Friday 25 December 2009

Princess Tia + BAO Items of the Week

Almost a week has gone by since my last post… I had a crazy work week (real job) and completely forgot to post the second necklace I made… where did the time go? … where is my head??? :-) so, apologies, and here it is:

Princess Tia – Necklace

Princess Tia - Necklace 01 copyThe centrepiece for this necklace, believe it or not, came about from a mistake… well I was super happy to have made this mistake, as it led to this creation! :-) I was trying to make the neckpiece for the previously posted necklace Cleopatra by beadweaving a band in graduated herringbone stitch, but it just didn’t work… and as I hate wasting, I started playing around with the “mistake” and got the idea to use it as a centrepiece by adding to it this gorgeous triangle Swarovski crystal I bought not long ago… sometimes mistakes pay off! :-)

Sadly, since this was made I’ve had absolutely no time for any beadwork… as I said above, it’s been a crazy work week… hopefully things will quiet down in the next week or so and I can go back to beading!!! :-)

For now, let me show you this week’s BAO Items:

bao item of the week

My item this week is:

Emerald Queen Necklace

Purchase and pay for this necklace between now and 31st December and receive 15% off + free shipping!

To see all the beautiful BAO Items of the Week visit:

Wishing all of you hay holidays!! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves with your loved ones!!!

Saturday 19 December 2009

Cleopatra - Necklace

The sun came out!!! The sun came out!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Although I wasn’t happy that my son woke me up at 7 am this morning (last night I begged him to let me sleep), seeing the blue skies and the sun shining definitely made me a bit less angry! :-)

So I got my camera out, fearing that the weather might not hold up, and I took pictures of my latest two necklaces.

Here is the first of those two:

Cleopatra – Necklace

Cleopatra Necklace 02 copy
This necklace was inspired by the Cleopatra – Cuff I posted previously. It took me a while ( a few days) to work out what necklace to make for the centrepiece… in fact, I almost gave up on it… well… I’m now glad I didn’t, as I’m pretty pleased with how this piece turned out! The netted soft wavy necklace contrasts with the stiffness of the beadembroidered centrepiece, and I really like the contrast! Let me know what you think?

Now I have to go back and work on the photos and descriptions of the second necklace…. come back tomorrow and check it out! :-)

Friday 18 December 2009

BAO Items of the Week

OK… so I have 2 gorgeous necklaces ready to make their appearance into the cyber world…. but no sunlight!!! so I can’t take photos…… hopefully another few days of this miserable grey weather (reminds me of living in London) and then I will take photos!

What I can show you is this week’s items from the BAO


My item this week is:

Angelina Jolie Bracelet – OOAK

Purchase and pay for this bracelet between now and 24th December and receive 10% off + free shipping!

Also, a reminder… Worldwide free shipping throughout my shop until the end of this month!!!

Don’t forget to check out the BAO blog and find out what specials offers are attached to this week’s items!

Wishing everyone a superb weekend!!! :-)

Monday 14 December 2009

Cleopatra - Cuff

Well I’ve been hiding away in my bedroom for the last 3 days…. beading, of course!…. I love it when I get so inspired that I cannot bare any interruptions whatsoever!!! and this weekend was one of those times!…. it all started off with my dear friend Miriam from Cielo Design who sent me these beautiful Swarovski Chatons and some metal settings…. I’ve been looking for these for absolute ages, and nowhere could I find them, not on the net, not in any shop…. it was driving me mad… and Miriam came to the rescue! thank you Miriam!!!

So armed with my new little treasures… and a set of phone instructions from Miriam on how to use them…. I set off on a marathon beading session… I made one cuff, a necklace and a piece of bead-embroidery which I believe will eventually become part of a necklace…. this last one has been giving me a little bit of trouble in terms of design… I think I’m on my 4th or 5th attempt at making a necklace for it… I’m taking a break from it to see if fresh eyes will produce clearer design directions… we’ll see! :-)

Here is my first piece… the necklace still needs to be photographed… if the weather permits, I should be taking photos tomorrow… lets hope!

