Thursday, 14 June 2012

Wow so much has happened since my last blog!!

I have just been reading my last blog and wow so much has happened since then,  we moved house in April and now are happily settling down to life in Deeping St James, Lincolnshire. I love my new house and new workshop, I have a lot more room to work in and store all my beady bits without cluttering up the house. 

Its also much quieter we use to live on a very busy road and now we have fields all behind us its so much more peaceful. This is the view from our bedroom window.
The only downsides so far are the journey to work on the farm, it takes about half an hour where before it was a 3 minute drive and the internet is just totally rubbish drops out all the time and its hard to get a signal upstairs in the house.  We use to be on cable but its not in this area something I never even considered when we were moving. 

I am still very busy with the teenagers and being a Taxi!! Also helping out when and where needed with my family which is much easier now with live closer to my parents and sisters,  but  I am trying desparetely to continue with my bead making and my love of seed beads too.

I am quite proud of this finished piece, it took me a month to make :0)

And here is my adaption to la fleur bracelet made from a pattern in Sabine Lippert's book

I am now trying to combine what I have learn't from making the last two pieces and come up with something specail for the Bead Magazine competition.

And of course I have been bead making at much as possible too, its hard not to get side tracked I have so much in my head I want to make and such a busy life its hard not to flit from one thing to another and acutally not get anywhere!!

Here are some of my latest beads


Oh an the Skittles cuff I made for my daughter :0)

I will try and pop back soon and keep this blog updated love Helen xxxxxxx

Monday, 13 February 2012

Been so long since I blogged!!

Well what can I say apart from I am sorry!!  I could not believe it when I checked the date and realised its been 5 months since I blogged!!  I have had so much going on with my little family that I just could not find the energy to share all that has been going on!! Sometimes its better just to get on with things :0)

Anyway its a new year and we are well into February, did you all enjoy the snow!!! Above is a picture of some of what we got!!  Madgy just loves it goes totally mad!! 

I am still making my beads, even if I do get rather cold toes and my Oxycon (machine that puts oxygen to my torch) is a bit temperamental in the cold!!  I have been lugging it back and forth into the house after each torch session so it does not freeze up, would be lost without that machine!!!!  I have been making a lot of beads with double helix glass, they seem to sell really well and you get such a different effect with the glass, I find it so pretty,  here one of my latest sets:-
I made some more along with some focal beads which I hope to share with you all once they are cleaned.

I have also become rather addicted to peyote bead patterns, all started wanting to make a cuff as a Christmas present and as always with me I get rather obsessed and now Jason has even bought me a some computer software so I can design my own patterns!!  It mean't that a lot of my time is spent dreaming of all the delica colours!!!!!

Here a pattern by Lorene Osterday which I purchased off Etsy for a present for my friends birthday.

 I do have lots of beads for sale in my ebay shop which is still going well and if anyone is interested here is the link -

Hope you all have a good week and keep warm


Thursday, 22 September 2011

Where has this week gone!!

Well I cannot believe its nearly the weekend again, this last week has just flown by!!!  I got up on Saturday at 6 am and dragged George out of bed and drove her back to Chester, settled her into her new house and then drove home again!!  I was back home by 2pm shattered but so glad to get off the M6!!

Here's George in her new house, she is a very happy bunny to be back at Uni.
So on Sunday I had to get up early to take Jason to work he was mean't to be away again all week and I was dreading it because I hate not having him around, espeically having to cook for myself!! tee hee.  Luckily things worked out better than he thought and he came home on Tuesday Yay!! 

I kept myself pretty busy anyway and made lots of beads, I am still playing around with my silver glass and made these with a press I have had for a while and never got round to using.

I really like this shape and so made a braclet too

Then I thought it would be a great shape to make some Animal beads so made these, my favourite is the piggy so far!!

I think next time I get in the shed I am going to play around with this idea a bit more!!  thinking maybe cows next and then maybe made some tree beads, as think would be good on this shape!!

Anyway I so looking forward to the weekend, hopefully have a day out to the seaside, I really want a walk on the beach!! 
Hope you all doing ok xxxxxx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Just Catching Up

Well I am back from a brilliant extended weekend in Surrey and now trying to catch up with everything!!
Here is where we stayed
Madgy loves it there were lots of ducks to watch and you can walk miles from the door through a big golf course and stunning scenery. This is our second stay here, its about 1/2 an hour to my best friend's house and a great base.  Oh and a wonderful pub right on the doorstep too! :0)

While we were staying there I popped out and spent as much time as I could catching up with Jayne and her lovely family, it was her Son's first birthday and she had a lovely party for him. On Monday we went to Camberley I had beads to post and we had lunch with her Mum. 
I even managed to make a couple of bits while we where chilling out in the evenings.

