As you may already know, I recently took a very long break from bead and jewellery making, because for one reason or another I just wasn’t able to make stuff anymore.  It’s a long story, and there isn’t time in this post to go into it all.  But it was a difficult time.

And then something shifted, a light came on and I was gradually able to see everything a bit more clearly.   I love making things…not just beads, not just jewellery.  I make things all the time, it’s who I am and what I do, and when that’s not there everything kind of crumbles.  My time away provided me with some valuable breathing space and the ability, eventually, to be able to reflect and re-evaluate.

So here I am, and here’s what I’ve been up to for the past couple of weeks…

I love making beach and coast inspired pieces, and I particularly adore this muted, seaside palette.  There’s something deliciously simple about these chunky handcrafted beads strung simply on a piece of ribbon.

And there’s something magical about the combination of purple and green…the purple rose and handmade beaded beads sit so beautifully next to those lush, rustic turquoise nuggets!


A flower meadow…I used to make these all the time,  and then I got distracted with other things and they were a little bit forgotten about.  But now they’re back!

And I used to make these all the time too…a little cottage bead nestled with a rose and some beaded beads.  Again, I love this muted, subtle, washed-out palette.

More purple here, but this time combined with lilac, seafoam, turquoise and pale pink.  Chunky beads again in fun, summery colours.

Dark colours for me, but I love the combination of brown, blue and grey.  That flower bead took so long to make!

Rose beads…roses are my favourite flowers, and I absolutely love making these.  The colour possibilities with these are pretty endless, and I’m always happy to make new ones…please just ask!

And finally the blossom houses…in honour of those beautiful flowers whose lives are just too short.  I’ve made something similar to these before, but felt that the old design needed a little tweaking.

And there it is…everything I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks.  As always, items are available here on my website, as well as in my Folksy and Etsy shops.

It’s nice to be back!

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