BSBP: From Lori to me

Okay, I’m back to share the fabulous soup that Lori sent to me.  But where to start?  It arrived beautifully packaged.

cute bag

How sweet is this wee baggie? Love the vintage button particularly (of course!)  There was yet more pleasing packaging inside this.

gift boxes

Both of these boxes arrived with beautiful bows, but I’d already stuck my eager, greedy beak inside the dark one before I remembered I was supposed to be taking pictures.  Now for the wonders inside. I’m crazy about these.

lampwork glass

The large ones are from Jane Perala and they’re fab. I’m glad I got them as part of this soup because if I’d got them any other way I’d be sure to hoard them for forever. Lori can’t remember who made the little lampies but they’re very nice too. And guess what? These aren’t even the focal(s).  Look –

focal and clasp

Apparently Lori has been hoarding these for some time. How kind?! They’re Thai Hill Tribe silver (99%), which I’ve never used before. The smaller butterfly is a clasp. I have a bit of an idea brewing for these. Hope I can make it work!  I don’t tend to use bright silver very often so that’s going to be a new thing to think on.  And while we’re talking silver…

pewter and silver

Lori also included these dinky sterling lantern-ish spacers. So much silver! The large twists are pewter, as are the little rings.  I’ve got a bit a plan for those too.  There’s more:

glass and pearls

I love these big coin pearls!  And a bit of a coincidence: the faux sea glass looks very similar to the recycled glass that I sent to Lori.  I do like its frostiness!  And finally, I’d mentioned to Lori that I love czech glass…

czech glass

See how the bag was neatly matched to what was inside!  Here’s everything together:

full soup from lori

Didn’t I do well?!  To see what I sent to Lori head here.

Obviously, I can’t begin to say a big enough ‘thank you’ to Lori, but

THANK YOU, LORI !!!!!!!!!


BSBP: From me to Lori

So, it’s Bead Soup Blog Party time again.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Here’s a post from last year, which explains it all.  I started putting my soup together a wee while ago. I was ordering a stack of stuff from a certain online shop where you can buy all manner of beady goods, including art beads. I took a bit of a ‘Friday night shop’ approach to it, finding a focal and clasp, then slinging various other matching items into my cart.  It was really the focal and clasp that determined the rest of the soup ingredients. I ended up going with a colour that I don’t use much myself – green.

focal and clasp

(enamel leaf – CKoop, clasp – Miss Fickle Media)

It’s not that I don’t like green – I do! I just seem to overlook it.  There are certain greens I love – like lime and chartreuse.  But it isn’t one of my go-to colours.  It’s not just the case with designing; I barely ever buy green clothing, for example. I’m not consciously avoiding it. I just find that it’s missing when I look for it. Anyway, enough about my green issues. I haven’t introduced my partner.  She doesn’t really need an introduction.  It’s Lori Anderson, who’s only the blimmin’ organiser of this whole swap thing! Obviously, I was stoked and more than a bit surprised when I discovered that Lori was my partner. And then I was struck with SIC (Soup Inferiority Complex).  ‘How many soups must Lori have cast her eye over’, I thought. ‘Surely mine is going to seem wanting’.  But I’d already ordered the focal and clasp and various other bits, so I resisted the temptation to scrap my plans.  Here’s the rest of what I’ve sent to Lori. I know she’s received it – apparently, her son, Zack, was very taken with the leaf, which was good to hear!

soup in full 1

There’s a couple of strands of recycled glass, which I bought when I got the focal and clasp.

recycled glass

Then I pulled together a mix of other miscellaneous green stuff. misc green

Inevitably, there’s a couple of Petra bits, along with some dark green leather and some czech glass leaves/drops/top-drilled thingummies. I included that big painted wood rectangle as a bit of a curve ball. I’ve actually got two strands of them, one green and one fuchsia pink. I bought them because I liked the look of them but I didn’t have a clue what I’d do with them. Putting this soup together, I actually came up with a necklace design using one, so that was neat. Anyway, I thought I’d challenge Lori with one too. To counter all the green, I added in a bunch of semi-precious – quartzes mainly, and some coffee jasper.


Very Spring-y, I thought.  Here’s the whole soup again.

full soup 2

I’m really intrigued to see what Lori comes up with. The reveal day is 3rd May.  I have received the most fabulous soup from Lori, which rather puts mine to shame, but hey ho!  I’ll be back to share it very soon – hopefully tomorrow!

New jewellery and post day goodness

Jeez!  Sorry, it’s been a while since I last pulled a post together. It’s just been a busy old time, with one thing and another.  So, this is going to be a bit of a bumper issue.  Inevitably, I’ve managed to build up a considerable back log of new designs, along with various other bits and pieces that I’ve been wanting to share.


(ceramic bands – Scorched Earth)

blue skies 1

 (ceramic lentil – Golem Studios, ceramic flowers links – Captured Moments)

Which means I had a crazy load of Etsy listing to do.

cardamon 1

I know you should drip feed listings into your shop and resist the temptation to list everything in one go.

(Awful blue photo alert!)

blue skies

(polymer daffodil – Elise Canning)

Well, I just wanted it all sorted and done, so I’ve ignored this advice and just listed all these new pieces in the shop. It’s never been so full!


