Monday, 30 March 2015

A bit of Bruce and a bit of beading: The adventures of a Cavachon

My life as a lady of leisure feels so much more complete! Had a bit of a unsettled start to our first night with Bruce. I settled him in his crate at about 11pm, was awoken by him "howling" and whining at 12.....then 1am! He seemed so tired but must have been so lonely without his mum and siblings to snuggle with.

After that he woke me just before my alarm went off at 6.30am. It was so lovely to be greeting with his bright eyed and waggy tail attitiude!

It's been a funny day, had a few visitors, not to see me though........I was just an excuse for my Mum and my neighbour Lesley to get their hands on the fluff ball we now know as Bruce.

We have ordered some more puppy goodies online but it was obvious we need something more for Bruce to chew on, as his favourites at the moment seem to be the pom poms on my slippers. I have taken a large carrot from the fridge as a bit of a deterrent until more puppy toys arrive.

It is lovely to see his confidence growing already, so funny last night when he galloped out of the front room following me, only to realise he had no idea where he was and did a sort of weird backwards bunny hop back into familiarity. Today he has been like my little shadow, sat on my feet whilst I did the washing up and following me from room to room  as I moved around downstairs.

This afternoon my little Bruce curled up at my feet whilst I managed to do a tiny bit more beading.

A ladder stitch wrap bracelet with Tila Beads. Almost finished now.

Fingers crossed Bruce will be a good boy after his visit to the Vets tonight and I may even be able to complete my bracelet later! 

Bye for now!


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Meet Bruce!

Our nine week old Cavachon puppy.

We picked him up this morning and I was very impressed by his behaviour in the car on the way home. He has used the paper several times, and also had a few near misses. He goes from bouts of madness as he explores his new home then just seems to drop off for a nap. He seems to love games and snuggles and although he is use to being in a crate with his mum and siblings, I think I am in for a long, sleepless night tonight.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A very beady addiction!

Yeah, finished!

Quite pleased with it and I am eager to start something new.

Wrap bracelet with Miyuki Magatama and Drop beads

On my beading board today I have started another wrap bracelet, I got the idea from here  but mine doesn't look anything like it! I did add an extra bead type and rather than a complete random order of beads, I have followed a repeated pattern.

Again, I am not sure of my work and it's all going to be trial and error for a while until I decide what type of styles and techniques I like best.

Not quite finished but I thought I'd take a few photographs before I lost the light.

Going to get back to my beads, my cuppa tea and carrot cake now.

Bye for now.


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Czech Mate and Super Duo Bracelet!

I managed to complete this last night...I had to make some alterations to the pattern I used to suit the toggle clasp. Not perfect but happy with my first attempt.


.....and perhaps a few more beads! A girl (or old woman in my case) can never have too many beads!

Right, what next?

Friday, 20 March 2015

On my bead mat today!!!

 I promised myself that today I would actually make some time and use some of the scrummy, new beads I am....errr...."collecting!" Problem was that I took so long dithering around as which ones to use and what to make!

Eventually I decided to make a bracelet using some colours other than the turquoise, teal, green tones that I seem to be obsessed with at the moment.

As you can see, I have not completed it yet. I have never done any real bead work, only a few Shamballa bracelets and a few Ladder-stitch wrap bracelets and as I was starting this, I must admit I wondered if I would ever get to grips with the pattern. Being left handed I struggled to follow the diagrams and kept turning the work over.

It didn't take long before I wasn't needing to follow the pattern at all so I was quite pleased with my first, simple bracelet.

I am still not sure about the colours.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Beady Retail Therapy!

STILL full of flu, still seriously lacking sleep but my mood was lightened when MR Postie arrived today with one or two new beads!

OH MY!!!!

Such pretties, which are your favourites?

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Beads galore!

Still full of flu! Got a very heavy head this morning, not helped my the fact that poor Chris had another 3am start. At least I was lucky enough to go back to bed and dose for a while!

Still, another day curled up with the cat, Olbas Oil and some beads! Can't complain!

Here is another pic of the earrings I made earlier this week, the lighting wasn't great on the original photographs. LOVE these, will definitely be make some more like this.

Tuesday I made a very simple necklace. It came in a kit but I added a few different gemstone chips and beads to give me enough "spares" to make a bracelet to match. I didn't think the length of this was great for me, I do like a longer necklace, but it was lovely to make, I'll certainly make more of these too.

Here are a couple of the Kumihimo braids I have made. The silver one is made with satin cord and the larger turquoise is leather. I am still trying to figure out the measurements for these to avoid wasting to much stringing materials.

I have finished re-beading my bracelet.....

 ....and here is my next little project. I am sort of making it up as I go along 
so I am prepared for mistakes!

Can you spot a colour theme going on here? LOL 
I obviously need to buy MORE beads in different colours.

Bye for now.