Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to all my fellow Aussies!  There are a few things going on in our country at the moment that make it somewhat hard to be enthusiastic about celebrating our nation (dodgy human rights “issues”, culling sharks, dreadful live export trade etc) so I won’t make a big deal about it except to say I love my country with all its faults.  I love the weather (despite it being blisteringly hot at the moment), the beaches, the wildlife, the laid-back attitude and the blue, blue skies.  No country is perfect – ours has its issues as much as any other nation – but all in all, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.  Doesn’t mean I don’t shake my head in disbelief and shame at some of the decisions and policies made by the people in power, but I still love my country overall (even if I am a little embarrassed by it sometimes).

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That bit of patriotism over and done with, let us move on to topics far more interesting – crafting and op-shopping! Went op-shopping with my Mum yesterday morning and bought a few bracelets and necklaces full of lovely, lovely beads.  I hit the jackpot with a couple of large pieces that had LOADS of beads on them, enough to make quite a few things with, and in the colours I needed too (except for yellow – why oh why can I not get any yellow beads anywhere???):

Look at this amazing layered bracelet/cuff!  Only $2.00!  Such a bargain and the beautiful greens are such nice shades in a variety of styles and sizes…

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These wooden ones were also a great buy.  A nice earthy red colour – I will get plenty of use out of these little guys (not sure what I will do with the large “bits” but I will hang on to them anyway)…

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I am always on the lookout for turquoise of any description. These ones came from a big and bold chunky necklace.  They are resin I believe and not really a proper turquoise shade but still useable.  They look a bit like cartoonish volcanic rocks to me!…

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This purple/mauve necklace had lots of nice beads on it too, mostly glass – which I prefer – and with lovely detailing (love the little dimpled beads).  Purple is a popular colour and I can never have enough in my stash…

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I also picked up this strange item.  I think it might a charm from a handbag (?) but I couldn’t be sure.  The sales lady didn’t know either so she priced it as a bracelet ($2).  I thought I could get a lot of use out of the silver findings on it and even the black cord will be handy.  It didn’t look as though it had been “worn” or used at all.

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I also picked up a tiny bracelet made out of these cute little coral-coloured cube beads.

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So, what have I been making?  More jewellery…I am just not in the mood for anything else at the moment and kinda have to go where the money is (i.e. I am selling the jewellery and it is helping me financially quite a bit).  I sell a lot of cards too but they take such a long time to make and I am just too hot (and lazy) at the moment.  Apologies if you come here looking to see what new cards I’ve made…just isn’t happening at the moment!

Anyway, here are a few pieces that I made in the last couple of days – the first lot being very bright and colourful!  Love these colours together – very fiesta-inspired!

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These earrings are very Day-of-the-Dead inspired…

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These pretty glass earrings were made from a vintage necklace I bought a few weeks back in a 2nd hand store.

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This silver and turquoise pair will be popular with the ethnic/boho crowd…

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This ring is the finished product from the bracelet panels I featured in this post  It worked so well with the filagree ring blank I had..

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I made this silly little ring using a broken bead…it reminds me of a boiled sweet!

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I really like these earrings, mainly because of the gorgeous ceramic red beads – such a nice colour…

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This dainty pair is also nice – the silver and red works really well…

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I have lots of orders to complete and am currently procrastinating…it’s so hot and I’m tired (unfortunately my anaemia is kicking my butt at the moment and I have to have an iron infusion in the next week or so…).  Was supposed to be at a fireworks party tonight but have piked.  Anxiety playing up a bit currently and I am having to force myself to leave the house and socialise.  Just wasn’t up to a party tonight.  As a result, I am schlepping about at home in my PJs and am trying to get my house tidy (or, I would be if I wasn’t procrastinating about that too…).

I did actually go to a party yesterday – my nephew’s 5th birthday party.  He had a Superhero theme so lots of little Supermen, Spidermen, Ninja Turtles etc running around.  The kids were awesome – not a brat amongst them.  My sister-in-law did an AMAZING job of preparing food and making decorations in a superhero them.  Check out the “Kryptonite Krispies”:

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We also had an hilarious half hour when the kids were trying in vain to break the super-pinata – it was pretty strong.  It took older brother (Master 7) to give it the final bash which sent all the treats inside flying.  I actually helped make the piñata – I babysat my nephews and nieces last weekend and Miss 3 1/2 and Master 5 spent a good part of the afternoon putting the initial layers of paper macho onto a balloon – their concentration and dedication to the task at hand made me smile.  The final result (finished by their Super Mum) was pretty cool and very, very robust!

