Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Here it is at long last! I apologise this pic is a little fuzzy to start with, my photographic skills are not the best and I'm just using my camera phone!
Anyway this is the finished pendant necklace I've been working on for quite some time (I dread to think the hours put into it actually), but I'm extremely pleased with the end result. With the fastening (close-up pic in next post) I decided I wanted it in keeping with the rest of the intricate and detailed beading in the rest of the piece so chose to do a beaded toggle clasp, using the same seeds (crystal and smokey grey) as used in the rest of the necklace. It's a 3D triangular shaped toggle, fastens very well and secure - I've been wearing it since I finished it at 4.30 today, hauling about my 2yr old twins and unpacking the car, and it's shown no signs of feeling like it's about to come undone - so I'm glad I took the time to think about what kind of fastening to go for and the end result; it has added to the quality of the intricate beading I think! Anyway, I hope for those of you who may have been watching for this, it's been worth the wait - I'd appreciate your comments. Thanks for reading! (Oh by the way this piece COULD be up for sale, the price tag has to reflect the hard work and time I've put in, but for the time being I'm going to enjoy it for myself!) Jo x
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
I've made it using tubular netting in crystal and silver/grey size 11s, embellished with a spiral of red size 11s. The middle section where the pendant will be attached, and the ends where the clasp will be, is even-count tubular peyote stitch, using the crystal and silver/grey beads.
I'm now trying to decide what kind of fastening I want to use - I'm thinking of making a beaded bead and loop; watch this space though!
I'm off on holiday a week tomorrow, in my parents' caravan with the family, down to a lovely site on the coast just outside Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway - will be away for 2 weeks; and thoroughly looking forward to a lovely break, doing some fun stuff and livin' it up all on top of each other - can't wait!!!!
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Mention the person who's tagged you
Fill in the lists of 8 things yourself
Tag 8 bloggers of your choice
Let them know they've been tagged
Here's my lists of 8:
8 things I'm looking forward to:
1. my holiday in 2 weeks time - caravan holiday with my kiddies and parents, down to Kirkcudbright in Dumfriesshire
2. taking some of my jewellery to a newly opened art&craft shop in my town for her to try selling for me
3. my son's school show tonight
4. 6 weeks of not having to get up for school run
5. running my jewellery stall at a busy craft fair in november
6. finding out if a friend of a friend wants me to make her bridal tiara, plus another 5 for her bridesmaids
7. getting my twin daughters toilet-trained and out of nappies
8. my daughters starting nursery in January
8 things I did yesterday:
1. went to matalan for some holiday clothes for my girls
2. spent too much money!
3. had lunch at my mum and dad's house
4. organised jewellery to take to the local shop for sale
5. filled in a job application form online
6. had an MSN chat night with my very special group of babyloss friends
7. had peace from my girls for a bit as my fabby friend Emma wanted to have them
8. laughed at my husband, his brother and sister who played Rockband last night
8 things I wish I could do:
1. get a successful business up and running with my mum, designing and making bridal and special occasion outfits and jewellery
2. win the lottery (helps if I bought a ticket though)
3. be able to afford a 7 seater car
4. find my husband a job that makes him happy
5. get rid of the excema that my daughters suffer from
6. have somebody to do all the diy jobs round the house for free
7. find a prevention for babyloss
8. control the weather
8 things I watch:
3. The Apprentice (although finished now)
4. Big Brother
5. Britain's Got Talent (yep that's finished too I know)
7. Deadliest Catch (really my hubby who watches this, but I kinda like it too - strange aren't I?!)
8. In The Night Garden (can you see a pattern forming here? I don't get to watch much TV for myself! This one's for my girls, honest, I can't stand it!)
8 people I'm tagging:
1. Emma at http://mrsgiraffe.blogspot.com
2. Alison at http://amidesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
3. Gill at http://beadography.blogspot.com
4. Steph at http://honeybootique.blogspot.com
5. Aimee at http://teenyaims.blogspot.com
6. Jo at http://joliciousjewellery.blogspot.com
7. Kristin at http://ksjewellerydesigns.blogspot.com
8. Ana at http://anabaird.blogspot.com
Have fun and keep this going!
Monday, 8 June 2009
This is the finished pendant of a necklace I'm currently making. It's a design from a Bead&Button book, called (something like) Stich Sampler Necklace - basically incorporating quite a few different stitches, hence the name! I chose to make mine using red bugles, plus 3 different colours of size 11 seeds - crystal, silver/grey and red. There's also 3mm and 4mm bicone crystals in there too! I'm now onto the neck band which is made with tubular netting and peyote using all 3 colours of the size 11s. It may take a while for the next instalment on here, as it's quite a time-consuming project, although luckily I'm finding it quite easy to do, and thoroughly enjoying! Please do let me know what you think, and thank you for your time. Jo x
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Plus I've been busy sorting enrolment for my girls starting nursery in January (OMG!) plus my son's emergency dental treatment, poor soul. But hopefully it's fixed now and he'll be back to his normal self soon, been suffering with it recently. My hunnie.
Apart from that I'm sitting around twiddling my thumbs with nowt to do ... yeah right! I've got loads of jewellery makes (new and old) that I want to get posted on here and tell you all how I've made it and see what you think; but any time I try to sit down with a cuppa for 5 minutes, either I get jumped on by one of my little darlings, or the phone rings, or something is spilled, or I see (yet another) job I've not yet done ... then I get back to my cold cup of tea ... oh the joys of life!
PLEASE keep your faith in me - that is if you haven't already given up - I WILL post some new stuff on here as soon as I possibly can!!! Thank you all for reading anyway, Jo xxx
Friday, 1 May 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Anyway I've managed to book a stall at a Christmas Craft Fair (at the beginning of November) to sell my jewellery at!!! This is an extremely popular fair, barely room to move, and in aid of a local hospice (which is close to my heart as my grandpa was looked after by them before he died in 1992) which in my opinion is a very good cause!
So my mum (also a jewellery maker and VERY good dressmaker, specialising in bridal and special occasion wear using 100% silk - please get in contact if this is of any interest to you and you have a need!!!) and I will be getting busy making new items using our new semi-precious stones, and we also want to stock up on some lovely new lampwork beads we've been eyeing up on various websites - so going to be making some special stuff and bumping up our prices!!! Wish us luck ....
And fingers crossed that my fabby mate Emma (mrs giraffe's bloggy) will get a stall secured at this event too to sell her lush cards ... in case you hadn't guessed we live locally to each other ... as in 3 doors away!!! lol
In terms of jewellery making, atm I'm trying to make several things, but nothing's anywhere near finished to post on here ... firstly there's my loomwork bracelet (in previous post) which I've now undone and re-making using brick stitch. Only a few rows done so far but colour scheme looking good and it's very tactile!
Then there's my necklace using blue size 12 delicas and crystal faceted 6mm beads made into a star shape - lots of these joined together using jump rings. One star made so far - I wanted to be sure I like the colour scheme before I continue ... I may even make a pair of matching earrings.
Last night I started a 'chainmail' bracelet - lots of jump rings linked together, with a small bead threaded onto each one. I'm using different shaped pinks and purples for this one. I've finished the length of it, now just adding more to bulk it out and make it chunky!
Lots more ideas being stored in the brain, but no time to jot them down never mind start making! What I often find easier when dreaming up a new creation is to gather the beads and findings together for a project (I use old cleaned food pots, i.e. couscous or marg tubs, to keep these all in one place) - that way if I run out of time, which is often the case, to actually start making it, at least I've done the choosing process of what I want to use - I find this takes me longer than I anticipate!
Hope everybody else is getting plenty beading time - child-free and no other distractions!!!
Friday, 17 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
I have however started making something in cream, orange and brown seed beads using tubular peyote stitch - I just haven't decided what it's actually going to be made into!
I'll get some more jewellery pics on here tomorrow hopefully for all to see, but I'll go browse thru my pics currently on laptop to see if I've got anything to post now...
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
I've only just started my blog this week and still finding my way around here; and at the moment only have 3 pieces of jewellery for you to look at - but please bear with me as I will endeavour to post something new to see every day!
I've got masses of jewellery already made to show off, but have hit a bit of a mental block just now in terms of designing new pieces, never mind actually sitting down to make them - more to do with my 2yr old twin girls climbing on me even as I type this! Plus it's school holiday just now so I also have my 7yr old son at home to entertain etc etc! They're good kids really and well behaved so I can't complain too much! But why oh why can't SOMEBODY give me an extra day each week - child-free and housework-free of course - to devote to playing with my beads and being creative?! What bliss that would be!
Anyway I appreciate if you've taken the time to look me up and see what I've made here - please visit again to see more of my creations. By the way, most of my jewellery is on sale but I need to set up a PayPal account or something - but please let me know if you're interested in buying anything you see here! I'll comment on each photo to say whether it's for sale or not.
I'm also having great fun finding fellow beaders out there and adding myself as a follower to your blogs, and so far seen some fantastic inspiring work, so thanks to you all as well for giving me food for thought!
This necklace I made is a multi-strand with crystal, orange and red seeds threaded on white Nymo thread, with large chunky orange disc beads in between each section of colour. At the bottom is another large orange disc with red seed tassles as the pendant. The strands lead up into silver cones with a large patterned toggle clasp to finish.
I'm entering this necklace for the Jewellery Challenge #7 which closes on Sunday - fingers crossed!
[This is for sale]