Peacock wedding


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I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog because I have been focusing on my sister’s wedding. I made the dress and the jewellery. Since we have now enjoyed the big day, I can share some photographs.

Bride with wedding cake

The theme was 1930s/Art Deco/peacock.

iris boquet

The cabochon is blue paua shell, and I used a lot of crystals and faceted silver beads for the fringe.

Congratulations! I wish you many beautiful and happy days together. :)



And another thing…


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My Bird Cuff became a Mother’s Day gift, however the mother in question has 5 children and there were only 4 birds on the bracelet. Therefore I made an additional pendant using another birdy so that there are now 5 in the set.

bird pendantRemember there is still one orphaned birdy looking for a new home, so be sure to comment on my previous post if you would like to take part in the giveaway.

bird bead

Eclectic PrairieAND the cuff was one of the randomly selected winners for the monthly prize.

Hurrah all round!



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The first thing that sprang to mind when I saw this month’s Art Bead Scene inspiration painting was “Birdies!” (in the voice of my 3 year old).

Birds On Riser by Adolf Dietrich

Birds On Riser, 1944 by Adolf Dietrich
Oil on wood, 57.5 x 50 cm

I made some faux ceramic bird beads using polymer clay. I gave them all different colourings as in the painting. My initial idea was to have a row of birds making a bracelet like a paper doll chain, but some of the cheeky birdies turned inside out. Instead I put them on a white felt backing to create a cuff with a sprinkling of beads and sequins to represent the icy snow.

beaded bird cuff

bird cuff

bird cuff

I made some extra beads, so this little birdy needs a home. Leave a comment below if you’d like to adopt him (he assures me he can even manage an international flight).  If you share this giveaway on facebook/twitter etc let me know and I’ll put your name in the hat again for extra chances to win. :)


bird beadI’ll let you know the winner on Monday 7th April 2014.

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The soup I sent


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The bead soup I sent has been received by my partner Wendy Chamberlain, so here are some clearer photographs :)

teal and purple bead soup

I had intended to put together a soup starting with a chunky toggle similar to the one I made for the Art Bead Scene challenge back in August 2013, but after seeing Wendy’s work I kept thinking about this polymer clay pendant I made a while back. It has a funky back too…

polymer clay pendant

I already had the co-ordinating purple pearls, teal crystals and green lucite flowers. All I had to do was find a dainty clasp.

teal and purple bead soup

Remember the blog hop is 3rd May 2014, so come back then to see what everyone makes with their delicous bead soups.

My bead soup has arrived


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I was delighted to discover that my bead soup had arrived this morning from my partner Wendy Chamberlain. Here’s an explanation of what the Bead Soup Blog Party is.

Bead soup blog party gift box

But what’s inside?

purple bead soup with embroidered focal pendant

Yummy! I have noticed that my camera does peculiar things with the colour purple so the various shades of the beady allsorts don’t show up well in the photo. I’m really excited to have a selection of bead caps and charms to play with. :)

embroidered focal pendant and flower toggle

Here’s a close up of the elegant embroidered focal pendant. I love the flower toggle, it’s so pretty. The crochet beads are amazing, I wonder how they are made!

8th Bead Soup Blog Party Partner


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8th Bead Soup Blog Party I was lucky enough to catch the one day sign up for this year’s Bead Soup Blog Party. (I decided to skip last year since it was too close to baby’s due date.)

I got my partner a few days ago, but I’ve been having trouble with the internet so I haven’t attempted a blog entry before now. My partner is Wendy Chamberlain who amazingly is also an ex South African now living in England. She is a textile artist making the most engaging miniature teddy bears with wonderful details of beading and embroidery.

Here are some of my favourites…Purple teddy bears

Green clown teddy bear


embroidered floral pincushion

Purple Pansy Beaded CabochonSo remember at the start of the year I said I wanted to “think bigger”? Well, in addition to making my sister’s wedding dress, I have become a little bit obsessed with making dolls clothes. Purely for my daughter of course… I don’t find myself thinking “I can’t give her that to PLAY with, she’ll ruin it!”… or “Perhaps I need ANOTHER doll for me so I can make clothes while she’s playing/sleeping”… certainly not! But the question is, now that I have seen Wendy’s delicate, detailed work should I continue with my initial chunky bead soup plan, or rethink something along the lines of miniature flower garden? I know one purpose of the blog party is to have a nudge out of our comfort zone… but I don’t want to cross the line into DIScomfort.

February ABS Challenge


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This month I have made a pair of earrings for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge. I used some of my polymer clay beads because the geometric pattern reminded me of the painting. I used my round Stroppel bead method to make the beads.

The Rose Garden by Paul Klee

ABS Inspiration painting
“The Rose Garden” (1920) by Paul Klee

purple earrings

I wanted to incorporate the flower motif in the earrings, so I used some links from an old bracelet and I added an additional spiral at the bottom. I was tempted to make some wire roses, but I didn’t have the time to practice getting them nice.

purple earrings with flowers

Rose Garden Treasury


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This month I have made another Etsy Treasury inspired by the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge painting. I loved the colours and the repeated spirals of the roses.

The Rose Garden by Paul Klee

The Rose Garden, 1920
by Paul Klee
Oil on cardboard

‘ABS February 2014 Wishlist – Rose Garden’ by Fulgorine

Icy Floral Lentil Winter Hol…


Pink Hollow Glass Beads. Han…


Raspberry Pink Lampwork Spac…


A set of 4 bicone beads, but…


Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon Garden…


Glass Headpins – Dotted tear…


Polymer clay buttons purple …


Dusty Red Fabric Roses Handm…




Polymer clay orange/pink fau…


a translucent red purple & y…


Glass pendant by Andrew Gron…


Destash Polymer Clay Beads F…


Handmade Lampwork Bead Set (…


Fantasy flower pendant in pu…


Embroidered Roses Garden Bro…


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