Friday 30 July 2010

Andrew's Bloggiversary Giveaway!

Amazingly generous as ALAWYS, Andrew Thornton is celebrating his 4 year Bloggiversary (should that be 2 Gs or 1 G? I can't decide!) by having a superbly awesome giveaway! Head over there (or don't and leave me with more chance of winning :-)) and leave a comment soon to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous stash of wonderfulness.

Thursday 29 July 2010

More Flowers

So, Nicki was curious as to what my plans were for all the wee flowers I made the other day. As some of you might now, I have a wedding coming up very soon - two and a half weeks to go now! Legally, we are already married but we are having a Humanist ceremony which (as a civil partnership) is not yet legal. So we've done that bit already! And we had a lovely day. But the 14th is the 'big' day, the party, with a ceilidh, a barbecue, lots of music and most importantly, lots of friends. Quite a few of whom are bridesmaids! And I am trying to make them all flowers, a set for each. A nice idea, no? But I'm not sure whether I have time to get them all done in time....they are not quick pieces to create and I have many other little projects nudging their way forward! Wish me luck.

By the way, I must apologize for the photos. My camera is somewhere but I can't quite lay my hands upon it still...and seriously, how rubbish is the iPhone camera??? Really rubbish is the answer, in case you were wondering. Does it get better with the fancier, ie not free models? I hope so because my one is seriously crap! Very frustrating. It would be so nice and simple to just send blog posts directly from one piece of electronic gadgetry, *sigh*. Come on Apple! You can do better!!

Monday 26 July 2010

My Bunny Likes To Hide In Boxes

Anyone remember My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes? I LOVED it when I was a wee girl. Still love it today. It's the type of wonderful book that sticks in your mind - not just the words and the story but the gorgeous illustrations that go along with it. Andrew's post reminded me of this picture of Rufus and I'm such a loser I had to share it with you :-) !!

Sunday 25 July 2010

Beaded Lovelies

Here are flowers in progress, pewter handcast beads and buttons by Mamacita Beadworks, earrings by Lorelei and bracelet by a local-ish bead artist from Whitby in North Yorkshire.

Monday 19 July 2010

Another win...hurrah!

I've done it again....some of these lovely green (SO my colours!) beads are heading my way soon courtesy of Jen Judd Velasquez. Thanks so much Jen! I am so excited by this pile of green goodness and can't wait to see what goodies you will pick for me :-)

Sunday 18 July 2010

Missing Photo...

For some reason my original Paisley Drop post is missing it's picture...not sure here it is! Hope this works...

....just got home and onto Cagney (laptop), much more reliable than Lacey (phone...yes, I am a total geek!) photo is now added to original post too :-)

Half an hour later...

Jane Lock's Paisley Drop(s)

Those of us who subscribe to Beadwork Magazine recently had the latest issue drop through our letter boxes. This issue is a colour special and I was particularly excited to see my Edinburgh beading buddy Jane Lock's beautiful Paisley Drop earrings featured. They are really lovely and if you haven't already got your hands on a copy, I suggest you do! I thought as Russian leaves are something I have never tried, I really should have a go and here is the first one. I love it! So sweet. And don't you just love the colours I've used (if I do say so myself!)? Very 'Last of the Pharaohs'. It took me about 45 mins, in a car driving from Manchester to Sheffield so that probably slowed me down a little. So they are SUPER quick to make! I think once I've made this one's partner, I'll switch around these colours and make a second pair. Great design - thanks Jane!

Tuesday 13 July 2010

Where's Columbo???

I can't find my camera! AKA Columbo. (As I think I have mentioned before on here, I have a slight obsession with cheesy tv detective dramas, so my iPod is Quincy, computer Cagney, phone Lacey and camera Columbo...). I made a few new pieces over the last few days and really wanted to share them on here but I've put my camera down somewhere silly and now can't lay my hands on it. Anyone ho knows me will know that this is NOT unlike me......

So instead of new jewellery, you'll have to put up with some more bunny action....Rufus says 'Hi!'!

Friday 9 July 2010

I WON!!!

There have been so many giveaways recently and I DO love a good giveaway...Malin de Koning (one of my bead soup friends) had one to celebrate her recent birthday and guess what (I'm sure you already have from the title of this post!)? I won! It was a giveaway with a twist however, you had to leave Malin a tip in order to enter and she picked my tip as her favourite. Well Malin, I'm so honoured! I struggled to think of a technique (she is a great beader, not sure I could teach her anything new succinctly in a blog comment) or storage (she has just posted loads of pics of her lovely neat and tidy studio, currently my bead studio is my living room floor...) so I put this down for her...

My tip will be to KEEP LOOKING. Look beyond other 
beading artists; look to decorative/high/folk artists
 and see what they do and how they can inspire your work. 
Look beyond the obvious and you will find 
inspiration everywhere.

I'm so glad Malin felt this to be good advice. It's advice I try to follow myself - the beading community is GREAT, don't get me wrong but sometimes (and I'd include myself in this) we can be a little insular. I loved the recent Toulouse-Lautrec challenge on Art Bead Scene that Malin herself was chosen as a designer of the week for and I thought it was such a fantastic place to find inspiration. Loads of us are inspired by nature which is fantastic of course, but I am really interested in what artists in all mediums have done and are doing. Thanks Malin! I'm so chuffed that I've won your awesome bead soup!

Wednesday 7 July 2010

New Beads and Beyond

The new issue of Beads and Beyond is out to subscribers and almost out to the shops (tomorrow I think) and I'm so excited to tell you about my design in this month's issue! I don't have a photo just now but I promise I will put one on here shortly. I really found a lot of inspiration from right here, our diverse beading and jewellery making internet community which is one of my favourite things about this glorified hobby of mine. Two of the main sources came through my friend Eve - lamp work beads from Clare Scott and hand dyed silk ribbon from Sowzere - and I got the idea of how to actually connect up the ribbon into a design from Lorelei. Three of those blogs are down on my blog list on the right hand side of this post and I love to drop in and see what folks are writing about. Isn't the Internet just the best source of inspiration? I love how it connects us all as individuals.


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