Halloween!

Let’s talk about spooky things! Halloween is coming up and it’s a great celebration for those who enjoy it (nothing too sinister for me, please!).

Nowadays, it’s all about Trick or Treat, costumes, partying, spooky décor, carved pumpkins… But what’s Halloween origin? Halloween is celebrated on the night of 31st October, the eve of All Saints’ Day. It’s thought to be associated with Samhain, a Celtic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of Winter, at a time when “the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest“.

After getting some inspiration from Pinterest, I prepared a little collection as my way to celebrate the holiday.

 

 

You can find it here and for you, dear reader, all the items in the collection are available at 20% off, just in time for Halloween – use promo code BHALLOWEEN20 at checkout.

Hope you enjoy it!

See you next time

Reading reading reading

Hi everyone!

So, this was a really long absence and I have a feeling it’s not quite the end of it yet! Nonetheless, I really miss jewellery making and all aspects surrounding it.

Why the absence?! A pregnancy, a not-so-smooth house move, a charity course and lots of work! Now, despite the fact things are not quite where I want them to be yet, I am actually able to sit down and write for the time being. So before going into what this post actually is about – jewellery making/business tips and articles – and just so you know where I’m at, here’s what’s happening: I am reaching the end of my pregnancy with just a few weeks to go (and Peanut is jumping and moving around like he’s having the time of his life) and therefore I just went into Maternity Leave. At the same time, I’m still going through the house move and I am now trying to catch up with my year-long charity course (for more details, feel free to have a look at my separate blog In Briana’s shoes, in which I tell of my journey as a Charity Apprentice).

Well, without further ado… One way to kick myself “back into shape” is by beginning with my emails, including all the pending emails that I’ve received about starting up a business and jewellery making. Because of this, and because I have a lot of them, the vast majority from Etsy blogs, I decided it would be a good idea to go over my most interesting reads and share them with you:

I know, I know, I get addicted to everything I read about time management because I’m so bad at it myself. But I love the tips in 10 ways to get more done (and stress less)  and how easy it is to relate to this article and make sense of what Vana is trying to convey!

I didn’t pay much attention to articles about workspaces before but now, going into a new house myself, they seem to suddenly be full of interesting ideas for different spaces! There is also the alternative to rent a desk or space, should you need to expand the business at some point. Here are a few Inspiring Workspaces:

  • (r-ki-tekt) – Gorgeous workspace and her story shows… patience pays off!
  • La Lisette – I’m in love with the space! It’s bright and simultaneously cosy, perfect to create new items… And can I just say… the watermelon bag!!
  • PataPri – Working with a seaview? Yes please! I’m sure it inspires Yuko everyday!

Again, to put it bluntly, I didn’t really see the use of reading about other people’s successful stories before – mostly because I didn’t want to feel discouraged in comparison – but let’s be honest, it’s not easy to make it in a market full of starting business owners who are trying to thrive just as much as you are! But these inspirational stories might be exactly what you want to read when things are not going according to plan and you’re in need of a pick-me-up!

  • La Loba Studio – I love how the business started off for Emese and her reasons for doing what she does.
  • Gardens of Whimsy – again, an unusual start for this business but it just goes to show things sometimes start from the unexpected.
  • BespOakInteriors – how a business can, quite literally, branch out from a career.

On a different note, with a lot happening in the next few weeks, who knows when I will have down time to write again. Either way, I’m counting the minutes, and with moving, I cannot wait to put my little workspace together – post coming soon!

Until then, take care everyone!

B

Monthly pick – June

Sometimes, the simpler, the better!

My favourite item this month is not a part of my new Travelling Collection nor a piece that took me 10 million hours to do!

n the Moon” earrings.

These earrings speak for themselves, with their simplicity and uniqueness! The adorable cat having some “thinking-time” in the Moon is a genius idea (thumbs up to the author)!! Anyone else identify themselves with this lovely pair of earrings? I know I do!

As per usual, here is my Promo Code – BEEBIJUBLOG6 – available until my next post is up.

 

Oui, Paris!

Hi, you! First of all, apologies for my absence. While I was busy travelling, working and with other bits and pieces, I didn’t realise that almost THREE MONTHS have passed (scary, no?!)!

Now, let’s put in practice something I’ve wanted to do for some time: a travelling collection.

During my honeymoon in Cuba, I was in a complete “offline” mode but I kicked myself a bit when I came back, very happy, extremely exhausted and… beads free – yes, I actually forgot! While in Havana, the hubby and I visited a lot of gorgeous places and had a very interesting cultural learning experience, to say the least. But despite the fact our living room has a little bit of Cuban art, my craft drawers don’t!

