black & white necklace

DSC_4956.NEF  I’ve had these beads around forever. I bought them to make a necklace, then never really got around to making it. So when I started looking at my crafting stuff again, I thought I should do something with the beads. I’m pretty happy with the results, now I just need to remember to put it on sometimes! You wouldn’t know it from the way I dress everyday, but I have great jewellery – much of which I’ve actually made. It’s the thinking about what matches my outfit and then actually remembering to grab it in the morning. Maybe someday I’ll get better at caring about what I wear on a day-to-day basis! For now, I’ll just try to remember to get up on time!




little silver bracelet

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Completely differently, here’s what I’ve been working on lately.

materialsI had some nice, simple silver cording and found a bunch of different ways of tying knots online. I wanted a simple, thick, flat bracelet and this is what I came up with.

DSC_4934The knots were difficult to tie and keep flat, because the strings continually wanted to cross one another. It took a while, but I’m quite pleased with the result. Was going to take pictures as I was tying the knots, but I forgot.  Enjoy!




ummm… fail!

So I saw a really great necklace on Pinterest. It wasn’t my colour, and it didn’t have instructions, but I thought, what the hey, I’ll give it a go! I wanted a necklace to go with the new dress I bought for my work Christmas party, and I thought I might as well make one! I bought some great silver beads, and thought I’d match the shiny silver with some nice matte black. And they looked great together, really.

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So I made all six strands, and struggled to tie it all together and went to tie the huge knot in it. And it didn’t work. At all. The necklace went all floppy and the knot just looked a mess. See? (actually the pics are after I took the knot out!) I was trying for the gold one (sorry for the pic quality) and ended up with the silver one. Oops!

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Anyway, I bought some new beading supplies, and some wire to string the beads, so I’ll give it another go when those arrive. Just goes to show – crafting doesn’t always go your way!