Friday, 29 January 2010

Simple shades

Here's another lace pendant, this one is 1"x 3". I think this works well as a long necklace, It looks elegant just on chain with 3 different Swarovski crystal either side. I used Blue Zircon, Indicolite and Indian Sapphire, each one picks out a different shade in the lace. They don't photograph all that well as you don't get the full effect of seeing through the pendant.

I've discovered some scraps of gorgeous lace in vintage rose colours so they are next on the list. I've also re-discovered an old book that has lovely tatty yellowed pages so i fancy a go at some collage pendants.......there aren't enough hours in the day!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Could this be...



the most beautiful pearl in the world?! On the left of this necklace above the pendant is a gorgeous 12mm Swarovski crystal pearl in coral. It's a new colour and I adore it! Unfortunately not everyone shares my passion for this colour and so I've ended up with this free sample! I put it to good use with a new type of pendant I've been working on, it's lace trapped in glass. This one is quite bright and summery but I've also done some with more subtle colours which give a totally different look.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Charming...


I've had a go at some mini stampbord charms and they're really cute! They measure approximately 13mm square and are made by cutting a larger square into 4 pieces (quite tricky, I bought myself a new super sharp knife and a mini clamp!) They work really well with my set of vintage sewing paraphernalia mini stamps. The words also work but only up to 4 letters! I can still use all of my favourites; joy, love, wish and hope. The usual size of Swarovski diamantes (3mm) dwarf these minis so I've used 2mm which I can only get hold of in crystal at the moment but I think it looks good, I don't want to over complicate them.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Camouflage cat


Noah in his very good disguise.

Sunday, 24 January 2010


These are from a collection of cards I made. I've used my latest favourite stamp of an old fashioned birdcage. It's from a Chatsworth collection which also includes a gorgeous damask print and a lovely antique looking chair (perfect for a new home card but I don't know anyone with a new home - typical!)

I'm trying to make them in batches so that I never have to have a last minute panic when I realise it's someone's birthday! Works in theory! The next batch needs to be men's cards, these always prove slightly more difficult, sparkly things and flowers seem to come much more naturally to me!

Friday, 22 January 2010

Here are some marbled felt beads I've made. These are slightly larger than the plain felt beads so work well as a focal bead. I like playing with different colour combinations but these never turn out how I expect so each one is always a surprise! they must be quite popular as I only have 5 out of 14 left, how exciting!

I've had a request for some smaller Stampbord pieces, more like charms for bracelets or even earrings so can't wait to get started on those.

Mr Noah is now feeling better, we know this as just as we were sitting down to eat tea he launched himself through the cat flap with a little gift for us. The little mouse was dealt with so quickly i didn't have time to snap him. I can tell you he was mouse coloured with black beady eyes and big ears! We'll be on cat watch all night now!

Not just necklaces...

A scarf/cardigan/lapel pin. I've been very extravagant and used lots of Swarovski crystals and pearls in this piece. The large pale gold bead on the left of the picture is a Vintage Swarovski crystal, how perfect! I don't often go for gold but adding some copper and brown has given it a vintage look.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Dreamy

I'm not always a fan of putting pendants just on thread but I've tried this one with three colours of 2mm cotton bootlace and I'm really pleased with it. I chose purple, navy and black thread to pick up on the colours in the pendant. The hanger I've used is great because it means the pendant won't twist round and show it's not so elegant side!

I attended a party last night and made a fascinator especially for the event. I had forgotten how much I enjoy making them so it's on my list of things to experiment with!

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Unlocked


So here is a necklace with a stambord pendant. This pendants is one of my personal favourites (second only to the Eiffel Tower ones!) It has a neutral background with a subtle grey damask pattern and a lovely old fashioned key as the feature. I kept the necklace simple and used grey, black and cream Swarovski beads and pearls. I also added some vintage touches with the key and mother of pearl button. I think this style of necklace really suits the pendant.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Naughty Noah

This little critter has just come out of my boot after making a cozy nest out of the lining.

Boots= ruined
Noah= bed with no supper

Don't worry, it didn't stay in the snow for long, it sought refuge under a bush, only for Noah to bring him back through the cat flap to play inside again!

Felt bead bracelets



Here are some simple bracelets made from my felt beads. The holes are big enough to thread organza ribbon through using a tapestry needle and then tie with a bow. They would also look nice with some co-ordinating glass or pearl (or maybe even crystal if I'm feeling flush!) beads between as spacers. I may try that next.

They are also very effective wrist warmers!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Felt Beads




I've been busy making these lovely fuzzy nuggets! My intention was to make some beads with random wool tops I had left from previous projects. The colour combination I ended up with is really quite nice! I hope to try mixing some different coloured fibres together and maybe embroidering some.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Welcome!


Well, welcome to my New Years resolution! I really enjoy reading other peoples blogs so I thought i'd have a go myself!

Here's a pic of a pendant, part of a collection I've been working on, hope to make some finished pieces of jewellery with them soon so watch this space...