Weekend Wishes : The Bead/Thread Necklace edition.

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Good evening and welcome to the Weekend Wishes edition for this week!
Have you had a busy weekend?
After a box full of jewellery repairs that has been haunting my crafting table for a while, the battle lines were drawn this afternoon.
It’s safe to say re-threading broken necklaces can be rewarding…
However,  it can definitely have its challenges.
The threading was not as easy as first thought.
Here are some more straightforward “reward” necklaces
I created inbetween the challenging ones!

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A little thought….

This quote on the subject of thread, seemed to ring true for us.

A beautiful macro shot of beads and thread…just to get you in the mood!

A similar style to the type of repairs I undertook today!

A Simple effect, beautiful DIY for threading and stringing this cute necklace

This is a beatful technique.. Link to blog in pintrest link

A very cool DIY for this knotted necklace string…

Source: milanoo.com via Marian on Pinterest

A very cute idea for a bead string attaching two hair clips

Effective bracelet tutorial

Source: justloveshop.com via Val on Pinterest

This is a very easy idea. Sure fire way to add interest to an outfit!

An idea for tots and threading fine motor skills.

Do you have any good jewellery DIY’s to share?
(please leave link in comments!)
Handmade dreams are made in Minch
S and Jx

Weekend Wishes :The snowflake Edition

Hello there intrepid blog readers 🙂
Welcome to our wintry corner of the Cotswolds.
We know plenty of you have been out enjoying the snow with littlies.
We’ve been searching for some great ideas to share with you…
But first, here is a glimpse of Minchinhampton life under the flakes!

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Making the most of a cosy afternoon browsing POLYVORE
Here is what we would wrap up in over this chilly weekend!

Check out these amazing Ginger Snowflake Cookies.
A steady hand would be useful for this precise icing.
Each one is individual- we like this!

Look at the pretty colours!
These could be seriously addictive, don’t you think?

Source: facebook.com via Jessie on Pinterest

If you’ve got tiny tots we bet you can’t wait to try this one out!
food coloured water in bottles and go out painting!

This one has already been quite popular with our friends on facebook already
Fill balloons with coloured water (food colouring)
Leave them in the snow overnight
Then in the morning…..Giant marbles!
This would be fun for all of the family!

If being inside is more your thing,

how about making a Paper Snowflake curtain?

Pretty aaaaaaaand topical!

Source: flickr.com via Elizabeth on Pinterest

Could resist this one Button Snowflake!

Source: shanty-2-chic.com via Elaine on Pinterest

                                                                          ; When all else fails…

Source: keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk via First Night Design on Pinterest

What have you all been up to on these precious snow days?
Meet you up on the common tomorrow!
Handmade Dreams are madeinminch!S+Jx

Hello 2013!

Thank you for sharing 2012 with us,
We hope you had a relaxing festive season
and wish you a successful New year.
Let’s look forward to all of the adventures that 2013 will hopefully bring!

Whilst looking back at our first proper year of being on Facebook,
We decided to celebrate with recapping with a few of our favourite commissions from 2012


Commissioned Dedication outfit!





A beautiful set of Hairclips for a Bride and her maids!

Jewellery for for an Olympian!

Thank you for your support, it means so much to have your encouragement!

What are you hoping for in the new year? Have you made resolutions?

Jen is embarking on a ONE LITTLE WORD challenge throughout the year

Jen’s One little word is “Do” and her Pinterest board is here

Happy New Year!
Handmade Dreams are made in Minch!

Our Button Necklaces

We always love the reaction that our button necklaces evoke…
A splash of colour and a bit of personality…perfect!
We have three different main styles

We also have created some colour mixes.
These are as follows:

These are just a few of our “ready made” mixes..
we love to create bespoke ones too!
We have create
(Zealous zebra) black and white,
(Oyster)Mother of Pearl.

We love making these just as much as our customers love wearing them!
If you are interested in a bespoke order please email us and let us know
Which colour mix is your favourite?
Handmade Dreams are Made in Minch
Love from S+J x

Art Therapy

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.  Stephen Sondheim


Well its been a full on start to the summer for us both.

Today, amongst the chaos, we found time to
sit down together and create.


Create, just for the sake of creating something pretty.

Now, that’s a special way to spend a day.





I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. – Georgia O’Keefe

How are you spending your day?
Watching the Olympics?

Handmade dreams are Made in Minch

S+J x


Made in Minch Creative day.


Well, our usual Friday morning M-i-M crafting routine got off to an “interesting” start, with Shani making a return trip to pickup forgotton photographs, and Jen…………well, having a culinary catastrophe, shall we say.
Great intentions and Grand ideas, soon caught up with us.
Picture the scene if you will. A chirpy Shani returning to find a mute jen pointing in sadness at a mangled marble sponge. After deciding it tasted quite delicious, Shani came the rescue, found some chocolate, fruit and custard and voila…. our Rescued Trifle Triumph!

We’ve been busy bees today, sorting orders, photographing, and making.

We started a Made in Minch Scrapbook, to have on our stall when we are out and about (along side our usual look book and evidence of previous products)

and for lunch? Pesto Gnocchi 🙂

What have you been up to this Fab Friday?
Handmade dreams are Made in Minch
S&J x

Ready for Valentine’s Day

some of the makes for February

Hearts, flowers and birds...what more do you need for romance?

Well… we’re thinking about what we could do for the Valentine week and have started making heart and flower garlands, paper roses with tags saying ‘I love you’ in all sorts of languages, heart-shaped brooches and more!

We have been getting together twice a week to come up with new ideas, try out prototypes and refine them into finished pieces to sell or patterns and instructions for kits. We’ve got some lovely new patterns in the mix for little people as well as lovely things for the home.

We get so much pleasure and contentment from coming up with these ideas and making them. It seems to help slow life down a little and put a little soul back into our days. We’re so looking forward to starting the workshops. A few more tweaks and then it will be gathering resources and advertising the classes! Phew!

Well, here are some more pics of the things that have made us smile and relax. Please comment and let us know what you think.

Handmade dreams heal the heart,

Shani and Jen xx