Staving it off

I’m getting ill – again!  It started yesterday but I really can’t be doing with it right now (like anyone ever can…). My folks have both had a ferocious bug and I guess it’s my turn to have it. I thought I’d escaped but I should know better, really. And – perfect timing – it’s market day tomorrow.

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I’m just hoping I can keep it together for five hours, then resign myself to the full force of its grottiness.  Anyway, here’s some of the new pieces I’ll have on the stall.  My soup from Lori has had me thinking about greens and blues.

kiwi 1st

(driftwood wheels – Nature Scavenger)

coffee and cream 1

(lampwork bead – Glass Bead Art)

spice flower 2

I always photograph bracelets with button clasps with the button to the front, but sometimes that means you can’t see some of the ‘special bits’, like these lampwork beads.

spice flowers

But this view doesn’t really work. I guess I’ll end up having to photograph it again – argh! I’m afraid I can’t name the lampworker as I bought them from a friend who was de-stashing and couldn’t remember who made them. Anyone recognise them?

golden day

Still struggling with dismal grey photographs…

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(ceramic lentil – Golem Studios)

 I shared this necklace a while ago, and said I thought it was too simple. I decided it definitely was and have dressed it up a bit.  These would match nicely.

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serrated 1

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

I’ve got a bunch of pieces that I made for a project in the latest edition of Beads and Beyond.  It’s funny – I’ve found, doing magazine stuff, that you sometimes make things that don’t really fit with the rest of the stuff in your shop.  I’m not sure if I’ll list all of these, and these aren’t all the pieces I made for the project.  Most of them have some Scorched Earth in them, so I won’t keep repeating my credits! The ombre polymer pieces were made by me.

ocean fans

coaster necklace

coastal bacelet

egg shell earrings

sea view earrings

I’ve got a confession I have to make with this next necklace. I was majorly led by a piece that Lorelei Eurto made, and the piece that initially inspired her.  I got these wooden bars and was puzzling what to do with them. I did try to resist but… ach well… This is the piece I mentioned the time before last, featuring the tricky wooden rectangle that I included in Lori’s soup.  I hope I’ve managed to put my own spin on it; and I managed to get one of those rectangles used!

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(ceramic bird – Blueberribeads, ceramic rectangle – Jubilee, ceramic cap – Scorched Earth)

Finally, here’s a necklace in which I finally used one of my sets of Happy Fallout Palimpsest beads.  It’s going to end up being pretty pricey because of all the different stuff I used.

the long wait

I’ve had it planned for some time.  It would be lovely if someone bought it, but I suspect it will hang around… Hey ho… The market is on from 10am – 3pm tomorrow, in Frome town centre.  My pitch is in front of Fat Face, just outside my front door.  Small mercies!!

GIVEAWAY and FREE SHIPPING! Merry Christmas and Thank you!

A giveaway is long, long overdue!  I said I’d do one to mark reaching 200 likers on Facebook and I’m nearly at 300 now.  So, to thank you Facebook followers and to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, I’m going to give away this bracelet which featured in the Christmas issue of Beads and Beyond.snowbound

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All you need to do is leave a comment on this post.  It would be great if you could spread the word about this giveaway, so if you share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., please leave extra comments saying where you’ve shared and you’ll have a greater chance of winning!  The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday evening and I’ll get the bracelet in the post so that, if you’re in the UK, you’ll have it in time for Christmas.  If you’re not in the UK you can, of course, still enter – it’s just unlikely that the bracelet will be with you before Christmas!

Huge thanks again to everyone who has supported both my shops in the last year.  When I get to 300 likes on Facebook I’ll do another giveaway – and I’ll make sure I do it more promptly next time!

The other piece of news I have to share is that I’m offering free shipping this week up to midday on 19th December, the last post day for Christmas delivery.  Just enter the code FREESHIP when you check out.  Click here to head to the shop!  This offer is available to UK and overseas customers.  Your orders will be sent either by UK 1st Class or standard Airmail.

Thanks again!