9.8.14

Birthday boy

Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that I was looking at this cute little face....


and now all of a sudden, he has turned from a little baby into a little boy....

A two year old little boy!

Capable of causing havoc and destruction where ever he goes and looking cute while at it! 
Happy Birthday little one xxx




2.8.14

Haberdashery Blog Hop


Today I am joining in with Melissa Trudinger's fab Haberdashery Blog Hop, a lovely friend of mine saw this hop and thought I would enjoy it, and how right was she!


As a young child I spent alot of my time in Haberdashery shops as my mum and grandmother were avid embroiderers, when I was not in the shop looking and beautiful coloured silks and ribbons I was spending hours watching them embroider! Any who now to show you my treasures.....

You may well notice a bit of a theme with all my pieces, buttons, I do love buttons! 

This is a simple macrame wrap bracelet I made for my oldest daughter, using leather cord, string, seed beads, a cute butterfly charm and one of my painted farthing coin buttons. I liked it so much I had to make one up for myself....


This one is much more me, in my favourite colours! I used the same macrame technique but instead of seed beads I used 4mm serpentine heishi gemstone beads (they are so beautiful) with a really cute heart charm from Daisy Chain Extra and another of my painted farthing coin buttons.


These look really lovely on, and before I knew it I was making another macrame bracelet....


I have had these beads for so very long and although I love them could not for the life of me think how to use them, then this design just happened! The lovely lampwork drops are by the amazing Laura Sparling and this time I used a silver sixpence shank button. 

It has a really nice glassy cuff look to it, but alas is very hard to photograph with out a model and my model has gone away to the coast for a couple of days! 

My last make is made up from some of the many baby buttons I have cut off my children's clothes (after they have destroyed them as only children can)....

Baby buttons mounted in silver made into earrings (they are not as big as they look in this pic, I just have freakishly small hands), I really, really love these! I have used a thin 0.3mm silver wire to look like thread.


I have decided to use some more of my baby button stash to make charms for a bracelet with the children's initials on the back and maybe even with gold thread!!! Now I am bursting with ideas!!!! 

*Shameless plug* if you would like to see more of my coin buttons they can be found here in my Bits Of NikNats etsy shop!!!

Thank you so much Melissa for hosting such a fun blog hop. I am now off to make a nice hot coffee before I take a look to see what everyone else has made, If you wish to join me here is the list of participants.... 

Melissa Trudinger                                           http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com 
Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams                                                http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html
Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com
Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Divya N                                                             http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com
DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick                                                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Karin Grosset Grange                                     http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Mitzie Crider                                                    http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com
Janine Lucas                                        http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories (Will be posting on Sunday)
Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Susan Kennedy                                                http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Leithleach Alainn Seodra                http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/
Kathleen Breeding                                          http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Shiraz Biggie                                                    http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Heather Richter                                              http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/
Lennis Carrier                                                  http://www.windbent.net/
Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com
Rita Toltec Jewels                                 http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com (Will be posting on Sunday)
Mischelle Fanucci                                           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Karen Mitchell                                                 http://overthemoon-design.com
Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                                                  http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson                                              http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Lori Anderson                                                  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/
Jami Shipp                                               http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com
Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Raissa de Guzman                                          http://www.abloro.com
Niky Sayers                                                      http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Keren Panthaki                                                http://vasdea.wordpress.com



Have a great day


28.7.14

Hampton Court Palace

Sunday we packed our bags (going any where with a toddler means bag packing) and headed over to Hampton Court Palace to join in with The Glorious Georges family day, and it was amazing!

The boy (aka Kal)
See the storn clouds? The weather forcast said storms but we decided to brave it any way, and wow did it turn out to be a beautiful sunny day!


We tryed on custumes, and spent most of our time in The Great Fountain Garden, trying out all the activities such as making hats, napkin folding, and watching how to apply georgan make up. Some of us suited the fashon of the time more then others....

Mess Maker 
But that did not stop me wearing one of those beautiful red capes around for most of the day (sorry no photos of that as I spent most of my time chasing before mentioned toddler and turned the same colour as the beautiful cape due to the beautiful sunshine and possibly the running too).


I walked around gawping at such beautiful art work as these, of which there were many....


and then there was more dressing up....