Cleopatra – Cuff

Cleopatra Cuff 01 copy

I cannot emphasize enough how pleased I am with how this cuff turned out! I really, really, really LOVE it!!! It’s cool, it’s funky, it’s elegant…. as I said, I love it!

Cleopatra Cuff 02 copy

The cuff was created around one of the Swarovski chatons I received from Miriam…. beadembroidered using, Swarovski crystals and pearls in dark purple and light bronze Japanese seed beads and cubes.

Cleopatra Cuff 04 copy
Did I say I love it??? :-) and I cannot emphasize how much more delicious it looks in real-life!!! it’s just gorgeous!!!

Come back in a few days and check out my new necklace, and who knows… maybe till then I will have finished the 3rd piece too! :-)

Happy Hanukah! :-)

Friday 11 December 2009

BAO Item of the Week

Here are this week’s BAO Items of the Week! Visit the BAO blog to see what specials are attached to these items until 17th December:

bao item of the week

My item this week is:

Turquoise Galaxy Necklace

Purchase and pay for this necklace between now and 17th December, and receive 10% off + Free shipping!!!

Wishing everyone a happy Hanukah!!!! Hag sameach!!!!

Monday 7 December 2009

Picture Framed Take 2

Well the sun has gone!!! Horrible, cold, grey and wet weather has taken it’s place!! Winter makes me miserable, especially when I have to take photos of my beadwork!!! but I had to take these pictures… and seeing that they predict (miserable) rain for the next 2-3 days, I figured I would just get on with it… I have to say the photo didn’t come out as bad as I was expecting… it’s a bit (a lot) yellow… a bit dark… a bit grainy… but as I don’t have any indoor photo equipment I had to do with my ceiling lamp for light… and the result is not too terrible… I think…

Picture Framed 2

I was asked to make another of my original Picture Framed pendant (see photo below) – The beadembroidery is almost identical, the stone is different…both are Picture Jasper but the one below looks more like trees reflected in water, the one above more like trees along a long road… I love these Picture Jasper beads, each one has its own marking… each one telling a different story…. I actually like both of them equally, however in the photo below, the colours are more accurate, in the one above, it’s a bit too yellow (due to the ceiling light) and the jasper is a bit washed out… but it’s the best I could do under the circumstances :-)

Well…. all I want to do is get back into bed and hide under my duvet!!… but I have too many things to do… so the duvet will have to wait till tonight! :-) For now… back to beading! :-)

Sunday 6 December 2009

Purple Delight

The sun came out and I quickly got my camera out to take pictures of the cuff I finished making about a week ago!!!

I was asked to make the Truffle Delight in purple, and here it is!

Purple Delight

That’s all for today… got to start beading a pendant someone asked me to make… do some work (real job)… start preparing for a class I’m teaching on Tuesday…. oh how i wish there were 36 hours in a day!!! :-)

Happy beading everyone!!! :-)

Friday 4 December 2009

BAO Items of the Week

My son is back in school!!! :-) I’m still nursing a bit of a cold, but nothing too serious… catching up with work… a bit of beading… I finished my sister’s necklace and bracelet… pictures to follow as soon as she sends them to me, as I didn’t have time to take them before I gave them to her… but am happy to report she loved them both and wore them (looking stunning) at her son’s Bar mitzvah last Saturday night, which I actually managed to attend! :-)

Finished a purple version of Truffle Delight, which I also haven’t had a chance to photograph (there hasn’t been much sun, hopefully this weekend or early next week) and I’ve started on a beadwoven piece, which I’m not quite sure what I’m doing with… yet :-)

Here are this week’s BAO items of the week:

bao item of the week

My item this week is Water Lilly – Necklace

Purchase and pay for this necklace between now and 10th December and receive 10% off + free shipping!

Also, as the holidays are just around the corner, I’m offering free worldwide shipping on all items in my shop until 31st December 2009.

Visits the BAO blog and find out what specials offers are attached to this week’s items!