Mudlarks is the meeting of two minds that are equally obsessed with the infinite possibilities that working with clay (or mud) provides. One of those minds in mine and the other is my good friend Lesley Watt of Lesley Watt Artisan Elements. Lesley and I recently attended a bead show together and during the run… Read More Meet the Mudlarks…
At the beginning of the month we announced a new challenge over on the Art Elements blog. This time it was the turn of Diana Ptaszynski to choose the theme and for June, she chose insects. Perfect for Spring! You can read the original post here. As well as getting creative with the theme, we’ve had… Read More June Theme Challenge reveal – Insects
This month’s host for the Component of the Month challenge is the lovely Lesley Watt. Lesley creates in clay (amongst other mediums) and offered these gorgeous shell pendants and cabs for us to design with. You can see more of Lesley’s clay work as well as her jewellery at http://www.lesleywatt.com I received this gorgeous little cab to… Read More Component of the Month Reveal May
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
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!
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
What do we want? Spring! When do we want it? Now! Well all right then! I usually love Autumn and Winter, but I don’t feel that we’ve had proper seasons this year… what should have been crisp frosty mornings and beautiful snow filled landscapes has turned in to a wet mess. We’ve had… Read More Spring Fever Design Challenge
Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday and recovered from the festivities… now they’re all out of the way, it’s time to get back to work. I’m really excited about this year, I have loads of plans and ideas for new beads, and I’m going to throw myself in to something I’ve… Read More AJE – December component of the month reveal
I’ll be holding my only sale of the year tomorrow Friday 29/11/13 for Black Friday. There are lots of new designs as well as some old favourites. Here’s a peek at what will be coming up! Listings will be live at 10am and there is a 20% discount on your order if you… Read More Black Friday Sales
Thank you to everyone who took part in my competition and for all the lovely comments! I’m not going to waffle today, I’m just going to get straight to it and announce the winners 😀 The beads have been counted, and overseen by our independent adjudicator… There were 226 beads in total. So in 1st… Read More And the winner is..