Monday 19 November 2018


Drumroll please!
Congratulations to Rebecca of Goldcrest Crafts for winning our challenge! Lucky Rebecca will will all those lovely goodies you see in the second pic. One prize from each of us who hosted.

Thank you to everyone who got involved and brightened up our feeds with gorgeous pics of festive crafts and cosy traditions. I am honoured to have been a part of this, and special thanks of course go to our main host Clare, as well as all the lovely artists who took turns to host each day. It has been so lovely getting to know you all better and see your gorgeous art. Thank you!

12 Days Of Making, Day Twelve.

On the last day of our fabulous 12 Days Of Making challenge, the prompt was GRATEFUL, and I have so many things to be grateful for! First of all, a huge thank you to Clare from Boho Jewellery Box for being the wonderful hostess with the mostess, and also thank you to all of the other lovely hosts involved. I have had so much fun getting to know you all better!

More big shout outs of course especially to my Brian, and to all my lovely family and friends, both the ones I know in person, as well as all the fabulous people I have only met via social media!
I am so lucky to have such a wide network of support and friendship around the world. Sometimes I find it terrifying sharing my stories and my work publicly, and like many artists, I am crippled by self doubt, but you all give me the strength and encouragement I need to keep going every day, and to follow my dreams, THANK YOU!

Here is a collage of some of the good times I have shared with family and friends, specifically at Christmas time, to keep in the festive mood.

12 Days Of Making, Day Eleven.

The challenge prompt for Day Eleven was STARRY NIGHT/TWINKLE TWINKLE. So I thought I would share with you these new necklaces of mine, since they are very sparkly! And quite magical in fact, as these are all special potion ingredient necklaces, hand harvested from mythical creatures! (Please note: no mythical creatures were harmed during the making of this jewelry!)

So whether you are on the lookout for some Unicorn Blood or Leprechaun Luck, come and check out my select Etsy boutique for these rare and precious ingredients! I have started a new section in my shop just for these kinds of creations. Look for the Sídhe-c Boutique. Sídhe is Gaelic for fairy-folk, or specifically, the hills or mounds where they were thought to live. It is pronounced "Shee", and I crack myself up, because Sídhe-c would be pronounced "Chic", and "Chic Boutique" has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

I will have more potion necklaces to follow, once I have the time to catch the creatures and get them to cooperate! Be on the look out for Dragon Scales, Griffin Feathers, Mermaid Tears, Fairy Wishes, etc!

12 Days Of Making, Day Ten.

The prompt for Day Ten of our challenge was WHAT’S NEW IN THE WORKSHOP? And I decided to share a few of my Christmas Card designs with you.

I have made all of my own cards since I was little, but it is only in the last couple of years that I have been brave enough to try to sell them. I was chuffed to bits to have a commission earlier this year of some desert-themed cards for a friend back in NM, and I have been having fun coming up with new designs over the last week. I’m actually really behind this year, I usually start making Christmas cards in August, but with one thing and another, here we are in November already.

Don’t forget, I love commissions, and would love to make some special designs for you, but time is running out, so get in touch ASAP if that’s what you were thinking of. Or you could stop by my Etsy shop and see what other designs I have available.

Here are a few of the commission cards I made. Llamas and turtles, and cacti, oh my! My friend loved them, which makes me so happy. I think it's great to send something unique and personal.


Monday 12 November 2018

12 Days Of Making, Day Nine.

The prompt for Day Nine of our 12 Days Of Making challenge was STOCKING FILLERS, and it was especially exciting, because all of the items that you see in the last pic will soon belong to one lucky winner!
I will be giving away this tiny LOVE mixed media collage and easel. It would be the perfect gift for a loved one, to sit on their desk and remind them of you, or maybe you’d like to keep it for yourself! 

And if you are not the lucky winner, don’t worry, you will be able to find more of these teeny collages, in different designs, in my Etsy Shop, OriginalSinArt. Here are a few examples:

And here’s a close up of my giveaway item, to show you how cute and tiny it is!


