like to thank Jenn from Wisdom Path Art for coming up with the name. Far better than I was doing.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all on there.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

August Giveaway!!!!

Now if you look out of the window you would be forgiven for not believing that it is August. Dull, grey, chucking it down with rain! Not exactly beach weather is it!

So to cheer everyone up, and to celebrate the revamp of the Jewellery Department on my Radiance Crystals Website I am offer two giveways of Swarovski Crystal Earrings. Lets add a bit of Sparkle!!!
One pair is Crystal AB(aurora borealis) and Emerald and the other is Crystal AB and Light Rose.

As usual, please leave a comment stating which pair you would like, follow and if possible add a link to your blog. The winners will be drawn on 31st August. (Lets hope the weather is better by then!)

Mystic Earth is quite busy at the moment (It's wonderful, I am thoroughly enjoying it) I have lots of ideas for new pieces to make but am not getting much time to create them as I have been filling custom orders. I did get chance to whip up a beautiful bracelet the other day though. Wonderful for anyone who is fond of blue. I used gold plated findings for a change as they set off the blue perfectly.

It is created using 8mm Sodalite and luminous cobalt Swarovski Crystals. For anyone who hasn't seen this Swarovski Colour you are missing a treat. They are fabulous, they seem to glow. Unfortunately they are impossible to photograph so you really can't tell how wonderful they are.



You can find this on the Mystic Earth Website and the Radiance Crystals Website. May not be around for long though so don't miss out.


Sodalite - Na8[Cl2/(AlSiO4)6]+Be,K,Mg
The meaning of Sodalite is ‘Sodium Stone’ It has been known for about 200 years.
Mentally - Idealism, Self-esteem, mental confusion, rational though, objectivity.
Physically - Throat, larynx and vocal chords. Lowers Blood Pressure, lymphatic system, insomnia.
Chakra - Throat


Just one more thing before I leave you in peace, does anyone know the best way to photograph hanging crystals. I have made some new ones but I can't get any decent pictures????



Saturday, 1 August 2009

July Giveaway Winners!!!!!!!!!

Doesn't it come round quickly!!!

The three lucky winners of those lovely gemstones rings have now been chosen by random.org.

They are: (drum roll please!!!!)

The Carnelian ring goes to - Enchanted Quilling
The Turquoise ring goes to - Madam Salami
The Hematite ring goes to - Jennie

Well done ladies, let me have your addresses and I will mail them off to you. You can email me at thecrystallady@mysticearth.co.uk

As usual it is a shame for those that didn't win but don't worry, you have the August giveaway to look forward to. Details on that will be posted shortly as I am busy updating my Radiance Crystals website at the moment.

I would also like to announce that Mystic Earth has now gone International. I received my first custom necklace order via my website from Australia yesterday. I've gone global!! Lol.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The seasons do seem to make a difference!

I just wanted to share something that I discovered the other day. I was just thinking that most of the custom healing necklaces that I am making at the moment seem to be containing similar stones and colours. When I thought about this I realised it also occurred when I made a lot before Christmas. Only they were different stones and colours.

Now you are probably wondering what I am talking about as you are thinking that it is probably a fashion thing. But it isn't!!!!

You see, I choose the stones and colours for the necklaces from the questionnaires that my clients fill in about their health. Different physical and psychological issues require different stones and colours. So you see, it is very interesting! The ailments needing attention in the winter all called for darker stones, bloodstone, smoky quartz etc. Lots of orange Carnelian. My summer necklaces all seem to need lighter stones, Blue Lace Agate, Citrine, Prehnite. I am finding alot of stomache, neck and shoulder problems at the moment.

Does anyone else find this fascinating or is it just me!!!???

I have added some examples below.


Winter necklaces


Summer Necklaces

I have had quite a few people asking about my creation service at the moment so I thought I would mention it on here.

I provide my clients with a brief questionnaire where they tell me about themselves and let me know any physical or psychological issues that they would like support with.

I then research the most beneficial healing stones for them and create their required jewellery. Necklace, Bracelet, Earings, Pendant Watch etc. Sometimes clients like to add a favourite talisman or pendant of their own to the design.

The jewellery is sent to the client with a colourful silk purse for storage and a personalized information booklet with photographs and comprehensive descriptions of the stones that make up the piece.

I am proud to say that my clients always fall in love with their jewellery and I often keep in touch with them to hear how they are getting on.

Prices and ordering information can be found on my website. View my website here

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Business as usual

My custom healing necklaces seem to be fairly steady at the moment. I received a lovely email from the lady who received the one I made last week saying how much she loved it, so that made me smile. I have also just received the questionnaire back from a lady who ordered one yesterday so I will be delving into the world of beautiful healing minerals later on today to choose the most suitable.

I also had a little creative spurt yesterday and have a few more things to add to my website.

For a while now I have had the components to make some hair accessories and it was my friend Avril from Sprinkles Sparkles. She had a delivery of some fabulous ribbons yesterday to make lots of hair accessories herself so don't forget to check out her blog to see her creations.

So far I have created a Hair Clip and some decorated hair grips. They are wired with Olivine Swarovski Crystals, seed beads and Unakite Chips.

Unakite is a beautiful pink and green stone that is very beneficial for the hair. It helps to
maintain growth and condition.

I also had a mess about with some antique chain and made a simple, if unusual necklace encompassing a cross that I had lying around. I have some lovely silver lockets that may benefit from a similar type of chain.


Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Excuses, excuses and a fantasy garden!

Yes, I know, I have been very slack in writing my posts recently. I am keeping up with website and direct orders but everything else does seem to have gone by the by at the present. There are possible things in the pipeline here and other 'life' things get in the way. But I promise to try harder and try to post more reguarly as soon as I can.

