Thursday, 31 December 2009

Last post of 2009

Dear Blog Readers

Well, this is the last post for this decade!! 2009 wasn't such a bad year for me, I didn't complete hardly any of last years resolutions but I think most people are the same!! I am not going to make any resolutions this year, I am going to take each day as it comes, not be hard on myself when something doesn't go to plan and just be happy...hmmm, that sounds to me like a resolution right there!! Oh well, old habits die hard!!!

We will soon be in 2010 and I would like to take this opportunity to wish my customers and blog readers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR, I hope that it brings you lots of love, laughter and happiness.

Kelly
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Monday, 2 November 2009

Happy belated Halloween!!

Happy belated Halloween everyone...just a few days late!!! Hubby and I decided to carve a pumpkin each this year as he was entering a pumpkin carving competition at work...he came second but getting him to do it is amazing, he is so not in to doing this sort of thing!



This is my pumpkin, it should of had 3 fangs at the top but I accidentally cut it off...oops!
It also has a star on one side and a moon on the other!




Don't forget, today is the last day of the Charity Auction it ends tonight (Monday November 2nd)at 8:30pm GMT.


This is my hubby's pumpkin, I think it looks quiet evil!!!

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Charity Auction is go!!

Sorbet Necklace (Auction Lot 7)
Sterling Silver and Lampwork Glass from a UK Artisan

Happy weekend everyone!

I am part of The Collective, a group of jewellery designers and lampwork designers who want to do a little bit for charity. Our first ever charity auction starts today and runs for 10 days.

Every penny bid will go directly to the 2 chosen charities Headway and Royal Free Hospital Kidney Patients Association. Great charities I am sure you will agree!

Sorbet Earrings (Auction Lot 7)
Sterling Silver and Lampwork Glass from a UK Artisan
There are some amazing auction lots available with jewellery from
Veryan of Beady Pool,
and me, Kelly of Kebo Jewellery (see auction lot number 7). It is an absolute honor for my pieces to be teamed up with the very talented Ray Skene.

Sorbet Earrings (Auction Lot 7)
Sterling Silver and Lampwork Glass from a UK Artisan


Lampwork fans need not be disappointed, there are some gorgeous beads for you too from
Mindy of Moogin,
and finally Pixie Willow Designs.

We also have 2, yes 2 sets of Mini Moo business card that the lovely Moo people have donated.

Plus there is an auction lot that is collaboration between Mel from Kookie Designs and Clare Scott, Clare kindly donated a fabulous set of beads that then Mel made into a bracelet with matching earrings.

Please do take a look at The Charity Auction page and bid, bid, bid. The auction will open on Saturday October 24th at 10:00am GMT and closes on Monday November 2nd at 8:30pm GMT. If you have a moment please do pass this on to anyone who may be looking to buy some amazing bespoke jewellery or beads, or anyone looking to buy you a present!!

Please also feel free to blog about the charity auction, all support is gratefully received.

Thanks for reading this and have a lovely week!

Kelly

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Feeling sorry for myself this week!!

Well, this week hasn't been the greatest. On Monday night, I went to a supermarket and the car park floor was made of rubber and wet from the rain and I half skidded/half did the splits for a metre and a half and pulled all the tendons in my groin, both hamstrings and twisted both of my knees!!! I was in agony but I am on the mend now and am able to walk about more! Luckily I have a job (my full time job in HR, not my creative job, Jewellery!!) that I can work from home so was able to still work! Most annoyingly, I was due to fly to Dublin on Tuesday afternoon for work but had to cancel! I am going to 'The Ball' of the hospitality calender next Wednesday and I am determined to be better so I can have a boogie!!

