Tuesday, 28 April 2009

And the winner is....

Thanks to those who left comments for the giveaway earrings. The winner is ...Heather!! Could you drop me an e-mail on swissside.jewellery@tele2.ch with your full name and address and I will mail you those Lemon and Lime earrings asap :)

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Lemon & Lime Earrings Giveaway

We popped over the border to Germany a couple of weeks ago (like you do!) and I remembered that the town had a little bead shop. "I'll only be 10 minutes" I told my husband and children and left them finishing their ice creams in the town square. By the time I got to the bead shop I only had 5 minutes left (duuh), but managed to spot some lemony, limey round beads before I thought I really should be getting back. I've been in this shop once before and know the owner is struggling to stay solvent. It seems that she is selling her stock off now. Standing to pay for my few beads, the owner said "Oh, just stick those in your pocket dear !". I couldn't do that, so I left the money on the counter and in true Arnold Schwarzenegger style said "I'll be back (when I've got more time)". So where is this tale going I hear you ask. Well, this is what I made with the beads:

Lemon & Lime Earrings Giveaway

They are quite dainty as they are only about 3cm long including the (sterling silver) ear wires. I actually made 2 pairs, so, to celebrate getting to over 25 posts on my blog, I am giving one pair away. If you would like to receive these earrings, please leave a comment after this post telling me which of my posts you have found most interesting/entertaining/useful AND/OR which piece of jewellery I have featured so far that you like best. I will put the names of those who leave a comment into a "hat" and pull out the winner next Tuesday, April 28th. Right, off to rustle up something for dinner now. Hey ho!

Friday, 17 April 2009

Revamping

Italian glass earrings
I like these earrings. With beads bought in Italy, I made them when I had just learned a few basics and following the method used by my local bead shop where I did an evening class. Basically, they make earrings by threading a piece of beading wire through the loop in the ear wire, then folding the wire double and passing the double wire through the beads, then finishing with a crimp. The method is quick and easy, but I never felt happy with the crimp at the bottom of the dangle. Since I've discovered headpins (!), I've moved on from the above method and now that I can make ear wires from sterling silver wire and bash them to work-harden them, I thought it was time to revamp those earrings. This is how they came out:

Italian glass earrings
Apologies for the naff photos, due to too much sun (not really complaining) and having to use my old digital camera which doesn't like photographing small objects ! Mind you, these are the second pair of ear wires I made. One of the first pair flew off when I decided to cut off the headpin and add a second bead. I have not seen that ear wire since and, as I work at the dining table, I am slightly concerned that it will end up sticking in one of the children's bottoms, when they are playing Lego on the floor. :(

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Hammers

A few weeks ago I said to my husband "I need some hammers". "We've got hammers in the cellar", he said. "Yes, but not the sort I need", I said. He probably rolled his eyes at that. But it was true. When following wire-work instructions, I always had to ignore the bits that said "now work-harden on your steel block" or "now flatten with a chasing hammer". Duuh ! Anyway, my 5-year old son was very impressed when Mummy received a parcel from Beadsisters, containing 2 hammers and a steel block. And since then I have been able to bash things (metal bits, I mean!) and very satisfying it is too.

hammers

I have been sensibly using craft wire to practise, and, as you can see from the photo, this is very wise, as it takes a few goes to get the shapes right and also to find out which lengths of wire work best. Never thought I would buy myself a hammer, though......:)

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Ups and Downs

I've had an up and down couple of weeks -which is why I haven't posted. Ups have been provided by my friends and their positive support and the laughs I have with them and also by the funny things my children say. Downs caused by the sheer uncertainty of the months ahead due to our relocation, the fact that we still have not found a house, the negotiations on the house we wanted not having been successful and by doubting the whole sanity of moving 2 children and myself from somewhere we like for the sake of one husband's job. All this and a mega dose of PMT and I'm sure you get the picture. When I read this I feel ashamed, as there are so many people with far worse on their hands. This kind of mood completely blocks my creativity - I just don't feel inspired. I have read so often that people use creativity as a kind of therapy - I wish I could learn to do that. Anyway, enough of this. The last 2 days have been glorious weather-wise and, clichéd as it might sound, I have been cheered up by the sight of things starting to grow in the garden and the fact that yesterday it was so warm we didn't need to wear socks ! I also managed to get this finished:

spring jewellery

I was also surprised and cheered up to see that my blog is being read in several different countries. As well as the U.K and the U.S (thanks to all of you for reading and also for leaving your comments), and my friends in Italy, Switzerland and Austria, I see that I have readers in Thailand, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, France and Belgium. I'd love to hear your comments too !

Right, feeling better already. Back soon.

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