Market day – new jewellery and stuff

It’s been a while.  I was doing so well on keeping on top of my Etsy listing.  Then for a couple of days I let things slide and all of a sudden it’s market day again and I have a heap of new things that aren’t listed.  There are some piece that I haven’t shared here yet that are listed – a bracelet and a couple of pairs of earrings:the good things 1

(lampwork bead – Cheeky Cherub Designs; ceramic discs – Jubilee)

banded about 1

(ceramic bands – Scorched Earth)

pretty inside 3

(polymer buds – Pips)

And now here’s all the new, new stuff that is yet to be listed.  If there’s anything that takes your fancy, do get in touch.

crowning 2

(ceramic crown – Round Rabbit; ceramic leaf – Scorched Earth; lampwork – Helen Chalmers and Earthshine; patinated hoops – Grubbi)

Sometimes I find myself thinking, ‘Perhaps I’ll just pass on making necklaces from now on’, so it’s always nice when I make one with which I’m actually wholly satisfied.  I’m also liking this bracelet, simple though it is – the prehnite is so glow-y!

grape juice 1

(crown – Jade Scott; ceramic bird – Blueberribeads)

I’ve been fiddling around with this necklace for an age. Still not sure if it’s right.

on a constant 1

(ceramic rectangles – Jubilee)

This one was the biggest pain to photograph!

sahara song 1

(ceramic spike – Scorched Earth; wirework clasp – The Curious Bead Shop)

And another one that I’m still ‘hmmmm-ing’ about

ophelia 1

(ceramic freesia – Scorched Earth)

I’ve been trying to come up with some simpler pieces that I can offer on the stall at a lower  price than my other necklaces.  I’ve found shoppers in Frome aren’t generally as ready to part with the kind of sums that many Etsy shoppers are ready to pay. Recently, I’ve made myself a number of necklaces in this kinda totem style.  They’re simple and really easy to wear.  So, we’ll see how they go…

flower totem 1

(patinated leaf – Something to do Beads)

owl totem 1

(ceramic owl – Blueberribeads; enamel oval – Gardanne)

bird totem 1

Here’s a wee detail of this last one –

bird totem detail

Here’s a piece from the current issue of Stringing.

pipeline 1

(ceramic bands – Scorched Earth)

This bracelet was also featured.  I had to price it yesterday. Hell, I really went to town with the pricey ingredients when I made this…

rainbow facets 1

(lampwork poppy – Mermaid Glass, copper clasp – Joanne Tinley)

I can’t decide whether to list the other pieces that were published… Anyway, some earrings now:

the two of them 1

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

scored and swirled

(ceramic rounds – Anne Lidbetter; ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

You know those earrings you’ve been looking for that look like little vintage table lamps? Here they are!

little lamps

(paper beads – Spoon)

Jeez… there is a heap of new stuff… I like the colours in this next bracelet – real summery…

beach hut

(polymer beach hut – Pips)

lost home

(house charm – Amanda Davie; beaded bead – Malin de Koning)

This one ended up being mine. I hadn’t anticipated the extent to which the creamy vintage beads would overlap, so it ended up being kinda tiny. Ach well…   This one was always going to be mine. (I need to stop repeating this bracelet layout all of the time!)


(ceramic rounds – Anne Lidbetter; ceramic dropper – Scorched Earth)

I’m still not sure whether the ceramic elements really work together – they seem to clash somehow.

To finish, here’s a shot of my new stall layout, with some new props – some ceramic tiles that don’t look too much like they were left over from fitting a bathroom and a couple of wooden risers I salvaged from the offcuts at a local timber merchants. I wanted to lighten it all up and make it less cluttered.

Stall june 2014

I always start out, when I plan stall layouts, thinking, ‘Yeah, this is gonna look good’.  This is the first time I’ve finished and still thought, ‘Yeah, I’m quite pleased with that’. So that’s an achievement. If you’re around Frome tomorrow, do stop by. I’ll be somewhere around the George Hotel in the market place, from 10am till 3pm.

