A crafty year!

Would you believe me if I told you that it has taken me an entire year to realise that I can make the photos in my posts bigger? Yes. Read it and weep uncontrollably, for it is sadly so. Worse, I have even reflected, from time to time, on what a shame it is that the photos are so small. In the words of the immortal Bart: doh! Continue reading

Beads, button holes and belly buttons

This week, readers, I am wondering whether my holiday – long overdue and now pretty desperately awaited – will ever actually arrive. It will, of course (at least, I do hope it will!), but this is one of those weeks where each day seems hell-bent on producing – with quite some skill, I might add – a new and hitherto mercifully unappreciated form of mental torture. And the migraine is just the icing on the cake.

Those of you who read my last post (thanking you kindly!), may recall my vigorously announced intention – after a not-so-successful Week 3 of my beaded jewellery making course at City Lit – of rising phoenix-like from the ashes of beading despair. And did I triumph?  Continue reading

A busyness of bracelets

OK, OK, so ‘busyness’ is really the collective noun for ferrets (according to my Oxford Dictionary of Weird and Wonderful Words), but I’ve borrowed it because it’s an apt description of some of my recent beading activity.

Not so long ago, I was in a high street clothes store and my eye was caught by a long necklace which appeared to be composed primarily of a chain of linked jump rings, each jump ring with a couple of beads threaded onto it. The result was simple but effective. I could make that, I thought.  Continue reading

Beads, of course…

Well, it’s settled: there’s no stopping me now. Beads everywhere had better beware. If only beads could, I’d suggest they arm themselves. But it’s hard to take up arms when you haven’t got any of either variety. Which leaves beads pretty defenceless and me pretty happy – hoorah!

OK, so I’m over-excited. Continue reading

All ears?

Those of you who read my post about my first steps into jewellery making will know that I’ve started with earrings. Indeed, those of you who read the same post with a keen eye for detail will also have gathered that I’ve been trying out some new techniques of late. And those of you who are regular readers might even have picked up – from a recent post about the big Decopatch project I’ve got in the offing – that I’ve been preparing a gift for someone. I wonder if any among you are mathematicians? If so, you may have put two and two together and successfully come up with four: that I’ve been creating a pair of earrings to be presented in their very own Decopatched gift box. Continue reading

Jewellery making vs Yoga

A confession. I skipped yoga last Saturday. Yes, I know – big tut. Actually I really missed the class: no Saturday morning stretching = not a good thing. I might not always succeed in making it every week – and I may (still!) not have managed to hoick myself along to the Tuesday evening class (the day will come!) – but my Saturday yoga mornings are usually sacrosanct. There is no better way to kick start a positive weekend than yoga with Sunnah, and that’s a fact. So what on earth was I playing at? Continue reading

Lend me your ears…

I’m not very good at accessorising, it has to be said. I don’t know why. Lack of practice? Laziness? Insufficient confidence in selecting the right accessory? No sense of style? Who knows. It’s odd, because I love accessories and often admire the ability of others to wear them so effectively and attractively.

One thing I do, however, manage to don with what might – at a push – be described as a modicum of regularity is… earrings. And it’s perhaps because of this that my first foray into jewellery making has involved – exclusively, to date – just some such enticing ear enhancements. Continue reading