Hiya! Thanks for visiting my blog! Feel free to have a look around and if you have time why not visit my Etsy Shops and my Blog Garage Sale to check out all my goodies that could soon become your goodies :)

If there are any photos you like on my blog but can't find in my shop just send me an email or etsy convo and we can work something out!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Vacation Time!

In case you're wandering, my posts will be less frequent or non existent for a little while as i'll be soaking up (much needed) sun along the Cote d'Azur and then Amalfi Coast.

Will see you all back in a bit with a lovely new tan :)

Saturday, 16 August 2008

The Himba Tribe (& Shadow Shot Sunday)

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday photo for Hey Harriet! Its a different take on 'shadow'. Instead of taking a photo of a shadow I decided to put this photo of a womans arm resting in the shadows and light of the sun.

I really like this photo. I'm not sure why. Maybe because of its beauty in its simplicity.

I took this photo last year when we visited the Himba Tribe people in Namibia. It was a thoroughly interesting visit to meet this group of nomadic people and learn about their life and traditions.

But at the same time it made me think more about the impact this modern world is having on traditions - theirs, mine, yours, ours. Is it for the better or worse and do we really have a choice?

Three different stages of life as revealed by hairstyle and jewellery

Friday, 15 August 2008

Introducing PPAccessories!

I have been dilemmaring for ages as to whether to open a second store for my earrings and I have finally taken the plunge and opened up PPAccessories. I thought this would be a good time as I'm still trying to reduce all my stock before we move!

I've only listed a few items so far but hope to add a new item or two each day and slowly move my earrings from PPDesigns to PPAccessories.

Hope you will have some time to stop by PPAccessories and say hello!!

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Jewellery Part III - For Sale [SOLD]

Edit 17/09/08 - All pieces have been sold and are on their way to new and loving homes!!

This is the final part of Jewellery for the Blog Sale, so it could be a long post - prepare yourselves but make sure you reach all the way to the end for the final fantastic deal (swarovski!) :)

Remember if you are interested in buying, more details on how to buy can be found in this post or just email me at ppdesigns.etsy@yahoo.com

Love Heart Necklace - [SOLD]
This is simple and sweet. The chain is 19" with a lobster claw clasp. The pendant is the totally sweet part about it. It looks almost like a ring with faux diamond chips around the band coming to a little heart which has a larger faux diamond on top of the heart. CONDITION: EXCELLENT

Two Chunky Wooden Bracelets - [SOLD]
Made from round wooden balls. One in a chocolate brown and one in beige. They are fantastic worn with modern classics or flirty bohemian style clothing. Gives your outfit a clean, natural look to it - chunky but not over the top! CONDITION - EXCELLENT

Two Bugle/Seed Bead Rings - [SOLD]
Pink & Purple Ring - Very sweet little ring made of pink, purple and white seed beads designed with conjoining flowers. This ring has a slightly smaller fit (fits on my ring finer and loser on my pinky. It has a little stretch as the beads are threaded through fishing wire. CONDITION: GOOD (when not on a finger it sits a little squished - ie not a perfect round shape but once on the finger it loses that squished look)

Brown & Gold Ring - This ring has colours of dark brown, gold and even hints of purple. It is great for everyday wear. It is made with wire so can actually expand slightly to fit your finger. Currently has a diameter of 2cm or just short of an inch. CONDITION: EXCELLENT


Light Blue Wire Necklace - [SOLD]
Another simple yet stylish necklaec approx 14" with lobster claw clasp. Sits high on the neck with very pale blue beads which have a little shine so it sparkles in the light. CONDITION: GOOD (the findings have tarnished slightly and the wire shape is not as good as it once was although once on it looks ok)

Stars and Flowers Necklace - [SOLD]
This necklace is made from a light blue leather cord with silver coloured charms of flowers threaded onto the the leather. Star shaped and round coloured charms hang from these flowers. All charms have a turquoise coloured centre to match thte leather cord. Each round charm has a slightly different colour to it to give this necklace even more charachter. The leather cord is approx 7.5" and on either side there is a 5" and a 5.5"chain for fastening with a lobster claw clasp. With all the charms this is a slighlty heavier necklace but sits well on the neckline. A multitude of charms make this necklace extra special! CONDITION: EXCELLENT

