Well, it's nearly here. I've still got a couple of presents to wrap, but at least I have the cards written now!!
I did manage to snatch a couple of hours at the torch on Saturday evening, but mainly to complete a few bits for a commission. I'm not sure whether I will manage any more time this side of Christmas, though, with everything else that is still to be prepared/tidied/wrapped/cooked/cleaned..!!
However, I do have one thing to share.. my little Christmas Tree. It's not overly big and I thought it would benefit nicely from a few homemade decorations.. so what do you think?
And a slightly closer view
I was quite pleased with it, anyway!
On that note, I would like to wish everybody a Happy Holiday and I hope 2010 is a happy and healthy one.
Whilst getting the beads prepared and ready for adding to the website on Sunday, my littlest daughter was raiding my stash and decided to make me a bracelet, so I thought I would share!
She's only 6 and she added the clasp herself, too, so I think she did rather well (and that's thanks to Dizzy Di, who patiently showed her how to twist wire with the pliers at the Beads & Beyond Show in October!) So I think I'm a lucky mummy!!
Still not been near the torch this week - for a combination of reasons like having things to do (wrapping presents, for instance, but still not done those cards...!) and feeling the need to have a few days break from lampworking and doing a little chain maille instead. Hopefully I'll snatch an hour or two over the weekend, but that's between putting up decs, going to Meadowhall Shopping Centre on Saturday morning because the oldest daughter has a party there (Nooooooo, shopping centre, Saturday morning, two weeks before Xmas, what were they thinking?!!), Jiu Jitsu gradings, the usual ritual of spellings, reading and overseeing any other homework and, oh, some food shopping, and not forgetting the dreaded cleaning.... So maybe not, then!!
And that will be another weekend gone. Maybe I'll just get enough time to update the blog, instead? !!
Having finally got around to cleaning the latest batch of beads, I am about to add a couple of new sets on the website and will be adding another to my Etsy shop, but I thought I would pop them in this post and give anybody that is browsing around a chance to have a sneaky preview (mind you, you'll have to be a bit quick 'cos they are nearly ready to go!!)
Whoa, where did that week go? I really don't know, I don't seemed to have done anything and yet I've been really busy! I do know one thing, it's not time that has been spent at the torch. I did snatch a couple of hours Saturday afternoon and played around with a couple of Christmas type ideas, but that was it over the weekend. They've been kilned now, but still awaiting cleaning and a photo or two, so I can't show you anything just yet.
In the meantime I have, at least, managed to get some of my Xmas shopping done (relief!) Still a few bits to get, but mostly stuff that can be ordered online. So that's my next job. Then there's those cards to write.... (I'm sure I'm not alone in not relishing this task!) I have created myself a label template so at least I don't have to address all the envelopes (call it streamlining!)
Finally I have to get my 'Secret Santa' gift wrapped and in the post soon....
Hmm, I thought to myself, I quite fancy trying something in shades of caramels. What to use? So I carefully selected CiM Ginger, Reichenbach Caramel and then I wanted a transparent - perhaps Vetrofond light brown....
(Sorry, photos are a bit dark, but with this weather, it's impossible!)
And I got the two beads on the right....
OK, I know transparent light brown can be reactive (though I didn't realise it would with this particular selection of colours!), I'll try Effetre Medium Topaz instead....
And I got the two on the left (yes, quite, spot the difference!)
So it just goes to show that sometimes melting glass does all sorts of unexpected things!! Sometimes you can get a wonderful surprise..., and sometimes not! Me thinks these may be destined for the 'frit' jar !! Needless to say that I gave up on caramel.
Meanwhile, I did get a couple of hours at the torch last night. Had a little play and also produced a couple of smallish lentils that I hope will make a set sometime soon - got to be kilned, cleaned and photo'd yet - so maybe a few days before they get as far as the website. I probably won't get much more time at the torch now until the weekend, either, but that's the way it goes with a full time job and two daughters...!
After much consideration, I have taken the plunge and decided to set up a blog. I'm not sure where this is going to go, but I hope to update occasionally with news and views and maybe the odd photo of newly listed beads... so we shall see !!
So I will start with a couple of piccies...
Firstly my one and only piece of jewellery that I entered into the Beads & Beyond Jewellery Maker Of The Year 2009 competition. I was amazed to be short listed as a runner up in the Chain Maille category for my piece "Midnight At The Oasis"
And secondly, "On Safari"
I was really chuffed to bits when Kathy posted this picture on the Creation Is Messy site in the 'Olive' gallery. This is a first for me. "On Safari" has now been added to our online shop. I hope you like them!
We are Ken & June, lampwork bead artists from the Midlands in the UK. This blog is just a little insight into our thoughts and adventures with this fascinating hobby! We have our own website at www.beaujolaisbeads.com and we also sell beads through Etsy at www.beaujolaisbeads.etsy.com.
We thank you for your time and interest.