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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

50 Followers Giveaway!

Willie is happy to announce that the giveaway winner is.... Alison!!! Check out her lovely shop, LaVitaPura on Etsy. Alison blogged, tweeted and posted the giveaway so her three entries out of the 8 total gave her a slight edge. Congrats, Alison, and I will send your gift certificates out right away!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My other pursuits

Besides making jewellery, one of my latest and favourite obsessions is knitting. Specifically, I love to knit scarves! They're easy and mindless and I can do them while I watch tv without even thinking about it! I love rich jewel toned colours (huh...go figure!) and soft fluffy yarns that are easy to work with. I love Lion Brand Homespun because it's machine washable and dryable (and if you know me well, you know that I spill...a lot...) and soft and ooomphy! (What? It's a word!!)

Willie concurs. (Scarves shown are in Lion Brand Homespun in Waterfall, and Barrington)


As of this morning, I am at 50 followers! You guys rock!

To celebrate, I am giving away a $10 gift certificate for my shop, along with a BOGO 50% off coupon*! Wow!  Here's all you have to do to enter...

1) Leave a comment here telling which is your favourite item in my shop (1 entry)
2) Retweet this msg "#wildheather is having her first blog giveaway" and link it to my back to my blog (1 entry)
3) Blog about it on your own blog and post a link to it (1 entry)

See? Easy!!

*Fine details: $10 certificate can be used towards any item. BOGO coupon will give you 50% off your lower priced of two items.

Good luck! Now go spam the intarwebs with my sparkly goodness!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What I did yesterday...

besides walk the dogs twice and chat, that is...

Here in all its glory is the necklace I have named Ostara. I felt it was appropriate, and ties into the celebrations of the equinox, the lengthening days, and a nod to my distant Viking heritage. It's also appropriate for the Labradorite to be on a Viking knit piece, since what remains of the first European settlement in North America, called L'ainse aux Meadows, is in Labrador!
Here's how it looks in my shop!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Coming Attractions!

I started thinking about this necklace as soon as I bought this pendant. I had the Viking knit made already, and just had to get the rest of it visualised and solve the problem of getting the wire through the Viking knit piece, since it was drawn down so fine. Then I made the spiral wire end caps, and put the rest of the pieces together and there you have it! I will cobble together some matching earrings tomorrow and then list it in my shop! But you, dear readers, get to see it first!
 Labradorite & Silver Necklace: Ostara

Fruits of my labours!

Here's the first look at what I am putting together out of my hoard from yesterday!

Don't these look luxe? I love this bead shape! It is so edgy and classy at the same time!

And then, speaking of a funky edge with the cool texture of brushed silver, we have the Half Shell earrings!

These had 25 views in the first 3 minutes I had them listed! Let's hope they get snatched up to a good home just as quick!

Inspiration strikes!

Who knew all it took was more materials? *eyeroll*...

But seriously folks, for the first time in quite a while I am finding myself really inspired to create new things after my trip to the Fraser Valley Bead Show last night. Many shinies were purchased and squirrelled away, but I am proud to say that I already have 2 new pairs of earrings to list tomorrow and a necklace that I may or may not list: I might just put it up to see if it gets any nibblings. It is silver viking knit, a bezel set labradorite pendant and labradorite rondelles so far: can't quite decide what kind of chain it needs. Handforged, I'm thinking, to give it that ancient look. One thing is for sure: it is gonna be a stunner!

The whole stash... except you can't quite see the yellow jade, the bright Thai silver toggles, or the round brushed silver beads, but you see enough to get the general idea, right?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

We love FREE!

Time to post another giveaway! Here's a chance to win an awesome candle, and find another great blog to follow! Mrs. B. over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer mom, is giving away a candle from Auntie Di's De-lites! Go and get you some!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wedding Wedding : Update the first!

I got the chance to spend some time with my darling Maudie today (my mom, Deanna; hence Ma Dea = Maudie) She informed me that for Little Sister's wedding in July, the flowers will all be purple. WELL..that makes it easy now, doesn't it? The wedding jewellery will all be amethysts, and I am thinking just for fun, throw in some peridot accents on each piece! This is good for a couple of reasons: One; I have lots of amethysts already in stock. It's one of my favourite stones!

See?  These babies were a particular fave.

Same small rondelles on the bottom, slightly larger ones on top.

I have lilac amethysts too.

So I have a place to start from, and that's as good as anything...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wedding Wedding Wedding

I am thrilled to have been asked to create bridal and wedding party jewellery for an event on the 31st of July of this year. I am particularly thrilled because I get to keep one set for myself since I am the sister of the bride! Congrats to Micha and Rob! 

In our earliest discussions, we've talked about doing an identical style for all 5 girls (4 bridesmaids and a soloist) but with different stones in them according to each girl's taste. I've also mentioned picking one stone and having 5 slightly differing styles to suit each girl. I figured that way I could really maximise the quality of the strands of stones I was using without having to necessarily buy a lot of stones to make it! I don't want to charge her up the wazzoo for it: she is my sister after all! However, since Micha is giving these as gifts to her attendants, I want something that each girl will wear forever as a reminder of her friendship with Micha and of the day...

More on this story as it develops, but meantime...thoughts? Opinions?  If you were in the wedding party would you prefer a piece of jewellery in your favourite stone, or in a stone you maybe hadn't had a chance to wear before in a style that suited you???

Inquiring minds want to know!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


My dear friend Auntie Di of the Tempting Tart, Auntie Di's De-Lites, et al, is having a great giveaway on her blog! Check it out here: