My brother-in-law, Si, is over tonight and I'm cooking Mexican.. woohoo! I looooove me some Mexican food! I might have also gone up to the shops and bought some ice cream (c'mon, could YOU pass up Caramel Cinnamon with bits of waffle cone?!? Oh how I love thee, Carte D'Or!). Of course I tell myself this is purely so I can be the good hostess and have sweets to offer Si. I might have also bought some cookies.. shhh!
Well, I better go make sure the cookies are behaving themselves downstairs. You know you really shouldn't leave them alone for too long.. they have a tendency to get into mischief.
Have a great night!
Speaking of St. Patrick's Day, I also made this adorable little fellow. Fittingly enough, his name is Lucky Bear :) I might have to keep him for myself!
Anyone else doing something fun for St. Patrick's Day? I have tons of decorations to put up and I'm contemplating doing a traditional corned beef (not the canned stuff.. the REAL stuff) dinner. I have a family recipe for some gorrrrrrrgeous Irish Soda Bread too. I'm not sure if I'll have the patience to make it but I'll think about it.. whilst licking my lips ;) Since Leah will be visiting I'll probably also have some green beer. Mmm, green beer. Heehee.
Tomorrow I'm off for a glassy girl get together! This should be tons of fun. I'm driving up (well, riding up!) with Sam which will be fun in and of itself. We're going to Jo's studio for the day and lots of other artists will be there too. Naturally I'm bringing cupcakes; both the glassy kind and the edible kind! They don't call me the Cupcake Queen for nothing ;)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'll see some of you tomorrow!! :D
I've also added lots of new beads and jewellery to my Etsy shop. The pet portrait beads have been really popular and I'm up to my eyeballs in adorable cats and dogs. It's pushing me to create new techniques and new striped canes to try and capture coat patterns. I'm enjoying the challenge :)
I'm now in cupcake and St. Patrick's Day mode and last night combined the two and made green and white cupcakes topped with 4 leaf clovers! I'll post a picture when I get them all cleaned up. The cupcakes came out super cute :) I love holiday-themed stuff! I also have to plan what I'm going to make my sister, Leah, for her birthday. She'll be 22 on March 12 and she'll be here with me! Yay! Gonna have to think hard on what to make for her. Last year I made her a pendant with a double dip ice cream cone that matches one of her tattoos :) I also made her a gorgeous bracelet with chocolates, cakes and cookies.. that she promptly broke! Of course this was also before I started making my own beads so they were commissioned beads. How am I going to outdo last year?! I'm taking suggestions.. ;)
Ok, I'm off to make more cupcakes and St. Patrick's Day beads. Hope you're all having a good day too!
Is everyone ready for Valentine's Day? I have to run to the shops today to get some candy for our Valentine's Day boxes. In my family everyone has their very own Valentine's Day box. When we were kids my mother handmade beautiful boxes to house our candy. Mine is heart-shaped and covered in beautiful, iridescent lavender fabric with a huge purple organza bow. It's gorgeous!! Anyway, I decided to keep up this tradition and I bought (I know, I know.. it's not handmade, sorry!) Steve a shiny black box with small red hearts on it. It's manly enough! Each year we fill each other's boxes with candy and small gifts. Normally I would already have all the bits to go into them but I've been working so hard on beads this week that I put it off til the last minute. So off to the shops for me today!
In other Valentine's-y news my mother sent me a beautiful package containing the new Hallmark singing stuffed animals. It's a plush heart topped with two 'lovebugs' that sing and dance when you press the button. Mom sends me one for every holiday and they're just way too cute! She also sent some looooooovely chocolates in a beautiful box and a pretty card. My little sister, Leah, even got into the spirit this year and sent us Transformers Valentines.. lol!! I love that girl, I swear :) She'll be here on March 11 and I can't wait! Leah's staying for 3 weeks and then I fly back with her to Florida for 2 weeks. It will be so nice to see my family! I haven't seen them in ages and I miss them all so much. I'll get to meet Emi's new little one, Ethan, too! I'm so excited!!
Well I wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day and I hope everyone has a sweet day filled with lots of love and hugs. Don't forget Valentine's Day is about spreading the love so tell everyone how much they mean to you :) It's the perfect excuse to be a little sappy.
Have a great weekend!
I think I shall make more tree beads this week. I haven't even made one for myself yet! I like the nighttime look so I'll explore that further. I had a huge shipment of silver wire come in yesterday so I have plenty for 'stars' :)
I also have some custom orders for pet portrait beads to work on so it's going to be a busy week. I'm one of those annoying people who actually enjoys being busy though :) Don't hate me!
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and have a great week :)
I also made a rabbit and a doggie. They're such fun to make! It's definitely more difficult to try to get such a small bead to resemble a pet though! I think they came out pretty cute :)
I can make these beads to fit Troll, Pandora, Biagi, Lovelinks and other bracelet systems. How would you like your pets immortalized in glass that you can wear around your wrist? Email me at email@example.com for more details :)
Hope you have a great weekend!
Saffie came over today and we talked glass, had sandwiches and I even talked her into a cupcake :) Saffie's so much fun to have around and I really love our little get togethers. We tend to end up chatting and not making too many beads though! She also quite generously let me borrow her 5mm mandrels which are the ones used for making these big hole beads. Thanks hon! I shall try my hand at more designs and see how I go. Any suggestions?
Ok off to make beads :) Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Here is a shot of all the tree beads I made yesterday. I especially like the 'nighttime' ones and the smaller one with the moon is my favourite :) The little 'stars' are tiny dots of fine silver and they twinkle beautifully. I'm going to be listing these beads in my Etsy shop by the end of the week. If you're interested in one feel free to contact me before then!
Tomorrow is my glassy play date with Sam! Yay! Perhaps I should tidy up my studio... *frown* It's definitely become a wee bit of a disaster area in here. I've been working so hard making beads that I just haven't had the time to straighten up. Yeah. That sounds good. ;)
I'm off to have some lunch. Hope you're all having a good day!
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- keiara's keepers: Noodlefish and Ollies Woollies
- yes, the Queen is back!
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- my first treasury!!
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- NEW big hole beads!
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- ▼ February (11)
- by keiara - lampwork beads
- Folkestone, Kent, United Kingdom
- Hi! My name is keiara and I'm a native Floridian currently living in Folkestone, England. I am a hot glass and jewellery artist and I'm passionate about what I do! I love to 'talk shop' so feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by!