A couple of weeks ago, I bought myself The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook and decided to do some baking...I am not a natural born cook or baker!! I made the banana and chocolate cupcakes and some Rocky Roads! The Rocky Roads recipe called for 1.4 kg of chocolate, 8 Mars Bars and almost 2 big bags of Malteasers!!!!! That is a lot of chocolate!! I reduced the amount of chocoloate down just a little bit and when they were ready to be cut, I cut them in to bite sized portions rather than bars!! They were delicious, really scrummy but packed with calories!! By cutting them in to bite sized portions, I was able to give some to my sister C, some to my hubby's work, some to my work, some for us and some for a friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They went down a storm. I am not sure I would make them again due to the calorific contents but who knows ;o)


I forgot to take a picture of the cupcakes but here are a few bits of the Rocky Roads:

Can you see the pieces of Mars Bars, Malteasters and the marshmallows...yummy!!

Sorry no jewellery to show you, maybe next week!

Have a lovely weekend and week everyone!!

Kelly
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Sunday, 27 September 2009

Sorry Mr Blog, I have neglected you!


The Bride (A.K.A. my sister, C)
Photo courtesy of Kay Ransom Photography


Wow, has it really been over 4 months since I posted anything on my blog, I think that is my all time record!!!! I guess I should start with what I have been up to...

Necklace of the Bride!!!
1. My lovely sister, C, got married this month and I have been helping her with the preparations; invites, place cards, table plan, order of service, table names and of course some wedding jewellery. She had a very simple but mega elegant and extremely classy dress and veil and wanted pearls and a bit of sparkle so of course, that meant Swarovski's. I also had to make my jewellery and my mum's. I decided to do a bit of a theme so my sister's necklace (pic 2) had pearls and Swarovski Crystals (clear tear drop and bicone), my mum's (pic 3) had pearls and black bicone Crystals and I had just Swarovski's (black and teal with bicones and a rather large teardrop)...see, they were all incorporating some of the same bits in them!!! The day went perfectly, which is all credit to my sister as she only planned it for 3 months! I think you will agree, she looked stunning (pic 1 in case you can't guess LOL)! Speaking of photographers, if anyone lives in Surrey and is looking for a brilliant wedding photographer, I would deffo recommend Kay Ransom, she took really natural pictures and never seemed like she was in any ones face when taking the photos and I am sure my sister and her new husband would agree!!


Mother of the Bride necklace

2. It was my hubby's birthday this month and for his present, I took him to Dublin for 4 days. I spent nearly all of my summer holiday's in Dublin as my parents are both Irish so it holds great memories for me and S has always wanted to go over there (apart from with work). We had a lovely few days, bit lots...of course, the Guinness Storehouse, The Old Jameson Distillery, sightseeing etc. For S's actual birthday, I booked us a table at Fire in Dawson Street. OMG, it was amazing, an old church converted in to a restaurant with the most gorgeous food ever. I had fillet Mignon for my main and it melted in my mouth, best piece of steak I have ever had and I have eaten in some really good steak restaurants in London!

Mother of the Bride bracelet

3. One of my very good friends is having a baby in a week and a half and we gave her an intimate baby shower which was a complete surprise! It was very civilised, cream tea and crust-less sarnies!!!

Mother of the Bride earrings

4. Wedding commissions...other that my own families!!!

Sister of the bride (me!!) earrings!!

I am sure there is loads and loads more that I have done in the last 4 months but I have a memory like a sieve and can only remember the stuff that has happened recently!! I even missed my blog-iversary! I will do a giveaway in a couple of weeks I think to celebrate!!

Sister of the bride (me!!) bracelet!!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

I've been tagged

I was tagged today by the lovely Kara who has the most gorgeous baby boy you have ever seen!


Right, here we go, be prepared to learn a bit more about yours truly....


8 Things I am looking Forward too.....

  1. Going to Mexico in November...as long as the swing flu has cleared up, fingers crossed!
  2. Talking my hubby to Dublin for his birthday and showing him where I used to spend most of my summers.
  3. Being debt free...I've been in dept since I was 18 and I have finally got to grips with it!!
  4. Going to my silversmith class, have been going for 3 weeks and am loving it!
  5. Going on a picnic with my hubby on Sunday...we have never done it before!
  6. One day being a size 10/12...I have loads and loads to go but that is what I want to be!
  7. The last Harry Potter film
  8. A cuddle on the sofa with my hubby while we watch a film tonight!

