Amber “time capsule” necklace

I always love when there’s a great story behind a piece of jewellery.

This article from the Daily Mail shows a simple amber necklace that’s going up for auction that’s likely to fetch £10,000.  Why?  Because the beads are 40 million years old, containing fossilized ants, mosquitoes, and other ancient critters.

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Fossilized insects set in 40 million-year-old amber

What a fascinating piece of history to have!  I love amber, and I’d have a hard time parting with a unique piece like this, but the collector who buys it at auction will have an incredible necklace for their collection.

 

Photo courtesy the Daily Mail Online

An uplifting treasury!

‘Up Up and Away’ by Drakestail

Whether on an airplane or simply a flight of fancy, enjoy these handpicked items which will give your heart a lift!

Penny Farthing - Whimsical Hot Air Balloon Art Locket Necklace - HeartworksByLori
Penny Farthing – Whimsi…

$40
Bright Orange Butterfly Stained Glass Suncatcher - dortdesigns
Bright Orange Butterfly…

$13.25
Bird in Flight Earrings - ZeldaCaveJewellery
Bird in Flight Earrings

$45
The Great Kite Flight Childrens Nursery Artwork 8 x 10 - GumballGrenade
The Great Kite Flight C…

$18
Birds in Flight Storks Vinyl Wall Decals - DesignSPLASH
Birds in Flight Storks …

$49.95
vintage silver airplane necklace - TimVogue
vintage silver airplane…

$1.8
Snowy Owl In Flight - MEDIUM sized Fine Art Giclée Canvas Gallery Wrap Print 8"x12" - MichaelaSagatovaArt
Snowy Owl In Flight – M…

$175
Aviator Hat, Crochet Baby Hat, Eskimo Hat, Pilot Hat, Bomber Hat, Baby Hat, photo prop - stylishbabyhats
Aviator Hat, Crochet Ba…

$19.99
Customized Hot Air Balloon Paper Mobile (S) - HushHoneyCollective
Customized Hot Air Ball…

$55
Birds In Flight Necklace - infiniteabyss
Birds In Flight Necklac…

$22
Custom Vinyl Airplane decal - personalized with child's name - defineyourspacevinyl
Custom Vinyl Airplane d…

$22
SALE antique Victorian Locket birds in flight silver large aesthetic period etched collar 1900s 75 To 100 Years m203 - AntiqueJewelrySupply
SALE antique Victorian …

$115
DRAGONFLY Watercolor print by Dean Crouser - DeanCrouserArt
DRAGONFLY Watercolor pr…

$25
Organic Cotton Shirt Flying Fox for Baby or Child - alexandandy
Organic Cotton Shirt Fl…

$18
Pink Balloon Necklace - N0028 // Family Gift, Birthday Gift, Everyday Jewelry - queenspark
Pink Balloon Necklace -…

$26
Wall Decal Ducks in Flight and Bare Tree Two Color Choice Vinyl Wall Decal 22218 - CuttinUpCustomDieCut
Wall Decal Ducks in Fli…

$35

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

It’s oh so quiet…

We at Drakestail Jewellery have been rather quiet for the past few months.  What gives?  We’ve had a few changes going on in our personal lives which have unfortunately cut into our creative time.  Never fear, we’ll be much more active and visible now that the dust has settled.

What has happened, you ask?  One of us has moved across the country again.  This means, of course, that while we won’t be appearing at shows together, we’re spreading our creativity across Canada!  The other half of Drakestail has a new addition to the family, a sweet little baby girl.  As you can imagine, she’s a huge priority, and so we’ll be changing our focus here at Drakestail Jewellery a bit to accomodate our new circumstances.

For the next few months, we won’t be attending any Ottawa craft shows.  The first one we’ve got scheduled is in November – details to be posted very soon in the event calendar.  Our focus will be on the Etsy store, bringing more items online for you to enjoy, and on keeping the website up to date.  Check back regularly for blog posts and other updates, and  don’t forget to like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter!

 

Decorating craft spaces for inspiration

If you’re a crafty sort of person, you’ll understand how easy it is for supplies to take over your crafting space.  And I don’t mean having a few extra pens that don’t fit in the desk caddy.  I mean REALLY take over.  For myself, I have a few mini cabinets of nuts-and-bolts hardware drawers to sort some of my beads and findings into, as well as a Rubbermaid tower of drawers for larger organizers and pieces.  My dad, being a woodworking hobbyist (I come by my creative side honestly!), made me a worktable with a drawer for all my tools.  Excellent!  Now I’m organized.

Beyond being organized, however, it’s important to have a few things that can inspire as well.  Working with gemstones, I love to have images that inspire new ways to combine colours, explore shapes and textures, or spark a theme or feeling. There’s nothing better than getting inspiration from the space around you, when you’re having one of those days when your creative mind needs a little kick.

