Pretty rocks and NaBloPoMo prize

*****UPDATE***** The school Christmas markets are done and as promised here are the options for one lucky NaBloPoMo prize winner to choose from. A) Moukaite jasper necklace with gold plated beads, bead caps and toggle clasp. Length 49.5cm. With matching earrings.Click on the photos for bigger images. B) Snowflake obsidian and riverstone necklace with silver plated bead caps and sterling silver toggle clasp. Length ~49cm. With matching earrings.Click on the photos for bigger images. C) Sodalite and riverstone necklace with pewter beads and sterling silver toggle clasp. Length 52 cm. With matching earrings.Click on the photos for bigger images. *****************On … Continue reading Pretty rocks and NaBloPoMo prize

Here, have some crafty type stuff

Adam made me an arm guard for archery, since he made it I’ve only hit myself with the string once, no more huge dramatic bruises for me! I’ve been doing some more tablet weaving, I’m still experimenting with patterns and I’m kind of wishing that the 5.8m batch was a bit more interesting. This took 2 weeks of picking it up when I was watching TV in the evenings. Two different patterns, the bottom one I’ve finished, the top one I’ve just started. And I finally got around to making some more jewellery on Friday: Botswana agate necklace Sodalite bracelet Continue reading Here, have some crafty type stuff

I make earrings

Early this year I rather foolishly promised to make at least 48 pairs of earrings for the P&C Craft Group Mothers Day stall. Of course I procrastinated about it something shocking and really only got stuck into it properly yesterday. Here’s what I’ve come up with (there’s multiples of each design). If you want to have a closer look all the individual pics are on my Flickr. Continue reading I make earrings

NaBloPoMo prize donation

Today I finally hauled all my jewellery making paraphernalia* out and made some necklaces. It’s been ages since I made anything new but there’s nothing like having a commitment to provide motivation. My contribution to the NaBloPoMo prize pool, let me show you it! I’ve promised a set of handmade semi-precious stone earrings and necklace as one of the prizes that will go to a blogger who completes the challenge of a post a day for all of November. Because I’m all decision-makinged out this weekend I’m going to be offering a choice, the winner gets to pick one of … Continue reading NaBloPoMo prize donation

What we did at Winterfest

After a frantic week of shoe making, cloak hemming and costume tweaking we were more or less ready for our first whole family participation in a Huscarls camp. This was a paid gig for the group and our job was to come along, look authentic, talk to the public and have fun. I think we managed to meet all those criteria fairly well. We arrived at about 8:00am after stopping off to pick up firewood at the servo. Helped with the last bits of setting up camp, fortified ourselves with bacon and egg rolls, mini Dutch pancakes, hot chocolates and … Continue reading What we did at Winterfest

Replica bead making

One of my justifications for the acquisition of my own glass bead making gear is that I will be able to make replica Anglo-Saxon/Viking beads to go with our, and other group members’, Huscarls costumes. This weekend I finally got around to making a couple of sets of replica-ish beads. The purple ones are for Caitlin and I do wonder if the encased flowers are historically accurate but the green and brown ones are, I think, pretty close to being HA. I’m still short a few tools that I want for shaping beads so I had to improvise a bit … Continue reading Replica bead making

There’s something fishy going on around here

“Swim, swim, swim, swim…this would work better if there was some water involved.” “Oooo! Who’s that I see?” “Hello my little green friend…you look distressed…” “Half my dorsal fin broke off, it’s tragic I tell you!” Black cat being inscrutable. Black cat looking freaky. I wish I’d given him red eyes instead…. Beads with layered dots from last week. Continue reading There’s something fishy going on around here

Too hot

I had to down tools 30 minutes early at my bead making class today. The warmer weather has been hard to take working over a blowtorch flame in an old building with no air-conditioning. We can’t even use fans as it’s just too frustrating to have the flame blowing all over the place as you work. So the last two Thursdays I’ve been battling fogged up safety glasses and sweat dripping off my nose as I made beads. Yuk. By the end of the class today I was feeling shaky and nauseous. Clearly this will have to be a winter … Continue reading Too hot

Pretty rocks

I’ve got a bit of a thing for rocks – pretty ones, colourful ones, ones with interesting patterns – always have had. I have fond memories of visiting the Opal Museum at Kurrajong Heights as a child. We’d stop off there before heading up the hill to visit my Nanna (she of the Shakespeare obsession) and we’d be allowed to have a go at the lucky dip from which one got a small piece of rock with tiny veins of opal through it. I coveted the larger specimens and I was fascinated with the story of how they were formed, … Continue reading Pretty rocks

There was something I was going to tell you….

…now, what was it? Errr, let’s see. I gained 0.2kg this week. Our iinet connection was installed today against all odds, which, YAY! But in the process the phone socket in the kitchen for our Optus cable land-line was sacrificed so now the answering machine/base station is plugged in to the socket in the study downstairs and we’re using one of our secondary handsets instead. I sold two necklaces last week, so there’s another 2008 goal ticked off. David and I went bowling on Sunday morning, my scores were 96 and 69, the symmetry is nice at any rate. I … Continue reading There was something I was going to tell you….