Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Winners, winners, winners.

Its a great day as our website has won a position in the Archive of the Best Flash Animation site. Four sites were nominated and then the final choice was down to public vote. We competed against web design sites from France, Croatia and The Phillipines. By Wednesday the Croatian site and My Pearl Box had pulled ahead of the others and then in the last 36 hours support for the Croatian site slowed right down whilst ours just carried on as strong as ever.
The whole process was very exciting, everyone in the family was constantly checking progress from dawn right through the day to late at night. The final evening was a bit like election night, staying up to see how the voting was changing, and praying that we wouldnt be pipped at the post. We finished 120 hits ahead with 2456 visits, from 95 countries around the world. I am glad it wasnt much more or we would have run out of bandwidth.
The final award was for Technical Merit, and one our designer, Ella, fully deserves.

United States 2884
India 1605
Great Britain 1366
Germany 717
Netherlands 483
Brazil 405
Italy 388
France 366
Mexico 325
Portugal 325
Canada 312
Romania 306
European country 300
Poland 275
Turkey 241
Australia 235
Philippines 231
Russian Federation 222
Malaysia 194
Colombia 183
Spain 182
Switzerland 163
Belgium 155
Greece 153
Croatia 152
Finland 135
Argentina 135
Denmark 129
Sweden 118
Austria 117
Former Czechoslovakia 111
Ukraine 108
Iran 98
South Africa 97
Bulgaria 95
Indonesia 94
Ireland 88
Israel 83
China 79
South Korea 78
Thailand 78
Slovenia 75
Unknown 73 ???
Japan 68
Hungary 64
Singapore 62
Czech Republic 58
Saudi Arabia 57
Tunisia 54
Pakistan 52
Morocco 51
Slovak Republic 50
Peru 48
Norway 46
Venezuela 45
United Arab Emirates 44
Egypt 42
Lithuania 35
Sri Lanka 33
Puerto Rico 32
Chile 30
Algeria 29
Bolivia 28
Estonia 28
Nepal 27
Vietnam 26
Kenya 24
Bangladesh 23
Guatemala 23
New Zealand 23
Lebanon 21
Costa Rica 20
Uruguay 20
Nicaragua 19
Hong Kong 19
Macedonia 18
Qatar 15
Taiwan 10
Syria 8
Bahrain 8
Ecuador 7
Jamaica 7
Bosnia-Herzegovina 7
Latvia 7
Moldova 7
Honduras 6
Iceland 6
Malta 6
Luxembourg 6
Jordan 6
Cyprus 5
Burkina Faso 5
Libya 5
Trinidad and Tobago 5
Panama 5
Georgia 1
Dominican Republic 1
Sudan 1
Mongolia 1

Friday, 5 February 2010

Folksy Friday!

Oooh my first folksy friday blog! Here are some little spring treasures I have found on folksy this friday! Can you guess what song I have stuck in my head this morning???

Cheerful Sunflower stud earrings from abilu creations

Probably not my favourite thing in fluffstuffs incredible shop of wonders but these lollipop earrings are still quite cute!

There some brilliant little animal illustrations in superfumi's shop too!

and these made me smile from the Kooky*boutique!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Valentines on Folksy

I needed a miserable cold day to jerk me into sorting out a longstanding problem. Changing the items in our My Pearl Box webshop is a relatively long process and not something I can do myself so now we have created Pearl Box at Folksywhich is an outlet site that I think is quite wonderful.
We have started off with a small range suitable for Valentines, but now I know just how easy it is we will be adding more very soon.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Little Crane

I am lucky enough to have a family of creative children, musically, artistically and craftily. Emily, My youngest daughter, who produced all the drawings for our web site has set up a craft site on Folksy (click here!)in order to fund a trip to Thailand where she will do a TEFL course and then stay on in the area teaching English.
She has been making beautiful origami Cranes as a clever and long lasting alternative to a greetings card.

Thursday, 31 December 2009

New stuff

It's so cold outside, we've been dreaming of the beach and Mum and I came up with this little duo in the studio today and thought I'd pop it on here before it goes in our website shop.
Happy new year!!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

I've spotted something very exciting....

I know - two posts in one day must mean Bronny is a very bored girl! Well in my defence I've now run out of Christmas chocolates so browsing the jewellery blogs is a guilt free alternative.

I've found this website that I really wanted to share with you as I think the stuff she makes is brilliant. I've already invested in a tank of resin to have a go myself. Enjoy! http://pennydog.wordpress.com/

Beads I want to eat

Hello. It's Bronny, Victoria's daughter and I've sneaked into her studio today to make a few bits and bobs after I saw that she still hasn't made something marvellous using the gorgeous citrine beads we bought together in Norwich. A crime indeed, they look good enough to eat!
I've come up with this chunky necklace and bracelet set which, to my relief, Mum approves of. It will be going on the mypearlbox website, along with some other new stuff early in 2010 so look out for it.
We've been making a lot of chunkier stuff since the discoverey of the Aladdins cave-esque bead shop near my house. It's like climbing the staircase to beaders heaven as the wonderful lady there spends hours helping us choose our bowl fulls of goodies telling us of her travels to source them. Is it just me or do these sorts of places make other people regress to being 6 and become practically paralysed by the sight of sparkles, natural and dyed colours and miniture works of art that flow down the the walls around you?! I am yet to tell a single non-crafty type who hasn't responded to my squeals of delight with a dissaproving look and words to the the effect that my life may be more sheltered than a 'normal' 27 year old single girl.
Anyway, roll on 2010 may it be a successful and happy year for all.