Friday, 27 July 2012

Bead Soup Cooked and Ready to Serve

Whoops a bit late - work does get in the way of some things when blogger decides it does not like scheduled posts!

Done and ready to wear - my lovely soup from Alicia in Canada from All the Pretty Things - 

Here is the soup ingredients

And here is how is was served. - I used every last piece - and I love it!!!!!

I love the unbalanced designs and use of different components, none matching of course.

Can you tell I like chunky!!

I added a couple of my own lampwork beads to one of the strings - the colours matched perfectly.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lampwork Rings and Stock Clearance

I just have way too much stock and no room.

I have been diligent about listing my jewellery supply stock on Etsy over the last week or so.  I have so much in my demountable studio that I don't have room to lay it out the way I want - you know Girl Cave Style - I want to put a sofa in there - have a nice display of my finished works - a place where I can invite friends over for a coffee and play with beads and things.

I have also started to import some items that will be new and need ROOM!!! - so go and check out my Etsy store - and see if you can help me make some space in my Girl Cave.

Chain - great for Steampunk Designs available on Etsy

While I was cleaning out some things in the cave - I found a packet of adjustable ring bases - these are now featuring some of my newest lampwork beads. - These ones are available on Etsy as well as down at L'abundance

I had these pink strawberry beads floating around in the what to make pile - they found there way into a chain with some funky black and white beads, making for a fun fresh necklace.

Lastly my EDP goddess adorned with Bali Silver accents

I have also finished my bead soup jewellery item.

Can't show it until the reveal date on Saturday - which is Sunday here. I nearly wore it to work today, I am really happy with the results.

Cheers Tania

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Bead Soup in the House!!

Woo hoo - my bead soup package from Alicia has arrived safely in my letterbox all the way from Canada.

I had to wait a couple of days to photograph the soup as the weather here has been overcast and rainy, and I love taking my photos out in the natural light.

So here it is - and what a wonderful package with the added Canadian Pin (nice touch)

Bead Soup Ingredients

Alicia has handmade the silver flower focal and clasp.  She has worked with a wonderful fall pallet, gifting me with jade & rhodonite gemstones, swarovski crystals and some other gemstone chips and flowers. - I am now in creative mode thinking of the possibilites for these ingredients.

I have also been working on some reactive twisties for a challenge on the Lampwork Etc Forum - some not working quite the way I want them - but never the less it is all experimentation and taking yourself out of your comfort zone.

Reactive Twistie Experimentation

During the week I made a couple of bracelets to showcase my Mandala beads - one has already gone to a new home - I will be listing the other in Etsy sometime soon.


Finally a few beads made with DH Terra 2 Silver Reactive Glass

Goddess made with Terra 2 & Sage

Focal bead with Terra2 and CIM Olive & Triton

Terra2 and CIM Olive & Triton

Cheers Tania

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

GIVEAWAY AT LORI'S - Got to be in it to Win it

Who does not love a giveaway - well here is an awesome one being held by the Bead Soup Hostess with the Mostess!!

Head on over to Lori's Blog - and check out some fab eye candy and enter - simple as that - you have until the 13th of July!

Cheers Tania

Monday, 9 July 2012

Blog Catch Up - and a SURPRISE!

Well this is what happens when you don't check your blog for a few days - BLOG CATCH UP!!!

The first thing I see is that my bead soup partner has given me a blog award!! - Woo Hoo I am special!

There are a couple of housekeeping rules that come with this award

1. Post a link to the person who awarded you 

2. Share 7 well-thought out random things about yourself
3. Award to 10 other deserving bloggers and let them know

 My award was given to me by Alicia - All the Pretty Things -and as I said she is my bead soup partner, she is from Canada and is an accomplished Trap Shooter as well as a jewellery designer.

7 Random Things about Me

I have a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental Studies
I can drive a Fork Lift
I am related to Lord Tebbit in England ( not sure if that is a good thing)
I have stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon - hoping not to fall off.
I have never touched snow.
I have never owned a Barbie Doll (that is child abuse LOL!)
I love stationary!

I will list the 10 bloggers that I choose at the end of this post.

This week I compiled my first ever Etsy Treasury List - It was compiled for the Artisan Beaders of Australia Page - so pop on over and check it out and even better still leave a comment. We have a lovely selection of artisan lampwork and our up and coming beaders would love the encouragement.

I did manage to get some beading and jewellery making done this week- here are a few pictures - I am working on uploaded them to Etsy this week

The past couple of days here at home have been wonderful, Sunny Queensland Winter Days!  Ella and I planted some flowers, some for her cubby, and we enjoyed the sunshine and then today while I write this post it is pelting down with rain.

Talk Soon - Cheers Tania

10 Bloggers I Award

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Bead Soup Ingredients on their way to Canada

Well the bead soup has left the building, out of my little home town of Fernvale, Qld Australia off to Burlington, ON Canada.  Off on a little trip to Alicia - All the Pretty Things.

I visited Canada back in 1989 when I was still a university student.  I meet a young boy here in Australia "Kurt" who used to live in Canada and we went for a months holiday to go back and visit some of his old school friends.  It was my first time travelling overseas and it was wonderful,  We mainly hung out in Vancouver and Victoria Island, and I was always commenting on how the people there were very similar to people in Brisbane, happy, easy going folks.

Anyway back to BEAD SOUP - I had a hard decision on what to send Alicia as I have been making quite a few different beads lately,  I have got my mojo back at last!!!!

Now that the package has gone, I have a few things to get up to speed with,  I have to check out my Zentangle challenge for this week as I missed last weeks due to my little holiday with Ella.

I have to put together an outline for my one-on-one classes "Lampwork Bead Making Basics" that I am going to start offering very soon

I have to get some finished items down to L'abundance before they completely run out.

I need to also concentrate on those UFO's that I mentioned a couple of posts ago

And lastly (I am sure I will find something else LOL)  I need to keep working on the new blog for Australia Artisan Beaders.

I think that is enough to worry about this week - Phew! - that is alot!

Cheers Tania

PS - ok in the time is has taken me to rough draft this post - I have just joined another challenge - on the Lampwork Etc Forum.  Yes another one.  Anyway this one is not due to ship out until the 1 Oct - so I will tell you a little more about it later.

PPS - joined another challenge on the Lampwork Forum this morning - Reactive Twisties and also think I signed myself up to look after the challenges on an Australia Forum - haven't announced that yet.