Monday, 10 May 2010

Free Flower Necklace Giveaway

I want to show you this. This beauty is made by my friend Trudi, she makes the glass beads herself and turns them into jewellery gorgeousness.

You won't believe this but Trudi is giving it away! YES really!!!


Yes, you read that right, I’m giving this summery flower necklace away! Made with my lampwork bead, it has been perfectly teamed with Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and hand dyed silk. The silk is approx 20” long with knotted ends so you can tie this to a length that suits you!All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to become a fan of the Glittering Prize Facebook page go to the page and press the “like it” button - and then leave me a nice wall message for me before 4pm Monday 17th May. Simples!I will then use my random generator (Jojo!) to select a winner!Trudi x

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


Here's what I made at the weekend, theres some more in my Flickr album if you want to have a look, just click on the link to the right of the page and it should take you there.

Heres what I made with the Amber Beads

I did say I would show you :O) Sorry - It's not a good photo.
Made with my own hand made lampwork beads and sterling silver.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Just got this by email - made me larf it did.

So I thought I would share it with you lovely people......

Husband Store

A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City , where a woman may go to choose a husband.

Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:You may visit this store ONLY ONCE!

There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband.

On the first floor the sign on the door reads:Floor 1 - These men Have JobsShe is intrigued, but continues to the second floor,

where the sign reads: Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.'So she continues upward.

The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking.'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework.'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!'Still, she goes to the fifth floor

and the sign reads:Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor,

where the sign reads:Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

PLEASE NOTE:To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex and have money and like beer.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.

Hope it made you smile too

Monday, 26 April 2010

I've just joined Facebook!

..........and I haven't got a clue what I'm doing on there LOL

Still we all have to start somewhere.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Some people make me sick!

I have just been into a tack shop to get something for my pony, whilst I was having a look around for it the 'lady' behind the till was talking to someone whom I assumed to be a rep of some kind.

She asked him if they "sold spurs with balls on the end" he replied "yes" "and we also do some like chocolate buttons shape"

"Ah good" she said "because when I kick the sh*t out of him I don't want them to leave marks"

She then caught my eye and asked if she could help me - I gave her a filthy look, said no thank you and walked out of the shop!

I then got in the car and drove another 10 miles out of my way to get what I wanted from another tack shop.

I am so, so cross with myself that I didn't actually say why I wasn't spending my money with her!

Sorry to sound off but there's nobody else to tell
Grrrrr... thanks for listening.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Naughty Sheep!

This is Hope trying to squeeeeeze her rather large self through the pop hole in the hen hut to steal their pellets - I suppose she lives up to her name! LOL

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Isn't this just fantastic?

I just love to see gardens, nice gardens, especially nice food bearing gardens and even better, gardens when all the family are involved and the love and care just radiates through.

The strange thing is I don't like gardening. I wish I did but I just can't bear the thought, never mind the feeling of soil under my fingernails. Not that I'm a girly girl you understand, oh no far from it. I'm more than happy working outside and looking after the animals and all that comes with that........ it's just..... soil under my fingernails.... ugggh I can barely bring myself to type it. Oh god now that's made me think about seaweed eeeek! I can't stand that either!!!

LOL I've just realised I'm sat here typing with a grimace on my face - pathetic!

I'm full of admiration for anyone who has the skill and love to be able to create something like this.

Nip over to Potters Patch and have a look.
All you have to do is click on the pic below :O) It's ace.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Beaded Treasure Bracelet

First make a 'few' lampwork spacer beads - I chose various shades of green and purple in both opaque and transparent glass , around a hundred should just about do it :o) Oh and don't forget to make a bead for the toggle, I made two so that I had a choice of size.

Next gather the necessary supplies, cord, seed beads, delicas, in complimentary colours and don't forget the G-S hypo cement glue and the pins.

Then start to weave them all together as per instructions from Robin Atkins in her book - Beaded Treasures. The book is available at StitchnCraft if you fancy buying it in the UK they do mail order.

Finished bracelet - after many, many hours of weaving, sore fingers and thumbs and mucho eyestrain! I think that's down to my age not the skill required ;o) Go on.... have a go at making one for yourself.
You don't have to use lampwork beads, you can use any beads - try Sooz at The Bead Shed for great service and products.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Beads to show - at last!

