Saturday, 30 July 2011

Galaxy

Well, I'm getting on with my new idea. So far, so good, but it's made me realise a few flaws with the idea that, fortunately, are relatively easy to address :D The biggest worry I had with it seems to have just not happened, so I think, with practise, I'll really have something :D

I'm also buying some more supplies this weekend, so keep your eyes open for a fantastic anniversary gift!


Thursday, 28 July 2011

New Ideas

I was a litte worried lately. I was beginning to think that I had made a terrible mistake.
I've not gotten much extra traffic from this first give away, but that's ok, it's kind of a relief - I'm really not ready for it. However, that doesn't mean I haven't been trying to get my shop "out there" a little more. But, over the past few days, I couldn't think of anything new, no new ideas for jewellery or anything. I was worried that I'd started to try advertising a little too soon, way before I was ready. Even now, I only have 5 things in my shop, one of which will be disappearing soon too.
But, fortunately, last night I was staring out of my window, trying to fall asleep, and I saw a star. Then, for some reason, a completed necklace just popped into my head. It's original, it could really catch on, and I personally think it's gorgeous. All I need is a little PVA glue xD
I can get started immediately, but the finished piece won't be done for a few days, if it even works. But I won't disclose anything except that it involves something big, bright, and beautiful.

Keep your eyes open. If it works, it'll be up on Etsy straight away, and up on my dA. I may even post it here too! If it doesn't work, I'll probably say so too.


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Progress

It seems to be being made.

The giveaway being held on Borderless has drawn in some interest, and I have even been asked to contribute to another giveaway. I said yes to this one, but I'm afraid I will have to decline anymore. I don't want to give out what I can't afford. I was originally going to say no to both of them, but when I stopped and thought about the potential advertising involved, I thought again. Then once I'd said yes I was told that I would get additional advertising even after the event, which sealed the deal for me ;P

I've also just posted one of my personal favourites: dinosaur skulls. I'm a huge dinosaur fanatic, and one of the only two things I think I could truly enjoy doing with my career life is paleontology. The other is fantasy writing, which seems a hell of a lot more likely to happen given that I have actually completed the first book of my trilogy now, and I never finished my A levels :P

The best thing about these dinosaur necklaces is that, provided that an entire skull has been found, I can make any dinosaur you want! I'm sure I could make pretty much any animal, but I don't want to sell myself out. Dinosaurs only, for now, and in any colour you want :P


Monday, 25 July 2011

Sponsoring Giveaways

So I’ve just been given a big compliment by being asked to sponsor a give away on Megan’s blog, and, of course, I said yes. Hopefully this can get me a little more exposure. Her blog has 209 followers at my last count, whereas this…well, at this point, 0 followers xD I am effectively writing to myself, but no matter! It helps get things started.

I made some new jewellery today, and in the next few days I am hoping to get pieces up onto Etsy at long last.

Keep your eyes peeled!



Saturday, 23 July 2011

We have moved!

But not the blog. I was able to salvage it with help from my beloved boyfriend who gave me a really rather obvious idea that just seemed to escape me any time I tried thinking of a solution.
Therefore, change the address in your favourites list to "peachesandpebblesweekly.blogspot.com"

And, as you may have guessed, Mechanical Ladybird is now known as Peaches and Pebbles.

The new shop.
The new portfolio.
The new Facebook.

I did try wordpress temporarily, but to be honest, I found it very lacking. Blogspot has a lot more flexibility than wordpress's free services.


Friday, 22 July 2011

Getting Somewhere

I think the new name will be coming in shortly. I feel like I'm on the right track and I'm starting to get to the right point. Unfortunately, all the good ideas I have are taken on blogspot (they're free on Etsy, however), so I will either have to try elsewhere, or use a domain name.

Keep you posted.


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

New Image

So it's all coming to be a little harder than expected. I quickly go off of names so I have yet to actually settle on one. The list is there, however, and I have the basic idea of what I want. I've made a few more necklaces and I'm quite excited about getting them out onto dA and Etsy - of course, as far as links and webpages go, this change will also lead to new URLs and such. Hopefully no one will get too lost though.

Fortunately, in some sort of way, as I have few people watching this space at the moment, I won't lose much if any traffic. I've made one sale on Etsy, and was left no feedback, so I haven't got that to worry about, I probably won't make a new dA, so as far as it all goes, it's only really Etsy and this blog that wil/might change, respectively.

Either way, keep eyes and ears open!


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Fresh Image

Since the jewellery I've intended to sell in my shop has changed all of a sudden, I've decided to have a make-over. This means new items, new ideas, new name, and most importantly: a new shop.

I've been making lists and trying to fit things together, and with any luck I'll have gotten somewhere soon.
I've made some new necklaces today, which I worked very hard on last night, and were very annoying and fiddly to do, but I do have to say I am very happy with the outcome :D with any luck, they'll take off - unfortunately, their target audience is probably a small one.

