For the last few weeks, despite a hectic work schedule, I’ve been trying to get my head down and finish new pieces for my Etsy shop in preparation for Christmas. It’s been difficult at times as I’ve struggled with designs that just didn’t want to play ball. A few weeks ago it took me an unbelievable number of hours to make one multi-stranded bracelet. I just couldn’t get anything to work, I dropped the wire more than once sending beads scattering everywhere, broke crimp after crimp and just couldn’t make my mind up on the colours. I’m still not entirely happy with the result but I just can’t bring myself to take it apart, as that would mean those hours of my time were completely wasted! I’m sure there are many beaders out there who know just how that feels. Here’s a pic of how it looks now…(bit of an odd far away pic, sorry about that!).
Last weekend I went, in the rain, to The Big Bead Show in Surrey. I was really looking forward to going as I had such a great time at the last show in April and I knew exactly what exhibitors I wanted visit. Sadly the day didn’t quite go to plan and my experience was disappointing to say the least. The main exhibitor I wanted to see wasn’t there, I couldn’t get a look in at any of the tutorials and women (and one man in particular) were pushing and shoving from all angles. Whilst I like to think that I’m a patient person, there was only so much of this I could take. So I grabbed the few bits I could and headed for the door
I mainly bought findings, which aren’t that interesting to post, but here are some of the more exciting bits I picked up…..
The bronze and purple beads are actually coloured Hematite and this picture doesn’t do them justice. They are wonderfully weighty and perfectly smooth and shiny. They’ll look great with a Christmas party outfit.
Right, back to the bead board I go!
Until next time!