Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Wedding Fair at Menzies Hotel Irvine

Had a great day on Sunday and enjoyed meeting all the brides to be and their families. Thanks to all who took the time to talk to me and admire my work.

I have been contacted already and will be working with a bride to create her hair accessory, jewellery and also bridesmaid's accessories. I am really looking forward to this - very exciting!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Wedding Fair at Menzies Hotel Irvine

I will be exhibiting at the above event on Sunday 3 October, 2010. This is the first time I have attended this fair but it has been running for 4 years now. There will be a wide variety of Ayrshire Wedding Suppliers so this should give all brides to be a chance to meet with local businesses.

Of course I'll be there! Do come and see my range of bridal hair accessories, handmade jewellery and handcrafted sterling silver - all designed and made by myself.

A fully bespoke service is available for you to help design something to make your very own. Colour matching to dresses is available. I can also design a hair accessory with elements of the wedding dress if required.

Look forward to meeting all of you there!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Car Breakdown! Man takes a tumble!

As I was saying my car had broken down outside of Silverburn Shopping Centre. It was a beautiful night and I had decided that I would go home and sit out in my newly completed garden. Instead I had to wait for the AA to come - so I decided to go for a browse round Tesco. The AA send you a text and let you know when they will arrive so I was able to return to my car around 6.30 pm.

The guy arrived on time at 6.40 pm and began to inspect the said burning (did I forget to say 'smoking' coming from the engine?) He checked the water (which was low) and added water. This is something that should not reduce unless there is a leak apparently. However, he proceeded to tell me that there was no oil! I had just had my car serviced but I just don't check the oil - does anyone?

Well I proceeded to the Tesco Shop to purchased the oil and the AA Guy came after me to see if I had purchased the appropriate oil. He then went back to the car to put in the oil. When I had paid and returned to my car he told me he had taken a tumble! He had tripped on a metal strip on the forecourt and had apparently fallen headlong! He seemed ok but what a night!

Eventually I drove back home and by this time it was after 8 pm - no sitting in the garden for me! So far the car still seems ok so here's hoping!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event

Pretty tired after two full days at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. However, I met some really nice people - both brides to be and exhibitors! The show was really well organised and I would consider exhibiting again. I enjoyed meeting all the very excited wedding parties and hearing about their plans for the Big Day. I also had a chance to chat with a lot of brides and explain how I might design and create a unique hair accessory for their Wedding Day. I feel that many had not thought of this idea before and were indeed surprised that this service was available.

I finally completed my design for Michaela of Love's Philosophy Bridal. This is a bridal boutique which offers a unique service - individual appointments in the evening and weekends for the busy bride. I have designed the 'Chloe' vintage inspired headpiece which is available to order through 'Love's Philosophy Bridal. Why not check out the website for a truly individual wedding gown


Goodnight. . .

Monday, 23 August 2010

Jewellery Making Open Evening by Sheila Kerr

After a hectic day I made my way to the Prestwick Community Centre to set up the tables for the Open Evening. I was delighted that people came along to find out what is on offer. I have put details of all courses as well as Saturday Workshops for the month of September.

Why not take a look and see if anything appeals?

Friday, 13 August 2010


What a perfect afternoon I had. It was at last nice enough to sit in my garden and do some work outdoors. I have all my jewellery making paraphenalia set up on a beading tray on a small table (to ensure I don't lose anything! I had to repair a fabulous necklace made of beautiful jade and a stunning handmade silver flower. I then strung some peachy freshwater pearls for a client who requested an 18 inch string which is her preferred length. This person has purchased pearls from me before - she is a bit of a pearl addict just like myself. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze and I could hear the seagulls in the distance. At last I feel as if it is summer.

However, this was quite fleeting as later on the dark clouds came over and I was forced to complete my work indoors. As I look out it is quite sunny again. A perfect evening for a walk along the beach and why not?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Monogrammed shoe in Swarovski Siam

I enjoyed this commission and added two cursive 'J' to these converse shoes. I can do this on any shoe you desire!


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

New Commission

It's so wonderful when I am asked to create wedding jewellery. So I am busy designing and making a new commission. This is for the bride, bridesmaid and flowergirl. The theme is light gold and sage green and three hair accessories are required.

I met with my client in their own home and I like to take time to get a 'feel' for the whole wedding theme. I discussed all details to ensure that I have all requirements noted. I have been busy sketching out the design and calculating stones/crystals required which I will order in today.

Need to go as I have an appoinment - will update when I get a minute - so busy!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

What a week!

Last week I was informed by Insight Magazine of Birmingham that I was awarded Jewellery Designer of the year! As if that wasn't enough excitement - I was phoned last Friday to discover that I was also award the Insight Business Woman of the year! Wow - how much excitement can a girl take?

Apparently it was noted that I seem to offer such a wide range of services to my customers. I design and make jewellery but also teach jewellery making as well as one to one workshops.

It is so great to have acknowledgement from a magazine from Birmingham! I have had a photoshoot of my jewellery being worn by models and will have copyright to use these images which is great.

I have contacted local papers as well as some national papers - the Ayrshire Post is definitely interested and I will have an article in the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce magazine 'Your Business'.

Will update as this progresses. Certainly keeping busy with all the excitement!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Dumfries House, near Cumnock, Ayrshire

What a great day in Ayrshire! Clear blue sky, very sunny and a very slight breeze - perfect! Went to Dumfries House which was the home of the Grand Steward of Scotland, Marquis of Bute.

We didn't go inside as there was a visiting party but managed to stroll around the gardens. We will definitely go back for a visit inside. Did a touristy visit round Cumnock and went to the Baird Institute (museum). Really interesting - there was a clock made and designed by William Crawford of Cumnock (my Dad's name) may be a connection perhaps?

Came back and sat in the garden enjoying the last rays of sun.

Perfect . . .

Will post some pics later . . .

Friday, 21 May 2010

Saturday morning workshops

Due to a request from one of my students in my Monday night class I am now offering a programme of Saturday morning workshops. These will be 2 hours long and will offer a project which can be completed on the day. All tuition, tools and components will be included for my first workshop: Saturday 19 June, 2010 - make your own Brooch!

My numbers are on the increase so it will definitely run!

More to follow . . . watch this space Coming soon . . . Tiara Making Workshops


Saturday, 20 February 2010

Scottish Wedding Show


Had a very busy day at the show. Thanks to all who expressed an interest in my work and those who placed orders. I look forward to hearing from anyone who may want me to design something for them. I'm all set for tomorrow and would expect it to be very busy again.

Won't be staying up for long - falling asleep already!

Goodnight all . . .

Friday, 5 February 2010

Tiara Making Workshop - Menzies Hotel

The Jewellery Making Classes are going well and demand is high. I have enough interest to offer Tiara Making now.

When: Saturday 27 February, 2010 Time: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm
Where: Menzies Hotel, Irvine, Ayrshire Cost £60 including all components and lunch

Why not contact me for more details?


Thursday, 14 January 2010

Scotland's Christmas Fair

Many thanks to all customers who purchased from me at the Fair. Also those who have commissioned me to create some jewellery for them. I do hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

My jewellery making classes are going well and from the feedback I am getting, everyone is enjoying learning new skills and making up jewellery creations!

The next Beginner's class starts on Monday 1 February, 2010 at 8 pm in the Prestwick Community Centre. Look forward to meeting all those who have already enrolled. If interested please get in touch with me - a few places remaining.

Must dash x