Wednesday, 20 July 2016

THE PRETTIEST UFO


I found these components 
that I had been making 
for Sabine Lipperts 
La Fleur bracelet pattern. 
For some reason I never 
finished making it. I have no 
idea why not, just look at all that 
sparkly loveliness!
It's far too pretty to live its life out 
as an 'unfinished object' so
it's definitely a project 
I want to restart.... 


Friday, 8 July 2016

GATHERING SUPPLIES...


Gathering supplies 
for my Labradorite project.

Here is what landed
 on my doormat 
this morning -
a gorgeous 
faceted strand 
of 4mm rondelles.
Mmmm mmmm!

You can really 
see the blue flash 
of colour coming out 
of these stones. 

It's going to be a while
before I can get going
on this project 
but looking at these 
little beauties makes me
excited! 

Can't wait.... 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

COULD IT BE TIME TO BREAK OUT 'THE SPECIAL CABOCHON'?


When I was first getting into beading 
I saw this gorgeous Labradorite 
cabochon. 
I bought it straight away 
even though at that time 
I had NEVER 
worked with cabochons before 
and had NO idea 
of even how to start 
working with them!

I thought to myself, one day...one day 
I will make something from this, 
but the years went by 
and I didn't learn the skills
 to have a go... 
but I am starting to think 
that maybe now should be the time 
to use it ..... 

I am pretty confident that I can 
make something 
now that I have some cabochon 
experience under my belt,
but the pressure of it being 
'that special cabochon' 
does make me have a few nerves!

Wish me luck! 


Saturday, 21 May 2016

BEAD EMBROIDERED CABOCHON NECKLACE


I enjoyed making this.
 There are over 100 Swarovski 
crystals
 in this design.

Super sparkly - 
it makes me happy! 

BEAD CANDY - CLOISONNE, SODALITE, BLUE JADE



Mmmm mmmm  delicious
 - a feast for the eyes!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Why Not: Feng Shui Your Way To Creative Success

Picture by William Abranowicz
via realsimple.com
Feng shui is a Chinese Philosophical system
 for harmonizing
people with their surrounding environment. 

So what does a philosophy have to do with me and 
how can it enhance my creativity?
I hear you ask...

Well, in Feng shui when your environment is well positioned 
it allows 'qi' (think of this as life force or good energy)
to flow freely and unobstructed
bringing with it a plethora of benefits.

Things will feel easier, there are symbolically 
no obstructions to you
and this translates into your life,
it's the practical magic of Chinese philosophy!

As you can see in the picture above there are 
certain sectors within a room that correspond
to different aspects of life. 

It could be really  interesting to position your 
craft desk or work station in the creativity 
area to see if it brings about a higher 
level of creativity. 
Or if you're looking for a higher level of success
why not in the reputation area? 

An important tenet of Feng shui 
is to de clutter. 

Loads of junk floating around everywhere 
makes it difficult for the qi to circulate,
and if you think about it 
clutter any where 
makes it harder to find things,
takes longer to do so, 
and leaves you feeling a little 
drained of energy 
and stressed 
before you've even started 
on your project!


So it's basically rearranging your furniture 
and having a darn good tidy up! 

I'm not an expert on Feng shui (clearly!) 
but it sounds fascinating.

Prosperous lives and creative 
success all round! 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Chunky Pearl Necklace



I was in the mood for using up these gorgeous 
and gigantic freshwater pearls.

They make a really nice
chunky variation on a classic style. 

I can't wait to wear this beauty!