Saturday, 9 March 2013


I'm posting these photographs to shame myself into finishing them off as some have been on my To Finish list for ermmm well a long time , whilst others only a week or so

Above is a bright orange bracelet made with Preciosa Twins and size 6 2 cut seeds- all it needs is a clasp!

4 projects here- 2 loomed pieces, a stunning cab of Tiger Iron which I have already encased and a few flowers which will end up adorning something , some time, some how.

One of Lyndsey Akehurst's focals and part of the necklace to go with it - I started this last week but have had the bead for a few months, but not as long as the rest of my stash of lampwork goodies.

Three unfinished Preciosa Seed bead necklaces , each one a different design.

Crocheted copper necklace, bracelet and bangle- they just need clasps and the ends working in.

Quite a medley here- brick stitch earrings, part of a dragonfly design bookmark, some more crocheted wire brooches to be, my take on a goddess which my OH claims to look like a bottle opener, a massive beaded bead and 2 shell pendants.
Now maybe I will get some of them finished - or maybe not lol
PS go and check out Tan's new glasswork art

Monday, 25 February 2013

Freeform Peyote

Last week I started an experimental piece of freeform peyote and just had to marvel at how the universe colludes. I was a day into it when I followed a link on facebook and found a fantastic group dedicated to freeform peyote.  They were just about to  reveal a challenge they had been part of and over the weekend I spent hours pouring over all the blog posts and the amazing creations . You can see all the blogs by first of all reading this one by Karen Williams  and following the other links in that post- Have fun and be prepared to be astounded. The pictures above are views of my piece- I have added more twiddly bits at the loop end and haven't had it off my wrist since .

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Still a Classic

This is a design which I created back in 2010 and it is still popular, which I suppose is a sure sign that something is a classic! It's made with Czech glass pearls and fire polished beads for added sparkle. Here's a close up....
It's available in kit from from Jencel and is available in 3 colour combinations . This particular one is going to someone as part of my Pay it Forward for mind which is my attempt to raise £1000 for  this charity which does so much good for those suffering mental health issues.
It's now even easier to make a donation too as you can send one by mobile - here's all you need do. Send a text to 70070 with the message ICAN55 £1- you can of course change the amount
These scarfs are also going to be posted out soon to surprise someone

Make sure you follow my blog for more updates and leave a comment on the blog to be in with a chance to be one of the recipients of my give aways .

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Time is Now #imapiece

I have got involved with a project being managed by The Craftivist Collective .
Their  manifesto is: “To expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions.”
The current project is aimed at highlighting  and making  people aware of the injustices and poverty in the world in a fun and empowering way. #imapiece asks people to make a fabric jigsaw piece to support   Save the Children's Race Against Hunger Campaign. Using jigsaw pieces stitched by craftivists that means you, the project will create an art installation to raise awareness of the issues of world hunger and injustice. More information can be found here
Pictured is the piece I plan to send as soon as it's safe to go outside - I don't fancy slipping on all that white stuff out there. The fabric is some of my own batik work which I then embroidered with my message- I added a beaded heart based on a design by Lynn Davy and you can find her free tutorial  here .
And to follow up from my previous post I have now raised £30 for MIND - and I have plans for more so watch this space or look out for the post ;)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Pay it Forward for mind

Firstly apologies for being so inactive on my blog and for being so late in announcing my plans for 2013. However let me get this little project off the ground and then I can play catch up with you all.
My plans for 2013 are to raise funds for mind, the UK Mental Health Charity. With this in mind (pun intended of course) I have set up a Just Giving Page.
Here is how it works...
  • I will post items I am donating here on my blog
  • the first person to comment on the blog* and request it will be the one who gets it provided that they...
  • pay me  for postage costs and make a donation on my Just Giving Page
  • Once you have paid for postage and made a donation I will post the item to you
  • I will indicate what I would sell the item for and suggest a minimum but you will donate what you can afford
  • If the deal has gone and you would like me to make you something similar let me know and I will but that will be offered as a sale rather than as Pay it Forward
So here is my first offering up for grabs
This is a burnished silver plated bangle with two Picture Jasper stones - I sold these at £10 and I feel a minimum donation of £5 would be appropriate. Postage and packaging will be £2 in the UK and £3 worldwide.
* Comments will not show until I have approved them so you may not be first in the queue
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