Monday, 24 January 2011

Handmade Pay It Forward!

Hi everyone!

My lovely friend, Laura, over at Delightfully Delirious posted a handmade pay it forward for 2011 and seeing as how a) I LOVE her stuff and b) I LOVE pay it forwards, I decided to jump in on this! So, here are the rules, nabbed from Laura:

I promise to send something handmade to the first five people who comment on this post. But if you enter you must post this too, and offer something handmade to another five people that comment on your blog.

The rules are that it must be something handmade or homemade by you and it has to be sent to five other people during 2011, so we all have plenty of time :D!

If you'd like to join in the fun, then be among the first five to post a comment and something handmade or homemade will be coming your way at some point this year.

**Please only join in if you intend to pay it forward.. that's the whole point!**

Ready, set, GO!

Have a great week :)

Thursday, 20 January 2011

15% off sale on beads and jewellery!

Hi everyone!!

Good news: I've added a bunch of beads and some jewellery to my by keiara ArtFire shop!

Great news: Selected items are 15% off through this weekend!! Plenty of things are on sale including Christmas beads, some sets, some focals and even some gorgeous jewellery!

I've also added a metric ton (okok, maybe not that much) of new beads including earring pairs for only $5 (that's about £3) per pair to both my by keiara Etsy shop and my by keiara ArtFire shop!

Have a great day and happy shopping!! ;)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

new jewellery!

Hi everyone!

Over the holidays, I made lots of new jewellery and I decided to give you a preview of what's going to be up for sale in the coming days. Above is Mango Tango Fleur Necklace made with my handmade lampwork floral bead, Sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and a hand-dyed ribbon. I LOVE the colours.

This is Felicia, the beautiful deep honey-coloured kitty. Say hello! Felicia is handmade by me, etched for a velvety look and feel and I hand-wired her with Sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and a gorgeous hand-dyed ribbon. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the ribbon is stitched with sparkly golden thread!
Prince is a gorgeous sophisticat in shades of purple and aqua and I paired him with another hand-dyed string in similar colours. This necklace finishes with a beautiful Sterling silver 'S' clasp.

How do you take your tea? I like mine with milk and two sugars, thanks! I created this adorable bead to resemble a cup of milky tea. I hand-wired the bead into a pendant using all Sterling silver and it hangs from an 18" Sterling silver snake chain.

Could Bettina the kooky bunny be any cuter? I added my popular 'kooky' style eyes to my bunny bobble design and OMGoodness! How adorable! I wired Bettina into a pendant with Sterling silver and Swarovski crystals. She's perfect for spring and Easter!

I also made a few owl pendants including the lovely Amy pictured here. I created Amy with amethyst-coloured glass and gave her plenty of personality! She makes a super sweet pendant :)

Everything pictured above and MUCH more will be going up for sale on my various sites (I haven't quite decided yet.. I may just post a few things on each different site!) this week so remember to check back often.

Don't forget you can always sign up for my mailing list where you will receive notification whenever I list new items (no more than one notification per week, don't worry!) I also send a notification to my mailing list whenever I have a giveaway! Speaking of which, it's been quite a long time since I've had a giveaway. So, let me ask for a little feedback!

In a giveaway, would you like a bead or a finished piece of jewellery? Please leave your preference as a comment below and this will decide my next giveaway!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week :)


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Christmas in Denmark - Happy 2011!

Hi everyone!!!

I just got back from spending a few weeks in Denmark for the holidays. Above is a picture of me and my wonderful boy, Stefan, out in the snow :) There was a snow storm right before we arrived so there was TONS of snow and it was absolutely gorgeous. Being a native Floridian, I'd never seen anything like it and had to run outside every so often just to look at the beautiful winter wonderland.

Here is Stefan with his mother, Anette, and niece, Caroline. Anette is extremely artistic and we had a wonderful time talking about our creative endeavours. Caroline is just about the cutest baby ever and she's so sweet and happy. She's an absolute joy!

There is a park area right down the street from the family's house and I couldn't resist a few shots. The trees look like something out of a fairytale!

No picnic today, I'm afraid!

This is a shot of the street where we were staying. It could not have been more magical!

The whole family together on Christmas Eve. This is (from left): Louise, Christian, me, Stefan, Anette (holding Caroline), Ib (Anette's husband), Rasmus (Stefan's brother, whom we call Mouse) and Nicolaj (Stefan's other brother). We had a wonderful time and I picked up a few Danish words and phrases.

Yes, I was seriously obsessed with the snow!

This picture doesn't even look real to me! Everything is so white and gray.. except me.. LOL!

It was a really wonderful trip and I met lots of family members and friends. We had lots of great food and did plenty of shopping (I even bought FOUR dresses!). New Year's in Denmark is mind blowing. The entire country erupts in huge aerial fireworks and we stood outside for nearly an hour watching them!!

I was quite sad to leave, having fallen in love with both the country and the people, but I knew if I didn't get back to the torch sometime this year, I'd go nuts! It's nice to be home and I'll have plenty of new beads for sale in the coming weeks.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish each of you a fantastic 2011!!


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Hi! My name is keiara and I'm a native Floridian currently living in Folkestone, England. I am a hot glass and jewellery artist and I'm passionate about what I do! I love to 'talk shop' so feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by!