Hi, just thought I would share a few of my latest makes! I'm in the final stages of publishing my second book full of jewellery and gifts with a sweet treats theme, so here are a few of my favourites. I'm quite sad to be finishing the project - it's been so much fun! But I still have plenty of new ideas, so perhaps book number three won't be so far away...
Above... cupcakes charm bracelet
Above... chocolate eclairs necklace
Above... my little gingerbread man pendant has been getting quite a lot of attention every time I've worn him!
Above... I've almost finished making a bracelet to complete my set of chocolate chip cookie jewellery
Above... I took a bit of inspiration from Alice in Wonderland for this jam tart necklace
There's more information here for anyone who is interested...http://beadflowers.co.uk/beads/books/sweet-treats-book/
Oh, my goodness how adorable! They look good enough to eat! I'm having a tough time deciging which one I like best-- the ecairs or the chocolate chip cookies; they're both chocolate!
Whereabouts in England do you live? I've got cousins in Bolton and Norwich, and I've got a mate here who hails from Chichester.
Thanks Val! There's no need to make a choice - just bead them all...!!!
I live just outside London - technically I'm in Buckinghamshire, but since I have 'tube' access to London, I think of myself as practically a Londoner!
Whereabouts in the States are you? I've visited there a lot. I was in Florida earlier this year, but have spent a lot of time in the Western states touring round and I lived in raleigh, N Carolina for a year when I was really young. My favourite state though has to be Alaska - planning a trip back there next year!
Oh My.................. they are all yummy but I'd have to go for the eclairs first. I'm in for the book and will order it in a week or so.............then I'll have to be patient (I'm not very) to wait for it to be delivered. I'm on the west coast, the Oregon coast half way between WA and CA. Donna
I'm not very good at being patient either, so I'm just as excited about finally taking delivery of my book in a few weeks...first I have the excitement of seeing the first draft of my pages at the beginning of next week - I can't wait!!!
Love the Oregon coast - it's such a beautiful part of the world. So thanks for your kind comments Donna and I'll get the books out to everyone just as soon as I can...
These are tooooo cute!
I hope you sell lots & lots of books
southwest Texas USA
They look so yummy!! I wonder while beading them you might have gotten hungry :D Love these ideas.. I can work them out for my nieces thanks!!
Oh, if only I could....if you've noticed any of my previous posts, you'll know my working thumb is broken and will only ever have 10% range of motion. Haven't decided whether I want to try my luck with my weak left hand or not!
Ah yes, Buckinghamshire! I know where that is! My cousin who lives in Norwich used to live in Lodon. Used to live in the same building as Alan Rickman. Whe-hey! I live in upstate New York. Not the City, mind, the state itself. I live in Central NY, near the Finger Lakes region. It is very beautiful here.....when it's not so bloody cold! We have the Finger Lakes Wine Trail here, and we proudly boast some of the best wines in the country, even the world. We've even beat out some of those snooty French wines! How odd you should mention Alaska-- my parents and I are hoping to go there next summer, if all goes well. Maybe we'll run into each other! We have a lovely Class C camper RV(I believe you would call it a caravan) with all the comforts of home, and we plan to camp our way up and back. I've always been excited about seeing more of my country. I've only been up and down the East Coast.
Perhaps you'll come to my state sometime. There's more to it than just Manhattan. The state itself has lovely country: we have both the Catskill Mountains and the Adirondak mountains, plus lots of lakes and rivers and other things to check out. City life isn't all that!
BTW, when I was up in the Manchester environs, I saw a beautiful Gothic cathedral in Bury called St. Mary the Virgin. It was replete with gargoyles and everything! I went nuts! I LOVE Gothic architechture. The Mancs are very friendly, too.
They're all fabulous. What a nice idea!
Greetings from Karin.
Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!
Yes, there were times when I wondered why I was making cakes because it was making me want to eat cakes and chocolate all the time and I can't! I've had CFS for ten years now - it's fairly well under control at the moment, but only because I'm very careful about what I do and what I eat and that includes not being able to eat sugar. But I have such a sweet tooth that I can't survive without cake and chocolate, so I've been hunting out recipes for sugar free cakes and even found a fantastic recipe for sugar free chocolate - it's yummy!!
Val, I've actually visited upstate NY when I was about 5 years old - during the year we were living in Raleigh - but I have to say I don't remember very much about it. I've heard there's a really great bead shop somewhere upstate, but I can't remember what it's called - apparently it sells a lot of Delicas - maybe you know it? I have a couple of friends in Manhattan, so I'm hoping I can take a trip to NY soon and if I do I will try and see something outside Manhattan as well. It's so funny that you're planning a trip to Alaska next summer as well! You'll have an amazing time in the RV - it's much less restrictive than trying to stay in hotels which can be spread quite far away. We see a lot of RVs on the roads up there - lots towing their cars so they can park up the RV and then drive off on a day trip, which seems like such a great idea. I'm so sorry to hear about your thumb - I didn't realise - that's awful! I don't know how I would cope if I couldn't bead. Maybe you should experiment with some big beads and see if you can't teach yourself to bead with the other hand - that would be an amazing achievement!
P.S. Val, there's a lovely little bead shop in Talkeetna (tiny town about 100 miles north of Anchorage) called the Beadberry Patch - it's worth checking out. At least I hope it's still there!
We had a great store right here in Vestal for awhile called MAT's Beads. I loved it! Spent lots of time there socialising, learning to bead and, of course, shopping! Sadly, the owner, Eric had to close the store down earlier this year, not because of lack of business- far from it!- but because he develped serious health issues and was forced to retire. It's not that I don't like Michael's or AC Moore, either. I purchase a lot of my findings there. It's just.....well.....they just don't have the selection that MAT's had, and you're not really encouraged to come in and socialise, and play with the beads. I really miss that. The closest bead store is all the way up in Syracuse, which is an hour and a half north of where I live. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem; I'd just make a weekend jaunt of it. However, seven years ago as I was leaving my office for the afternoon, I was the victim of a hit and run; some punk university kid ignored me in the crosswalk, as well as the stop sign, and kept on driving. I have irrepairable spinal damage, which means I don't drive much any more. Doesn't my life sound like such a soap opera? But I refuse to feel sorry for myself. Any road, I'll be going to Virginia for Thanksgiving. My sister lives in a lovely town half an hour from DC called Fairfax Station. Just across the river is a beautiful little historic town called Occoquon, and they have a terrific little store called Off the Beading Path. (NOT to be confused with The Beadin' Path up in ME) I've gotten some really gorgeous stuff there before, so I can't wait to go and shop there again!
It IS so much more comfortable RVing it, and just think of how many bead stores I can knock over on the way!(lol) And having our own RV is MUCH cheaper than staying in hotels, especially as we belong to an RV club, so we get discounts. Yup, we have a car trailer, too, to take a car with us. Also, that way, we can take our "furry children" with us, too. We have two Westies, Zoe who will be 8 next month, and her little brother Mac, who is 7. Life is never dull with the little white dogs! We love them! We refuse to be separated from them, either. They LOVE the camper, and they both sleep in the loft with me! My parents get so annoyed that they prefer sleeping with me! I hope that bead store is still in Anchorage, too!
I will be seeing my othopedic surgeon soon for another thumb checkup, so we'll see what he has to say about everything.
oh my....theese are so sweet :-)
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