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Unfortunately, towards the late afternoon, my Mum became very ill and I had to take her home quickly.  Seems like she got over-heated.  I was pretty worried for a while there as she looked dreadful and was so sick.  But she is better today – just recovering and taking it easy.  It was so very hot and humid yesterday and easy for people to get heat stroke and dehydration, despite the fact she had been drinking plenty.  I sometimes forget that she is a “senior” now – I need to keep an eye on her more (even though she would laugh at that and tell me to get a life ha ha).

Well, this house will not clean itself and I should probably eat some lunch and bring in my laundry…or not.  I could just sit and play with beads.  That sounds much nicer 🙂

Baby, it’s HOT outside!

Baby, it’s HOT outside!

Phew!  It is hot.  I mean really hot.  So hot that even I am hot.  And I am never anything other than cold.  Right now I’m am sweating as I type this.  Sweating is gross and I am so not used to it.  Ew.  It’s still better than being cold, but it even so…ewwww…..

As a consequence of the heat wave that we are experiencing here in sunny Perth, I have been doing very little crafting.  Too hot.  Too sweaty.  All I want to do when I come home is sit on an air-conditioner and drink gallons of water.  And watch re-runs of 21 Jump Street (but that’s another story…I’m having a Peter De Luise thing at the moment).  My dining room table is covered in craft supplies (nothing new there) but I am not doing anything with them.  Not much anyway.  Every so often I fiddle about with a few beads but then get heat-cranky and can’t be bothered doing much more than that.

I have made one new bracelet this week (aside from a couple of orders I had to get done) and it is not very inspiring – I used all the same kind of bead for Heaven’s sake! :

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…it is light and cute for Summer I guess though.  The little wooden beads are very lightweight and sorta rustic looking (if you squint your eyes and imagine something rustic looking) and it was at least something.

Mostly I just shopped for things to make stuff with this week.  I went bead shopping.  Which is always dangerous.  I had to buy two huge bead boxes on the weekend because I was running out of storage.  I went to Galaxy Beads in Morley on Saturday.  I spent an hour in there and tried to choose carefully…but it is so hard because they have such lovely stuff and I get a bit bamboozled looking at it all.  I picked up some basic colours that I needed (red, orange and green ceramic and wooden beads) but still couldn’t find any yellow ceramic ones.  I am searching in vain for those it seems.  I got some lovely feature beads which I might keep to make things for myself…maybe.  I always say that and then sell or give away whatever I’ve made.  Until I get my ears pierced again it seems a waste to keep earrings for me and I don’t wear many bracelets except for my favourite silver bangle which I never take off.  But perhaps I will change that this year and become super colourful and blingy…

 

Anyway, check out some of the beads I got, starting with these gorgeous lavender, gold and silver ones – so pretty!Image

 

Next up, these oriental-looking ones – love the colours and the metallics and the tiny wee flower in blue:

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These little glass beads were so cute – I don’t know what I’m going to use them on but I had to get them…

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I LOVE these pale blue ones…they were pretty expensive but I just really liked them..

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These embellished lamp work beads were in a bargain bag but they’re really unusual colours…

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Licorice Allsorts! That’s what these ones remind me of.  They too were in a bargain bag which made them less than half price…

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So, it would be fair to say I left with a large dent in my purse…but not too large, I was careful and only bought what I thought I could use.  I was disappointed not to get the yellow beads I needed but I will keep looking.  I really, really need wooden animal beads but they are nowhere to be found.

I didn’t just buy beads – I was also given lots by other people this week.  My friend GK gave me these :

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They are panels from a bracelet, but I think they will make lovely rings.  I love the colours (especially the purple one) and I was really happy to be given these, as well as some bright wooden beads and some pretty glass ones.

While out shopping for card for my birthday invitations, I found these adhesive cabochon flowers in a stationery store:

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…they’re suppose to be for invitation decorations but who’d waste them on that?!  They would look much better on a nice ring…

…don’t you think?

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I also (whilst looking for 2nd hand jewellery) picked up this cute handbag in an op-shop.  $2.00!!! Crazy price.  It was a little bit grubby so I sponged it with some stain-removing laundry soaker and the marks came out.  Look at the lovely embroidery and beading on it!
(excuse my toes in the first shot…)

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So, a lot of shopping and not much crafting going on this week at all.  I will get back into it soon.  When the temperature drops below a bazillion degrees.  Until then, it’s just me in as little clothing as possible, lots of iced water, a fan and 80s cop shows.

Stay cool everybody 🙂