Little Koo Birthday sale now on!

So, it was my birthday last week. It was a fairly low key one (I think they tend to take a back seat when you have children, especially when their birthday happens to be quite close to yours – the twins’ 2nd birthday is coming up soon – eek!) but nice nonetheless. And I meant to have a little sale to celebrate on the Little Koo Etsy shop, but I forgot. So I thought I’d have one anyway, just a bit late!

So here it is, the Little Koo birthday sale is now on! 20% off EVERYTHING, including items already on sale! The sale runs until midnight on Monday 12th October so check it out now!

Little Koo birthday sale 2015

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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New clustered beads necklaces

I’ve got a thing about clusters of small beads at the moment – I just think they look so pretty! If you remember, I made some Christmas decorations which were rings of clustered beads last year. I’ve been working on and off on some necklaces using this clustered bead technique for ages, and I’ve finally got them up in the Little Koo Etsy shop!

The central part of each necklace is made from small beads wrapped around a stiff wire semi-circle, hung on a sterling silver chain. These designs have a little sparkle from the clear Swarovski crystals interspersed with pearls, gemstones and tiny gold seed bead accents. So far, this necklace is available in two colours – mint green and pale pink. The mint green design features amazonite beads, while the pale pink design uses strawberry quartz.

The amazonite necklace can be found here

Mint green amazonite crystal and pearl cluster necklace - Little Koo

…while the strawberry quartz necklace can be found here.

Pale pink strawberry quartz crystal and pearl cluster necklace - Little Koo

I’m thinking of making some earrings to match, so watch this space!

What do you think? Is this a style that you like too? Would you like to see this design in a different colour?

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Custom handmade jewellery designs

One of the nicest things about making jewellery is when I get asked to make something specific for someone! I love doing custom designs. And I’ve been lucky enough to have been asked to create two of them recently.

The first was a very open brief – a friend wanted something fairly simple in style, but it had to be purple! I decided to make a bracelet from some beautiful purple swirled glass beads that I have. I bought some lilac Swarovski crystal bicones to match and pulled the design together with some silver spacer beads. The overall look is quite a slim bracelet design, which I chose because it is pretty but not too flashy.

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The second was a little more specific. I was asked to create a two layer necklace using some beautiful flat teardrop shaped lapis lazuli beads that had already been picked out. I played with a few designs and decided that the lapis lazuli matched well with some blue goldstone beads that I already had. I wanted the beads to be fairly spaced out so that the necklace didn’t look too heavy so I linked the beads together with wire wrapped loops. This took me quite a long time! I’m not sure whether I’d make another necklace like it again due to the time it took, but I was really pleased with the result.

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Luckily, both people loved their new jewellery!

It’s so much fun to design something for someone specific. If you’d like me to design you (or someone you know) a piece of jewellery, just get in touch. The best way is to email me at littlekoojewellery@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your requirements and work with you to produce a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Handmade beaded Christmas tree decorations

I’m really excited to announce that I have designed some beaded Christmas tree decorations, which are now available in the Little Koo Etsy shop!

I’m really pleased with the designs, I think they’re pretty and elegant and a beautiful addition to any Christmas tree!

Click on the picture to be taken to the listing.

Little Koo beaded snowflake Christmas tree ornament Little Koo wire button heart Christmas tree ornament Little Koo beaded cluster gold and pearl Christmas tree decoration Little Koo beaded cluster green and gold Christmas tree ornamentLittle Koo beaded cluster red and gold Christmas tree decorationMore designs will be added soon so please check back to the Little Koo Etsy shop to see them!

What do you think of my new designs? Would you be happy to have them on your Christmas tree? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

Also, don’t forget that all new subscribers to the Little Koo jewellery newsletter in November will receive a code for free international shipping until the end of December. Click here to sign up.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Christmas is coming for Little Koo!

Wow, it seems too early to be talking about Christmas! I’m not one of those super-organised people who buys all those presents in September, in fact, I choose to leave Christmas present shopping and all other Christmas-related activities until December has started.