This little gem (*cough*) on Etsy caught my eye as a perfect addition to my jewellery workspace.  Always keep your eyes peeled for decor that inspires your creativity!

New Etsy treasury: Gone to the dogs!

‘Gone to the dogs’ by Drakestail

My dogs are part of what makes our house a home. Celebrate your fun, furry friends with some great dog-themed items!

My Windows Aren't Dirty Thats My Dog's Nose Art Vinyl Decal Sticker 6 inch - Cafedecals
My Windows Aren’t D…

$5.00
Pet-Mat - yellow with white flowers:  small size - toocutecustomcrafts
Pet-Mat – yellow with w…

$12.00
If you can read this I will lick you dog tag.......The Original - billetsdoux
If you can read this I …

$12.00
Amusing Dachshund Doxie pillow from Happy Hot Dog Collection / Orange & White - nakeddecor
Amusing Dachshund Doxie…

$49.95
Reversible Pet Sling - Floral Black - Size S/M - PetSlings
Reversible Pet Sling – …

$39.00
BALL TUG DOG Toy, Fleece Covered Ball With Knotted Rope Ends - ScarletRoseKisses
BALL TUG DOG Toy, Fleec…

$9.95
The Line Up - Boston Terrier dog art print - rubenacker
The Line Up – Boston Te…

$18.00
STAR WARS DOG hat costume yoda inspired pet geekery nerdy costumes jedi photo photography prop mashable - HandmadeMonster
STAR WARS DOG hat costu…

$20.00
Raised Pet Feeder  with double stainless steel bowls and aluminum v-legs SMALL 4-6 inches - ModPet
Raised Pet Feeder with…

$44.00
A House Is Not A Home Without A Dog - Professionally printed 8 x 10 Fine Art Print - FrecklesandWit
A House Is Not A Home W…

$16.00
WHIPPET Spring or Fall Dog Coat - VoyagersK9Apparel
WHIPPET Spring or Fall …

$43.00
Dog Toy Carrot - NEW FABRIC FOR 2012 - wagsandwiggles
Dog Toy Carrot – NEW FA…

$10.99
Dog Harness with Flower or Bow Tie Set - Traditional or Step-In - Pick Any Fabric in Shop - LearnedStitchworks
Dog Harness with Flower…

$29.00
Jumbo Fleece Dog Toy - Pawtastic
Jumbo Fleece Dog Toy

$15.00
Fall Leaves Dog Collar - WillyWoofs
Fall Leaves Dog Collar

$15.00
Dog Paw Butter Organic Balm for Dry or Cracked, Rough Dog Paw Pads 1 oz. - TheBlissfulDog
Dog Paw Butter Organic …

$6.50

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

The best part about being a crafty bride: handmade wedding

Handmade wedding jewellery

It has been pretty crazy in our household for the past little while, but for all the best reasons.  After a whirlwind two months of planning, we tied the knot this past weekend!  I got to put my organizational skills to use, making lists of tasks to be done and tracking payment dates, pick-ups, and tastings.  Through some solid planning, good friends, and some serendipity, our big day went off as smooth as silk.

If all that talk of lists planning makes it sound like more of a job than anything else, let me change your mind!  If anything, it gave me a framework of what needed to be done, and gave me the freedom to have a lot of fun with the process.  The best part?  I got to put my own personal touches on our day through some of my own creativity.  Of course, I made my own wedding jewellery.  For myself, I went with some gold-filled chain and added clusters of Swarovski pearls and Preciosa crystals, with a large teardrop crystal pendant on my Y-shaped necklace.  The matching earrings had the same crystals, dangling from short lengths of chain.  Even better, I built a great hair comb to accessorize my ‘do, featuring more of the teal- and honey-coloured crystals in swooping twists of gold wire.  It gave a great peacock effect that turned out just like I’d hoped.

Handmade wedding jewellery
Handmade wedding jewellery, made to match our colour theme.
Peacock-inspired bridal hair comb
Peacock-inspired bridal hair comb

I also made the matron of honour’s jewellery.  For her, I went with a floating necklace using the same teal and honey crystals and pearls, and some simpler cluster earrings with the same crystals.

Our ceremony was mid-morning, outdoors at a beautiful estate-turned-museum.  Running with a tea party theme, the groom, a good friend and I took the afternoon before the wedding and made our centrepieces – mismatched pairs of teacups filled with flowers.

Teacup centrepieces
Teacup centrepieces, made by the bride, groom, and a good friend.

Other great personal touches came from our fantastic caterer, Gourmet To Go, who really ran with our tea party theme and made some spectacular scones and shortbread as a part of our garden luncheon.  Also, a great friend, Trisha, made a fantastic Mad Hatter-style cake, topped with a teacup filled with handmade icing-sugar flowers.

Mad Hatter Cake
Mad Hatter Cake, complete with teacup and handmade sugar flowers.

All in all, it was a fabulous day and we both loved adding our own personal touches to make it an extra-special handmade wedding.

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