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27 June 2013

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Slightly gutted is probably an understatement. Ok, so I'm absolutely gutted that I'm not seeing the Stones at Glastonbury :-( But I mustn't be too sad 'cos I did see them play...once. It was awesome, especially as they are without a doubt in my top 3 bands of all time...and that's a hard one deciding who makes it to the top of the favourite band list. 

What I love about the Stones?

They're raw
                  They're bluesy
                                       They completely rock
                                                                        They have so much energy
                                                                                                                Their lyrics are mighty fine



23 June 2013

Starting an online shop, part 2: practice, practice, practice

In part 2 of my new online blog series on starting an online shop, I am focusing on the topic of practice, experimentation and hard graft! 

Practice by no means equates to perfection because in my humble opinion, perfection does not exist but there is definitely a difference between something poorly made and something well made. 

So, you've got your idea, researched it well and are ready to get going. From my experience, I thoroughly recommend just diving on in and giving it a go. I have found that by starting, you quickly realise what works, what the obstacles are and also where the gaps in your knowledge are. So, get your tools out and start.

Don't be too despondent if on the first practice run it doesn't quite work. Look at what you've started or finished with a constructively critical eye and list what works, what doesn't work and how it can be improved. 

  • Perhaps you need to try a different approach or need to test out different tools and materials. 
  • You may even need to go back to school to learn some useful tips or fill any gaps in your knowledge. Going back to school need not be expensive remember. There is a wealth of useful tips available on blogs, video tutorials and in magazines. 
  • Why not even pick up those craft/sewing/art books sitting on your shelf - there's a whole host of knowledge lurking in them and you just might find an approach you hadn't thought of before.
  •  There are also lots of courses you can attend and sometimes having someone show you, for example, how to insert a zip, is easier in person than trying to fathom out written instructions.

The practice stage relies on much experimentation and hard work. And remember, you may need to revisit it later on down the line when you get some feedback from a buyer of your product. This will tie in with feedback, which I will be looking at later on in the series.

I hope this helps and do feel free to add any other thoughts related to the topic of practice in the comments field below.

Next month I will be looking at the subject of organisation - how best to organise your time and your space or studio, so until then, go practice, practice, practice! 

20 June 2013

Guest posting over at...

...the lovely Dusty Attic! If you fancy a sneaky peek around my home, come and have a look see here!

On an unrelated note, I posted up what was suppose to be a beautiful inspiring song, featuring as part of my 'What's on the dukebox, Jo' series recently. I've only just realised that it was linking to the wrong song entirely! Sorry about that folks, it's now removed. Normal service will resume shortly and talking of normal service resuming...I've been rather busy preparing hankies and questionnaires as part of the giveaway I've recently run....hence the lack of blog posts. Be back with you all soon!

16 June 2013

Giveaway competition winners!


Thank you all so much for entering the biggest giveaway competition I've held to date! I can now reveal the three lucky winners picked at random through Rafflecopter are:

Emily Levey

Anna Davison of The Dusty Attic

Congratulations ladies! I will be in contact shortly. 

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! Keep your eyes peeled for another giveaway competition coming very soon!

14 June 2013

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

My bro introduced me to this awesome Red Hot Chili Peppers performance on Jools Holland not long ago and I LOVE it! I was big into them when they first got on the scene and even did some much needed moshing to them at various festivals but until recently I'd completely forgotten about them. Lets just say, it was damn good to hear them blast out some awesome rock music! Rock on and play it again and again, yeah! :-)

13 June 2013

My new jewellery range - inspired by Cornwall

I was very naughty when I went on holiday to Cornwall. I *accidentally* took not only my knitting with me, but ALL of my embroidery floss and necessary accessories. Ooops!

As a result of Cornwall doing just what a holiday should, my brain relaxed and I got all inspired, yay! And so, I present to you, my 'inspired by Cornwall' jewellery range, available to buy in my Notonthehighstreet.com shop, ta da! 

Has your holiday inspired a burst of creativity? I would love to hear what you've been creating, making or designing!

*psst! There's still time to enter my giveaway! Head over here to enter! And don't forget to check out my new personalised jewellery range! Ok, bye for now! :-) x


Please note these are my original designs, completely out of my own fair head. If they've inspired you, then I'm chuffed but please do not copy them in any sense of the word. Thank you.

12 June 2013

Vintage Button Swap!

Yay! I've just been matched up with my Vintage Button Swap buddy and I CAN.NOT.WAIT to swap buttons! The Vintage Button Swap is being run by the lovely Taz of Butter and Buntings and involves an international swap of buttons. The idea being to swap a gorgeous, unsual/handmade selection of at least 10 buttons. I'm swapping with Samantha of 'Madness and I' and I've already got a few ideas up my sleeve! Yay for crafty/vintage, fun swaps!

Have you participated in a craft or vintage swap recently? Did you blog about it? I'd love to hear how it went!


The Vintage Button Swap picture is copyright of Butter and Buntings 2013.

11 June 2013

Bright Bright Sun Shiny Day

As it's a grey old day today, I thought I'd cheer myself up by looking through a few pics Mrs Camera and I snapped when the sun was shining in the garden. I'm hoping these green and bright folk will be happy in their new abode as very soon Mr and I will be moving into our very own home. As you might have guessed this has caused a severe drought in blog posts but then you don't really want to be hearing about interest rates, buildings insurance etc, in fact that's more than I can bear to write just now, my head is swimming with it all! Moving back to plants and gardens. Are you green fingered? Do you have a favourite plant? I love to have a balance of edible and bright, bright flowers and I cannot wait to make our new garden into a haven of this.

Happy gardening! :-)

*psst! don't forget to enter my giveaway! There's still time to enter! Good luck! :-) x

9 June 2013

A . B . C range is now available!

My new A.B.C jewellery range is now up in my Notonthehighstreet shop and will be in my Etsy store soon.

Another new range will be hitting my online shops very soon, so stay tuned!

Happy weekend everyone! :-) 

5 June 2013

What's happening these days...

Lots of things happening over at Adventures & Tea Parties HQ these days:

Loads of research into product supplies
A bucket full of trial and error with techniques, materials and tools
Purchases of new supplies
Organising future Blog Gems
Handkerchief orders
Planning bunting ideas and colours for my bro's wedding
I am currently bang in the middle of buying a house!

It's a little hectic to say the least, hence the lack of blog posts and general presence in blogland. Hopefully I'll be back on track soon. In the mean time, head over here to check out one of my new ranges for my online shops. Hope you like them! I'll be sharing design range #2 very soon, so stay tuned! :-)

It's all about your A . B . C ...

This new Adventures & Tea Parties design range has been bursting to get out for AGES but a severe lack of time etc bla bla bla, has been getting in the way.

So, drum role please! I can now reveal the....

Meet my new hand embroidered, personalised jewellery range! You choose the letter (any from the alphabet!), one of the colour combinations and I create it for you, entirely by hand - no cheating with a machine! 

I'm currently offering rings, brooches and necklaces.

The colour combinations of fabric and embroidery floss have been carefully chosen, so that they compliment each other nicely and to ensure the letter stands out nicely.

Here are the three colour combinations I offer for rings. Remember, you can choose any letter from the alphabet...

...and here are the brooch colour mixtures:

The brooches measure approximately 2.9cm in diameter and have a pin fixed securely to the back, so that you can easily pop it on your dress, cardigan or purse.

The necklaces are set in a silver tone pendant, with a silver plated chain (approx 46cm long) and lobster clasp. I love the name lobster clasp, something satisfying about it! 

My new range will soon be available to buy from my Notonthehighstreet and Etsy shops but before then, I'd love to hear what you all think! 



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