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Friday, 22 June 2012

Spot the Difference!

NOTE: Tell your friends to become a friend of Hijab Sparkle on facebook and ask them to make a comment in the 'SPOT THE DIFFERENCE' competition. If they mention in the comment that YOU sent them here, I will enter YOUR name FIVE more times in the competition. That's FIVE extra chances for YOU to win for each of your friends that enter! AWESOME!

Friday, 15 June 2012

New Stick Pin Collection: 'Fancy Dangles'.

I'm happy to introduce my new stick pin collection, 'Fancy Dangles'!  This represents many hours of designing, making, and photographing.  Alhamdulilah, I think these little beauties have turned out just right, I am really pleased with all of them.  This is just a taste, as there will be more to come when I have photographed them, but I couldn't wait to show you.  I am also working on some stick pins I am calling 'Simple Elegance' which are more simplified pins without the dangle, so subscribe, become a friend on facebook, and keep checking the website, as I will be adding more very soon.

Take a look at the new designs, and let me know what you think.  I always love to read your feedback, and I read every comment, I promise!  Get your orders in quick, too, because these are sure to fly out the door.  Have you got just the right pin to wear with your Eid outfit?  Or perhaps you like to give presents to your friends when you visit their house for an Iftar.  These are the perfect gift for someone special.  They can either be worn as hijab pins, or on the lapel of a jacket.

Have fun!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Vote on Facebook for your Favourite Filigree.

Choose a  number, and vote for your favourite filigree on facebook!

Salam everyone!  I thought it would be a good idea to add numbers to the filigree components (see photo above), so that if you are interested in any it will be easy for you to tell me which one/s you prefer.  If you head over to my Facebook page, you can even vote for your favourite!

Want to know what these fabulous filigree are for?  Read more about them here.

Fabulous Filigree!

Some of the filigree components which
will soon be made into gorgeous stick pins.
Click to see larger image.
 I promised I would show you some of the filigree components of the new stick pins I am designing in time for Eid.  These will be available very soon insha Allah.

Prices will range from $10 to $15, depending on how much work is in each one.  I will be adding many other beautiful dangles to these, including gold and silver hearts, stars, feathers, teardrops, and flowers.

If you like a particular design but would prefer it in a different colour, I may be able to fulfill your request in some cases, so just ask and I will see what I can do.

Click to see larger image.
An example of a stick pin.
Click to enlarge.
There are a limited number of these particular designs, so if you would like to order now you are more than welcome. These make great Eid presents, and they are very inexpensive to send to friends and family overseas, as they fit nicely inside an envelop and are very light.  Just send me an email or write a comment under this post if you have any questions. 


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Where It All Happens!

I thought you might be interested to see the space where I make many of the items on Hijab Sparkle.  This is where I spend long nights, often until 2 or 3 in the morning, making handmade jewellery and hijab pins. 

I use hundreds of small jewellery components called 'findings' which I source from a variety of locations, and use them to create all sorts of designs.  People often ask where I get my beads and components from.  I order them from the internet from local and international websites, and the beads come from as far away as Asia, North America, and Africa.  You can see in these photos some of the tools that I use, in particular the long nosed pliers which are used to close the tiny 'jump rings' which connect the different components.

As you can see I am a bit of a hoarder, collecting anything I can find that I can use in jewellery making.  I have a bit of a thing for storage boxes and organisers, which I always keep a lookout for.  Everything fits nicely in the shelves like a big jigsaw puzzle.  Move one thing out of its place, and...well...let's just say it is not the best place to stand next to if there is an earthquake! hehe.

My 'studio' as I like to call it, is just a simple computer desk with a book case placed on top of  it.  Not very fancy, but it does the job!  Many of the storage boxes and containers you see I found in second hand shops around Wellington.  I also find the most beautiful vintage beads and findings which I incorporate into my designs from time to time.  I'm sure the second hand shop owners are curious about this strange Muslim lady who comes in once a week to gaze for hours at the jewellery diaplay, and leaves with bags of broken jewellery and armfuls of organiser boxes!!

If you look carefully you can see some really beautiful filigree 'drops' on the desk.  These are some new sitck pin designs I am working on in time for Ramadan, and I will show you a close up in the next post.  The finished designs will be posted very soon, so make sure you subscribe to my blog and facebook page so that you don't miss them.

Well that's all for now, I'm off to make some more sparklies!
Hope you are having a day full of sparkles :)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A Brand New Look!

Salam and Hi everyone.  Hope you are somewhere warm and toasty in this cold front of a fireplace, or tucked up in bed with your hot water bottle.  Or perhaps you are reading this from somewhere warm and tropical?  I hope you are having  a great day whatever the weather. 

I have been busy creating a new look for my Hijab Sparkle products.  I have added a label to the top with the HS logo.  What do you think?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, I love to hear your feedback :)

I have also decided to make a new batch of stick pins.  I feel inspired, as Eid will be here soon insha Allah, and many people like to have new pins to go with their Eid Hijab.  They also make great inexpensive gifts to give to people here in New Zealand, or to send overseas.  They are very light and fit nicely into a normal sized envelope.  Stay tuned, and make sure you are following on Facebook, or subscribe to this blog, so you don't miss out on the new designs which I will be bringing out very soon insha Allah.

Im just going to throw another log on the fire.
Keep sparkling!

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