Sunday, 31 May 2009

Earring Competition Winners and Misi Wanderings

Good morning,

Thank you to everyone who entered my competition, sorry everyone couldn't win, wouldn't that have been lovely! Well, the two lucky winners have been drawn. They are:

For the Carnelian and Swarovski Crystal - Hats and More
And for the Turquoise and Swarovski Crystal - Zoe

Congratulations ladies, let me know your addresses so that I can send you your earrings. To everyone else, don't worry, I will be holding another competition starting sometime next week.

On another note, my lovely fairy door that I discovered during my misi wanderings last week arrived. It has been in situe on the wall above our fish tank in the hall for a couple of days now. The bigger one is convinced that he has seen several blurry fairies poking their heads out. Bless!

I am also well on the way to finishing the 'pink dinosaur' that I am making for the bigger one. Just in case anyone is wondering, he is madly in love with Ruby the Ovaraptor from the Land Before Time. How sweet is that! He is getting quite alot of stick about it at school though.

Misi Wanderings

Time for a random selection of gifts on offer at Misi that just happened to catch my eye.

Toothy,tooth pocket by hennie. Isn't he fab!
Milk Chocolate Selection Pack by the Chocolate Truffle Company. Yum!
Enchanting Aroma Oil by Fairy Alchemy. Beautiful bottles!
Labradorite and Moonstone Earrings by Corinna2Desings. Labradorite is my favourite stone, beautiful and very powerful. Unfortunately, I overdosed on it a few weeks ago and currently can't touch it without getting a headache!

Oh well, best get on, things to do. Have to admit that I am currently a bit addicted to a wii game!! Endless ocean. It is a beautiful game where you are a diver and have to research fish and other under sea things. The music is lovely.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Last few days for the competition. Don't miss out!

Just thought I would mention that there are only a few days left before the two draws for the gemstone and crystal earrings. Who will win the Carnelian and Turquoise beauties?

Still time to enter so roll on down to the blog post and add yourself to the list.

By the way, I was chuffed again this morning to see another sale from my Mystic Earth website. Its great to know that it is now finally being found by people. Need every penny I can get to help pay for lovely husbands car MOT!! Bit shocked yesterday to hear that it is going to cost in excess of £500. Into the overdraft again!!! Definately shouldn't have bought myself a new sewing machine (which came yesterday!!). Looking forward to using it, although I am a complete novice so I shall have the instruction book out. Any tips would be gratefully received.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Photographic evidence of my wii fit excuse!!!

Hi all,
As some of you know, I decided to treat my credit card to a wii fit. (something has to keep the ps3 on there company!!!) I am determined to lose the mountain of weight that I put on while I was carrying the smaller one. Well, it came the other week and I love it. Unfortunately I am having trouble actually getting on it!

As you can see from the photograph, the smaller one himself has really taken to it. Bad luck mum!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Charm bracelet and more Carnelian!!

What a beautiful day!!!

Just catching up on a few things this morning. I have finished creating the 'Rosy' Charm Bracelet. I think I personally prefer my green one but then I don't like pink! Like mine, this one also holds two photograph frames but could hold more if whoever buys it would like them. I am happy to get the photographs the right size as I've finally got that worked out now. (the ones in the frames below are samples that came with them)

I have now listed it on Misi and am still hoping for that first sale.

Do you remember the Amethyst necklace and bracelet that I made for a lady last week? Well, she loved them so much that she immediately ordered the same again in Carnelian. The earrings actually ended up shorter but you get the idea. Isn't the colour fabulous!!!

Now, don't forget that this time next week will be draw day for those lovely earrings. If you haven't already entered then you have one week left.
On other subjects, I am currently interested in doing so many craft projects that I don't know which to start first. Time is against me as usual though and half term doesn't make it any easier.

Small crisis averted earlier as I realised that I had a problem midweek!!! The bigger one has a birthday party to go to which wasn't a problem until I realised that lovely husbands car is in for its MOT on that day and I shall be without car!!!! Luckily, managed to get hold of a friend who will pick the bigger one up!! Phew!!!! This does mean that my forage through the charity shops in town is cancelled though. :-(

Oh well, bye for now.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Anyone tried the beadalon jump ring tool?

Just wandering through my favourite beading supplies wholesaler (trying to stop myself placing an order!!) and as usual ended up in the tool section. There are always a few things that I look at and wonder about but thought I would see if anyone actually uses them.

I have always used two pairs of pliers to work with my jump rings but has anyone used a beadon jump ring tool? What exactly does it do? Maybe I am being ditzy but it looks a bit odd to me.

I always look at the crimp pliers too, that are supposed to make perfectly round crimps. I tried one of these once and it didn't work.
It is always so tempting going through these sites, I am a bit addicted to them. (I have the same problem with stationery stores!)
I keep thinking I should get some threads in and do some pearl knotting as I was trained to do but it is so much more fiddly and not so enjoyable.

