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  1. I hate the snow. I mean I really hate it. It looks pretty through the window, but that's it. In this part of Essex, we did have snow but it melted quickly, thank goodness.

    Seeing the growing miniture daffodils that I planted in the window box, is enough to put me in a happy mood, I'll be out in the garden in the next  couple of weeks, planting lots of colourful flowers.  The best thing about spring, is that summer is right behind. Fingers cross that we have a decent summer this year.


    Spring Jewellery and Accessories

     I thought I'd share with you the jewellery I have in my shop, inspired by the spring season.

     If your like me and prefer to read a good old fashion book, here is a bookmark that will come in hand and stop you losing your page.

    flower bookmark


    Colourful flower rings, that are easily adjustable, one to match each outfit.

    Flower Rings

    Pretty pink flower earrings, that are floral and delicate, in beautiful soft shades of pink.

    pink flower earrings

    A green bag charm, in the same colour scheme as my daffs.

    green beaded bag charm

    What items have you made that remind you of spring?



  2. I like to do my jewellery making at night, I enjoy the piece and quiet and I'm able to get on with my creating, without any interruptions. I'm lucky enough to work from home, so when, the twins and partner are off to school and work, my day is filled with housework, nipping to the shops or the post office, to post orders, then it's working on my websites, taking pictures, which I love doing, one day I'm going to take a photography course, then editing, ordering stock and working on my Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook accounts, which are all very addictive, I can quite easily get lost in Pinterest for hours and hours.

    I made this bridal comb late one night. I started round 11pm by the time and finished at 1.30am. the only one's awake was myself and my cat Bobby, who normally sleeps next to the radiator, who can blame him with the awful weather we have been having. Today he has sneaked up onto my bed, grrrr..

    sleeping bobby

    I chose to add some red Swarovski crystal bicone beads and made them into beaded flowers, as red is one of the hottest bridal colours this year! I made the bead and crystal bead sprays first, using 0.4mm silver plated beading wire. When I felt I'd made enough, I laid them against the comb and played around with them, till I was happy with the layout. Then I began to attach each spray, one at a time. I'm very happy with the result.

    red flower bridal comb

    I don't stay up every night, only a couple of nights a week. In the early days, I was staying up till 2 am in morning, then getting up at 6am, to get the boys ready for school and I felt tired all day, but now I don't do that anymore, well I try not to, lol.

     When do you do your crafting, are you a night person like me, or you can craft anytime of the day?




  3. I've got a plastic bead container on my workdesk and whenever I finish a project, I pop the leftover beads into it. Sometimes I buy beads in bulk, it all depends on what I'm making, but generally I buy only the beads I need. I hate to waste things, so unless you've planned to make several projects with your stash of beads, those leftover beads are just going to sit there.

    Well, last weekend was my mother-in laws 70th birthday lunch. I had the outfit, black dress, jacket and heels. I wanted to make a necklace with a bit of colour and sparkle, to brighten up my outfit.

    I went to my spare bead container and choose a selection of yellow glass beads, blue AB faceted beads and also added some gold filigree beads and some gold plated chain. I always think the colour gold is a strong contrast against the colour black.

    I got to work, I wanted to make a statement necklace, I had an idea how I wanted it to look and I'm pleased to say, it turned out exactly how I thought it would.

    Here is the statement necklace I made.

    statement necklace

    statement necklace

    My necklace received lots of compliments and I love the way it drapes when I am wearing it.

    I've talked about my leftover beads, but I know all you crafters out there must have leftover supplies from a project you have completed, whether it be fabric, card e.t.c.

    Drop me a line and let me know how you made use of what you had spare, I'd love to know.