Monday, 23 February 2009

Bead Scene workshops

Just had an email round reminding me about the BeadScene workshops & open day coming up on Saturday. I really enjoyed the last one I did (making a seed bead cuff bracelet - my first proper stitch I had to learn), and am looking forward to doing more of them, but can't make this one. Will be checking out the one at the end of March.

My friend Katie (who got me into card making) and I are also going to a bead stringing workshop at Amy Surman's on the 8th March. I do lots of stringing, but really want to learn how to use my crimping pliers consistently, as I get mixed results and usually end up just using my pliers instead.

I've added some of the other cards I made last weekend.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Using up old supplies

Have been trying to use up some of my old craft supplies, although am constantly seeing lovely new goodies that I want to buy & try. Only just managed to upload some of the cards I made last weekend, plus I seem to have mislaid pretty much a new pack of labels so need to get some more bought & printed before they can be taken over to the B&B to put up for sale. Annoying, especially as now won't be able to sort them out til next Sat/Sun.
Caught up with a friend this weekend. She quite often buys up a stack of cards for upcoming birthdays & events, and this time bought another 3 cards. She also suggested next time I leave her a stock of cards which she'll take for her mum to sell at her B&B and shop. So need to make up a reasonable mix of cards ready for next time I see her. That B&B is busier than our farm, so hopefully I'll be able to sell a few more to recoup some of my costs (& be able to buy more lovely supplies)

Thursday, 19 February 2009

I want to keep them all

I love most of the jewellery I've made. I don't find much time to create it, but when I have some time I'm quite prolific in the amount I make. It does tend to always be bracelets though as that's what I prefer to wear - necklaces tend to get on my nerves by half way through the day. If I find I have lots of spare jewellery I've made, my friends get lots of unique presents when it comes to birthdays & Christmas.

I've uploaded some of my recent creations that I particularly like. The ring was my first attempt at a wire wrapped ring. i couldn't work out how to use beads instead of buttons, so I need a bit of practise, but it's all good fun.

Monday, 16 February 2009

It's been a long time coming

Had a lovely Sunday with the craft supplies out. Made some lovely cards...I want to get a few themed styles made as a friend suggested the shop she works in might want to take some to sell. The shop's a girly type gift shop, so cards probably go down quite well so may have to do some research into it and get some cards made up front in preparation just in case I've not got time over the next few weeks to make some.

Made a real mix this weekend as haven't made cards for a while - lots of birthday ones, some for Mother's Day (still to be uploaded), and a few blanks. Had quite a few ideas going round my head and discovered some really nice papers I've got sitting in the depths of my storage, so want to get the stash out more frequently to get creative again soon.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Reminiscing with Fimo

Did some rooting around earlier in the week looking for some lampwork beads, but discovered some of the amazing creations on Emma Ralph's website. (spooky given they're mine & my OH's names!). She does beautiful lampwork but also some lovely polymer clay beads. So I've decided I'm going to try and make some of my own.

After using Fimo a bit as a kid, I'm hoping to make more grown up beads with a touch of sparkle rather than the garish colours and lopsided ovals that we managed when younger. We'll see tomorrow when I open up the goodies I bought and start experimenting. It's a nice cheap way to try things...if they aren't great I can always make my god-daughter some nice bracelets, if they turn out well it's a bonus and I've got new crafting to continue with. I shall make sure I post some of the pictures up when I sort out my photobucket albums.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

First posting

So, I already had one blog on wordpress that covers all of my general going ons and musings, but I wanted to be able to customise my background and concentrate my crafty progress on one blog.

Therefore, here I am. Have been crafting for a few years...started with cards thanks to a friend's suggestions and now also make jewellery. At the moment I'm quite relaxed about it all. I craft when I have a massive block of time spare (doesn't often happen), sell a few cards at the farm's B&B, and every year I tell myself I'll do a craft fair to make back some of the money I've spend on craft supplies. It's not happened yet, so maybe this will be the year.