Thursday, November 30, 2006


Hi everyone!
My mate Katrina's bead curtain fell apart, so, she gave me some of the beads off of it today at school.
Here they are!

Hemp Necklace

Here is another of Toby's commissioned pieces. A necklace made from hemp cord, which has been coloured with natural dye, plaited and then strung and knotted with a selection of buttons, some mother of pearl, provided by the client, and also Toby's vintage and new beads and buttons. There is a loop of hemp which hooks over the buttons so that the necklace can fit different sizes or hang at various lengths and it's finished off with pretty vintage crystals dangling down at the front.

Thank you Daisy Lupin!

What a wonderful suprise, look what came in the post today, this beautiful handmade bird decoration, along with the star and card, all from our blogging friend:

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I wonder if it's the wings that make them fly so far. Toby has just sold another pair of earrings to our blogging friend here It's the dragonflies again, this time to America, the last ones were to France. Only butterflies left now, I wonder where they will wing their way to.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Silver stretchy charm bracelet

Here is the latest bracelet for Hat Therapy. I have made it using beads chosen by Chrissie, from a selection I showed to her, on a red and grey colour theme, the grey glass hearts were given to me by Karen- and the small red glass beads I was given for Christmas last year.


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hat Therapy

Toby was commissioned by to make some jewellery. Here are 2 bracelets. Using his reclaimed vintage crystal beads, Toby was asked by Chrissie, the lady who makes the hats, to add some of her own beautiful mother of pearl buttons. More creations for the hat shop to show you soon.

Toby has more of these silver plated, stretchy to fit all size, bracelets, if anyone would like one made to order, using beads, buttons, whatever colours you fancy, email him at: They start at £10 plus p+p, depending on type/cost of buttons/beads, gift box also available.

Dont forget to visit to see Toby's sterling silver range using ceramic fragments, and also the handmade felt pieces.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Pottery Class

Hi, I am in the middle of a three sesion pottery class, so far i have made an inside-out hat, a tile, and a pinch pot!When they are fired and glazed i will put them on the blog. The picture above is of some of my teacher's work, (she is also a professional potter). Here is a link to her website: .


Pottery Class

Friday, November 17, 2006


Charm earrings for sale £6.50 pair plus p+p, email:
Toby made these earrings using a combination of charms and beads. He has put them in his window display along with the others, and also hopes to sell some here!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Special request

For Muddy Red Shoes. x

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Christmas card order

All our Christmas cards arrived in the post today, beautifully packed in red tissue paper, all I have to do now is write them all! Anyone who has not seen the website yet, and wants to order cards, have a look here:

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Paper weight

This is a funny little piece Toby made by twisting wires and beads together and adding pins and nails etc to a base of polymer clay which was baked in the oven. Makes a strange yet attractive paper weight.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Window Earrings

Toby is busy making jewellery to display in our window, along with the polymer clay bracelets shown before. Hot off the jewellery bench are his latest earrings, for sale at £6.50 pair plus p+p, if you are interested in these or any other pieces contact us on: His next range of earrings are simply charming, watch this space, coming soon!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Mine, all MINE !!

Do you remember my bracelet, posted here in September? (take a look back). Well, it has had the most wonderful transformation, and I just LOVE it! I am sure some of you might think it is weird or strange, but what I adore is the combination of reclaimed chains and poppers, hooks and eyes, old washer, curtain rings etc with the pretty pearls. I am not the kind of person who wears 'pretty pretty' jewellery, and I love quirky and alternative things, so this is just right for me. It is wonderful to wear, looks even better on, lots of movement, I am SO pleased!

I was feeling fed up, and Toby said, 'come on, lets do your bracelet, what would you like?' I had the honour of sitting down, next to his work table, and having it made, on me, while I was wearing it! I was able to pick and choose from all his treasures and say where I wanted what, and Toby linked them all onto the bracelet for me. Of course he advised and added his ideas as well.

It has really made my day, what a lucky Mum I am, a big THANK YOU Toby!

Earrings again

Here is Toby's latest pair of earings, with sterling silver findings.

More bracelets!

More bracelets for sale! Toby is going to display these for sale in our window as well here online, fingers crossed he will have some sales before Christmas.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Bracelets for sale!

Here are 4 of Toby's bracelets, they are strung on beading elastic, so fit most sizes. For sale at £5 each plus p+p, just email us on: and we will post the bracelet to you.

To make the beads, Toby starts off with blocks of clay in various colours which he blends together to make the shade he wants, then he rolls them into different sized balls and puts a hole through each with a skewer to make the bead. Next they are baked in the oven. When they have cooled he chooses combinations of colours, and strings them up, sometimes with additional glass beads or buttons as well.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Thank~you Dons

These are just some of the LOVELY things Dons ( sent to me. There are loads of great vintage fabric swatches, which i am planning to use to make a patchwork cushion with, some really nice, old glass and mother-of-pearl buttons, and a little card. Thank you Dons.
Loads of people have sent me lovely gifts (mainly buttons) and i want to say thank you to you all, i just haven't the time to use them all! (yet!)



I have just received some beautiful cards in the post today, I ordered them from Holly: painted by her Mum:

Sunday, November 05, 2006

My illustrations

Hi everyone,
I haven't made any jewellery this weekend so i thought i'd show you what i've been doing. The above pictures are of my R.S. (religious studies) school home work. The task we were set was to illustrate the Christian theory of how the universe was created. I chose to use the computer program Adobe Photoshop, i illustrated a cover, index and a page for each of the 7 days. It took me ages to do so i hope my computer illiterate teacher appreciates it! (what do you think?)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Yak Yak and dragonflies

Good day today, Toby had a sale - a pair of his earrings will be winging their way to France tomorrow, to one of our virtual friends,

Also, had a call from the lady at Yak Yak shop in Todmorden, who stocks Natural Attrill polymer clay bead bracelets, confirming appointment to see Toby's new creations, on Friday after school. This heart on hemp necklace will be going there, unless someone buys it first! It is £12 plus p+p. email:

Christmas sparkle stock

Toby now has his bracelets in another shop! it was suggested that he might make some earrings and bracelets using his handmade polymer clay beads, and here they are. The earrings are dangley, about 6cm long from the hook. The necklaces are strung on beading elastic so flexible, they are between 50cm - 60cm all around, so sit on the collar bone, or below, depending on how tall you are. To purchase, or commission pieces, please email: