Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Nearly Time

Busy, busy, busy...still lots of wedding preparations going on. Fine tweaking flowers and dresses and preparing for the cake making. With the beadsoup reveal on the 3rd May and the wedding on the 8th I've already got my beadsoup creations completed. It was a fortunate moment where I had just the right pieces in the just the right place. I'll just say that they are very eye popping and a lot of hammering was involved!

Here's a sneak peak at the wedding stuff I've been making, firstly bridesmaid necklaces

Hair pieces

Here are the fun hair slides after the serious church stuff

And some of the bridesmaid bouquets and flower girl ball

I'm also making a dress for myself and I'd better get on with it...cu soon for bead soup.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

BeadSoup ....nom, nom

I'm a bit late blogging and also shamefully tardy with catching up with friends blogs. I'm just so time poor at the moment. So please accept my sincere apologies and I will try to get my act together.

Here's my soup from my wonderful partner Sue Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/the-soup-is-cooking.html

Sue made the focals in resin and the clasp has paper with resin. The blue beads are paper and this will be the first time I've used these type of beads. They are strong. Mop butterflies, Czech glass and little enamel ( I think) tags.

Here's the selection I sent Sue

These some ScorchedEarthonEtsy, HappyFishThings, Blueberri Beads, GlassBeadArt and some sari silk and wool. The eye focal I made, along with the mop clasp.

I'm also delighted to hear Janet from http://anvilartifacts.blogspot.co.uk/ will be doing the BeadSoup Blog Party with Laney Mead.
Now all I need to do is find more time !  

Wedding up date....7 weeks to go, flowergirl and bridesmaid dress finished, my outfit is halfway, just doing my jacket sleeves. Still a load to do, but I'm on schedule and I've allocated spare time to my beadsoup creations.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Red Letter Days

February has been a wonderful month for me. Firstly a big thank you to the lovely Janet of https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/anvilartifacts?ref=pr_shop_more I was lucky enough to win her gorgeous necklace in her giveaway and when she sent it over they was a lovely surprise for Fern too, a beautiful necklace featuring a mum reading to her girls.

I have been blessed with sales and I'm thanking the cosmos, universe, mystical beings, heavenly creatures involved in that one. I always loved the phrase used by Irish comedian Dave Allan "Thank you and may your God go with you."
Then I get featured in the Spring edition of Belle Armoire Jewelry....I sent my pieces off over 18months ago, so ~I'd forgot about it! I'm delighted to be in most excellent company - Kim from Numinosity, Janet, Jana from the HappyFishShop and the talentedKristin Oppold.
Next it's BeadSoup time and I have been partnered with the lovely Sue  Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/

She lives up in Lancaster and does some amazing work in silver and resin. She also casts her own components too. Me and resin are not good friends, I make such a hash of it so it will be good for me to work with someone who knows how to work with this fiendish material! S I shall be mooching through my stash this weekend and I see what I think Sue will enjoy trying out.

I'm still doing wedding stuff...I'm getting a little panicky as there is only 8 weeks left!!!! Still I snuck in a bit of me time and made these

A big thank you to everyone on my facebook for the lovely support and comments for the Belle Armoire feature and a big thank you to Lori Anderson for all her hard work that allows us to enjoy the benefits of being involved in BeadSoup.
Now back to wedding preparations....anyone now how to make a wedding cake!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Long Overdue!

I'm clearing the cobwebs, mildew and tumble weed off my blog and I'm am going to kick myself back into gear.
Firstly 2 important things for me, a big thank you to LuAnn of http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/martinisfor2?ref=ss_profile for kindly voting for me to get the stunning earrings from http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/fancifuldevices?ref=l2-shopheader-name
That cheered me up no end. Secondly BeadSoup time is fast approaching and sign ups will be 9th February for 1 day only. Click the Beadsoup button for more details.


At the moment I'm knee deep in tulle and busy with endless crafting for my eldest daughter Heather's up coming wedding.
As you can see it will be comic book themed and I'm making bridesmaid dresses, jewellery, brooch bouquets, button holes, hair accessories and the friggin' cake. I'm some what strung out. We've already had drama with the marriage certificate...the little job's worth at the  registrar decided that because one of Heather's documents didn't have her middle name on it she would not issue the licence. Strange how Heather doesn't need her middle name to pay her taxes! So she's got to go back in again. Further drama happened with the groom's baptism certificates, but well done to the Father and Deacon at the church for sorting this out. I'm having to tread carefully...Petra, Janet and Lucie know the other problems and have kindly offered much needed therapy!
Here's a little pick at what's going on in my work room
My trusty Winfield, gifted to me from my best mate Barabara.

Fern's flower girl dress nearly finished.

And here's what's going to be gracing my hair on the day

From the lovely Lucie http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LucieTales?ref=ss_profile

I have got plenty of new beads to use once I get through the wedding preparations and these babies are waiting

Blueberribeads http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/blueberribeads?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Leah http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BeadyEyedBunny?ref=ss_profile
Natalie  http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Grubbi?ref=ss_profile

http://es.dawanda.com/shop/majoyoal Mari sells these gorgeous ceramic pieces on Dawanda. You can register through facebook and the site has English translation too.

I shall try to keep you all posted on wedding progress and I shall certainly see you all for BeadSoup.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

I'm still standing!

I've not been posting as regular as I should, my apologies, but I've been a bit all over the shop. Firstly I've been dealing with a frozen shoulder, this time my left one- about 18 months ago it was my right one! It's painful and I've been x -rayed and I'm very grateful that there is nothing wrong with the bone, so I need to wait for my MRI scan next week to see if there is any other reason for it.
I've now had two cortizone shots and thankfully the second one has worked enough to allow me to drive properly and finally sleep well.
Also the wedding preparations have been piling up, but I've now got Heather's bridal bouquet done and she loves it...I can't show you it! I've done all the table arrangements, bride bouquets, belt trims, shoe bows and button holes for the blokes- phew! And made a batch of vegan cupcakes. Those on my face book will know these have passed the infamous Fern test, "they taste like real cakes." 
If you ever need to make vegan cakes try this excellent book, the processes might sound stange but they really work.

In between I'm pleased to have squeezed in a little bit of earring making, using scorchedearthonetsy and Grubbi details and some vintage patina brass and amazing copper buttons.

I'm just in the process of cutting out my wedding hat and prepping to make Fern's flower girl dress.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Travels to Whitby

Just getting back into the swing of things after my holiday in Whitby with my girls.

We stayed in an Edwardian terraced house, 10 minutes walk from the harbour and on our first evening we had the best fish and chips in the world! The next day we went up the 99 steps to Whitby Abbey, for  Dracula fans this is a must see.

No visit to Whitby would be complete without going to see some amazing pieces of Whitby jet

I'll put the rest of these jewellery pieces on my facebook page, because I went a bit mad and took loads!
I was also lucky enough to get some fossils on the beach and lucky to escape a small landside that missed us by yards! There is a lot of erosion by the northern coastline so you have to be very careful.

We also went walk abouts and found the beautiful Mayan spout

A pub in the middle of nowhere that looks like it's from the 1940's

And a little bit of rain!

Feel free to see the rest of the snaps on my facebook page.

I've also made these earrings from some beach finds

The driftwood drops are by Scorchedearthonetsy. I also have 2 small pieces of washed up jet which hopefully I can use.
I hope you've all been able to take holidays too, it really helps to take a rest and get reinvigorated. 

See you soon x