To help raise funds and awareness I have set up a Tickled Pink section in my Etsy shop.
Here you will find a range of pink beads, and on each listing I will advise how much from each sale will be donated to Breast Cancer Charity.
I decided to do this on multiple listings instead of making say one set and donating all the proceeds for a few reasons. Firstly it gives more people a chance to participate and do their bit. And with having more than one set I can keep listing and talking about it. It's not just about the money raised, but also about raising awareness. Let's get people talking!
From experience from previous years, I have decided to wait till the end of October and add up all the donations and then pay that amount in one lump sum. When I have that amount, I will post it on here and on my Facebook page along with a copy of the receipt!
There are some beads already listed, with more to come. So please keep a look out.
It's certainly been a while since I blogged, I guess I've been guilty of posting quickly on Facebook instead. While I do love Facebook, it's great because it is so quick, I do find that I'm limited to one picture per post. Sometimes you want to post up a few and tell a story ... so for that the blog is great!
I wanted to jazz up my banner in Etsy, and as I don't have the time (or expertise) I had a look on Etsy and I found a wonderful shop called Accentuate run my Marilyn!
She has pre-made sets that she will add your shop name and tag line to, and once sold to you she doesn't re-sell them so they are unique to you. With sets starting at $12 (about £7.70), I thought that this was a bargain. The banner also fits nicely on here and my blog! I like it so much that she's also designed an advert for me and I'll be getting some graphics for my next lot of Moo cards!
And the makeover hasn't stopped there!
The polka beads are very popular, and I was thinking about how I could jazz them up a little!
Well I mulled it over, and I gave them the "Razzle Dazzle" treatment
and they now have a lovely shimmering finish.
I'll admit that it's a little tricky to capture in a photograph, but in the flesh they have a lovely shimmering finish to them.
So far, I have only tried it on the blue ones but I plan to try it out on others very soon!
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Handmade lampwork beads and fused glass art
￼Mini vases, made with lampwork...
The story so far .....
My name is Trudi and all the items in my Etsy shop have been hand crafted by me!I work with glass, it’s such an interesting material and the possibilities are endless …. There is always something new to learn and try out which makes it so interesting. My beads are made using a traditional lampwork method where the glass is melted in a very hot flame, hand shaped while still hot before going into a warm kiln. While the fused pieces are worked while cold, hand cut and designed before placing into a cold kiln which reaches very high temperatures to fused the pieces together.