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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

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.

 
 

Tameside Creatives Networking

Last week I posted about networking  and how it helps to keep you motivated and “sane” especially if you are a sole trader and work mainly from home.

Today I am writing about a networking event that I run along with Shilpa Mistry – and before you ask no we are not related it’s a question we get asked quite often when we go to the same events :).

The idea came about after I returned to work in Tameside after a year of working from a studio in Reddish.  In my 12 months working in the Stockport/Cheshire area I found that Stockport council had a thriving Creative Industry and were actively promoting “creatives” in the area and as I had a studio there I was invited to attend their monthly events which I found really useful and got to meet and work with other like minded individuals.

However, moving back to Tameside I found that there was no support/meeting in the area (other than the established BNI’s B4Bs etc) and found myself to be really isolated working from home and not having as much contact with the outside world other than online via twitter, facebook etc.  I tried to find help and funding from the local council but unfortunately they were going through cuts etc.  So having come to a bit of a dead end Shilpa and I decided that we would do something ourselves and in our own time.  

So with my list of  “creatives” database and Shilpa’s expertise in finding a venue we launched Tameside Creatives Network in May 2011 at Costa Coffee.  We didn’t really know if anyone would be interested in coming along as it was mainly aimed at creatives (although everyone is welcome).    I am pleased to say that we have gone from strength to strength in the last 7 months that we have been running the event and we have members who have been coming from day 1 – so we must be doing something right.

We get people from all types of businesses – photographers, cake designers, graphic artists, web designers, solicitors,  a member of staff from Tameside College the list goes on.

The photographs below were taken at todays networking and as you can see the event is relaxed and inviting and there is no pressure to hard sell it’s very informal – which is exactly what we envisioned and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the people who attend our meetings so from both me & Shilpa I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone who has come along and supported us and hopefully we will get to meet many more new businesses at our future events.  If you would like more information or would like to come to one of our meetings please have a look at the Tameside Creatives Network website or alternatively you can contact me here via the contact form. 

Thank you for reading my rambles and if you have any thoughts please do leave them in the comments box.

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