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Isle of Bute, West Coast of Scotland, United Kingdom
Too old to be a rock chick, so I'm the hippy hen! Womb cancer survivor and founder of Womb Cancer Support UK, a national cancer support and awareness organisation.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Shameless self-promotion!

I don't usually go in for full-on self promotion but needs must - I have to pay for a new fridge freezer so any sales would be very welcome!
Its only 18 days till Christmas and I had hoped to have made a couple of sales by now, but have had nothing since mid October!
So here goes - shameless plugging of my jewellery!! http://www.folksy.com/items/1028033-Jade-and-Serpentine-Necklace?shop=yes



http://www.folksy.com/items/795105-Pretty-Beaded-Bookmark?shop=yes





http://www.folksy.com/items/1026041-Serpentine-Necklace?shop=yes







http://www.folksy.com/items/959997-Mother-of-Pearl-Necklace?shop=yes



http://www.folksy.com/items/1099509-Pink-Bracelet?shop=yes

So there you have it! Just a few of the jewellery items in my store. There are some great little stocking fillers there and also some original artwork!
Please have a look, and whilst you are there why not have a look at some of the other lovely shops on Folksy!

Keep warm!

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Too good to keep to myself!!

Just wanted to share with you some of my favourite stores on Folksy! Its strange how most of the stores in "My Favourites" seem to be jewellery stores considering that I myself make jewellery! I usually impulse buy (don't we all!!) but if I want a specific colour of say earrings then I will often make myself a pair!!
Anyway, I'll try and showcase some of the other stores in "My Favourites" today - but may slip in the odd jewellery one!!!

The first store is a new one on Folksy, although the seller is well known through her own website and Etsy, where she usually sells her wonderful handmade glass beads!

http://www.folksy.com/shops/Rowanberrydesigns In this store she is selling some of her artwork and also, hopefully, some jewellery made with her own handmade beads!

http://www.folksy.com/shops/moodycowdesigns This is where you will find the lovely Trish and her handmade bags, purses and accessories!

http://www.folksy.com/shops/susiej This is a lovely store full of lots of lovely hand knitted items!

http://www.folksy.com/shops/DiomoGlass This shop makes me take a sharp intake of breath every time I go have a look as I love the items she makes with the glass!

http://www.folksy.com/shops/ImaginAsianClothing I bought some bags from here earlier in the year and they are real show stoppers!! Very well made!

http://www.folksy.com/shops/ElderberryArts and finally - well, I told you I can't resist pretty jewellery and the lovely Claire makes some really nice pieces. I bought a lovely pendant from her last week and asked her to make me a matching pair of earrings aswell! They arrived within 2 days and I was over the moon!

So there you go, a few of my favourite Folksy stores and I hope that you will add them to your favourites!
Take care!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

As many of you may know I have been raising funds for Macmillan this year as I was told at the end of 2009 that I had cancer. I started a store on Folksy http://www.folksy.com/shops/MacmillanFundraising selling jewellery and then some of the other wonderfull sellers on Folksy offered to sell items in their stores and donate the proceeds to Macmillan aswell!
I was totally overwhelmed by the level of support from people. I had parcels arriving in the post from people sending me beads and findings for me to make into jewellery, it was lovely.

Since then, I have made two £100 donations to
Macmillan; one to my local fundraising group here
on the island and the other the our local Macmillan
nurse who has a pallative care fund for those cancer
patients who have chosen to die at home.

So today, I just wanted to showcase some of the
wonderful people who have helped me, and are
still helping me, by selling items for Macmillan.

These lovely earings are by Blue Forest Jewellery
http://www.folksy.com/items/522569-Pink-Mookaite-earrings-for-Macmillan-Fundraising







A lovely lady called Sue, who is a whizz with the knitting needles,
originally made me a lovely hat to wear when my hair fell out due to the chemotherapy. She then made some of these cute little flowers that you can pin onto your coat, a hat, a scarf, anywhere!
http://www.folksy.com/items/453518-Flower-corsage-for-Macmillan-fund-raising















With Christmas around the corner, its time to start buying cards and the lovely Amy, who is a very talented artist, has made these cute cards that she is offering to Macmillan.
http://www.folksy.com/items/836585-Charity-Christmas-Cards-Pk-4-Naughty-Little-Ginger-Bread-People-



Another lovely maker of cards is Dottie Cards!
http://www.folksy.com/items/549305-Thank-you-card-or-any-occasion-


This card can be used for any occasion as she will alter the wording to suit.