So the next couple of days I plan to make new beads and get them stocked back in my ebay shop and then I have a busy weekend taking my daughter back to Chester Uni and then Jason is being sent off to Essex for a week! :0( .

Hope you all having a good week

Helen x

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Happy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday to you all, I have been keeping myself pretty busy making lots of beads over the last week or so.


I bought some new Double Helix glass and I am really enjoying trying out different combinations to see what colour mixes I can come up with!!
 I have had quite a bit more shed time over the last week with Jason having to work in London and the girls all busy making the most of there last few days before they all return to College/School/Uni.  I love it when they all busy and out my hair!!!!  he he   On Sunday we were mean't to be going to a duck race but it got rained off!!  lol  (this is were they put hunderds of yellow ducks in the river, they are all numbered and if yours gets to the finishing line first you win!!) its normally quite a fun day but not in the pouring rain even if they ducks did not mind!!.  So we had Sunday dinner with my Mum instead and drank wine!!!!

Mum asked me to make some new necklaces for her neighbours so I made these
I plan on trying to make some more over the next few weeks as Jason's Mum likes to take them to sell to her friends near Christmas and I have hardly any made!!

I am really looking forward to the weekend its my freinds son's first birthday and she is having a party for him, he is sooo gorgeous and I miss seeing him grow up as we live so far apart!!

My ebay is also getting nicely stocked as I try to add new beads most days here is the link

hope you all having a good week and its not too windy and rainy!! 

Helen xxxx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Wheat Harvest is all done!!

So as promised here is a piccy of our combine at work!!

And here is Madgy on a bale!! I love this time of year when all the men are busy and out of my office!!!!! Its straight into our onion harvest now!!

As usual I have kept myself busy too, Lauren is back from Greece looking very tanned, Holly has been staying with her freind and came back Sunday. Elle is busy working, she run off her feet selling shoes with the pre school rush!! and of course Hubby is working loads as usual!!

So I took my eldest to Chester this weekend, we had a lovely time, picked up her key for her new house for next year, its really nice and she is now getting excited about returning to Uni. Then after booking into the lovely Green Gables B & B, we popped to Cheshire Oaks. Its the first time I have been and wow shops and more shops!!!! After picking up a few bargins!! bras for a pound!!! and of course a visit to the Lindt Choc Shop oh yummy!! We went to the cinema and saw Planet of the Apes, I am not normally one to sit still and watch a film but surprised myself and really enjoyed it!! Then it was pizza time and back to the B & B we were shattered!!!

We returned early on Sunday as I wanted to miss the traffic and get back in my shed!! So here is some of my newest beads

I have had a complete re think with my webby and now will only be selling my beads in my ebay shop and not on my website. Ebay has always worked well for me and even though the charges can be higher I do seem to sell more there and as long as I have a small turn over to buy glass I am happy!!! I still have my website but have changed it to a cheaper package and when I have time will see if I get round to adding some of my jewellery there.

So I am off to enroll my youngest at college tonight, she did really well in her results and she is really excited to start her new Childcare course.

Hope you all had a good bank holiday

Helen x

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

August is flying by!!

Well I am soo sorry meant to try and keep up with this blogging but time just seems to fly by!!

My daughter is now well and truly getting over her op, she can eat soft stuff now, so thankfully I can put the blender to one side!! Poor girl I am the worst cook anyway and having blending mush was getting her down!! She has gone on holiday with my sister this week and rang to tell me she even managed pizza!! Yay.

Our other girls are doing pretty good at the min, we Lauren holidaying in Greece, Holly has been staying with Becca and now her Grandad and Elle is busy working at Clarks and trying to behave!!

So the last week I have been able to have a bit more shed time and have been fairly busy with sales going really well at the moment. Here are some of my newest beads

I am afraid I am still really loving making rings at the min, and now most of my family are wearing them now, well of course not my Dad or Hubby!!! LOL

Down on the farm its really busy we have now started our wheat harvest and the big combine is out, I will see if I can get a piccy for my next blog, its quite an impressive bit of machinery!!

If you want to check out my ebay beady shop click on the ebay logo

hope you all having a good week xxx