Saturday, 8 April 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop


Welcome to my blog and the third annual Bead peeps swap 'n' hop.
My partner this year was Natlalie Davidson who's blog is  here
I sent Natalie what i hope was a challenging mix of beads pictured below. 

Lots of natural agates, amethyst , cherry quartz and beautiful ceramic focal.

The beads Natalie sent me were wonderful and very challenging! so many colours.

I got stuck in straight away using the main Paua shell focal and dyed hoplite.
I adore the colours in this focal so wanted to keep it simple with a basic silver chain dotted with the howlite and the little daisies , i had just enough left to make a matching pair of earrings.

After making this necklace i hit a wall and kept coming and going from my beads until something clicked!
'Smartie' Bracelets!

Whilst playing lining up the same colours these sweet little bracelets seemed to form themselves.



I absolutely love how these turned out, such a simple design but really eye catching.

My attention then tuned to the wonderful bird clasp and glass flowers and i decided to reverse it up like this.

Natalie had sent the flowers on a string and they looked so pretty i wanted to emulate that in the design. So each each connected to the other in a pretty waterfall and then attached to the dove clasp using a tiny silver flower cap. All i then added was some purple glad beads to the chain and placed the toggle through the clasp.
I thought i was beaded out at this point but yesterday (Friday) i had a last minute flash of inspiration when i found a little bead from 'Grubbie ceramics'
So i managed to put together this set which i am planning to wear today.

Adding simple wooden beads to the pretty shell diamond beads and focal bead i added made the perfect relaxed beach bracelet and earrings set.

Thank you so much to Natalie for being my swap partner.
And big THANKYOU to Linda for setting up the swap.
Cant wait to see what everybody has made and i hope you enjoyed visiting my blog.

Non-Seed Beaders
Linda Anderson  (You are HERE)
Christina Hickman

Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price

Kathy Lindmer
Linda Raggo

Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker

Gloria Allen
Ally Asato

Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips

Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc

Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury

Shai Williams
Betony Maiden

Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson

Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider

Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 

Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis

Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell

Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez

Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson

Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden

Karin King

Seed Beaders
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Penny Houghton
Krafty Max

Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop

Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano

Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass

Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris

Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Bead soup hoarders edition reveal

Welcome to my reveal.

Firstly a huge thank you to Lori Anderson for going all out and getting us all back together swapping.
I didn't really get to show you the wonderful beads my swap partner Elaine Robitaille sent me,so here they are. 
Some beautiful polymer clay pieces from Elaine! A hoarded bead from Michaela Pabeschit, pretty glass flowers from Fran Davis Dragonfire Studio, lamp work from Cheryl Harris


The first bead I used was a pretty lamp work lentil bead as my focal and sat for a while pondering what i should do with it.
Then whilst going through my stash of beads i came across some pretty pink spacers which complimented the pink on the lentil. 
Add to those some lovely tiny agate and chain along with a previous swap item a lovely leather feather from (Rachel Mallis @Mint Monarch)

And i finished one necklace:

Next i decided to use the lovely vibrant flower lamp work and turned them into some simple earrings.

I made a flat headed silver pin to fit through the centre of the flower so i could hang them as simple earrings.
I have started other pieces but not completed them so feel free to pop back or visit my face book to see them soon.
To see what my wonderful swap partner Elaine made with the beads i sent her (below)
Pop over to this link
Hope you are all having a blast, keep on hopping!

Monday, 27 February 2017

Partner introduction

Bead soup Partner intro. 

This year i told myself i was not going to enter the Bead soup swap!

Then Lori Anderson the wonderful founder of the Bead soup swap changed it up a gear!

This year we were encouraged to swap a bead that we have hoarded, something special that we kept popped in a box (in my case) that we might use one day (yeah right!)

So i jumped in and signed up and was partnered with Elaine Robitaille who makes the most fabulous beads and more from polymer clay!
 Her blog is here
And this is her face book page

This is the pixelated image of the bead/beads i sent Elaine.

Saturday, 28 January 2017


So in this post i am sharing some of my loves. Items i have made and found. Things that intrigue me. I adore nature and quirky items,toadstools delight me and miniatures are fascinating! I love the nature and all of its treasures. 
I love challenging myself to make tiny items. 

Catching Up

What can i say, i know I'm not the only one who just doesn't update their blog regularly.(At all!)
Its not that i haven't been crafting i just never seem to find the time to blog about it!
So anyhow here goes.
I have signed up to some blog hops in the hope (again) it will motivate me to seriously get back into my worksheet and really get going on my jewellery making.
Of course now i have been sat going through all of my hoarded beads marvelling at all the wonderful pretties and still not really doing anything. Yes i do believe its a real addition! Well my hubby keeps saying it is!
Any how i finally managed to find some real beauties that i really hope my partner will adore and be able to make into a wonderful piece of jewellery.