Free September Shipping at Gillyflower!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Calendula Long Knotted Necklace

Calendula Long Knotted Necklace

I’m celebrating! There’s free shipping on ALL orders at Gillyflower Jewellery throughout September!

I’m leaving for university in a few weeks and while I’m studying I might need to close my Etsy and Folksy shops. So… September is a great time to celebrate and offer free shipping to all my customers :)

My online Folksy shop is mainly for buyers in the UK, and my online Etsy shop is for UK and International buyers. Do drop by and have a little browse – all my colourful and funky jewellery is handmade by me in Lincolnshire and features my trademark glass flower focals. Gilly ✿ xxx

Folksy Featured Seller

Monday, July 18th, 2011
Forest Flower Knotted Necklace

Forest Flower Knotted Necklace

Its a good week for Gillyflower Jewellery! Folksy has picked my shop as a featured seller, so my jewellery will be on the front page at various times and my shop will be listed as featured seller on the Folksy website. Hurrah, I’m thrilled :) Think I should probably get busy and make a few new pieces, there’s a lack of red and purple in my shop at the moment…  *grabs pliers*

Rose Mallow Collection

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
Rose Mallow Pendant Necklace

Rose Mallow Pendant Necklace

I’m starting to expand my jewellery collection a little bit, and have been adding to the Rose Mallow set recently :) I think I may have actually exhausted my previously unlimited capacity for pink! Lol.

The pink pendant necklace was the first flower pendant I ever made, back in 2007, but when I started doing craft fairs I needed a wider variety of styles, so I started making corsage style asymmetric necklaces, and a Rose Mallow version was one of the earlier designs.

Rose Mallow Asymmetric Necklace

Rose Mallow Asymmetric Necklace

I think they sold well because they were a little bit different, but people also seemed drawn to the knotted jewellery I had in other colours, so I added a long knotted necklace to the range…. I’ve really struggled to take a nice photo of the long knotted necklace, sigh.

Rose Mallow Long Knotted Necklace

Rose Mallow Long Knotted Necklace

Last on my to-do list was a beaded necklace with a central pink flower focal, to make something wearable for people who don’t want long or fussy! Now I’ve got just one more style up my sleeve, which I’m working on at the moment – a short knotted necklace with little dangly beads (for people who do want fussy, I guess!). It should turn out to be a little bit like the Woodland Flower Knotted Necklace….

Rose Mallow Beaded Necklace

Rose Mallow Beaded Necklace

So, watch this space…. or maybe come back later – I’m pretty slow at finishing new projects ;)

Red White & Blue Sale

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Blue Anemone Asymmetric Necklace

Blue Anemone Asymmetric Necklace

I’m having a sale in my Folksy shop to celebrate the Royal Wedding cheer!

All red, white or blue pieces of jewellery are marked down by 15%, plus there’s free shipping all weekend long!

I hand-make my unique Gillyflower Jewellery flower focals using bead weaving techniques and combine them with glass and wooden beads in bold colours – I love colour and enjoy making jewellery that’s a little bit different ;)

So…. come and have a little look around my  Folksy handmade flower jewellery shop and grab yourself a bargain!

Poppy Long Chain Necklace

Poppy Long Chain Necklace

Update: the Poppy Long Chain Necklace has now sold out, but there are still plenty of other pretty pieces left! I’ll be adding new designs to my Folksy shop over the weekend, including this Black Orchid Necklace….

Black Orchid Flower Necklace

Black Orchid Flower Necklace

Sunday Blues

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
Cornflower Double Strand Bracelet

Cornflower Double Strand Bracelet

Today’s theme appears to have been blue: the sky was a perfect bright Autumn blue when I woke up (although sadly not for long!), I chose a blue stripy scarf to keep the chill at bay, felt a little bit blue about the clocks going back and the darker evenings ahead, and squeezed in the opportunity to make several pieces of blue-toned jewellery this evening…

Sparkling Blueberry Necklace

Sparkling Blueberry Necklace

I rarely get a chance to make jewellery at the moment, but the pliers came out this weekend! I fulfilled an order (the blueberry necklace), made a birthday present (the cornflower bracelet), and finished off some earrings to wear to work that I began earlier in the week. Obviously, the latter being the most important ;)

I’d planned to bake some spicy pumpkin cupcakes for the family to celebrate Halloween but with no time to spend in the kitchen today it was lovely to be a little bit crafty for an hour or so instead.

Shell Drop Earrings

Shell Drop Earrings

Seeing the deep blue beads scattered across the table, the little discarded snippings of wire curling around each other and the sparkling crystals catching the light made me long to get back into it again. So many beads, so little time!

Makers Online Photography Competition

Friday, April 2nd, 2010
Wildflower Knotted Necklace

Wildflower Knotted Necklace

I entered this shot of my Wildflower Knotted Necklace into the Makers Online Photography competition a few weeks ago and I made the short list! Very exciting. The winner was announced today – Chloe Livingstone from Little Green Shoots. Her wonderful shot of her Suede Flower Necklace in Toffee Triangles won. Congratulations!

