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Merry Christmas!

My last craft fair of the year was at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield, as well as my jewellery I sold some handmade Christmas decorations. I haven't put them in my shop because it was a spur of the moment kind of thing. It's given me lots of ideas and thoughts for next Christmas.

Next year you will find lots of new items in the Makings of Lea Lou shop, all will be revealed in the New Year! WATCH THIS SPACE.

Merry Christmas and a Happy a new Year to everyone! Thanks to all the lovely customers that have bought my jewellery this year :)


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Special Christmas offer over at the Makings of Lea Lou shop on Etsy. All you need to do is use coupon code: CHRISTMAS20 at the checkout. Happy spending!

Busy In The Studio...

Hellooo!

Hope everyone is well.

What's been going on in The Makings of Lea Lou studio? A lot of Christmas preparation is the answer.

As well as packing some orders and getting them shipped off, I've been looking into new ways of displaying my jewellery for the next craft fair. I'm thinking of fresh and striking business cards, lots of signage with all the different offers clearly displayed and making sets of jewellery (like the picture below).


The next few ways is going to involve lots of designing and festive outings! I will definitely keep you all up to date.

A Brooch Or Two

It's November, can you believe it? Hope everyone is feeling festive, I love the build up to Christmas. Christmas jumpers, chocolate, lots of food and festive celebrations, what more could you want!

Anyway I thought it would be nice to add a few more items to my shop closer to Christmas. So, I decided to make a few brooches from some of my original designs, which have now go live in the Makings Of Lea Lou shop today, woo! I was very excited for these to arrive in the post on Thursday. So below we have a lovely fox, a beautiful butterfly and a twitwooing owl brooch. For more pictures and details go have a little peek at my shop on Etsy.
 






A Unique Gift, For Men

CHOOO CHOOO

The Makings of Lea Lou has launched the new wooden steam train cufflinks (pictured below).  The idea all came together when my grandad's 80th birthday was approaching. I wanted to make him something unique and wearable. My grandad is a huge lover of all things train related, and when I hear about or see a steam train I always associate this with him.

We all know Christmas is approaching (is it sneaking up on you guys too?) so how about you treat a wonderful man in your life to these lovely cufflinks, they make a great gift :)





First Ever Craft Fair

Hello everyone

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook you will know the last few weeks have been the big craft fair build up. So on Friday I realised that everything was complete and there was nothing else I could really do to prepare myself for yesterday's craft fair.

From 10.30am - 4.30pm I was at the Leeds Corn Exchange, along with a great selection of other crafters and makers. I had a range of jewellery available to buy. From earrings to necklaces, cufflinks to brooches and a lovely set of pocket mirrors. I had a wonderful helper on my stall which made me feel a lot more relaxed.

All in all it was good day. I learnt a lot, met some lovely people and made some pleasing sales. I am now on the look out for a Christmas craft fair to attend. Lets hope I can find one.


Octoberness

So the craft fair is getting closer and closer, it seems to be creeping up on me, the little devil! I thought I would share some of my props for the fair. Remember the craft fair is on Saturday 25th October at the Leeds Corn Exchange...do pop along and say hi!


I was thinking the other day how nice it is that I am doing a craft fair in one of my favourite months. I love October, not only because I am a huge horror fan and get excited for Halloween but I'm totally in my element when the autumn leaves are falling, the fields surrounding my house start to change colour and last but certainly not least, the darker and colder nights approaching us.

Craft Fair Excitement

Hello to my lovely readers

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  It’s been rather busy in The Makings of Lea Lou studio this week, so I thought I would let you know what I’ve been up to!

I am attending my FIRST ever craft fair on Saturday 25th October, I’m so excited. I’m scared/giddy/nervous all in one. I think it’s because I just don’t know what to expect. I keep questioning everything…how much stock shall I bring? Will my table look good? Am I taking the right things? And the worst question of all…will anyone be interested in my stall and what I have to offer? I hope they will be. 

