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Hello Beautiful Beaders,Sultry June is upon us and you know what that means....no, not just rain storms....it's the jingle, jingle, jingle bells of Christmas! "AHHHhhhhhhh" I hear you cry. Ha ha, well not the actually Christmas but yes I fear it is that time of year when we Crafting and Beading buddies start to think about the fat man himself and all those lovely gifts and cards we need to start making. I've been getting into the spirit super early, taking part in the Create and Craft promotional video for their upcoming Christmas event, which launches at the end of...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,It's techniques time again and this month I'm excited to share another classic jewellery making trick with you. I'm going to show you a few tips on how you can use chain, a must for those handmade pieces that only require a short burst of the shiny stuff! You can use Jump rings and chain to add movement to your projects, open chain in the same way as jump rings. You can attach varying lengths of chain to a bag charm. You can break up varied lengths of chain and use to attached between bead clusters. Why not create...
Hello Beautiful Beaders!What a busy couple of weeks it has been! I'm not quite sure where to start....well the most obvious choice is telling you that our new store is looking absolutely amazeballs and is now open for business.  We had a gorgeous day on Sunday when friends and family gathered to christen the new store with bacon rolls and Buck's Fizz. My good friend Dawn Bibby dropped by to support us and we were thrilled to show her not only the layout of the shop but where her very own Shabby Chic line of fabulous products have pride of...
Hello Beautiful Beaders!It feels like an age since we last spoke but it really has been only two weeks. What a difference those 14 days have made to my new store, I can tell you! The builders have been busy adding walls, ripping bits down, hammering, plastering, sanding, painting.....I haven't seen them beading yet, but there's still time. (Beading for Builders - perhaps a new workshop?? Lol)They've even cut a great big hole in the wall from our brand new workshop room out to the main store, so that even if you're not taking part in a workshop you can...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,What a wonderful couple of weeks we have had! Thank you to everyone that came along to The Big Bead show, it was such a fabulous event and we enjoyed meeting you all and sharing our products, techniques and guests, including the lovely Pru McRae who showed you her latest Prumihimo magic. After all that excitement my family and I decided to jet off to Barcelona for a gorgeous little mini break. What a place! The colours, the architecture, the food, all amazing inspiration for my next projects. I highly recommend a visit, just avoid buying an orange...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,This week I'm going to show you how to create one of the beautiful Sparkle Spacer Angels that we often talk about in this blog. My Sparkle Spacer and Pearly Bum Angels are by far my most popular pieces and it thrills me to know that so many of you love them as much as I do.In fact I'm launching a new Pearly Bum beauty on Create and Craft TV, at 11am, April the 10th. She's a wonderful Snow White little lady who is named Imogen, after my adorable god daughter. Do be sure to tune in and...
It makes me so happy to see that Spring has finally sprung! The crocuses are in bloom, the cherry blossom is on its way and all at Riverside HQ are prancing around the store like happy little lambs...well, perhaps age-appropriate sheep anyway.One of my favourite things about Spring is that it's the beginning of a brand new wedding season. There's nothing more exciting than a blushing bride, thrilled to be embarking on her first (or second...or fifth) adventure in marriage! In honour of this flush of bridal excitement I'm launching a brand new white Sparkle Spacer Angel kit on Create...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,I'm always excited to teach a new beading technique and none more so than Kumihimo, which I touched upon in my last blog. It is a form of Japanese braid-making, where cords and ribbons are interlaced. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". It was originally used as a way for Samurai to both functionally and decoratively lace their armour and their horses armour. In modern day Japan you can still find the Kumihimo technique used to tie on an Obi, which is a Kimono sash, but in the western world today we use it to make a...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,It's getting to that time of year when I start dreaming about sunnier climbs and family holidays by the seaside. This cold weather has a certain February bite that makes me yearn for the summertime, of family holidays at our favourite Sherringham cottage, where we relax and catch up with friends, neighbours and even the odd beader! I'm actually lucky enough to travel around the UK quite a lot for work, where I'm always excited to meet fellow jewellery makers and learn about their amazing beading adventures. Whether it's speaking to my peers at the Create and Craft...
Hello beautiful beaders!I don't know about you guys but I love these frosty mornings and can't wait to jump out of bed and see what excitement the day will bring. Everything is just a bit cosier in the winter and, although it's harder to prise my boys from their warm beds, once they are up I just love the madness of the kitchen, watching hands grapple for rounds of hot buttered toast and tea, whilst I sit back and sip my hot water and lemon contentedly.Once the boys are off to school my routine often finds me secreted in my...