At the weekend I went to visit my lovely friend Claire who has a folksy shop called Contemporary Crafts. She is great at sewing (which is not one of my strong points!) and had said she could help me make some curtains. I had bought a duvet cover in the sales (which works well for curtains as you get a lot of material for the money) so I took it round to her house to see what we could do.
We had to cut the duvet in half (Claire's advice is to buy two single duvet covers as this would solve the need to do this. Depending on your window size obviously).
We then had to pin and sew each curtain together and then sew the curtain tape into the top.
I'm using the word we rather liberally! I mostly stood around and drunk tea. I did a bit of pinning. And a bit of ironing. And a bit of measuring. Claire did all the sewing and important stuff!
And here they are in my living room! I'm really pleased with the way they look. Tha…
For my first foray into being a media star (!) I was asked to film a part of the London Jewellery SchoolDistance Learning Jewellery Business Course DVD. The distance learning course has been available for about a year and has been very popular. The director of the School, Jessica Rose, was keen to revamp the content of the course materials to keep it up to date and respond to feedback. In the original DVD Jessica filmed all the sections herself. This time she asked myself and Hayley Kruger, another tutor from the Jewellery School, to share the filming.
The course covers all the areas you need to consider when setting up a jewellery business including finance, getting online, PR and more. You also get a workbook, free membership for the LJS and a voucher worth the price of a taster class so I think it is very good value.
For my filmed sections I typed up my script so that I didn't stumble on my words! I used a free telepromt app on the ipad called promptware and I have to reco…
On Saturday I went to Old Spitalfields market for the We Make London handmade market. My friend from Grace and Firefly had a stall there. I manned the stall for a bit while she got a coffee and I actually managed to sell a ring!
I also had a chance to look around the market and enjoyed seeing the mix of handmade items - from jewellery, purses, cosmetics, prints - there was definitely something for everyone. I bought some lovely things! I chose some glass earrings and a fused glass brooch from Grace and Firefly and a cherry necklace from Despina Ceramics.
I have applied to run my first stall there is November so I'll let you know if I am accepted!
A new BBC comedy starts tonight called Me and Mrs Jones (BBC1, 9.30pm). It stars Sarah Alexander, Neil Morrissey, Nathaniel Parker and Robert Sheehan.
Before filming for the show commenced, I was excited to be commissioned to make a 'good luck' pendant for Sarah Alexander, who has the title role. And what's more she is wearing her pendant in this BBC interview!
It is a handmade silver pendant with 'Mrs Jones' written on the front and a message from her children on the back.
I'm looking forward to watching the series and I'll keep an eye out to see if she is wearing any of my jewellery on the show! I'll keep you posted!