“Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well- Jim Rohn”
I made my first piece of jewellery about 6 years ago. I remember it quite clearly. I was a necklace made of red coral coloured seed beads. It was a two strand necklace strung on ordinary sewing thread. I didn’t know where to get a clasp for so i used the clasp of an old broken necklace. I was so proud of my necklace when I finished it. I wore it to university the very next day. Unfortunately my necklace lasted only two days. I was in the bus and I I remember trying to take off scarf i had round my neck. All of a sudden there was a shower of beads all over the floor of the bus. Thank fully I was getting off at the last stop so i was saved from the embarrassing stares of my fellow passengers!
I’ve come a long way from my early beginnings but the lesson i learnt is one of the fundamental principles of The Colour Couture: Quality. Everytime I’ve tried to cut corners, its had come back to bite me in the behind. When applying finishing touches to my creations, i always check to ensure things are finished properly: knots secured, wire end tucked in so it doesn’t snag on clothing, loops closed well e.t.c. What ever it worth doing is worth doing well!!
I unearthed some pictures of a collection i created in the early days of The Colour Couture. It’s given me great ideas for my autumn collection. Enjoy and Have a great weekend.
The Colour Couture Venice Collection, Spring/Summer 2008
|Last week, i shared some tips on how to keep your jewellery tidy. I thought we’d talk a bit more about jewellery care. Here are more tips on how to preserve the life of your jewellery so you can keep wearing them for year to come.(Extract from thecolour couture.com)|
|Even diamonds if not looked after properly will not last forever. Our jewellery is made from high quality materials and good care is essential to maintain them in good state. Here are some tips on how to maintain the beauty of your colour couture jewellery.|
|General CareApply make-up and spray perfume before putting your jewellery on. This minimises the exposure to these chemical which overtime can cause damage.
Remove your jewellery when doing strenuous or high-impact activites. Take your jewellery off before swimming. Immersing some gemstones in water can cause permanent damage and chlorine wrecks havoc on jewellery.
When ever a client buys jewellery from The Colour Couture, I often give them tips on how to store their jewellery. It’s no good spending money on your jewellery only to leave them all tangled up on the dressing table. Hard gemstones and metals can easily scratch on softer stones such as pearls. Not only is it very frustrating trying to untangle piles of jewellery, you also run the risk of breaking and damaging them.Dust and moisture will damage many semi-precious and precious gemstones. Also, sterling silver will tarnish if left exposed to the air.
If your jewellery box looks like this……..
….then here are a few suggestions on how to store your jewellery and keep them in tip top shape.
There are many other ways to keep your jewellery tidy. How do you keep your tidy? Are your more of a jewellery box person? Have you found a unique way of storing your jewellery? Do share with us we’d love to know. Here’s to a tidy dressing table and goodbye to tangled jewellery!
In my last post Imentioned that this blog was given the Stylish Blogger by Zuri perle.
The rules for the award recipient are; – Thank and link back to the person giving you the award – Share seven things about yourself – Select 10-15 blogs who you think deserve this award – Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.
So here goes
- I looooove tea. My obsession with tea started when i was a student and i would drink loads of tea to help keep me awake during late night study sessions. Now i drink tea for pleasure! I’ve tried all different types of tea, earl grey and Twininigs English breakfast is my favourite. Heres my current selection of tea I’ve got in my cupboard.
- In August, i’ll start training to become an eye surgeon!! It will take 7 years to complete my training, i hope time goes by quickly. But i’m really looking forward to it
- I love traveling. During my final year as a student i did a round the world trip and worked in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. It was the most amazing experience. Top 3 places i would like to visit in the next year is Vietnam,Venice and Costa Rica .
- I love colours ( no surprise there!) . I’m not the most stylish dresser but many people comment on my colourful outfit. Once i wore a bright yellow dress to work and the consultant who normally never says a word to any of the junior doctor actually commented on my dress!
- I sing all the time. In tune, off-key, in the shower, walking on the road, at work, anywhere anytime. When i’m happy i sing, when i ‘m sad i sing. I drive my brother(and probably my neighbour) up the wall with my singing especially when i’m singing at 1am.
- I’m an extremely picky eater.In particular i hate raw tomatoes and olives *yuck*. I absolutely love seafood. My dad is a big seafood lover. Whenever he went for a trip out-of-town, he would bring back some crabs which we would cook and eat whilst watching random tv programme.
- I would love to go sky diving. Few years ago on holiday i had the chance to do it but i chickened out at the last minute! Next time i get the opportunity i’ll take it.
Wish there was more hours in the day to get things done. I’ve got a bit to many things going on at the moment. Studying for my exam which is drawing close has sapped all the creativity in me. For the past two weeks I’ve not had the desire or the time to make any thing. I’ve not even had time to sort out the new stock i bought at a bead fair i went to few weeks ago.
I’ve book a stall at the Thurmaston Exclusive Arts, Crafts and Gifts Event on the 22nd of May. I’m really looking forward to creating new design to showcase at this event. I’ve got lots of ideas floating in my head and I can’t wait to making new designs. If you are in Leicestershire area, do come along, it will be a lovely day, you never know what treasure you may find and above all, you’ll be supporting hand-made crafts!
Wishing you lots of sunshine and fun this week! See you soon 🙂
Sodalite got its name from its high sodium content. Most commonly a deep royal blue colour, various other colours such as grey, yellow, green, or pink also exist.
Sodalite was first discovered in Greenland, it can also be found in places such as Canada, United stated of America, Portugal, Romania and Brazil. Its beautiful blue colour lends its self well to creating ornament, it is also used in creating jewellery.
I finally created something with a string of Sodalite I’ve had for quite a long time. When shopping for beads, I try to buy beads that are distinct and different. When I’m designing, I lay all my beads out and start creating a design on my bead boar. I’ve tried incorporating the sodalite nuggets i had into a few designs but it never really worked out.
A while back I found some left over cat eye beads (the blue shiny beads). I put the two beads my bead board and started designing, two hours later……my work was finished. I was quite pleased with results. I thing the different shade of blue really complemented each other. What do you thing ?
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