Monday, 31 December 2012


Just a quick post to wish everyone a Merry Hogmanay and all the best for 2013! I'm posting some pics of the beautiful Scottish countryside as a "toast" to the upcoming year. One of my resolutions for this new year is to get out walking in the countryside more often (didn't do nearly enough of that last year) So the pictures below are of two of my favourite walks.

View from above the Dollar Glen (Castle Campbell is in the bottom left)

 Braklinn Falls near Callander


Saturday, 22 December 2012

Happy Christmas (and some interesting Victorian Christmas Cards!)

Hello, I hope that everyone is enjoying the Christmas season and looking forward to happy holidays!


Yesterday while browsing online I found a very emmmm, interesting looking Christmas book, titled "We Wish You A Crazy Christmas" It is a postcard book of Victorian Christmas Cards (see my post from last December, I love Victorian Christmas Cards) I wish I'd discovered it a couple of weeks ago I would have bought it in time for Christmas. I shall definitely be buying it and will save it for next Chritmas! Ha ha! Here is a picture of the front cover! I can't wait to see the postcards inside.

Pretty Crazy looking, I am desperate to see inside this book!

Here are samples of  typical Victorian Christmas cards. Well it is Christmas after all, the time to share.

Apologies to the vegetarians out there

 They get a lot stranger, just do an internet search for "Weird Victorian Christmas Cards" and see what you can find. On that note, I'll finish this post and wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

First Jewellery Workshop Of 2013!

My first jewellery workshop of 2013 is at Resonate Arts House in Alloa on Saturday Jan 5th, 10am till 12 noon. We are making a beaded cluster pendant and a pair of earrings. Workshop cost is £20 and this includes all tools and materials. To book a place contact Resonate on 01259 928014 or email Or you can message me direct via the Artizania Facebook page - click HERE or go to This workshop is suitable for beginners.

Resonate Arts House, Units A3 and A4 North Castle Street, Alloa FK10 1EU

Friday, 16 November 2012

Next Resonate Workshop - Christmas Decorations!

Yaaaay! My next workshop at Resonate Arts House in Alloa has a Christmas theme! We will be creating Christmas Decorations (I mentioned the Christmas decorations in a post earlier this week) I'm really excited about this one because I've been having so much fun making these! I will be posting more photos soon, I just can't stop making them!

The workshop date is Saturday December 1st, 10am untill 12 noon. This is a fun and creative workshop making beautiful beaded Christmas decorations using basic wire and beading techniques. You can even use this technique and adapt your decoration into a beaded pendant! Workshop cost is £20, this includes all materials and use of tools, you will leave with beautiful Christmas decorations to take home with you. Beginners are very welcome
To book a place please contact Resonate on 01259 928014

Resonate Arts house, unit A3 and A4 North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EU


Upcoming Events!

Christmas is coming and I'm being kept busy with workshops, so here is a list of what's coming up!
I'm starting my first class at An Cnoc in Crieff this weekend (I will be dedicating a blog post to An Cnoc very soon!) Tonight at An Cnoc it is "Ladies night" (fully booked!) We are making bracelets and earrings. Here are my other An Cnoc workshops for November and December (still places available)

Monday 19th November, 1pm untill 4pm - Make a "Wire Daisy" pendant using basic wire wrapping and beading techniques, cost is £20 this includes all materials and tools are provided. To book and to find out more Phone An Cnoc on 01764 650045
Wire Daisy Pendant 

Friday 30th November, 10.30 am untill 1pm - Make a "Multi-Strand" Necklace (pictured below) Using basic beading and crimping techniques. This is a stunning necklace to make up, perfect for those Christmas partys! Cost is £25, all materials and tools are provided. To book and to find out more Phone An Cnoc on 01764 650045
 Multi Strand Necklace workshop - Fri 30th November
And Finally on Monday December 1st, 10.30am untill 12.30 "Making Jewellery for Christmas Presents" We will be using basic jewellery techniques to create beautiful earrings and bracelets - they make fantastic presents! Cost is £20 and all materials and tools are provided. You will leave with some lovely pieces to give to friends and family as Christmas presents (or of course keep as presents for yourself!) To book and to find out more Phone An Cnoc on 01764 650045
An Cnoc can be found at 16 King Street, Crieff, PH7 3HA, if you are looking for unique handmade gifts it is well worth visiting.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Possible Christmas Workshop

