Sunday, 26 June 2011

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

To Seed Bead Or Not To Seed Bead

Well hats off and a massive applause to those that constantly work with seed beads.

I received my packets of seed beads weeks ago from Aunties Beads and what a time I had trying to fathom out what to do with them. The only time I had worked with seed beads is as an addition to my stringing designs. Never had a tried any of the stitches that you can do with them.

I have to admit completing a bracelet was a challenge for me. Although I actually found it relaxing. Once I got the hang of it and watched a video about half a dozen times it was - away I went. Alas I do have a problem with keeping the tension all the same.

Carla was a great help with this video on peyote stitch. Maybe Aunties Beads should put some more on.

So what is the secret to keeping the tension correct? How about some tips.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Dogs and Pools

Last night, just as a storm was starting, we picked up a cattle dog roaming the streets. As animal lovers we just couldn't leave him out in the storm. Bought him home and put him in the shed. We got through the storm without a peep from him. Then 11pm came - yap, whine, scratch, whine, yap.

We ended up bringing the dog in to the house and having him in our bedroom. Very little sleep - pacing, whine, yap, sleep a bit, pacing, whine, yap. A nightmare.

Emails were sent around locals to find the owner but nothing so we had to take him to vets who scanned his chip and hopefully contacted his owner.

Now to the pool. As the cover was on the dog kept falling in. Hub removed the cover so that he could see the water. This was very early in the morning and the colour was not seen until daylight.Nice eh?

Looks like we have a few days of dumping chlorine in to it and cleaning. Geeeez!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

The Ultimate Clear Out

I don't have a clue when I last did this. We bought the house in Dec 2006 and it has probably been piling up since then.

Well the oldest out of date package I found was 2008.This would be a cooks dream. All those mixes and flavours of the world.

Check out the amount I have just had to throw away. Boy do I have some room in my larder now.

My back aches some what but I feel good for doing it.

Maybe I should concentrate on my bead stash as I never know what I have left.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Endless Designs For Those Larger Beads

So I received some lovely hand painted glass beads from Aunties Beads and put myself to a challenge to see how many creations I could make.

Large beads can be used in many designs - big chunky necklaces, focal points on necklaces, bracelets and earrings - endless.
So far I have made 2 bracelets, 2 necklaces and a pair of earrings, all with the same style of hand painted glass beads.

What extras did I use? Well sterling silver chain, sterling silver wire, black, silver and red glass beads, silver fancy spacers, clasps and earring hooks. Most of these extras can be found hidden away in your unused stash.

The best design for using up odd beads is the pendant style necklace. Just wire wrap sterling silver, attach the odd beads and, there you go, a delicious pendant.

You can find a variety of handmade necklaces in my Beadsme and Artfire stores.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

What About Leftovers?

Always end up with a few left over beads and not sure what to do with them. Just add them as a dash of colour to any necklace or bracelet. Even if you have just 1 left, try to make it a focal point.

I received some lovely large pewter glass beads from Aunties beads and previously had some velvet red chinese crystals left. Adding leaf shaped beads caps and some rondelles I put together this great necklace and bracelet.

Excellent addition for that night out. Accompany them with some simple dangling silver bead earrings you have a great set.

Pop into my Etsy store for a variety of jewellery. - Beadsme.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Back To Creating

After a few weeks of trying to get back to normality I now have the dining table covered in goodies for creating and a few new creations.

I received some more awesome beads from Auntie Beads and away I went.

My first creation was this gorgeous necklace using foil outline rectangle glass beads, a couple of sterling silver round starburst beads and Swarovski crystals.

Then I got carried away, creating 2 matching bracelets with the additions of sterling silver hollow heart bead, a sterling silver oval message bead and sterling silver round mirror beads.

2 matching pairs of earrings followed. I found the hole in the rectangle glass beads a bit large for my headpins so used some flat bali spacers to help them fit correctly.

Check out Aunties Beads for an awesome array of beading supplies or Beadsme for the finished product.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

We are back!

We have been home for a week now after our wonderful holiday in Thailand, Koh Samui to be exact.

It's so hard to get back in to the swing of everyday life.

I cannot report on the holiday much as it was mainly relaxation for us. A couple of trips out to the mainland which I must say has been hit by bad storms.

When we arrived in Koh Samui there was water everywhere. We couldn't even get down our road to the bungalows as the water was gushing over it. After wandering along the beach we noticed that the sea was actually going in to the lagoon, which didn't happen last time we went there. As you can see by one of my photos the backpackers units and there cleaning block was ruined.
Still we had a great holiday whilst watching the tragedy happening in our neighbouring State of Queensland. These guys had a rough time with unexpected flooding and lives lost.

A store has been set up on Etsy with handmade donations from all over the world. All proceeds will go to the Flood Relief Fund. You can find this store here AusDisasterRelief.

Going back to Koh Samui - they also have a problem with dogs and cats and a rescue centre has been set up. You can donate on this site -

Thank you to all those people that support here and overseas.