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

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Fly By Posting

Just a quick update on the wedding preperations.
I've completed the bridesmaids hair accessories and I will take some better shots at a later date but here's a sneak peak....

 Still loads to do....

Finally I did have time to try a "Pandora" style bracelet and I used Grubbi's beads and I love the result, the silver works really great with Nat's lovely pastel coloured beads

Back to to grindstone


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Needles and Pins plus new Tings

Redditch is a small town, but despite this it used to punch well above it's weight in  high end engineer manufacture. Redditch produced aircraft parts for Hawker Siddeley, motorbikes at Royal Enfield and BSA, and was the undisputed world leader in the production of needles. The needle industry was huge and my mother worked at Abel Morrall producing both sewing needles and surgical needles.

Me and Fern went to Forge Mill Museum to see the needle exhibits.

All that remains of this once great industry is 1 floor of a museum that is no bigger than a small house!
The politics of greed took over in the 80's, manufacture was moved abroad for quick, cheap return and this is all that's left....


Hawker Siddeley, where my dad worked and BSA where my grandparents worked, are now just foot notes in history. All that's left in our town are nail bars, coffee bars and pound shops.

People are trying to do something creative, albeit with very little support from the council and in a town where the main income comes from benefits. Craft sellers and vintage sellers are starting to appear and I hope that one day I will be able to join them. 
In the mean time here's some of my newbies

Tribal choker with Angelwhisperer focal, Scorchedearth and Happyfishshop

button and bird earrings

Coral stick from Lucietales

carved mask with Petra connector

Gemstone, wired brooch with vintage earring and milagro

Check my facebook page( button at the top of my blog) for more photos of my new jewellery pieces.
Hope you are all enjoying the summer (or winter if you're in Australia),
see you soon


Friday, 26 July 2013

Guess who came to stay

I had a lovely visit last week from an artist I've admired for a long time Lucie of She and her husband Loic came over to stay at a campsite just up the road from me! So we exchanged a flurry of convos and sorted out cool places to see and here's the first stop
Hillers Farm and Garden Shop
It's got gardens filled with roses and a great cafe, so we had a lovely time strolling around and chatting about their holiday plans. Boy had they chosen the right week to arrive, in the middle of a very rare heat wave.
It's great to finally meet in person, we've chatted on line  for ages and it's amazing to meet the artist behind the shop and Lucie was wearing one of her hairpins

Leaf Hair Fork hand formed brass hair stick metal hair fork organic golden large hair pin
and it looked gorgeous! 

More from Hillers
We met up again for dinner and Lucie was very polite about the bombsite that passes as my studio. It was fantastic to talk shop and also a confidence boost for me. Some of my work I'm just not that confident about and it was lovely to know that Lucie liked my creations.
It was also lucky for Loic that my eldest daughter's boyfriend and my younger brother came over and it turns out they're all Warhammer nuts! I should point out they speak immaculate English too.
I'm sure Lucie will tell you more about her visits to Hidecote and Snowshill and she also bought some great new tools from the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, so I can't wait to see what she creates with those.
We met up for the last time on Sunday for a very big car boot and Lucie bought a gorgeous tea set and very generously shared her booty of ceramic beads with me.
Here's my haul

Indian jewellery,tiny brasses, rose quartz and some strange brass pins!

 A medal, metal belt and amethyst

Wooden leaf bowl and more necklaces for re-purposing.

Lucie also brought me some gorgeous chunky bamboo beads, French jet and vintage hand blown beads.
Plus some of her beautiful tiny keys.
And some salted caramel for Fern, who scoffed those down. She was thrilled to meet them both!
And Heather sends her love too xx

All to quickly they had to sped off  to Wales and I hope they're enjoying themselves in the valleys.
Next year France!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

We've all done it; spent out on some gorgeous artisan lovelies and for some inexplicable reason we have stashed these lovelies away and cruelly neglect to show them off in a new creation. But now is the time for them to shine and with thanks to Lori Anderson they will at last be proudly displayed.

So here are my 2 hoarded lovelies

A stunning pendant from Staci Lewis which I can't believe I've had for nearly 2 years! A ceramic disc and wool from raggedrobyn and a selection of scorchedearthonetsy lovelies that I can't believe I've not used.

The second hoard 

A beautiful ceramic pendant from Brigitta of
vintage beads, matt etched glass and buttons and lace. What on earth was up with me not using these gorgeous pendants.
So here's the reveal

I made chunky hammered hoops of different sizes and used this strong but so soft wool and a key to form the clasp.

I've twisted the lace with silk and wrapped with white wire. A czech glass button is the clasp and I used a rhinestone rondell and beads to form a bale.

Lastly are these earring using scorchedearthonetsy lillies

I hope you'll all forgive me for neglecting these lovelies and please have a look at these other naughty ladies who have been hoarding too!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog