Wednesday, 27 April 2011


Yes, I am excited about these new beads. Big, fat chunky ones! I love the colours, I love the foiling and metallic paints. I could fill a big hole full of them and dive into the middle of them like one of those kiddies ball pools. The bright colours are my favourites but I've also made some in vintage script and music designs. They are one inch long and about 0.45 inches wide. Now I need to find some new patterns and designs because they are full of possibility.

Then there are slightly smaller ones too. These are rolled paper to form barrel shaped beads but instead of being coated in UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) they are coated in many layers of varnish. These ones are three quarters of an inch long and about a third of an inch wide at the widest point. There are a variety of colours and a couple of sets that are one inch in length. The notepads I mentioned in my last post are destined to be decorated with some of these but I can also see them as earrings or a pendant. No doubt I'll be posting pictures of whatever I use them for. However there are sets for sale in my Etsy store so pop by for more pictures of them.


I can't believe that it has been two months since I last posted anything. I wish I could say that I had been very creative during that time but that has been the problem - I haven't. I signed up for an Open University course on Greek Mythology and, along with some large bead commissions, that's all I have been doing. I overestimated the amount of time I had to work on a university level course so steam has been coming off my computer keyboard as I researched and typed.

I did manage to TRY and be creative. Unfortunately that means I have loads of unfinished projects on the go.

An unfinished notepad.

Unfinished new bead designs.

Another unfinished notepad. (Do you see a pattern evolving along the lines of notepads?)

Unfinished drawings.

Unfinished pushpins.

More unfinished beads.

Unfinished pompoms. (Not sure what I'm going to use them for but the Clover pompom makers are great fun.)

An unfinished sock on my sock loom.

Unfinished embroidery.

Unfinished lucet cords.

Unfinished spring themed cards.

In fact, in two months I have only finished one thing - a tag. With the lack of creativity in my life I was getting grumpy. So I managed to make myself a little tag reminding me - Don't be crabby - Live life and be content.

My course is drawing to a close in the next few weeks so I hope that normal transmission will resume soon. As it is I already have some new bead designs that I have added to my Etsy store so I'll be posting images of them next.