Sunday, 17 March 2013

New Gemstone Bracelets

Hello All

Well...its Sunday again and here i am with another blog post.. this week i have made the first of some gemstone bracelets, here is the first one, this one is flurotite.

The gemstone bracelets are slightly chunkier than my first pearl range and they also have a different angel charm.  What do you think?
I have managed to gain a few extra followers on twitter this week which is good..i havent listed any items in my shop for a while as when i make a new design i like to wear the first one for a while just to make sure it stands up to everyday wear before i sell them.  You can view my shop at
So..the day job has been ok this week, my boss and main work creater is off work for two weeks now and i'm actually looking forward to going to work for the first time in ages as i plan on being able to get the things done that just hang around on your desk for months shouting at you ' need to get me done' but you never get round to doing.  I always think that its very theraputic to finally get things done that have been on your to do list for ages and sitting in the back of your mind. So...thats the plan for this week anyway...see how it goes.
This morning ive been for a lovely relaxing swim and sit in the sauna and steam rooms to counteract the effect of the snow falling again outside...then its dinner at my mums later today...i havent walked the furry one yet (Fudge) because i left my wellies outside last night and they are full of water!!  Now hoping they dry out before it gets dark so i can give fudge a nice long walk after dinner.
Speaking of wellies...i need some new ones as i live in them walking the dog, i have always just bought cheap ones but they always crack so i have decided to invest in some new ones...but do i go for Havianas or Hunter?!?  What is best? decisions decisions...
So...heres for the update on the resolutions:
Fitpal: I lost 2lb this week...wooo hoo...finally getting back into it!
Money: Savings still successful this month although its looking like i may have to dig into them a bit before pay day :/
Holiday: Think i'll definately afford one September time & my Best Friend has said she's love to go!
Gym: Only manage to go at weekends so demoting membership to off peak to save pennies as its not fair to the hound if i go after work in the week so i'll just walk her for longer intead:)
CIPS: Heard back to say i need to send originall DD form for my application so i'll get it posted off this week
Jewellery: well i'm updating twitter more to generate more interests and i'm still sticking to my blog posts every Sunday, i plan on putting more items in my shop next month and coming up with some more ideas
Well...thats it for this weekk!
Speak Soon
Andrea xx

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Woops!! I missed a week!

Hello All

Well..ive missed a week...i do apologise its been a bit of a busy time.  Well...the last time i blogged i had done quite alot of work on my jewellery and had created a facebook page, i wanted a new avatar and i have now uploaded a new one which is much more in keeping with my banner style..what do you think?  I love it!

Well...apart from arranging a new avatar and uploading it to twitter, facebook, blogger etc. i havent actually done much more on my jewellery..i have ordered a few new supplies to trial some chunkier bracelet designs with gemstones so watch this space...i have also made the decision to just concentrate on making bracelets, i could make co ordinating necklaces, earrings, rings on request but bracelets is where its at for me.  I love making and love wearing bracelets and the beauty of them is they will co ordinate with any silver tone jewellery that people already have and so the pressure to buy a whole new matching set isnt there.

The day job has been manic this last couple of weeks, its always manic but the past couple of weeks have been really hard.  I work as an Engineering Buyer for a company owned by one of my best friends, its difficult at times of pressure as the relationship gets strained..and ive been struggling with it lately and hope it smooths out soon.

Well..the rain is back again and my dog is constantly painting my floor with her muddy paws from the garden!!  Roll on summer!!

Heres my update for my resolutions...eeek!!

Fitpal: Well ive been completing my diary everyday and have lost 1 pound this week...
Money: I have successfully saved this month..although we are not even half way through yet....
CIPS: Finally completed all final just waiting to hear...
Gym: Havent been at all since my last blog post :-/
Jewellery: Sort of on track..aim to make and list some more items soon...

Hmm not really getting very far on these resolutions am i..the one im most dissappointed with is the weight, i just cant seem to get it into my head!!

Yesterday i had my nails done a lovely shade of grey colour and a really sparkly glitter ring finger manicure, i love them!!!  I also had my eyebrows tinted for the first time..something i think i will keep up with as i love the is mothers day so happy mothers day to you all!!

Speak Soon

Andrea xx

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Ooooh A Facebook Page!!!

Hello All

Well...ive been a bit busy this weekend so far and ive changed all my photos in my Folksy shop and have all items so far listed, you can view them at

I have also created my very own facebook page for every cloud although i need someone to design me an avatar to co ordinate with my banner that is the correct size for a facebook profile pic so i will need to sort that... see what you think

I have also been playing with some idea for my next range to mix it up a watch this space!!

Here are a couple of pics, one of a bracelet and one of a necklace from my current range...