Unfortunatly we had so much fun with the activities that we did not get enough time to visit the rest of the gardens, the maze or Henry VIII's Apartments, but still we have a reason for another visit! 

I hope your all haveing a fab summer!






25.7.14

Eye candy update

Good morning wonderful people! I can not believe how quickly time is going at the moment. Summer holidays started yesterday (and already I am on the strong coffee). We have singed up for book challenges at the library, goggled clubs and activities in the local area, came up ideas for projects and activities and still I do not feel prepared!

I have also been busy making these recently for the Bits of NikNats shop (a fair few have sold already)....


Gem connectors

That look just like treasures from a pirate's ship, and also....


 Painted Farthings and coin clasps and I am working on another batch of painted peacock coins to go in the shop....



If you would like to keep updated on whats going in the shop and hopefully soon competitions, you can join my facebook page here. I feel very blessed to have lots of amazing and talented customers creating beautiful work such as....


 This stunning bracelet by the very talented Suhana of Buttoned Up Beads, I love these colours and look at all those beautiful art beads, she is also having a giveaway on her facebook page! Also these beauties....


By my wonderful friend Carol Rigby (This looks so very glamarous and I can picture it being worn with a beautiful little black dress with a cute big blue silk bow around the waist, very classy with just the right amount of bling) and also....


Again by my fab friend Carol, what a beautiful way to finish off a pearl necklace, how great this will look with short hair or a beautiful updo what great detail!
I have such very talented customers! I have not had as much time to make jewellery as I would like (too many ideas for bits of and a few commissions that I am working on) Bit I did get to practise my sawing skills on this one....

A sweet chainmaille charm bracelet for a lucky lady, a gift for no reason other then to say I love you, from her kind mother, the sort of gift that every one loves an unexpected one! x

Have an amazing day x






23.6.14

Made with Bits of NikNats

Well it has been a long time since my last blog, but I have been rather busy! The Bit's of NikNats shop has been doing alot better then I thought it would, so I have been spending alot of time making up these....

Coin clasps and buttons and....

 Coin lentil beads!

I have been blessed with many wonderful customers, some of which have shared there creations with me and have kindly said I can show them here....


This first one has been made by the multi talented Bo of Bo Hulley Beads The beaded beads are from The Curious Bead Shop (I need to get some of these), the spotty glass is from Earthshine beads (love her headpins) and a couple of the ceramic polka dot beads are by Bo herself (I have quiet a collection of Bo's beautiful ceramic pieces), I love the red and turquoise together it's so vibrant!

These next two bracelets are both by the lovely Carol Rigby....


Aren't the wire wrapped pearls and lampwork beads fab! As is....


 I love all the pearls in this one, and how Carol has wire wrapped them all in place.


This last beauty is by the wonderfully talented Suhana of Buttoned Up Beads, Can't you just see this one being worn with a beautiful light floaty summer dress, while sipping champagne on a hot summers evening? If you are a jewellery lover you really should check out her shop!

I love how each person puts their own unique spin on my bits, and really enjoy seeing what other people have created. I even had a few spare minutes to create a bracelet myself....

A black coin button with stunning lampwork beads by Kerri Beads, Tho it needs a bit of tinkering to Finnish it off!

Thanks for popping by, Hopefully it wont be so long before I post again.
Have a great day x









21.5.14

Introducing Bits Of NikNats

For BSBP please click here x


I have been thinking about opening up a supply shop of sorts for a while now but did not know what sort of things I would put into it, well after such wonderful feed back about my bead soup pieces and the amazing bracelets that my wonderful partner Kristina made I decided to open....


So far there is only a few bits in there such as a few of these cuties...

Did you know a group of owls is called a parliament?

But I am hopeing to add a couple of coin clasps and buttons as soon as I can (toddler alowing). If you like what you see why not stay up to date with what I am making on my Bits of NikNats facebook page! Have a great day wonderful people! x


10.5.14

Bead soup

Hello lovely people and welcome to my Bead Soup Post, firstly I would like to thank our fabulous host Lori who has been totally amazing managing to set this all up even with every thing she is going through she is an inspiration to us all, and second I would like to thank my wonderful partner Kristina for sending me such a lovely soup and being a wonderful partner!

As seems to be tradition with these soups I got most of the work done last minute even when they are put back, quiet literally I finished my pieces at midnight and have only just finished photoing!

