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Onward and Upward

I’m happy to announce that I have my inspiration back. The last few weeks have been full of emotional ups and downs, but we’re on the right track and, most importantly, so is my beading. I’m super busy, but I’ve managed to keep my needle ticking along and it’s been a wonderful creative outlet for everything going on in my head. First I made myself a pair of sparkly earrings to cheer myself up, then I made three more pairs just because. Next, I decided that dark times called for neon colours and chained a bunch of beaded beads together to make a fun necklace with Superduo’s and O-beads.

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Then, near tragedy struck, when I ran out of Fireline and had no money left to buy any. I have a policy that (ex) Husband’s earnings don’t pay for my jewellery materials, so I have to sell things to buy things. Considering our current situation, it would be a little too cheeky of me to break that rule now.  It’s been a long time since I sold anything; the coffers are bone-dry.

Then a most wonderful, amazing, generous person, surprised me with a deposit in my bank account. I actually cried. Not over the Fireline, although it is pretty amazing stuff, I cried that someone cared enough to do that for me. My day had been horrendous, and this gesture reminded me that the world is full of good people who care about other people.

Feeling inspired I immediately rummaged through my stash and found beads and crystals that reminded me of my Fireline Fairy, who by all accounts, has the most gorgeous blue eyes. With my newly purchased Fireline, I managed to pull them together to become this silver and blue herringbone necklace with Bermuda Blue Swarovski Cosmic Crystals and a peyote bail. I’m slightly hesitant, as it may be a touch too long for her, but I can alter it if necessary. I just hope she likes it.

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But it’s onward and upward for me. I’ve been applying for jobs left, right, and centre, looking at houses to live in, working and reworking my budget over and over to try to make it tell me something different, and just generally swinging wildly from stress to elation. I’m happy/nervous/scared/excited and I don’t quite know how things are going to work out, but I know that with a little time, work out they will.

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Captured Heart

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The other day while I was wrestling with circular brick stitch, I done an image search to try to figure out where I was going wrong. I came across a beautiful bracelet made by Penny Dixon. The picture was posted on her blog, which I started reading. I became more and more distracted from what I was meant to be doing, when I saw a pair of earrings she had made. These stunning wire and bead earrings looked vaguely familiar and when I read the accompanying blog post, I discovered why. Penny’s ‘Captured Heart’ earrings were recently featured in the August edition of Bead & Button magazine – with a tutorial! I had seen them in the magazine, but I hadn’t really gotten much of a chance to look closely through the issue. After admiring them on Penny’s blog, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

I sent Penny an email asking permission to sell the earrings, should I be successful, to which she kindly consented. Penny warned me that the first attempt can take a long time, and she wasn’t wrong! There is a surprising amount of work in these earrings. I’m not sure quite how many hours I sat there, but it was just about mid-night when I finished. The fine gauge wire is difficult to work with, but I got the hang of it towards the end. I loved my results, but there were errors, and they were a little too untidy. I’ll be keeping those for myself.

Attempt number two. I know I said I was only going to take one night off from brick stitch, but it would seem that I lied. I had to try the earrings again, they’re just too awesome. This time things went a little faster and a little tidier, but my wire frame was still too big. I’m going to need some more practise before I sell these, but I like where I’m headed.

Many thanks to Penny for making this tutorial available.