Friday, 26 August 2011

Bead Soup Bead Suprise

I meant to blog about this earlier in the week but the days seem to have disappeared. I completely forgot to photograph the packet I sent off to my swap partner Michelle of Life in the Bead Lane. Now Michelle owns a bead shop so I was a little nervous about my package. So far I haven't heard from her to say it's arrived but I hope it has. We posted on the same day to try and ensure we received about the same time.
My packet arrived earlier this week all the way from Wisconsin.
The Package

The Sentiment

Inside the Bag

A little extra handmade bead

Bead Soup mix 1
Gorgeous Greens

Bead Soup mix 2
Pretty Pinks
As you can see my little package had an amazing variety of contents, not 1 but 2 bead soup packets, a pretty blue handmade beady bead, a piece of sari silk and a little note explaining what all the beads were, where they had come from or who had made them.
I have some ideas and had my husband not come down after settling the eldest and told me he'd decided to sleep in my bed as it was cold, not Daddy's side Mummy's side, apparently Daddy's side is too warm and Mummy's is just right?! I would be creating tonight. However my beading bits are currently being stored in our room after we turned my beading room into number 2 sons bedroom. I don't want to risk waking him so it will have to wait until tomorrow.
What was in your soup?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

New ideas

Well the sun appeared briefly yesterday morning and it was just long enough for me to grab a handful of my new makes and take some sunny pictures. I knew my window of opportunity wasn't going to be very long so I opted for the fairly bog standard white background and used the trampoline as my base so I could move around the items to get teh least shadow possible. I did venture a bit of arty photography with a couple of necklaces and was pleased with the results. The old apple tree has more uses than I thought. 
Blue Daisy Glass pendant becomes a necklace.
I love the detail of the tree. The colours are really spectacular in the sunshine. I also took some photos of some new things I've made. These are all actually presents but the idea is to start offering similar items for sale. I really like them but then I suppose I am biased. See what you think. . .
September Sapphire - no adornment
September Sapphire - charm adornment
August Peridot - bead and tag adornment
The rain has set in today and doesn't appear to be letting up so I shall have to hope for another sunny morning to take some more pictures. In the meantime I need to get on with advertising all the new items I have photographed so far.
Thank you for stopping by to visit. I hope to see you all again soon.
:o) Fiona @ Christals Creations.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Pipe Dreams. . .

I was idley searching the www last week and I found a beautiful house for sale. Needed a bit of work but nothing we couldn't manage and for 5 minutes I actually let myself believe it was a possibility. Then reality struck and I remembered that we are stuck in this job for a good while yet and the chance of us moving anywhere is slim to none.
Still it was nice to deam for a minute. . .
What about you? What would you love to be doing?


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Using leftovers and finishing up.

So recently I have made a bit of a deal with myself to use up all the odds and ends before buying anything new. I have made a few quite interesting and striking pieces of jewellery which I now need to photograph and showcase on the www. I have found it a bit of a challenge in somecases and I am not sure what I am going to do with the beads I just haven't managed to use.
It's seeped it's way into the rest of our lives as well, using up everything in the cupboards before buying anymore. It has meant we've come up with some very different creations when it come to cooking which have all been rather tasty so far.
I think I might have to do a batch of scones for lunch and maybe make some bread.
I am looking forward to tomorrow. Hubby has some left over annual leave which starts tomorrow and i'm looking forward to two weeks of family things and a bit of a sort out. Things have got on top of us a bit with birthdays and christenings and the house could do with a once over.
Some of you may remember I mentioned a giveaway. I haven't forgotten i'm just being patient and waiting for the last 5 followers to appear. I will still have the giveaway it may just take slightly longer than anticipated.
I haven't really got any new photos to share with you today so I will leave you with this, it's a gift from my belated summer swap.

Good Bye!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A busy few days.

We've had a busy few days here in Suffolk.
Last Tuesday I hosted a baby shower which went well. The rest of the week was spent preparing for my sons christening on Sunday.
Friday I baked the cake, Saturday I made the scone mix and hubby made the cake topper. He is suprisingly artistic for a man in green. I think he may be wasted in his current job.

Not bad for our first attempt!

I had a sale of three bracelets on Saturday and the lady popped round to collect them and not long after some very special friends arrived from Devon to share our special day.
Jo was Godmother and her children were able to come and stay for a few days as it is the holidays. No 1 son loved having his 'best friend' here. Ben is actually 8 but No 1 adores him and Ben has an extrodinary amount of patience for small children. And No 2 was spoilt for attention by Bens sister.

Taking a break on our walk around the lake.
Monday we took it easy and went for a walk around the lake. The children loved it. They particularly enjoyed playing leap frog over the wooden mushrooms. Here are the boy of honour and his very special friend taking a break from all that excecise.
Now we are all back to normal, sadly our friends have gone home, Devon is such a long way from Suffolk. And I am left with lots of Thank You letters to write and a nice pile of washing to sort out. :o)