8 Things I Did Yesterday...

  1. Went to work.
  2. Sold some fimo stuff I never used
  3. Saw one of my sisters
  4. Picked up hubby's shirts from the dry cleaners ans dropped some off...I hate ironing!
  5. Ate too much bread (bagel for breakie, baguette for lunch and toast for dinner)...I try not to normally eat any bread!!
  6. Updated my website.
  7. Tidied up...just a little bit!
  8. Watched 2 episodes of Bones.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do....

  1. Buy a lovely big house with a big garden.
  2. Travel more.
  3. Real magic...like in Harry Potter!!
  4. Fly (I don't mean in an aeroplane!)
  5. Fit in to a pair of size 10 or 12 jeans!
  6. Loose Weight
  7. Win the lottery
  8. Neat piecing with a saw!

8 Shows I Watch....

  1. Fringe
  2. Bones
  3. Heroes
  4. Shameless
  5. The In Betweeners
  6. Dirty Sexy Money
  7. Desperate Housewives
  8. Gossip Girl

Those are my 8's. My turn to tag....YOU! Come on, you know you want to! Here's the rules, just in case you want to follow them:
1) Mention the name of the person who tagged you.
2) Do the lists of 8.
3) Tag 8 bloggers of your choice.
4) Let them know that they have been tagged!

So who do I tag ...

  1. Heather - Bumpy Beads
  2. Caroline - Crafted Gems
  3. Sabine - Little Castle Designs
  4. Lesley - Coburg Crafts
  5. Nicky - Sparkly Treasures
  6. Amanda - Hungry Designs
  7. Sam - Aurora Beadz
  8. Janine - Cherished Trinkets

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Where does the time go?

Love Is In The Air Necklace
Sterling Silver & Murano Glass Heart

Wow, it has been almost 3 months since I last blogged. I can't believe how quickly this year is going! Last time I blogged there was still some snow on the ground and now the weather is beautiful (mainly!) and I can't remember the last time I wore a coat!!!

Love Struck
Simple Sterling Silver & Karen Hill Tribe Silver earrings
In the last couple of months, I have had a birthday, booked 2 holidays (Mexico and Ireland towards the end of the year) and started a new silversmith class which I am loving. I did one a few years ago which I stopped half way through as I was sick of spending the whole lesson waiting for the teacher to be free for advice and guidance!! With my new one, the teacher gives us very simple wire work projects that we can do if we are waiting for her which are great and the class is much smaller. When I have finished some pieces, I will post a picture!

Mooreland Necklace - SOLD
Karen Hill Tribe Silver, Sterling Silver & Lampwork by UK Artisan, Becky Fairclough

The above and below necklaces were a birthday present for one of my sister's. They are both on long Sterling Silver ball chains. I saw her today and she was wearing the Mooreland necklace and it looked great on. I love seeing people wearing my creations, it gives me a real buzz!

Candy Corn Necklace - SOLD
Sterling silver & boro lampwork from the US

Sunday, 8 February 2009

I am such a Twit!!!!!

Stepping Stones Bracelet
Silver Leaf Jasper, Sterling Silver & Karen Hill Tribe Silver


A few weeks ago I signed up to Twitter however I didn't have a clue how it worked and it was very difficult to read so I gave up before I even started!! After listening to the radio (Chris Moyles on Radio 1...yes, I know, he is a bit like Marmite, love him or hate him but I love him, his show has me laughing all the way to work!!) where they were going on about Twitter, I thought I would give it another try. That was Friday evening and by the time I went to bed on Friday night, I was addicted!!! Yet more of my life going to waste on the internet!!!!!!!!! My name on Twitter is KEBOjewellery.


