Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Craft Juice Tuesday - "Proud to be British"


Today I have decided to join the "Craft Juice Tuesday" Team, and on Tuesdays will start to post inspirational products featured on www.craftjuice.com that other crafty folks have made.
I am kick starting my frist posts with products that are not just appealing to look at, but also something with a personal connection... "Proud to be British"


This ... I Photobucket


My first car was an Austin Mini ...
and I soOoOoOo would have loved to have had the Union Jack on it!
I am also a big fan of the Union Jack, I actually think it is rather stylish!
I think I got more proud to be British when I moved away to Germany. *strange for some maybe?* I realised that nationality is a label, a stereotype, and it was only when i moved to Germany, I truly understood what it was to be proud to be a Brit!
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items that are featured - just scoot your way over to www.craftjuice.com and search "union jack"


I love the fact that it can be recognised in ANY colour scheme - it is truly an iconic emblem.
So, that's it for my "Craft Juice Tuesday" post!
I hope you like what I have featured!
Until Next time ... byeeee!
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Springtime inspiration :)

I am so happy that spring has arrived - I don't even care about the springtime showers ... +10 and upwards is so refreshing (albeit not that warm!). I have been really bored of the long winter, and I have been aching to see more sunshine, and now that it finally has ... it does feel like a weight has been lifted!


With this, has brought some inspirado! *woop!*


But before I get to what I have made this week, regarding the earrings featured (and sold) last week - I got a lovely response from the customer, which was so sweet!


I love it when a customer emails me to say how much they liked what they have bought, gives me this warm and gooey feeling inside - and honestly I think that added to my urge for making more things this week. It does also remind me that when I buy other handmade things from other arty fellows, that i should also send them a thankyou email!


I was really lucky again to have another sale this week ...


Sterling Silver with hammered sterling silver rings (from DragonflyLynne) and semi precious turquoise!


Pretty for the summer Photobucket
 
I have decided to make some more turquoise earrings which are now also in my dawanda shop!

I have been making so many earrings recently, just massaging the mojo ... so at least I am feeling productive whilst my mojo went somewhere warm for the winter! But now the sun is BACK ... I have been making loads! Here's just a few to feast your eyes on!




If you wanna see all, check out my flickr album of my dawanda shop!
They're all featured and ready for sale! Photobucket

I also made a sterling silver, swaro, and cats eye bracelet this week. (which i am tempted to keep myself!) I have used mocha brown, sterling silver spacer beads and components with scrumptious swarovski blues ... which is not a colour combo i use often, but it's turned out very well and very funky! I am thinking of making some more in the near future in other colour combos. I'll be sure to show you!
Please let me know what you think!



So - other than beading - life is also pretty good!
I have not yet found a car (so i'm still without wheels) But luckily for me, I have had the use of the company cars so I'm happy to be patient until the right one comes along. I have decided that I will be buying a Fiesta ST, and with my requirements narrowed down, it usually means that there are only 15 cars in the whole of Germany that are suitable (and some of those are too expensive or have too many miles on the clock) So ... I must be patient, the right one will come along soon.

The week ahead takes me to Szolnok, Hungary ... again! Lots of work to do - so i'll be having a productive week... and on Friday we have another appointment with a bank about a mortgage, our broker has found us a possible mortgage and now the bank want to have a meeting with us, so things are looking up there - let's hope they offer us a reasonable rate! It's gonna be a dream to build our own house!
So guys and gals, off to watch tv in bed! Have a happy week, and I'll post again soon.
Nicola
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Another Day ... another dollar ...

OMG ... I have just consumed the biggest chunk of garlic EVER ... how dare they try and disguise it in a potato patty, as if anyone wouldn't realise *lol* well - i'm gonna have to fish out the rest, even though i love the stuff, you gotta have limits!

Tonight I am in Szolnok, Hungary ... which is a place i visit often with work. So currently I am sat in my hotel room, eating dinner - most colleagues that were travelling aswell this week went home today - so I'm the only one left here for the rest of the week. Which gives me great opportunity to play on t'internet, watch shockingly shite tv, and eat my dinner and relax. I'm sure it sounds quite nice to you? Travelling with work - staying in hotels, eating restaurant food ... well, sometimes it is - but like anything - the novelty wears off, especially when you are constantly returning back to the same places! But ... You work hard for a reason ... another day, another dollar.

That's enough about work ... *lol* to more interesting stuff ...
I have been roped to help organise a party to go to the Stuttgarter Fr├╝hlingsfest ... I did it a few years back with a group of 72 people from all over europe ... but this year it's just a bit smaller, everyone is adding themselves onto the reservation. So tomorrow I must add on 10 peeps ... and on the 1st May - we'll all be there in a big tent getting drunk and dancing on tables. *yay!* It's always good fun!

Other news ... well, car got sold today ... Joe was a sweetie and did all administrative duties since I am away with work. He met the guy - guy tried getting 150 off - Joe stayed at the price ... I no long have a car, and am a few thousand richer! (a few more euros this time ... heheheh!)

Many fond memories of that car! Little Edward II, British Racing Green, BMW Mini, complete with England sticker and "UK" on the numberplate ... a perfect car for an English gal living abroad. We've had a fun 3 years together, he sure was a trooper! Sorry to see him go, but excited now as I am off CAR SHOPPING!!!! *WoopWoop!* Sure it is stressful, but it is so fun!

No creativity flowing today unfortunately ... creativity is crushed with work, like normal. But I am happy to report a SALE from my dawanda shop!



2 pairs of sterling earrings - scrumptious indeedy!


I sure hope that the customer will like them!

So, for another day - I will love you and leave you. Be safe and I hope to post some new creations very soon!


Nic
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Eh? What's happened here then ... ?!

Oops ... I seem to have gone and opened a blog ... !!!

I can blame a few friends for planting the idea in my head, and of course - I am an avid follower of many blogs myself ... and once being told that i was "behind the times" Photobucket (yes, she who has 5 computers) I thought that I had better catch up quick smart! Photobucket

My blog will be about not just things that I make to go on http://www.smittenkitten.de/ but also I think that I will include day to day happenings out of my life (not all of the boring stuff - don't you worry!) Photobucket I travel with work quite alot - (but you probably won't hear too much about that - as that can be boring) and hopefully this year, it will be a year of change - as yesterday I have had someone offer to buy my car ... so you'll hear about me finding a new one ... and if all goes really well, then it looks like that this could be the year that we BUILD a house! ... yes, not just buy, but build it too! Photobucket
So, stick around and stick to me if you are a curious nellie! I would really appreciate some followers so then i am not just talking to myself! Photobucket
Lots of Love
Nicola
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