Art Bead Scene – February Challenge

I’ve never taken part in the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge.  I’ve meant to several times but I’ve always failed to get my act together in time.  This month, however, I’d just received these polymer beads by LC Beads (available from Big Bead Little Bead) and they perfectly matched the colours of the challenge image, Klee’s The Rose Garden.

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Here’s what I made.

rose garden mosaic

I know I’m not alone in reaching for an Elukka house for this challenge! I’ve nearly used that little ceramic Gaea rose half a dozen times at least – I’m glad I had it to hand still.  The two red faceted polymer beads are some I made following a Shipwreck Dandy tutorial. If you want to see what others have come up with, visit the Art Bead Scene Flickr pool.

‘We’re All Ears’ blog hop

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on here but I was recently invited to join the Earrings Everyday blog team.  (Very gratifying it was, too!)  Today is the reveal date for our new ‘We’re All Ears’ blog hop, which will be happening every month from now on.  We’re hoping blogging designers will want to join the team in making earring designs inspired by a monthly image.  Here’s the inspiration for this month.


Any blogger who wants to participate can do so by making, blogging and linking here.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I’ve mixed some beautiful wirework head pins from The Curious Bead Shop with Petra’s (Scorched Earth) wonderfully vivid wild lime connectors.  Then I added in a mix of wee czech glass and recycled glass beads in what I’m calling ‘rainforest’ shades.  These Love Bugs are available in my Etsy shop.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with. We’d love to have lots of bloggers participating.  To join the hop or see what others have made, here’s where you want to be!


I’m having a cull.  I’ve been meaning to do it for some time.


You know those pieces that end up hanging around? Or those pieces that nag at you because some element of them isn’t right?  Or those things you were never entirely convinced by and that didn’t prove you wrong and sell?  Today, I’ve chopped all mine up.  This might seem rash – certainly, only the other day, a piece which I had mentally marked for the chop went and sold.  Still, I feel better for it.  I’m also hoping that this array of retrieved beads will prompt some new design ideas, which have been a bit few over the last couple of days.

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I have made some new things.  Earrings mostly, and one bracelet…


The bracelet has been listed on Etsy, the earrings will join it in the next few days.  Do pipe up if there’s anything you’d like.

This way

(ceramic arrows – Scorched Earth)


(glass headpins – Numinosity Beads)

silk slippers

button buds

I also made a pair for me, with these beautiful heather-y spikes…

heather spikes

(ceramic spikes – Scorched Earth, lampwork beads – Glass Bead Art)

…because I clearly need more Scorched Earth earrings… s.e. earrings

I also need to learn how to make my camera work in non-macro mode.  Before I go, I had calls for more pictures of Dexy, which I am always more than happy to share!  He’s not the easiest beast to photograph, but today he decided to oblige and sat still long enough for me to capture a good portrait.


That’s the lot for now.  I guess I’d better go and tidy all those liberated beads away…

One of those bonkers long posts with loads of photos…

So, it’s another day of rain and cold in Somerset.  There’s been little to do all week but stay inside and bead.  So, this large lot is the result of a week of chilly cabin fever.  I braved the outside today to take photos.  It needed to be done before my ‘to photo’ pile got any larger. Yep, there’s a lot of it!

the soft, soft night

(ceramic rounds – Rowan Song Crafts, ceramic button – Grubbi)


(stitched heart – Green Girl Studios)


(ceramic oval – Peruzi, ceramic bands – Scorched Earth, copper clasp – The Curious Bead Shop)


(driftwood droppers – Scorched Earth)

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(ceramic lentil – Golem Studio)

[Is this necklace just too simple? I was liking the simplicity while I was making it but now… It isn’t a great photo, either…]

lava daisies

(ceramic pillow – Golem Studio)

kissing cardinals

(polymer cardinals – Rejetta Sellers)

ocean drops

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

[You can win these and some other fabulous earrings on Earrings Everyday]

paisley petal

(ceramic lentil – Golem Studio)

painted eggs

(ceramic rice beads – Golem Studio)