I'm trying to come up with ideas for a Christmas workshop, possibly beaded Christmas decorations? I think they are lovely and they could even be adapted into pendants and earrings. I really enjoyed making up the samples pictured, can't wait to make up some more as they are very addictive! I will be posting more pics up soon. More info as and when! Watch this space!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Market Fair on Saturday

Just a quick post to advertise the market fair I'm attending this weekend! Come along if you can!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Next Class - An Cnoc in Crieff

I am excited to announce that next week I will be teaching my first jewellery class at An Cnoc in Crieff! I'm looking forward to it! The workshop is how to make wire daisy jewellery (same as the class I taught at Resonate recently, scroll down for more "wire daisy" pictures) - You will learn how to create flower designs with wire and beads, wonderfully versatile, this design can be made into a pendant, brooch, bracelet... imagination is the only limit! You will leave with a lovely piece of jewellery to take home with you. This workshop takes place at An Cnoc, Thursday October 4th, 1.30pm till 4pm, cost £20, all tools and materials are provided. To book and to find out more Phone An Cnoc on 01764 650045.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Next Workshop - Making Rings

I've had a lot of requests for a ring making workshop (we held one at resonate last year and it was great fun and very busy!) So if you fancy learing how to make your own rings please join us at Resonate on Sat 6th October. Booking is advised because places filled up very quickly on the last ring making workshop. See below for details.

Saturday 6th October, 10am till 12noon at Resonate Arts House in Alloa.
Learn how to make a wrapped wire ring and beaded cluster ring, a fun workshop suitable for both beginners and those with experience. Workshop cost is £20 - Use of tools and all materials are supplied, you will leave with beautiful jewellery to take home with you.
To book contact Resonate on 01259 928014, email

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Next Jewellery workshop At Resonate

Learn wire wrapping techniques and create your own flower pendant!

Workshop is Saturday 1st September 2012, 10am till 12 noon, Cost £20 - all tools and materials provided (plus tea and coffee!) Create flower designs with wire and beads, wonderfully versatile, this flower design can be made into a pendant, brooch, bracelet... imagination is the only limit! You will leave with a lovely piece of jewellery to take home with you.
To book contact
Resonate Arts House, Alloa
01259 928014

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Pebeo Paints Jewellery Workshop

We had great fun at Saturday's workshop creating pendants with Pebeo "Fantasy" paints (Workshop was held at Resonate Arts House in Alloa) Here are the results

 The workshop in full swing!

 Experimenting paint effects on canvas, before creating the pendant

More Experiments

Pendant by Karen

The lilac and gold colours look beautiful together

It was a really fun workshop, and I hope to re-run it at some point. My next workshop at Resonate Arts House is on Saturday 4th August, 10 am till 12 noon. Wire wrapping techniques - Learn to create a "Pea Pod" style pendant. We will be using the "Herringbone" wrap to create a beautiful pendant (pictured below)

Workshop cost is £20, all tools and materials are supplied and you will leave with a lovely piece of jewellery to take home with you - and of course, new wire wrapping skills! To book a place contact Resonate on 01259 928014 or email 
We provide a whole host of creative classes at Resonate such as pottery, textiles, painting, photography - please like us on Facebook to be kept up to date with what is going on, just follow this link 

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Setting The Scene With Vintage Magazines

I love to spend my spare time looking for the unusual in charity shops and car boot sales (provided they dont start at 6am! which unfortunatley a lot of them do) I've had some lucky finds recently in the form of vintage magazines! I bought a huge pile of "The Tatler And Observer" from a local car boot sale, plus my favourite charity shop provided me with a "Woman's Outlook" from 1952! The last time I was up in Forres at the Logie Steading book shop I discovered two lovely vintage beauty magazines from the 1940s. I've started to use my magazines as a backdrop for my jewellery photography, some of the adverts in the magazines are great! I'm always on the look out and my collection keeps on growing. I also collect romance comics and annuals (mainly 1970s/80s) But I'll save that for a future blog post...

"Woman's Outlook" - sourced from my local charity shop

Advert detail from "The Tatler And Bystander"

Rebel Red! Really Exciting!

Yes, my pendants are "Hollywood's new fashion!"

These rose cabouchons will be made into earrings,
they look great with this vintage magazine background

Sunday, 1 July 2012

More decoupage wall storage

I've been at it again, creating more display for my wee things! Here is the display box that I made with the other side of my box (see previous post) I collect dolls and this made a perfect unit to display my mini Blythe dolls (and their pets!)