I have bought a tree from Hobby Craft to hang a few of my necklaces. I think this is such a pretty tree and perfect for my woodland themed jewellery. With the help of my dear granddad I have collected a few tree logs to have on my table too. Next week I will be making some bunting and looking into props and table cloths. EEEEK my mind is full of all ideas of how to present my table. I can’t wait till it all comes together!

At my stall there will be earrings, necklaces, brooches, pocket mirrors and a little surprise which will then go live in my shop on the same day but nothing will be revealed until the 25th. Keep your eyes peeled!

Before I go, I've added a few new items to my shop go have a look...below is a sneak preview of one :)



 

Feeling Festive?

Can you believe it's nearly the end of September? Doesn't time fly! I hate to say it BUT Christmas isn't too far away and will definitely creep up on us all. Every year I say I'm going to do my Christmas shopping nice and early, but always fail to do so. This year is different and I WILL stick to it. I also thought it would be nice to make my own wrapping paper and tags, so I will be doing a few blog posts in October/November time, stayed tuned.

Seen as I am going to do my Christmas shopping early this year I thought it only seemed right to add my new Christmas items to my shop. So I have been very busy the past few weeks and the brooches available to buy now are below :)
 At the moment we have a deer, gingerbread man and robin brooch adding a little festivity to my shop. Next weekend I will be launching robin and Christmas pudding earrings!! How exciting, eh!


Free Shipping This Sunday

Hello everyone :)

I hope you are all having a fab weekend! Guess what.. it's free shipping TODAY for all items in my Etsy shop...treat yourself or a friend to a new necklace, brooch or pair of earrings All you need to do is use coupon code: SUNDAYSHIP at the checkout, offer ends midnight tonight...don't miss out!




Woodland Pink Flower Necklace Giveaway!

Woodland Pink Flower Necklace Giveaway! For a chance to win this lovely handmade necklace all you need to do is either follow me on Instagram and hashtag #lealougiveaway, follow me on Facebook, like and share my post or on Twitter follow me and retweet.The winner will be announced this Sunday at 8pm, don't miss out!




Special Offer This Saturday!

To kick off the weekend 'The Makings of Lea Lou' has a special offer for you. This Saturday receive 15% off any purchases today until stocks last. Offer ends midnight tonight and all you have to do is use coupon code: SATOFFER at the checkout. Happy shopping :)



Early bird - Woodland Earrings Are Now Live

How exciting... the Woodland Earrings are now live on my Etsy shop :) These little lovelies were meant to be launched at the weekend but I decided to bring them forward and have already made two sales on them, so thank you so much guys!


Go have a snoop round my shop and see if anything tickles your fancy.


A Bit Of Cake And Drawing


Hello hello!

The week has gone super fast and I can't believe it's Sunday already! I'm very much counting down the days till Thursday as I will be on my way to Edinburgh with my beloved.

I have been busy eating cake, taking a gorgeous Labradoodle on walks, ordering samples, designing some new additions to the Woodland and Winter Woodland collection and looking at a snail happily sitting on my front door. Doesn't the cake look amazing? Well it surely tasted amazing too!

In one of the photos I am holding teeny tiny charms. These charms are sample earrings that I have been playing about with. I've made a few tweaks to them and sent off for my bulk orders yesterday. These will hopefully be available on my Etsy shop next weekend. A new design will be added to the earrings too, the Woodland Butterfly (pictured below). The Woodland Butterfly will also be available as a brooch and a necklace...oooo!



The Woodland Dragonfly and Winter Woodland Gingerbread Man are also new designs..yipee! The dragonfly will make a wonderful, unique brooch or necklace. Not forgetting to mention the gingerbread man which is such a cute, festive (yes that's right I'm thinking of Christmas already) piece of jewellery to wear as earrings or a brooch.

Right that's me for now.

Thanks for reading :)



Winter Woodland

This bank holiday weekend has been a great one! Filled with lots of food, drawing, walks and trips to the cinema, not to forget looking after a gorgeous Labradoodle (shame I have to return him on Friday).