Wooden Necklace - [SOLD]
A simple natural looking necklace made of wooden beads in various shades of woody colours. It is elastic so can slip over your head easily. CONDITION: GOOD (the elastic in this one is getting a little worn so it is not as tight as it once was)

Black Necklace - [SOLD]
This neclakce is made up of small round beads which I think may be hematite but i can't be certain. It has a smooth and shiny sheen to it. Simple for everyday or the office even. The clasp however is a bit old. It is actually the ends of those round crimps but it seems to work and stay on ok but because of this I am classifying this condition as average only, although everything else with it is excellent. CONDITION: AVERAGE

Blue & White Dangle Earrings - [SOLD]
I actually made these earrings but I can't list them on etsy as I have already worn them a few times. I can change the ear wires for you to a clean pair though. These earrings are approx 2.7" long from the base of the earwire to the end of the longest strand. It is a two strand earring with blue and clear beads. CONDITION: EXCELLENT

Swarovski Crystal Pink Cat Necklace - [SOLD]
This is a genuine swarovski crystal pendant with a 15" brown cotton cord with an additional 2" of rhodium plated chain for fastening. Rodium plated lobster claw clasp. The cat pendant is approx 1" wide and 1" high. Comes with all original packaging, swarovski certificate and the care advice/warranty card. This pink kitty is gorgeous. Sparkles perfectly and has never been worn or taken out for the box (only today to measure the cord)!

I bought it here at the Swarovski store in London. It looks like they have stopped selling this cat though so it is even more rare!! I've even checked the web and can't find any shops selling it. It usually sells for 35GBP (70USD) see here (for the dog pendant as the cat is no longer availabe in stores) but I am selling this for 40USD only. . Great for yourself or as a gift.

Well here ends the Jewellery Blog Sale section. Don't forget to email me for any further queries or if you would like to purchase. Remember combined shipping is also available! ppdesigns.etsy@yahoo.com

Don't forget you can always check out what's on sale at the blog sale quickly by checking out the top right hand corner of my blog (or by clicking on the 'blog sale' label on the right hand side bar)

Next up on the Blog Sale will be either more knick knacks or clothing....keep watching :)

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Jewellery Part II - For Sale [SOLD]

Edit 15/08/08 - All this pretty jewellery has found a new and loving home!! Thanks!

Here is part two of my Jewellery Blog Sale. A few more pretty items that I couldn't help but buy but stayed hidden in my cupboard (i really do have a terrible habit of doing this!!).

Hope you may find something in here. Remeber check out how to buy in the second half of this post. You may also like to go back & revisit what was in Jewellery Part I aswell (remember i can do combined shipping!)

Seed Bead Goodies!
Acqua Necklace - There are 5 strands to this pretty but simple aqua necklace. It is elastic so can fit over your head and will sit just around your nec. Great for everyday wear and has a litle sparkle to it. CONDITION - EXCELLENT

Green Bracelet - There are 5 strands to this bracelet. A combination of seed and bugle beads joined together by a larger green bead. This one is also elastice. CONDITION - GOOD (the elastic is getting a little worn in this one so it is not as tight as it once was)


Lime Sparkle Ring
This ring is a it bling!! It has a large lime/light green coloured gemlike stone in the middle. Surrounded by lots of tenny little ones around it. There are also 3 little ones just around the side of each band. The ring size is approx 2cm in diameter. It is a bit big for me so this one is up for grabs too! CONDITION - EXCELLENT

Swishy Necklace
Light green beads with a small circle shell type attachments from each link. Silver lobster claw clasp. Approx 15" with addition 2.5" of chain for fastening. This one has a little weight to it. CONDITION - GOOD (missing a circle shell or two on the last link near the clasp - but can't really be noticed).

8 thin cords and a large enamelled rectangle make up this trendy and modern necklace. The cord is approx 16" with an addition 4" of bronze coloured chain for fastening. Lobster claw clasp. The pendant is made up of 3 small rectangles within each other and is approx 1.5" long.

Here ends Part II of the Jewellery bit. I think there will be one more part to come for jewellery so keep watching out. Remember if you are interested in any of my Blog Sale Items just email me at ppdesigns.etsy@yahoo.com!

Friday, 8 August 2008

New Pieces (& Shadow Shot Sunday)

I've been a bit distracted with clearing my house and listing some items on this blog for my 'Blog Sale' that i've neglected letting you all know whats new in my shop the past week or so!

