Monday, 31 March 2014

Little poncho set

Good morning everyone. The start of a new week and it will be a week of night shifts for me - 4 of them starting tonight. I do not mind them too much but all you really do is just work or sleep. Never mind, I will have the weekend off which is a bonus. Ryan is coming home today for a couple of weeks so that will be nice to have him back for a while :)

I thought I would share a couple of photos of a poncho and hat set that I made for my little niece.

Looking at it she should also get some wear out of it in the autumn too.

Really enjoyed making this cute set.

Have a fab day xxx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Ryan made the finals of BBC Young Brass Award 2014

What a busy couple of days we have had. My son Ryan made it to the finals of the BBC Young Brass Player of the Year. The finals were broadcast live on Friday on Radio 2. What an absolutely brilliant evening. There were 4 players in the final.

I could not have been prouder of him. He played so well and his attitude is just wonderful. He had lots of people in the audience supporting him including some of the children he teaches on Saturdays who brought their parents along too.

Sadly he did not win but what an amazing achievement to have made the finals. If you would like to listen to him playing you can do so here ...... He is first on and plays at about 12 minutes into the programme.

You can also listen to his semi final performance here if you wish.

He plays without any music and completely scares me to death when he does this - clever lad lol.

Have a brilliant day everyone - hope you do not mind me sharing my news xxx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014


Morning everyone. I have a day off today and I have been up with the birds - typical. At least it means I am not spending half the day in bed. Hubby is also off today too so we will probably pop out for some lunch later which will be nice.

I thought I would share a kumihimo bracelet today. I really do love these made with long magatama beads. There are endless colour combinations and they always look lush.

I will be back later in the week with some really exciting news about Ryan. 
Have a wonderful day

Friday, 21 March 2014

Just a quickie

Hi there, well my 2nd night shift has just ended and it has been a steady one. I am certainly ready for my bed. Just one more night tonight and then I have the ret of the weekend off.

Before I go to sleep I will share another bracelet with you all ....

Another classic combo of black and silver. The beads are black agate and Swarovski crystal pearls with a swarovski crystal flower charm.

I hope you like it

Ok, sleep for me - see you all tomorrow xxxxx

PS My Insanity workouts are doing great - I will be due to do my day 
19 when I get up - groan

Never mind, will all be worth it xxx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sparkle your message and no make up selfie

Hi all, well I am back at work tonight for 3 nights shifts. I have enjoyed my time off work although it feels like ages since I was there. I am sure after 10 minutes it will feel like I haven't had any time off at all.

A busy day ahead. I need to do the supermarket shop - argh, what a pain and also get a few other bits and bobs from town. Then just a few little jewellery makes and I have to finishe a crochet project too if I get chance.

Most importantly is todays Insanity workout - Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs is on the agenda today - it is a killer lol.

Again I am looking through some recent makes to see what to share today.

This is a diabetes alert bracelet I made for a lady who did not want to wear the usual sort of talisman. Nice and blingy!!!!!! The sparkly letters are so pretty in real life and could be used for a name obviously instead.
More designs can be seen on my crafty facebook page HERE.

I thought i would also post my no make up selfie here. I popped it on facebook last night like lots of other women did - all trying to raise awareness for cancer. I know it won't cure it but things like this do get people talking about it and if someone checks their boobs for lumps and bumps as a result then it is a good thing in my opinion.

Right, better get my bum moving and get on with my 'to do' list.
Happy hump day guys xxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Classic black and silver

Hi there, well I have had another paper day which is so lovely. Nothing to show yet though - I met with my friend to finalise the layout for her wedding invitations and then went shopping for the supplies. I must admit I was tempted to pick a few of the paper pads up but I think I should wait until I at least make a card lol.

So I was wondering what to share with you today and decided on another bracelet.

I rewally love this bracelet and wear it a LOT. It is another one that looks similar to the more expensive designer brands. It is made from black agate beads with a sparkly shamballa bead as a focal bed. Little tiny spacer beads have been used which I used to use with brads on my cardmaking :)

Right, off to make a pot of chilli for tea and then onto day 16 of my Insanity workout - I am desperate to get in shape for my hols.
See you all tomorrow xxx

Monday, 17 March 2014

Cute bracelets

Hi everyone, hope you have all had a great Monday. I have been busy prepping wedding invitations for my friend for most of the day and I must admit it was lovely getting bits of paper out again. I even remembered how to use my die cutter lol.

I thought I would share a few bracelets I made this weekend. You can see more of the things I make on my Facebook page so pop over and have a browse. You can also ask for something that isn't there and I will do my best to make it for you.

This is a lovely suede bracelet featuring an infinity connector. I really love the colour, it seems to be in all the shops right now so this should be bang on trend for Spring. If you would like one they are £6 each

I made another is beige too......

I have also made a couple of these bracelets featuring a shamballa bead. I was wearing one this weekend at a hen party and someone thought it was one of the expensive designer ones - needless to say that made me really happy. I only charge £5 each for these ones so just yell if you would like one - again lots of colours are available.

and in turquoise ....

Right-ho, I shall try and pop back tomorrow or Wednesday. I start back on nights on Wednesday though so after that I probably won't be posting again until the weekend.

Have a lovely week xxx

Something very strange just happened .....

Oh my word, what is happening? My friend has asked me to make her wedding invitations and I said yes. I have just started looking through all my stash which has laid unused for over a year and I swear my heart skipped a beat. I got a little rush of excitement looking through my flowers, ribbons and bling.

Looks like I may return to cardmaking after all

Monday, 3 March 2014

A couple of makes and some news

Hi guys, don't faint ... I am here!!!!!

Yay, it is nice to be back ..... bet a few of you thought I had dropped of the face of the earth.

I have been really busy at work and home plus I have also been poorly so I have a few excuses for not blogging. I am going to just try and be good from now - I have missed you all ever so much. I have even been thinking about getting my Copics and papers back out .... don't hold me to it though til I have actually done it.

I have had some really fabulous news that I have been itching to share. Well, the cat is out of the bag now so I can yell it from the roof tops. Beads Direct have asked me to write on their blog, reviewing their wonderful products. OMG am I just the luckiest girl alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It didn't even take me a second to say yes - I am so happy. I have bought from them since I started my beading so I am delighted to be able to write for a company that I just love and value.

So now that has been shared I better show you a couple of bracelets I have made for Beading Friends Forever.

We have a theme and challenge as usual - pop over t the blog or Facebook group for details on this months challenge.

This is a gorgeous bracelet made with mixed Quartz nuggets and it just sparkles in the sunlight. It is pretty heavy so I have strung it onto wire to make sure it is nice and strong. I bought these nuggets ages ago from Beads Direct and have been wanting to make them into something for ages. I think the sunshine must have inspired me :)

My second bracelet is made following a video tutorial and comprises of crystals and pearls and seed beads. It is pretty bright but I reallylike that. It makes me feel winter is on t he way out and lovely warm days are headed our way.

So there you go, I am back ...... will try to pop in during the week but I start 4 night shifts tonight so can't promise. I do have quite a few things that I want to share with you all though.
See you soon xxx


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