Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Nearly christmas

Can't believe I haven't updated in such a long time. I have been so busy getting ready for the christmas rush with both my family and my business that everything has just gone mad!

If I see another mug cozy I'll definately go mad as I've had rush orders on for these and scarves. Ran out of yarn for the scarves and had to quickly buy more...still shouldn't complain for the rush.

Already planning next year's christmas as the invites to go to fairs has already begun.

Best get off now and complete more forms for more christmas fairs!!!!

Monday, 1 November 2010

The wedding

Emma has finally made it through her big day.

CONGRATULATIONS Emma and her new husband.
As promised I will now show some of the items worn on the big day.

The tiara was created using white glass pearls and Swarovski AB crystals to give it that extra sparkle!

Just one of the bracelets for Emma to choose from on her big day.

With four younger bridesmaids, Alice bands were the choice made and created using the same pearls as the bride with purple pearl centres to the flowers, to complement the older bridesmaids.

All four Alice bands completed, they were lined up for the final photo shoot before being wrapped up in tissue paper for the big day.

With three older bridesmaids, Emma wanted charm style bracelets made from pearls to reflect her jewellery, but in a colour to complement their dresses.

Emma wanted the necklaces to contain the same pearls as the bracelets, but wanted them to appear "floating".
I have asked Emma to post us some pictures as soon as she can and lets hope we can all share her special day.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Ready for a break

Sent out some press releases to magazines in an attempt to promote my business and have been in contact with The Hub in Sleaford to try and have some items in their shop. It's a large craft/gallery and will be fantastic if I can exhibit there.

Mussons of Lincoln, who produce handmade suits and shirts have agreed to put out some of my business cards so I'm hoping this will produce more wedding orders.

Having just finished another wedding I am now ready for a break and with half term looming, I am going to spend some time with my children over the following week.

The tiara, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and alice bands have now all been handed over to the bride.

The wedding will be on the 30th October and I will publish pictures of the items once the bride has walked down the aisle, but not until then!!!

Emma has promised to send me some pictures of her day and so will publish them when they arrive.

In the meantime, it's time for a well earned rest.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Not enough hours

Having finished the wedding in three weeks (photos will be shown after the date!)
I have finished two bracelets on order and now have another order for a necklace.
I'm part way through completing something new for one of the shops and I have to put some more items on my site.
Now all I need is more hours in the day!
Dave has now read this and suggests I sleep less and cut out meals!!!
I won't publish the answer.
Suggestions welcome though.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Work, work work

It's been a hectic time with a craft fair, orders and a wedding to complete. Having now done the wedding order and the craft fair, I now have to complete my orders and prepare for a jewellery party at the weekend.
Hopefully the busy times will keep rolling!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Busy times

Not updated this for some time, but as someone was talking on the craft forum about blogs today, I thought I should update mine and I now see I have some followers apart from my friends on facebook ....yeah!

Currently working on a wedding for next month. The bride is now in posession of her tiara and bracelet ( will publish pics once the wedding has happened as I don't want her day spoiled).

Unfortunately she didn't think the bracelet she commissioned me to make, matched the dress, but I have just finished another and so have this to show her.

I have now finished the alice band for the younger bridesmaids and the jewellery for the older bridesmaids and I will find out tomorrow if this order is to be produced for the seven bridesmaids, so excited, but nervous.

Just finished my press releases to promote my business and had them checked by a wonderful and talented friend of my husband's who used to be in the business and so now I just have to decide where to e-mail them off to (try to send off to as many as possible).

Had a few enquiries after my appearance on two fab blogs whose sites appear on the front page of my shop.

In case you haven't checked out what I'm all about go to http://eiledon.co.uk

Wish me luck for tomorrow! x

Saturday, 4 September 2010


Following a mention on the Bead Barmy blog, my website continues to be growing in interest with more enquiries coming.
The next wedding is keeping me busy. The tiara is now finished along with the bride's jewellery and now I have to begin on the bridesmaids.
Spoke to another bride last night about her requirements and so am busy with the sketchpad working on a few ideas to present to her.
May these busy times continue!

Monday, 23 August 2010

New Feature!!!

Just appeared on a blog called bead barmy and I have to say it looks very impressive.

It features people who design items for weddings and showcases their websites and so I'm very excited to be included on it.

I've just had another commission to create a tiara and a piece of jewellery for a bride's special day.

Getting busier keeping the shops stocked with jewellery and so now all starting to come together.

Hope this carries on!!!