The first thing are these great little notebooks that have a front over of some of my photos! They're great if you like my photos but just don't have any room to display them on your wall. With lined white pages you could use it take notes in class, jot down some of your creative thoughts, write reciepes or use as a travel/every day journal. Really the possibilities are endless!! I only got 2 made up at first to see whether there is much interest and i'm glad to say one has already sold!! YAY! The yellow one is still available and can be purchased here.

The other new items are brand new photographs that I have listed in my shop

Soussusvlei, Namibia

That last one i'm submitting for next weeks Shadow Shot Sunday as collated by Hey Harriet. I took this one after having walked about 5 kms in the desert and its scorching hot sun - i have loads of shadow shots from that trip as i was dying and had to take a rest stop every 5 mins under the pre-tense of 'i'm taking a photo'!!

And remeber all these new bits are part of the BOGOF Sale too!!

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Jewellery Part I - For Sale [SOLD]

Edit 15/08/08 - All this pretty jewellery has found a new and loving home!! Thanks!

The next few posts of my blog sale are gonna be my bits and pieces of jewellery for sale. I seem to accumulate lots of jewellery but am a bit lazy and never actually wear any of them! So most of these ones I've listed have been only once or not at all!

These pieces weren't made by me and were shop bought so I can't list them in my etsy shop. I thought I could "dismantle" them and use them as beads for my own jewellery making but I think they look so nice as they are it's better to keep them intact and hope some others can enjoy them instead.

Have a squiz and if you want to purchase any just email me at ppdesigns.etsy@yahoo.com - further details on how to buy etc can be seen in my kitty radio blog sale post. Remember all prices are in USD (GBP approx divide by 2).

Oh and just with any garage/yard sale, this blog sale is happy to engage in a bit of haggling :) so feel free to contact me for your best offer or for more info/details on any of the items.

1. Paris Flowers
I bought this pretty girly necklace in Paris. It has pink butterflies, leaves, flowers and little coloured stones to make it seem almost fairy tale like. Colours such as pinks, greens, blues, purples and yellows. It is a bronze coloured chain with lobster claw clasp. Approx 13" chain with addition 2" of chain for fastening. CONDITION: EXCELLENT
PRICE: $8 ~~ SHIPPING: $2 (UK); $3 (Everywhere Else)

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2. Chunky Green Bracelet
Love the greens in this bracelet! Approx 5" with an additional 3" of chain for fastening. Lobster claw clasp. This is a chunky style bracelet with a little bit of weight to it. Hangs well on your wrist. Includes an assortment of beads and silver coloured chain. Sorry I can't tell you what types of beads or chain it is but it all looks very pretty together! CONDITION: EXCELLENT
PRICE: $7 ~~ SHIPPING: $3 (UK); $5 (Europe); $6 (Everywhere Else)

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3. Edwardian Purple
For some reason this one remind me of Edwardian times! It is a double layer bronze/copper coloured chain with purple and white pearls (they look faux pearls to me) and purple bicone beads. The inside layer ends with with a 2" cluster of beads. Approx 22" chain with 2" of chain for fastening. Lobster claw clasp. CONDITION: EXCELLENT
PRICE: $6 ~~ SHIPPING: $2 (UK); $3 (Everywhere Else)

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4. Paris Blue
I also bought this one in Paris. I thought it looked really different and it goes great with that ever faithful Little Black Dress. It is a light blue double cord with lobster claw clasp. Approx 13.5" cord with additional 3.5" chain for fastening. The necklace features a complext triangle of chainmail covered with various beads, ribbon, wire and chain in shades of blue. The traingle hangs approx 4" from the top of the triangle to the end of longest piece of chain on the bottom. CONDITION: EXCELLENT
PRICE: $7 ~~ SHIPPING: $3 (UK); $5 (Europe); $6 (Everywhere Else)

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Well that's all for today! Email me if you are interseted in any - ppdesigns.etsy@yahoo.com.

I'll be posting more on jewellery in the next few posts so please come back and keep checking!

Oh and if you want more than 1 of my items just let me know so I can work out combined shipping for you.

For all other BLOG SALE items just go to my 'Blog Sale' label on the right side bar

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Cutie Pie Pink Kitty Radio - For Sale! [SOLD]

Edit 13/08/08 - This cutie pie pink kitty radio has found a new and loving home!! Thanks!

