Posts Tagged ‘Jewellery’

Wow, March already, where does the time go? I am still in the process of sorting out and tidying up my social media platforms, and things are finally starting to take shape and look semi-organised.   Here are a few of the things that I have created so far this spring.

Tropical Headpins

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Fun beads created for the Beads of Courage programme

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Fish beads created for the Beads of Courage programme

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Vessel style focal bead

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Cosmos bead set

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I really enjoy reading the ABS Blog and have been following it for a while now. It is wonderful source of artist creative talent. The regular tutorials and art beady goodness keep me coming back for more. This month I decided to enter the February monthly challenge. The inspirational painting chosen by the team at ABS is :-

 The Rose Garden by Paul Klee

I just love the colours and style of this painting, each time I look at it, there is something else to see.  An exhibition of his work is currently on show at the Tate Modern in London. As you can see my earrings touch upon the vibrancy and colours used in this painting.

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You can find more inspirational jewellery from the ABS monthly challenge here

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Nothing for weeks on end …and then three or more posts to publish in a day…..

A couple of weeks ago I decided to participate in Lori Anderson’s Holiday Gift Swap. This is a first for me, but I liked the idea so signed up,  and awaited details of my parter.  Once we have been assigned our gift swap pal,  we get the know more about each other and then send a gift/ surprise, fit for a best friend.

My partner for this year is the lovely Niky Sayers,  who is the owner of Silverniknats. Niky makes very pretty silver jewellery from quality artisan beads, semi-precious stones and findings, you can find more about her here.

After swapping details and general information about ourselves we both went away to create/purchase a gift to send each other. Niky is a bit of bead hoarder ( sound familiar?) and though the gift itself could contain anything, I felt that Niky would really like to receive a beady gift, perhaps one made by my own fair hands.

So here’s a sneak peek of what is inside her Holiday parcel – I hope she likes them  and Happy Holidays to you all – not long now!


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This year Lori Anderson of  www.prettythingsblog.com  decided to hold a Pinterest competition for the BSBP participants.

Lori and a panel of six other judges,  BeaducationFusion Beads,Kalmbach PublishingLima BeadsNina Designs & PJ Tool & Craft,  took part in viewing and judging over 900 individual pieces of submitted work,  created by 541 talented bead soup bloggers spread out across the globe.

There were some truly amazing entries, so as you can imagine – I am a little stunned, but very excited to have been selected as a prize winner.

My Ode to Spring Creations won a prize in the Best Use of Colour category – selected by Lima Beads.


It is very humbling to have been chosen as there were so many beautiful creative entries. Wow!

A huge thank you goes out to Lori for all her hard work in putting together the 7th BSBP. Also for her amazing creative drive and energy, without which, none of this would have been possible.

I would like to thank the judges too,  for what must have been an incredibly difficult task.

And last but not least, thank you Alison Sachs, my bead soup blog partner.

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Busy busy busy,  but I am managing to stay on target with updating my blog and spending more time in the studio.

 I have “News” to share, but for now, I am going to show you the latest development from “Inspiration to Creation”.

I have made a focal,  added some more beads and gathered other items in a contrasting colour palette. These sit together really nicely with the original first set of beads.

At this stage, I am still not sure what I am going to create, for me,  the set is not complete. I need to think about component parts now, something to bring it all together.

Choosing a metal to work with, if any, can help to be a deciding factor for the finished item. So until then, take a look at my cushion inspired beady collection.


These ribbon colours are just right too!


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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.


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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