it happened! :) i am one extremely blessed leidy. my jewellery is now being proudly stocked by velour vintage boutique in st. kilda. drop by the fab shop, at 184 barkly street. gorgeous vintage finds and *gasp* lovely mod dresses available, along with other trinkets, accessories and treasures.

happy happy joy joy.

and now i am emptying to be filled up again. happy new year, everyone! blessings!
tomorrow is a big day for theLeidy's trinket box! i am calling out to the universe to have everything in my favour. wish me luck!

or better yet, pray for me.

watch this space.
it's almost the end of the year and looking back at the year that has just gone, it amazes me how good God has been to me and my family. blessed, i am. and to summarize my 2009, here goes:

faith. love. God. one. child. mom. dream. fight. new. trust. joy. risk. heat. hope. break. friend. move. fly. work. ex. heal. fear. plan. pray. choice. run. pure. new. write. ache. build. fire. grudge. quench. light. dark. war. lie. hand. give. take. loss. start. warmth. here. now. bliss. pain. grow. live. step. talk. hug. play. goal. yes. laugh. home. I. you.

big things have little names.


and they come in small packages too.

my precious little daughter, lilly soleil, was supposed to turn one yesterday, the 17th of december, but she was in a hurry and came 8 weeks early. she is now almost 14 months old, a bit tiny, but a packed little button of energy.

oh, how you always take my breath away.


it's always wonderful to end a year with a beginning. doesn't it? we're moving house tomorrow and i'm looking forward to it. i will miss our tiny little yard that my husband has allowed to wildly grow (aka forgot to maintain). i have this view everyday, while working, and i just love dandelions! they are resilient, will grow anywhere, and multiply. yes, i know they're weeds, but still! pretty!

lately i have rediscovered my love for black. i used to have black plates and cups and pillowcases in my old apartment, but i have slowly introduced colour to my things when i got married. i even wanted to paint my apartment walls black! such an elegant and beautiful colour.

recently i have gotten my hands on some gorgeous acrylic flowers, thus i made this:

necklace black rose wing stunning elegant


this necklace features a stunning black rose mounted on a gold plated filigree finding. attached to the rose are two antiqued brass wings connected to a chain of delicately wire-wrapped onyx beads. the necklace is approximately 50cms (19.7inches) long from end to end and has a 5cm (2inch) extension chain finished with a tiny antiqued brass wing charm for when you want to wear it a little bit longer.

a perfect accessory to add a little bit of sexy mystery to your outfit!


i have also made two of these rings, but they have been purchased already! i may have to make more, methinks. and i'm also keeping one for myself.

ring. black rose simple elegant stunning gorgeous

what do you do when you see a black rose?

get it while you can. this stunning black rose cabochon is mounted on an antiqued bronze adjustable filigree ring base. perfect for days when you feel like accessorizing a simple outfit (like jeans and a shirt, or to enhance and complement an already dressy outfit like an LBD.

rare, gorgeous, simple, elegant.


oh, the baccara ring has a white version which i like a lot as well.

 ring. white pure pristine snow rose simple

icy beautiful.

a frosty matte white rose cabochon is mounted on a white heart-shaped adjustable filigree ring base. will fit most fingers. perfect for accessorizing casual outfits.

white rose, beautiful, simple, elegant.


and because of my renewed interest in black, my selection this tuesday is an all-black display. enjoy.



other items up in theLeidy's trinket box:

necklace lariat ruby red leaf simple

something new!

this lariat-style necklace features a gorgeous silver leaf on one end and a bunch of natural red ruby gemstone beads on the other end, on a stylish patterned silver chain. the necklace measures approximately 66cms (around 26inches) from end to end and is best worn knotted in front.

simple, elegant, unique, one-of-a-kind.

perfect to wear if you need to accent a simple casual outfit. 

bracelet pink bubblegum flower dainty sweet

what could be sweeter than baby pink flowers?

this bracelet is the sweetest ever! the bracelet has wire-wrapped pink jade beads, wire-wrapped bubblegum pink crackle glass beads, wire-wrapped pink alexandrite beads and baby pink roses. interspersed between these beads are crystal clear swarovski rondelles to add to the daintiness of the bracelet.

sweet, delicate, feminine, floral 

cabernet sauvignon
necklace bib layer pearl wine red ruby rose plum

'tis the season for deep reds and plums.

this elegant bib necklace makes a statement. featuring four wire-wrapped chains of deep ruby glass pearls alternating with lavender rose pearls. all are attached to two copper toned filigree findings on both sides with an antiqued bronze chain, secured by an antiqued bronze toggle clasp. the necklace measures approximately 51cms (around 20inches) on the shortest side, and around 58cms (22.8inches) on the longest side.