One lucky winner will receive ALL of these!

12 Days Of Making, Day Eight.

The prompt for Day Eight of our 12 Days Of Making challenge was COSY! And what is cosier than a hot cup of tea, or coffee, or chocolate? (Maybe an Irish Coffee??)
This prompt made me think of these unusual little earrings that are listed in my Etsy Shop. (You can find them HERE.) These quirky earrings consist of a tiny Doll’s House sized china cup and saucer decorated with blue floral designs. These would make a perfect gift for the tea or coffee-lover in your life, or anyone who loves Alice In Wonderland, toy tea parties, or steampunk picnics! I have several other designs available too. 

I also wanted to share with you some pics of past Christmas treats and décor, which all help to make me feel very warm and cosy! I have been feeling especially festive since we’ve been doing this challenge, and may even have started to listen to Christmas music a little early this year!

12 Days Of Making, Day Seven.

The prompt for Day Seven of our 12 Days Of Making Challenge was CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! We were wondering, who is on your list, and whom are you looking to buy from? Well, I don’t want to give anything away and spoil any surprises, so I thought I would share with you all some of the fabulous artists that I have bought from in the past. Maybe you’ll spot something that will inspire you to buy from them this holiday! After all, this whole challenge is about hand making, and supporting small shops. I have added links to the artist's names where I could.

This first collage is all about crafty crafters! Top left, you can see a beautiful wooden wishing heart made by Louise from Chick With Chainsaw. Top right is a gorgeous Mickey Mouse wooden decoration by Caren over at Pinkk Skies. Bottom left is a fabulous felt flamingo ornament by Mazena of Lots Of Love Art. And that green tree in the middle of the last pic is made from upcycled zippers by the talented Janet at Zipperworks!


If you are on the lookout for some beautiful and unique jewelry, I have four makers right here to give you some ideas!
Top left is a gorgeous crocheted necklace and Czech glass earrings from the lovely Misty Dubois. They were a Christmas gift to myself last year!
Top right are three fabulous upcycled rings made by Jim from Old Things Into New Bling. The two on the left are made from old silverware, while the one on the right is made from silver scraps from the silverware, so nothing goes to waste!
Bottom right is a beautiful leather and hammered metal bracelet by the magnificent Karen from Pierced Leather. This was a birthday gift to myself this year. She also makes incredible earrings!
Bottom left is a commission that I asked for from the beautiful Clare of Boho Jewellery Box, who also happens to be the brains behind this whole challenge! I asked her for some teal earrings for my birthday, and she came up with these beauties.

And last, but not least, here are a few painters for you to peruse. All with very different styles!
Top left is a gorgeous painting from Deb, the creative genius behind Malory Maki. She has her own incredible abstract style that always evokes the most intense emotions in me. This piece reminded me of the seashore on a stormy day, and I can’t get enough of looking at it!
Top right is a beautiful silk scarf from the talented Maria of Singing Scarves, which was another special commission for me. I asked Maria to use the colours teal and grey, and add some dragonflies, and my favourite motto, “Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up, and Never Give Up”, so now I have a motivational scarf that is just perfect for me!
Bottom right is a hand painted slate from the lovely Debbie of The Piggery Studio. I saw this steampunk raven and just HAD to have it, since it combines two of my great loves. If you ask nicely, she does commissions too, so you should definitely check out her shop for a unique gift this Christmas!
At bottom left you can see my gorgeous Witches Hand painting by Jess of Stay Art Home Mama. I just love Jess’s style, and of course, this will be hanging in my house all year round, not just at Halloween! Jess is also one of our makers in this challenge, and you will have the chance to win an exclusive gift from her, as well as all the other artists involved, so make sure you follow the prompts and play along!