I love weekends where I feel really inspired and raring to go with my ideas. So during the bank holiday I decided to work on a few things I had brewed up for the new collection, Winter Woodland. Winter Woodland is especially made for Christmas, spinning out from the Woodland collection.

Below is a sneak preview of what's to come. There will be necklaces, brooches and earrings available, wrapped up in special Christmas paper, perfect as a gift or stocking filler. You will be able to buy the Winter Woodland Robin as a set (earrings and necklace) as part of a special Christmas offer.
 
The new collection will go live on Etsy in mid September. Keep watching this space for more updates.


Work Space

This weekend I sat down and thought about my studio space. My studio space is somewhere I create, putting all my ideas that are bouncing around my head onto paper. So of course it has to be an environment I love and feel happy to spend time in. I spent a few hours getting this how I wanted it to be and absolutely love it now!

I will be adding more inspiring pin ups and objects to my space as the weeks go on. But for now my lovely bunting, postcards, wonderful creative quotes, brightly coloured boxes and random bits and bobs make this space a great place to work in :)




A Lovely Little Gift

I have been busy preparing an order for The Woodland Pink Flower Necklace today which has given me a wonderful splash of inspiration for my final packaging. I want people to see my branding as 'lovely', 'cute' and 'wearable' for all ages. The paper bags and ribbon seem to be a nice touch with the floral logo (and I hope you all agree). I have used the cardboard box and stickers for my previous orders but I think this works in a better way, with the jewellery item inside the paper bag rather than just the box in an envelope.


When your order arrives you will open the box to find a paper bag to unwrap, revealing your lovely piece of jewellery, ideal to use as an unique gift for yourself, friends and family.


Packaging, Packaging, Packaging

I always think that packaging is such an important part of a product. I opened my shop on Monday and I am very chuffed to say I've had a few orders in already (something I was sure wouldn't be happening for at least a month).

As I have been packaging up my orders and getting them ready to be shipped it has made my head burst with lots of ideas on how to present my jewellery. For the moment I am placing my jewellery pieces into the cardboard boxes (providing them with fluffy protection too). Then attaching my tag to the necklace or the brooch, sealing the box, placing my Lea Lou branded sticker in the middle and finally tying wool around the box, finishing this off with a lovely bow on top. I thought the wool would be a nice touch with my first collection being woodland. I always associate the word woodland with wrapping up to keep warm and having a cosy night in next to the fire.



Over the next few days I will be experimenting with a range of different packaging ideas. I will keep you all informed but for now, I'm quite fond of how it's going :)


Woodland Collection Now Available

I am very excited to announce that my shop is now open for all you lovely lot to start wearing my handmade jewellery!




The Woodland Collection is available to buy on Etsy. So far there are eight items to choose from, two brooches and six necklaces. Earrings will be coming soon so watch this space!

If you are interested in the jewellery but have any special requirements then please don't hesitate to contact me :)

Enjoy!







Hello Everyone!

Hi guys

I am very happy to say that my website is now up and running. So pleased that I can finally have my handmade jewellery up for you all to see :)



As this is my first ever post I thought it would be nice to introduce myself and let you get a feel for what I do.

I'm Lea Lou, I like to make unique and wonderful pieces of jewellery for all you lovely people to wear. I start by drawing what inspires and interest me, as well as my most favourite things in life like nature and animals. I create a variety of patterns within my illustrations and then have a play around with these on Photoshop. These designs then get printed onto Birch Plywood, making them wearable pieces of jewellery. Everything is designed and made by me.

Like what you hear? Have a snoop round my first ever collection, The Woodland Collection. I really hope it tickles your fancy! My shop will be launched very soon but in the meantime don't stay a stranger, keep in touch! Come back to read my blog with all my thoughts, ramblings, inspirations and adventures within the makings of Lea Lou.

Thanks for reading!


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