Last week I enjoyed helping out at the London Jewellery Schoolchristmas party. It was lovely chatting to the students and tutors and admiring everyone's jewellery!
There were a couple of games including a pass the parcel with jewellery supplies in every layer.
There was also 'who wore it best'; everyone that attended the party was given four sticky stars. We were asked to stick a star on the people we thought were wearing the best jewellery with the top three makers winning a prize. You can see pictures of the top three pieces on the Jewellery School facebook page.
I was selling the raffle tickets. The raffle prizes were all jewellery donated by the jewellery school tutors (including me). We raised 120 pounds for Action for Children which was fantastic.
I have been admiring this gorgeous draught excluder from Pearl and Earl. I love everything about it - the colours, the pom poms, the font - everything. Unfortunately it is only available in a needlepoint kit which is not in my crafting skillset! So I thought I would try to make a knitted draught excluder with this idea in mind.
I had a look online and settled on this free draught excluder pattern. The pattern is really straightforward. I decided to experiment with it, I'm currently knitting one with uneven stripes. I may also do a plain one (I need two!).
I love the pom poms on each end in the design. Such a sweet touch. I just have to hope my cat doesn't think that they are something to play with!
I looked at lots of ways to add the lettering I wanted. I thought about iron on letters and sew on letters. In the end I went with these quicker and easier but still aesthetically beautiful badges from Showpony available from not on the high street. Fantastic quick service and love…
I haven't blogged for a bit. I've been really busy and making some decisions. Last week I quit my main job at the university I work at in order to take up some part time opportunities. I've been teaching at a few locations for some years now and I've been offered more of the kind of teaching I love. This decision does decrease my income but I hope that the extra time I have will be used effectively to try out some new things - like market stalls for my jewellery, commissions etc.
Every now and then I think I'm mad but it feels like the right decision.