Another lovely lady called Tracy made this stunning crystal suncatcher and donated the proceeds to Macmillan. http://www.folksy.com/items/522989-MacMillan-Fundraising-Suncatcher-Aqua-Teal-Crystal-Window-Hanging-?shop=yes








There have been lots of other people from Folksy that have helped me with this fundraising effort and I want to give as many of them as posible a quick mention!


http://www.folksy.com/shops/DesignedByFrances http://www.folksy.com/shops/ImaginAsianClothing http://www.folksy.com/shops/rubyanddig http://www.folksy.com/shops/moodycowdesigns http://www.folksy.com/shops/ElderberryArts

If I have forgotten anybody then I am very sorry! Give me a quick message on Folksy and I will gladly add your name to the roll call of wonderful Folksy folk!!!

Please support all these lovely people in the run up to Christmas!

Once again I thank you all.

Kaz xx

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Pretty in Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so today I have picked some items from Folksy stores that are donating some or all of the proceeds to related charities.

First off, I want to give a quick plug to this lovely charm bracelet that I have made and listed over on Ebay. All proceeds will be going to Breast Cancer Campaign.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dl%20ViewItem&item=250709414781&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT


Next is this cute cd/dvd case by "THINK PINK"
http://www./folksy.com/items/864469


Next is this pretty beaded bracelet "Made by Sami"











http://www.folksy.com/items/859325
This is a lovely bag charm by "Fairly Girly"


This is a lovely card by "Card Making Princess"


And this is another bag charm by "Macmillan Fundraising",
which is actually one of my other stores!!!





October 29th is "Wear it Pink" day for Breast Cancer Awareness so why not get involved and organise your own events! Check out this site for more details!

Be breast aware; spread the word; raise some money and have some fun!
Kaz xx

Friday, 8 October 2010

Autumn Leaves; they are a falling!

Well, I don't know what its like where you are - but its been pretty windy up here on the west coast of Scotland and there are leaves everywhere!

So I thought this week for Folksy Friday, I'd see what lovely golden leaves I could find for sale!




http://www.folksy.com/items/836065-Autumn-Terracotta-Rucksack-Backpack









http://www.folksy.com/items/831413-Acorns-Conkers-Charm-Bracelet















http://www.folksy.com/items/623609-Copper-and-Silver-Teardrop-Leaf-Earrings





















http://www.folksy.com/items/760037-Rust-n-Rose-Leaf-Comb














http://www.folksy.com/items/643466-Original-Mixed-Media-Re-cycled-Art-on-Canvas-September-



















http://www.folksy.com/items/654596-Firey-Leaves-Hand-Knitted-Crocheted-Handbag-with-Glass-Bead-Strap-






Well, I hope you like my little selection of autumnal goodies!
Until next time, xx






Thursday, 30 September 2010

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells!

Well, its that time of the year again! Its now October and the shops are already starting to stock christmas cards and huge tins of sweeties that will surely never make it till 25th December!!!

So now is the time to showcase some of the lovely christmas items appearing on Folksy!








http://www.folksy.com/items/602997-Robin-Felt-Brooch?shop=yes



http://www.folksy.com/items/735829-Christmas-Holly-Tealight-Holder






http://www.folksy.com/items/827193-Christmas-Bunting







http://www.folksy.com/items/775405-Father-Christmas


Before I go, I just want to mention the lovely Amy
at MissBaclartDesigns who has kindly offered to
donate the proceeds from the sale of these cute
christmas cards to my Macmillan fundraising.


http://www.folksy.com/items/836585-Charity-Christmas-Cards-Pk-4-Naughty-Little-Ginger-Bread-People-?shop=yes



Hope this little piece has put you in the christmas spirit!!

Greetings to you all!!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever!!

Well, its been a while since I did a Folksy Friday and I know that its only Tuesday - but I just feel inspired to do a showcase now - seeing as I have just eaten a huge bowl of lovely strawberries!!!


http://www.folksy.com/shops/jafcreations

http://www.folksy.com/items/607201-Strawberry-keyring

http://www.folksy.com/items/783537-Peg-Bag-Strawberry-print-


http://www.folksy.com/items/647446-Small-Strawberry-Scented-Teacup-Candle




http://www.folksy.com/items/365853-felt-toys

Enjoy the fruits of summer on Folksy!!