On another note, alot of people have commented on the background that I have for my twitter profile and now on here. It is a favourite of mine, the 'fantasy garden'. So I thought that I would show you the whole picture and not just the sides which is all you usually get to see.



Friday, 17 July 2009

Folksy or Misi??? Not sure now.

When I first started twittering and started my blog, I signed up for both Misi and Folksy. I only listed two items on Folksy as I decided that I preferred the look and feel of Misi so would dedicate myself to doing more on there. Weirdly though I sold one of the two items on Folksy this morning and am still to have a sale on Misi! Did I choose the wrong site perhaps? Maybe I should list more on there. What about Etsy and Artfire, are they better contenders too?
Anyones thoughts on this would be greatfully appreciated.

The sale through Folksy today was a Hematite and Swarovski Crystal Bracelet.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

I have a lovely blog award from Madam Salami. Yippee!

Well, now I know its all been worth it!

The lovely Madam Salami has been kind enough to send me 'A lovely Blog Award'. Isn't that fantastic!!! I have often seen them on other blogs and have been rather jealous, but now I have one of my very own.

Here it is

Now, here is the next step for my lovely award. Rules, rules, always rules.

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that love and/or have newly discovered.

3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

4. Use the One Lovely Blog award picture from my blog, on your blog to let everyone know that you have one lovely Blog!

Well now, 15 blogs awaiting their own lovely blog award. Let me see....

Hopefully the links all work to these. Fingers crossed.
Charms of Light
Wisdom Path Art
Wyndwitch - The Electric Knit Witch
Murano Silver
My Funny Bunny Handmade
Open Mouth Insert Fork
niftyknits
Kitty Wrinkle
Beadypool
Butterfly Sparkle Designs
Fuzzy Dragons
Llamas,Cats and Crafts
Sew Scrumpious
Puddytatpurr
KS Jewellery

My word, that took ages. Enjoy folks and thanks again for my award, I am really proud of it.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Fruit in my garden

Our garden isn't large but it does have some lovely trees and plants in it. I think at some point a very keen gardener lived here and spent alot of time in it. I went a wandering with my camera and small boy and took some pictures of various fruits and flowers. Wait until you see the size of our blackberries when they come out! I've never seen such large ones!

Apples and Plums


Raspberries and Pears


Our hydrangea is exceptionally beautiful this year. It is usually all pink but this year has blue and purple flowers too.




Small boy is fascinated by all of the fruit on the trees. Our little plum tree has excelled itself this year. Two years ago it look completely dead, we trimmed it and it produced two plums. Last year it grew five. This year it has about fifty. It is only small and it is all plums. Lovely, juicy red ones. Can't wait. Our pear tree always produces hundreds of pears, we usually offer them to friends and neighbours as there are so many. The apples are lovely but get alot of bugs

Monday, 6 July 2009

July Giveaway - 3 chances this month!!

I always feel bad for the people that don't win on the giveaways so this month I am offering THREE things!

The items are these three beautiful gemstone rings. They are all different sizes so it will be pot luck as to which finger to wear them on. They also look wonderful on chains as a pendant.

They are crafted from Carnelian, Turquoise and Hematite.



Here are the properties of the gemstones:

Carnelian - SiO2+(Fe,O,OH)
In the middle ages, Carnelian was assigned a blood-staunching and anger-calming effect. The Egyptians also used it as a protective stone for the dead.
Mentally - Courage, Emotionally lifting, energizing.
Physically - works with: Organs. Stimulating the absorption of vitamins, nutrients and minerals in the small intestine. Alleviates rheumatism, arthritis and stimulates the metabolism.
Chakra - Base, Sacral.

Turquoise - CuAl6[(OH)2/PO4]4.4H2O+Fe
According to tradition, turquoise was thought to warn the wearer about the threat of danger.
Mentally - friendship, loyalty, self-realization, mood swings, inner calm, romantic love.
Physically - panic attacks, eyes, viral infections, rheumatism, stomach, cramp, pain, sore throat.
Chakra: Throat, Third Eye.

Hematite - Fe2O3+Mg,Ti+(Al,Cr,Mn,Si,H2O)
Used in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as a healing stone. In the Middle Ages hematite was call ‘Bloodstone’
Mentally - Survival, will power, vitality.
Physically - works with: Circulation. Stimulates the absorption of iron in the small intestine and the formation of red blood corpuscles, improving oxygen supply to the body and stabilizing health.
Chakra: Earth, Base.

So, as usual, follow my blog, leave a comment and specify which of the rings you would like to win. This should hopefully increase your chances of winning your preferred style as the entrants will be split over the three rings. It would be appreciated if you could also link to the giveaway from your blogs. The winners will be drawn on 31st July.

Many thanks and good luck.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

And the winner of my June Giveaway is........

My lovely friend Avril at Sprinkles Sparkles.
Congratulations you win the lovely Malachite and Swarovski Crystal Bracelet. Please let me have your address and the length you would prefer in case I need to alter it and I will whip it into the post for you.

Everyone else, don't get disheartened, I will start another giveaway in a day or so. Watch out for it and get your comments in.

By the way, I thought I would show off something new I made last friday. My wrists are still suffering from it, but it's so gorgeous and I'm very proud of it.

It is made using the Byzantine Chain Maille weave and consists of hundreds of tiny rings (made by myself!) all connected together. Isn't it gorgeous?!?!?!? When my wrists recover I am going to make some lovely therapeutic copper ones, although this one is silver plated copper so is still really good for you. :-)

I don't often blow my own trumpet but I was very proud of this!


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