To view the blog go to http://www.beadbarmy.com/2010/08/wedding-belles-some-gorgeous-sites-to-see

Friday, 13 August 2010


Been a busy bee today making three bracelets and a beaded flower.

Some are still experimental, but have to test out my thoughts and ideas.

Now going to spend the evening just relaxing as I start work again next friday and so will have no more friday nights in front of tv (working every friday night!)

Can't believe the Scott is already so old and it is time to go back to work, still have the rest of the week to enjoy life.

Thursday, 12 August 2010


Been busy keeping Zoe and Scott entertained whilst trying to jot down ideas for tiaras, running through my head.

Spent the evening making bracelets.

Visited one of the shops to restock some of my jewellery and take in a shawl made for a customer's specifications.

Tomorrow I will be jotting down more ideas, which seem to coming thick and fast at the moment and tomorrow night I will be probably trying out some of those ideas....must keep going!!!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


Another item has been put onto my online shop, but may have to put some projects aside this month as I may have another wedding on the way!

My favourite and most exciting day to design for and with a query for a bride and her seven bridesmaids I'll have to get a move on with things, but I love it!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Ladies day

Well, ladies day has come and gone. A bit disappointing on the numbers that attended, but I had a few enquiries on my wedding jewellery and jewellery parties.....so fingers crossed.

I managed to complete another piece for the shop and have decided to try and put a new piece in the shop every day for the month of August....may be too much with me starting back at my day job next week, but we'll see how I go.

Here's the latest addition to the shop:

Thursday, 5 August 2010


Went all the way to Lincoln to get more business cards printed, only to find that the machine wasn't working.
I'll have to now print lots of flyers to hand out on Saturday, which don't look as professional as the cards, but will have to do.
Will have to pop to Boston tomorrow to get some props for the stall to show off the jewellery to the max.....have to get those sales in.
Two more days to go. I'll have to make some extra jewellery to put in for the raffle for the charity auction, so must dash and get on.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Getting ready

Just had a big parcel of boxes delivered, which was just what I needed for my craft fair on Saturday.
I spent nearly every evening on holiday busily making more jewellery for the ladies day and had nothing to present them in.
Now got the boxes, I will be spending the rest of the evening packaging them and putting the prices on the items.
Just hope I have lots of sales for all this extra work.
I have also just been invited to another craft fair at a classic car and bike show so once I see how this one goes, perhaps this will be the way forward.............

Monday, 2 August 2010

Happy Hols

Just come back from a great holiday in Norfolk. The weather wasn't fantastic, but it was better than home where it poured down.

Today I'm featured on a blog: sweetcottonthreads written by the very talented Em who also has her own great website with lots of lovely things on sale.....check it out!

Now getting ready for a ladies day at the Sleaford Cricket ground and so trying to make lots of jewellery, ordering boxes to present them in etc.

Come and visit me at Saturday 7th August 2-8pm at the Sleaford Cricket Ground.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

I'm soooooo excited!

Jo from Bead barmy, which is a blog with a huge following, contacted me a few weeks ago asking for my website details.
She has since got back to me to say she would like to interview me and put my site on the blog as a good place to get wedding items from- yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Filled in the questions to the interview until late last night (just to make sure I got everything right) along with a few pictures.
Just have to wait to be featured now.
Hope it brings more people to my website and Eiledon can further expand.
Watch this space!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Was so busy yesterday that I didn't have time to even log on. Done a little today and finished off a green purl and ribbon necklace on order, but not yet had time to take it into the shop for the customer.

Got lots to do today as taking Zoe and her friend to see The Saturdays tonight. It's going to be a late one and I've just discovered that its standing, not seated so I hope they'll be ok.

Better get on

Sunday, 18 July 2010


Had a few manic days, with Scott not sleeping properly over the last few nights and with me worrying about returning to my day job.

Managed to make a tiara on my four hour journey to work and back and I have also in the last few days managed to make a wedding hair comb to attach to a veil.

I have taken pictures of them to put into my shop:


Friday, 16 July 2010


Finished putting the wedding comb onto the veil and then decided I would take a tiara I had already started, to do on the way into work.

It gave me something else to think about on that dreaded journey in!!!

The tiara was continued last night and eventually finished off this morning.

I have taken a picture on it and will put it on the blog when I have more than just a few minutes to spare (hopefully some time over the weekend).

Wednesday, 14 July 2010


Yesterday I was given a veil, which inspired me to make another wedding comb.

I wasn't happy with it this morning, so I took apart a half of it and remade it!