 Its impossible for me to decoupage without creating a mess!

 Detail - You've got to love 1970s romance comics!

The Blythes in their new home!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Self-confessed Clutter Bug!

I have to admit that I am a complete and total clutter bug, I have soooooo much stuff!!!! Storage is a real issue for me, however I have come up with a solution for displaying/storing wee knick-knacky things (is that even a real word? I'm sure you know what I mean) So here is the photo story...

 I started with a box (decoupage project that never came to fruition!)

 Took the lid off (YAY! This will make two storage units!)

 I glued cardboard jewellery boxes inside to create the compartments

 Decorated with  decoupage

The finished storage unit on my wall - I will be making more of these!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Forth Valley Open Studios 2012

I had a great time at Open Studios! Here are a few photos, if you click on them it will take you to my facebook photo album of Forth Valley Open Studios 2012. Roll on next year's Open Studios...

 Back Lane Studio

Small selection of my jewellery

 Art Work by Julie Dunion at Resonate Arts House

Selection of work at Resonate Arts House

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Forth Valley Open Studios

This weekend it is the start of Forth Valley Open Studios, its well worth a taking a look at if you are in the Forth Valley area. For one week local artists and crafts people open their studio doors to the public. I will be exhibiting at The Back Lane Studio in Stirling and at Resonate Arts House in Alloa. For a sneak preview of the Resonate exhibition click on the image below. FVOS runs from 9th June untill 17th June.

During Forth Valley Open Studios I will be holding a wire wrapped jewellery class at the very special price of £5 (all tools and materials are supplied) It is on Wed 13th June, 6pm at Resonate Arts House. To book a place phone Resonate on 01259 928014 or email  Resonate also has a brand new Facebook page please click here to visit the Resonate Arts House Facebook Page and press the "like" button, and keep up to date with the various arts and craft classes and exhibitions and anything else that's going on at Resonate.

I also have a very interesting workshop planned at Resonate on July 7th - here is a taster of what we'll be making! More info and photos will be posted on here soon. If you click on the image it will take you to my facebook photo album of classes and workshops at Resonate.

Sat 7th July - Cold Enamelling Style Pendant

Workshop is on Saturday 7th July, 10am -12noon, cost £20 (all materials are included in this price) You will create a beautiful piece of jewellery to take home with you! More details to follow. To book/enquire phone 01259 928014, or email

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Jewellery Class In Alloa

Ok, I know I've already plugged this workshop in an earlier blog post, but today I made up more jewellery samples for the upcoming workshop this Saturday and took photos of them, I'm really excited so thought I'd put a couple of pics up here - if you click on the photos it will take you to my facebook photo album "Jewellery Workshops and Turorials at Resonate Arts house" so you can see more! These pieces of jewellery were so easy and fun to make, and we now have beautiful lucite flowers in stock and they compliment the pvc tube perfectly. I am very excuted about this workshop!!! There is just so much that you can make from the pvc tube. So here are my example photos and details of Saturday's workshop (still places available! Come along and have fun!)

Oh yes... Resonate Arts House is now on Facebook please click HERE and "like" Resonate's facebook page and keep up to date with all our classes, workshops and exhibitions! We have classes in Textiles, wood turing, clay, painting and of course jewellery. Plus much more to come...

Next Workshop June 2nd, 10am till 12 noon at Resonate Arts House in Alloa
Create funky jewellery with wonderful PVC tubing in a stunning array of frosted colours! A fantastic medium for jewellery with endless possibilities. Come along for a morning of creative colourful fun!
Workshop cost is £20, this includes all tools and materials (and light refreshments too!)

Beginners are very welcome.

Contact Resonate Arts House 01259 928014
Email :

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Etsy treasury and latest listing

First I'd like to say thanks to Pat Longmuir of  PatsParaphernalia for featuring my Celtic bag charm in her beautiful "Celtic Love" Etsy Treasury! To view Pat's treasury click on the image below

Celtic Bagcharm by Artizania

Talking of Etsy, I have finally started listing my Scrabble tile pendants on there! Starting with "A" the rest of the alphabet will be coming soon. If you are looking for a Scrabble tile pendant in a particular letter you can message me via Etsy, I have the entire alphabet in stock! Here are some photos of "A"! I really enjoyed taking these pictures, using vintage magazines as a backdrop for the pendant. If you click on the images it will take you to my Etsy listing for the Scrabble tile pendant.