Monday, 23 September 2013

Giveaways & Updates

Morning all, The Gossiping Goddess is having a giveaway to celebrate breaking the 2000 sales mark  =)

So be sure to stop by and enter - some great prizes up for grabs!

 ... Also I've signed up for the Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog hop hosted by the very talented Suburban Girl Studio, with the big reveal on October 28th.

Happy beading - Lo  =)

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Creating with cabochons Reveal

Hi, sorry for being a little late posting the reveal for The Studio Sublime's Creating with Cabochons blog hop - we had a nice big powercut in my neighbourhood and I can honestly say attempting to bead by torch light is HARD lol ... and then Blogger decided to be awkward about posting pics and rain made it hard to get outside in the good light to take any.

I originally planned to make a polymer clay cab to work with but none of my clay attempts came out any good so I started working on a freeform bead embroidery piece but when the powercut hit that had to go out the window - I couldn't see the needle in the felt backing and kept stabbing myself, so I put it aside while I could still feel my fingers  ;)

On the upside the powercut led to a very interesting effect when I decided to bezel up some little crystal cabs instead - I miscounted seedies while I was beading and ended up with a really nice flower pattern on the back.

I ended up liking the bezelled crystal bits so I decided to carry on working with them instead and wound up with a bracelet  =)
Although I'm not sure about the lilac bicone/pearl connector bits - I had no matching stash to work with (I know right - no gold shade pearls?! ... must fix that very soon).

Here's a close-up of the tiny crystal butterfly I added to each one (thought they went well with the whole flower theme)  =)

Hopefully I'll get a chance to finish the bead embroidery piece I started, especially as I was working with a rectangular cab - a shape I've never attempted before ... for now I'm still associating it with needle stabs and a lot of cursing lol  ;)

Big thanks to our great host Sally Russick  =)

And here's the list of the participants for the hop:
Your Host:  Sally Russick
D Lynne  Bowland
Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen           

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Liz   E 
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Paula Kramer
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.  

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack           
Lynda  Carson
Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson           
Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander