Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Pay it Forward - 1st Surprise

So whilst the dust is still settling from the results post, I decided to crack on with the first surprise.

This one will be for Lucy of Faerystone who is very kind to her beading colleagues with plenty of praise and advice.

Lucy asked for a complete surprise.  I hope I have picked well, I had in mind to gift Lucy this bracelet for sometime so what better time than the present.  It was one that she quite liked and enquired about a while ago.

Another idea I had after being the lucky recipient of a few prizes lately was to share some of my good luck and winnings with others.  Keeping with the same colour theme I thought this set of beads would be a nice surprise, they remind me of marbles.....

So Lucy I hope you like these, enjoy working with your new beads and wearing your new bracelet.  It's always nice to get something that someone else has made :D

Love and turkey leftovers
Leigh xx

Friday, 21 December 2012

Pay it Forward Results

Hello everyone,

Sorry it's been so's been mega busy and I have been overwhelmed with orders.  Just one more to go and its time for a well deserved rest.

I thought I better get on to all my loose ends, this being one of them!!!

I am looking forward to Christmas as my daughter is now 4 and is a bit more excited this year.  So here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013.

The lucky winners are:

Julie Sumner of Made by Jules
Lucy Haslam of Faerystone
Elizabeth Stolarczyk of Elizabeth's Art
Claire Ennis of ClairesCrystalClassics

I will email you all shortly with the details on how to proceed.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Artisan Whimsy Blog Reveal

I recently entered this challenge invited by some great designers and choose Edinburgh, Isle of Wight and Southhampton.

Edinburgh - proved to be a challenge read on and find out more!

The Stone of Destiny originally lay at Scone Palace in the lovely Perthshire from where I hail. People believe that the original stone was hidden prior to the invasion and has never been found.  The stones in existence today are merely copies.  Now here is my own version, I originally started using red sandstone as was used to make the original but it proved rather troublesome and here is the next attempt:

Isle of Wight

I remember beach holidays as a child.  When I saw Pippa Chandlers beach hut, it brought back those childhood memories.  So there you have it, this bracelet in sweet pinks is from these times, embodied by the image that the Isle of Wight pictures in my head as sadly I have never had the pleasure of holidaying there.


I picked this category and it was the hardest of the three that I picked.  It was a challenge to find the beads in the theme that I wanted.  Similar to Rebecca Anderson's cupcake idea, I have small bowls sitting on my dressing table with groups of beads awaiting inspiration.  I was originally thinking of using this combination for a winter/xmas theme but nothing was forthcoming until this blog challenge.

The titanic owners White Star line are symbolished by a red flag overlayed with a white star, the titanic itself was red, black and white.  So my colours fitted in perfectly and I used the frosted white pebbles to symbolise the icebergs.

An interesting fact for me is that the day/month that Titanic sank is the same as my birth date 15th April.  I was keen to lay my hands on beads to symbolise the star in the flag hence the pendant from Lesley Watt with waves incorporated in the design.  The brass ocean liner charm brings it all together.  I hope you agree.

Another interesting thing about this piece is that it started out as a necklace, but can actually be worn as a bracelet as well, you decide....

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Pay it Forward

Good Evening all,

Now I first saw the Pay it Forward phenomenon a few months ago, but have never been very lucky.  Then it all changed, I managed to be in the first 3 on Rebecca's Songbead blog.  At this point unknown to me Pippa had choosen some extra people to get surprises on her Pay it Forward Blog.  Needless to say I was in heaven the thought of getting some very nice surprises from these extremely talented fellow beaders.

So here we go as I have been so lucky I would like to spread around the luck and cheer.......... drumroll please!

I’ll send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this blog post. The gift will be a handmade surprise by me and will be sent to you some time in the next 365 days (yep, mystery gift at a mystery time).
Here’s what you need to do, leave me a comment including your EMAIL address to be eligible.  I’ll then email you for your home address and a ask a few questions (likes/dislikes, favourite colours, sizes, allergies and general stuff like that).
To complete signing up you MUST play along too. To do this you must blog a similar post and pledge to make a surprise gift for the first three people who comment on it.

I am going to make not just 3 people but 6 people able to get a surprise.  The first three to comment and a random three thereafter.  I may also look at other surprises for the best comment or sharing of my blog.

What are you waiting for......................

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Berry Fields

Now this Blog has been inspired by my local Berry Fields.  Living in Blairgowrie, Perthshire I am surrounded by masses of berries, mmmmmm!!

Blairgowrie is famous for Berry Picking and the industry here was born about 100 years ago sending berries all over the country.  Pickers would come here for their summer holidays - OMG!.

Nowadays we have The Jampionships, which is a search for the Worlds Best Jam maker.  I have never entered myself but am known to make a cracking Raspberry Jam.  I hope you agree that these Gorgeous jewels capture the Berry Essence...........

Raspberry Dreams

Monday, 10 September 2012

Wire Work how did I get started on this then!  Well I saw a tutorial on a bead website and liked the look, but never got around to doing it until there was a delivery of coloured wire to my favourite store Smitten Beads.  I thought I'd be clever and search the web for a book or magazine to help me on my way.  Stumbling onto a forum with the promise of a free wire jewellery book I thought yipee home run!!  Ha ha too good to be true it was all about crochet and knitting.

Never fear I plodded along anyway (those that know me will say thats because I'm stubborn and determined) and browsed through lots of pics on the web before starting.

Here is my first attempt:

and because I got carried away with the moment the second:

Of course there was lots of encouragement along the way from my fellow beaders, including tips for picture taking (thank you Lesley The Gossiping Goddess.)  I feel like it is becoming an addiction and I just can't stop!! Help me please :D
Of course there is a whole other story to the collecting of the branch for the picture...............


How exciting my first BLOG!! I am so hyper after creating my first cuff bracelets today using wire another first.  But before I get carried away I should probably start at the beginning.

It's almost a year since I went along to my very first jewellery making class all nerves and excitement.  I could barely keep quiet, although most would say that this is normal for me any day of the week.  We were introduced to crimp necklaces by the most kind and lovely teacher.  I followed this with another two classes; one for simple knotting and another for charm bracelets.  Since then, I have plodded along slowly testing out different things and making jewellery for my friends and family.  Last Christmas my workmates were all hoping that I would get them in the Secret Santa draw.  Needless to say they shouldn't have worried as I was asked to make a few pieces for Santa's pressies.

I  must say I rather enjoy getting my monthly Beads & Beyond magazine to look for different ideas and inspiration.  Then the other week I was invited to join a group on facebook - BeadSmitten, created by the one and only Claire Braunbarth; designer and owner of Smitten Beads. /

Now The Group BeadSmitten was created by Claire to bring together her customers and fellow designers.  What an inspiration though it has it's drawbacks!!  I dread to think how much I have spent on beads and the new gorgeous silk chiffon in this last two weeks.  I have to say the group has helped me find my jewellery making mojo again and this last week I have created these:

  Leaving you with these, my next blog will bring you my wire making jaunt into the wilderness.............. what fun :)