Beads & Bobbins Boutique
'Thank You' Rainbow Window Charm
Springtime Tree of Life Window Charm
Every time I make I do so by imagining a beautiful piece of art hanging in a window with the light falling upon it casting rainbow and sparkle everywhere or hanging from a branch in the garden gently swaying in the breeze. It gives me an enormous sense of delight to know that people buy my crystal decorations to highlight the decor within their home or enhance the natural beauty of a tranquil garden.
Additionally crystals need not just be for decoration, they look just as glamorous worn around the wrist or neck and knowing that a good piece of jewellery can complement an outfit spurs me on to continue making my high quality crystal bracelets - although décor will always be my main love.
Crystals & glass are my materials and a garden backdrop as my canvas! I love the way that as soon as sunlight hits a crystal with its faceted design it sends rainbow sparkles in all directions and it is this that is the main inspiration behind my designs.
With my window charm pieces (which the shop name has become synonymous for!) although I may use a clear crystal as the main focal piece I use many smaller coloured ones to accompany it and despite being coloured they too send smaller light sparkles everywhere and I refer to these as fairies!
I try to make pieces that are of a quirky design and not necessarily run-of-the-mill that can be found made en-masse upon the high street.
As you can tell a lot of my work involves using crystal and glass. This year I have extended my range of handmade goods by creating scenes encased in an upturned gin glass which is lit from the inside and with the obligatory crystal notes. These are already proving popular as they make gorgeous centre pieces – photographs do not do them justice.
One my favourite items to make are the Tree Of Life charms using gemstone chips each with their own spiritual meaning. I have also enlarged these from a size suitable for a keyring to the much larger size which I now use for another range of window charms.