My Credo

" You've got to create a dream. You've got to uphold the dream. If you
can't, then bugger it.Go back to the factory, or go back to the desk." - Eric

Monday, December 28, 2009

Rapunzel from Jetta's Nest

It's a bit to late (what am I still doing on the computer at this time of night?) I know, but I had to share this beautiful find from Jetta's Nest, another wonderful BrisStyle gal.

Isn't she beautiful?

Well done Jetta

Sunday, December 27, 2009

And that's that.....Roll on the New Year

Wow! What a Christmas!
Had chrissie at my place for the first time, catered it myself and I must say it went down well. Fab queensland seafood, champagne sorbet, home cooked turkey, christams pud...did the lot. Had to drag out an extra fan as it rained in the morning and it was really steamy by lunch, but a quick dip in the pool later topped off a splendid Aussie Christmas.

Absolutely crashed the next day. I think I slept thru' most of Boxing day- he, he. But I'm back in the land of the living and raring to go. I'm busy photographing my new items and trying to get them organised so I can add them to my new shop's launch in January.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, blessings to all and have a safe and happy New Year.

Hugs, Jacqui

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Latest Lust-Haves

Now I've managed to write my first post after a loooooooong break, the muse has struck and I'm off again. This post has been inspired by Natalia from 'Realisation Creations & her 'Wish List Wednesday' 'cos there's nothing I like more than wandering thru' Etsy and taking a peep at all the gorgeous things people have made and making a list of them- some I can afford & hope to get, others stunningly beautiful but a little out of my budget. It never ceases to amaze me how creative folks can be. So today, I'm gonna share with you a little selection of some of the amazing goodies I've found.....

'Unforgettable Moments' by Artisan Impact

Ghosts Of Manderly II by Stilettoheights

Thousand Petal Vase by WhiteEarthStudio

JOSEPHINE - Ruffled Scarf Knitting Mohair by Silvia66

I'm baaaack!


So I'm gonna try this again. I've been away for a bit, you know, a e-vacation. Actually. It's been mostly al work and very little play. It's hard keeping a blog, trying to update regularly. That's why I admire people who do and especialy those who can keep a diary. I'd like to be like those wonderful, fine ladies, you know the ones...from the 18th or 19th century who kept the most amazing daily journals. Alas! I don't have the application. Not even for a basic Briget Jone's style diary. I'm far to fagged by the end of the day to write about it.

That's why I've been looking forward to my litle Chrissie break. I might get time to update blog. So "Voila!". My first post in nearly a year. I'm exhausted now, gonna have a lie down :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Bellabjoux Re-born!

Welcome to the new look Bellabjoux- yes, there's a slight difference in the spelling. I decided to revamp by Etsy shop. Djush it up with a spanking new banner courtesy of ArteMagica. However, I could not use my original name (sob), because it had been taken has been born!
I'm thrilled with the new look and have also gussied up my blog to match. What do you think?

It took quite a bit of thought & soul searching to do such a radical makeover because I'd really got attached to my old banner and shop, but after the last BrisStyle markets I realised I needed to ramp things up. Many of the other BrisStylettes had got some sleek and sassy stalls just popping with colour. I hadn't changed my format for nearly two years and I think it was beginning to tell. So, after a bit of moping & sighing and a little bit of feeling sorry for myself, I took the plunge and got some work done- he he.

The result is 'Bellabjoux' which will be re-launching on Jan 4th 2010- after I have recovered from see you there!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Australian Bushfire Appeal

This time last week Australia was hit by the most terrible tragedy in its history when bushfires and firestorms swept through country Victoria. So many people have lost their lives and entire towns have been wiped off the map. The news is devastating and sometimes it is almost too much to bear. The only way all the horror can be made even slightly manageable is by helping where I can. You know my state of Queensland has also been hit by a natural disaster with two thirds of the State under water from severe flooding. The top of the country is awash. Many of the people in far north queensland have lost everything also and many of the losses won't be fully realized until the flood waters have receded and yet despite all this, these flood ravaged folk are also donating to help their cousins down south!
This post is an open appeal to all of you out there to help in anyway you can. If you can donate to the Australian Red Cross or the Victorian Wildlife Appeal, please do...every little bit helps.

Onwards and Upwards

Well, it's been a while since I dipped my toes into blogdom, but I'm back again. It's actually been a pretty hectic time in the last few months. I spent most of October and November making luscious lovelies for my stall at the BrisStyle Christmas Marekts. It was a helluva day, super hot and humid ( and it didn't help that I was situated right in front of the airconditioning vents outside the Hamilton library) but a great time was had by all.

The BrisStyle team did a bang up job organising our first markets and for me it was a roaring success ( extreme humidity aside). I'm looking forward to '09 with more markets, hopefully at the same place outside the Hamilton Public Library.

I've also been finally getting my little online shop up to sratch with lots of photos of my stuff. I've made heaps of gorgeous jewels but I've found the hardest part is photographing them. After a number of abortive attempts at scanning my pieces I've gone back to using a camera. Or rather, I've gone to to getting my husband to use the camera. I'm absolutely rubbish at taking photos. Even with a digital camera I still manage to chop off heads! Anyway, luckily my husband is a crack shot with a camera. So I owe all those lovely photos of my pieces to him. This is for you honey - MWAH!

All told I feel I'm really growing as an artist and starting to stretch my wings. A year or so ago I never would have thought that I'd been making jewelry, let alone selling it. But the journey so far has been a good one and I'm really enjoying making my beautiful pieces. I have to admit though I'm a bit reluctant sometimes to part with them. At the last markets I was really keen for sales and people bought. However, it was with a little sadness that I wrapped up by gems & handed them over. It sounds ridiculous but I do hope that they've found a good home. I put a lot of myself into my pieces that I get quite attached to them- they're like my children. Silly but there you are. I've now got pieces making new homes in the USA and soon Japan!

If you come across my site, drop me line & let me know what you think of my work. I'd love to hear from you!