Sunday, November 15, 2009


This is BBC Children in Need week and every year we support the charity by having a cake sale at work. The first year (2003) we made £135. Last year we made £575.
I have never seen so much cake in my life.

This year I decided that as well as a Nigella Lawson Chocolate Guinness Cake, I would make some Christmas jewellery to sell.
I started with a few snowman earrings.

Pearl snowman, glass snowman and crystal snowman earrings.

Christmas pudding and Christmas angel earrings.

After mass-producing a small stockpile of snowman earrings I was bored so decided to branch out a bit.

Christmas lantern and Christmas heart earrings perhaps ?

Christmas party earrings.

Christmas carol earrings ?

Christmas card earrings. ?

I got this idea for displaying them on a black champagne glass from a magazine.

More champagne, Vicar ?

UPDATE - on 4th December we banked £640 for Children in Need. There are a few earrings left on sale and money is still trickling in to start us off for next year.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


I get lots of ideas from just rummaging in the bead box and seeing what turns up.
The hematite circles came from the last bead fair at Newark (from Jencel, I think).
The green metalic facetted beads came from a local bead shop that has been closed for two years, so I've probably had them for three years.
I really can't remember where I got the the minty coloured shell beads but I've had them for ages. They came to the surface again yesterday.
Now there's an idea.


I was so pleased with the red and black version of this necklace that I decided to make another one in a different colour.
Might as well, as I had the beads in my bead box.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Red and black matt stripey beads with red and black crystals on a double string of red and black wire.
The clasp is one of those neat little press-stud fasteners.
Fastening it is a bit more fiddly than I expected.
One day I will get some black headpins and remake the earrings. That would look better than the silver ones, I think.

Friday, November 6, 2009


The large glass beads are Gutermann beads and were in a necklace I bought a while ago. (From the lady in the woolshop as it happens.)
One day I noticed that three of the beads were cracked. I must have dropped the necklace at some time and not realised. So I took it apart, discarded the damaged beads and added a few of my own to remake it.
(I know they are Gutermann beads as I have since seen them for sale.)
Not many years ago I wouldn't have known how to do that and it would have ended up in the bin.
A long time ago I binned an old necklace that had belonged to my former mother-in-law because some of the beads were damaged.
I now wish I hadn't. I didn't know it then but I know now that they were old millefiori beads and maybe even quite valuable. If I still had it I could have done something with the good beads.
You live and learn.