Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Proud as a Peacock

We are very excited to have had our 'Proud as a Peacock' bracelet published in the Top 20 pages of this months Beads & Beyond magazine. The instructions on how to make it are on their website but as this bracelet has been so popular at our Bead Soirees here they are again.

What You'll Need:
1 x 30cm of 0.7mm stretch elastic
1 x wired heart pendant
4 x 8mm light jade pearls
8 x teal Chinese crystal beads
4 x 12mm jet AB fire polished beads
48 x jump rings
1 x stopper bead (contrasting colour to the main beads)

Please note this will create a small/medium bracelet. If you would like to make the bracelt larger you will require more beads.

What To Do:
1. Take your 30cm length of elastic and tie the stopper bead to one end to prevent any of your strung beads coming off.

2. Open one of your jump rings. To do this use your round nose and flat nose pliers to gently push one side of the jump ring away from you to open. Thread on the wired heart pendant and close the jump ring by using your pliers again to move the two ends back together. Set aside.

3. Next start to thread your beads onto the elastic in the following order; pearl, 3 jump rings, crystal, 3 jump rings, fire polished bead, 3 jump rings, crystal, 3 jump rings, pearl, 3 jump rings, crystal, 3 jump rings, fire polished bead, 3 jump rings, crystal, 3 jump rings, pearl etc. Add your jump ring with the wired heart on in between two of your other jump rings as your string your design on.

4. Carry on threading till you have strung all your beads and jump rings. You should end on 3 jump rings.

5. Cut off the stopper bead and tie an overhand knot 4 times in your elastic to secure and trim off any excess elastic with your cutters.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Post Holiday Blues

It's been business as usual this week after getting back from Devon but I'm suffering a serious case of post holiday (and wedding) blues.  We've booked up to go camping back at the wonderful Lobb Fields campsite again in July and I'm so excited I've even dug out the tent already much to Mr C's exasperation :o)

Let's hope its as quiet as this when we go - I very much doubt it if the sun shines!

In the mean time I've been getting stuck in with all the new ideas I had for Beadelicious whilst we were away, starting with a total clear out of Beadelicious HQ and a little DIY!  Our show sign was getting a little creased so I've manged to bang a few nails and put it up the wall instead.

I'm currently coming across lots of end of line beads during the clear out so will be putting together some Bead Soup mix bags together at bargain prices along with a Bead Soup style project idea to go with them so watch this space.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Hellooo Again!!

Hello, hello.  I apologise for being so lax on my blogging recently but a combination of beady busy-ness plus the final preparations for our wedding last week have meant that the last month or so have been a little bit hectic to say the least.  Anyway apologies for being absent and for those who might be interested in a little wedding news here’s some piccies and big thanks to all those that attended our special day and helped to bring it all together.

First a huge thank you to all my girlies and especially to Clare and Tree, my wonderful bridesmaids who have helped to keep me calm make the day very special.

Thank you to the best man and usher and for to all the boys who kept Paul out of ‘serious’ trouble and in one piece for the big day.  An extra special thanks to Dancing Daz for your surprise performance.

To all our friends and family who took the time to travel all the way down to Devon to be with us on our ‘big day’ and to Mandy for making our cake.

To our parents for getting helping us so much along the way and a super duper big thank you to my mum for all her hard work in creating the invites, bunting and decorations.

To Mr Matt Fryer – our lovely photographer for hopefully taking some fab shots (we’re due to see them very soon), for being a top impromptu bar man and all round good sport who was a pleasure to have with us on the day.

To our caterers Hazel and Ellie at Eat With Englands for really pulling it out of the bag and making sure the whole day ran like a dream – and most importantly kept everyone fed and watered and so very happy!

To the Reverend Anne Thorne for marrying us and her very welcoming ‘Dibly-ness’ approach.

And finally to the ever so lovely Mr Crook for making me his wife.  What have I let myself in for :o)!!