Monday, 26 July 2010

I'm back!

Well, its been a while since I had the time to write anything but I've finally found a few minutes to sit down and let you know whats been going on!
My cancer treatment is now finished; thats mainly why I havn't been on here lately as I spent 5 weeks away from home and without access to my computer!

As many of you know, I have my fundraising store on Folksy http://www.folksy.com/shops/MacmillanFundraising
and since I started my treatment, that has raised just over £200 for my local Macmillan fundraising group here on the island. I want to say a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that has bought items from the store; donated items for me to sell in the store or sold items in their own store and passed on the proceeds!

I am doing some more fundraising for Macmillan here on the island. It is our local arts club exhibition in a couple of weeks and I have been busy making some items to sell in aid of Macmillan.
As you might expect from me, there will be lots of lovely jewellery!
I have been busy making lots of beaded bracelets - I even took a huge bag of beads and findings (plus my pliers) with me when I went to Glasgow for my treatment!!

Inspired by the lovely Sue at http://www.folksy.com/shops/susiej who made me a lovely hat when I lost my hair due to the chemotherapy, I started to make some woolly brooches! Trouble is, once I started I couldn't stop! I crochetted some to start with then I found a little device on Ebay that I remembered from my childhood! Its a bit like a round weaving thing and it makes lovely delicate flowers!

So far, I've made a couple of dozen, and as its still 2 weeks to the exhibition, then I could end up with a few more!! I've been wearing a couple around town and quite a few people have said they like them so I'm hoping that they prove a sell out for Macmillan!!

Over the weekend, I finally got round to doing something that I've been planning for ages but never got around to (isn't that always the excuse we use!!)

I got my stash of glass nuggets out and plugged in my soldering iron and made a couple of lovely suncatchers!!


I am really pleased with the way they turned out, and am hoping that they also prove a big hit!


On top of all that, I have also made a few items for my local Cancer Research UK shop here on the island! Its really nice to see people walking around town wearing something that I made and donated to the charity shop to raise funds! I don't suppose that many other Folksy sellers would have that as I guess its the fact that living on a small island means that we all know each other!!

I have something bigger planned for a fundraiser for Macmillan in the near future, but its still in the planning stage at the moment!!


Well, its good to be back home and finished with the treatment!

The hair is almost back and looking respectable now so the scarves are a thing of the past!
Here's to the future!




Friday, 4 June 2010

It never ceases to amaze me!!



There are some truly wonderful people out there in Folksy land and today the postman bought me a couple of lovely surprise from 2 of them!


The first parcel was from a lovely lady called Lisa (who I loved straight away as thats my wee sister's name!!)
Her shop is http://www.folksy.com/shops/sweetpyroangel and she, like me, had taken part in a recent swop organised by Rachel at http://www.folksy.com/shops/chulscharms



Lisa had sent me not 1, but 3 pairs of lovely earrings! She must have known about my earring fetish!!!


The second parcel was from a lovely lady called Tracy from http://www.folksy.com/shops/DKCrystalDesigns


She has put a beautiful crystal suncatcher in her store for my Macmillan fundraising http://www.folksy.com/items/522989-MacMillan-Fundraising-Suncatcher-Aqua-Teal-Crystal-Window-Hanging-?shop=yes


Even more wonderful was that she sent me a beautiful one to hang in my window!

I tried to take a good photograph of it, but I can't really do it justice! It is a lovely item.
So, once again my faith in the love and kindness of people has been restored!
I'll be away from my computer for the next few weeks (well, at least Mon to Fri) as I'm off to Glasgow for my radiotherapy treatment so I won't be around much on the folksy forums!
Will pop in at the weekends for a nosey around and to see what lovely new things have been listed!
Take care of yourselves and love one another. x

Friday, 28 May 2010

More Goodies for Macmillan

The Macmillan fundraising is on going! After a short lull since I reached my first target of £100, the amount is stating to creep up slowly towards the second £100. Thats my new target for when I finish my radiotherapy in mid July!
I've made a few new items and some of them have been listed in my Folksy shop that I set up especially for this purpose.
http://www.folksy.com/shops/MacmillanFundraising




This lovely bracelet
http://www.folksy.com/items/530037-PRETTY-FLOWER-BRACELET?shop=yes
began life as an old broken necklace that was given to me by the lady who runs our local Oxfam shop. I dismantled it all and made a couple of these bracelets! I gave one back to her and the other is being sold for Macmillan!

