Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Artist of the Month on Bead Buddies!

Hey Everyone ... Guess what? Well, the title says it all ... I have been asked to be Artist of the Month on my favourite Beading Forum BEAD BUDDIES well, what an honour! I'm actually really chuffed! If you haven't heard of this fantastic beading forum, and if you are a bead / jewellery making addict like myself ... then consider this a calling! Get your bum on there :)

For the Month of May I will be doing a daily blog about the ins and outs of life and what i have been doing ... hope to see you there too!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

♥ Bubbles & Bows ♥ Necklace ♥

Today I received some hollow transparent beads from the USA :)

I was so happy once they had arrived - I was waiting for them for 3 weeks! My goodness, 3 weeks for a bead addict is a LONG time to wait for beadies! *i think i need help!*

So - at work I had opened 6 of them ... and then stroked them all afternoon like they were stressballs! They were bouncing on my desk at intervals (and i did get a few looks from my male colleagues who obviously didn't understand the excitement) ... and before the men complained or got in any comments - i had to put them away and wait until i got home. Which, tonight - I left right on time - no way was I going to wait any longer to play with these! It's been 3 weeks for goodness sake! ... *lol* by now you are probably realising how crazy i am ...

So, i got home - ripped open the rest of the packages ( i had ordered 24 of these wonders ... and as you can see - i only needed 6)

I had hammered sterling silver rings ordered and arrived weeks ago for this project (sterling silver rings are from Dragonfly Lynn - contact me for details) and the ribbon had also gone through an extensive selection process at the craft store the other weekend once i had realised that the real silk hand dyed ribbon ordered from Sowzere hadn't quite fitted for the bows. Shame ... they are such beautiful ribbons from Sowzere ... but this time, just not meant for this project.

My patience was well deserved, because since i have been dreaming about this design since the beads were on order - meant that i made the necklace first time without hitch. I knew exactly where the beads were going to be, that i was going to do bows, and what the plan was for the findings! In total ... a successful project :)

One that I am quite happy with!
Hope you like it too!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Seeing Spots?!

Seeing Spots ... ... I am!!!!

Got these sweet and adorable lampwork beads today - I just HAD to make cute little earrings with them!
♥ Spotty Green Lampwork ♥ Sterling Earrings ♥

have also made in Purple, orange and blue :)
Check out my flickr profile for pictures!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Calm before the Storm ...

Hi Everyone! I hoep that you are all well.
Well, i suppose you wonder why i have entitled todays post as "The Calm before the Storm" ...
It is because this weekend has been lovely, calm and relaxing (and full of beading... and ice creams!) and starting next weekend, for 3 weekends we have visitors! I am sure it's going to feel a bit like a hotel for a while starting Friday.

This weekend I have made a sterling silver and freshwater pearl cascade necklace, it is a faux-lariat, and I have now listed it in my DaWanda shop.

I have only recently been beading with freshwater pearls, and the more I do, the more i like them! They are so classic, and pearls will forever be in style - whether it be just a pair of earrings or if they embellish other jewellery - they will forever come back round. Sure i hope you like it! :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My "GlamPunk" DaWanda Pinboard

My "Glam Punk" DaWanda Pinboard - Click here to see.

Well, I spent a part of this evening looking for Glam Punk accesories and clothes for inspirado, I had an idea in my head for some bracelets - and the closest style i could think of was "Glam Punk" Is it such a thing? We've all heard of Steam Punk ... but Glam Punk is also there, just in the background. So, as a result of the pinboard - I created 2 bracelets.

I have also now added the black bracelet onto the Pinboard too :) Just to see if it matches *lolz*

I think it does!

The Black bracelet has real Onyx beads, sterling silver and thai silver beads - and black ribbon roses. I made these little roses myself, I still need to get better at them!
The Pink one is just the same - but with Candy pink cats eye beads and more ribbon roses!
Hope you like them :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Creativity :)

Happy Easter Folks :)
I've not blogged for over a week *tut tut!*
Well, i've been a busy gal - I finally got my car! Which makes me very happy! Last weekend we drove all the way to Duesseldorf to see him (yes, OK - the car is a 'he' and his name is Stevie ... yes, i'm a crazy person, yes, I name my cars ... ) and on Wednesday Joe collected him for me, and now I am zooming around the place having such good fun. I'm kinda obsessed with the car at the moment! I'm also a little bit chuffed because he has 'part-leather' seats, and the leather is made by the company I work for! ... If you wanna see pictures ... click on the "Smitten Kitten Gallery" at the top of my blog ... this will take you to my Flickr album, and I have some pictures of the car in there!

So this easter weekend so far for me has been very relaxing. On friday we went for a drive, and we went to see our friends Claire & Pascal ... and their recent addition Luis ... absolutely adorable, and I had to keep the broodyness to myself! *lolz* and yesterday we had a wander round Stuttgart, then when we came back I played and created with beads ... and today ... well it is 11.15 and i am still in my pj's ... I can safely say - it's gonna be another relaxing day!

So - to beadies ...
well, being all lovely and relaxed has helped me chill out and create some new earrings. I don't know what it is at the moment - but I love making them! Here are a few pictures of my favourites :)
These earrings needed no more than the beads ... the beads are so detailed with wonderful flowers, that I named them "forget-me-not" as I think not many people will forget that they have seen these! The beads are handmade by the very talented Dora Schubert!
And some more sterling silver earrings with freshwater pearls :)
I think i might make some of these for me!
I'll be back again in the week :)
Have a fantastic Easter Sunday