I think I am finally getting the hang of tweetdeck now. Had a great time chatting to alot of you yesterday and am feeling a bit more at home with it. I do find that when it has been on for a while it stuffs up my computer. Anyone else have that trouble? Internet Explorer seems to have some kind of breakdown!

I was hoping to have my first cards completed yesterday but as usual my printer decided to let me down. It is a nightmare, takes me hours to get it to print pictures properly. Just gave up in the end, will try again next week. Need to get some envelopes anyway, I take it we do sell them with envelopes? Hard to tell on the listings on Misi whether they have envelopes or not or though it does make sense!! This is a new thing for me so any advice greatfully received.

Well, here we go, headlong into half term. I am not expecting to get alot done as my head is normally ready to explode with all of the added noise. No excursions planned as the bigger one is a homebody and has to be shoehorned out of the house. He does have a birthday party to attend on wednesday though so the smaller one and I will be able to have a potter around town for a couple of hours.

Misi Wanderings

My Sweetheart Tags Darling Dilly Dilly. The colour of these really caught my eye.

Amigurumi Pocket Monkey by Reenee Gurumi. Isn't this little chap gorgeous.

Handcrafted Black and Gold Door by Bobless. This may not be there for you to look at as I love it so much I think I might buy it. Not sure where it will go though. Have a look in the store though as there are lots of lovely doors.

Rocky Shore Necklace Isn't this unusual. Made using glass reclaimed from the sea. How special.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Yippee!! Another website sale

Awoke the laptop to find good news this morning. Another sale from my Mystic Earth Website. This time it was one of my products, a beautiful Aquamarine Gemini Charm Bracelet, I have one just like it on Misi
This definately started my day well, which I needed as I had a devil of job getting the bigger one to school this morning. We take a friend of his too and would they stop yapping and get ready this morning! I intend to have a fairly stress free day today as it is the last one being half term! It is lovely having both of them here but the bigger one is so loud!! The volume hurts my ears. He also manages to hype up the smaller one which leaves me very stressed.
I have a few projects on the go at the moment. I started a 'Rosy' Gemstone Charm bracelet similar to the green one I made myself in an earlier blog. I will post more of this as it is completed. I also started to make some Gemstone Greetings cards yesterday. They are my first attempt at card making so I don't know how they will go but will keep you posted on those as well.
Quick reminder to all that my competition only has one more week to run so if anyone hasn't entered to win the earrings you are running out of time. I will do another one next month as well so don't worry if you don't win this time.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Radiance Crystals Beading Supplies

Me again!!

Before my Mystic Earth site, my first website Radiance Crystals was mainly for the Swarovski Pearl and Crystal Jewellery that I started out making and currently supply to a local Bridal Store. I always felt that it needed a little something so I have just finished revamping it and now it sells beading supplies and findings as well. The range isn't huge at the moment but hopefully it will grow when things start to sell. Please have a wander through and share your thoughts and please have a nitpick for me as I always miss mistakes!! Broken links, text not being shown properly, typos, you know the stuff. Building websites with a toddler around is challenging at best and I admit that my concentration levels aren't where they should be.

OK, thats it, I'll leave you all alone now. :-)

Delivery from Sprinkle Sparkles

I received my lovely childrens buttons from Sprinkles Sparkles today. They are wonderful, I just have to decide which of the small ones clothes to put them on.
One thing I must mention, apart from the speed of delivery was the beautiful packaging. They were wrapped in pink tissue paper and tied with pink ribbon. Isn't that fabulous! Thanks Sprinks!

Just thought I'd share, I was delighted.

Friday, 15 May 2009

More Amethyst and some Turquoise too!

Busy, busy, busy!!
After listing the amethyst bracelet the other day I received a custom order for a necklace and a long pair of earrings in the same style. I completed them this morning. I did my usual trick of thinking I didn't have enough components and ordered more only to find out that I did actually have enough. Never mind.

While ordering extra Amethyst (that I didn't need!) I also acquired some beautiful new Turquoise, I wasn't very happy with my previous stock but these stones are just gorgeous. I just had to use some of them to make a bracelet. Now listed in Misi Store

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.

Have a good weekend everyone. Think the weather is going to be a bit miserable.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

New beads and Amethyst Bracelet

Hi Everyone,
Its been a busy few days! Had a lovely meal with hubby and the boys for our Wedding Anniversary on Saturday though. (11 years, they have flown by, we'll have been together for 13 years in December, good job I don't think its unlucky!)

I had a new bead delivery this morning, I love getting new stones. I was particularly pleased with this one as one of the two strings were one of my favourties. Ocean Jasper. The other, Oak Jasper is a new one I haven't had before, lovely. ( Oak Jasper on the left, Ocean Jasper on the right)

I don't know alot about the Oak Jasper but the Ocean Jasper (sometimes called Ocean Agate) is only found in Madagascar, it is found in the sea at a particular tide, how special is that! I love all of the different patterns and colours, each bead ranges from cream, red, brown, green, purple and the shapes and patterns are incredible.

