Monday, May 31, 2010

Leaf and Butterfly Pendant


...so sweet, so different - always searching for new designs :D

a few tiny pendants...





... just a few pendants I have been working on - these are so little and delicate - very feminine - only an inch in size - I have just ordered more supplies from US and of course, once again, I am sitting on needles here with impatience awaiting their arrival - I have ordered a few lilly pads and a few 3D frog charms for a new line of pendants :D

Hope everyone is well and happy and good - hugs to all!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

NEW LOCKET GIVEAWAY ON FB :D



Hi Blogger friends - I am holding a GIVEAWAY of this locket on my FB Fan Page - please click on this link and just leave a comment :D GOOD LUCK :D

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New batch of SOAP...


...this batch I made yesterday and I have just cut up the two logs of soap - its a mixture of Honeysuckle, Champagne and Gardenia and now my whole house smells on this scent, its divine. I have been meaning to make more soap and finally got the chance yesterday!



...also, a few packages arrived yesterday and one of them was the strand of gems - Amethyst, Citrine, Topaz and Peridot -I have made this tree of life pendant with the gems and its very sparkly and bright.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Back to Wire Wrapping...




...last few days I have been wire wrapping pendants again as my various supplies are really taking a very long time to arrive - so, here are two which are currently in my Etsy shop - you may remember that I made a necklace for my mom for my brother's wedding a few weeks back and I have a heap of glass pearls left over from that project, so I figured I would put them in a Tree of Life pendant and I think all the different pearl sizes look great :D - one of these has already sold so someone else seems to think so too - cheers everyone!

Monday, May 24, 2010

SILVER pendants...





Hello everyone in Blogger Land - hope everyone is happy and well and smiling!

I am slowly easing into reality after my holidays - it is cold and gloomy and rainy in my part of the world, so basically I am locked indoors reading or cleaning or washing or making new jewellery (the usual for a stay at home mom) - we are well and truly into winter in Melbourne!

I have had a lot of requests/emails asking if I make my Val Pendants in silver as I have been hung up on antique brass for a very long time - so here they are. They look sweet I think :) but I still prefer the honey tones of brass.

I am busy with three custom orders I have had since returning from holidays (one of which is finished and already listed on Etsy) - the other two orders are on hold until I receive the supplies which should be arriving this week hopefully.

I am going to curl up and read my book now and switch the laptop off - new resolution for me, since returning from holidays, is to spend less time on the Internet - lets see how I do on that one LOL. Bye everyone!


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Back to reality...





...my newest pendants which are now curing for the next two day - it was wonderful pulling out all my jewellery supplies last night and making pendants again as its been nearly a month since I have made any new pieces.

The moment I re-opened my Etsy shop on the weekend, I received heaps of emails from buyers who had been waiting for me to return so they can put in custom orders - this is great of course and now I have to buy all the supplies needed as I have run out of everything: beads, resin, wire, clay etc etc.

On another note, a custom order I sent to the US before my holidays arrived, minus the custom order - great isn't it. Only the free gift I enclosed was in the envelope which means that somewhere along the postal route, someone opened up the envelope, removed the custom pendant, re-sealed the envelope and posted it to the buyer! What a bummer - now I have to make another pendant for the custom order and have it resent to the poor lady who was so patient with me and waited a month for the pendant which never arrived...ah hell, that's life I suppose, there is a first for everything.

OK, must get off this laptop now and do some work around the house - cheers all, Val xo

Thursday, May 13, 2010

HELLO...I am back...

HELLO EVERYONE - well ladies...here are the pictures as promised - I have chosen a few out of 135 photos I took on these holidays...not surprising, I only feature in few of them as I always end up being the designated photographer LOL...


At the Port Douglas look-out...

ughhhh...kids getting up-close and personal with some tropical pythons (non venemous of course) while mom is freaking out, taking the photos...this was taken at the Cairns Night Markets

Mossmon waterfall in a tropical rain forest - just one of many we visited on our travels...

Volcanic crater which is about 80 meters deep below the water surface before it takes a sharp right...that part has still not been explored. 60 meters from the viewing platform where I took this photo to the water below...

Largest Amethyst Geode in the world - this one is 2.6 tonne and 3.6 meters tall...this was at the Crystal Caves in the Tablelands...

Maya and I horse riding on Wonga Beach - I don't know how she talked me into this one and a half hour ride...I was unable to walk for 2 days afterwards LOL

We rented a moke on our third day of holidays and drove around Port Douglas and Mossman...the kids loved it!

Kiddies with a Cassowary...amazing birds!

Catching lizards in Port Douglas...I have so many photos of the kids with lizards in their hands, its not funny...

At a Tropical Zoo...check out the crocs sunning themselves on the sand...

Paronella Park in the Tablelands...these grounds are gorgeous with Spanish Castles built on them by a Spanish immigrant in 1935...

Spanish Castle in the background...under the bridge is a waterfall...this place was amazing...I even bought the biography of Jose Paronella (I hope I spelled it correctly) the man who dreamt of building a pleasure garden in the middle of the tropics...75 years later, the park still operates and tourists stream through the doors...

Evening shot of Cairns...the large building lit up behind the kids is the Trilogy apartments where we stayed...


Mossman rain forest...

Mandalay apartments at Port Douglas, on our ground floor balcony...

Ice cold water at Mossmon...


WOW - what a busy 10 days we have had - I always feel like I need a holiday from the holiday LOL - it was great, we had a wonderful time and the weather was excellent for us - only a few quick showers on a couple of days, otherwise, it was hot and sunny and we were just go go go... - all my photos are out of sequence but never mind :D We rented a moke for one day and a large comfortable sedan for two days - John and I worked it out, we did over 650km in driving and visiting various places...and we wished we had a few more days of holidays as there were still many places we did not get to see...ah well, next time...

It is good to be back tho, as much as travelling and sightseeing is wonderful, it is always nice to come back home and sleep in ones own bed! I have a suitcase full of clothes to wash (the machine is washing the second load right now) and then its back to REALITY for all of us - hubby and I back to work tomorrow, kids at school and so on...

Hope everyone has been well and good...thank you to everyone for leaving such wonderful comments on my previous post about my brother's wedding - you guys are so kind and wonderful, THANK YOU so much - I look forward to chatting to you all very soon!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My Baby Brother is MARRIED :D

My baby brother Vlad and his wife Jade :D


Kids having fun around the Hot Rod which took the groom and his Best Man to Church


My little ones - so grown up in their formal finery :D


The whole family glitzed up and ready to party!



Well...I finally have a quick moment to do this post and let you know about my brother's wedding.

Needless to say, the bride was glowing and beautiful, my brother hansom and relaxed, the weather unbelievably mild for 1 May and all the guests having a great time - a perfect wedding.

CONGRATS to the new Mr & Mrs Zivanovic - I love you both very much and wish you all the happiness in the world - lots of hugs and kisses to you both :D

My family and I fly out to Cairns tomorrow morning for our holiday in the tropics and I still have a couple of last minute things to do, plus cleaning the house and packing our suitcases...so I think I better go and do that now!

When we return I will get back into blogging and post some pics of our holidays, promise. Until then, keep safe and happy and we will chat a bit later on :D