Wednesday, 29 August 2012

For the cat Lovers and there's a few!

Firstly an adorable lil vid featuring a really cute French Cat

And then this.. We who own ( and that's a very loose description of our role,) these fur babies, will relate to this one..


Monday, 20 August 2012

The Preciousness of life

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.

                                                                    More Preciousness

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 poignantly a 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.

Friday, 10 August 2012

The 6th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

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

So a heartfelt thank you to Lori, who is generous, talented and a joy to work with and check out her  beautiful creations,
Plus here are more talented creators with a mind boggling array of stunning jewellery for your viewing pleasure.

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Revealing .....

Just a little reminder that the beadsoup reveal will be taking place this Saturday 11th August and me and my partner Lori Anderson of will be revealing all

                                                     ....of our beadsoup creations that is!!

Whilst we wait here's a little peek

Sorry couldn't resist.
See you all Saturday