30% off Sale and new jewellery

I’m not very good at promoting my Facebook page and, of course, Facebook doesn’t help with these things if you’re not prepared to pay. ‘Likes’ have crept up slowly but I’ve finally made it to 400. To celebrate I’m offering 30% off all jewellery this weekend. Just use the discount code 400THANKYOU.  Here’s a link to the shop.  I’ll be running a giveaway soon too; just need to decide what to giveaway.  Remarkably, I’m up-to-date with listing. Along with the available BSBP pieces, I’ve added a crop of earrings and a lone necklace over the last couple of days. Here are the new pieces that I’ve haven’t yet shared here.Dancing 1

(ceramic discs – Happy Fish Things)

pearl cup spikes 1

(ceramic spikes – Scorched Earth)

odd bods

(lampwork beads – Glass Geo Beads)

listen, listen 1

(ceramic connectors – Scorched Earth)

tendrils 1

(ceramic connectors – Scorched Earth)

The wind over the ocean 1

(ceramic connectors and drops – Scorched Earth)

Out of the ground 1

(ceramic discs – Scorched Earth)

Bit of a Scorched Earth fest, hey?  For a change….  Anyway, don’t forget: 30% off all jewellery with the discount code 400THANKYOU. Shop this way!

BSBP Reveal!

Oh dear, oh dear… Today is the reveal day for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party – something I only realised yesterday evening.  I thought it was on Sunday.  (I’ve not done at all well with dates recently!)  I’ve had to dash around this morning getting my photos taken.  So, without further ado, I’d better get on with things.  I have made a heap of stuff with the wonderful soup that the lovely Lori Anderson sent me.

full soup from lori

For a full run through of the ingredients, head here.  The first piece that I made was this bracelet, using some of the recycled glass nuggets.

frosted shells

(ceramic heart charm – Bo Hulley Beads)

I’ve been wondering what to do with these vintage shell beads for some time.  The glass nuggets were just the right size.  Next, I turned my attention to the beautiful lampwork focals, made by Jane Perala, and the stock of delicious czech glass.

cluster strand bracelet

Do you see those vivid blue spacers?  I was quite taken with them and there were loads in my soup so I simply stranded the rest of them together to make this skinny wrap bracelet.

lagoon wrap

(bronze charm – Thea Elements)

The main focal and clasp that Lori sent were both sweet Thai Hill silver butterflies.  I wanted to combine them in a necklace reminiscent of pinned butterfly displays.  This sort of thing:


So I collected together a few more butterflies from my stash and made several attempts at getting them all to hang one above the other in a necklace, with little success.  Then I had a brainwave. Why not just make a number of necklaces that can be layered up to form a column of butterflies?

butterfly necklace 1

(ceramic butterfly – Marsha Neal, ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

It was hell’s delight to photograph, but I’m quite pleased with my solution. My soup included a stack of pewter rings which I’ve wired together to form my own chain.  Here’s a detail, showing the clasp.

butterfly necklace clasp

I had some of the chain left so I mixed it with more of the czech glass in a multi strand bracelet.

jade heart

(ceramic heart – Blueberribeads)

Earrings next, three pairs:

earrings 1

(ceramic droppers: Scorched Earth)

earrings 2

(enamel leaves – Gardanne)

earrings 3

(lampwork discs – Helen Chalmers)

My favourite bead was one of the large lampwork pieces, so I decided to treat myself to a simple pendant piece – a bit of a BSBP souvenir!

my pendant - BSBP

(ceramic leaf – Scorched Earth; ceramic coin – Majoyoal)

And finally, another recycled glass and vintage bead combo:

geo bracelet

(ceramic bead – Round Rabbit)

Phew! Told you there was a lot. I’m so grateful to Lori for sending such a bounteous and beautiful soup (and for organising the whole thing!) – Thank you, Lori!  Here’s the soup that I sent to her.

soup in full 1

To see what she has made with it, here’s the link to Lori’s blog.  And, of course, there are hundreds of folk around the globe participating in today’s party.  Go visit them and show some love:

