Back to School

Finally the kids are back to school for Term 4.  Hooray – time for me to get back into the swing of creating.

Don’t get me wrong… love my kids to bits.  Don’t particularly like them at times!!

Technically they both went back last Monday.  Small boy is at preschool 2 days a week, & last week were 2 of the most productive days I’ve had in quite a while. 

Re-designed some hats & made another fascinator.  Designed some more hair combs (I’m on a hair comb spree at the moment).  Did heaps of paperwork.  Researched colours.  Brainstormed designs for the Autumn/Winter 2008 line.   Felt really good about it all – I’d accomplished heaps.

Every week may not be as productive as last week, but that’s okay.  I always down tools & take off my creator/business-woman hat when the kids get home.  It’s one of the reasons I am in business for myself – so I can work around my kids.  And that’s the way I like it.  

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Crystal Blossom Hair Comb

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With the Spring Racing Carnival underway here in Australia,  the Formal Season for secondary schools about to hit full swing & the recent Debutante Ball,  I decided to add a few more hair pieces to the selection I have available.

Inspired by a picture I had found many, many moons ago, I created this gorgeous hair comb.

A delicate design, yet versatile enough for any social situation – this comb would be perfect for the bride, or when completed in a different colour wire or crystals, the bridesmaid.  

It would add a sweet, yet stunning, finishing touch to your formal gown, or alternatively, make a captivating change from the feather fascinator at the races. 

It could even be the little something you need to put the perfect finishing touch to a special night out.

Handcrafted from artists wire, using lustre bi-cone crystals, and set on a metal comb.

Price: AU$30

This item has been sold.  If you would like a similar hair comb custom made, please contact me through comments, & I will be in touch with you.

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Love in Orange

Love in Orange

The sixth design from the Spring/Summer 2007-8 Collection.

Whimsical, yet elegant – the swirling highlights of the hearts create a darling necklace.

Featuring clear heart beads, with orange & white swirls, in a ‘Y’ design.

Strung on tiger tail, & finished with a silver-plated lobster clasp & split ring.

Necklace Length: 47.5 centimetres.

Price: SOLD

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Catherine

The 2007 Debutante Ball was held on the 22nd September.

Amid silver stars & fairy lights, the 12 young ladies were presented in front of family, friends & members of the community.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Catherine, & her mum, a few days before the big night.

I was thrilled that Catherine had chosen For You Designs.  The necklace she chose (below, pictured with matching earrings) really suited the simple, yet elegant, style of her dress – a straight through strapless gown, with lace detail at the waist.   The necklace featured diamante spacers –  which blended nicely with the diamante detail on Catherine’s dress – & lustre crystals, all strung on a twin strand of tiger tail.

She also chose a hair-comb, which in keeping with the elegant naturalness of her style, was used to hold her hair back to one side.  The comb featured bi-cone crystals set on twisted artist wire, which could then be sculpted to suit.

I was thrilled that I was able to play a small part in Catherine’s  special evening, & was even more thrilled that they made a special trip to show me how gorgeous Catherine looked on the day.

Thank you Catherine!

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Back Update

Been a while since I’ve mentioned my back…. don’t want to sound like a whinger!!

The second cortisone injection was administered in early September.  I actually felt the anaesthetic needle a lot more this time.  I took that to be a good thing – the first one had obviously helped to relax down the muscles enough for it to hurt. 

Took a good two weeks for me to notice any difference.  I was still experiencing the pin & needles up until 2 weeks ago, & was starting to despair.  When, if ever, would I be ‘normal’ again?  (Now I could go off on the ‘what is normal’ tangent – honestly, I’ll settle for being able to walk 500 metres without pain).  Now I’m just experiencing loss of sensation in my right leg.  

I’m doing a lot more than I have been able, but I’m also reaching the danger period – where I’m feeling good enough to do more, but if I do too much I’ll end up re-injuring myself.

My massage therapist has recommended that I start a pain chart – from where I was when I first injured myself, to where I would like to be 12 months down the track.  And to look at ways that I can help myself to achieve this outcome.  Having a visual reminder will help.  Especially one the days when I’m more inclined to wallow in self-pity.

I remind myself daily though, that it could be a lot worse.  And I am so incredibly thankful that it isn’t.  

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