Monday, April 26, 2010

Sad today :(


Maya and Sinisha

My little 10yo man went to his Grade 5 camp this morning and returns on Friday - he was so excited this morning, wheeling his suitcase and carrying his sleeping bag into the schoolyard - Maya (who is tough cookie) actually had tears in her eyes as she decided she will miss her brother.

I am sad this morning as I miss my little man already - ahh the joys of parenthood...

I am slowly getting ready for my holiday's next week and I still need to get a few things organised for my brother's wedding on Saturday...so I guess I better stop feeling sorry for myself and get on with it...cheers all, Val xo

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New pendants...yet again :D



...I made these three pendants last night and this morning I gave them a second coat of resin - my fingers are sticky and my work surface is an absolute mess - as much as I love making these pendants I hate the clean-up which is a given after each crafting session :) - these pendants will have to wait until I return from holidays in mid May before I list them on Etsy as my shop will be going on 'vacation' in a few days time.

Today its is sunny and warm once again (no surprise there LOL) but tomorrow will be another season no doubt. I plan to do some housework and then star packing - also need to organise a few things for my brother's wedding in a weeks time so I will be busy busy busy until we fly out to Cairns/Port Douglas at the beginning of May.

OK, just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone and chat to you soon, cheers Val xo

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photos of my pets :D

Pepper asleep in her basket


Luther on his comfy bed

Time to show some pics of my two pets (family members really) - Pepper is our 2 year old tabby and she is a real character. She has adopted my washing basket as her permanent sleeping headquarters and she spends the whole day curled up next to the TV :D

Luther is our 4 year old English Mastiff - the gentlest giant in the dog world - and he is the sweetest dog ever - he still thinks he is little and tries to get into your lap which is scary since he weighs 95kg LOL

Today I am freezing, covered in a blanket, the weather is back to winter once again with massive storms forecast - a big difference from the last two days which were 30C (summer weather) - but that's Melbourne for you, 16 season changes in one day :D

Monday, April 19, 2010

MY BLOG is missing... ME...

photo taken a few minutes ago...


photo taken a year ago...

Hello fellow Bloggers - I have realized that my blog is all about jwellery this and jewellery that and blah blah blah - and that is all well and good, as being creative is a big part of who I am, but...this blog, my blog...well its missing me...missing other parts of my life, my hubby and my kids and my day to day joys and horrors and everything in between. I plan to remedy that asap.

I plan to post a whole heap of photos from my brother's wedding here in a few weeks and I will make sure to also post photos of my upcoming Port Douglas holidays too :D

For my first post, about me LOL...well actually its about my other half... this is an American 1970 Dodge Challenger which my husband bought last year and is now doing a full restoration on ...this has always been his dream and he has been living it for the last year. You see, both the car and my husband share the same birth year "1970"! That means a lot to him. This is apparently one of the most classic muscle cars there is - there are a few, like Mustangs and Camaros etc. but the Challenger has always been hubby's favorite. He has already planned to restore, for his next car, the Australian version, The Charger!

The rust bucket which arrived a year ago was a disaster (as you can see from the last photo) and my poor son was so distraught at the time, telling his day "But, dad, the car is destroyed!" We all laughed over this so very much .

As you can see from the first photo, the car body has been straightened (massive job) all the dints pulled out and painted in the original Banana Yellow color - I am constantly ordering original parts from US sellers for hubby and this car is slowly coming along - it is a long long way from being finished but he is loving every moment of his dream restoration car.

My darling kids are also in the photo :D

OK I hope you have enjoyed this post...I will do my best to post a bit of real life now and then and mix it up with my art and jewellery passion. Cheers all, Val xoxoxox

These are the finished pendants :D



two finished pendants, already listed on Etsy.

I will be putting my shop on vacation at the end of this month as I am going to Port Douglas with the family for a two week holiday - YESSSSSSSSSS - we are counting sleeps - the weather is lovely up there all year round, 23C - 28C right now (and thats supposed to be winter :) - just perfect for resting the mind and body :D

I will make sure to post lots of photos here from my brother's wedding on 1 May and also from our holidays when I return in mid May :D

Pearls for my mom :D


Pearl Necklace for my MOM :D



Some new pieces glazed with resin, just made :D

Hi Ladies, I wanted to share the pearl photo which is a piece I made for my mom for my brothers wedding on 1 May - two weeks to go - she is wearing a lovely dove grey dress and wanted a necklace, a special piece, made for her -she has really green eyes too, so I have used white, light blue, aqua, and grey pearls in different sizes and wire wrapped the necklace for her, three strands, as she requested. I will be going to visit mom tomorrow and will take the necklace to her - hope she likes it.