Ocean Jasper - SiO2

Mentally - Fortifies self-respect, emotional release, natural resistance.
Physically - Muscle tone, veins, skin disorders, digestion.
Chakra: Third Eye, Higher Heart.
(Due to its colouring and composition I would think that the Oak Jasper has similar properties)

I also made an Amethyst Bracelet in the same style as the Carnelian one the other week. It is now listed in my Misi Store

Amethyst - SiO2+(Al,Fe,Ca,Mg,Li,Na)
Defined as a mineral that ‘makes a person better, disperses bad thoughts ,and brings good commonsense and makes one mild and gentle’.
Mentally - Relieves sadness and grief. Encourages sobriety and awareness. Overcomes addiction.
Physically - works with: nervous complaints, diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, skin blemishes and intestinal complaints. Relieves pain and releases tension, especially headaches.
Chakra: Third Eye, Crown and Higher Crown

Don't forget to enter my competition for the Carnelian or Turquoise earrings, there is still plenty of time so don't miss out.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Quick update on earring competition

How wonderful, the comments are already arriving for the competition. Keep it up, lets see how many we can get. I think I will do two draws. One for each pair so don't forget to specify your favourite.

As requested, here is some info for each 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.

Win! Win! Win! Beautiful Mystic Earth Earrings

Well here we go! Our first Mystic Earth competition.

I am going to start off with some beautiful semi precious gemstone and Swarovski Crystal Earrings. There is even a choice of colour. Just leave a comment stating which colour you would like if you win and I will enter you into a draw to take place on Sunday 31st May. Don't forget to check back to see if you win.

Here they are:

On the left: Carnelian chips and Fire Opal Crystal. On the right: Turquoise chips and Blue Zircon Crystal.

Not many followers at the moment so the odds are in your favour ladies, any help by mentioning the competition on your blogs would be greatly appreciated though.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Gemstone Charm Bracelet

I've made it!!! You may remember the charm bracelets that I was admiring last week. Well I have made my own. It has various charms and beads. It also includes various healing gemstones, Green Aventurine, Malachite, Peridot, Unakite, Peace Jade, Bloodstone, Azurite with Malachite and Connemara Marble. I have also put pictures of my children in two small photo frames. I also made my own clasp to make it more rustic. I love it!! I am very drawn to green at the moment, unusual as while I was growing up it was my most hated colour. I never ate the green sweets in fruit gums, skittles etc.

What do you think? I think I may have to make more in different colours.

I'm very new to blogging, only started the other week but already I thoroughly enjoying reading everybody elses. I am currently following lots of people and enjoy reading what they are all up to. I have also been having great fun entering various competitions that people have been holding so I thought it may be time for me to contribute. Watch this space as my next blog will announce a competition to win some of my jewellery, possibly earrings I think.

Until then,

The Lady

Healing crystal of the day

Moss Agate - SiO2+Al,Ca,F,Fe,K,Mg,Na,OH,Si

Modern literature suggests that moss agate enhances a love for nature.
Mentally -New Initiatives, inspiration, release from pressure and stress. Trust, Hope, releases fear. Refreshes the soul.
Physically - Encourages the flow of lymphatic fluid, alleviates swellings of the lymph nodes.
Chakra - Base, Sacral, Earth and Throat.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

A little felting project

I have been taking a break from jewellery projects to make a felt book for my youngest. He loves all of his books but tends to be a bit

on the destructive side. I decided to create a soft book for him with all of his current favourite things in. It is coming along very nicely, I am very proud of it, takes a while though. So far I have a duck on the front (he loves birds), Travis the tractor from bob the builder which is favourite toy, The pinky ponk from In the night garden and Bob the Builder. Still to do are Postman Pat, Razzle Dazzle and a Dyson Hoover (don't ask!) I love to create things in felt, making this book is a nice change from creating various characters and monsters from Playstation games for my eldest. The frightening little fellow on the right is called Topstalk. He is a mandagora from the playstation game Final Fantasy 12.

Back on the jewellery side for a minute. Remember those gorgeous charm bracelets I talked about in my last blog. Well, as I cannot afford one at the moment I decided to create one in my own style. Haven't done it yet but have ordered lots of exciting bits and bobs to go on it so watch this space.
Having problems with the laptop at the moment, not sure if it is a virus or a problem with internet explorer. It either locks up completely or starts to open windows all over the place in a neverending loop. Anyone elses ever done that?

Healing stone of the day

Amber - C10H16O+S

Amber is tree resin that has gradually mineralized. It was the first precious stone in human history and has been used as a healing stone and amulet for at least 7000 years. Mentally - Flexibility, creativity, self-confidence. Self-belief, success. Physically - works with: Stomach, spleen and kidney complaints, also liver, gallbladder and joints. Chakra: Throat, cleanses and purifies all.
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