Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I never used to know what to do with big beads.  After a bit of doodling these emerged.

big beads1Big brown beads. 

big beads3Big green beads.

big beads4 Big multicolour beads.

big beads5Some big purple beads with crystals.

big beads6 One big bead with pearls.

big beads7 The latest project – a hotchpotch of big beads.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


It my friend Pat’s birthday today, a really big one with an “0”in it.  Ages ago she said she would like a royal blue necklace so I made this for her birthday.

blue1 blue2 blue3 blue4 I hope she likes it and that she is having a lovely day.

Friday, November 4, 2011


I have found a new bead shop and swooped on these lovely brightly coloured beads.  I couldn’t wait to make them into something to cheer up a dull November day.


They would also look great in summer, I think.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Already this year I have made presents for my friends Barbara’s 60th and Nicole’s 40th.  Now it is the turn of my sister-in-law Kathy who is 50 today.


These are not the best photos ever taken, snapped in a rush before I wrapped the necklace and earrings to give them to her yesterday.  But it gives an idea of the finished result.  I used some lovely faceted carnelian beads, teamed with some pretty glass beads which seem to be silver paint with a brown pattern over the top.


I used some copper-effect circles and silver jump rings to blend with the beads.  Also a record number of loops that I had to make myself – I hope they hold and the necklace doesn’t fall apart !!

kathy23jpg I hope Kathy is having a lovely birthday.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Two necklaces made recently. 

A blue spotty bead as a pendant on cotton cord and ribbon for a little girl whose favourite colour is blue.

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A fairy and a flower for a colleague’s birthday – guess what her favourite things are !!  This was strung on a silver snake chain.


Saturday, July 2, 2011


It was a friend’s special birthday recently, one of those milestones that some of us love and others dread.


I know she likes bright colours and especially blues, greens and turquoise so I made this necklace.


The beads are coral, china, silver, crystal, cherry quartz and turquoise.


I made a little pair of matching earrings as well, from turquoise chips and cherry quartz.




She was pleased with it and I hope she really enjoys wearing it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


funky earrings

My thirteen year old niece was rummaging through my bead box recently and spotted these purple plastic beads. 

Ten minutes later she was wearing them as earrings !!

Monday, June 27, 2011


A few weeks ago I was contacted by Sweetpea who asked me if I could repair a cherished broken necklace. 

Sweatpea is restoring a house in Angles-sur-L’Anglin, which has to be one of the prettiest villages in the South Loire region of France.

She posted the broken necklace to me in England and the most beautiful and eclectic selection of beads plopped through my letterbox a few days later.


There were ivory, wood, amber, china, amethyst and crystal beads, plus a lovely pendant bead which I think was onyx.

Sweetpea has fond memories of a fabulous holiday in Sri Lanka where she bought the jewellery, so it was important for both of us that I created something just right.

I restrung the beads and added a few silver, crystal and recycled glass ones of my own, plus a new clasp to ensure the necklace was strong enough not to break again – so that Sweetpea didn’t lose her cherished beads a second time.


Once I had the length of necklace right, I used the leftover beads to make a lovely bracelet, which Sweetpea might wear herself, or might keep for her granddaughter.

Then when I was chez nous in France earlier this month, I had the joy of delivering the finished jewellery in person, meeting Sweetpea and seeing the lovely house she is restoring in Angles.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


earrings1Daisy earrings.

earrings2  Strawberry earrings.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


A while ago I posted (and boasted) about some beads I bought at a charity shop and a fellow blogger, Diane, said how nice they were, they were such a bright green.

As Diane lives not far from our holiday cottage in France, I said I would make her a necklace in the lovely beads and take them over.

greenMy charity shop purchase.

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In the end, I made three necklaces for her to choose from.  Also, in my local bead shop I found matching beads in different shapes and sizes to incorporate into the necklace and some matching earrings.

I was wondering which necklace she would choose.

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These two necklaces were essentially the same – one with the large bead in line and the other with it as a pendant.

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This is the one that Diane chose.  A double-wire design with less black in it and a generally lighter feel and appearance.

I think it was the one I expected her to choose !!  I hope she really enjoys wearing it – although she may have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to make the most of it – the beads are really very green.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


My friend Barbara is having a big birthday soon, one with an nought in it.

She doesn’t really wear beads – goes in for the “real stuff” most of the time – but occasionally she does wear a nice pendant, so I decided to give her this for her birthday.


It’s an agate slice, teamed with Swarovski crystals, some Czech crystals and some bronze Gutermann beads.


The agate slices come from Jencel beads.  Each one is different but they are always lovely.


I hope she likes it.  

Thursday, February 24, 2011



I can’t go past a charity shop these days without having a look at the jewellery section.  Mostly I find horrid plastic beads and junk nobody would want to wear but occasionally there is something I can definitely take apart and do something with.

These nice glass beads were just crying out for remodelling.  I can use the beads and the magnetic clasps, all for about £4.


This selection includes coral chips, some kind of jasper (I think) and some nice wooden beads.  All for about £3.

Monday, February 14, 2011



Dyed mother of pearl and carnelian beads with smaller MOP chips and copper.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I first started making beaded jewellery when I found some beads for sale in a local wool shop.  My new hobby takes up most of my spare time but I still can’t resist buying knitting wool occasionally, especially with all the beautiful yarns that are available these days.


Knitting is something I have enjoyed ever since my mother taught me to knit when I was about six years old.

These days I tend to get bored with bigger garments and the finishing-off and sewing-up is not my strongest skill – hence my embarrassingly large collection of half-knitted or partially sewn-up jumpers.

Scarves are more successful as they don’t take as long to knit and the sewing-up is not a problem.

Last October, Mariel the proprietor of the PreHisto in Le Grand-Pressigny, was knitting a fabulous curly-wurly scarf in a plain grey colour.  The plain grey was not for me but the effect was wonderful.  The yarn is a sort of mesh tape. 


She showed me how to pick up the stitches and knit with the yarn but I could not quite grasp the technique.

Recently I managed to get hold of a ball of the yarn, which is called Can Can.  There are instructions on the ball-band but I was still flummoxed so I found this very helpful video on youtube.


It’s quite fiddly to knit but it grows very quickly so that’s ok.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


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I teamed this lovely purple polymer clay pendant with some metallic tube beads, Swarovski crystals and little pyrite beads.  The purple beading wire looked nice and bright.  I was quite glad when it didn’t sell at the Christmas market as I had my eye on it for myself but then I was equally glad when a friend bought it as a present for a relative.  I hope she liked it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


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Coral chips and black lava stone with silver bicones.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


For my stall at the Christmas market I made several sets comprising a bracelet and earrings to match a little hand-knitted scarf that would be worn as if it was a necklace.

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This one was in jolly colours with Swarovski crystals and bright pearls.  It didn’t sell but a friend bought the bracelet for herself later.  I still have the earrings and scarf so I will probably wear them myself as I love the colours.

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This one was in rose quartz and crystals to match a delicate pink scarf.  A friend bought the earrings at the market.

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This set sold as a complete set including the scarf.  I was pleased about that.