(I really must get my head around ‘white balancing’, or whatever it’s called….)

rich and raw

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

the leaves

(lampwork beads – Bluhealer)

bird life

 (ceramic bird cage – Happy Fish Things, wirework nest – The Curious Bead Shop)

thankful for the day

Wrap drop rings

 (ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

twilight 1

 (ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

scored 1

(ceramic squares – Happy Fish Things)

paprika 1

 (ceramic rounds – Bo Hulley)

little like angels

(lampwork beads – Bluhealer)

Into the sun

(driftwood beads – Nature Scavenger)

Another country 1

from out of the valley 1

(enamel plates – 4ophelia)

The enamel plates in this last pair of earrings must have taken a big knock on their way here from Canada. A section of the enamel had broken off. Rather than sling it, I decided to try covering the break with a ‘spill’ of rusty patina.  I’m not sure if it’s all that successful. We’ll see. If they don’t go, I’ll just use the unbroken one in a necklace, I guess…

As you might imagine if you know me, I’ve had a few tasty post days since last time.  Look at these new goodies; they arrived some time ago now…

new goodies

(pinwheels – Jade Scott, tin pieces – Lorelei Eurto Hill, ceramic beads – Menagerie Studio)

I’ve been wanting some Basha beads for an age.


I also got some gorgeous Slate Studios sets the other day.  I had to get two, so I could bear to part with one.

new slate lovelies

One other thing I’ve been meaning to share. I was lucky enough to have my name pulled from the hat to take part in a ‘Spring Fever’ challenge run by Thea Elements, Blueberribeads and Smitten Beads.  Here’s what I have to work with…

spring fever pack1

Lucky me, hey? I’m going to leave you with a few more newish designs which I didn’t get round to sharing here before now. If you’ve seen them already, apologies!  I like to treat this blog as a record of the things I make and sell, etc; for me if no one else!

double bud bracelet

cherry buds 2

(polymer blossoms – Rejetta Sellers)

ring of roses 1

(lampwork bead – Ciel Creations)

vintage dahlia

(lampwork beads – Ciel Creations)


 (ceramic coin drops – Scorched Earth)

dark light

(ceramic coin drop – Scorched Earth)

bright heart

(ceramic heart – Scorched Earth, lampwork heart – Keeley Kenyon)

ocean drops

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

backgammon bracelet

That’s the lot.  I’ll be back soon – possibly tomorrow – with some Bead Soup business! One last bit of news – we have seen sun!!

Dex in the sun - for blog

‘We’re all ears’ blog hop – March challenge

So, it’s time for the second monthly blog hop for the Earrings Everyday design challenge.  I have to admit that I found this month’s inspiration particularly challenging.

beatrixpotter-miceatwork-threading the needle It’s one of Beatrix Potter’s illustrations from The Tailor of Gloucester. Maybe it’s because it’s so thoroughly figurative, but I found myself struggling to find features that could be picked out and developed more loosely.  I started out looking for mice beads, which, I found, are surprisingly few on Etsy. (Bead makers, there’s a gap in the market there!)  Then I told myself I’d make some little mice beads when I got the clay out this week, which I totally forgot to do. Then, one night, lying in bed, I remembered these vintage bobbin charms that I’ve had for ages – I can’t remember where on earth I picked them up.  I had to get up there and then and root around to find them, hoping that I still had them somewhere. Phew! That gave me the base for the earrings. Then I had the idea to make my own bobbins using wooden discs and waxed linen.  I finished them off with some teeny Japanese decal beads, to pick up the floral fabrics in the image.  So, here they are:

tailor 1

These earrings are now listed here in my Etsy shop.

tailor 2

To participate in the hop or see what others have come up with, here‘s where you want to be.  I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone else has dealt with this challenge!

FLASH SALE and Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!

So, it’s been a lovely day here in Frome – proper sunshine and everything!  What better excuse for a flash sale.  You can get 25% off all jewellery using the discount code HERECOMESTHESUN25.  Click here to head to the shop. The code will be active for the whole weekend. There are a few pieces that are waiting to be listed, which you can see if you look at the last couple of posts.  Also, I’ve been having a bit of an earring making spree over the last couple of days.  If you’re interested in any of these, let me know and I’ll get them listed so you can get 25% discount.


(ceramic connectors and bead caps – Scorched Earth)


(ceramic rounds – Bo Hulley)


(lampwork – Puffafish, ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

watch men


In a mist

Here’s another link to the shop. Here’s the code again: HERECOMESTHESUN25.  I hope you’ll find something to treat yourself to.  Bye for now!

Return of the market

So, my monthly markets resume tomorrow.  The event has been renamed and rebranded and is now called the Frome Independent. I’ve got my table plan sorted – although, looking at it, I’m thinking there may be too many bracelets.  There’s no table cloth on here so it doesn’t look so great. IMG_3046

I also managed to catch Dexy mid-shake. Despite the prep and various other commitments, I’ve managed to get a few new pieces made over the last week or so.

primary hearts_edited-1

(lampwork hearts – Keeley Kenyon)

emerald standard 1

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)


I got this neat hemp cord with blended colours –


I’m easily pleased! I’ve been trying it out in a couple of bracelets.


(polymer heart – Rejetta Sellers, polymer round – LC Beads, painted driftwood – Nature Scavenger)

What you can’t see in that picture is this dinky vintage dog charm, which matching rainbow ears!

bonzo detail

Here’s a very simple piece – I’m not sure what to do with it, really. I just wanted to see all those lovely colours braided together.

taffy plat

Shame the rubbish light doesn’t let you see them!  Here’s another disappointing photo!

owl band

(ceramic owl – Majoyoal)

It’s a pity cos I’m quite pleased with it.  More owls here:

serious owls

(ceramic owls – Majoyoal)

lagoon shells

(ceramic connectors – Scorched Earth)

magenta line 1

(lampwork rondelle – Moogin, tin caps – Lorelei Eurto Hill)

polka drops

(painted pebbles – Plymouth Rocks)

amber iron 1

(rusty drops – Something to do Beads)

So, all these and more will be available tomorrow, 10am – 3pm, in Frome town centre.  Somehow, I’ve forgotten to add a price tag to these.  And they haven’t made it into the stock box…

lagoon crescents

(ceramic crescents – Happy Fish)

I really want to keep them… Is that allowed?