Item up for Auction

After a week of wanting to do things but not having the oomph to do it – you know the drill, when your get up and go just ran away. That was me. I had quite a few things I wanted to do, but I have found if I am not in the right space then to leave it. When I am ready to roll, I just go with it and let the beads flow. Yesterday I got that chance, with the afternoon and evening letting me get back into it. Several pieces are hanging on my biggest bust, I will leave them for a day or two and see how they look. Sometimes they don’t work.

The best thing that got me going was the chance to put a piece into an auction that is happening at the next market.
Around Australia, during June, we have a massive fundraising effort to help the children’s ward at the local hospitals and the radio station that does it in Hobart will be attending the market and having an auction.

All stallholders were invited to put something in, and I thought “why not?”
It will gets lots of people looking at and hearing about my jewellery. Just what I want. But then it gets scary. (Enter scared of succeeding thoughts). This much more than just having a table and showing my things. These people will be live on radio (or as live as possible I spose) and they have influence. If I was going to put anything in, it had to be good.
While I was thinking about any already made items, I caught a glimpse of a chain necklace that I had yet to finish. All it needed was the ribbon at the back.
Funny how it takes a deadline to actually get things done. Although the market is next weekend, and I can bring it on the day, I wanted it done so I knew it was ready.
I am calling it ‘my piece de resistance’ but will work on another name ready for next week. I just thought of maybe “life’s mottos” or “values of life”. Naming my pieces is always hard and this one needs to be special. Any help would be appreciated, and credited.

What it’s made from: black and silver chain, Peruzi hand made beads, Swarovski crystals in green and navy, green ribbon, silver toggle clasp.

Related links.
Peruzi hand made beads: http://www.peruzi.net/
Give me 5 for kids: http://www.giveme5forkids.com.au/

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Jennifer 🙂

365 Distractions, take 2

While I distract my self not only from UFO’s but from housework as well, I wonder what the magazine will entice me to make today. Lots go and have a look.
Eek, not this one, looks like it might be a bit uncomfortable and stab your neck..

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This looks pretty cool…

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Or maybe this one, I do like turquoise, classic colour….

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Bad bad iPad pictures, but the finished product looks much nicer from the camera.
I made two of the back to front earrings. I only had gold studs so no choice of silver here. I do quite like this idea, much easier to keep track of the back piece when it’s joined together.

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And my turquoise ones, simply done with memory wire, square chunks and silver spacers. A neat take on on the classic hoop.

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Happy crafting
Jennifer 🙂

Distractions…. all 365 of them

After being a busy little bee for 3 or 4 days with my UFO’s, I was going to have a quiet day and just chill, maybe read a book or two and of course deal with any housework that was sure to rear it’s ugly head. A day off to recharge.
Well, my body had different ideas. After waking at 3am to my son being sick, I woke a few hours later with that dreaded feeling myself and thus spent the day between the bathroom and sleeping. Today I woke feeling much better, ravenous to boot (although I know better than to stuff myself) and dying for a coffee. Achy, and tired, but better, alive at least.
The body is still in mending mode so I took it easy with a few chores and then went to see what the post office had for me.
A whole magazine full of ideas and… distractions. I was ready to get back into my UFO’s but I’m not so sure now.
My pre ordered “365 earrings to make” from the “Bead Style” magazine had arrived and flicking through I found a couple of things to get onto right now. As in, right now. Oh yeah, I’m feeling much better all of a sudden.

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So coffee in hand, I am off to my desk to hunt out a few beads and use this new found inspiration.
My first idea are these blue curved beads.

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I thought I still had the black ones that are slightly longer, but not to worry. I’ll just make a pair each of gold and silver. Same beads, two completely different looks.

The silver pair have two strands of delicate chain with dangles of Swarovski, lapis lazuli and pearls.

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The gold has glass, Swarovski and Aventurine rounds. Once I started to assemble them I noticed it needed something else

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…. Enter the dark blue Swarovski, which adds contrast, yet brings them all together nicely.

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They are slightly longer than the silver, with both being chunky but still feminine and delicate.

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I think my UFO’s might get lost for a week or so while I work my way though a few new sets of earrings.
Here’s a better look at both of them…

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$20 each
While they are quite long, they are very light, something you could easily wear all day. I might even make a pair for me.
Happy crafting 🙂
Jennifer