So I should properly start off by showing you what I got sent....


Aren't the colours beautiful! My first thoughts were to wire wrap the focal and hang it off a simple chain but that did not work (my wire wrapping skills are not as good as I had hoped) so in frustration I put it back in the bowl and started playing with the clasp instead....



Never one to do some thing easy and liking to be different I decided to use the clasp as a focal, I flipped it over, hammered a texture onto it, then popped it into the liver of sulphur and buffed it up, added a few amazonite beads, a lampwork spacer by the very talented Laura Sparling and a tiny ball chain (here is another photo as I don't really like this one on the white background)....


So back to my focal and I just kept thinking how lovely it looked with the light shinning through it and it would be such a shame to put it on a necklace as you would not get to see that, this thinking lead me to the idea of making it into a sun catcher!!! Then I saw the beautiful card that Kristina sent with my soup and inspiration struck....


How cute are these owls! 
Well we have been having a problem with mess maker having night terrors, to the point where bedtime is just full of stress for all of us, so maybe instead of a sun catcher how about a dream catcher?
I sawed out a little owl shape and added the detail using a mini flat head screwdriver and a hammer (this was a lot of fun and I will defiantly be doing this again!)


I talked the idea of dream catchers through with mess maker and then she informed me of how this will work (she has such a great imagination and loves explaining things)! If she has any nightmares then the owl with catch them and fly them away while she sleeps and if she has any good dreams they will get caught in the bead so they stay with her and she can have them ones again, how sweet is that! 


We will be trying it out tonight, It will hang from the bottom of her bunkbed so in the morning it will still act as a sun catcher, keep your fingers crossed for us please. I also made up these too...



I used one of the green spacers and the lovely stripy green bead in this bracelet along with a butterfly by Mandrel beads and clasp and wingding by The Fab Genea, I made the copper hoop from Cindy Wimmers missing link book and gave it a salt water patina and then added a little hammered copper lentil bead, I do like this bracelet it's very me, an eclectic mix of lovelies that is great for fiddling around with. I also made a pair of earrings....

With the headpins and a couple of the spacers, simply hung on my fancy ear wires and I still have plenty of leftovers to play around with, Please do go visit my increadbly talented partner Kristina, I just had a peep at what she had made and WOW you will not want to miss it!!!

I hope you all have an amazing day and enjoy the hop!

30.4.14

U - Unfinished

Unfinished creative work

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An unfinished work is creative work that has not been finished. Its creator may have chosen never to finish it or may have been prevented from doing so by circumstances outside of their control, such as death. Such pieces are often the subject of speculation as to what the finished piece would have been like; sometimes they are finished by others and released posthumously

So it's defiantly not any thing near as drastic as death stopping me from finishing my UFO'S just my awfully short attention span. I get an idea in my head and more often then not I start it and then need to wait for something to come in the post to complete it, and by the time it comes I have moved onto the next project/shiny thing! 
Shhhhh Don't tell anyone but this is what I mean....


See this box this is where I hide them, There are not as many as there once was, it is a problem that I am trying to fix....


So only about half a box left to go (approx 30 little bags) but I am getting there, and I'm sure there are people out there that have more!!!???

Have a great day x


T - Texture

A - Z

Texture

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Surface Texture is the local deviations of a surface from a perfectly flat plane. The measure of the surface texture is generally determined in terms of its roughnesswaviness and form.
There are many ways to produce surface textures. They include grinding, polishing, cutting, lapping, blasting, honing, electric discharge machining (EDM), milling, lithography and laser texturing.





 Textured bead caps


Textured earrings

have a great day! x

27.4.14

S - Silver

A - Z

Silver

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Silver is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag (Greekάργυρος árgurosLatinargentum, both from the Indo-European root *arg- for "grey" or "shining") and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it possesses the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.
Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, used in currency coins, to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware and utensils (hence the term silverware) and as an investment in the forms of coins and bullion

Silver is my metal of choice, I love the colour, it is easy to work with not as expensive as gold but still has the whole precious thing going for it and it takes patinas well.


And because every post needs a picture here is what I got up to a few days ago, kids at school baby having a nap so I headed to the coffee shop to sit and make some jewellery over a vanilla latte  (still trying to be less of a hermit)!

Smile! x

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