Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Wild Life in SE London

Check out this clip:

Filmed not in a field somewhere but in my back garden this morning.  Now I know that foxes are technically vermin but love them or loathe them; the urban fox is here to stay.  Now I don't do anything to actively encourage them into my garden but to be honest neither do I actively discourage them.  My family and I do not use the garden very much and until the day comes for us to reclaim it; the foxes can come and play.

Some more of my favourite SE London wildlife is this snake necklace that was one of my round entries into the Beads Direct Football World Cup Comp last year.  I actually came 2nd overall which was brilliant bearing in mind that this was the first ever comp I had entered.  This necklace is listed in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

My soft addiction

I consider myself to be addicted to beads but have you ever looked up the definition of addiction?  It does not make for good reading and didn't quite match my affliction.  I also found a definition for something called soft addiction (heard of that?) which was a bit better:

"The term soft addiction was coined by Judith Sewell Wright to describe activities, moods or ways of being, avoidances, and things-edible and consumable but which do not pose a grave health disease risk - rather, they have the most effect on personal time and productivity."

For me the knowledge of my soft addiction is reinforced by certain things:

  • buying beads just because I want them and have no particular project in mind;
  • buying beads and then forgetting all about them until the next tidy up;
  • buying beads just because they are on sale and are a good price.
  • coming across packets of beads in illogical places - such as the bathroom;
With this in mind you will not be surprised to hear that I recently did indeed come across a padded envelope in my bedroom the other day and a padded envelope addressed to me only means one thing: beads!  This envelope contained some Swarovski goodies that I can't believe that I had forgotten about.  Included were these flat back cabs:
Vintage jet with crystal rhinestone

These measure 18mm by 13mm and I remember buying them just because I had never seen them before (oh yeah that should be on my soft addiction list too).

Now what to do with them?  I decided on some earrings because I hardly ever do earrings.

I bead embroidered around the cabs with black size 15 seed beads - accented with charlotte beads in clear ab.  I them used some dark silver crystal rondelles for a small fringe.  I will shortly be listing these earrings for sale in my Etsy store if anyone is interested in them.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Picket Fence Blogs

Ever heard of it?

I hadn't either until today when I read a post here: Asterope Bead Creations Blog

The idea is that it will help people find blogs that they like. You register and then put a button on your blog. Every time someone clicks on the button it takes them to Picket Fence Blogs and counts as a vote for your blog.

I registered - here is my button:

Register your blog too and give it a go: what do you have to lose? ...............Oh and don't forget to click the button.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

So what do you wanna talk about?

Ok so here I am.  What now?

I have wanted to do a blog for a long time and enjoy reading the meanderings of others.  It takes a lot of energy and time to have a sucessful blog and I am not sure I am up to the challenge.

A little about me first - I love beads, I love my family, I love my friends, I love my boyfriend - not necessarily in that order.  I have a full time day job which frankly just gets in the way of my beading addiction but is essential to fund same.  Yes I play the lottery!

Now for the good stuff - my latest make:

I have called this 'Sun Kissed'.  I made the focal out of polymer clay and then put gold leaf on it (what a drama - will do a post about gold leaf).  It has a slightly distressed look to it which gives it some character.  The focal is beaded using metallic seed beads in golden hues.  I made the chain using some tigers eye beads that I had in my stash.  Its quite long - about 24 inches so great if you have a cleavage.  I have a few more of these focals in various sizes so may make a choker length piece.  What do you think?
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