Also a few new pendants I made today after I finished my GST paperwork - I have just poured resin onto them :D

Chat soon lovely ladies, Val xo

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Custom Order :D



I just wanted to show you buddies a custom order which I finished yesterday for a lady in the US - these colors were chosen by her and they look so lovely together, with the black background coming through - on the front is a brass/copper phoenix charm :D

I started a new painting a few days ago, an Angel/Saint large painting but have had to stop for a few days so I can get a new perspective on it - I have a feeling I have ruined the painting, but will do my best to salvage it - maybe I am just too critical of my first painting in weeks - will wait and see and once it is done I will post photos here (if I think it is good enough to show).

Must run now, its Sunday morning here and my kids have playdates all day - so must drive them to their friends' houses and then I am spending the rest of the day doing my GST (accounting work) something I want to have done asap so I can get it off my mind :D

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mirror Compacts :-)





...these little beauties finally arrived yesterday - they are lovely and so well detailed and shiny and bright - yesterday I added my Val Pendants to the front of these two as I just had to see what they would look like. AMAZING - I think I have found just the thing for handmade Christmas gifts this year :) - cheers lovely Bloggers, chat soon xoxoxox

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NEW Mini Val Pendants...half the size :)





...these little cuties are becoming very popular - they are half the size of the original Val Pendant and half the price too!

Monday, April 12, 2010

PRESSIE for me from JADE :D



...I just wanted to show everyone this gorgeous gorgeous painting which Jade of http://jadeehenderson-artshop.blogspot.com/ painted for me - she is an amazing artist and soon to be my Sister-in-Law. Please visit her blog and see the amazing artwork she makes. This painting is part of a swap we did, she got my "Gardener Girl" mixed media painting and I got this beauty :D

Another bit of happy news - I made some MINI Val Pendants last night (two of them) and they are already both spoken for - I have a feeling I will be making a few of these little pendants too as they are being snapped up like hotcakes - currently I am working on three new MINI Val Pendants :D - will show you pics tomorrow.

OK lovely Bloggers, must run - I have visitors today, my mom and my mother-in-law so I guess better go and 'gas-bag' with them LOL

Sunday, April 11, 2010

GREAT for a bit of a LAUGH :D


A friend sent me an email this morning and it made me crack up - you may have seen this already but if yo haven't enjoy - this may just be true :D

Believe it or not.
Woman has
Man in it;
Mrs. has
Mr. in it;
Female has
Male in it;
She has
He in it;
Madam has
Adam ! in it;

Ever notice how all of women's problems start with MEN?
MENtal illness
MEN
strual cramps
MENtal breakdown
MENopause
GUYnecology
AND ..

When we have REAL trouble, it's a
HIS
terectomy.

GALLERY visit in Melbourne

SOLD


Just wanted to let you know how my Gallery visit went on Saturday - it looks like they loved my unique pendants and would like to take a few on consignment but I first need to speak to the Gallery owner (today) and find out what their terms are (eg commissions) - so if I am happy with that information, I will be going back to the Gallery in a few days to take my pendants in :D - once this is all up and running, I will let you guys know the address of the Gallery so if any local Bloggers are in the area, you can stop buy and take a look see :D

My sister-in-laws hens night was on Saturday too, I am still recovering from that LOL and I hope Jade has recovered - but also two girlfriends and I spent the whole of Saturday, shopping, eating, getting pedicures and manicures etc etc etc - it was a great day all around.

OK must go, time to call the Gallery owner and chat to her :D - cheers Val xo

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New avenues...and FREE shipping

SOLD



...I will be approaching a few boutiques in Melbourne with some of my pendants (my friend finally got to me and made me promise I will do it) - if everything goes well, I will have a very happy post for all of you on Monday morning.

For this weekend only, FREE shipping on jewellery :D

Have a great weekend ladies :D

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Don't know why I am kidding myself...





...yes, even with all the busy busy time around the house and painting eggs today, I have managed to squeeze in a few more pendants :D - must return to my eggs now, there are heaps of flowers all over them too :D