Sunday, 27 April 2014

What's in a name?


Beads From The Art


Well, there are a couple of reasons...

I make Art Beads...which are like tiny works on art on a bead.

I get much of my inspiration from great artists like Matisse, Klimt and Van Gogh.

The other reason is slightly humorous.  

My maiden name is Hartley and originally I was going to call my business Beads From The Heart, but there were lots of businesses with that name, then I thought Beads From The Hart...but it just doesn't look right!  

Where I live in Rochdale, I grew up being called Andrea 'Artley.
 A lot of my school mates dropped their "H's"!!!.  

So then I came up with putting the Art Beads and the 'Artley together and use a heart as an apostrophe that's why it's

Friday, 25 April 2014

Setting up Stall

It's always a challenge when you arrive at an event and find that the space provided isn't a conventional 6' trestle....and I think that's a good thing!!!  At last Saturday's event, I had two cafe tables pushed together and I quite liked having that extra depth to fill with bits and pieces.  Tonight I shared a very large table with a lovely lady (was she called Sally? Aaaagh...I have a rubbish memory these days) and her fabulous hand knitted goods! Well, this is what I did with a large square at the Stitched Up "Meet the Makers" event.  I don't think I did a bad job with it, but I really do think it's a good idea to take photographs of your stall as you can see better what stands out and what doesn't and where you can improve to display your stock better.  It's funny, how the size and shape of your display space can make such a difference. 

Anyway, I had a brilliant time tonight and met some lovely ladies.

Monday, 21 April 2014

New Jewellery for April

These are some of my NEW beads, which come in all shapes and sizes as you can see!  
I've yet to list them on Etsy as taking photos, editing them and listing is SOOOO time consuming, but hopefully over the course of the next few days, you'll see some up there.  
In the meantime, check out my Events page where you can see them up close and personal
....and you can say "hello" to me too!

There are more photos of my new jewellery on my Facebook page!  
Pop over and give it a "Like"!!!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Wythenshawe Park (and my wrong way up cloth!)

So, this was me and my stall yesterday, with my "please hurry up and take my picture, because I'm cold and I want to put my big cardigan back on and I hate having my picture taken anyway and don't try to make me laugh" look on my face!!!  Anyway, I've just realised, looking back at these photos, that in my haste at decorating my table, that I put my cloth on the wrong way up! I'm such a scatter brain!!! *sigh*

This Week's Events!!!

Had a great time at Wythenshawe Park yesterday with the Manchester Craft Mafia but it was soooo cold, fortunately the cafe was on hand with cheese panini's and hot tea!!! 
It was lovely to catch up with some of the other stall holders, we had such a laugh.

Well, I have two more events this week.
The first one is on Thursday (24th April) with the lovely ladies at Stitched Up at their shop in Chorlton, Manchester.  
I've not been to their shop before, although I seem to recall we have been at the same events, 
so I'm really looking forward to it.  
It starts at 7pm and I'll be there with my jewellery stall until 10pm, so why not come along.

My other event is at Hare Hill House in Littleborough on Saturday (26th April).
I'm really looking forward to being there, as I used to work in the library there, over 20 years ago, and have many happy memories. Also, I'll be meeting lots of  lovely ladies and seeing all their creative wonderment, whom I've recently discovered on facebook!  I was absent from my local crafting community for most of last year, when I wasn't feeling too good and on my return have found a whole host of creativity in our midst!
So exciting!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Etsy Pick of the Week ~ Sunset Pendant

Another pendant from my Coastal Collection...catch it while you can in my Etsy Shop! It's an original, one of a kind and as these are very hard to recreate exactly so there will never be another one quite like this one!

One of a kind Sunset Pendant with shades of black, maroons and reds with a shimmery hue in horizontal stripes. It hangs from a necklace comprising of tiny black glass seed beads, silver spacer beads and 10 maroon glass crystals. The necklace fastens with a small toggle closure, making it easier to fasten on and off. No more struggling with tiny clasps.

This is from my Coastal Collection. Inspired by summer trips to the coast while on holiday with my family. Memories of walking along the headland full of flowers and bracken, walking along the beach collecting pebbles, watching the sea from sunrise to sunset and eating ice cream and candy floss from the carnival stands. Happy days!

Necklace Length measures 21"
Pendant measures 1 1/2" x 6/8"

Presented in a Kraft Gift Box

Monday, 7 April 2014

Essential State of the Art Roller Tool

Today, I've mostly been making pendants, canes, beads, brooches, keyrings...oh you name it...I've made it! The only thing was, I couldn't find my roller tool to smooth out the polymer clay when it comes out of the pasta machine!  I tried a plastic bead tube, but it didn't really do the job very well as it was quite narrow.  Then I got to thinking that when I first started using polymer clay a million years ago...well, 30...which is almost as long... I used to use a hairspray can!  It was back in the 80's and I had BIG hair, so hairspray can's were in abundance.  It's not the 80's now and I don't have big hair (though I wish I had!) but the nearest round thing I could find in the attic (which is my studio) was this........

Essential State of the Art Roller Tool

which is now my Essential State of the Art Roller Tool!!!
It's's smooth, it's washable, it's got a handle in the right place and I can drink a brew from it!!!
It's even got a warning message on it, in case anyone tries to steal it!!!

And here's a sneak preview of what I've made today

Saturday, 5 April 2014

A Bit Of Fun For The Weekend

I love Pinterest!

It's like the Encyclopedia Britannica for people like me!  When I was a little girl, my grandma used to come to stay with us and before we went to school, she'd ask us to leave out the Encyclopedia out for her to look at.  When we got home, she'd still be there reading through them and telling us all the exciting things she'd learnt about.  I'm sure if she were alive today, she'd love Pinterest too!
Here's a link to my boards, so you can follow me.

Follow Me on Pinterest

Go and have a look and let me know whether we like the same books and films
been to the same places, seen the same bands and met the same famous people?  
More importantly, let me know which photo of my work do you like the best.

You can comment below or on my facebook page.

Friday, 4 April 2014

What's cooking???

Just a sneak preview of what's just been baking in the oven...
as you can see, by popular demand, I'm bringing back my embossed butterfly and swirls heart pendants....
they're going to be all new and updated...
did you notice the rectangular and disc ones....
and the tiny ones....
watch this space!!! 

Easter Craft Fair

I'm really excited to be taking part in the Easter Craft Fair in Wythenshawe Park with my fellow crafty folk from the Manchester Craft Mafia.  I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Helen from Ma's Bars who makes the most wonderful soap and body butter amongst other things.  
It would be lovely to see some familiar faces so do come along if you can!!!