Tomorrow I have to go into work to talk about my return after maternity leave.....not looking forward to it!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Still so tired

Managed to make three bracelets tonight to take to the shop tomorrow and made four French beaded flowers.

One of them is for a friend to use on a cushion she is making for her sister's birthday and the other three are for a wedding.

They will be wrapped onto hair grips to be worn by the three bridesmaids!

Think I may go to bed early to catch up on some lost hours from the weekend!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Need a weekend off!

Just been away for the weekend to Woodhall Spa.

Left the caravan and Dave at the site to set up whilst I went to collect Zoe from school with Scott.

Spent the very sunny saturday morning at the outdoor pool with Dave, Zoe and Scott. Went around the shops and to a cafe for a late lunch before returning to the caravan for the evening.

When Zoe and Scott eventually went to sleep, I spent the evening making pink beaded flowers for three bridesmaids to wear in their hair at a wedding in August.

Due to the weather, kept being woken up by Scott and so had to spend time keeping him quiet so that the rest of the site were not woken up by his screams!

Not yet finished the beaded flowers, but I'll have to get a move on to have them finished in time.

I'm so exhausted, I need another weekend off to get over the weekend....still lots of washing and ironing to get on with to keep me awake!

The good thing was, I returned to find some of my beads I ordered nearly a month ago have now arrived and so I can get on with making the bracelets for the customers I have waiting....when I get the energy and the time.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Soooooooooooooo slow

My computer was slow last night, that I simply gave up trying to update my blog.

Yesterday I collected a veil to attach a comb to. I washed and dyed the veil and then made a comb for the veil with an orchid and pearls.

I have now attached the veil to the comb and it is all ready for the bride.

I will put a picture of it onto the blog once the bride is married as I don't want anyone to see it before her special day!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Computer trouble

I promised I would get the butterfly necklace on the web shop so that it could be viewed before Vicky (my friend) bought it, but the network has been going on and off all night!

Now got it on line on www.eiledon.co.uk

Made a green pearl necklace with ribbon fastening for another customer in the meantime, but should have got a lot more done.

Perhaps tomorrow.....

Monday, 5 July 2010

So tired.

After such a busy weekend, I am so tired now.

The doorbell went at 07:10 this morning with two men standing there saying they were here to lay the tiles in the conservatory. Good job I was up and dressed and getting everyone else up!

Not managed to make anything (jewellery wise) today, but had another look at everything I bought yesterday.

Out tonight, so doubt will get much done, but hope to continue on the necklace, a bride has asked me to design for her wedding.

Sunday, 4 July 2010


Went to the bead fair today (when I managed to find Lincolnshire Showground, which is cunningly disguised as Reiseholme Showground!)

Spent two hours almost blissfully walking around, getting ideas and buying lots. I say almost blissfully as Scott wasn't totally happy (aged one) and Zoe was trying her best to be good (aged 7).

Took my shopping list and bought everything on it and more.

Had someone from Beadsunlimited comment on my jewellery and so mentioned Jo from the same company was looking to feature my shop on their blog. She asked for the shop name and so I hope she remembers it and reminds her!!!

Going to go and look at everything I've bought now and will probably listen to Dave saying "how much!!!"

Saturday, 3 July 2010

So tired and so much to do.

See.... told you I was tired. I put the title to today's blog and posted it without putting any comment.

Just been to the village fete. Only intended to go for an hour or two, but stayed four hours. Just managed to put Scott to bed, done sandwiches for tomorrow as Dave (my husband) is going to Waddington Air Show and I am going to a bead fair at Lincoln to browse (and hopefully buy) lots of lovely beads and findings.

I was going to add more things to my online shop and make a start a necklace a customer has ordered for her wedding, but too tired.

Think I'll just do my shopping list for tomorrow's bead fair (so that I don't forget anything) and settle down for the night.

Finished the St Petersburg Chain bracelet last night and although it is lovely it took over an hour to do and so don't think it will be viable to sell as won't get that much money for them.

I'll see what inspiration tomorrow's outing brings.

So tired and so much to do.

Friday, 2 July 2010


Just put a whole spiel about being excited over another blog featuring me, but don't know where I put it as I can't find it now.
Anyway contacted by Em at
who is hopefully going to feature my shop and blog and tell people about me. Yeah!
Sold some more items from one of the shops who stock my things in Sleaford and had a request to make a necklace I have on show, in another colour.
My shop stats are slowly rising, which means that people are looking at my shop (now I need them to buy!)
Things are looking up.
Just need to get around this blogging thing now!

Thursday, 1 July 2010