12 Days Of Making, Day Six.

The prompt for Day Six of our 12 Days Of Making challenge was CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS, and I was the lucky person playing host that day. It meant that I  got to read oh, so many lovely Christmas traditions from so many people. Here are a few of my own favourites:

I have several festive films that I love to watch in the lead up to Christmas. I usually watch It’s A Wonderful Life and Love Actually while I’m wrapping presents. Brian likes Die Hard, (which as far as we are concerned IS a Christmas movie, to end that debate!) and we usually watch Scrooged, The Grinch and Elf together too. In more recent years, I’ve fallen in love with Arthur Christmas as well! (Or maybe just James McAvoy?)
My sister loves A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, and it used to be our tradition to watch it when school broke up for the holidays. Now that she works in a school, she continues that one each year, and sometimes, if I am back in time, I get to join in too. We both loved seeing the Coca Cola Christmas adverts when we were younger, (because then you know it’s really almost Christmas!) and she usually manages to see it first, (It may be a bit of a contest between us) and send me a screenshot.

(Please excuse the bad photos. I took them of various TV screens over the years!)
 My Mum’s birthday is mid December, and when I was little, she told me how, when she was little, she used to only get one gift, combined birthday and Christmas. I thought that this was so sad, that I decided to give her a small gift to open, every day from her birthday up until Christmas, and I have continued that tradition ever since! I have so much fun finding small things that I know she will like, and wrapping them all up for her.
We used to wait until Mum’s birthday to put up the Christmas tree, and that became a tradition that we still follow together if I am home in time. We would put on old Christmas records, and dance and sing around while we decorated. Now there is less dancing, but more mulled wine, so it is still great fun!
Now that I live in America, once Thanksgiving is over, if we are staying here that year, I decorate our house. I actually have a BLACK Christmas tree, which was a gift from Brian the first year we were together, as I told him I thought it would be cool to have one. It looks gorgeous decorated in all red or silver decorations, (because my OCD makes me want to have everything match!)
I have a Christmas mug that was a gift from my aunt and uncle when I was little, that has travelled across the world with me, and gets put to use every year. I also have several pairs of festive PJs, and dozens of Christmas socks, so it’s great to unpack those each year to wear.
As I said, I do get very blue around the holidays when I can’t be home with my family for Christmas, so all of these little traditions are a way to cheer me up and make me feel closer to the.

Sunday 11 November 2018

12 Days Of Making, Day Five.

The prompt for Day 5 of our fun Instagram challenge was GIFT WRAP, so I’m sharing a few examples of past wrapping that I have done. 
I have the option, for a small fee, to gift wrap any item you buy in my Etsy shop. Jewelry will come in small boxes, stamped with my personal logos, and wrapped with tissue paper and ribbon, while paintings and collages will come wrapped in seasonal paper. I can, of course, accommodate special requests, but otherwise, the style of the paper will be a nice surprise. I also enclose a personal note, my handmade business cards and a handmade bookmark with every order, and if you’re lucky, there may be a couple of other small surprises in there too! 

Sunday 4 November 2018

12 Days Of Making, Day Four.

The Day Four prompt from our Instagram Challenge was PERFECT GIFT FOR… and I have chosen to share with you my range of Fibromyalgia Awareness Jewelry and Bookmarks, which would make the perfect gift for someone you know suffering from Fibro or Lupus.

Purple Ribbons and Butterflies are the symbols for the Fibromyalgia Awareness cause, but also for Lupus, which I’m sure is no coincidence, since they mimic eachother in so many ways. And Spoons are used as a symbol by those suffering with many different types of chronic illness, thanks to the wonderful essay called The Spoon Theory, by Christine Miserandino.

PLEASE NOTE, 25% of the cost of all of these items that I sell will be donated to the NFA, the National Fibromyalgia Association, who fight to raise awareness and find a cure for this debilitating disease that is still so misunderstood. Please check out to find out more. 

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia back in 2012. I was also diagnosed with Lupus in 2016. To put proof to what I said above about these diseases being so misunderstood, I have also had doctors scoff at me for a diagnosis that another doctor made, and tell me that I don't have either. Although, they are unable to come up with a diagnosis themselves. So how am I supposed to treat myself? How can I fight something if I don't know what it is? I have had people tell me that my diseases are made up, or that I must be exaggerating, and most of all, that I "don't look sick". But for me, and for millions of others around the world, these diseases are a crippling reality. And so, until things are better understood, I will continue to fight to spread awareness and I will continue to raise money for those who search for a cure.

