Sunday, 17 July 2011

Soutache beading

I bought some Soutache braid during the week, as I've been wanting to try beading with it for such a long time. This weekend I took the plunge, sat myself down, and made a pendant.

Oh WOW, I love this style of beading ... the opportunities are endless!!! Anyway, I've started basic, but I do have plans for a grander piece - maybe a cuff.

Large Swarovski Cosmic flatback, with Swarovski rounds, Soutache braid and a satin rose.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Big Bang

The Beading Forums' recent YOJ theme was "The Big Bang" ... and what better way to get the creative juices flowing again than with a YOJ Challenge.

The cab in this piece is by a lovely lampie girl call Bree. The first time I saw this cab I just had to have it ... and when I saw this theme, I knew I had the right cab for it. This beautiful black cab has an explosion of colour down the centre that just reminded me of those images you see in space. To create the impression of new stars forming and the explosion of colour that emanates from a "Big Bang", I used, of course, Swarovski Crystals in Jet, Jet AB and a gorgeous Sapphire ABx2.

I love this piece, not only for the colour, but for getting my mojo back into first gear. Hopefully many more will come, and my mojo will switch into second gear. :)

Friday, 1 July 2011

Bit quiet on the beading front

I've been very quiet on the Beading side of things for a little while now. It's amazing how work, kids before/after school activities, and life in general, can get in the way of creative time. Mix that with being sick a couple of times and you have absolutely no creations coming out of this house.

We're in school holidays here at the moment, but slowly my creativity is coming back ... and not just making jewellery. I've been sewing as well!!!! OMG sewing. I've always hated sewing, but the older I get the more I'm getting into things that I once hated. I'd also love to learn how to crochet and knit, but might leave them for a little while.

So what have I been sewing? Well, lots of kids stuff ... and not for my kids. Although they're still my babies, they are just a tad old for the stuff I've been sewing, and I'm pleased to say, selling. mmmm Didn't I just get through saying I have no time to make jewellery or create? LOL well I'm having a hard time finding time to sew as well. Perhaps I should just give up this arty farty thing and just concentrate on the home and kids. NAH, can't do it sorry!!! :)

Anyway, I apologise for not doing any regular posting in the last six months. I'm hoping that this second half of the year will be kinder to me and I'll start churning out some of the pieces I have swirling around in my head. Really must get my sketch book out so I can get some of this stuff out of my head!! So, until the next time I post - which hopefully will be soon - have fun, create and be happy. :)

Oh, before I forget .... this is the one and only piece I've made recently for a friend in Germany. I hope her mum loves it, coz I'm sure in love with it.

This lovely little one features a Peruzi made clay cabochon, surrounded by a bed of seed beads and those gorgeous metal rose sliders I've had in my collection for years.