I love motivation and inspirational quotes. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you will see that I will post a quote on either of those platforms several times a week. I have even started a new morning post called 'Monday Morning Motivation' and it is posted every Monday morning, just to inspire and motivate everyone about the day ahead.
I don't know about you, but there is always one quote that always sticks in my mind. You know how it is when you get in a rut about something in your business or personal life and you wonder why it keeps happening. This is the quote I always think of. 'Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results'. This quote from Albert Einstein always seem to pop up in my head and it then jolts me into rethinking my actions and stop doing what I was doing before, which was not working.
I've had a Pinterest account for a few years now, it is one of my favourite social media platforms and I now over 80 boards. When I first joined Pinterest, I could not resist creating a board called 'Positive Words' and it features many of my favourite quotes.
Here are some of my favourite quotes.
This quote always gets me motivated.
This one is so true for me, I can be very indecisive and take ages to make my mind up about alot of things.
Last but not least, is one of my favourite quotes, from the late Nelson Mandela.
I sometimes like to refer to a quote on days when I just need some motivation. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has days like this, after all we are all human beings and we don't all have the answers. But, just by taking a moment to read a quote, it can be just enough to get you thinking positively and give you a push in the right direction.
Do you have a quotes that inspires you, if you do please share it in the comments section on my blog, I would love to read them.
If you know me, you will know I like to try new crafting projects once in a while, so one afternoon while browsing Pinterest I'd come across several pictures of resin jewelley that had been made with Glossy Accents.
I was intrigued in how they made the jewellery and I thought this would be my chance to make resin jewellery, which I have always wanted to make. So popped into my local craft shop, luckily they had a bottle in stock, which I bought.
You might be sitting there thinking, 'what is Glossy Accents', well Glossy Accents is a 3-dimensional clear gloss medium, used by crafters and it can be used to accent, brighten, magnify, dimensionalize, bond and protect embellishments and designs.
Phew, that was a mouthful and if you wondering yes, I did just copy that description off the back of the bottle. Basically, it's a type of resin that you pour straight from the bottle and you can add it to any paper project or embellishment. It dries to a clear hard shiny finish and also doubles a glue!
In some of the projects that I have seen using Glossy Accents, the makers have used bottle caps, but I did not have any, however I did have some pendant trays that I'd bought a while ago. I'd not used them, because I'd had trouble finding any clear glass domes to fit them, as they were not a common available size.
So I'd given up in looking for the domes and just put them away in a draw. When I saw what could be done with a bottle of Glossy Accents, I straight away thought about my unused pendant trays and what I could do with them.
I found a background image that I wanted to use and cut into an oval shape. I then sealed the front and back of it with PVA white glue, which is your ordinary white gllue that you can get in any craft shop. I did this twice, each time waiting for the glue to be completely dry before I added the next coat.
After the final coat, the image was ready to be glued to the back of the inside of pendant tray. For this I used E6000 glue, which smell very strong, make sure the room is well ventilated when you use it, but it is what I call jewellery cement, once you use it, nothing moves, it dries rock hard.
I left this to dry overnight then, the next day I was ready to fill the tray with the Glossy Accents. I'd noticed in pictures of resin jewellery, the makers sometimes added a small object to their pendant tray, I had a small silver key on my desk and I decided to put the key in the tray before I poured in the Glossy Accents.
I filled the tray to the edge, then left it to cure over night. The next morning, I noticed that it had set, but it looked a little sunken around the key. So I thought it could not do any harm to add some more Glossy Accents to fill up the tray, so that it looked more level. When I filled up the tray the first time, I remembered to leave it on a level surface, but this time don't ask me why, I decided to put it in another place.
Little did I know, but this place was not as level as I thought it was and the tray ended up leaning slightly to one side. The Glossy Accents had spilt slightly over the edge and some of it had seeped underneath!
How could I have been so careless, I could have kicked myself for not paying more attention to what I was doing. I managed to scrape some of the Glossy Accents off, but you can still see some of it on the back of the pendant tray.
I learnt a lesson that you should take your time and not change the way you perform certain tasks, unless you want the results to be different. If you don't want change, then don't change a thing and that's my quote for the day!
I still like the pendant, I popped it on a chain and have been wearing it and I've have had some lovely complements about it. I've still got a near full bottle of Glossy Accents and some more of those pendant trays, so I will be making some more pendants in the near future.
Last year I spoke about wanting to work more with wire in my jewellery making and expand into wire work jewellery. Well, I have being doing so, I've been experimenting over the past couple of week, when I've got a spare couple of hours and just sitting at my desk, with a my tools and a roll of inexpensive wire. To make the most basic, to the most intricate designs, it only requires confidence in the tools you use and your imagination.
At first I started with a piece of shiny brown aluminium craft wire, that caught my eye in a local craft shop. Aluminium craft wire is a soft a malleable wire, that can easily bent with your fingers and is available in many colours. It also can be rigid enough to hold it's shape.
At first I made into an oval shape, then I added some tiny turquoise blue seed beads, that I found in my bead stash, which I have wanted to use for a while time, because they are soo pretty. I strung them onto a piece of 0.4 mm silver wire and then started wrapping around the oval frame.
This is what I ended up with, yes I know it looks strange, it reminds me of something you'd find in the ocean, some sort of sea creäture. The fringe bits at the bottom, were made from uneven strips of wire, that I just bent and curved around a round nose pliers.
After I made this, I thought this would make an interesting pendant, but I've not got around to making it into a necklace, I'm not even sure I will make it into one, it's one of the most unusual pieces I've ever made. If there is anyone out there that can suggest a suitable stringing material, I would love to hear from them.
After making this pendant, I wanted to make a pair of earrings, I did not have a design in my head, I just bent the wire around into a circle, then a spiral shape and grabbed some blue Czech glass beads and added these to create some movement and these are the earrings I created.
Again, they are an unusual design, but that's what I love about making jewellery, things don't always turn out how you expect them to turn out, there are no hard and fast rules about jewellery making, just the freedom of creating whatever your tools, hands and imagination lets you create.
Most of my handmade jewellery is one-off pieces, if you would like to see my work, then have a browse through my website.