Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Playing With Pretty Packaging

It shouldn't come as any surprise that a beader, with an interest in obsession (ahem!) for pretty paper, likes to spend a little bit of time thinking up the perfect way to package her jewellery. 

Of course, I 've always wanted my packaging to look amazing, but it took me a little while to realise that I also needed to stream-line my packaging process - I needed to have everything to hand, so that when a sale came through, I could whip up the wrapping easily and efficiently.

I've finally settled on some simple but super cute packaging, which now includes re-usable elements - like these little hand-stamped tags and charms. They are perfect for re-gifting or for re-using in paper-crafts and jewellery projects. And I'm happy to be sending a 'little something extra' with each and every package that leaves Obstinate Pursuit!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Creative Corners - Louise Goodchild Designs

It's been a little while since we last took a sneak peek at someone's Creative Corners, but I'm thrilled to be talking to the lovely Louise Goodchild this weekend! I have been a follower of Louise's amazing wire-work since I stumbled across her Flickr and it has been an absolute joy to watch as Louise's wire-work skills have developed, along with her own whimsical style!

What do you think is important about handmade?

It’s individual and unique, so the customer gets something special, and I like to support people who are doing all the hard graft themselves and know that the money goes directly to them, not some nameless corporation which is paying its employees peanuts.

What are your work space essentials?

Natural light, music and coffee! (Follow Louise's Facebook Page for some interesting discussions about music! It's clear that it's close to her heart! - Clair.)

What tools, etc, can you not work without?

Pliers, cutters and my fingers!

What is inspiring you right now?

The flowers and buds springing to life and all the colour that’s beginning to bloom – I’m very inspired by the changing seasons.

When do you feel most creative?

Often when I’m unable to create! When I have my head down working on commissions, the ideas often flow, so I have to make a quick sketch so I don’t forget them.

What do you do to keep yourself/your space organised?

I write a to-do list for the next day almost every evening to keep myself organised, but my workspace is often an epic disaster area!

You can find all of Louise's beautiful wire-work in her etsy store Louise Goodchild or in her folksy store Louise Goodchild Designs. You might also want to consider following her beautiful blog or signing up for her newsletter!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The OTTBS July Challenge

The Operation Tackle That Bead Stash July Challenge has been revealed - and I think that I'm going to have some difficulty choosing from the million and one ideas currently floating around my head! 

This month's challenge is being sponsored by Chantal Hanna from Snoochy who has offered up a beautiful inspiration kit full of Czech Glass, Pearls and Findings for the (very lucky) July Winner! 

All beaders, jewellers and bead makers are welcome to enter the challenge. Check out the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash Blog for more information about entering the challenge - including the all important theme for this month. It's truly inspiring!