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 Ideas for beads and colour palettes are everywhere, but not much use at all,   if you can’t record these inspirational moments when they occur. As a result, I try not to leave home without my phone ( it has a great camera function), because I really do like to capture these ideas spontaneously and not miss out.

I was recently out picking up some school shoes for my youngest son, as I walked past one of the restaurant tables in the shopping centre food hall, my eyes were drawn to a pretty object sitting on the edge of a table, a gorgeous cushion, begging to be captured by my creative muse.   I wandered over to the table, commented on how pretty the cushion was, and asked if I could take a photograph of it with my phone. The ladies at the table were talking about how much they liked the pattern and colours, and told me where I could buy one for myself.  I explained that it was the colour palette that interested me most, the pattern was pretty, but the use of colours together was really striking and I could imagine it would lend itself to many different designs in my work.

Below is a picture of the cushion and the first rounds of beads that I have made using this colour palette as inspiration, I plan to make more beads, and add other elemental items over the next few weeks, and then share with you the completed pieces.

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The warm yellows, browns and taupe go very well together, I have added a brighter green, and a darker contrasting brown.

    The beads are hand shaped for a soft organic look, and have been drizzled with silver for a touch of luxury.

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Gosh, So much has happened over the last couple of years since I started this blog.

I really meant to spend more time writing about it all here, keeping a log of my progression, and sharing it in a timely fashion.  I have made a promise to myself, that this year, 2013, I shall indeed launch my Jewellery range in earnest, and make available more of my artisan beads and hand made findings.

Last year I continued with my expansion of artisan knowledge , I attended two Masterclass glass courses, and in the latter part of 2012 took a precious metal clay class too. I enjoy the challenge of learning new techniques, and it really helps with my creative development and designs.

I have been putting together an Artisan Range using semi precious stones,crystals, silk,pearls, Italian glass, copper and aged silver.

So,  for my first post  this year, I am going to show you some Jewellery that is currently sitting in a large box marked,  FOR SALE.

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