Monday, 19 April 2010

my weekend

Great weather! Went to a dog show on Primrose Hill with Richard and Sophie and Megan (S&M). S&M entered the obstacle course and did really well with a little help from us holding treats. Megan won the recall test at 3 seconds. Unfortunately Megan wouldn't stop barking during the training class and had to be ejected a couple of times. Yesterday we all went to Denham in Buckinghamshire. Lovely village - lots of great pubs for Sunday lunch. We went to the Green Man and sat in the garden. Megan had her bark collar on so she was fairly quiet. We then took them for a walk near the golf course where there is a lovely stream for them to play in. Very shallow for little dogs so they don't have to go out of their depth, which, like their mother, they don't like. During all this I also managed to make half a necklace and a pair of earrings. See above photo of the earrings. Still working on the necklace! I ought to go and do that now I think.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Blogger: User Profile: Lynette Jewel

Blogger: User Profile: Lynette Jewel Hi, my name is Lynette and this is my first blog! I live in London and Somerset with my husband Richard and our two miniature schnauzers Sophie and Megan. I am a designer of handcrafted jewellery with sites on misi, folksy and etsy. I also have my own website Making jewellery is all I think about since I started last July. I am totally obsessed! It started with a craft market in Somerset where I liked the necklaces a lady was selling. I bought two and one for my mum and talked to her about jewellery making. She said she was going to take a course but someone told her just to get a book and start from there and that is what she did. I really liked her stuff which was made of faux suede and coloured beads - very simple but very pretty. I went away and bought a book but that was no good - I need to be shown things to understand them so I booked a course with Claire Vickery (no relation) at Creative Moments in Yeovil. The course was on making suede/leather jewellery. I dragged my sister Gill along and the rest is history as they say. Since that time I have taken classes with Claire on memory wire jewellery and silver art clay. I have done a couple of craft fairs - the first didn't go too well but the second one went very well. I have some more booked for this year and of course my websites. I have moved on to making jewellery using mainly sterling silver, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, pure silver pendants (silver art clay) and making jewellery with silver and gold plated wire. Once I have made my item I then have to photograph it and stick the photo in my book and then price it up. (That's the bit I don't like - admin ugh!). But it has to be done. One of my favourite things is to go to the bead shops - my favourite at the moment is Buffy's Beads near Carnaby Street. They have a huge amount of semi-precious stones and pearls and also Swarovski crystals.