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I am a bit of a hippy at heart, although I am a bit to young to have been a flower child (I was a New Romantic as a teenager). I love the individuality and colourfulness of the arty, hippy style and like to express that love of colour in my jewellery and I seem to be increasingly drawn to nature as inspiration for my beadwork.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Monday, 8 April 2013

Bead, Book and Bounce - Beaded Fantasies by Sabine Lippert

Those of you who also read the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash blog will be familiar with the Bead Book and Bounce that the lovely Clair from Obstinate Pursuit organises for us. This months reveal/review topic is Sabine Lipperts Beaded Fantasy book.

With a book shelf already groaning with beading books, I had resisted buying this one, but as I wanted to join in the BB&B, asked for it for Mothers Day. I am so glad I did! I love the selection of patterns and was pleased to see that as many of them use easily sourced "basics" like fire polished, 11's and pearls, I already had the stash to make several of the projects without ordering new beads.

It was hard to choose what to make first, but I settled on the Granada brooch, except I made a pendant instead. As others on the BB&B have mentioned, I did find a couple of the steps descriptions quite long and a bit difficult to follow at first, but after a couple of rereads, got them sorted and by the next day had a beautiful pendant.

I would recommend this book to other beaders, but probably not to very beginners, although I don't think you need too much experience to complete many of the patterns.

I love the book and hope Sabine brings out many more!


Monday, 25 March 2013

Bead Shop Liverpool Challenge

I was lucky enough to receive a challenge pack from the Bead Shop Liverpool which contained the most beautiful selection of mossy beads. I absolutely loved working with these and can't wait to wear this piece!
Thank you so much to Clair & Vicky!

Sarah x

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Aka, If Madame De Pompadour was a Hippy.

Since I decided to stop selling finished jewellery, I have felt a lot more freedom to just play when designing/making and instead of trying to make quick & easy things to list, am back to expanding my skills.

This necklace (which I'm actually calling Feathered Romance, though I do prefer it's original title!), was made for the OTTBS Monthly Moodboard Challenge. I don't usually do pastels, but the feather pendant by Blueberri Beads was so inspiring that the rest of the necklace pretty much decided what it wanted to be, without any help from me!

I enjoyed combining all the various stitches in this piece, bead embroidery, peyote, raw and St Petersburg. I think I'll be making more multi stitch pieces very soon!


Monday, 4 March 2013

Recent Work

No excuses for the long break. I think I kind of forgot I had a blog to be honest! I have been beading though & here are some of my efforts.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Catching Up

Well hello, nice to see you ;-). It's been a while, not long after my last post my mother in law sadly passed away and with various other things I lost my blogging mojo. I have been beading in my absence so do have lots of pics to update you with!

The necklace above is one I made for myself using a fab eye cabachon from the wonderful Liz Reed of The Crimson moon on Etsy. I bead embroidered the pendant added a netted fringe & hung it on a spiral rope necklace. I have worn it quite a few times to work where it is a bit of a converstion piece!

The more observant of you will notice that I have changed the name of the blog on the shop, much easier to remember and explain than April Is Forever!

Happy Beading,


Friday, 24 February 2012

Stash Search - Downstream

I haven't done a themed piece for a little while as I have been concentrating on catching u p with the various OTTBS challenges that I am part of and also beading some quick cabochon necklaces. I have been wanting to do one though, so I have rushed through the house work this morning so that I could sit down and rummage through my beads.

I am part of the Etsy Beadweavers team and each month they organise a challenge, this months theme is "Destinations". I have been mulling it over and kept coming back ti the idea of fish migrating, I have no idea why, lol. So my theme for this piece is "Downstream". I am imagining some sort of pennant shape pendant necklace, but we will have to see where the beads take me.

I limited my choices a little more than usual this time, but as you can see, I still have plenty of pretties to play with!

Happy Beading,