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Oh dear, its been a while….

So sorry, haven’t posted for months, but time flies when you’re having fun!

Work was busy, life was busy and in between I did get some beading done.  Here is what I have been working on…  I have also been trying to build up stock and images for my new range of glass cabochons, more of those below.

This bangle was made using directions that Jean Power sent me and I hope it will be featured in a forthcoming book of similar geometric techniques.

I made these earrings for myself and they are teeny, weeny swarovski 10x8mm crystals that I beaded around and added to earring loops, they are my current favourites.

As part of Operation Tackle That Bead Stash I am participating in Bead & Button’s Bead It Forward project – people from all over the world bead up small squares of fabric and they are sewn together to make quilts and are auctioned in aid of Breast Cancer Research charities.  Such a brilliant idea and I have made a couple already 🙂

I mentioned earlier my new venture into glass cabochons, and you can see lots more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/wingsmith2010 – but here are some of the types of images I use and also a finished piece – my peacock necklace using one of the cabs.

Also mid August I had some shoulder surgery done and although I was out of action for a few weeks I am back in 90% motion again, and I think beading and creating is great physiotherapy!


A month has passed….

I can’t believe it has been over a month (just) since I last updated my blog!  I haven’t been beading as much as I would like as life and work have been keeping me very, very busy of late.

I did make/finish up a few projects.  The most recent was this sweet triangular pendant which was inspired by an Etsy treasury I put together for Operation Tackle That Bead Stash. http://www.etsy.com/treasury/OTkwMzEwNHwyNzIyNzc0NzMy/ottbs-may-challenge?index=0

I also attended a taster session at the London Jewellery School and I made this silver ring which I have been wearing non-stop since 🙂   The class was good fun and our tutor Rebecca was very knowledgable about her topic.  http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/

I finished up a piece I had been working on for a while which has a beautiful czech glass button with a dragonfly on it as the focal http://www.etsy.com/listing/97597369/dragonfly-necklace

I am currently working on a large beaded embroidery collar, first for me, and although it is a secret I can share a sneak preview here….  I am a bit further on now since this photo was taken but am now getting close to the finishing edges and need to start filling in some gaps and then call it finished!  Nerve wracking.

Finally on a non-beading note I have been eating more healthily and following the Prop Points system that Weight Watchers advocates and I have lost 10lbs in two weeks!  I am happy about that and even though this is just the first step on what could be a long road for my weight loss I am trying to see the end goal and keep it fixed in my head, not sure about what final weight I want to be – more that I want to be able to buy a size 12 skirt/jeans and have it fit me.  That seems a long way off as I am a size 22-24 presently but I am determined to get there but am allowing myself the time to do it sensibly and along the way to educate myself a bit better about foods, fats and all those things I have chosen to ignore for many years.

Wish me luck xxx  Dee

Beady Progress

Well, I’ve not had much time this week for beading so far 😦

On the upside, I have had 5 sales in one day at the Nucleus Gallery in Rochester, so that is fabulous news 🙂

I also spent a little money last week on some beady treats for myself…  I ordered a Jelly Bean bangle and a glass ring from Purple Cobwebs http://www.purplecobwebs.co.uk .  Amazing lampwork artist, and the jelly bean bangle is such a cool idea, I love my new bangle very much.  As for the ring, I don’t think that will taken off (except when I’m sleeping) for a very long time – It is stunning, gorgeous and I never knew glass could work as a ring but it really does.

I also got some crystal drops from a friend having a destash and some vintage crystals from Beading in the Rain on ebay.  All of which are earmarked for future projects.

The interesting thing is that hubby dearest presented me with a little envelope, with teeny tiny LEDs and said I wondered if you could use these in your jewellery?  I know have to rise to that challenge… beads that are lit from within maybe?  Only time will tell on that project.

On my bead mat this week is my Bead magazine annual competition/challenge entry, and my mothers day present for my mum.  Secret projects so I can’t share photos.  So instead I can show you a couple of photos of the items I sold this week.