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Creative Space

On my desk this week …

… another addition to my collection of hand knotted bracelets, this one featuring Swarovski crystals in white opal with metallic leather.  I’m also making a coordinating necklace with a Swarovski Square crystal with a beadworked bail.


Also a pair of wire wrapped earrings using some really gorgeous Czech firepolished beads I bought recently:


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My Creative Space …

I have some new supplies in antiqued copper and brass that I’ve been playing with, including some lovely filigree flowers and heart lockets. 

I’ve made my first necklace with one of the filigree flowers, for which I worked a Swarovski rivoli for its centre.  I have half a dozen flowers in different colours so I matched the crystals to the colour of the flower.

I’ve also been busy taking new photos of some of my existing work and the new packaging.




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I have a bracelet that needs working on, similar to the necklace shown in the background.  Teeny tiny silver lined cylinder beads, each measuring just approx 1mm in length, will be used.  Unfortunately not all the beads are evenly sized, so I need to check each one as I pick it up. 

This isn’t work to be done in a hurry, and frequent eye rests are a must, but I know it’ll be worth it when I see it finished! :)

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Black Beads, Blue Water, Red Sky

My Creative Space today starts out with the usual photo of my workspace.  I wanted to use up some of my stash of black beads so I laid out a variety on my beading mat and started mulling over different ideas. 

Nothing super exciting came to mind and it was soon time to pick up the boys frome  school.  They had a quick lunch and changed into their swim gear and we set off for the pool.  Swim training for both my sons today, and I’m glad that the sun came out after three days of rain and strong wind because they’re training in an outdoor pool. 

Some quiet time watching them train, a good opportunity to go over some more ideas in my mind :)

Driving back home, I was struck by the beauty of the sky filled with the promise of good weather tomorrow.  While waiting in traffic I grabbed my mobile phone and took a quick photo, hoping for the best …

Not too bad considering I was hardly looking at the screen when I pressed the button! :D

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I WON!!!

Last week I entered Beadaholique’s Contest to Win A Lifetime Artfire Pro eCommerce Store.

I love ArtFire to bits, so the chance to win a free-for-life store was brilliant! 

There wasn’t enough time for me to order new supplies all the way from the US, but luckily I am already a Beadaholique customer and already had some of their supplies in hand.  I decided to make a simple design that best highlighted the materials used and sent off my entry.

I am absolutely thrilled to be one of the ten winners! :D

Thank you Beadaholique, thank you ArtFire! :)


‘The Button’ beadwoven ring

A new creation made especially for this week’s European Street Team challenge hosted by Petronella of  P8 Button Art and Accessories and having the theme “The Button”.

Here is what Petronella wanted from us:

“There must be at least one button in your creation, and it must have a prominent place ! It can be something actually used as a button, but it can also be a real button not used as a button but as deco, etc.”

Such a fun challenge!  I knew I just had to have a button I could use, so out came the tin with my stash of buttons, hoping to find something suitable. Rummage, rummage … one or more buttons for a necklace or bracelet? …. for earrings maybe? …. nope, nothing I liked enough yet … until finally … a simple wooden button that needed a new lease of life.

Now the beads … a few beads well chosen beads in different shapes and sizes, all chosen to complement the simple wood without overpowering it and a simple band beadwoven in metallic bronze cylinder beads … and a ring was born.

See all entries to the challenge on Petronella’s blog at http://kraplap.blogspot.com/2010/03/challenge-button.html