Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Need to Bead

Last week I had a little bit of a tidy up in the studio.  (Yes, I know I had a hangup about calling it a studio before but I'm over that now.  It's a place to create and I do create things.)  After all that time making things for the City & Guilds, I was almost sad to see it all being put away.  The enormous feeling of relief soon outweighed that though!  I passed very happily with distinctions right through.  If you would like to see some of my work it is on the Design Matters student gallery here.  I must say I was quite scared of what photos Laura would post!  I think she has been very kind.

Well with no creative deadline to drive me around the bend and all the tidying done I have totally obliterated all work surfaces with 'stuff'.  I've been chopping and changing what I'm doing and actually quite enjoying it.  I found a project basket with some beads in that I had stashed.  In the bottom were some fabulous cabochons I had been picking up here and there.  There may be a project in mind but it's usually a case of just having to own and handle some of these things!!

Fossils...

Agates...

Jaspers and a little turquoise and bronze...

And I have been beading a little with a rather lovely bead made by glass artist Manuela Wutschke.

You can just see the depth of the iridescence inside.

I'm liking the Blogger reply in the comments!  I't nice to reply directly to you.  I know I chatted to a lot of you through email before but it always looks as though you've been ignored on the blog, and there are a few of you with no reply so at least you have one now!

I had the very exciting job of re measuring my tailors dummy the other day.  The diet is going quite well and there are a few inches missing now.  I felt quite smug actually.

The hazels are all out in the garden dripping their catkins, and their pollen.  There are not many things that  I have a reaction to but it seems over the past few years catkin pollen is one of them.  I'll just keep the pills handy.

The rugby is about to start for the rest of the day.  Have a fabulous weekend!

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17 comments:

  1. Dear Amanda, you made me really happy, thank you for making my bead into a superstar for a queen ☺, I adore this neckpiece and I have put a link on my blog to you and ... a picture of your necklace.
    I hope that my blog is working now.

    All my best wishes to you, lots of love and sunshine,

    Manuela

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    1. Thank you Manuela. Yes your blog is working fine now and I have managed to link through to you.

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  2. Your beading is stunning! I am a great lover of polished stones too and you have some beauties. Have a fabulous rest of weekend.

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    1. Thank you Julie. Some thing have just got to be handled haven't they?

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  3. OMG!!! No wonder you got distinctions - just been to Design Matters site, and your work is amazing!!! I had my jaw hanging and mouth open - stunning work. A lot of time, thought, effort and talent gone into your work. Well done. No wonder you're enjoying kicking back and relaxing.
    And I have to say .... that's one amazing necklace too!

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    1. Aww that's nice of you to say so Julie.

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  4. It must be a clearing out sort of day, 'cos I'm doing the same thing. Your beading is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Jen!! At least I can reply to you now, you were a no reply on before.

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  5. The project basket stuff is like the sea glass - It looks really tactile! The beading is amazing, you must have so much patience, congrats on the C&G result.

    Re the [reply] facility, I don't understand it, does google expect us to revisit our comments to check for replies? Or have I missed hw to get these to my in box?

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    1. Not so much patience as a good audio book on the iPad!! Good for zoning out.

      Not sure about your version of the reply. I know there is a subscribe by email button though. Perhaps reply notification is something Blogger is still working on.

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    2. I love the audible books too, I still prefer real books though as I can share them and pass them on! Your email reply arrived in my in box, but I had to come looking or this reply, I can't believe blogger expect us to actively hunt forr replies, ( which is what I did here, ) but the alternative is that we don't see them, and if no one is going to see a reply, why would we bother o reply?? I'm sure I'm missing something!

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    3. Your reply just came through to my email box, but I guess they don't go through to yours. Blogger, you have a problem.

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  6. Wow! What a fab necklace and love the beads.

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  7. Congratulations on the distinction, you deserved it. Love the necklace and beads.

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  8. Just looked at your work...it is awesome! You definitely deserved the distinctions.
    And did you really make the necklace? Oh my goodness....its incredible.

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  9. What beautiful work - you must be very pleased - x x

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