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 
Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 
Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         
Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  
Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             
Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           
Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D’Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              
Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                
Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     
Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              
Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          
Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                
Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           
Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                
Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           
Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://
Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  
Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    
Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              
Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               
Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           
Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         
Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     
Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            
Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    
Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          
Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    
Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                
Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    
Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  
Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            
Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 
Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre’z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      
Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             
Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           
Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         
Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  
Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 
Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               
Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               
Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 
Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     
Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d’Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              
Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              
Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     
Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        
Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              
Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd                                  


New Beads, predominately birds…

As you may or may not know, I haven’t made many beads recently. I was prompted to get the clay out to try a couple of things I’ve had in mind.  For a start, I’ve been wanting to try making some smaller birds, suitable for earrings.  I made a couple of pairs…

wee brown birds

wee olive grey birds

as well as a couple of loners.

wee blue birds

I also had these bead set designs in mind and I wanted to try them out.

geo patch beads

As I was making the yellow set, I was struck with the shape of one of them, which led me to make these –

patch birds group

That’s the bulk of the new bits. Not much, I know…  I made a few random extras – old faves mostly –

Misc beads

And these seafoam spirals which have touches of gold. Good for earrings, me thinks.

seafoam spirals

I’ve now listed all of these in the bead shop: Here!

New jewellery – quite a lot of it….

What a week…

the naturalist

(ceramics – Scorched Earth)

well, ten days, really.

out walking 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; ceramic birds – Happy Fish Things)

What has been happening?

big top 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; ceramic tubes – Golem Studios)

Well, Dexy got sick. He had a dreadful ear infection, which required a general anaesthetic so it could be flushed out.

indigo and iolite 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; patinated hoops – Grubbi)

So that was all quite stressful.


(polymer flower and bird – Tree Wings Studio)

Then I went to an open house at Smitten Beads, which was great but far more ‘active’ than I’m used to. That’ll teach me to be such a homebody.  I picked up a stack of new good stuff and met a load of folk I’d only ever ‘met’ online.

winged things 2

(ceramic leaves – Scorched Earth; lampwork beads – Earthshine)

I’d just about recovered when my laptop died. The hard drive went – just went. Nothing there, gone, kaput. Had I backed up all my images and software?

graffiti 1

Had I hell.

into the trees

 (ceramic house – Elukka; enamel leaf – Gardanne)

I’ll spare you the details – because they’re long and not very interesting – but I did manage to get the hard drive and software replaced without paying for them.

ocean side

(ceramic round – Slate Studio)

Or breaking the law.


So, thank heavens for that!

one daisy

(lampwork beads – Earthshine)

But, oh my, I don’t like being without a laptop. I kept getting that phantom limb thing where I’d turn to check something on it then find it wasn’t there.

crystal tip earrings

Of course, all this turmoil has prevented me posting new designs here. As you can see, there are quite a number.  Some have been listed, and some sold, but if there’s anything here that catches your eye that you can’t find in my Etsy shop, do get in touch.

holding light

 (ceramic spiral coin – Gaea; beaded bead – Malin de Koning; clasp – Amanda Davie)

So, apologies for another image heavy post…

peacock shards 1

 (enamel matchsticks – Numinosity)

 …although I’m quite relieved that I have all these images recorded on my blog because they’re no longer on my computer.

delft 2

 (ceramic lentil – Golem Studios; lampwork discs – Helen Chalmers)

ombre sky

 (ceramic lentil – Golem Studios)

I’m getting busy and posting all this now because it’s market day tomorrow.


sun into the evening

I’ll be stationed outside the George Hotel, in Frome town centre, from 10am till 3pm.

beach bird

(driftwood bead – Nature Scavenger; ceramic urchin – Blueberribeads)

Can you tell that I’ve yet to get to grips with my new version of Photoshop?!

catchy monkey

(copper pendant – Thea Elements)

tango teal

(driftwood bead – Nature Scavenger; lampwork beads – Glittering Prize, Helen Chalmers)

my bracelet

(ceramic leaf – Bo Hulley; lampwork beads – Glass Bead Art)

This last bracelet ended up being really small. So, regrettably, I’ve had to keep it for myself.   Anyway, that’s the lot. Ciao for now.