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!

New jewellery – quite a lot of it….

What a week…

the naturalist

(ceramics – Scorched Earth)

well, ten days, really.

out walking 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; ceramic birds – Happy Fish Things)

What has been happening?

big top 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; ceramic tubes – Golem Studios)

Well, Dexy got sick. He had a dreadful ear infection, which required a general anaesthetic so it could be flushed out.

indigo and iolite 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; patinated hoops – Grubbi)

So that was all quite stressful.


(polymer flower and bird – Tree Wings Studio)

Then I went to an open house at Smitten Beads, which was great but far more ‘active’ than I’m used to. That’ll teach me to be such a homebody.  I picked up a stack of new good stuff and met a load of folk I’d only ever ‘met’ online.

winged things 2

(ceramic leaves – Scorched Earth; lampwork beads – Earthshine)

I’d just about recovered when my laptop died. The hard drive went – just went. Nothing there, gone, kaput. Had I backed up all my images and software?

graffiti 1

Had I hell.

into the trees

 (ceramic house – Elukka; enamel leaf – Gardanne)

I’ll spare you the details – because they’re long and not very interesting – but I did manage to get the hard drive and software replaced without paying for them.

ocean side

(ceramic round – Slate Studio)

Or breaking the law.


So, thank heavens for that!

one daisy

(lampwork beads – Earthshine)

But, oh my, I don’t like being without a laptop. I kept getting that phantom limb thing where I’d turn to check something on it then find it wasn’t there.

crystal tip earrings

Of course, all this turmoil has prevented me posting new designs here. As you can see, there are quite a number.  Some have been listed, and some sold, but if there’s anything here that catches your eye that you can’t find in my Etsy shop, do get in touch.

holding light

 (ceramic spiral coin – Gaea; beaded bead – Malin de Koning; clasp – Amanda Davie)

So, apologies for another image heavy post…

peacock shards 1

 (enamel matchsticks – Numinosity)

 …although I’m quite relieved that I have all these images recorded on my blog because they’re no longer on my computer.

delft 2

 (ceramic lentil – Golem Studios; lampwork discs – Helen Chalmers)

ombre sky

 (ceramic lentil – Golem Studios)

I’m getting busy and posting all this now because it’s market day tomorrow.


sun into the evening

I’ll be stationed outside the George Hotel, in Frome town centre, from 10am till 3pm.

beach bird

(driftwood bead – Nature Scavenger; ceramic urchin – Blueberribeads)

Can you tell that I’ve yet to get to grips with my new version of Photoshop?!

catchy monkey

(copper pendant – Thea Elements)

tango teal

(driftwood bead – Nature Scavenger; lampwork beads – Glittering Prize, Helen Chalmers)

my bracelet

(ceramic leaf – Bo Hulley; lampwork beads – Glass Bead Art)

This last bracelet ended up being really small. So, regrettably, I’ve had to keep it for myself.   Anyway, that’s the lot. Ciao for now.

Spring fever

Several weeks ago I was lucky enough to have my name drawn out of the hat to receive one of twenty Spring Fever packs put together by Lesley Watt, Caroline Dewison and Claire Braunbath of Thea Elements, Blueberribeads and Smitten Beads.  Each of the packs contained an assortment of handmade ceramic beads and beautiful sari silk, and each had a different colourway.  The recipients were challenged to use the components and share what they made today, as part of a blog hop.  Here’s the pack I received.

spring fever pack1

And here’s what I made. Definitely Spring-y.

bunny button 1

So Spring-y, I threw in a bunny for good measure.

bunny button 2

(bunny button – Dottery Pottery)

For some reason, I struggled somewhat with the large flower pendant.  I think it was something to do with balancing it with the shape and length of the necklace. I ended up layering it over one of my patinated leaves.  I’ve made a couple of choker length pieces recently – I’d sorta forgotten about chokers, I think!  Anyway, I think that it’s a good length for this particular focal.

daisy choker 1

daisy choker 4

My favourite bead was the larger bird with the wee flower on its side, so I decided to treat myself and made this simple pendant piece for me.

my pendant

The choker and the bracelet are now listed in my Etsy shop.  I’d hoped to get a pair of earrings made using the sari silk but that hasn’t happened yet…  soon!

Big thanks again to Lesley, Caroline and Claire! Here’s a list of all the other blog hop participants, so you can hop around and see what everyone else made, like I’m about to do:

Lori Bowring Michaud –
Erin Prais – Hintz –
Toltec Jewels –