Thursday, 11 April 2013

Rainbow Cottage is Back

Well its been a lot longer break than I thought it would be and we are not at full capacity yet but we are back in business! 

There are lots of changes afoot. My website has been updated with pics of new products. Jewellery is taking a back seat for now, although I am happy to make something if requested.

 I will be focusing on handmade, personalised collages using a variety of different things such as material, lace, beads, and if the right collage comes up maybe upcycling things like buttons, bottle tops and sweet wrappers!

This Bless collage was made as an order for my friend and cost £20

If you're interested in ordering one I can do them in a variety of sizes and styles to suit you £20 for up to 5 letters and £2.50 per additional letter. Each letter is hand cut and mounted and every collage is completely unique and individual. I will not be reusing any of the designs.

I am also working on remaking/remodeling lampshades. I am working on one at the moment using lace and beads and loving how its looking already! I'm not going to say much more as I don't want to spoil the reveal! But I will tell you its pink! I'm pretty sure I'll be keeping it and hanging it in my bedroom but I already have a couple more lampshades here so if you like it I will be able to make others. Price not yet worked out as its not finished yet.

There are 2 other things I'm planning. I would love to get into furniture rejuvenation. Taking lovely old pieces of furniture that are looking tatty, tired or are just too dark and giving them a complete face-lift using homemade Chalk Paint, Decoupage and also upcycling wherever I can. I have been following lots of blogs and reading up on this. I will be starting with small decorative items and then working up. To enable me to do more myself I want to see if I can learn some woodworking skills and will be putting that to the test on my own house first (a window seat for the conservatory) so watch this space.

To give you an idea of what I have in mind please visit my Pinterest page (if not on Pinterest check it out! its great!) why don't you follow me and see all the things that inspire me! Don't forget I'm also on Facebook and Twitter and my Folksy shop although sparse at the mo will be filling up over the coming weeks. 

Monday, 27 June 2011

Goodbye For Now

It is with a sad heart that I have to tell you of my decision to take a break from the business. My health has sadly been going downhill this year and I have been finding staying on top of the promotion of my various shops not only tiring but a bit of a chore. Sadly for all the work I've been putting in I've not had the sales to make all this effort worthwhile. This is just a temporary change. I have every hope that I'll be able to pick up the reins again in the future when my health improves. Meanwhile I am planning on doing lots of creative things just for fun like filling my new card organiser with handmade cards :-)

Now if there is anything of my stock you like now or would like to get in the future my Facebook page will remain active and you will be able to browse and buy by emailing me or leaving me a message on there. I will also be happy to make special orders so do feel free to contact me. 

If you would like to be notified when I restock my shops (who knows how my work may have evolved by then) then please send me an email to with 'Newsletter' in the title. I promise I will only email you when Rainbow Cottage is once again open for business.

Thank you to all the people who have added my items to their Etsy treasuries or left comments on my Facebook page or my blog and of course bought any of my jewellery :-) I hope to see you again soon

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sunday Special ~ Ice Cream Indulgence Bracelet

Hello! Welcome to the second week of Sunday Special! This week I am featuring my Ice Cream Indulgence Bracelet.

This gorgeous bracelet is made from real Art Deco Beads! I just love the shades and they are really glitzy catching the light as you move. I didn't want to detract from the lovely vintage beads so just crocheted them into a bangle with silver wire. I just love this bracelet!

So how did I came up with the name? Well the colours reminded me of ice cream! Yep, I'm a foodie all the way hehe so that's how I decided on Ice Cream Indulgence :-)

So now for the special offer. You can buy the Ice Cream Indulgence Bracelet at 25% off this week just quote SSRC25 at checkout. Now do remember that each of my items are One-of-a-kind and so once it's sold, it's gone forever! However if it has gone just email me and I will give you a discount code for 10% off any other item in my shop! 

You can buy this bracelet by emailing me or from my Etsy Folksy or Dawanda shops or on my Facebook page

So that's it! 25% off the Ice Cream Indulgence Bracelet lasts until midnight next Saturday! I hope you'll pop by and take advantage of it. Until next Sunday, have a good week :-)

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunday Special ~ Gardenia Necklace

Hello! Welcome to the first week of Sunday Special! This week I am featuring my Gardenia Necklace.

This lovely necklace has hand crocheted black and white ribbon which gives it that lovely 2 tone effect. On the necklace is a chain of crocheted silver plated wire and graduated black and white beads with a lovely handmade (I believe. It's a while since I bought it) clear glass bead with lovely little white flowers dangling off the chain. Finished with ribbon crimps and a Silver plated trigger clasp. This pretty necklace is just perfect for summer :-)

So you might be wondering how I came up with the name? Well I try to tie in my names with the style of the business name. When I ran Celt Celf all my names were Celtic. This time I thought about my Rainbow Cottage garden and so I looked through flower books and chose Gardenia for no other reason than it's a pretty name :-)

So now for the special offer. My business adviser (wink Maria) and I decided that we would run each special offer for the whole week. So you can buy the Gardenia Necklace at 20% off this week just quote SSRC20 at checkout. Now do remember that each of my items are One-of-a-kind and so once it's sold, it's gone forever! However if it has gone just email me and I will give you a discount code for 10% off any other item in my shop! If you miss out and totally love it do let me know and I will try and make you something similar and can also do it in the colour of your choice just drop me and email.

You can buy this necklace by emailing me or from my Etsy Folksy or Dawanda shops or on my Facebook page

So that's it! 20% off the Gardenia Necklace lasts until midnight next Saturday! I hope you'll pop by and take advantage of it. Until next Sunday, have a good week :-)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Treat Yourself Tuesday! ~ Glass River Jewelry

Hi Welcome to this weeks Treat Yourself Tuesday! This week I am featuring a beautiful pair of handmade glass earrings from Glass River Jewelry. I love this seller! All her jewelry is so pretty! I have chosen this pair of earrings because they are perfect for summer! 

I hope you like them too and will pop over to Vicki's shop and see all her other lovely items :-)

See you next week!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Introducing Sunday Special!

Hello! Welcome to my new weekly blog feature...Sunday Special! This will be a time where I can feature an item of  my jewellery and tell you how I came to create it, perhaps how I chose the name and then the exciting bit..... A special offer for you of a discount on that piece of jewellery for one day only! Remember all of my pieces are One of a Kind so it's first come, first served! However if you miss out on something you love let me know and I'll see if I can make you something similar. The same goes if you like something but would like it in a different colour...just let me know.

Helleborina Necklace
I am in the process of putting all the jewellery and details on my facebook page so you can browse on there and to buy just send me an email any time to arrange payment and personal details for posting. See my Jewellery Listings Photo Album for all my jewellery and details :-)

So today I have a Sunday Special Introductory Offer for you! 15% off all my jewellery at any of my online shops or through my facebook page just quote code RCSS15.

I've posted this later than I intended so this discount will run 'til the end of Monday 6th June.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Etsy Treasury ~ Daisies and Dandelions ~ Summer Sundays

I have done an Etsy Treasury today inspired by this lovely sunny weather we are having! I didn't intend it to be all yellow though :-) I couldn't help myself despite not being a yellow girl at all! Maybe I could be won over? hehe See my treasury here. I hope you like it and leave me a comment so I know you've popped by :-)