Suede Flower Necklace by Chloe Livingstone

Suede Flower Necklace by Chloe Livingstone

I was so chuffed to have been in the top 27 – I’m always frustrated with my photography skills and wish that my product shots were better, so it was really encouraging to be listed with so much talent. There were some great photos in the line up, including one by my lovely Flickr friend Anna Stassen of her stunning Dew Necklace.

Dew Necklace by Anna Stassen

Dew Necklace by Anna Stassen

Another photo I loved, that didn’t make the short-list, was Linen Pincushion by Namolio. The original photo has gone from the Makers Online Blog now, so I have chosen a shot of one of her pin cushions from her Etsy shop. I love the subtle lighting, and how the photo has enhanced an already beautiful handmade item. Gorgeous! If I didn’t loathe sewing so much, I would definitely be tempted to buy one :)

Pin Cushion by Namolio

Linen Pincushion by Namolio

Check out Makers Online for fantastic handmade items, ranging from jewellery to textiles and greetings cards to handbags, from Uk based designers and crafters.

Poinsettia Necklace

Friday, November 27th, 2009
Poinsettia Necklace

Poinsettia Necklace

I love making the Poinsettia necklace at this time of year, it feels so Christmasy! I’ve teamed my handmade glass flower focal with red, black, bronze and mossy green beads for a glamorous look. I finished it off this evening and popped it in my Folksy shop :) Hopefully I’ll have time to make the matching bracelet this week – I’m going to pick up a packet of crimp beads while I’m in Nottingham tomorrow from The Bead Shop, as I’ve run out!

Plum Fleur Asymmetric Necklace

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
Plum Fleur Asymmetric Necklace

Plum Fleur Asymmetric Necklace

Now the craft fair is over, I am starting to fill up my online shops again at Etsy and Folksy. This wintery necklace in deep purple, with one of my handmade glass flowers set to one side, is now available. The corsage style looks great with a little black dress for Christmas :)

Belton House Christmas Fayre

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

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I was at Belton House yesterday for the craft fayre. It was a Christmas themed event with decorated trees and a brass band, so there was a nice atmosphere and the customers were really friendly :) My Mum came with me to help out, and I’m so glad she did because it got busy at times and there weren’t enough hands to box cupcakes and package jewellery! The day seemed to go by so quickly apart from at the end as the shoppers tailed off – it’s in the quiet times that you realise how tired you are!

My stall looks a bit odd in this pic because I spaced the jewellery out like this once all my cupcakes and cookies had sold out after lunch (yay!) - I wish I’d taken a photo at the beginning of the day when the table was full, but I was in such a rush to finish getting set up before the first customers arrived!

I took 3 different cupcake flavours with me: milk chocolate brownie, maple and pecan, and lemon curd. I also took an assortment of cookie lollies in light blue, lilac and rose, decorated similarly to the cookies in the post below. Oh, and I made some cookie hearts with ribbon attached to hang as decorations, but I forgot to take a photo before they sold. I might make some as gifts to give at Christmas so will hopefully remember to take a pic then.

I think my favourite thing of the day was using my crash-lock cardboard cupcake boxes, lol! My brother designed me some fab little round stickers with my Gillyflower Bakery logo in pink, so they were stuck onto every box that I sold. So cute :)

It’s always interesting to see what sells – different items of jewellery seem to go at different fayres – but my flower pendants always seem to be popular so I make sure I have them in every colour. The wildflower knotted necklace seems to be my best seller, and usually sells in the first hour, so I’m going to work on expanding my range of knotted jewellery in the New Year.

It was a good day, and I would definitely do the fair next year – there was a good turn out despite the drizzle and people were really interested in buying, which was lovely. Emma Grey, the organiser, did a great job, and the co-ordinators came round with hot drinks regularly which was a nice touch. The stable area that I was in was pretty dark, so that’s probably my only criticism but I knew that when I booked the pitch so I can’t complain! We took a string of lanterns with us and two bright spot lights and created a friendly glow :)

Finally Finished: Rose Garden Necklace

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Rose Garden Long Necklace

Rose Garden Long Necklace

I didn’t have time to finish this necklace as quickly as I’d hoped, but the hot weather has meant more time sitting (and lying!) in the garden so it’s given me the chance to finish wire-wrapping the beads. I spent a gorgeous evening in the garden cooling off after work today, listening to Blur (so jealous I wasn’t at Glastonbury at the weekend) and I’ve begun a new piece that I’ll be listing in my shops soon. In the meantime, this Rose Garden Long Necklace is in my Etsy and Folksy shops now.

Pink & Green Wire Wrapped Necklace

Pink & Green Wire Wrapped Necklace

The necklace features one of my flowers, in pink, set to one side and teamed with an array of lovely chunky beads. I’ve been waiting for a chance to use the sage green crocheted beads I bought ages ago from JillyBeads.com, and I’m loving the pink glass beads with a slightly marbled effect from BijouxBeads.com