Today, April 22nd is Earth Day – are you doing anything special? Planting a tree, turning your lights, tv and computer off for a few hours?
I am not planning on doing anything special per se – my television never goes on until about 9pm at night for the news anyway! … and I do, on a daily basis, try to live sustainably, so will do more of that today with a little more mindfulness during the day.
I find it important to recycle and reuse as much as possible, especially in the current political state of climate change scepticism.
I also consider it important because as a ceramic artist I do use alot of gas, water and electricity. My clay and glaze ingredients have a large carbon footprint also, in terms of miles travelled and mining.
I try as much as possible to offset this footprint by growing as much food as possible, composting waste, not using chemicals when cleaning, being a vegetarian, and of cause recycling as much as possible.
Here in Dunnstown,, where I live, we are approaching the end of the Summer/Autumn growing season and I have been doing lots of preserving, bottling and preserving – I will be doing more of that today. I still have lots of apples left which I will be using to make more apple chutney and apple paste (which is great with strong blue cheeses). I have made bottled apples in the past, which were great, so I might make more of them too. I have also recently delved into raw apple cider vinegar!
As followers of my ETSY shop may know – and if not you will now – as well as making ceramic homewares and jewellery, I also make a range of jewellery made from upcycled materials such as guitar strings, plastic bottles, buttons and beads. Love jewellery, or know someone who does? Today, being Earth Day is the ideal day to purchase an upcycled gift for yourself or a friend…. and remember Mothers Day is coming up on May 14th.
I have been a bit preoccupied lately with all the preserving and fermenting from the summer/autumn garden so have not been doing a great deal of making… but recently I had a custom order from my ETSY shop for twelve ceramic buttons so took the opportunity to also make some extra buttons and some pendants at the same time.
The buttons turned out beautifully. The customer wanted them to add a unique and jazzed up element to a denim jacket which she wants to take on holiday with her at the end of April! I love these kinds of stories that accompany custom orders and hope she will be happy with them! I think she will…
The pendants, which I will list as necklaces and earrings in my ETSY shop, are just in time for Mothers Day – May 14th. I have assembled some of them and will be listing them over the coming week. If your mum/sister/girlfriend/wife/aunt/nana/partner or female friends anywhere love both handmade and jewellery these are the perfect gifts!
See you soon!
Happy St Patricks Day – and what better way to celebrate than with a 10% discount in both of my ETSY shops for the remainder of March!
Use coupon code StPats2017 in either shop for some great green finds or anything else for that matter!
Here’s a little teaser:
and from my supplies shop
Happy St Patricks Day and happy savings!!
Happy Sunday!! Since making, firing and installing my exhibition in ContainArt last week I have not been in the studio much. We finally have some consistent nice weather here in Ballarat, after a miserable Winter, so the plan is to finally finish the deck – a year later!! The delay has been a combination of aforementioned weather and also some ongoing health problems I have been having over the Winter and into Spring…. I am finally starting to come good, but have the occasional relapse for a couple of days. So annoying!
Anyway, I have spent the weekend oiling slats for the deck railing and hubby has been putting them up (under supervision – lol). So, it looks like we will have our deck finished this summer – yay!!
Apart from that i will take this opportunity to remind you that Valentines Day is only one month away – February 14th. And, of course, I have lots of gift ideas in my ETSY shop for both him and her – jewellery, homewares, and of course custom orders are always welcome 🙂
I’ll leave you with some gift inspiration – have a great week 🙂
Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for visiting my blog throughout the year even though I have been scattered in my posts and in visiting others due to ill health. My New Years Resolution is good health and, therefore by default, more regular posting and visiting!!
AND be sure to visit my ETSY tomorrow for a Boxing Day Sale – use ‘boxingday2016’ for 20% off storewide … avoid the chaos of shopping malls and shop online! 🎁🎁
Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone and see you in 2017 🎉
I said in my last post I was going to start posting more frequently after ill health – but getting so far behind in my teaching and firing schedule and other business stuff – plus a bit of a health relapse – meant it just hasn’t happened. So I am going to call it quits for 2016 and make my New Years Resolution to have GOOD HEALTH!! I have never experienced six months of ill health before and it has done my head in!! So here’s to 2017.
I will leave you with a couple of pics of works in my ETSY store though because I am having a boxing day sale – perfect: no need to visit the chaos of the malls, just buy online!! At the checkout use ‘boxingday2016’ and receive 20% off your entire purchase – what better way to end the year?
Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone and see you – hopefully – more regularly in 2017 🎄🎉☺
Today was the official lunch of the Plan Australia #becauseiamagirl campaign, which aims to raise awareness and funds for women and girls held back by poverty and gender inequality.
The project is powered by Etsy sellers from Australia and New Zealand in support of Plan International’s Because I Am A Girl campaign. All funds raised will go towards supporting projects that help make a difference in the lives of girls held back by poverty and gender inequality. Last year the funds were directed to Cambodia, and this year it is focused on Sri Lanka.
To learn more about this project go to etsy.me/makeforgood.
This years theme is a Brighter Future, so I have designed a range of bright colourful jewellery and will be donating 25% of my sales from my StripeDelight range to the cause. For the range of handmade bespoke items available across all shops search #makeforgood on Etsy.
And remember you can use the coupon code YAY200 in my shop for a 20% discount till the end of September. To find out why visit my previous POST!
If you would like to donate to the cause and would like a custom order made, for example if you would prefer some guitar string hoop earrings made with brightly coloured beads just let me know and we can arrange it easily.
And so here is the range of jewellery I have designed especially for this cause. Please support the campaign, it is a great initiative to involved in 🙂
Today in the studio I am firing the kiln – a bisque firing, with a combination of my work and students works.
I have also finally met my milestone goal in my ETSY shop – listing 200+ items in my shop, and to celebrate I am holding a 20% discount till the end of the month – so that my 200 goal will be gone and I will have to start again!!
Use coupon YAY200 at checkout to receive your discount 🙂
Two hundred items may not sound like much, but it is when you consider the making, the photography, the photo editing, the uploading and creating product descriptions – it is actually very time consuming! Then the marketing – phew!
My Etsy shop stocks ceramic tableware and jewellery I make, and also jewellery I make from upcycled materials such as guitar strings, marbles, buttons and repurposed beads. Each piece is unique, and make great gifts to others or yourself!!
Here are some of the products I have recently listed to achieve my 200+ inventory – enjoy and happy shopping 🙂
There is not much happening in the studio today. I went to a 50th birthday party last night, so it has been a sleep in morning and lazy afternoon 🙂
I did load the kiln with STUDENT works for a firing tomorrow, and am planning on doing some glazing on my custom orders tomorrow after unloading the bisque kiln.
It was a beautiful day – well for Dunnstown anyway – it was the first day of reasonable weather we’ve had for months AND yes, spring is only days away! So, my partner & I went for a brisk walk around the 4KM block just before the sun was beginning to go down, and midway I was able to capture a vibrant pic of the sunset. I must admit I have a plethora of amazing sunsets where I live which you can see on my INSTAGRAM account:-)
This evening I played around with some guitar string jewellery after being given a surprise box of goodies from a friend during the week. I’ve been making guitar string jewellery for a while because my partner plays guitar, and this surprise package had strings as well as lots of other jewellery making goodies!
So tonight I experimented with making some earrings, rings and necklaces combining other accents such as seed beads, glass beads, my handmade paper beads and my ceramic personalised charms. Here are on some “on the workbench pics” Click on a pic for a better view 🙂
Apart from that, Fathers Day is next weekend and you can still purchase unique gifts from my ETSY shop and get them in time with express postage – or you could pick up goodies from studio if you live nearby 🙂
Besides firing the kiln this afternoon, I have also been finalising my jewellery designs for this years Makeforgood campaign, a charity event facilitated by a partnership between Etsy Australia and Plan Australia to raise awareness and money for the brighter futures of the lives of girls in Cambodia.
The theme this year “creating brighter futures” so I am making a range of jewellery from brightly coloured handmade paper beads – a necklace, charm bracelet and earrings – which are repeatable designs, though the beads will always be a little different so that you are still assured a unique piece of jewellery.
I am donating 25% of any sales toward the campaign, and am on schedule to list my items in my ETSY shop tomorrow (Monday).
The hashtag to search Etsy for the full range of makeforgood items is, yes you guessed – makeforgood. This is a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping finished early, plus contribute to an important campaign.
Meanwhile here are some work in progress pics to tempt you – for a good cause!
And cutting the paper for the beads 🙂 – have a great weekend!
Cutting paper for paper bead jewelry I am finalizing the designs for tonight for the #makeforgood campaign. 25% of every sale will be donated to Plan Australia to fund Because I Am a Girl projects in Cambodia #becauseiamagirl #Etsy #etsyau #auswandarrah #charity #handmadeau #handmade #jewelry #jewelrydesign #jewellery #shopforacause @plan_Australia @etsyau