Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy to report...

..that I am back.

After a rather busy week and an unfortunate migraine, I'm on the mend and back on track. My lil ol' corner of the world was looking slightly neglected.

As promised, I have been working with some gold pieces and have started listing them in my Etsy store. I'll be really interested to see the response, as they were super popular at the markets I did over the weekend.

Speaking of markets, I've yet to hear from the good folk at Hope Street, but I'm building up inventory like a crazy woman in the hope that I get the green light soon.

In the meantime it's pedal to the metal filling my store with new additions, soldering cufflinks (what a bastard of a job - seriously) and preparing for my sister's wedding on Saturday. All the while trying to get over this hideous migraine.

So I shall take my leave, but before I do, these two pieces were *just* listed on Etsy and I've been astounded by the view count!


Monday, April 14, 2008

CUFF! I love this CUFF!

As promised, this is one of the resin pieces I made during my workshop yesterday. It still needs a little buffing and polishing, but I really love it! I'm thinking of introducing a line of chunky resin pieces in the coming month - what do you think?? I'll work on some more shapes and see how it progresses anyway.

I also made a couple of rings...

This is the matching ring for the cuff, and I'm really impressed with the shape. I haven't taken it off since yesterday!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

What a weekend!!

Oh, what an awesome weekend I've had!! Firstly, I got a haircut and colour - not the most spectacular news, but when you consider it's been 10 MONTHS since my last one, and that I walked into the hairdresser a blonde and came out a brunette, it certainly put a little wiggle in my walk!

Today I had the pleasure of taking a bqueen resin workshop at Barnes in Newtown, where I learnt the basics of casting more sculptural pieces of jewellery (and consequently have been inspired to get cracking on that range too). It was a LOT of fun and I'll post a photo of the sweet cuff and rings I made tomorrow when it's light enough to take a good photo. I was rather impressed with myself!

When I got home I had an email from Jess at modamuse saying my work had been added today. I must say, the photos they've taken are great - really crisp and clear. So stoked to see Trove represented on another wonderful Aussie site!!

I also had a very pleasant surprise last night to see that art & design blog indie has my Life Aquatic Earrings featured as part of the promo for a Georgie Love birthday giveaway! (Check it out - you can win a $50 voucher for GL = shopping fun-ness!!)

Another busy Monday tomorrow - soldering to do, plating to pick up, 5 million acrylic shapes to cut and some excellently fun new papers to play with!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

These are a few...

..of my newest favourite things!!

Argh!! Is this vinyl decal not the most amazingly sweet thing?! Sir Rabbit is my favourite, with his little floral jacket, but the range of decals to be found at stick meon include sweet little hummingbirds and squirrels. GORGEOUS!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Friends!

A couple of posts ago I sent a little shout out to Paloma in Brisbane but can now officially say (once Australia Post delivered my *ahem* Express Post parcel) that Trove is being sold on newest kid to the indie shopping block, Yradier (pronounced ira-dear)! I love new friends!

Yradier is establishing a really great range of works, including some amazing art from students at the Queensland College of Art. Check out these amazing lino prints from Luke Kidd - amazing!

Looking forward to seeing Yradier grow, as I'm sure it will - Paloma is doing a wonderful job getting established.

On a Trove note, I've just boosted my Etsy store with a handful of new products - many more on the way. I really love my Rouge et Noir Necklace. Love the darkness - kinda like a vampire novel or some such scary thing... Maybe more Vampire Weekend??


Monday, April 7, 2008

I am the greatest!

I've had one of those productive mornings that just make me feel like the Queen of Being Awesome (and Modest, obviously).

By 11:30am I have:

- Done 2 loads of washing
- Cooked dinner (Chicken Chasseur - oh yeah!)
- Cleaned kitchen
- Made lots of errand-type phone calls
- Blogged
- Sanded bezels
- Glued
- Drank coffee
- Contacted Modamuse about my soon-to-be shipped parcel
- Ordered supplies from Rio Grande

I have 3 hours till I start work and I'd like to:

- Package up orders
- Go to Post Orifice
- Do a small pour
- Cut Shadows shapes
- Eat lunch
- Pat myself on the back

Best be off...


Sunday, April 6, 2008

I See A Little Silhouetto of a...


I am BIG into silhouettes at the moment and while my Shadows range is looking more at the cutesy, sweet silhouettes, I'm loving the idea of some quirky shapes too. These Barcelona Chair Notes from the very cool annacote really floats my boat.

The Cat's Pyjama's award this evening, however, goes to London's Lottie Frank...

..with her gorgeous neighbours print. I can't describe WHY I love it so much, but I really, really do...

The lack of English skills signifies that I really need to get to sleep. So much to do in the morning. ARGH, MONDAYS!!!


Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Winter Cometh

Well, not quite yet, but - BRRRR - it was CHIIILAY last night. Not even my favourite vintage leather boots could keep my tootsies warm! But geez, I loved wearing them for the first time in quite a while.

Despite having a renewed love affair with my boots and my amazing hand-knitted Mary Jane hat from Dahlia Soleil, I am still clinging to the memory of summer and coveting all that is bright and fresh. Enter Sydney's own Shagpile, with their beautiful clutches - such as the Stephie, in all it's citrusy glory.

Sweet, huh??

But just as I think I'm packing my bags and moving to the warmer climes of Cairns (or Koh Samui), where I could swan around in a caftan all the days, I see this...

..the Cynthea kooky clutch, in all her autumnal glory. A girl is spoilt for choice isn't she??

On a more Trovey note, I've spent that past couple of weekends getting my studio set up, much thanks to Sparky's help. (I think more than anything he was just tired of not having a dining table to dine at...) and it's starting to take shape. I'm already feeling more productive and efficient, which is brilliant considering how much I have coming up in the next few weeks. Markets, a wedding, a BIG wholesale order, consignment, Hope Street Markets (hopefully) not to mention a range of cufflinks and my sweet-as-pie Shadows range. Peel your eyes, they'll be here soon!!


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The return to Blogland...

..is a triumphant one!!

I was accepted to Modamuse!! (Cue excited screeching) I'm just finishing off the Not-So Mammoth Pour (otherwise known as Son of Mammoth) and will be getting a small range of my work listed there shortly. It's very exciting and so, so nerve-wracking to be grouped with such wonderful artists and crafters. I'm feeling rather chuffed though, I must admit.

Chuffed and tired. I've had an attack of the dizzies all week (possibly caused by the post-Easter chocolate-belly strangling my blood supply and keeping it from my brain) and have felt rather washed out. But I'll be back in full swing tomorrow, with a post about an exciting new store who will be carrying some Trovey goodness...

*waves to Paloma in Brisbane*

I'm sending my application off to Hope Street Markets tomorrow, and I have to say, I'm feeling a little intimidated. They're just so freakin' fabulous and the artists so bloody splendiferous that I worry about how I'll be received. But the organisers are certainly not going to knock on my front door and say, "We were just wandering past and thought we heard the sounds of a jewellery creator. Would you like to hold a stall at our fabulous markets?"

If they did, I'd be freaked right out.