Smitten Charity Jewellery Auction, in aid of Mind

For the last couple of years I’ve participated in a fabulous fundraising event, donating jewellery to be auctioned to raise funds for different charities. It is organised by Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads, with able support from Lindsay Phillipson and Kate Floate, and goes by the name, So Good I’m Smitten. And, all the jewellery that is made and donated is created by Smitten customers using some of the lovely beads that Claire sells. In 2014 we raised over £1200 for the The Alzheimer’s Society, and last year over £1800 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. This year’s charity is Mind, the mental health charity. As you may or may not know, it’s a cause that means a great deal to me; and, with NHS mental health services being ever more stretched, underfunded, and cut back, alternative sources of support are particularly vital right now. The auction takes place online, on a dedicated Facebook page. It’s really easy to participate; you don’t have to sign up or join anything. You just need a Paypal account to make your payment/donation – and a desire to own some lovely jewellery. You can see an album of all the jewellery that is available here. As you’ll see, the reserve prices are set at a very affordable rate. The auction starts today (15th July) at 5pm and runs until 8pm on Sunday evening (17th July). Here are the pieces I’ve donated. I’ve mixed in some of my ceramic pieces with the Smitten supplies.

SGIS bracelet lagoon feathers circles SGIS pendant necklace pendant on bust moorish

Here’s another link to the event page. And, again, a link to the auction album where you can place your bids. I do hope you’ll hop over and take a look!

More New Jewellery

Just a quickie to share the stack of new pieces that I just listed on Etsy. There’s a crop of new stacked totem type pendants. I haven’t made any for a while; they’re such fun to design.

Where Will I Wander 1 And All The Stars Were Gone 1 voodoo 1 Her Promethean Way1

tiny totem 1

This last one – the most mini – may be my favourite. I foresee more being made along the same lines. Here’s a more substantial piece, which I’m also rather taken with.

Trouble and Mischief Is All You Live For 1

And now the earrings. First of all, this trio, each pair featuring these lovely long sticks/spikes which I made when I was doing all my recent glaze-y experiments.

The unclaimed Wild Stretches 1

Give Me All Mountains 1

where is your comforting? 1

I also broke out some amazing lampwork beads that I’ve been a’hoarding. My hoarding seems to be at its worst when it comes to lampwork. These ones are very gloooooowy.

star stuff 1 kingfishers 1

And finally, a last few pairs with nothing to link them but loveliness!

citrus 1

limpets 1

palm-vines, ferns, and peperomias 1

Several pairs have already skidaddled out of the shop, but the rest are available here.

Some (Relatively) New Jewellery

I really should have written and shared this post a week or so ago, but I got sidetracked with the bead shop update (re. which: Thanks to everyone who shopped! I’ve just posted everything out!). I have yet to share these earrings that I added to the shop a week or so ago. So, this is a quick post to do just that!  A couple of pairs have sold but the rest are available on Etsy.

Across The Very-Marble Of This Place 1 all that remains 1 An Older Friend, The Sun 1 cressida 1 hell ain't half full 1 Life gets everywhere 1 sun spots 1 This Knowing 1

Finally, to mix things up, a lone bracelet –

works and days 1

I must make more new bracelets and necklaces – a job for this weekend, I think. Anyhow, for more pics and info on these, head to the shop. Ciao for now!