Bubble Earrings
Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver


We still have snow on the ground here in Surrey/London but it is slowly melting away. Unfortunately I never got to make the snowman I wanted to make :o(

I haven't been up to much in the last week, mainly working at my full time job where I am a HR Business Partner for a global FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) company. I have had plenty of opportunity this weekend to make some lovelies however my mojo seems to have taken a very long holiday. I realised that I have not made anything new since December!!! I have lots of ideas in my scrap book but not the energy or the inclination to actually go and do it! I have cut down on my magazine spend but thought I would go and purchase a copy of Bead mag in the hope that it would spur me on, but no!! It was a good read though as there are many people in there I 'virtually' know!! There is a 3 page article on my good friend Becky Fairclough which is a great read!
Kaleidoscope Necklace
Lampwork Bead By UK Artist Becky Fairclough, Sterling Silver & Karen Hill Tribe Silver

Speaking of Marmite (I was, promise, look a few paragraphs up!!!) I have discovered that Marmite means pot in French...God, I am full of useless informaton (if you ever want to know what the PG in PG Tips stands for, let me know!!!)!!! I would not say I am in love with Marmite but I really like the taste, the brand, the marketing etc (and not just because I work for the Company that makes it) and I have found a fab Marmite canvas that I am thinking if getting for my kitchen, what do you think?
In this post are some items I made in the last quarter of 2008, I hope you like them. I am going to make a real effort this week to do 2 things...make at least one piece of jewellery and do exercise at least once a day (I have 2 classes on Wednesday)!!

Monday, 2 February 2009

I love the snow!!

Out the back!

Woo, who else had mega amounts of snow??? We live in Surrey, just on the border of London and when we have snow, it is normally pitiful and has disappeared within an hour. Today was very very different!! As I went to bed last night, there was a good few inches on the ground and I was all excited but when I went out of the house at 6 this morning (I was meant to be going to the gym before work!!), there was a foot of snow!!! Because we were up and out so early, no one had stepped on the fresh snow and it looked like something out of Narnia! It was so pretty, I didn't want anyone to step on it!!! That didn't last long!!

Our road

Hubby tried first to get his car out and it was not looking good, there was way too much snow on the ground and the cars were going no where. He is never someone who takes a day off work willy nilly and it was killing him not being able to to work. The trains and buses were also not running!! I was very lucky that I worked from home on Friday so it meant I had my work laptop with me and could work from home today...looking out the window at people playing in the snow was killing me but I had loads to do!!


Out the front

There was an ambulance in trouble so hubby and I decided to go and help push. Isn't it amazing how the community really comes together on days like today. In London, no one looks at each other let alone talks to each other and today was just so different. We were all rallying around trying to get the ambulance out and then later when I tried to move my car and it got completely stuck in snow, strangers put their shopping down to help! At lunch time I decided to walk in to town and pop to the bank (which was closed!!) and everyone was walking in the middle of the road, in the tire tracks and people were smiling, laughing and playing...it was a lovely sight!



Me after pretending to hubby that I was going to do a
snow angel and instead, he pushed me in a mount of snow!!

Hubby kept saying that it was crazy that the world stops when we have a bit of snow and as much as I agree, it is also because we very rarely have this much snow (last time was at least 13 years ago apparently but I would have said much more in London!!) and so the contingencies are not really there!! We are not as equipped as Scotland for example where they have snow a lot in the winter months!


Starburst necklace
Lampwork by Becky Fairclough, freshwater pearls and Sterling Silver

I think the funniest thing of the day was a phone call from my mum early this morning. She called to talk about the snow (as everyone has been today!!) and she said that she was awake at 3 a.m. this morning and she looked out the window and there was some teenagers making a giant mans bit (you know what I am talking about!!). She said when she saw it finished today it was about 7 feet tall and everyone was stopping and laughing when they saw it. I have never ever heard my mum say the P word and it was very amusing!! I then had update reports on people taking photos of it and then people knocking it down!!!!

Wild @ Heart
Lampwork by Becky Fairclough and Sterling Silver

Right, back to the jewellery, only 2 items to show you today and these were items I made at the end of last year but never put on my website!!! I am already falling very behind on my New Years Resolutions of making more and posting more!!!