A little more about me…..

…. I love rainbows and unicorns and fish & chips and crosswords …..

But other than that, well, I thought I’d share with you a bit more about me, as we’re friends now.

  • You’ll find that I have recently updated my About Page to tell you a little bit more about me, what I get up to and what to expect here on my blog.
  • I’ve also added a Shop Page where you can see some of the things I design and make to sell on my Etsy and Folksy shops, and where to find them.
  • And, I’ve added a Weddings and Events Page, where you can learn a bit more about my other day job as a freelance wedding and events producer.

As part of the development of my little site, I’ll be adding new pages and a few more personal posts too, in the coming months. As ever, do let me know if there’s anything you’d like to read about in particular, and do get in touch….I love comments and emails!

Ems x


The Diamond Jubilee….. what I have made to mark the occassion

So as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been getting mad excited about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee….. And it has certainly been a fabulous inspiration for some new jewellery! I’ve been drawing, sawing, shaping and pasting to make some very special pieces to commemorate this special event. I’ll be sporting some of the pieces myself today at the River Pageant, and I’ve even had some orders from as far away as Japan…. The world has clearly gone loopy for the Jubilee!

Hope you like what I’ve made….. You can see more of my work on my Etsy and Folksy shops…. apologies that there’s a mixture of sterling and dollars, but some are on Etsy and some on Folksy hence the difference!

Corgi brooch, $20

Corgi Pendant, $20

Vintage Queen Stamp Pendant, £12

Vintage Queen Stamp Pendant, $20

Union Flag Pendant, $18

Union Flag Bracelet, $18

Street Party Bunting Pendant, $20

Mini Street Party Bunting Pendant, $18

And my favourite piece……

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Charm Bracelet, £18

100th Post Celebratory Give Away!!!

100 posts! Yes, I’ve now written 100 posts! Proud of me? I am!

And I’m going to celebrate…. with my first ever give away!

I’ve been amazed by how much my little blog has grown over the last few months…. since I’ve been posting more regularly I’ve been getting some great feedback, which is very encouraging! I’d like to thank everyone who’s been reading my blog and has contributed to it…. as well as encourage some more people to do so as well!

And so I thought it apt, that since I’ve been beavering away making things for my Folksy shop lately, that I make something special as a prize. I also wanted it to reflect my blog, so I’ve gone with a London theme….. and it’s even under its own little ‘glass sky’……

This ring is made on a silver plated, adjustable ring base, and inside is a snippet from one of the vintage maps I’ve found on my treasure hunts (from the Gazeteer section of my beloved Pears Cyclopaedia in fact)…. it’s protected by a glass lens so it is shower proof (just don’t do the washing up wearing it!). I’ve been working on a whole range of jewellery like this, with cut outs of music, maps and text…. and I’ve been preparing some with my own drawings and paintings to put inside too. But this is the first to be available, so quite special I think…. I hope to have the other pieces on my shop in the next few weeks.

So, to enter your name into the hat, you can…..

  1. Follow my blog by hitting the subscription button on the top right of the page…. this will send an email to you containing each new post as it is published
  2. Follow my blog using Bloglovin’…. I know I love this app which handily keeps together all the blogs I follow and sends me a daily round up of all new posts… there’s a button on the top right of the page to do this
  3. ‘Like’ the Under A Glass Sky Facebook page
  4. ‘Favourite’ my Folksy shop
  5. Share this post on Facebook, mentioning Under A Glass Sky within the post
  6. Share this post on Twitter, mentioning Under A Glass Sky within your Tweet

You’ll get your name in the hat for each of the above that you do….. please let me know you have by commenting on this post for each entry. So, if you subscribe and also share this on Facebook for example, you’ll need to leave two comments to let me know, and then you’ll get your name in the hat twice! Hope that makes sense!

The competition is open to everyone, including those in far off places internationally. Maximum of 5 entries per person. The competition closes at midnight GMT on 3rd May 2012. After that, I will write each entry onto a bit of paper and my independent adjudicator (probably Adam) will pick one winner at random from a hat (probably my top hat for theatricality).

Soon after that I will update this post to let you know who the lucky winner is! Please make sure you check back in to see if you won, or if you have a Twitter account please include your handle in your comments/entries so that I can let you know that way.

Good luck!

Ems x


Wednesday Wants…. all sorts in one place on Folksy

So I’m finding myself rather strapped for time at the minute…. getting things ready for craft fairs and getting ready for some very busy weekends coming up. And so this week I’ve had less time to get distracted by my virtual shopping habit. Still, if I need a fix, or even to buy something for real, I needn’t look any further than Folksy. Like its American counterpart, Folksy promotes and helps small businesses and crafty types like me…. just in the UK though for Folksy. I’ve found it great to use and I’m really enjoying having a shop on there (you should come see it some time!).

So, I thought that today I would share a few of my current favourites on Folksy….. enjoy!…..

For my luggage / stamp obsession.....Around the World in 80 Stamps Upcycled Antique Luggage Suitcase, by Yasmin Bochi, £140

I'm so into stacking rings and pretty stones......Sterling Silver Opal Stacking Ring, by Deep Blue Silver, £18

And I love clever things to do with old books...Recycled Book Desk Tidy Business Card/Photo Holder, by The Bird & The Button, £9

Something from the weekend…… My first stall at a craft fair!

