Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to my new blog,
I should probably start off with a bit about me and JewelOri. I was never really arty or crafty before 2008, whilst at University I joined the origami society for a bit of fun. My older sister 'A' took this seriously and bought me an origami jewellery book for Christmas that year. From there I got the bug of crafting. I started off with just jewellery and origami projects:

Sunburst Necklace
This then led to other paper sculpting ideas:
Chrimas baby bootie gift box
More recently I have taken up knitting and trying to learn to crochet. However, the crochet is not going well, and everything I seem to make looks like it should go on top of a boiled egg to keep it warm!  I've also recently aquired a sewing machine. Having not used a sewing machine for over eight years this has been a bit of a challenge but my first two projects seem to have gone well.
Over the past couple of years I've attended a few craft fairs some have been a hit some very much a miss. I've enjoyed displaying my many wears and enjoyed comments I get from people of how unique and unusual some of my projects are. I've also learned to avoid craft fairs run by churches and schools as the people who attend seem to want to spend pences or buy bric-a-brac rather than good quality handmade crafts. However we live and learn and I love attending the Christmas one at my local farm shop!
The current projects that I have on the go at present are:
  • Valentine's Day card for my other half.
  • Surprise birthday present for my sister (I can't describe it just yet in case she finds this blog!).
  • Knitted patchwork blanket (this seems to be made with the heaviest wool in the world, I don't think I'll be able to move underneath it once complete!).
  • Fixing my mums mobile phone charm.
  • Making paper/ribbon roses ready for my sister's wedding next year (although I don't know the quantity yet, though approximately around 70 needed so far, she thinks, but this doesn't include buttonholes yet!
  • To master crochet!!!
  • Continue to discover the wonders of my newly acquired sewing machine!
I've recently just joined twitter: www.twitter.com/jewelori and they also have a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jewelori. I've been using the Facebook page for a while and have many pictures of my creations, I'm fairly new to twitter so that's going a bit slow at the moment but I'm sure I'll get into it!

I'm attending the Make It 2012 in Farnborough with my sister (the tickets are a birthday present to her from me, alongside the mystery present I'm making currently!). There I am attending a blogging workshop, hopefully that will give me some inspiration and ideas to create blogs on!
Well, that's all for now. I hope that this blog will actually reach a few people! Now off to do some crafting and practice the roses for my sister's wedding flower arrangements.


  1. Hi Cat. I'm Anji & just seen your post on Simply Homemade FB page so had to come over & have a peek. I'm also off to Farnborough but only to visit, no workshops.
    Love the shoes!
    Anji x

  2. Hi Anji,
    Thank you for visiting my fresh-faced-blog! I'm excited to visit the Make It event, it will be my first time. I will be taking part in the blogging workshop and the needle felting beads workshop. Have wanted to try needle felting since I watched Kirstie Allsopp do it!
    Cat x
    P.S I LOVE the Simply Homemade magazine!