28 July 2013

free moo business cards for all folksy sellers

Hi, here's a heads-up for all you folksy sellers out there - did you know that you can get 50 free business cards from Moo.com !? If you take a look on your shop dashboard you will see under 'partnerships' a 'business cards' link. If you click on this you will be taken to Moo.com who offer all folksy sellers 50 free business cards. The catch is that you will have the folksy logo on your cards. 

I thought I'd give it a go and I am really pleased with the result:

The cards are double sided and you can have either a matt or gloss finish (I went for gloss). Also, you can have different designs on different cards, i.e. you can split your 50 cards into two lots of 25 with different designs.

I am really happy with the way these have turned out :) 

Lucy x

25 July 2013

make your own light box

Hi, I have had a lot of nice comments about my photography and so I thought I'd let you in on my secret to success... well, one of them!! :)

I take all my pictures in my light box, and no, it isn't a fancy expensive contraption, it is a card-board box adapted with tissue paper and white card!

I was originally thinking of buying an expensive light box, but I thought I'd try this first and I am so pleased with how it has turned out. 

All you need is a large box, white tissue paper, a large piece of white card and some lamps. 

How to make:

1. Cut out three sides of the box, leaving large borders for strength. 

2. Cover the holes you have created with a single layer of white tissue paper. 

3. Place the box on the side you have not cut out, and position your white card inside so that it creates a curved back-drop, use sticky-tape to stick it at the top - you may need to cut your card down to the right size to fit your box. 

4. Place your lamps so they shine through the tissue paper- this is better than having lamps glaring directly at what you are photographing, as the tissue paper creates a nice diffuse and gentle light reducing massive shadows.

Note: make sure your lamps are not too close to your tissue paper as this would be a fire hazard, and do not leave your lamps on unattended.

And there you have it, a fantastic light box for lovely photos :)

Lucy x

24 July 2013

coral and onyx bracelet

Here is one of my latest creations - round coral and faceted onyx beads combined with gold. I enjoy combining smooth and faceted beads because I feel the contrasting surfaces create more interest and set each other off. I put tiny gold beads within the coral clusters to add a little more sparkle :) 

This bracelet is now for sale on my folksy store :)

Coral and Onyx attributes and healing properties:

Coral symbolises joy and happiness, promoting the wearer to enjoy life. Coral absorbs negative energy and promotes friendship and creativity.

Onyx is thought to impart strength, stamina and self-control.

Lucy x

22 July 2013

folksy store open!

This is a very exciting day for me as I have just opened my peace of gem folksy store!

Here are the first three listed items:

Pearl, Swarovski crystal and flower bracelet

 Agate, pearl and Swarovski crystal necklace with silver butterfly

 Chrysocolla and quartz necklace

More coming soon!

Lucy x

14 July 2013

why I love coral

Coral is undeniably a marvel - it is the largest structure made by any living group of animals in the world _and_ it is beautiful. 

Coral was once thought to be a plant, and because of this coral has been called the garden of the sea. Coral has long been recognised as special - the Ancient Egyptians placed pieces of coral in their tombs to protect against evil spirits because they believed coral contained divine blood. This idea also turns up in Greek mythology: when Perseus severed the head of the Gorgon Medusa, some drops of blood are said to have fallen into the sea and solidified creating coral. We now know that coral is actually the exoskeleton of tiny marine animals that grow together in colonies.

Coral is said to absorb negative energy and quieten the emotions promoting inner peace. 

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