(lampwork beads – Puffafish, copper headpins – The Curious Bead Shop)


(enamel connectors – 4ophelia)

speckled cluster

(ceramic flowers – Captured Moments, ceramic round – Jo Lucksted)

still for me

(ceramic heart – Bo Hulley, ceramic round – Rowan Song Crafts)

[This simple wee bracelet is sticking with me!]

strata shades

(ceramic tubes – Scorched Earth)

those colours

(ceramic connectors – Scorched Earth)


(lampwork lentil – Moogin, bronze clasp – Thea Elements)

from over east

(ceramic rounds – Bo Hulley)

happy, happy

home from home


ocean view

my blue heart

Apologies for the crazy image overload!  If there’s anything that’s taken your fancy do drop me a line. Bye for now.

oh dear, oh dear, oh beads….

Oh dear


I had a bit of a hectic few days over the weekend and the backend of last week. I had some bead custom orders to make and a magazine project to make and write up.  The trouble is, I get caught up in doing these things and then things just get out of hand.  This is the result – bead mayhem. I have all these beads that I’ve ordered recently that I’ve either not had chance to put away or that I’ve left out with a view to making something.  And there are these ‘exploded’ orders that I’ve pulled open for the vital elements that I needed and that have remained in their ransacked state.


Predictably, there’s a Scorched Earth bundle that I raided last week.


Aren’t these toggles amazing?!


So, the task for this afternoon will be sorting this lot out, putting some away, deciding what I need to leave out to use in the near future.  Before I do that, I thought I’d share some of these new goodies with you – knowing you’re likely to be one of those peculiar individuals who loves looking at beads.  I’ve had some fabulous post days recently, this morning included.  I’m loving this new Moogin colourway.


I think at least 2/3s of this little bundle will be staying with me!  Here’s some more gorgeous glass.  I had these in my cart for some time; I’m so glad I got them.  They’re from Rachel Art – this is my first order from her.


The colour mix is fabulous: bright red and citrus shades with grey – it really works.  I’m just trying to work out how I can use a number of them together so I can incorporate the full range of colours in whatever I make.  They were beautifully presented too.  Here’s some more yummy glass, from Earthshine Beads (which was also beautifully packaged) – plus an enamel leaf from C-Koop.


I’m sure these should be used together – again, I just can’t work out how… Perhaps I’ll mix in some of these.IMG_2356

I love deep red picasso finish glass so I’m finding this pile very pleasing. I’ll be struggling to separate them, but I guess it must be done. (Beads here from The Curious Bead Shop, Lima Beads and Smitten Beads).  These headpins would fit in this mix rather nicely, I think.


Mmmm – lovely goodness from Bo Hulley, of course.  More ceramics here, from Happy Fallout.IMG_2387

This is the *third* set of palimpsest beads that I’ve ordered and I’ve still barely touched the first.  I. just. love. them.  I have a similar problem with my Jubilee beads.  These will be joining my sprawling conurbation.


Another building here, from Blueberribeads, along with some sweet hearts.


And here’s another first order from a new-to-me maker, Margit Boehmer.


Kinda wish I’d got more now. I also have a couple of bundles of vintage wonder waiting to be used/filed.  This lot is from Bumbershoot Supplies.


Loving those vintage sequins; I’ve wanted some for a while.  Fabulous colours!  I’m also loving this little lot too, from Vintage Bead Cache.


I think that’s the lot!  Thankfully I’ve also just received a pile of bead boxes.

dex yawning

Dexy finds beads very boring indeed.  He’s waiting on a walk, right now.


Not impressed. So, I’d best get on and walk him before turning my attention back to this chaos.  Before I go, a question (assuming you’re still reading!): white czech glass starburst coin or blue ceramic star?


I’m thinking white czech glass….