Monday, 25 February 2013


Passed a milestone this weekend with my 100th sale at English Rose Vintage! Thank you so much to everyone who has bought, favourited, treasured or simply popped in to take a look around. This lovely starburst brooch - sale 100 - is wending it's way to a  new home.
And we have the perfect excuse to pop open a bottle of something fizzy ...
Thank you!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

New Look

I hope you like the new look.

It may have taken me about five hours but I finally have a new banner for my English Rose Vintage shop on Etsy, a new avatar and updated looks for my Twitter account and this blog. Phew!

I've wanted a more cohesive look for a while but thanks to a new book I picked up yesterday (How to Sell Your Crafts Online by Derrick Sutton) I've been inspired to get on with it. So far so useful!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Work in progress

Gosh I've been a very poor blogger lately. I apologise for my lack of communication but much of my spare time has been taken up teaching myself how to make resin jewellery. From some uninspiring beginnings I am at last creating things that I love.

These are my latest bangles - waiting to be sanded and finished.

The clear greeny coloured one was made from a mould I bought on Etsy but the blue ones are made from my own silicone moulds made using vintage bangles.

I love this lavender blue colour and the simple shape of the bangle. I've made these using bio-resin, which is sourced as a co-product or from waste streams of other industrial processes and has a significantly reduced carbon footprint than other types of resin.

I've been experimenting with suspending real gold and silver leaf in the resin and love the results this is giving. 
I have a lot more to learn and my next challenge is to polish the rough edges to a shiny finish. By the end of the evening I hope to have something I can wear to work tomorrow!