Unfortunately, I’m hoping that you are not like me!

You see, the last guaranteed international posting date for delivery by Christmas is 2nd December. So, I really hope you’ll start thinking about buying your Christmas presents in November this year!

So, in order to tempt you into starting to plan early, I have two incentives.

Firstly, anyone who signs up to receive Little Koo News in November, or who is an existing subscriber, will receive a code for free international shipping up until 2nd December.

Little Koo News is a monthly update on what’s going on with Little Koo jewellery, including regular discounts, and a roundup of the month’s top blog posts. Click here to take a look at last month’s issue to get a flavour of what it’s like.

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So what are you waiting for? Click here to subscribe and receive free shipping!

Plus, I forgot to mention that all new subscribers go into a draw to win a pair of Little Koo earrings of their choice!

Secondly, I’ve been working hard on some new designs, including a range of Christmas tree decorations! These will be going into the Little Koo Etsy shop in the next few weeks and I’ll be showing off my new designs on this blog over the next few weeks too. I hope you like them! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the new designs:

Little Koo mint pearl and crystal cluster necklace

So has that tempted you to start your Christmas shopping early? Or maybe you’re already well under way, in which case I hope I’ve diverted your plans to include browsing some pretty jewellery! Either way, please take a look at the Little Koo Etsy shop. Remember, I am very flexible and would love to discuss any requirements you have, be it size, colour or a totally new design!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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Bead stash busting

Recently I looked over at my ever growing pile of beads and decided to challenge myself to create new designs using only materials that I already owned. Have you ever done this? It could be called bead stash busting! I have loads of pretty beads and it seems a shame not to use them, in fact some of them have never been used in designs at all before now.

In order to help inspiration to strike, I took a few beads of each type and mixed them up together. This was actually really useful as it helped me to see how beads look next to one another and which beads go with which. I also realised that I have two main colour palettes – pinks and blues/greens! Maybe I need to branch out…

Random mix of beads

Anyway, after a fun couple of evenings playing around with beads, these are the finished designs. I’m really pleased with them! I think they may make their way into my Etsy shop soon :)

These designs are made with jewel coloured crystals:

Little Koo - Purple crystal earrings

Little Koo - Blue crystal earrings

Little Koo - Jewel coloured crystal necklace

These ones are in pretty pastel mint and pink, with pearls:

Little Koo - Mint crystal and pearl earrings

Little Koo - Mint crystal and pearl necklace

Little Koo - Pink crystal and pearl earrings

Little Koo - Pink crystal and pearl necklace

And finally, a couple of random designs, firstly one that reminds me of Arabic style patterns. I think I may make a necklace of this design too!

Little Koo - Cushion style earrings

And some fun drop earrings with large sparkly goldstone beads at the bottom:

Little Koo - Blue goldstone earrings

What do you think? I hope you like these designs!

Have you ever tried challenging yourself like this? I think you could do stash busting with all sorts of craft supplies. They really build up!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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3 layer beaded necklaces

The newest designs in the Little Koo Etsy shop are these 3 layer beaded necklaces, currently available in two colour schemes. The first is a random pattern of pinks and whites and the other is a half-and-half design of blue and fushia. I designed these necklaces to be a bold statement, whilst remaining quite simple and delicate.

3 layer pink and white beaded sterling silver necklace

The necklaces feature three rows of handmade Indian glass beads and sterling silver spacer beads. The 5-6mm diameter beads are threaded over a fine sterling silver chain and can move freely along the chain so that they will hang nicely on any shape or size of neck.

triple layer blue and dark pink sterling silver beaded necklace

These necklaces use the same handmade Indian glass beads which feature on many of my other jewellery designs. I love the colours and the imperfect nature of their shape which adds character to the jewellery.

I hope you like these designs. What colours would you like to see them in?

Please visit the Little Koo Etsy shop to see the new designs!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel