This month Jenny challenged us to use our stash for the monthly AJE blog hop. Unfortunately January ran away with me so I only have a WIP. Since I was short on time, I decided that I would go for one piece using my absolutely favourite thing, this wonderful Seal/Selkie cabochon from Jenny Davies-Reazor. I… Read More AJE – Use your stash
It seems to have been dark forever, so I’ve really enjoyed taking part in Lesley’s Winter AJE theme challenge – The Rebirth of the Sun… thinking about brighter days coming has really cheered me up! Earlier in December, I created some pendants… But for the reveal I decided I would like to try something other than jewellery or components.… Read More Rebirth of the Sun
I’m very excited today as it’s the reveal of my component of the month for the Art Jewellery Elements Blog. AJE Team members and special guests were given either one of my new Lichen pendants or cabochons and I really can’t wait to see what everyone’s done with them. I chose a cabochon for myself, but my excitement quickly turned… Read More Component of the Month – November
It’s reveal day for the October theme challenge… if you weren’t around for the last one, instead of a component of the month, one of the team chooses a theme and we all create something in our chosen medium. This month it was Karen from Starry Road Studio’s turn, and she chose Ravens. Here’s Karens’… Read More AJE October Theme Challenge – Ravens
All of a sudden it’s Autumn. This year has flown by and already we’re at the end of September, which means it’s time for the Component of the month reveal. This month we were treated to ceramic components from Linda Landig. Linda hasn’t been working with ceramics for very long, but already her pieces are… Read More AJE Component of the Month – September
This month’s Component of the Month was supplied by the wonderful Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio LLC She makes the most amazing ceramic beads and components and we were each treated to one of these gorgeous rustic stoneware coin pendants. I love the colour and texture! Of course I forgot my photo, but I received one in yellow.… Read More AJE Component of the month – August
It’s that time again, the AJE Component of the Month reveal day, and for July we were treated to a gorgeous coin clasp or bead by Niky Sayers I love everything Niky makes, but her coin designs are my favourite. I was thrilled to receive this clasp to join in the challenge… It arrived in… Read More AJE Component of the month – July
This month we’re taking a break again from our regular Component of the month reveals and running another theme challenge. It’s our blog team leader, the lovely Jen Cameron’s turn to set the theme, and for June she chose fireflies. I have to admit, I struggled at first to come up with an idea as… Read More AJE June Theme Challenge – Fireflies
This month’s challenge components were provided by the multi talented Sue Kennedy of SueBeads. As well as making gorgeous enamelled pieces and lamp work beads, she creates these cute little beaded beads. I am full of admiration for anyone who can create anything with these fiddly little things, especially when they are as lovely as… Read More AJE Component of the Month – May
I’m back on track this month with my blog as it’s component of the month reveal day. This month we were treated to beautiful polymer clay hearts by Rebekah of Tree Wings Studio. I asked for a surprise for mine and received this beautiful grey heart. I had hoped before I received it… Read More AJE Component of the Month – Tree Wings Studio
It’s been quiet on here for a while, I missed my usual monthly COM blog post using Melissa’s gorgeous metal clay components thanks to our rubbish postal service. But they did turn up eventually, so keep an eye out for a future post using those! This month, we decided to change it up a bit… Read More March Theme Challenge – Hares
I’ve been thinking for a while to make the move away from Etsy and set up my own web shop and today is the day! Well not exactly today as I’ve not finished writing up listings, but you get the idea! The shop is just about ready to take it’s first orders, I’ve been working… Read More My first web shop update
I was really excited when I heard about the Beading back in time blog hop run by co-hostesses Lindsay Starr and Sherri Stokey. It’s going to be split in to 4 parts run across the year with different themes through history. The first topic is Pre human. instantly I knew that I would be… Read More Beading back in Time Blog Hop
Use your stash! That was the rule for this months AJE component of the month challenge. Rather than one of us supply the same component to every one, we each supplied a blog reader with one of our components, and team members used what we had hidden away. I dive in to my special… Read More AJE Component of the month – January
Well I gave blogger a good go, but it’s not for me. So now I’m back here on wordpress. The main reason for swapping was I wanted to host my own shop, not an option on the blogger platform, so I’m going to be working hard over the next week or so to get everything… Read More I’m back!
