It’s been a negligently long time since my last post, but I haven’t forgotten about you, dear readers. I’m pleased to see that you haven’t forgotten about me either. My blog has been getting plenty of views in my absence, and my Facebook page has just reached 1000 likers! How exciting. Of course, such a milestone requires a celebration. Right now, I have a competition on Facebook to win my One-of-a-kind Clara necklace (pictured below). Not your thing? How about three tutorials of your choice from my store, instead? Head to Facebook and like my page, and the post containing the instructions and you’re in to win. Share the post too, if you’re so inclined, it’s not necessary to win, but it’s good Karma.
In other news, everyone is talking about Hubble Stitch! If you haven’t tried it, do it now. Right now. Drop everything and go for it. It’s so addictive and versatile. It was designed by Melanie de Miguel, who has this beautiful book detailing the technique and it’s many uses. Her biggest convert is the lovely Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, who also has a number of tutorials featuring The Hubble in her store Jewelry Tales. I made my own version of her Mermaid Bracelet. I didn’t have the 2mm crystals that her pattern called for, but I substituted 11/0 seed beads and it worked fine. Of course, the instructions were beautifully written and illustrated, as Cynthia’s work always is.
Mermaid Bracelet, Designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, beaded by Jenny Sangster
Wow, November 1st and I’ve already got all of my Christmas shopping done. Despite my constant warnings of “Santa won’t bring you any toys if you don’t drop that attitude, Missy!”, my children will in fact be getting Christmas presents this year. I have to admit, this super-organisation wasn’t because of an undying enthusiasm for the holidays, but rather a desire to get it over and done with, so I don’t have to spend the next 7 weeks worrying about it. That’s right folks SEVEN WEEKS. Horrible isn’t it?
Custom made necklace, black with Heliotrope Swarovski Rivoli pendant
So now that you’re reeling from that bombshell, let me take the time to remind you to think about the women in your life. Your mothers, daughters, aunts, (yourself) and friends who deserve something extra special. There is still time to order custom made jewellery for Christmas; one of a kind gifts for one of a kind people. To enquire about custom jewellery, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ready made bead woven jewellery is available in my online store and less elaborate jewellery, made from basic assembled components are listed on my Facebook Sale album.
In other news, the Halloween Giveaway has been drawn, congratulations to Andrea L. I hope you love your new necklace, it was a joy to make. There are more giveaways coming up soon so keep your eyes peeled. The Facebook page is close to 300 likers so I will be having a draw when that milestone has been reached and of course, a Christmas giveaway is also on the cards.
I love Halloween, I love the crisp Autumn leaves, the beautiful colours that are all around us, the fresh pumpkin ready for harvest. I love the symbolism, a time to honor and reach out to our dearly departed, when the veils between our world and the next are like gossamer. I even love the novelties, the ghosts, witches and zombies. But what I really, really hate is that we celebrate it in spring. What. The. Hell? Ok, I get it, Halloween is a Northern hemisphere tradition, so we (or rather our purveyors of cheap sweets and Scream masks) jump on their pumpkin cart at join in their celebrations. But it’s all wrong! Halloween is meant to be seasonal! As in the season of Autumn. It is symbolic of the dying world slipping in to Winter. It should not be celebrated when lambs are prancing and birds are chirping, that’s Easter dammit!!
But one cannot fight the masses without looking like a lunatic, so I must accept it. I will give to those kids who come to my door each year, no costumes, plastic shopping bag thrust toward me and a mumble of “got any lollies?”. I will dress my kids up as dinosaurs and give them too much sugar and popcorn. While they eat, I will explain to them that they will not be knocking on strangers doors and asking for food while I still respect myself as a parent, miser that I am. I’ll introduce my darlings to the magical world of Tim Burton with a screening of Corpse Bride and all will be well. Then perhaps we’ll pick flowers and decorate eggs.
Anyway to show that I’m not a complete ghoul, I’m going to have yet another giveaway. I didn’t intend to do a Halloween giveaway, it didn’t occur to me until someone mentioned it last week. Why not, I thought, so I’ve been madly beading trying to get this beautiful netted necklace completed. Orange, purple and black always look fab together, Halloween or no Halloween. Enter using the rafflecopter app here. Entries are open worldwide.