Christmas come early… come late

Hello all. I hope you’ve had an at least tolerable Christmas…

xmas tree…and that your festive season has been full of good things,

photo-5 copy 3like fluffy pink elephants and stuff.

Last time I posted, some days before Christmas, I mentioned that I has amassed a pile of parcels full of good things like beads and glazes.

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I also mentioned that I’d be back in a day or so to share this early xmas bounty. Well, I never got around to it so that’s what I’m doing today, some days after xmas.  I meant to take the pictures of the contents outside, on a white background, but it was cold and I was lazy – it may even have been raining – so I ended up taking them on my scruffy, stained work surface. Sorry about that. Anyway, on with the good things. I’m sure a fair number of you will recognise the red wrapping on that top package. A Petra parcel is always very welcome and this one contained those dinky Christmas trees at the top of this post.

PetraI’m loving those spiky ring things. Not entirely sure what I’ll do with them yet but you know how it is when you have to have something? Course you do!

A number of the parcels were things I ordered in Black Friday sales, like this little bundle from Earthbutter Beads.

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The colours in those raku rounds are so subtle and beautiful; I had to order another two more sets just to ensure I had enough to bring myself to use some.  I did a similar thing with the earring pairs I got from Slate Studio.

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I knew I’d need to keep a pair of each for myself.  I love Sarah’s beads so I stocked up when she had her Black Friday sale. Ditto Tree Wings Studio.

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I can’t get over how teeny those little birds are!  More Black Friday purchases here, from Happy Fish Things.

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I got a few beads to keep this necklace company on its way over the Czech Republic.

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I’d had my eye on it for ages and it had already been reduced quite a bit. I did try taking a pic of me wearing it. I won’t bother sharing that!

What else? I’d also stocked up on more Madeline Bunyan polar bears. I didn’t get around to using them this year but they’ll be ready for next Christmas!

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I wish I’d got a better picture of these Numinosity goodies.

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Also wish I’d managed to bag a few more of them whilst I was shopping. Finally, beads-wise, some lovely new designs from Blueberribeads.

blueberribeadsJust lovely!

Edit: I forgot to include these:

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How??! The wonderful Moogin Mindy, of course.

Now for some really fascinating pictures.

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Proper eye candy, hey? Wanna see more?

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I just can’t stop buying glazes…

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In fact, I think I might just have to have a little browse to see if any online suppliers are  running end-of-year sales.  Speaking of the end of the year, let me leave you with the best of wishes for 2015.

What’s been going on…

Oh dear! It’s been quite a while since I last posted. It’s been a hectic few weeks, full of the typical December jewellery-world business, including craft fairs and post office queues and all the rest of it.  On top of all this predictable activity, I also had a crazy big update in the bead shop. I should have blogged about it long since. A good number have sold (thank you, dear shoppers!). Still, I felt I couldn’t post now and not include some images of these latest beads – for the record if nothing else. Plus, some of them are still available in the bead shop.

Dec bead collage

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Dec Update Collage

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And while I’m here I thought I’d share a few new pieces of jewellery too.

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(porcelain birds – Blueberribeads; wooden barrels – Pymatuning Crafts)

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 (polymer fox – Tree Wings Studio)

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(lampwork beads – Magdalena Ruiz; bronze charms – Lesley Watt)

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(lampwork polar bear – Madeline Bunyan)

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(lampwork rounds – Cheeky Cherub; patina hoops – Grubbi)

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(ceramic spikes – Scorched Earth)

A few of these have sold, but the rest are available on Etsy.

Whilst I’ve had all this stuff to do, a large pile of beady and glaze-y post has accumulated. I told myself I wasn’t allowed to open it until I got all my chores and responsibilities out of the way. I also told myself that I had to get my work surface tidy before opening them too.

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Well, that looks pretty tidy – to me at least!  I’ll be back in a day or so to share some properly envy-inducing pics!!