 You can find all of these items in my Etsy shop: HERE.

12 Days Of Making, Day Three.

Day Three of our Instagram challenged involved the prompt MAKER’S LITTLE HELPER. So, meet Brian, the mischievous elf who also happens to be the love of my life. 
I couldn’t do anything without all of Brian's love, support, and encouragement. He puts up with me disappearing off to my studio/workshop for hours at a time, and is always ready to take a look at my new creations with a critical eye. He helps me to price my items too, since I really struggle to put a $ amount on my work, despite the effort, materials and hours of labour I put in. Oh, and when I started doing craft fairs this year, he drove me to each place, did all the heavy moving and lifting, watched my stall when I needed a break, helped me set up and take down, and encouraged people to come to see me.
Here he is, messing around with some Christmas decorations in a pub back home, because despite the fact that he likes to pretend he’s a Grinch, he actually loves all the fun of Christmas too! (Just don't mention Egg Nog to him!)
 I honestly feel like the luckiest girl in the world because I have him to support me.

12 Days Of Making, Day Two.

Day Two of our Instagram Challenge involved the prompt RED AND GREEN; lovely, cozy, festive colours that I'm sure remind most of us of Christmas. They also remind me of our time spent in New Mexico, when asked if you wanted red or green chile with your food, the locals answer "Christmas" if they want both!
Well, I thought I would show you everything in my Etsy shop that currently matches those colours. I realize that skulls might not be what most people think of at Christmas, but as far as I'm concerned, Goth is for life, not just for Halloween! Also, it used to be traditional that ghost stories were told around the fireside on those long winter nights, so I think that has me covered!
 Here are the links to the above items in my Etsy shop, if you are interested!

Clockwise from top left:
Fire And Ice Earrings

12 Days Of Making, Day One.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I shared some information on the fun Instagram challenge that I am involved in. I thought I would also share each post with you here, with a few extra details, (because I can't stop talking about Christmas!) 
The first day of our challenge prompt was to introduce ourselves and tell you all about our favourite things about Christmas. (An easy start to get the ball rolling!)

As you know, my name is Sinéad, and I was born and raised in Shrewsbury, England, but have been living in America for 13 years now. I have always loved art, and have been creating since I was young. My dream is to own a small shop and gallery one day. In the meantime, I sell my work on Etsy, and lately have been focusing on mixed media collages, greetings cards and steampunk jewelry.

Because I am so far away from my family and friends back home, I admit that the holidays can be a difficult time for me. So, my boyfriend and I have a deal, where we alternate Christmas visits each year. This year we will be with his family in Virginia, but last year we got to travel home to a surprisingly snowy Shrewsbury!

My little sister and I actually used to spend hours talking about our favourite things about Christmas, so this is a fun prompt for me, but unfortunately, I don’t have the space to tell you EVERYTHING I love. To narrow it down, I will just tell you that I love the colder weather, especially if it snows, and I love wearing big coats, hats and boots and going on long walks in the beautiful countryside. I love the Christmas music, (although I try really hard not to play it before December, for my boyfriend’s sanity’s sake!) I love the traditional food, (especially my mum’s cooking!) and I really love all the beautiful décor and festive lights.
Photo credit to Brian Tomayko.

Photo credits to Kate Sanderson.

In the collage above you can see my some beautiful photos of my hometown of Shrewsbury. The first picture was taken at the bottom of Wyle Cop, on a beautiful snowy night when we were out celebrating my Mum's birthday last year. The other four pictures were taken by my sister, Kate, who loves Christmas just as much as I do! Top right is a view of the river and the Old Wakeman school from the English Bridge that crosses the Severn. Bottom left is the old Abbey, built in 1083, bottom right is my mum's garden, and bottom middle is a fantastic snow reindeer, made by my sister!