Sunday, 13 November 2011

Need a Little Moxie?

Hello! It's been a while since my last post and the reason is Little Moxie
I struggle like most people to have enough time for blogging, tweeting & making (whilst raising a 3 year old) so to start a new product range is crazy!
I couldn't help it!!! 

Here is a taste of the Little Moxie treats you can find on the website!
If you like what you see, please check out the blog too.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The makers bible, how to sell your craft!

I just have to spread the word about this amazing book:) For any maker/artist who are trying to sell their products and need a little guidance, this is a god send! The Handmade Market Place by Kari Chapin is packeted full of helpful tips and advice on selling online and general small business issues.
 I must say it is rather American in some of it's approach (us british do have a more reserved attitude to sharing how we make our work and where we sell!) but I really like the sense of a community this book gives. I can't put it down as it's an easy read too and the illustrations are amazing.
 Thank you Kari Chapin!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

A new journey called Little Moxie

New photos of Kim  Channon Jewellery

Well, where do I start? It's the usual late blog post from me so I will try to keep it short and sweet! A while back I made a post on wether I should start a new blog. The reason for this is that I make a lot of things other than jewellery. I felt my mind and the blog was getting confused with it's direction, so rather than set up a blog, I have started a new enterprise called Little Moxie ♡ On Little Moxie I will be selling my crocheted toys, kids/christening jewellery, paintings, knitted items, personalised guitar picks to name a few, all made by me! Am I mad?....Yes, am I tired?.....You bet! But I have never been more passionate and excited about my work before. It is my new baby! 

As for Kim Channon Jewellery it's super busy times too! I am working on my new images like the ones above for my website which I hope to have looking really fab by the end of September. Right, time for bed to dream up some new designs!!! Nite nite x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Crochet and away!

The gang!

Edward the bear loves cake

Acorn just loves Mushroom cos he's such a fun-guy!!!

Thanks to Kirsty Allsop's Handmade programes and YouTube, I decided to give crocheting a go. Well let's just say I fell in love! I still can't follow patterns but I just play around until it becomes something. If I try to do two the same they are always a different size. I made these whilst watching TV instead of eating biscuits. Hope they make you smile:) x x

Thursday, 26 May 2011

From the Wilde

Twig Berry Yellow Pendant

Have you heard about This is an online shop that sells only 100% handmade items.
They have the most lovely eclectic handmade products by UK designer makers & artists.
I fell in love with the website, I'm sure you will too!

I'm giddy with joy, because I am now selling my jewellery with "From The Wilde"♡
Pop over to the site and take a peek xx

Thursday, 19 May 2011

3 Villages Market & fair!

At the End of June I will be taking part in the 3 Villages Festival selling my jewellery at the market.

I can't wait as not only will it be set in one of the most beautiful villages I've ever seen (Cradley near Worcester & Hereford) but I will have family and friends there too. My sister in-law is an organiser of the event and I even have some friends who will be stall holders next to me. I am wishing for some good weather and the homemade cider stall to be near! 

If your in the area pop over and say hi.

Market open:  Saturday 25th June - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
              Sunday 26th June - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Monday, 7 March 2011

My little cottage: when working at home, it needs to be inspiring!

My side of the bed, and yes I do sleep next to my John Lewis Mini sewing machine!
In the vintage suitcase I keep all my yarn, needles and bits & bobs. 
The basket under the table contains some of my favourite magazines like Country Living.

My cottage was built in 1880 and I love the open fireplace. We are lucky to have a coal yard
down the lane and woods at the back of our house. There is nothing like a real fireplace, it make our home so cosy.

I like making little arrangements of things around the cottage. I do move things around from time to time for a change, and to see where things work best. Because our cottage is dinky, I do find that I have to be careful not to display too much. 

I sometimes just want to clear all the clutter such as, the toys, books that have been read and never to be read again, my mass of fabrics, and the huge collection of T-shirts my husband has. Why do men keep clothing forever? Even when peppered with holes and stained to hell he will not throw them out! 

This is Eden's room. I think this is my favourite room as I got to decorate it for my little girl and think of what she likes and how she see's things. There is a real vintage vibe to her room as Eden has many of mine and my husbands books and toys from when we were little. The crochet blanket was from my gran on my dad's side and the patch work bedspread is made by my grandmother on my mum's side.

When working from home it can be a real challenge to focus and not get sucked into doing other things. For me I find a home that makes me feel safe, is beautiful, uncluttered and reflects the person or persons living there really helps me feel inspired and in a good head space to design and make nice things!

'have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful'

William Morris 1880

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Etsy things & Phings!

Hello, It's been awhile since my last post and the reason is that I have been away on a lovely holiday,
visiting my family in Malaysia. 

We had a great time celebrating chinese new year and it was first time my daughter got to meet the family over there. I also got to know my cousins wife who has an online business through Etsy called Phings. She designs and makes the most must-have items like fridge magnets, gift tags and decor signs.
I couldn't  help but get my hands on some too!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Valentines Heart Pendant.... You have my ♡

This is a new pendant I made with Valentines Day in mind, and mine and Morgan's five year anniversary coming up! I have a few ideas that are similar to this necklace that I can't wait to make.

I love working with copper as it's so soft and malleable. That is, it can be bent and shaped without cracking, when either hot or cold. Copper is a great metal to start using as a beginner in jewellery making! However, much of the copper jewellery I have seen in shops is not to my taste. I find it a challenge using the reddish orange colour of copper to work with other colours and using it in  contemporary jewellery.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

have a second chance with chinese New Year!

Oxidised silver and enamel earrings
by Kim Channon

I never ever stick to my new years resolutions, so every year they never really change!

1) Drink more water (actually any amount of water, I only drink tea or coffee. Bad I know)

2) Have the Mariah Carey organised wardrobe (but way smaller!)

3) Update website and blog weekly......... and that brings me here.

I have read many blogs where people have apologised or have confessed to not having the time to post fresh new blog material. I do think some bloggers make it look too easy putting posts out every few days so I do end up wondering should I be doing more? What do I put out there every week that anyone would want to hear about?  I must say that the really good blogs like creative thurday or calivintage  show a huge amount of commitment and are very inspiring. 

To be honest, I'm a full-time mum who just about manages to squeeze in a bit of jewellery making or other crafts. I think this must ring bells for so many mums out there who want to be working from home but struggle to find the time. How do I find the time to blog then? Well, my daughter will be going to pre-school this year and I can't wait! Those 3hrs a morning when she is at pre-school will be such a change and maybe, just maybe...... I will be able to blog once a week? nah, let's not get carried away!