So, on a personal level, I’ve made a commitment to travel more and while it’s not easy – for many reasons (one of them being my irrational fear of flying) -, I’m trying as I love the idea of getting to know other cities, countries and cultures. At the same time, when possible, I want to get my crafty side, as much as my cultural side, on it. And where should we start? Lovely Paris, of course, a city full of elegance, culture and gorgeous sights! During a city break with the hubby and some friends, I paid a “little” visit to a beads shop – that is, while the friends caught up with their sleep in the car and the hubby kept asking “Are you done? Are you done?” 🙂 In the heart of Paris, lovely little Matière Première filled me with indecision. Eventually, I settled for these items:

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And I’m happy to say that they all have a purpose!

While I feel quite comfortable with the idea of making earrings (as you will see with most of the results!), I gave it a go with a few bracelets as well.

And I must confess, after days of consideration, I decided to keep a pair for myself:

 

As for the rest of the pieces, here is a little sneak peek of what they look like:

And I’m thrilled to share them on Etsy, as the first items in my “Around the World” collection! Feel free to take a look and let me know what you think. And as per usual, here is a discount code, in case you decide to buy: BEEBIJUBLOG5.

See you next time!

Easter jewellery

“Why buy Easter eggs when you can buy Easter jewellery?” (thank you, Charlotte!)

Easter is not all about chocolate (if I say this enough, I might actually believe it). It’s a lovely family occasion and, of course, there are very strong religious reasons behind it.

This year, I am also making it jewellery related… here are my Easter earrings. Currently on sale in my shop BeeBiju, the choice is between the super cute bronze bunnies or the cheeky silver chickens. As per usual, a promo code is available – BEEBIJUBLOG4 – for a 15% discount. This code will be live until my next blog post comes along.

 

HAPPY EASTER!

3 jewellery pieces, 1 dress

Exciting times – our first collaboration!

It’s that time of year in which The House of Lotz tells everyone about 1 dress, 3 ways: with the sense of fashion of a pro, my dear friend and fellow blogger Charlotte recommends three different ways to wear the same dress. This time around, with her focusing on Christmas, her followers will spot some new additions to her gorgeous outfits (I may have something to do with it).

Casual Christmas at home:

Looking very much like Christmas, my Pearl earrings, complement Charlotte’s lovely complexion and short haircut… and how can we ignore her awesome Squirrel jumper – which, by the way, goes so well with her dress???

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Work Christmas Party

How many times before have you had the work Christmas party… right after work?! And yes, you want to look different but you don’t have the time (or energy) to start the getting ready process all over again… Sometimes re-touching your make-up and putting some earrings and a necklace can do the trick! With my amethyst earrings and necklace, Charlotte pulls this off “like a boss”!

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A Formal New Year’s Eve:

You want to look like a million dollars but you also want to  be able to relax, enjoy and properly celebrate. I can assure you that your outfit is only a tiny part of it, you will be the sensation, not what you wear. So, simple and elegant is the way. Once again, Charlotte makes it happen beautifully, letting my ribbon bracelet complete the look, not take over it.

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Now off you go, it’s the weekend and not only you have your Christmas shopping to do, but now you also need a black dress 😉

Special thanks to lovely Charlotte, who acted as a model and put up with me going “A tenth of an inch to the left”;  “to the right”; “Bag in the picture, let’s do it again”! When you can, it’s worth checking her blog; with a mix of fashion, food, well-being and more, you’re in for a treat!

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Monthly Pick – October

October’s monthly pick is a necklace! At my friend’s request, I made it for her to offer as a present to someone else and we all loved the result!

Made of leather and using a lovely fairy charm (ever since I found them, I cannot live without them!) and a little pearl, they make a lovely gift.

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You know the drill 🙂 This necklace is available for sale on my Etsy shop (accessible through this link). For your chance to get it with a 10% discount, use code BEEBIJUBLOG2 when you check out. This code will be available when my next blog post is up!

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Introducing “My monthly pick!”

As suggested by a good friend and fellow blogger (see her blog here -> TheHouseOfLotz), here is my first “monthly pick” blog post, in which I present, from the items I created in the past month, my favourite.

This month, it’s a no-brainer! Having had lots to catch up on, I wasn’t able to create as many items as I would have liked… but I managed a few and the one I enjoyed doing the most was definitely a pair of earrings made with beads I got for my birthday! These came on the post as a little surprise from my sister-in-law: a lovely necklace, a super-fancy magnifier (great idea!!) and of course, my new gorgeous beads! I could not wait to try them out and here is what I came up with.

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This pair of earrings is on sale on my shop and if you would like to buy it, feel free to use this promo code for 15% discount: BEEBIJUBLOG1 (valid until my next blog post goes up in 10 days)!

I think I’m going to enjoy this monthly pick business quite a lot!! 😉