Sorry it's been a few days since I posted anything ..... a combination of "real life" stuff, dental appointment, a bit of creative block and, very sadly, we had to take our very elderly (18 years old) cat, Baxter, on the one-way trip to the vets. We knew his days were numbered, but making the decision (though the right one) was still so difficult. He was the last of our cats (and was also the oldest), we've said goodbye to four others in the past few years, and it now feels very strange about the place. No food bowls, no buying any cat food today, no little person hustling for a bit of ham out of the fridge or sitting on my lap, purring ...... yes, it's strange, it's the first time for almost two decades that we've been without any cat at all and the house seems so empty right now.
But onto other things ..... the Witchy ATC Swap. Thank you, everyone who has sent in their cards for this swap, I've had a great response, and am just waiting on some arriving from the US ..... they're on their way, but unfortunately of course we have a national postal strike here for the next two days, which means there will unavoidably be a bit of a delay with swapping the cards out. I promise I will be doing this as soon as I possibly can next week, barring anything else unforeseen happening! What I would like to do is take pictures of all the cards and turn them into a slide show here on the blog, so everyone will get to see all the wonderful cards that have come in ...... I "think" I've figured out how to set up the slide show, just might not be able to add any tag line to say who sent what ..... so bear with me! I'm still learning about what I can and can't do with all this blog stuff!
Finally, here are more images of my beaded jewellery, a bit of a mixture ...... some of the pieces I post are available for purchase. but if you would like something made up to a particular colour theme or using a certain stone or pearls, for instance, then I'd always be happy to discuss this with you and create a piece of jewellery to suit your needs.
This is a rather large netted amulet bag, with a "sea" theme - I got carried away with all the fringing and embellishing, it's full of little shells, stones and charms like the metallic seahorse and stone turtle. Although it's quite heavy, it's balanced out by the beaded tube with fringed stones which sits at the back of the neck, so it's not uncomfortable to wear.
The "bead soup" cuff with felted flower and the "lei" style flower garland above were both created as magazine projects. The cuff fits snuggly around a 7" wrist and is created in peyote stitch using a mixture of coloured seed beads. The "lei" consists of several strings of assorted beads, shells and pearls, all entwined together.