I did promise to share the beads I made with you, and remember I did say that they weren't worth getting excited about? Well here they are...... a few basic beads to get myself into the groove, remember... it's been months since I have made any beads.
I think I'm going to make a bracelet out of these.

This one has been christened Toad Kill - why? Well because it started out as a toad and went wrong so I 'killed' it LOL.

Next came an OK toad... and here he is

and last but not least, The Committee who were overseeing the bead photography in progress!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

I've been on my torch today :O) :O)

and I didn't realise how much I've missed her.

I didn't make anything worthwile just basic beads but if the kiln faeries have been kind I will take some photos tomorrow and share them with you.

Oh and I painted the bathroom too. Not at the same time. Now I'm being silly aren't I? Time for bed - it's been a long day. Nite nite xxx


and it could be yours..... just visit

I'm just thinking - wouldn't it be nice if you had a pair of your kiddies old jeans made in to a bag for yourself. You could also have a little message or date of birth or something special and meaningful embroidered onto or inside the bag hmmmmm now I'm thinking.......

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Handbags and Gladrags

Check out this Etsy seller (my lovely Sister in Law) for some fantastic handmade bags and unusual jewellery.

I have one of her denim upcycled bags which I use everyday and the tote shopper, both are fantastic - I've had my denim bag for ages and it is soooo brilliant. When it gets a bit grubby I just lob it in the washing machine and it comes up good as new :O) The tote shopper is great too.

Oooops I nearly forgot - I actually have 3 bags from her - I got one for a Christmas present for a friend of mine and I couldn't bear to part with it so I got her something else instead (so it's stashed away for me *blush* - some friend I am! LOL)

Anyway go and have a peek and maybe treat yourself to a lovely new bag.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010


If I could manage to get home from work in the daylight then I might be able to take some photos of the jewellery I promised to show you!

Monday, 18 January 2010

A whole week!


Please forgive me for I have sinned - it's been a whole week since I last blogged.

Today I have a day off work and I'm busy making some more jewellery. I will show you in the next few days exactly what I've been up to. I've done nothing this weekend except nurse a bad headache ( I get them on average once a month - grrr) I spent the whole day under the duvet yesterday feeling miserable and sorry for myself.

Anyhow I'm fine now and busy, busy, busy so once again apologies and keep tuned in for piccies soon :O) Hope you are all well and good xxx

Sunday, 10 January 2010

What I did yesterday.

I did promise to show you more jewellery didn't I? I just nipped outside in the snow to take a couple of pics to show you.

I'm suffering with a rotten cold at the moment. Saturday is usually my time for pony riding and jewellery making, however, with two lame ponies and the icy weather I had all day to make jewellery. Unfortunately between nursing a bad headache and all the sniffling, snuffling and feeling sorry for myself all I managed to make was two sets of stacking rings! Thank god I've not got Man Flu that's all I can say!

I'm really pleased with them, two new designs for me, hope you like them.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Ponies in the snow this morning

It was snowing again this morning and it just started as I went to tend to the ponies so I took my camera with me. I thought I would share a few snaps with you.

Maytime and Mr. Jones! waiting patiently

Kizzi waiting patiently

Bucket feeds finished - now on to a big fat haynet
Mr Jones! & Maytime

Any more breakfast?

The start of the snow

This was yesterday morning as it was just starting to snow.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year

Hello again everyone and a very Happy New Year to you all.

I have had a good start to the year. What a beautiful morning it was here, the sun was shining and the frost was gently glistening on the rooftops. Mr Monkey and I tended to the animals and took Molly Dog for a lovely walk. It was a "great to be alive day" today.

I then spent the rest of the day making some silver jewellery. I haven't done any glasswork for ages and today it was just a bit too cold - It's official I am nesh!

If the weather is good tomorrow I will take some photographs to share with you.

So....... my New Years resolutions? .........

To make a real effort to keep up with my blog and
To make a real effort to keep up with the jewellery making and glasswork.

This evening we are all off to my mums for a curry night with all the family - really looking forward to it too :O)