Happy New Year! I hope this post finds you well and that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! I’m really exited to see what 2015 brings, I have lots of plans and resolutions that I’m looking forward to putting in to action! This year, one of my resolutions is to try and keep… Read More AJE – December Component of the month
Good morning 🙂 It’s component of the month reveal time again, and this month we got another gorgeous handmade component to design with. This time, it’s Kristen Stevens turn, and she gave us all a pair of cute little beaded rings. She makes the most amazing designs with the smallest beads, you can check… Read More AJE Component of the month – November
For those of you who were here last year, it’s time for the Beads of Courage Art Charm Exchange and Auction again! Yay! For those of you who weren’t here’s what it’s all about… The exchange is run by Jennifer Cameron (Glass Addictions) and each year a new theme is set. Each participant makes 11… Read More Beads Of Courage Charm Swap
Good morning and thanks for stopping by! I’ve been even more quiet than usual recently as I’ve been getting the power plugged in to my studio. I’m pleased to say it’s all done now and I can see what I’m doing… hooray! Normal bad blog posting will resume shortly! This months Component of the month… Read More AJE Component of the month – October
Here I am again a month later, having not blogged even once since the last COM. The days are flying by and all of a sudden it’s Autumn. This month, we got beautiful components from Kristi Bowman-Gruel. They are all copper metal clay, the top row using the new white copper clay. My component was… Read More AJE Component of the month – September
This month it’s team member Rebekah’s turn to provide us all with a component for designing. And what a beautiful one she sent! Rebekah makes amazing polymer beads… her sleepy critters are world famous, but that’s not all she makes. This month we were treated to either a large single, or smaller pair of hand… Read More AJE Component of the month – August
Another month has flown by and it’s COM reveal day! Things are getting slightly more organised in the new studio and I’m enjoying getting back to making. This month, we were treated to a beautiful dichroic glass cabochon from Francesca Watson. Just look at all of those beauties! There’s something about dichroic glass that really… Read More AJE Component of the Month – July
Here we are again, another month has flown by. I’ve not had much time for making recently as we’re doing a lot of work around the house and garden, which means most of my supplies have been put in to storage. This month, I managed to retrieve a few bits and bobs to create something… Read More AJE Component of the Month – June
Another month and another COM reveal is ready.. it’s going to be Christmas at this rate! This month we were treated to a choice of beautiful components from Sue Kennedy of SueBeads We could pick a glass cabochon… Or a pretty set of glass chicklet beads… I went for a cabochon in a stunning brown… Read More AJE Component of the month reveal – May
I’ve been a bit quiet recently, things are getting manic here. We’re doing lots of reorganising at home, which is seriously getting in the way of my making! But as part of that reorganising, I will be getting my very own studio… I’m very excited, but more about that in another post! So shop updates… Read More The Bead Shop Liverpool
Today is the big reveal for The Bead Soup Blog Party and I’m really excited to have you here! My partner this year is the lovely Leah Curtis of Beady eyed Bunny. I was so busy with getting ready for the Flame Off, I didn’t have the chance to properly introduce Leah (sorry Leah!) so… Read More Bead Soup Blog Party -The reveal!!!
This month we were treated to one of Lesley Watt of TheaElements beautiful button clasps. They’re really cute and dinky and the perfect finish to any number of designs. I decided this time to keep my ideas simple, and I’ve had this half brewing in my head for a while, so when the clasp arrived… Read More AJE Component of the Month reveal – April
This will be the last post on this blog… but don’t panic!!! I’m just moving! After battling with wordpress in each and every post to try and get pictures where I want them, I’ve had enough. It’s bugging me to the point of not wanting to post, so I’m moving my blog to the blogger… Read More Time for a change…
Well it’s a glorious day here today. I think our Spring Fever design challenge did it! We’ve been overwhelmed by the wonderful designs created with our beads and would like to say a great big Thank You to everyone who joined it, it’s been wonderful looking through all the creations and different ideas that have… Read More Spring Fever Design Challenge – The Designs
Good morning all. The day is finally here… the big reveal. I’m so excited to visit all the blogs and see what everyone has made, but first a quick recap… Lesley Watt, Claire Braunbarth and myself each supplied some of our goodies to put together challenge packs with a Spring Theme. Sets were sent out to 23 participants all… Read More Spring Fever Design Challenge – The Reveal!
Good morning all. The day is finally here… the big reveal. I’m so excited to visit all the blogs and see what everyone has made, but first a quick recap… Lesley Watt, Claire Braunbarth and myself each supplied some of our goodies to put together challenge packs with a Spring Theme. Sets were sent out… Read More Spring Fever Design Challenge – The Reveal!
I’m really excited for this month’s reveal as it’s my design that’s being used by everyone to create their pieces… can’t wait to go and see what everyone’s done! The component was one of my moth pendants. Handmade and carved from porcelain and glazed with precious metal lustres. I don’t often use my beads… Read More March Component of the month reveal