Ok well i've only had a handful of votes and of them 6 said go for it, 2 said iffy - but I was thinking last night - what have I got to lose really??

So here is the first of my Blog Sale Items - Pink Kitty Radio/Note Holder!

I bought this kitty in Oslo, Norway. It is actually a little radio disguised as a an uber cute pink pussy cat! I thought she was so cute. I didn't really have any use for her but somehow managed to convince myself (and hubby) that I would use here while in the shower! That lasted about 2 showers as I kept forgetting to turn her on. She then moved into my husbands office for a little bit - I thought he could use her while writing his notes...but a little pink pussy cat doesn't really sit well in a grown mans office....so poor old kitty spent the rest of her days as cute decoration on my bedroom windowsill.

Here are the deets on Cutie Pie Pink Kitty Radio:
  • Height - approx 4" toe to top of ears
  • Length - approx 4.5" from nose to bottom
  • Colour - pretty pink
  • Batteries - she needs 2 AA sized batteries (not included)
Other bits and pieces you might want to know about kitty:
  • She still works - I just tested her.
  • She is approx 2 years old and in great condition
  • Her pink eye is the on/off switch
  • The silver eye is her scan button to scan for radio stations
  • Her little silver mouth is the volume dial (and another on off switch)
  • The little black cord is like an antennae if needed (also hides away in belly if not required)
  • She has a little cut arch in her back where you can stick notes or photos (bonus!)
Price & Shipping (in USD - if you are UK just halve it)
Kitty Price = $8
Shipping = $3 (UK), $5 (Europe) or $6 (Everywhere Else)

How to Buy
Send me an email to ppdesigns.etsy@yahoo.com (sorry I only have one so whom ever gets in first)
I will then send you a paypal invoice for payment in USD (GBP if you are UK)
Once I receive your payment Cutie Pie Pink Kitty Radio will be lovingly and carefully packaged and shipped off to your home!

Refunds & Return Policy
No refund/return for change of mind
If it is faulty send it back to me and when I receive it I'll refund (excluding shipping costs)

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Hmmm...now I'm looking at these photos again I don't want to sell little kitty anymore!!! She is too cute!!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Blog Garage/Yard Sale Poll!

As I start going through all my stuff to pack I realise I have a lot of stuff that we will probably either throw out or give to chartiy. Normally back home in Oz we have garage/yard sales to try and get rid of some of our stuff but being in London means we are in tiny flats and therefore no garage or yard - plus garage/yard sale just don't seem to be done here which is a bit sad as back home whenever we are driving somewhere and see a sign for a garage sale i have to pull over and stop by - i love checking them out and hope to find some great finds!

Anyways I am getting way off track here. What I really wanted to know was whether if I put things up here on my blog whether any of you would be interested to see what I have and would you even consider buying from a blog (via paypal i guess). I can't list them on etsy as they are not handmade - mostly I have clothes that i've hardly ever worn (i am a terrible shop-a-holic!), jewellery, books and little knick knack gadets. I have other things but as I am in the UK those ones might be a bit big/heavy to ship to overseas - ofcourse if you are in the UK that's another matter altogether!

Here are the bits you might like to think about:
  • Payment would be via paypal.
  • I won't have a feedback system like etsy/ebay but you could always leave feedback in my 'comments' section.
  • I have 100% feedback from etsy shop so I'm a reputable seller :)
  • I live in the UK so you will need to pay shipping
So after that big spiel I would love to get your honest opinion - please do my poll on the right or just leave a comment in this post so I can see if there is any interest!

Many Many Thanks for your thoughts!!

Edit 07/08/08 - i've closed the poll! thanks for voting!

Monday, 4 August 2008

BOGOF Moving Sale!

I know i'm going home soon but its just hit me that we are really really leaving in just 1.5months time!

YIKES!! There is so much to do!! The most nightmarish of them all is packing, boxing and shipping all our stuff back home. I keep putting it off but i really need to get it sorted.

To help me reduce my shipping load back home i've decided to try and clear out some of my etsy stock so from now until I have to send all my boxes onto the big cargo ship i'm having a BOGOF MOVING SALE so please come on over and check out my shop you just might find something perfect for your home or office, or maybe even a lovely memory of a past holiday you went on, or something to look at to inspire you to create, travel or even cook!!