I'm fascinated by seahorses, their divine tinyness and other worldly quality. But, I'm shocked to say their numbers are falling and I'm glad to hear about the work of Kealan Doyle and his Seahorse Trust
and the work going on saving these precious and tiny creatures. How do these tiny magic creatures survive the cold and tumultuous seas around our UK shores.
The very first time I saw a sea horse was about 10 years ago at the Sealife Centre in Birmingham and I was truly amazed how delicate and wee they were.
How can people do this
It breaks my heart.
Snowshill Manor near the cotswolds is on my hit list to visit during the school holidays. This small manor house is packed to the gills with treasure. An eclectic one man museum of extraordinary hand crafted items from centuries past. Charles Wade lived in the smaller house across from the manor so he could display his collection and he lived simply with no kitchen or electricity until his death in 1956. He bequeathed his Manor and collection to this grateful nation.
The Preciousness of a Queen
One grand palace that I been to is Osbourne House in the Isle of White. This was queen Victoria and Albert's home and despite it's grandeur there are some incredible intimate details.
Most poignantlya tiny little plaque that records the first date and last date she slept with Prince Albert.
She continued to sleep with his portrait until her own death.
So here's to the the smallest things, because more than not they are the most precious.
Finally, I will shut up in a mo, a very big thank to all the wonderful beadsoupers and their very kind and supportive comments and good luck to everyone for the last reveal on 25th August.
It's here at last the big reveal day and as I trust you know ( cos I have been brazenly and shamelessly boasting,) that I was paired with the amazing Lori Anderson, whose great idea this is. So no pressure then!!!
So just to refresh your memories Lori sent a selection of deep pink pearls,garnets,handmade lampwork, indigo glass pearls, palest pink Czech glass, Swarovski Crystal and a stunning brass focal, clock clasp, hook, brass spacers, tree charms, bead caps and purple wire.
I sent an alsortment of tribal style beads, handmade steampunk fan, etched copper hearts and sari silk. All of which I carefully documented (NOT!), thankfully the ever organized Lori did, phew!
So up first is this necklace featuring the pearls, crystals, brass focal, Czech glass and hook clasp.
Now I will confess to struggling with this, because I couldn't seem to get my stamp on it.
So I looked through my stash and found some neon orange seed beads and neon pink chain, plus a quick look at some fabulous Indian images on Pinterest and I was ready.
I also did a faux enamel effect on the brass focal using nail polish and sealant and I added a peacock ore bead in the centre.
Next I did a very simple necklace with the gorgeous faceted garnet, brass spacers, neon chain , Indian vintage glass beads and a handmade copper clasp with one of the crystal beads.
Then I made another necklace but this time one that could also be wrapped 3 times around the wrist to create a bracelet. I used 2 of the lampwork beads, the glass pearls, purple wire, the clock clasp, brass charms ,and from my stash, ribbon and a glass dragonfly button.
I had to do some earring of course and I made ear wires using the purple wire
That left me still with oodles of pearls, crystals and a lampwork bead, so I made a cocktail ring