Thirty years ago I made my first pair of earrings! I wore them out in my small town, got compliments, was asked if I could make a pair for someone, made them, and so it all started. It’s a tale that is similar for a lot of makers, and it has defined me and my life ever since. I tried to “give up” making jewellery when I travelled to London for two years in my 20’s, but one of the first things I did when I got there was to find a bead shop and purchase new tools and beads. I told this story a lot at markets this year, it reminded me of why I am so incredibly hooked (pun intended) on making jewellery. It’s a huge part of me, and I love the creativity that comes from making things. This year I tried to make something every day, but it didn’t work out, life got in the way (too much), but that was the reality of life and this year in particular. I can still look back on this year and see some awesome things happened…I had an exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery that I designed, made and curated! My work is stocked in several new galleries thanks to beautiful people finding me online. I met new customers at the markets and I made some beautiful jewellery! Being able to still do this, and still loving it, makes me feel so grateful. I am excited about next year, I have a new creative project that I will share with you tomorrow. For now, let’s just enjoy this last day of the year, and I will see you all next year!
It’s sale table time at @tartscollective again! I have all sorts of discontinued and very discounted jewellery on the table this year!
And that’s a wrap! Thanks for all the support and likes in 2019. Your comments and encouragement help me to keep on making glass beads and jewellery! This photograph represents your 9 most-liked photos from this year! Wow, look at all of that recycled glass jewellery. I feel grateful every day that I get to do this! I am looking forward to 2020 and I hope to see you in the new year at some stage. Enjoy the festive season for whatever it is for you. For me it’s about family and I can’t wait to spend time with them all this week. Stay safe wherever you are. Thanks and farewell 2019.
Actually it kind of feels this hot in the studio today! Luckily only a few beads left to make for this super busy festive season and then I get to relax! I also made a pair of earrings today, they kind of match the day/season.
I love this bracelet featuring beads made from all sorts of recycled glass objects including wine bottles, gin bottles, green Depression glass, old glasses, and even tonic water bottles! Pretty colours and very comfortable on your wrist because the beads sit flat.
Thrilled to be stocking my work amongst so many talented people who make new and beautiful things from old discarded objects at @recreatecommunity Well worth the drive to Mt Pleasant, so much to see in this gorgeous shop that is so much more than just a shop!
Yummy gin and tonic earrings featuring beads made from Bombay Sapphire Gin and Fever-Tree tonic water bottles!
Studs are an option! I don’t have many of these pairs left, but they are a sweet alternative to a hook. These earrings are made from a Banrock Station wine bottle.
Green Depression glass and @banrockstationwines wine bottles feature in this super pretty bracelet perfect for wearing to the beach on a hot day 🏝 (I see some hot days ahead for those of us in South Australia, stay cool)!
Gin and tonic necklace heading to @tartscollectivefeaturing beads made from Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray Gin bottles. Perfect for summer.