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Swarovski Red Heart Necklaces

These necklaces are for a raffle at a Forward Ladies event – “If You Wear Red Today” as part of National Red Dress Day on Friday 3rd February – raising awareness of heart disease in women.  Money raised from the raffle will go to the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.  For more information and to book your place pop over to the events page on the Forward Ladies website

These beautiful red Swarovski hearts are embraced within a silver wire (non-tarnish silver plated) frame that has been hand-formed.  Each heart is individual and unique the only similarity being the swirls that finish of the loose ends.  Both necklaces will be attached to a faux suede 18 inch cord.

Swarovski Heart Pendants

Wearable Art Brooch

After the success of the new Wearable Art jewellery collection I have been thinking of other ways of using the art tiles – with lots of different ideas but these had to go on hold until this week when the last of my custom orders was mailed out. I’ve also been asked if I would be making headbands or brooches so with this in mind I have made a brooch.  I think I need to adapt it a little bit but for a first trial it’s not too bad.Wearable Art Brooch

Wearable Art Brooch

 

Craft Fair at the Rams Head Pub Disley

It’s Monday again and I don’t know about you but the weeks seem to come around to quickly.  I could do with time slowing down enough to catch up on some projects and orders.  

Last Friday (2/12) was my annual trip to the craft fair at the Rams Head pub in Disley.  The fair coincides very nicely with the Christmas light switch on and is a fantastic evening with all the locals and visitors popping in for mulled wine.  This is also the only time that myself, Anna and Lisa meet up – although we are going to try and rectify that in the new year by meeting up for lunch and have a proper catch up.  We were also joined this year by Shoples Handmade Soaps,  Lucy Liz and a couple of other stall holders. 

Here are a couple of pictures from the craft fair.

Anna and Lisa

Rams Head Pub Disley

My Table at the Fair

We now have another 12 months until the next fair at the Rams Head pub.

All Made Up

Last week on my blogger blog I posted this picture showing the pieces to my new collection.

wearable art

If you follow me on twitter or facebook you will already have seen the pieces made up into a bracelet.  If you don’t follow me then here it is all made up and ready to be sent to a new home.

 
 

I’ve had some amazing feedback from people about the bracelet.  At a recent Christmas Market held at a ladies networking group I had the bracelet on display and everyone the ladies who showed interest held out their wrists to try it on. Normally I would have to ask if they wanted to try the item on – but not with this bracelet.

My sample piece was made up in lime green and this seems to be a very popular even though I offer to make the bracelet in the customers choice of colour.

Below are a few pictures of the sample bracelet.

 
 

Women In Business & Networking

Starting your own business is daunting in itself but to be a woman starting out can be even more frightening especially if you work from home and don’t have a “office/work place” to go to.  It can be very lonely and isolating.  

When I started my business I had no idea the amount of support and networking events that are out there.  Some are specifically catered to women,  others are more corporate businesses, business clubs etc.  There are too many to name.  

In my first few weeks of setting up I received a lot of help and advice from The Tameside Business Family run by the local council in Tameside.  This was great in getting to know the practical side of things like tax, book-keeping etc but didn’t really help with connecting to other people in business.

Whilst attending one of the Tameside Business Family events I met Sue Willett.  Sue introduced me to a lovely group of ladies who meet once a month in Uppermill, Saddleworth at The Riverside B & B .  The group has been meeting now for nearly 2 years and I have been lucky enough to be a member.   We all come from different sectors of business from tax, insurance, solicitors, marketing, holisitic therapy etc.  We meet once a month to discuss, plan and see what we have all been up to what we can do to help each other.  It’s a very relaxed and informal meeting and there is never any pressure to bring business to the table as is the case in some networking groups and that is one of the main reasons I like going to the meetings.

Yesterday afternoon we held a open evening and invited other women in business to join us for an informal meeting.  It was a great success as we had over 40 women come along.  Below are some of the photographs of the ladies who attended and a group photograph (not all members present) taken by Tiger Photography.

 

Riverside Ladies

L-R: Shilp Mistry,  Deborah Davies, Me, Julia Sheard (our leader),

Claire Holland,  Tracy Barlow, Amanda Longden, Christina Aspinall,

Dot Birchfield, Rebecca O’Donnell.

Riverside Ladies Network Open Evening 2

Riverside Ladies Network Open Evening 1

Riverside Ladies Network Evening 3

As you can see from the photographs the event was a huge success.  

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