daring, bold, sophisticated, elegant and fun.

perfect for parties and for dressing up your outfits. 

frazil ice
necklace crystal quartz swarovski clear elegant

cool is elegant.

this necklace features a unique and one of a kind handcrafted pendant. the focal point is a clear glass briolette. above it is a cluster of lovingly wire-wrapped champagne crystal quartz beads, crystal swarovski briolettes and snow quartz beads. all hanging from a delicately wire-wrapped silver hoop with clear glass seed beads. the necklace chain measures approximately 64cms (or 25.2inches) and the pendant is 6cms (2.36inches) long.

elegant, simple, unique, one of a kind, stunning 


something to get excited about, still holding my breath: yesterday i got a delightful email from a vintage boutique owner in melbourne asking me about the possibility of wholesaling. i am over my head and beside myself with glee. hopefully this pushes through.

trying to beat the christmas rush. amidst the packing stuff for moving house and preparing for the lovely holiday season, crammed listing new items and i was able to post five new items yesterday. here goes:

truly a dangerous combination.

sweet with an edge. flirty fun and mysterious. this bracelet is made of carefully wire-wrapped pink jade beads of the sweetest colour, ending in a black rose with a pink center. two antiqued brass leaves accent the chain. it measures approximately 17.8cms (around 7inches) and is secured by an antiqued bronze dainty toggle clasp.

perfect for when you want to say "i only look innocent".

feminine, dainty, sweet, flirty, romantic


bring out the snifters!

this stunning piece is perfect for nights out. its warmth and glow will surely brighten your outfits. the focal point is a large brandy teardrop quartz. above it is a cascade of honey swarovski helix crystals, champagne crystal quartz, lemon swarovski crystals and mustard swarovski crystals. all hanging from gold earring hooks.

this gorgeous pair of earrings will fall approximately 6cms (around 2.35inches) from your piercing.

perfect for parties. stunning. gorgeous. elegant.


the perfect combination!

black onyx beads with gold bead caps hang from gold earring hooks. below the bead is a cascade of delicately wire-wrapped lemon quartz rondelles with gold seed beads at the ends. these earrings will fall approximately 6.5cms (around 2.55inches) from your piercing.

the perfect accessory for your little black dress!

stunning, gorgeous, elegant, understated, simple 


don't get caught under the rain!

stand under my umbrella necklace. :) this playful piece of jewellery is a fun addition to your jewellery collection! it features a gold vermeil umbrella and sapphire blue glass teardrop crystals to make 'rain'. all hang from a gold chain which is secured by a gold lobster clasp.

the necklace is approximately 52cms (around 20.5inches) long from end to end.

playful, fun, flirty, unique.


the simple and understated elegance of black and silver cannot be ignored.

this pair of earrings is perfect to glam up, complement and accessorize an office outfit, or to wear with a simple black dress. it features different sizes, shapes and shades of black, gray, silver and crystal. from a large silver jump ring hang a gunmetal gray glass pearl, onyx beads, black trumpet flowers, black/crystal shattered glass beads, champagne crystal quartz, black foiled czech glass beads and swarovski crystal rondelles, all wire-wrapped with silver ballpins.

elegant, simple, stunning.


inspired by my seafoam tears necklace, today's treasury is a wonderful selection of various sea foam inspired items from artists. this seafoam tears necklace is one of my favorite items in my shop, and if this doesn't sell, i am going to keep it for myself.

and the sea cried.

this lariat-style necklace speaks of understated elegance. it features a large sea blue quartz teardrop crystal. above it is a cluster of champagne crystal quartz, clear swarovski crystal rondelles and a couple of dainty aqua swarovski crystals. on the chain is an aqua turquoise bead flanked by aqua swarovski crystals.

the necklace measures approximately 72cms (28.35inches) from end to end and is secured by a delicate silver toggle clasp.

elegant, simple, unique, stunning.



and i have also put up another new item today:

black is beautiful.

hanging from silver hoops are baubles, beads, gems and crystals of different shapes, shades and sizes. at the center of the hoop is a gunmetal glass pearl. surrounding it are black and crystal shattered glass beads, champagne crystal quartz, round onyx beads, silver beads, silver filigree beads, black swarovski crystals, champagne swarovski crystals and ab swarovski crystals.

perfect for dressing up casual outfits.


we're moving house! amidst all the chaos, i have managed to create this:

necklace rose aqua turquoise blue stunning gorgeous unique

winter peach.

the contrast between the iciness of the green turqouise and the warmth of the peach rose creates a stunningly beautiful unique necklace. the focal point of this piece is the peach rose which is to be worn slightly off-center. surrounding it are lovely green turquoise wire-wrapped beads in gold designer wire. it closes with a gold lobster clasp.

the necklace measures roughly 44cms (17.3inches) from end to end and has a 9cm (3.5inch) extension chain, for when you want to wear it longer.

beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, feminine, floral. a real eye-catcher.
two new listings:

wear tyche's heart and be lucky!

this stunning bracelet has five chrysoprase chalcedony round beads that are wire-wrapped and linked to rows of green and champagne swarovski crystals. it is fastened by a gold toggle clasp which features a gold heart locket. watch it catch and reflect light!

tyche is a greek deity (roman equivalent: fortuna) and governs fortune and prosperity.

it measures 18cms (7inches) in length and can fit most wrists.

gorgeous. stunning. elegant.


deep red for passion.

hanging from inverted silver filigree hearts are wire-wrapped blood-red teardrop glass crystals. at the base of the earring hook is a tear-shaped red sapphire. the earrings will fall 8cms (3.15inches) from your piercing.

eye-catching, stunning, a perfect conversation piece!


i'm pretty pleased with these pieces as they have turned out to be gorgeous and stunning. the photo of tyche's heart above is unedited. that is the afternoon sun caught and reflected by the crystals. beautiful jewelry!

i just love this fantasy piece, just listed today:

necklace faerie book locket clock fantasy bedtime story

the necklace of your dreams.

the focal point of this piece is a large brass fairy charm measuring approximately 6cms (2.36inches). the necklace also features a brass book locket with an aqua mum. it also has a little watch charm and three czech glass flowers. it is a lariat-style necklace and the unique antique brass chain measures 66cms (around 26inches) from end to end.

filled with fantasy. whimsical. dreamy. playful. 

the inspiration for today's selection is my burnt sienna necklace. i am featuring coppers, bronzes, browns and golds. bask in the glow of these wonderfully warm and glorious items.


necklace brown earth leaf gold copper bronze

warm earthy golden goodness!

this necklace features an antiqued bronze leaf, to be worn slightly off center. surrounding it are beads of various brown/coppery/bronze shades and sizes: four copper faceted glass beads, three carnelian round beads, one latte small glass pearl, one bronze large glass pearl, one latte large glass pearl, three bronze medium glass pearls (one of which has two bronze bead caps on each end), and one citrine coloured teardrop glass bead with a bead cap. all delicately wire-wrapped and hanging from an antiqued bronze chain, secured by a gold toggle clasp.

the necklace measures approximately 54cms (around 21.25inches) from end to end.

perfect for fall!

elegant, simple, feminine, dainty, earthy 

i feel honoured to have my "the blues" necklace included in a denim-inspired treasury curated by daffy (abbasgirl). what a lovely way to wake up to a message informing me of this.

have a blessed sunday. 
i have made some sales yesterday (6 sales) and have received messages for custom orders. thought i just might share with you my bestseller. i have already sold four of these babies, and i have a custom order for two more:

necklace lariat crystal hibiscus unique pink

something unique!

this piece will remind you of the tropics, of sweet-smelling flowers and being carefree. this unique lariat-style necklace is made of a very delicate and dainty silver chain. on one end of the necklace is a floral toggle clasp. a single hibiscus is suspended on a silver loop, and this will sit on the side of your neck when worn. on the other end of the chain is a cascade of various shades of pink czech glass crystals, swarovski crystals, rose quartz, opal flower, and a pink glass pearl. you will also find a single lime green czech glass crackle in this cascade to add interest to the piece. this also represents the green of the tropics.

floral, dainty, feminine, unique, playful


want one? send me a message!
etsy lesson #2: don't accept international money orders.

i did the mistake of agreeing to accept an international money order for $20, the item value was $17 and i charged $3 for shipping and handling. i went to the bank this morning to deposit the money order, only to find out that there is a $10 bank fee! after converting USD to AUD, i got $21.01 for the money order less the bank's fee, i just received $11.01 after selling a $17 item. not fair. *sniffs*

on to other things, i listed two new items today.

necklace birdcage freedom flower wings


what better way to celebrate your emancipation than by wearing something symbolic?

this long necklace features a gold plated 3D birdcage with a gate that slides up. it has three czech glass trumpet flowers and a single leaf to add interest to the cage. it hangs from a dainty and unique antique bronze chain and has two wings hanging from the lobster clasp, which will hang from your nape as you wear it.