This bracelet is made up of about 4 old necklaces and I had
great fun making about 3 or 4 similar ones using different


I've also got a few items that have been donated by other
lovely Folksy sellers.

A lovely bracelet was kindly donated by Frances at http://www.folksy.com/shops/DesignedByFrances and she is also selling a lovely necklace for Macmillan in her store aswell!


donated some pretty earrings
I've been busy making lots more lovely items to go in the store so why not pop along and have a look!
I start my radiotherapy on 2nd June and finish on 7th July and would dearly love to reach the second £100 target by then!
I hope you like the selection of goodies that I've selected to show you and please remember that Macmillan are a charity and rely on fundraising in order to carry out the wonderful work that they do!





Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Oh dear!!!

Well, after blogging a couple of days ago about having a good clear out - what have I gone and done?
Only bought a huge job lot of beads from a lovely lady over on Folksy! And when I say a huge job lot - I mean HUGE!!!!!
Hubby will go nuts when the parcel arrives - mind you with any luck it will come at the end of the week when I'm over on the mainland at the hospital!!!
I should be able to get away with it by telling him that I will be putting all the lovely items to very good use and making (and hopefully) selling items to go towards my fundraising for Macmillan.
Just need to find some space to put it all now! :-)
If anyone is feeling sorry for me and would like to take some lovely goodies off my hands to free up some space then have a look here!

http://www.folksy.com/shops/ButeBitsandBobs

Oh well, back to the sort out!!!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Still clearing out!

Oh dear, I'm still trying to clear out some of my craft goodies but the more that I look, the more stuff I seem to find!! Where has it all come from?

I must admit to having a liking for wanting to try allsorts of things but its not really practical when we live in a 2 room flat!

So yesterday in another of my rummages I found some plaster moulds that I bought about 4 years ago - think I used them once!!! They made too much mess (or rather I did!) and because they took ages to dry out properly they were all over the kitchen worktops for about a week!
They have now been listed over in my destash store on Folksy!

http://www.folksy.com/items/509085-PLASTER-MOULDS?shop=yes

Then I found a stash of lovely glass pendants that I bought ages ago and again never got round to doing anything with so they have also been listed!
http://www.folksy.com/items/509001-GLASS-PENDANTS?shop=yes

There are 4 lots of these listed!


Also have loads of card blanks

http://www.folksy.com/items/326889-CHRISTMAS-CARD-BLANKS-PACKS-OF-12?shop=yes

and handmade paper envelopes!


There are also lots of charms and beads and jewellery findings for sale so why not come along and grab a bargain!

One thing I do have that I havn't got around to listing is lots of assorted tumblestones! If anyone is interested them give me a message on Folksy!


All proceeds from these sales will be going into my Macmillan fundraising kitty! I have already handed over a cheque for £100 and am now on the second £100.
Right, guess I better get back to sorting out again!!
Have a great Sunday!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Mushrooms, Toadstools and Fungi!


Well its that time of the week again!
So here's my selection for Folksy Friday! This week, I'm following
a fungi theme!
As most of you know by now, I have a liking for funky earrings so these ones really caught my eye!
Made by Helen at Glamorous Glue.
My next offering is this wonderful mad march hare!
By Pixie Doodle Gifts it is a lovely print of an original watercolour
and pencil illustration.
Looks like this fun guy is having a great time!
Even though its now almost mid-may the nights can still be a bit
chilly, especially up here on the west coast of Scotland so this cute
hot water botle cover would be ideal!
Made by rainbow fairy dust, it comes complete with a brand new
bottle and a lovely sachet of dried lavender that you pop inside the cover to release the soothing fragrance that will quickly have you drifting off to laa laa land!
This lovely mushroom charm bracelet is made by Jacqui at Making Moments.
Made with cute glass mushrooms I think
this is a lovely bracelet.








Next up is this really lovely pin brooch featuring a cute caterpillar
and some toadstools!
Made by Fluffsstuffs.






My final mushroom offering is this lovely little coin purse.
Made by Valerie of Girl of the Sixties.

I hope that you like my little selection for this weeks Folksy Friday. I must apologise for not being able to give links back to the shops but my computer refuses to copy and paste this morning and my brain is too fuddled to write out the links myself!! If the computer behaves later on, then I will come back an add the links!
Really sorry!