Going dotty

Thursday’s beadmaking class focused on dots. I brought home the two beads on the pendant below, leaving three others still cooling, making these things is slow work! I’m sure these beads are reminiscent of clothing my mum had when I was little. There’s probably a photo somewhere. Dots! Red coral and glass beads on memory wire. Turquoise necklace with silver plated discs and some brown coloured stone that I got in a random pack on special and consequently have no idea what it is. Ok, so the only dots here are on those two little beads I made, and I’m … Continue reading Going dotty

Hopefully the kids will buy them

I’ve been making a whole bunch of earrings for the craft group at the kids’ school as my contribution to the Mothers Day stall that’s run each year as a fundraiser for the P&C. We haven’t had jewellery on the stall before so I think it’ll make a nice change from endless bookmarks, mugs filled with chocolates, crocheted soap covers and the like. I figure the trick is to make them appealing to the kids while still being wearable for the mums, we’ll see how they go. (If they sell well I reckon I can count it as another 2008 … Continue reading Hopefully the kids will buy them

First of my 2008 goals done!

I went to my first lampwork glass bead making lesson today and made 5 beads. Only 3 had cooled down enough to bring home at the end of the session though. Here they are. I’ve signed up for an 8 week course (the one ZB pointed out to me – thankyou!) so this is just the beginning, next thing you know I’ll be buying a gas torch and setting up at home 🙂 If I hadn’t posted this as a goal for this year I doubt I’d have got round to it for many months yet, if ever, and it … Continue reading First of my 2008 goals done!

Today was a school day for me too

I had some no small difficulty dragging my self out of bed this morning due to a completely self-inflicted lack of sleep, went to bed at 2:30am. Ooops. Kids were 5 minutes late for school. I’m a bad mum 😛 After dropping the kids off I came back home and did some laundry then grabbed my beading supplies and headed back to the school to add another volunteer role to my repetoir. Because I am an idiot. So, I’m now a member of the craft group and I’ll be making a whole bunch of earrings for them to sell at … Continue reading Today was a school day for me too

We’ve been busy

Saturday’s project was the gingerbread house, I baked the gingerbread on Friday night, then assembled it and let the kids loose on it in the morning. They were very thorough… My mum had come over to spend some time with us and she got quite caught up in the creative process too, I think those rows of smarties along the edge of the roof are down to her 🙂 After doing some cooking for the next day’s picnic we headed into the city to meet up with Jenni (ChingTing) and Kat (Ninox), SOz members who were up from Canberra. We … Continue reading We’ve been busy

Still having fun with the beads

Here’s what I’m going to give Caitlin as a congratulatory gift after her dance concerts on Saturday. These next two don’t have homes to go to yet. Caitlin wants to keep the blue one even though it’s way too long for her. Click the pics to embiggen, still need to figure out the camera (RTFM perhaps? :P), the colours don’t come through quite right in the scans. Continue reading Still having fun with the beads

Designed by David

Back in October I ended my birthday post with the promise of photos. So it’s next month rather than tomorrow…close enough 😛 Here’s what I wanted to share, my present from David, designed and made by him with some input from Tom (Tom chose the big bead in the centre) to go with a new top I’d just bought. I did need to make it a little longer as the first version ended up with an extension chain and the wire ends were scratching the back of my neck so tonight, with David’s approval, I re-strung it on a longer … Continue reading Designed by David

Another necklace

I’m having fun with these and I’m running out of people to make them for. Anyone want a necklace? This one suffered a slight hitch in the making process, I had all the beads laid out on the beading tray ready to thread onto the wire when Jack hopped up onto the bench and decided he needed to see what I was doing. He walked straight across the tray, which slipped, so he jumped. Beads everywhere. Mostly on the tray still fortunately. Idiot cat. Continue reading Another necklace