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May Newsletter

April was an eventful month, with school holidays and some other exciting things happening, and that also meant I didn’t get a lot of new work made.

Instead I have a special offer for Mother’s Day.

  • Until Sunday May 3 you are welcome to use the code MUM2015 to receive 25% discount in my Etsy Shop.
  • I’ll be selecting another newsletter subscriber next month to win a pair of earrings of their choice from my online shop.  Subscribe for your chance to win!
  • I will be returning to the Flinders Street Market on Saturday May 2 from 10am until 3pm.  It is set to be a big market, definitely worth checking out if you are in Adelaide.
  • It was exciting to see this Kronenbourg Recycled Glass Flower necklace visit Sydney as part of the 2015 Reart International Upcycle Exhibition.  I had lots of positive feedback on the work, and it was great to see so many artists consciously choosing to use recycled materials.
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The Colour Red: Complementary Colours

This is part of a series of posts about colour.  This month I am focusing on the colour red.

Red with Complementary Colour Green

Red with Split Complementary Colours

When you look at the colour wheel, the colour opposite red is green.  To show how complementary colours work, I have made a red/green complementary necklace above.  I have to say that this is not my favourite colour combination with red and I think that’s because it reminds me of Christmas.  Whenever I have put red and green together in jewellery, and tried to sell it anywhere, the same comment is guaranteed: “Oh, that looks very Christmas-sy.”

Even though it look spectacular in the garden – think red roses on a green rose bush – it just doesn’t look as amazing as a piece of jewellery.

The second picture is of a necklace made with red beads mixed with the colours that are next to green on the colour wheel.  This is a split-complementary colour scheme, and I think it looks very fresh.  I like the contrast of the yellow-green and the blue-green colours with the darkness of the red.

I’m not always a fan of complementary colour schemes, however split-complementary colour schemes can be quite stunning.  I’ll show you more along the way as I write about colours.

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On my walk this morning…

On my walk this morning….

  • I am getting ready for a Ladies Night In this Friday night at the Murray Bridge Community Centre.
  • I am also getting ready for the Flinders Street Market on Saturday May 2.  Always a good day out.
  • I have created the coupon code MUM2015 for everyone to use in my ETSY shop for 25% discount.  The code expires Sunday May 3 (just in time to get a Mother’s Day present posted to your mum)!!
  • I am looking forward to getting back into a routine now that everyone is going back to school!
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Does your mum drink gin?

At the market on the weekend I displayed a small selection of my Bombay Sapphire Gin jewellery (along with some other recycled glass jewellery).  Anyway, the Bombay Sapphire jewellery caught people’s eye because it was displayed with the bottle, and it’s also a beautiful colour.  When I started talking to people about the process of taking the empty bottle through to finished beads and jewellery, there was often that moment where they would say “My mum is a gin drinker, I am going to buy those earrings for her for Mother’s Day.”

Does your mum drink gin?  Or wine?  Or beer?

Maybe she would like a necklace or a pair of earrings like the ones pictured below?  The flower bead necklaces start at $65 for a necklace with 3 flowers.

I have not listed the Bombay Sapphire Gin earrings in my shop, but I have similar pairs from other bottles.  This link will take you to the Coopers Clear version.  If you are interested in the Gin version, please send an email to

Bombay Sapphire Gin Flower NecklaceBombay Sapphire Gin Earrings

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Sale items…


A big thanks to everyone who has supported the sale of items in my Etsy shop.  I have some more items in there expiring very soon, and I am only mentioning it so that you are not sad when they do expire!

In other news, the Reart International Upcycle Exhibition opened tonight, so if you are in Sydney, I hope you get a chance to visit.  Here is a link to the website where all the finalists can be found.

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On my walk this morning…

Morning Walk April 20

  • I had a great time at the Flinders Street Market on the weekend.  Lots of lovely customers.  It was great to see so many people loving the recycled glass jewellery!  I’ll be there again on Saturday May 2.
  • I’m excited about my work being on display as part of the Reart exhibition in Sydney.  It opens to the public on Wednesday.
  • I finished reading “Lost and Found” and loved it!
  • I’m enjoying the slower pace of the school holidays!
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Recycled Glass Beads

Recycled Glass Beads

I am getting ready for the Flinders Street Market this weekend.  It’s a special event market, where all of the stallholders are making eco-friendly products.  I will be there Saturday and Sunday, from 10-3.  I’m really looking forward to being part of this market again.

I will have a range of recycled glass beads and jewellery available, and I’ll also have some “sale” items.

Hope to see you there!

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The Colour Red: What Looks Good with Red?

This is part of a series of posts about colour.  This month I am focusing on the colour red.

All of these necklaces would look great with a red dress!

What looks good with red?  Black and white and grey look really good with red!

You can add a touch of red to the necklace, or simply go with shades of black, white and grey.

Black and white and a touch of grey work perfectly with red.  Black and white with a touch of red!I wear a lot of red, and I also wear a lot of black…so I would probably choose the black and white necklace with a splash of red in it!

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On my walk this morning…

  • On My Walk April 13I am grateful for all of the orders that were placed for my new work over the past few days.  Thank you.
  • I am excited about Flinders Street Market this weekend.  I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 3.  I’ll share a sneak peak of some new work later this week.
  • finished reading “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova.  I find myself questioning my memory more than ever after reading this!  I finished listening to “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent.  Oh my, what a great piece of writing, I absolutely loved it.  And I started reading “Lost and Found” by Brooke Davis.  One word…superb.
  • it is school holiday time, and I am looking forward to more relaxed mornings!


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New jewellery available online

  • To celebrate, I am giving away a pair of earrings to one lucky newsletter subscriber.  Simply make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter, and you will be in the running to win a pair of the Recycled Glass Flower Earrings, in your choice of colour, valued at $45.  The winner will be announced in the next edition of the newsletter (in May).
  • I have received a lot of enquiries about this necklace, so I decided to list a selection of Recycled Glass Flower necklaces and earrings in my online shops.
  • The jewellery has been made from 5 different types of recycled glass: Coopers Ale Beer Bottle (dark brown), Kronenbourg Beer Bottle (cobalt blue), Peroni Beer Bottle (bright green), Banrock Station Wine Bottle (clear) and Bombay Sapphire Gin Bottle (bright blue).
  • If you would prefer a different colour, please enquire.
  • Each necklace has 4 different variations.  You can select the necklace with 3, 5, 7 or 9 Flower Drops.  This is what 5 Flower Drops looks like:


  • P.S. I still have some items on sale in my Etsy shop!    They have 40% discount!  Check out the SALE section here.  No further discounts apply.