As for my resolutions:
Weight: Put on 1.5lb's this week!! At least i'm honest..need to get back on track:-/
Money: Not great, chipped away at my savings this month as needed 4 new tyres on the car :-/
Gym: Not good, not been at all this week :-/
CIPS: Still not full certificate as i'm waiting until pay day to pay for membership :-/
Jewellery: This is the only resolution thats completely on track, lots of progress this week :-)
I'm so glad i decided to do these weekly updates on my resolutions beacause i really wanted to stick to them this year as they are logical resolutions that would much improve my next year if i acheive them this year and i can see from this update i am not doing plan on getting on track and next weeks update should be much better!!
Speak Soon
Andrea xx

Sunday, 17 February 2013

At Last! Items Listed!

Hello All

I have at last made and listed some of my new creations in my Folksy shop...although i have relised that my 'Whats in my Folksy shop now...' newsfeed on my blog isnt working so i'll have to try and sort'll give you a peek of one of my new bracelets...what do you think? brain is fried from listing items on Folksy all afternoon and i am eager to get away from the laptop so thats it for today folks...i'll be back with a full update and hopefully more items next Sunday.

Speak Soon

Andrea xx

Saturday, 9 February 2013

More like the tortoise.....

Hello All

Well as you will see from my post title things with my jewellery shop on Folksy aren't moving as swiftly as i would have new range takes a long time to make as its very fiddly and i also missed the postman with my latest delivery of supplies and havent got time to collect it from the PO until tomorrow evening! :(

So...this weekend I have been unable to craft as I have ran out of supplies...I only bought enough the first time round for one bracelet and one necklace to check my design idea worked and check that I liked it before I went crazy and purchased loads of supplies!!

I have however, managed to drag my old jewelley supplies organiser boxes back out of the garage and started organising my supplies for my new range again and had a good clear out of anything that is of no further use to me as my new range is very specific...

I have to say I am oh so pleased with the first pieces for my new range and I love my new 'theme' that will run through all of the ranges for my new shop.  I feel I have really progressed and I am finally making jewellery that is a true expression of my character and that of those that will choose to wear my creations.

I hope to have enough items to list in my Folksy shop within 4 soon as I have listed items in my shop again I will be back in the forums on Folksy getting my name back out there and getting my followers numbers up again hopefully! I dont see the point in doing it whilst my shop is still empty. for day to day day job is still good, I love it. ( I feel so lucky everytime I say that).  I am up early todayto get my blog updated to at least try and help with one of my new years resolutions and also get my house cleaned!!  All of this wet weather and snow has made my garden like a mud pit..that...mixed with a very energetic dog and a cream carpet is proving to me a very irritating mix!!

Then later on i'm off to my mums for dinner...yesterday I managed to meet up with four friends for a chatter over a gingerbread latte at Costa which was lovely...I really dont spend enough time catching up with friends...its so easy to get carried away with everyday life, work, the gym, walking the dog, making jewellery, shopping, cleaning...the lists are so long that time with friends and family dont get enough time..but really when you look at that list they should be at the top of it!!

This I am going to try and work on...I have two very good friends back in Nottinghamshire that I really need to catch up with too..after pay day at the end of the month I am going to get making some plans!!

So...i'll add 'making time for friends and family' to my list of's the gruesome truth over my resolutions again!!

The Gym: Well...haven't been since last Sunday! I'm supposed to go Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
                  & Sundays, I aim to start again this Tuesday...
Weight:     Possibly a side effect from my lack of gym...i have stayed exactly the same again!!
Posititvity:Trying to progress on this one, i think its going well...
Jewellery: Well...i would like to have my shop back up and running by now but the ball is rolling
                  and i'm still managing to update my blog weekly so i'm pleased:)
CIPS:        I have received my basic cert!! Yippee!!  I now have to fill out my application, send it off
                  & wait to see if its approved so watch this space...
Money:     Things are oh so tight this month, super tight, I am sooo desperate for some new clothes
                  and im not just saying that...i really am, i havent bought  new item of clothing for just over
                  a year!!  I am really trying to resist the urge although it is genuinely a need now and not a
                  want so i may have to give in on this one but i'm trying to wait until after pay day!
Holiday:    Still determined to get one in this year..prob September time...

So...theres my recap...

Until next week...

Speak Soon

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Third post lucky...

Hello All I am again, updating my blog on a Sunday again as promised!!  Gosh i'm getting good at this! its my third blog post..your lucky enough to see a sneaky pic of my new jewellery range....

