Saturday, 6 September 2008
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Monday, 18 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
The middle top one was an experiment - putting one coat of glaze, then a mulberry flower & then adding another coat of glaze. The result (although it doesn't really show in the photo) is the flower seems to float a little above the surface of the tile. I've got some sequin type flowers which I might try next!
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
I still have more stuff to add (& I need to work out how to photo necklaces so that the picture ends up square) but as it's free to sell on there at the moment, what is there to lose!?
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
The last two flower ones are photos that I have taken and shrunk to tiny size! I haven't got the bails yet for mounting them but I am quite please with how they have turned out.
My second bit of crafting today was this ring :
It's made using a 18mm sieve blank, glass leaves, acryllic flowers & pearls, seed beads and a Swaro crystal. I've wanted to make this kind of ring for ages and finally bought a lovely sieve blank from www.Nostalgiabeads.com as I came across them at the Haydock bead fair on Sunday.
I am officially CHUFFED :-)
Friday, 1 August 2008
They proved quite tricky to photo because of the glossy nature of the glaze. But I was pleasantly suprised that they look OK! I need to get some bails to secure onto the back, but they are such good fun to make & I recommend ScrabbleGals tutorial!
Thursday, 31 July 2008
There certainly were some truely horrendous designs but unfortunately Lynns was not bad enough to win!
Anyway - she was giving away either something Fabulous or something Fugly. I drew a Fugly - seen in all it's glory here:-
PLEASE NOTE : I DID NOT MAKE THIS !!
There are actually some very nice lampwork beads on there together with some Swarovski crystals - but as for the vomitting duck (blue bead at the end) - well, what can I say!!
I have done a tiny bit of crafting today, inspired by ScrabbleGal on Etsy - I am trying out some wooden tile jewellery. My first three attempts are currently drying.....watch this space as they say!
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Who can resist the lure of freshly baked and iced cupcakes, sticky sweet candy, and ice cream melting on a hot summer day? This challenge is to craft something with a cupcake, candy or ice cream theme an essential part of summertime and of childhood. Knit an ice cream cone, paint a cupcake, make a card with candy shapes, create jewellery in candy coloured tones, or create softies in candy coloured fabrics. If you need more inspiration feel free to sit down with a bar of chocolate, or a bowl of ice cream, or a handful of your children’s gummy sweets, essential crafting materials most assuredly. So have fun and try not to get too much of a sugar high.
Saturday, 7 June 2008
First a gold, silver and clear multi-strand necklace. I thought this colour combination looked quite summery.
Then, just as I got organised with the camera, I had a little 'help' from a furry friend. I think she wanted her tea!
Rainbow Fluorite - said to help with innovation, inspiration & co-ordination
Another Rainbow Fluorite bracelet, but this time with much larger rounder beads, another chunky one! The colours of these beads are much darker and more purple than the previous bracelet.
Then back to small beads - Green Aventurine - said to be stabilising, balancing and promotes tranquility
and finally, Yellow Jade - promotes stability and belonging
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Then a photo of my stall at last weekend Family Fun Day and 'craft' marquee - note the quotes as most of the other jewellery stalls were 'bought in' overseas stuff (grr)I tried to look vaguely professional - in case you were wondering there are 2 prices of earrings in the bowls + some mobile phone charms in the middle bowl, gemstone bracelets are on the two bracelet stands with various other bits & bobs scattered about. I did OK, covered the stall cost and then some more, so I was happy. There wasn't that much interest in the gemstone stuff which was disappointing, not many even looked at the price tags, so I don't think pricing was an issue. The stuff that did sell was mostly £4 - £5 stuff, although I did sell a £10 necklace. A bit of a confidence knocker really as I really want to concentrate on gemstone stuff, with possible sterling silver & sparkly Swarovski crystals too.....but I'm not sure if it would ever sell?
The funniest bit of the day was two girls who were both trying on a necklace, they ummed & arghed for about 10 mins, passing it back & forth between them. Then they did the same with a bracelet for another 10 minutes, considering various outfits it would or wouldn't go with. In the end they said they would go for a walk round to think about it and come back - they never did! I wouldn't mind if they were spending all that time pondering over a £50 item, but it was £7 they couldn't decide whether to spend or not.....and I thought I was bad!
I've got a few more photos to add of things I made just before the craft fair but I need to unpack the box to take pics. Hopefully I will add those soon.
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Here are my answers:-
1) What was I doing 10 years ago:
I'd been married for a year, working in a chemical factory as a H&S person and loving my job. I wasn't doing any crafting then, my son wasn't born so at weekends me & hubby used to go walking and being generally carefree!
2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today:
In no particular order :
Sort out some jewellery to take into school tomorrow to see if there is any interest from any of the staff (Will pick out some summery things I think)
Do a mountain of ironing (it is like Everest!!)
Nag hubby until he cuts the grass ;-)
Start a chain maille bracelet in scrummy shades of aqua
Unpack the box from yesterdays craft fair
3) Snacks I enjoy:
M&S Greek marinated Olives, Sun Bite crisps, nuts and Doritos & dips
4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Buy a house in Cornwall (but it must overlook the sea and have a craft annexe), buy a house in Spain (but not in a Brit enclave!), open a jewellery shop, ensure all my family are happy
5) Places I have lived:
I've not strayed far and still live in the area in which I was born, although I have lived in different areas. I bought a house before I was married and then moved to a larger one about 6 years ago.
6) bloggers I want to know more about
I think every one I 'know' in the Blogging world (ie Mumsnet crafters) has been tagged already. I will have a think & get back to you!!
I will also add something about the craft fair / family fun day I did yesterday and hopefully add some pictures of my recent 'creations'!!
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Monday, 5 May 2008
Saturday, 19 April 2008
She had a definite idea to use labradorite, iolite and rainbow moonstone - the photo does not do them justice, the blue flashes in the stones are amazing. I hung the stones almost like a charm bracelet onto a sterling silver bracelet and added some Swarovski crystals for added sparkle. Each stone hangs from a sterling silver wrapped loop (I had aching hands when I'd finished!) and sterling silver jump ring.
I'm really pleased how it's turned out and to be honest, I'll be a bit sad to post it off (I might just have to make myself a variation !!)
Thursday, 3 April 2008
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
4 Jobs I have had :
Waitress - my first ever employment was as a waitress in our local pub. It was basically supposed to last over the summer holidays but what actually happened was that I got a 'proper' job, so my waitress experience only lasted about a week!
Laboratory Technician - to be honest I only went for the interview for the experience BUT got offered the job. It put me in a bit of a dilemma as I had done 1 year of A levels & was just about to start the 2nd year. The job allowed me to carry on studying so I accepted it. I worked in various departments & various roles within the same chemical company for 'quite a while'!
Health & Safety Manager - still with the same chemical company, I moved into a H&S role and did yet more qualifications. I loved the job and stayed with it up until 2 years ago. The company was restructuring & my role was going to change from a 'people' role to a paper shuffling desk job. So I took redundancy. (personally I think also having a child & wanting flexible working had something to do with it)
Teaching Assistant - so now I come to what I do now, a TA in a Secondary school. Not being one to just sit back, I've done TA qualifications & am just about to start a Dsylexia qualification. I love the job, although some of the kids are 'challenging' (but then so are some of the staff!!)
4 Favourite Films :
4 Weddings & a Funeral
When Harry Met Sally
Life of Brian
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
(chick flicks & silly humour, that's me!)
4 Places I've Been :
Paris - lovely place, snotty people (sorry!)
Barcelona - Wow - loved it all. Hubby deserved a medal for negotiating the traffic!
Ibiza - before it really took off with all the 'clubbing scene'. Away from the mad crowds it's a beautiful place
Granada - can you tell I like Spain? Amazingly friendly people & wonderful scenery
4 Places I've Lived :
I'm afraid I've only lived in the same town all my life (however I have lived in different areas of the town) unlike hubby who has moved about all over the country.
4 Favourite TV shows :
Life on Mars
Any sort of 'house' building / moving abroad programme
4 Favourite Radio programmes :
I am a terrible radio 'flicker' so I rarely ever listen to just one station let alone one programme. Basically general talking & waffle on the radio bores me so I have to turn over to find decent music!
4 Favourite Foods :
Spanish Tapas - especially garlic & chilli prawns
Seafood in general - anything fishy!
Hubbys Sunday Roast dinners (he's such a good cook!)
4 Places I'd Rather Be :
By the sea in Cornwall
Somewhere remote & beautiful in Scotland
Anywhere away from the crowds in Spain
Anywhere with my family (hubby & son)
So that's me - Is everyone still awake ??!!
Right I think I have to tag other people now so it will have to be Dingle
http://www.dillydallydingle.blogspot.com/, Lucykate http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/, VV http://www.maximumrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com/ and I will have to think up another!
Monday, 31 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Then a set using green patterned shell oval beads.
I noticed some pale turquoise beads hiding at the bottom of my beady box and decided to make a set of earrings using sterling silver.
In another change of direction, I got round to using some chunky haematite cubes to make this choker style necklace.
Then the sun came out and I found myself making a very sugary sweet fun set using these dinky little square beads. The beads reminded me of Tutti Frutti sweets from 'long ago' !!
Monday, 24 March 2008
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Saturday, 15 March 2008
I strung them with a few lime crystals and some Tibetan silver beads to show off a beautiful focal bead by Anna from the wonderfully named Beads on Toast (http://www.beadsontoast.com/)
Today I also bought a copy of Beads and Beyond and noticed a rather interesting tip on curling beading wire. So I made another multistrand necklace, but this time using curled wire and I think it looks rather nice!
Monday, 10 March 2008
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Anyway I came home & started making a Shaggy Loop bracelet with 5mm jump rings & some lovely Miyuki magatamas (that's odd shaped seed beads!). It's about half way done & I hope to get it finished tomorrow.