18 Feb 2013

Hugs and Kisses Bracelet

Hi Everyone
Hope you are all well and that half term is going well for those of you with children.  I've got the week off work and think my 12 and 8 year old are going to keep me busy ... just the way I like it :-)
Over the last couple of weeks I have been adding to my bead collection and on Saturday afternoon I was 'home alone' so decided to have a go at making a bracelet following the Hugs and Kisses tutorial by Aleshia at Beadifulnights.  This is the second part of the challenge at Beading Friends Forever
I wasn't sure I would be able to do it but in fact the hardest part was deciding which beads/colours to use.  Such a great tutorial and I will definitely be making more of these gorgeous bracelets.
After much deliberation I decided on an turquoise, purple and slate pearls and crystal seed beads for a little bit of sparkle!  I finished it off with a pretty magnetic owl clasp I found on Ebay.  When my daughter saw it she asked me to make her one ... bless her it made my day!

* List of Beads *
10 - 8 mm Turquoise pearls
11 - 6 mm Purple pearls

40 - 4 mm Slate pearls
20 - 4mm Purple pearls
11/0 seed beads - Slate and Crystal
I am loving my new hobby ... it feels great being creative again!

9 Feb 2013

Beading Friends Forever

Good morning
Sorry it's been so long since I last posted on my blog.  The reason for that is I haven't made any cards since before Christmas.  Over the last year my enthusiasm for cardmaking had slowly been getting less and less as the weeks went by and I decided just before Christmas that I was going to have a complete break.  I am hoping in the coming months that I might start to make a few cards again but for now I am enjoying the break. 
However, I do miss being creative so when I saw the lovely Marcea had started a beading challenge  I decided to give it a go.  I first tried beading at Craftaganza in 2011 and really enjoyed it but at that time I was still heavily into cardmaking and DT work so didn't have the time for another hobby.  I wasn't sure if I would be able to master the beading techniques so thought a kit would be my best option.  I found some lovely ones at AndyCraft-Beads so ordered a couple to try.  These kits include easy to follow instructions and all the materials needed to complete the project ... just perfect for a beginner like me!
This bracelet has been made with the Hugs and Kisses Jet Black kit


I'm entering this into:~
Beading Friends Forever ~ Anything Goes
I really enjoyed making this bracelet and have already bought a supply of beads and started on another project.  Think i'm going to enjoy this new hobby!
If you are a beader or fancy trying a new hobby check out the challenge blog and there is also a friendly Facebook group.
Thanks for stopping by :-)