the total length of the necklace is approximately 78cms (30.7inches) from end to end.

delicate, symbolic, whimsical, fun, unique

necklace white rose pure pristine snow dainty


who doesn't like white?

this piece is pretty as the first snowfall. it features a white rose in the center of the necklace. on both sides are wire-wrapped white glass beads, ending in an antique bronze lobster clasp. it also has an antique bronze leaf charm which will just hang at the back of your neck.

the necklace measures approximately 44cms (17.3inches) from end to end.

simple, elegant, dainty, floral, feminine, unique

'i heart' tuesday. this is what i have decided to call my tuesday feature. this means that on tuesdays, i will showcase items that i just find adorable.

traveling soon? veryverdant has cute creations that would allow you to get away from the boring luggage tags you buy from $1 shops. aside from that, these tags add a splash of colour to your luggage which makes your bulky bags fashionable.


i have also been quite busy yesterday, listing three new items.

bracelet bronze swarovski copper elegant simple


inspired by the australian sun (it's transitioning into summer at the moment!), this bracelet is full of coppers, bronzes and golds.

made of czech glass beads, swarovski pearls and crystals and gold rings, this bracelet is simple yet very elegant. it can be worn with a casual outfit, and even with an even dressier one. this can also be worn stacked with bracelets of the same kind, or with different colors. just convo me if you need a different colored one.

elegant, stunning, simple, sun-kissed, feminine.

 earrings flower basket fruit spring unique feminine dainty OOAK

grab a basket and pick fruits and flowers!

this unique earrings are lovingly handcrafted and wire-wrapped. the "basket" is hand-formed using gold designer wire and wrapped using delicate gold wire. it has three czech glass flowers and purple "fruits". the baskets hang from a delicate gold chain and gold hooks.

perfect for when you feel like wearing something unique, or to add to your jewelry collection.

one-of-a-kind, dainty, feminine, floral, whimsical

necklace rose denim blue quartz swarovski unique


nothing like a delicately made accessory to perk you up!

this necklace's focal point is a denim-colored rose mounted on a gold filigree finding, which is slightly off-center. around it are wonderful blue-colored sky quartz round beads flanked by turquoise swarovski crystals. each bead is delicately wire-wrapped by hand and this piece is secured by a gold lobster clasp.

total length of the necklace is approximately 48cms or 18.9inches. perfect for dressing up casual outfits.

beautiful, unique, denim-inspired, feminine, stunning.

i shall start with the not-so-good news. i've had my first etsy heartbreak happen to me three weeks back. someone supposedly bought two items from me, but it turned out that she was a non-paying buyer. initially i waited for her payment, then after 5 days i contacted her via convo and also sent her an invoice. she replied two days later telling me that she didn't have a paypal account, but just wanted to pay using her credit card. i told her no worries, you don't have to have a paypal account to pay using your credit card through paypal and proceeded in giving her a step-by-step guide on how to do it, including a screenshot of the paypal page where she had to click to pay without having to sign up. three days later, i heard nothing from her. i saw her online in gmail and asked whether she was still interested in the items, to which she replied --- "i'm no longer interested, they are wonderful and gorgeous but it's too much hassle for earrings. you can give me negative feedback, i have six businesses and it's not gonna hurt me." i mean, huh? it just broke my heart, that.


good thing i have made something to somehow make me feel better. the siren necklace:

siren. necklace handmade wire-wrapped turquoise blue ocean sea unique


from the waves her song beckons, lures and traps a mariner willing to listen to her hymn.

hand-formed silver wire form waves, and the base of this unique pendant. wire-wrapped turquoise swarovski crystals are intertwined with the silver base. the focal point of this pendant is a deep blue fan-shaped glass, wire-wrapped with silver wire. flanking it are sapphire briolettes, clear ab teardrop crystals, turquoise czech glass beads, pinkish teardrop glass beads and swarovski crystals, all wire-wrapped and hand-formed. the pendant hangs from a very delicate and dainty silver chain measuring 50cms (around 19.7inches) from end to end and is secured by a silver bolt ring.

unique, handmade, elegant, stunning. a real conversation-starter.



remember i have touched on the subject of a dubai account? it looks very promising. so far, i have sent 15 items and i am looking at filling some orders for christmas. wives of expatriates will be having an affair in december and hopefully they will commission me to make some pieces for them. keeping fingers crossed.

can we ever have more hours within the day? i find that i am busier working from home, than when i still had a full-time job.

i was able to finish a squidoo article yesterday about beading and jewelry-making for beginners, and have made a recommendation for a fantastic resource, the Beading for Beginners eBook. i also was able to update the links on my sidebar (finally!) and have informed those linked. i am planning to feature artists on this blog as a regular thing, i just need to put a few things in order before proceeding. i also managed to make updates and fix my twitter account. aside from that, i listed four items in my etsy shop and sold three!

earrings swarovski crystal pearl formal elegant wedding

this one sold within an hour after listing.

earrings aqua/purple crystals

 this piece looks good enough to eat!

stunning and sure to be a converstaion-starter, it is made of various beads of aqua, purple, a combination of aqua and purple, clear crystal rondelles and swarovski AB crystals. the focal point of this piece is the purple resin bead.

the length of the earring including the hook is approximately 7cms (around 2.75inches)

very attractive, gorgeous, fun, colourful and would liven up any outfit!

necklace lariat crystal pearl dainty elegant unique


this lariat necklace is stunning, elegant and unique, as well as dainty, feminine and gorgeous.

sure to demand a second look, this piece has, on one end of a dainty and delicate silver chain, a thin silver ring and a cascade of crystals and pearls on the other end. the 'waterfalls' is meant to be looped into the ring.

the length of the necklace including the ring and the cascade of pearls and crystals is approximately 63cms (around 24.8inches)

earrings heart crystal pearl elegant gorgeous feminine

'blush' is gorgeous! a cascade of various beads --- crystal round beads, baby pink swarovski crystals, swarovski crystal AB bicones, minty green swarovski crystal, barely pink glass pearls, minty green round beads and crystal teardrops --- end with a nude acrylic heart. including the hook, the earring measures approximately 7cms (around 2.75inches).

pretty pleased with the items i have listed. i need to make a few more today just to keep the shop well-stocked. pretty doubly pleased with a couple of deals that were made yesterday as well. a contact from dubai has commissioned me to make items for her to sell over there. also, two soon-to-be brides have commissioned me to make their bridesmaids' gifts as well. business looks to be promising.

now if only i can keep this blog updated, as well as tweet regularly, write articles, develop my facebook page, create an rss feed in this blog for potential subscribers, contribute to and be an active member of my street teams --- down under street team and christian artists street team, find reliable and good quality suppliers, look after bub, learn how to cook (!), do all household chores, be a fantastic wife and do yoga regularly, everything would be swell. phew. that's only a partial list of things to do.

who says being a home-based working mum isn't a full-time job?

it's sunday, and i have been busy.

we were supposed to go on a picnic, but we did not go, even with the food already neatly packed in a nice chiller bag. so we ended up having our own little picnic in our lounge, while watching a dvd. there was much mess in the house, (we had visitors for dinner last night) so i spent most of the morning cleaning up. our stainless steel benchtop is now living up to its name. and the floor is spotless. and i have defeated the somehow bottomless laundry basket. for now.

theLeidy's trinket box needed more items. and i was able to list three today.

this is a simple pair of earrings, but i reckon it is dainty and fun! matte silver birds are suspended from leverback hooks are below it are different-sized wire-wrapped round rose quartz beads. these earrings are perfect for casual days (think jeans and shirt).

inspired by the lovely night sky, i decided to make this piece. an antiqued brass chain holds a silver moon, an antiqued brass owl and a yellow star with silver lines (not visible in the photo). romantic, simple, playful and dainty.

i made this piece upon the request of a friend in dubai, who has a friend who is getting married soon. they are looking at giving jewelry as wedding favors for their bridal party. this is one of the designs i have presented to her. sweet, feminine and romantic, the bracelet has a chunky silver chain with dainty lilac roses and barely pink glass pearls entwining it. a heart-shaped toggle clasp secures the chain, and also carries a larger glass pearl, a silver coin (which can be engraved with the bride and groom's names) and an angel wing.

there. and i'm off to make more pretty things. these can be found (and more!) in theLeidy's trinket box.
how timely to open a new shop in etsy.

a few days ago, typhoon ondoy (international name Ketsana) hit my beloved home country, the philippines, and has wreaked havoc in the lives of the populace and properties of the entire metro manila area and surrounds. although i am thousands of miles away from the philippines, i do not have any excuse not to extend help to my fellowmen, if only through reposting and retweeting important messages in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to disseminate vital information to those needing it.

aside from that, i have put up a fundraiser in my etsy shop which will run until the end of october. a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of the calamity which has unexpectedly struck my country via the philippine national red cross.

i realize that i have been presented with an opportunity to help even from overseas, and as i hope for the success of my etsy shop, i'm giving it a good head start by making it an avenue to do something worthwhile.
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