Thursday 29 December 2011

Sale time!

Woohoo! Just a wee reminder that I have a sale now on in my Etsy shop. Use coupon code CHRISTMASLOVE to take 40% off anything and everything in the shop. Sale is running until the 6th January, when the Christmas tree comes down :-)

Wednesday 28 December 2011

Some beady awesomeness....

Some gorgeous beady goodness that's on it's way to me soon.....

Radiant Mind (seriously, aren't these the most amazingly interesting lampwork bead finishes you've ever seen? I've got another shot further down too, just astonishing that these are glass!)

Flame Crazy (pretty, shiny, fun, with a Christmas - New Year sale on - what's not to love? :-))

I Make Beads (loved these the first time I bought them, I will definitely be making some Valentine's goodies with these!)

Time and Materials (I have plans for these including some newly purchased Gilder's Paste...)

Bobbi This N That (aren't these just the most amazing and unusual shape?)

more Radiant Mind (fit...!)

ChelleV2 (thanks Malin!)

Tesoritrovati Trovati (I've had this little man in my Etsy cart for goodness knows how long, so I thought it only right that I finally purchase him!)

Miss Fickle Media (The holy Grail of artisan findings and metal work. Welcome back Miss Shannon!)

What's arrived/arriving soon with you?

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Sunday 25 December 2011

Christmas Love!

2011 has been a really fab year for me and my jewellery. I've started selling at local (and not so local) markets, I'm teaching more classes than ever for The Bead Shop, and opened my little Etsy shop. To say thank you to everyone who has bought from me, peeked in my shop, attended a class, read one of my magazine articles or just read my blog, I am having a little sale in my shops. Use coupon code 
to take some money off your purchase at'm not going to tell you how much, you'll have to hop over there and enter the code to find out :-) but I will tell you, it's more off than will happen again anytime soon! Thanks to you all. What a wonderful community we are part of; I am eternally grateful.

Merry Christmas!

One beady Christmas present! There's a wee blackbirdie to go with her. Beautiful! Hope you are all having a magical time.

Friday 23 December 2011

New bangle...

Lampwork beads from, now available in my etsy shop at

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Abs Fifth Day of Christmas

If you read my ABS blog post about the Fifth Day of Christmas (see my previous post on songbeads for the link), then you might recognise these bangles and the finished results of the bead soups I pictured there. Lampworks by Moogin and PixieWillow.

And if you want to see someone else's bangle inspired by my project, go and check out my friend Malin's blog (on my blog roll to the rh side). She's made a stunning bangle!

Monday 19 December 2011

My first Art Bead Scene post!

Check out my first ever post for Art Bead Scene! And learn how to make this bangle, ideal for whipping up as a last minute Christmas present.

Sunday 18 December 2011

Holiday ornament swap

The very wonderful Sally Russick of has organised an international holiday ornament swap! We had to use art beads in them, which i thought was a lovely touch. I hope she will do one again next year (and still let me play along :-)) because due to life and such other things, jen and my decorations haven't reached each other yet! Very soon I'm sure.... and we'll blog about them as soon as they do!

Until then, I thought I'd share some of the decorations that I'm offering on my stall at Altrincham's Vintage and Craft market today. (They are different from what I have sent Jen so there are no secrets being disclosed!)

I'm on my phone and so will add the list of other participants later, until then please hop over to to check out the other swapees :-)

Thanks Sally!

Friday 16 December 2011

December 16th Earrings

*lots of photographing this morning as (for the first time in December, literally!) I was home during daylight hours
*lots of editing this afternoon
*lots of listing this evening
*one pair of earrings made in my pyjamas, as a 'treat' for getting all of the above done today!

Hope you had a productive December 16th too :-)

Thursday 8 December 2011

Artists Helping Artists Silent Auction

Several artists in the handmade art jewellery community have come together to help a fellow artist in need. Sometimes, you hit a bump in the road. Sometimes, the rug is pulled from under you. Sometimes, you need love and support from friends.

I am offering up this handcrafted necklace for silent auction, made in response to Erin Prais-Hintz's Challenge of Color. It contains jade, amazonite, quartz, Czech glass and a beautiful handmade focal from Humblebeads. It is hand wired together using antique brass wire. 

Bids start at £20 or $30. I will accept bids in either currency - or Euros, for that matter! The auction closes on Sunday 11th. I will cover shipping, to anywhere in the world. And you might just find an extra special something in the package if you are the 
winning bidder.....

This artist's situation is particularly close to my heart. I hope between us we can raise enough money to make a difference. If this necklace isn't right for you, please do check out the other auctionees below for some more stunning handmade beads and jewellery. Thank you for giving. 

Please leave a comment along with with your bid.  If you are the winning bidder, you will receive an invoice after the close of the auction.  The auction closes at midnight EST Sunday evening.  There must be a way to contact you.  If you have email preferences turned off in your profile, please leave your email address as well.

Many other artists are auctioning items to help out!  Please visit these other artists listed below and place your bid today:

Rebecca Anderson - you are here!
Kerry Bogart

Saturday 3 December 2011

Holiday Shop Hop 2011

So, I am taking part in a really awesome Holiday Shop Hop for the first weekend in December! The lovely Shelly of Mishel Designs has been kind enough to organise a group of us together to do a little holiday promotion. As part of this, I would like to offer hoppers 15% off anything in my Etsy shop between now and the 15th January! Coupon code HOLIDAYHOP11. I am hoping to load a few new items in there over the next day or so, so go and see if there are any holiday goodies you want to snatch up! 
Please check out the other participants below - some links are to blogs, some to shops, but all will lead you to pretty things, no doubt :-)

Friday 2 December 2011

Holiday Hop 2011

Are you ready for this weekend? Shelly of Mishel Designs has been full of awesomeness and organised a blog and shop hop. It's a one stop list for all your holiday shopping! Check back tomorrow to see who's taking part and a special discount from yours truly.....


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