From time to time I get the honor to pack a christmas gift. This time is from a husband who needs to work far from home and won't be there for christmas. I asked him if I can handwritten something for his wife he said that he already had a letter to send to her, he asked me if I can send a note 'Christmas Present, Do Not Open'. I think it's cute, so cute.
As I type through this blog post, I received a notification that I have receive a review for this blue necklace. It makes me smile. She wrote "Beautiful beautiful necklace. My granddaughter will love it. Thank's."
This post is dedicated to Caroline. She bought this pair of earrings a month ago and accidentally broke the vintage millefiori over a shower, although it's not directly touching the water I suspect that the humidity really ruined this poor, literally, old glass beads. Results: she is left with a half wiped flower decoration on the coins. aw :(.
Very patient she emailed me and told me everything about it, like a sweet seller I told her to relax (of course right) and try to figure out something for her..
So, Caroline, I might have misread your email last week and apologize for taking three days to get back to you. It's nothing personal but my gyneco told me to lay down 4 hours a week so the baby in my stomach can rest and grow big.
Dear blog readers: OMG, I worry that I might not yet annouce you about this good news, oh well, there you know it :) I am not good a making a toast and an official announcement anyway. Will perhaps post the silly teletubies stomach later if you behave. My husband said that I look like one of these, mean right. I don't mind though. They're cute *positive smile*
Back to my kind client, voilà three options for you. They are different size and shape however on somewhat the same tone of colors. I ignored the fact that you might be more interested in having it replaced in the same shape rather than color. You see, it's the pregnant brain functioning.
Anyhow, I might risk not having you liking all three but I'd like to show you anyway.
The first option is a pair of mustard picasso crystals, made in Czech republic. It's flat, rectangular, with a pretty detail around the frame, and the hole pierced through the vertical line/ lengthwise. Each measures 8mm x12mm.
The second pair is a AAA grade Carnelian faceted onion briolette in bright orange. It measures around 7x8mm. Different from the regular teardrop gemstone an onion briolette is rather round and short and it can sits down on its own.
This is the comparison between the two from different angle.
Alright now, the last option, I keep it the last because actually this might be my favorite one. But you might have different opinion it's for you to decide.
A pair of bright mango yellow chalcedony of AAA quality gemstone, sizing around 10mm in diameter. I've wirewrapped this in sterling silver, I need you to imagine it a bit in a rose gold filled, I think it's not bad at all. What do you think?
All of these are smaller than your glass beads that has 12mm diameter and none of them have a gorgeous flower detail on it. I completely understand if you don't like all three, I'll be more than happy to look more in my stock of what I can do for you if you don't mind waiting.
Oh PS, I forgot talking about the price. The picasso beads can go with the price I talked to you on the email, however for the gemstone they're more expensive.
Please let me know what you think :) Have a good day.
For my blog readers, which one do you think Caroline should choose to replace her vintage millefiori?
Instead of using linoleum like how Olivsteen does with his work (of course I dare not to compare myself with a maestro) I did the gravure from an old eraser. Doodle the image on a piece of paper, copy it on to the old eraser, first with a pencil and then trace it with a pen for more visibility, and cut off the area you didn't want the ink on with a cutter.
Above are the test after the cutting. The top left ribbon is the first attempt, if you see it the right tail of the ribbon is a bit fatter than the right one.
Nothing wrong with the old packaging really. I even like it; designed and created it myself, but the problem is that the production time sometimes takes longer than the creation of the jewelry by itself. Discussed it with the fellow Handmade Europe, and indeed some of the seller fellow thought that there's something wrong with this packaging, timewise it's obviously less efficient. So until I can find a good supplier who can product the paper packaging for me, I'd have to say au revoir. Not forever I hope.
Did some research on the drawstring muslin bag and found a decent supplier on etsy, what I mean decent is it has a good price / quality ratio. Purchased it, arrived and quite happy with the quality. It absorbs well the fabric ink too. Let me know if you want to know who my supplier is, I don't get any commision for this, but I feel like helping here ;)
Alright, well... If you like my idea and decided to make the same thing, you're so welcome to send me the picture of your finished product or just leave a message after this article. If you don't like my idea (hei it happens) please let me share my board titled 'packaging' I've created awhile ago from pinterest here you'll see different style of packaging, maybe you fall into one that you like the best.
Back from vacation, I might be able to share the photos we took at the French countryside, but not today. I am so behind of what I'd like to share in this blog, and it shouldn't be forgotten somehow. For I have something more interesting I can't wait to share. If you follow my instagram you've probably know what I've been doing. But here is the introduction of the artists that inspires me.
Through this event I encountered plenty of artists. Three artists, especially, fascinate me with their personality and their work. Paulo Henrique opened his personal space and transformed it into his personal parcours exhibition, there where he lived, he took time explaining his projects. Mathes, unfortunately I couldn't find her website or fanpage anywhere, a retired accountant who never leave her desire as a painter. She paints Africa from her own imagination, and my favorite of her is her new technique on painting on an already-painted fabric, batik. When she mentioned this I talked to myself, how could it be possibly gorgeous it might be overlap, well, I made a mistake, they're all beautifully done.
The first visit of this parcours was, unintendedly, my most favorite gravure artist, Oliv Steen. Saw the open door flag by the door of a three stories apartment building, that guided us to the second floor, his apartment. It's where he work, exposed into every personal object he had, there're other visitors who make themselves comfortable and sat on his bed. As if we're not invading enough, he asked us if we'd like a cup of tea. we refused politely, we're there to see his work. The wall is covered with his work, there are at least three sketch book filled with words, old bar napkin with his sketch on, wonderfuly banal stuff.
Well, here is the link to his illustration book. This blogger apparently did the same event we did the year before. Here goes 1% (or perhaps less) of what I saw in his atelier. I didn't take photos, all of them I scour on the internet. You can do it too if you find him interesting.
After a 2.5 hour train trip via Eurostar, and get off at Gare du Nord, I miss London already. Its neatness shouldn't be compared to Paris, London tube is never as crowded as the metro, but when we walk home from Bibliotheque François Mitterand, at 12am, I found my Paris back. Compared to London roads that's always busy with cars motors buses, the streets in Paris are less busy, no cars on the road, and passing through the gorgeous parisian street lights, I think that it's good to be back home anyway.