Events, Inspiration, Update

2019 Roundup!

Hello everyone!

It seems like an age since I have blogged, so brace yourselves for a long one!

It has been a busy few months of crafting, classes and the day job!

In November I made my annual pilgrimage to the Knitting and Stitching show at Harrogate – it was a jam packed day, full of lovely shopping, workshops, inspiration, and I even got to meet one of my idols, the fantastic Georgina Bellamy (That Embroidery Girl).

I bought lots of goodies which I will be putting to good use on some new projects that I have planned in for next year – more about that later!

More recently, I have been experimenting!  I have been making jewellery for about 20 years now, but one thing I hadn’t tried was resin.  I bought myself a little starter kit from Resin8 a while ago (Link below) and I have to admit I put it in the cupboard and forgot about it.  Browsing on Facebook recently I started seeing quite a few resin pieces, and it reminded me about the kit – so I dug it out, and gave it a go!   What can I say?????? I’m hooked!  I absolutely love working with resin!  There are just so many possibilities!  You take this boring looking product, add colour, glitter, whatever, pop it in a mould, and the next day you have an amazing, individual item! 

Needless to say, I got straight online and ordered more supplies, and I have been playing ever since!  I have tried out adding colour, adding mica powder, adding glitter, and even adding dried flowers and shells!  The initial results were………ummm, I’ll call it interesting!  After the first batch, I could easily see where I had gone wrong – too many bubble, not enough resin, or too much resin!  But I am very happy to say the next batch turned out so much better – and I have some pieces I absolutely love!  I went to a posh dinner the other night, and wore one of my new resin pendants, and I received some lovely compliments on it – which absolutely made my night!

I have plans for lots more resin goodies coming up!

So, this leads me on to future plans!  In 2020 I really want to focus on growth.  I have been ticking along quite nicely for the last few years, but in 2020 I really want to challenge myself!

I will be continuing to work on my “For the Love of Bees” range –  this includes a variety of bee makes in different forms of embroidery, beadwork, and jewellery.    I will be developing a new range of mixed media embroidery works – incorporating different elements of fabric, and embellishments to form a range of nature inspired hoops.

I will be running another Stitch-A-Long!  I ran the first of these in September, and it was so much fun!  The next one will probably be in February – watch out on my Facebook page for more details.

Thinking about jewellery makes – I will be focusing on more high end pieces, using sterling silver.  I have a charm bracelet range coming soon, which I am hoping to expand as the year goes on.  I will be working on more chainmaille makes, as these seem to be popular, and I will definitely be working on more resin!  I have two weeks away from the day job over Christmas and the New Year, so will be using this time to practice, and to start producing the first saleable items! 

I think that’s all I have to tell you for now!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kindness and your support over 2019.  It truly means the world to me!  As a little thank you, (and to thank you for reading this far)  I would like to offer the first 5 people to either comment on here, or message me, a £5 gift voucher off any future purchase – no end date, so you can use it whenever you like!  The voucher is  valid from any purchase made directly on Facebook, Instagram, or from any online Emporium I am taking part in!

So, last but not least, I wish you all Yuletide Blessings, a Merry Christmas, and a very happy, healthy and safe New Year.

Love

Zoe xx

Events, Uncategorized

Thinking about the C word!

There’s no avoiding it, Christmas is rapidly approaching!  I have really tried to get organised this year, and not run around like a headless chicken in the run up to the big day, but I have had limited success!

So, what does this mean for Athena Makes?

Commission orders are now closed down until the New Year, so if you are thinking of making a purchase, here are your options;-

I will be listing in the following events in the run up to Christmas;-

LLD/PP Emporium 9th to 12th November    https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLDsEmporium/
The Makers Emporium 1st December    https://www.facebook.com/groups/498933563623248/
LLD/PP Emporium 3rd to 7th December  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLDsEmporium/

Apologies for the short notice on the first event – I did say I had limited success in being organised!

I am aiming to have new makes ready for each event, I have a few sneaky peeks for you here, and you can always keep an eye out on the page/in the group for more.

I will be making new embroidery hoop designs, some Christmas themed hoops, some bead embroidery brooches/pendants, and some Sterling Silver jewellery, all of which make perfect Christmas gifts, or as a little treat for yourself! I *may* also be making some Christmas decorations!

If there is anything you would like to see for Christmas, or any suggestions on styles/themes just shout up!

My Etsy shop will be closing on 10th December 2018, for UK orders – if there is anything in there that has taken your fancy, drop me a quick PM, or comment below, and I will let you have a special discount code that only applies to page followers/group members.

I am currently plotting and planning for my final makes for the events, AND some new ranges which I will hopefully be launching in the New Year!  More details on that next time, and there *may* be some news about a very exciting new venture for me!  Watch this space!

Bye Bye for now

Zoe xxx