Wow! That was tiring! Friday feels like weeks ago already! I had the most brilliant weekend, mainly because of my first ever stall at a craft fair……

Friday evening was mainly spent readying for the F.U.S.S Craft Market, for which I’d booked a table to sell some of my stuff. I decided I wanted to take a good range of everything I’ve made, and managed to finish off my Narnia jam jar scene just in time. I have been wanting to try out some new things too, but the week just ran away with me…. but I did manage to make a prototype for my map jewellery on Friday evening, whilst chilling out ready for the busy day ahead!

Crafting tiny coat hangers for my Narnia jam jar

Hand Made 'Tibet' vintage map necklace, by me

It was an early start on Saturday morning…. our journey down to Hither Green (in South East London, where I lived for many years) was somewhat hampered by a complete lack of tubes (despite our being within 5 minutes walk of four different lines!), and DLR. Even the bus we wanted to take to London Bridge was on diversion, so we had to struggle there with our bags and boxes on foot. Still, we made it to the little village hall in good time and I managed to choose a nice table right at the front.

I’d been planning out my stall layout on the dining table, so it was mainly a case of un-packing all my stock and the various bits and bobs from the house I’d brought along to help display them…… lots of my old books became stands for my many vintage button rings…. my smaller glass cloche hosted a little scene of my beaded flower jewellery….. our low candelabra was used to hang my Day of the Dead jewellery….. and one of my cake stands became a place to riffle through the little stacking rings and vintage button brooches I’d made. All in all I was quite pleased with my eclectic collection of treasures, and I was soon complimented on my presentation by kind stall holders and the first few shoppers to arrive!

My stall at the F.U.S.S Craft Market

I found out about the market from an old school friend who lives in the area and volunteers for the F.U.S.S group. F.U.S.S are a community group who work hard hosting fairs and dances to raise money to improve the area. The craft market was held to raise funds for their planting project, and the group managed to get some wonderful press coverage to boost attendance. And there were surely plenty of people that came! We met so many lovely local people, and a few from further afield (thanks for coming south of the river Kate and Jason!), and so a huge part of our enjoyment of the day was chatting to people. I got some great feedback on my stuff too, and gave out lots of business cards as well as selling eighteen items! I was so pleased that people like my things, and it was a real boost to see peoples’ reactions (and of course to make some money for my efforts too!).

There were lots of brilliant stalls there, with more hand made jewellery, prints, vintage treasures, clothing and pottery……my  favourite would have to be the wonderful Matin Lapin stall though, which was run by my friend Vixie and co-hosted by the lovely Alex with her Animal Cafe cards. Vixie’s stall was the one I wanted the most things from, and because I’m a very lucky girl, Adam treated me to one of her creations….. a hot air balloon brooch, in brilliant bright colours… I am now wearing it on a chain as a pendant but I love that I can pin it to a blouse too.

Hot Air Balloon brooch (worn as pendant), by Matin Lapin

'it aint ALL bad...' hand drawn and painted greeting card by Alex at Animal Cafe

The volunteers from F.U.S.S also ran a marvelous refreshments stall, with tea, yummy cakes and delicious home made soups for sale. The lovely ladies even came around taking our orders, so we enjoyed plenty of cups of tea to keep us going, as well as pea and mint soup, ginger cake and fruit cake. And the gluttony didn’t stop there, because my friend Emma (Never Eat Wobbly Jelly) had made some amazing flapjacks which we devoured too!

We left on such a high, having had so many positive comments and lovely chats! I have already received a commission from someone I met at the market as well as some more feedback on Twitter, and I’ve been invited to another fair too! Adam had a brilliant time as well, so it was nice to celebrate the high with him and know that he’ll be up for helping me at future fairs. And I definitely want to do more!

We celebrated that evening with a bottle of fizz (we are experimenting with sweet Prosecco as the drier kind doesn’t agree with Adam) and a Chinese take out, both of which I feel we deserved after our hard day’s work! We snuggled up on the sofa to watch Avatar (which looks ace on Blu-ray!) but soon after that had finished we were beat and crawled off to bed to fall asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows!

We’d planned a trip to the supermarket and the cinema on the Sunday, but seeing the lovely blue sky outside we decided we wanted to have an adventure out and about. So we marched off to Brick Lane after our lunch of take away left overs, to discover some new markets to treasure hunt at. We wandered about for ages and found some brilliant stalls…. I came home with stacks of old sheet music, some slightly creepy porcelain dolls, a bulk lot of match boxes and loads of old books…. including another copy of the awesome Pears Encyclopaedia which I use to paint onto. I can’t believe my luck!

Treasures found at the Sunday markets

For supper, we feasted on smoked haddock with creamy mashed potato and buttered asparagus, before settling down to watch another episode of The Wire (starting to get into it now!). We spent some time talking through more ideas for things I can make, and I started on some little drawings, and then we were ready for a well deserved early night!

Very successful weekend all in all!

How was yours?

Ems x