Monday, 31 March 2014

Some ingredients of the Bead Soup I sent to Stacy

Stacy tells me she received the Bead Soup I sent her (phew - WHY did I not send it recorded delivery?) so I can now post photos! Unfortunately, not all my photos of this soup came out properly, because I was in a hurry.

Here are the less-blurred ingredients:

a) lampwork toggle clasp from Earthshine Beads
b) poppy jasper rounds from Beadworks, Covent Garden
c) dark blue Bohemian faceted crystal - bought from Ron Chudy's shop when I was in Australia

all of which are shown (not all in perfect focus) in the photo below.

Photo the First. Demonstrating the refractive power of, er, plastic.
The focal is:
d) a lampwork heart bead from Craven and White

Photo the Second. Pillowcase: stylist's own.
The soup also contains:
e) some other stuff not shown here, because I am a rubbish photographer.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Readers, I made something! (Don't all faint at once).

So I finally made that knotted necklace. It is made from different-coloured ceramic discs, silver-plated large-hole beads and silver-plated toggle from Beads Unlimited  and navy waxed cotton which I bought from the Harrogate Bead Fair last year.

It is very simple but it has a bright 1980s kind of vibe. I have already been complimented on it.

Now, on to the next thing… (What is the next thing?)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bead Soup Arrived!

My bead soup arrived a few days ago!!

It is lovely!!! There are all sorts of interesting handmade things.

 More later!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party

Yay! This year I'm taking part again in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.

My partner is Stacy, whose blog you can find at

Based on her blog I can tell you that we have the following things in common:

1. Like me, she lives in Northern England, which our local radio tells us "the greatest place on Earth". They may possibly be biased. It is pretty great, though.

2. Like me, she has a small child. 

3. Like me, she has been quite busy lately and we have both left posting our bead soups until just after the deadline…

There the comparison ends, though, as her hair is way better than mine. I am keeping a list of rude things hairdressers have said about my hair. "If only hair could talk!" is my favourite. 

I hope Stacy likes the soup I have sent. I spent ages choosing the clasp on Etsy, as I felt slightly anxious after our strict instructions about Choosing Nice and Thoughtful Gifts and Not Just Any Old Tat. Not that I would buy any old tat on purpose, you understand, but it's just that my taste is rather eclectic at times and may not always fulfil all the criteria for the BSBP. And then after that I felt anxious about whether the beads I thought were co-ordinating were actually co-ordinating.

Anyway. Fingers crossed. Gotta go now, before my hair starts talking.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Amazing wirework seen at art exhibition

Today I visited the Frodsham Arts Centre in Cheshire. And I saw this amazing piece of copper wirework, which I just had to photograph.

The label says it is by Sandra Christie and is called "Healing Herbs". The copper wire is very shiny so I think it must be quite a new piece. This is just a quick snap taken with my friend's phone, so it doesn't really do the artwork justice, but I don't often see wirework in real life so thought I'd record it here.

UPDATE: Sandra herself!!!!!! has got in touch with me and provided this much better photo of her beautiful artwork. If anyone wants to get in touch with her you can go to her website here.

Sandra's proper photo

My hurried snap