Never the less! I won't get bogged down. Instead I will expand from reality to fantasy and see if I can broaden my horizons with it!


Thursday, 14 July 2011

New Ideas

So I have some new ideas for jewellery combining some of my passions. I'll get them up asap for you all to see :D


Friday, 8 July 2011

About Me




   My name is Kim, I'm 23, and I live in good old England. It rains a lot, to a point that children's drawings depict the sky as grey, not blue. Well, not really, but they might as well.
   I'm in a long-term relationship with my Dutch boyfriend, Seeg, who now lives with me and my parents. We still live with my parents because my mother suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, and we are the only help my father has with looking after her while he's at work. It's not so bad, though, gives me lots of time to make things ^^
   I'm aspiring to be a published fantasy author - I've written a lot of short and rubbish novels, but after much practice, I think I'm finally onto something genuinely good - and I've sent my work out to a selection of relevant agencies. It's all I've wanted since I was 12, and I intend to get it.
   I have an Etsy shop.
   I blog because, frankly, I enjoy it. It gives me a reason to make things, mostly. I enjoy making tutorials for random crafty business, I enjoy baking (though I'm not very good at it), and I enjoy playing video games and have become a fitness freak to compensate for my sugar addiction.
   My favourite books are: The Lord of the Rings, The War of the Ancients, Treasure Island, The Redemption of Althalus
   My favourite films are: The Devil Wears Prada, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Half-Blood Prince, The Lord of the Rings, The Colour of Magic, Shaolin
   My favourite games are: World of Warcraft (because it's easy), the Elder Scrolls (because they are effing awesome), Fable II (and only that one), Mass Effect Trilogy, Assassin's Creed series, The Last of Us.

   I rarely leave the house. Caring for my mother leaves little time to go out, but my boyfriend and I are quite happy staying indoors. After all, we can't take the xbox wherever we go. Yes, we're those people. I rarely see my friends because they're busy, and as a result feel I have little need to go out.
   I love many odd things, including dinosaurs, geology (rocks are everso exciting!), space, the deepest, blackest parts of the ocean (though I am petrified of water, and whales - where there is a whale, there is deep water, and where there is deep water, I cannot keep my feet on the bottom and my head above the surface) and ancient Asia, most notably Feudal Japan.
   I am synaesthetic, and was pointed out as being so during my A Level English class. Until then I thought everyone associated numbers, letters, sound and touch with colour.
   I cannot swim or ride a bike, I am not religious and I am happy that way, though I am not prejudice as one of my best friends is a devoted Christian. I am afraid of heights. I hate climbing old stone steps in castles - I worry about falling, and the injuries there would be bad. I'm not afraid of spiders, but I don't like how quickly they move.
   Dragons are awesome.




   My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, a year after my parents got married, and though she was fine through my childhood - able to walk, drive, think straight and be a regular human being - when I turned 15 I noticed things get worse. She gradually had more and more difficulty walking; first she needed a walking stick, then a zimmer frame, and sometimes a wheelchair. She's now in a wheelchair permanently and will be for the rest of her life. She can't do anything for herself anymore and is a completely different person.
   My dad works full time as an engineering team leader, and while he is her main carer, I do my bit while he's not home. I admire the fact that he's stuck by her, because a lot of people would have run away rather than face the problem, and though he doesn't always cope, he does his best.
   My boyfriend, Seeg, moved from the Netherlands at the end of 2010 into my house and helps me look after my mum. Some might think it puts a strain on us, but to be honest, I don't really see it. It's not easy looking after my mum and from time to time we take our frustration out on eachother, but I'd never trade it for anything.
   My sister, Amy, is a young mother, and her son, Riley, is a little bugger. But he's a boy, so I think it's normal. Though Amy gets on my nerves from time to time, and I'm sure I do the same, I love her anyways, and she is always able to provide a story full of drama.



   Since caring for my mum is a full-time thing, I'm unable to get payed work. Fortunately I get carer's allowance so I'm able to keep myself busy with buying craft supplies, but it means that that and any sales I make in my Etsy shops, and any payed blog posts are the only income I get.
   However, it also gives me lots of time to do other things. As I'm not tied down to a job, I'm able to use my time to further my goals and chase my dreams - but I'll get to that below.
   For general pass-times, I love to watch Seeg play video games. I enjoy playing them myself, but I'm not great at gaming - if guns are involved, I avoid it because I just can't aim for toffee, but I'm doing okay-ish in Mass Effect - so there are a few games, like Assassin's Creed, that I'd likely struggle with. Fortunately, I'm able to see the story line from a spectater's point of view, so I get to enjoy the games too.
   The games I do play are limited, but I enjoy them. My favourites are the Elder Scrolls games - Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind etc - but I also play World of Warcraft, and I'm fond of Fable II. Otherwise, that's about it.
   Movies are great too, but I'm a fantasy nut, and not many of those movies come out a year. Though I'm desperately looking forward to The Hobbit!
   I have a liking for particular anime - yes, the mainstream ones. I saw Dragon Ball Z when it came to Cartoon Network in the early 2000's, and Seeg managed to convince me after much pestering to watch Bleach. I loved it. Then Naruto which I was particularly against - "why the hell does he have whiskers, is he, like, half animal or something?" - and now I freaking love it. I have a particular soft spot for Orochimaru. I don't know why, but it's the same sort of soft spot I have for Gollum.

   I love making things, too. I love to get creative. I've always made things, even since I was little, but when I turned my hand to photography when I was about 15, I never really did anything but. I've turned back to crafting now, and have many projects in mind.



   This is easy. I want to be a writer. I've been writing since I was 12, when I read the Lord of the Rings, and since then I've been fantasy obsessed. I tried writing general fiction but never really enjoyed it. I finally wrote something that I believe would be publishable (though it's a trilogy), and I've began sending it out to agencies looking for representation. As of yet, I've had no luck, but I've got lots of other ideas, so I'm going to keep trying. If this trilogy doesn't work out, I have plans for many other books. Whenever I have anything new to say about my agency hunt, it'll be posted on my blog ^^
   In an attempt to gather some interest in my writing, I've also began a blog-exclusive fantasy story called Kysharok. It's built up of weekly installments, usually posted on Fridays, though there tend to be silences sometimes while I'm preoccupied with other business.
   I also hope to go to the Arctic one day ♥



   Dinosaurs, dragons, fantasy, magic - things like that :D I love it. I love packaging, too - tissue papers, washi tapes, and envelopes/packages with real love gone into them. I love receiving gorgeous mail! I've also always been fond of stationery, but I have little use for it - that doesn't stop me buying it, though. Unique post-it notes are awesome, and gorgeous notebooks - and at least if someone ever gives me a notebook as a gift, they can rest assured it'll be put to very good and special use. No instant scribbling or tearing pages out. All my notebooks are assigned uses - it might take a while, but they always end up with individual purposes.
   Science is something I'm fond of as well, but I wouldn't say I was amazingly smart or all that good at it. I'm fascinated by time, space and history, particularly natural history. Give me a good nature documentary and I'll rewatch it again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. I think I've watched the Blue Planet (and I'm talking about the whole series) more than I've watched Ratatouille - and that's a lot.
   I love the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. The things we're finding down there are insane. My imagination is allowed to run wild down there!
   Animals, I love them, I can't stand to see them harmed or even spoken badly of. I've had many different types of animals, from small mammals to dogs, to insects and reptiles. Animals are just awesome, and I massively prefer them to humans. I don't mean to seem antisocial but with a dog, I know where I stand, and I know that I'm loved.
   Fitness has also become a recent obsession of mine - once upon a time this was dominantly a craft and Etsy blog, but it's since become quite fitness-based, purely because I use it to record my progress and review my workouts, which I try to keep varied and trying new things. My favourite so far has been Shifu Yan Lei's Shaolin Warrior Workout.



I'll keep this simple:

Animals: Snow Leopards, Rats, Dogs, Dinosaurs (they still count!), Seals, Otters - most, really
Dinosaurs: Spinosaurus, Utah Raptor, Ceratosaurus, Archaeopteryx
Colours: turquoise, grey, brown, green, mint & pink, yellow
Foods: chocolate (obviously), marshmallows, lasagne, seafood, Tesco's southern fried chicken
Games (played/viewed): Assassin's Creed series, Mass Effect Trilogy, The Elder Scrolls, World of Warcraft, Monkey Island
Movies/TV Shows: Bleach, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Alien/Predator series, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Superheros: Iron Man
Villains: Vaisey the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sauron, Aizen, Orochimaru



Friday, 1 July 2011

Mechanical Ladybird

As this is my first blog post, I'll get you up to date.
Last weekend I attended my first fair. It was blowing a gale that day, unfortunately, so I had to bluetack every last earring and necklace down to the table, but I sat there for 5 hours nevertheless with my boyfriend.
I made a few sales, and I'm happy with how it went (though not so much with the sunburn I got - note: just because it's very cloudy and windy, does -not- mean you cannot get roasted).

But that was a few days ago. Now I'm looking forward. I've been notified of a few other fairs I could attend around Christmas, one for charity, and one in the same place as the recent one. I also have some new ideas for my main jewellery to go up on Etsy to sell to the world.

I feel good about all of this, and I even plan on getting a few pieces up on Etsy that are not jewellery related :D I've made a few batches and they get better each time :D

Anyway people, keep your eyes peeled for offers, give aways and news! It will all be here! But for now, here is my Etsy!