In this photo is my first necklace of my new 'Message' range and behind it you will see the matching bracelet I have made.  These designs are very time consuming to make, especially as I chose to work with such small beads etc...only 3mm!  But the necklace and the bracelet both look stunning (in my opinion) and finally have the look I was going for...much more 'me'.

All of my pieces are branded with a sterling silver tag reading 'My Beady Eye' on one side and 'Handmade by Andrea Paulie' on the other side.  Also..carrying the trademark through and following on from the theme of my shop banner..all of my items carry a Tibetan Silver cloud charm and a Tibetan Silver angel charm.  My pieces in this range will also all carry a message to inspire.

I will not be lisiting in my Folksy shop until I have a few more items to list and until I have decided exactly how I want to stage my photos...I have some ideas, I just need to have a play around in good light and see what works best.  My next make will be a chunkier set with large black crystals.  I hope to post a sneaky pic of those next week too.

I still have decisions to make on packaging before I open my shop again, I have new business cards, new bags etc but I really want to package my items to ensure they travel well as so much car is taken when I make my items, and they take quite a while to make each piece, I would hate for them to suffer on their travels and it means alot to me that each piece is presented to a high standard. this space for more jewellery shop news....

And I haven't forgotten my update on my new years resolutions, so here's the gruesome truth...

Weight:   Still the same, havent been doing very well, not been sticking to fitpal..
Money:   Although I saved into my ISA lst week...I have spent way too much on jewellery supplies
Gym:       Didnt go at all in the week but I went yesterday and today & aim to go this week too...
CIPS:      Well, as I said, I passed, although I havent received my certificate yet...hmmmm....
Holiday:  Maybe towards the end of the year..depends how my saving money resolution goes!
Jewellery: Well, first items in new range made & blog still being updated weekly..not bad..

Well...its a good job I re cap on here once a week as it brings to light in my mind the areas I'm failing at..ive never made resolutions before, but this year I really want to keep to them, they are real points in my life that needed work, and if I stick to acheiving what I want to acheive this year will be far better...

Highlighting my resolutions this week has made me realise that this coming week I need to eat better and stick to fitpal, keep up the gym, spend as little as possible and no more buying jewellery supplies this month and chase up my CIPS certificate.

As for day to day day job is super super hectic as usual, I'm an Engineering Buyer for a Sheet Metal Manufacturing Company and I am lucky enough to work for one of my best friends...and I am lucky enough to genuinely like the majority of people I work with...I am very blessed with my day job and I love it there..however...working for one of your best friends has its downsides too...I'm super duper busy, I get put upon and in turn I work myself hard because the success of their company is important to me...but all in all...I know im lucky to have what I do:)

My dog is super lovely as usual..just about to take her on her second long walk of the day...

Havent managed to catch up with the family this weekend but I have managed to catch up with two of my best friends who both had some exciting news to share with me so that was lovely...

Anyway...enough burbling for one week..

See you next week...same time (ish) same place...

Andrea xx

Sunday, 27 January 2013

So Far So Good....

Hello All

Well as I said last week I will now be blogging once a week on a Sunday and far so good because here I am again!

I was hoping that I would be back this week with a photo or two of some new jewellery items created this week...however...i've been a while out of the game and i am really trying to put effort into creating the whole 'Every Cloud' dynamic this time...I want to make sure I have more of a running theme to my designs, when I was 'My Beady Eye' my Folksy shope was very...shall we say...eclectic..higgildy piggeldy...wasnt really me or the image I was trying to portray.

So...I have put serious thought into my designs for firstly bracelets and necklaces, all built around the same running theme, quite time consuming and complicated to make but this should be worth it for the finished effect, I hope my shop is filled full of appealing, unique and interesting designs all running along a similar theme.....

I just hope it all ties together!  I had to wait for payday to buy more supplies so I have just ordered everything i need to make the first three bracelets and the first three necklaces...if these designs work in real life, i will then progress onto earrings and rings for the range.

I'm soooo excited to be getting back to making jewellery and I am soooo excited about the prospect of my new shop being very much more true to myself and my likes....

Right...just a quick post today as i am just off to my mums for tea as its her's my weekly update on my progress for my new years resolutions:

Weight: Still the same as last week:-/
Gym: Havent been at all this week :-/
Saving: Got paid and transferred money to my ISA! :-)
CIPS: Ticked this one! I Passed! :-)
Holiday: Not got one planned yet..not enough pennies:-/
Letting go of the past: Not done very well on this this week..still letting a certain someone upset me:-/
Jewellery Shop: All going to plan, first pieces should be made by next week! :-)

So...I suppose I haven't been very successful at my resolutions this week but i'm not giving up...they are all things I want to acheive this year...and I will...i'm focussed!!

Speak Soon
Andrea xx