Ok I haven’t updated this site for a while but I have been working on some new projects. One of those new projects is a shiny new blog called Hello and Create. The blog will still feature DIY’s, jewellery making and crafts but other posts too!
As much as I love Bead It and Weep I just wanted to have a site where I could write about a wider range of subjects. 2015 and the beginning of 2016 was a time of a massive change in my career and I needed a new blog to keep up with the shift in my interests and ideas.
Thank you to everyone who has read and/or followed this blog and I really hope you come over and to my new blog.
I am a bit of a jewellery making supplies shopaholic. I am always on the look out for new and interesting supplies to spark an idea. I am currently in love with rough gemstones, druzy and lovely aged brass beads.
These are some of my favourite online jewellery supply shops that stock unique beads and charms. All these shops can be found on Etsy and are based outside the UK.
If you are into the boho look then Jewelers paradise is a great jewellery supplies shop. Based in the USA they stock a huge range of jewellery making components including some rather lovely gold and silver dipped arrow heads, druzy stones, coins and shell pendants. If you are after chain then they have a variety of rosary chain with a large choice of gemstones and styles.They add stock frequently so there is always something new.
Photos – Druzy arrowhead / Chrysoprase point pendant
Another shop based in the USA with a large number items and an ever expanding inventory. They have a lot of beautiful sterling silver and gold vermeil charms, pendants and beads. They also have many gemstone connectors in pretty much every colour which are great for incorporating into macrame bracelets to make them look at bit more elegant.
Photos – Gemstone connector / Orchid cascade
This is a good shop for brass components. Another international shop based in Turkey, they stock a huge array of solid brass beads, connectors and tubes. There are many geometric shapes and hardware style beads which look lovely on silky rope necklaces. They also have brass cuffs and rings which could easily be embellished…I feel a DIY coming on.
Photos – Tiny Chevron Blanks / Raw Brass Industrial Tubes
Once you have your charms, pendants and metal componets you need some beads (I always need beads!) and this shop sells some lovely ones. I love the beads in this shop. Lots of lovely strands of rustic Indonesian glass beads in beautiful colours. The colours range from dusky pastels to vibrant brights. There are also some lovely metal patina beads with a gorgeous green tint if you want something a bit different. I think my Etsy wish list has most of this shop on it.
Photos – Small pink glass beads / Mint green lampwork beads
Do you have any supplies shops that you always use? Any favourite craft items that you can’t do without?
I love to browse Etsy and drool over the beautiful things. These are some of my favourites.
1. I am trying to get better stationery to send to my post circle buddies (Go wren group!) and I like these multi-colour zebra cards by Dekanimal.
2. I love the pastel hues of these retro shaped porcelain milk bottles by Urban Decal.
3. I could happily spend the last few weeks of Winter (and Spring, Summer evenings and the whole of Autumn) in this watermelon seeds sweater by Sheila Couture.
4. These bon voyage prints by Depeapa would brighten up my hall no end.
5. I love jewellery so I love this large gemstone soap by Vice and Velvet would be awesome.
Christmas is just around the corner. How did December go so fast? Though I think for the under 5’s in my household the month is really dragging. For me this is the time that I panic about the presents. Have I bought for everyone I need to and, if I have got them presents, have I got the right thing?
These are a few cute things that have caught me eye that might make a good presents. They are all from my favourite shopping place – Etsy.
Clockwise top left
1. How about a cute handmade dress? I love the collar on this navy polka dot shift dress by Kee Boutique
2. Or if the dress is a bit summery how about giving this super chunky knitted infinity scarf by Knit Couture Co, It looks really cosy.
3. I love the colours in this stripe-a-thon hat by Hello Quiet Tiger.
4. This striking make up has a beautiful photo of the Dead Sea printed on it. Perfect for the traveller. Dead sea pouch by Lee Coren
5. This geometric stag head brooch by Sketch Inc is a nice way to brighten up these grey winter days.
For the home
Clockwise from top left
1. The geek in me loves this periodic table chopping board by Elysium Woodworks
2. How about some cute cactus print napkins by Amelie Mancini? For the succulent fan.
3. The AC/DC loving cook will also love this rock’n’roll kitchen glove by we love rock design.
4. For a talking point at the dinner table you don’t get better than a buried under snow salt dish by Gus and Rami.
5. This kilim cushion by Anatolian Rugs is made from vintage kilim fabric.
The Library of Fragrance is a New York based company selling perfume and cologne capturing all the wonderful smells around us and, more excitingly, they are now available here in the UK. The fragrances range from floral scents like apple blossom and jasmine, to the more unusual like gin and tonic and vanilla cake batter, to the all out bizarre like fiery curry and pizza.
For my first one I got the lovely sounding clean skin. It is a very light floral and fruity fragrance, very subtle. I have been wearing this everyday and had already had some people ask me what perfume I am wearing.
What really appeals to me is that they can be layered with the other scents to create your own bespoke fragrance. I have looked through the collection and there are plenty I could see myself buying (or asking Santa for). I have my eye on the baby powder one which I think would go nicely with the clean skin fragrance.
A 30ml bottle is £15 and if you like to try before you buy a selection is available at Boots or the full range is on the website.
I have recently started working from home. It has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include are my commute has gone from 3 hours per day to 3 seconds (my bed to my desk), ability to set to my hours and unrestricted access to the Jaffa Cakes. Disadvantages include trying to understand tax returns, Facebook and unrestricted access to the Jaffa Cakes (I’ve gone up a dress size since starting this.) It’s easy to get distracted when working at home. One way I can get distracted is when I start planning what office supplies I will need.
I recently found this lovely online shop called Present & Correct. The shop stocks lovely stationery supplies including their own designs, items by other designers and vintage finds. All the items have an old school vibe and make me feel a little nostalgic for my school days.
80s style geometric jotter/Vintage Pencils/Sixties Metal Tube Tidy/Striped rulers/Retro Desk Calendar/ Book of pockets
These are just a few of the lovely things from their website. Almost makes me want to go back to school.