Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Handmade Jewellery

I've been meaning to do this since about September last year but just haven't gotten round to it.  I've always had a certain interest in armour and weaponry.  Over last summer I discovered that you could buy chain maille rings and have a go at making some yourself, and that you could even make chain maille jewellery!  Well I just couldn't resist it so I learnt how to make a celtic star and have since turned this pattern into bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  I'm hoping to sell them on Etsy, but thought I'd give you all a sneak peek of what they look like!

Mint green bracelet

Mint green pendant

Dark grey bracelet

Dark grey earrings

Lilac bracelet

Lilac necklace

Whilst making these I also realised I had a lot of jewellery I don't wear any more.  Rather than throwing it out, or selling it on Ebay, I've decided to recycle it and make some new pieces.  I've only made one piece so far but I've got lots of materials left to work with!

Kilt pin brooch

I'll let you all know as soon as my Etsy shop is online and ready to go.  In the mean time please keep a look out for polls regarding prices, the more feedback I get the better!

25 Day Harry Potter Challenge - 14. What would you do if you had an invisibility cloak?

Erm... I don't know actually.  I mean it'd always be interesting to know what people think of me when I'm not there but then again, do I really want to know?  Sometimes I can't help but think that it's better to live in blissful ignorance.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

25 Day Harry Potter Challenge - 12. Favourite line/passage?

It's my 100th blog post!!  And to celebrate I'm resurrecting this challenge, which I will finish!

As for my favourite line, I think it has to be this one.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Saturday, 25 February 2012

iPhone Pictures (July 2010 - February 2012)

I thought it'd be interesting to see what pictures I have clogging up the memory on my phone and was surprised to realise I have barely deleted any pictures since I got the phone in 2010!!  Thus I decided to share them with you.  Most of the pictures are there, however I omitted some that have either been featured on the blog before or were incredibly boring (who wants to see several pictures of different kinds of silver trays and teacups???).

If you want to know more about a specific picture then either leave a comment here or email me at

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Okely dokely!

I'm back!  Everything in my life seems to be back on track now so it's time I start writing on here again! :)

As I was scrolling through my blogger feed, catching up on the world of blogging I happened across a post on my friend Amy's blog about friendship.  I can sympathise completely with the frustration portrayed in her writing.  I couldn't help but think about something I'd stumbled upon a while ago.

The Mayonnaise Jar...and the Coffee (source)

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar... and the coffee...
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.  When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He then asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.  He then asked the students again if the jar was full.  They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He asked once more if the jar was full.  The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.  The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, " I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.  The sand is everything else-the small stuff."
"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.  The same goes for life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.  Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Play with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your partner out to dinner.  Play another 18.  There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.  Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter.  Set your priorities.  The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled.  "I'm glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

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