Shameless self-promotion

I currently am

– knee-deep in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous stash of hand-sculpted lampwork glass beads from Czech, after many miles travelled, many months waited and many, many, MANY dollars spent. Am mushily in love! A very expensive love at that, though;

– going to be one of two main judges on a popular beading challange, one that I’ve participated in a few times in the past;

– asked to write loads of jewellery tutorials for Australian Beading Magazine in their upcoming October and December issues;

– invited to feature in an Artist Profile in said magazine, which includes *gasp* publishing my photos and bio info. Gosh! My mug in a mag! Not sure whether to be stoked or scared, so am being both.

Anyhoo, all boring work-related boast but can hardly contain myself at the mo. Now to get off my derrière and get those projects done before deadline, then dive head-first into abovementioned lampwork beauties.


~nimble fingers~


Blatant self promotion

Have been too lazy taking photos of the things I made lately, not that I’ve got any time to make many. But here’s what happened when I got a lightning moment of motivation. P-zzztt!

You likey?


m’ said to name it “Caged” but I reckon that’s a little depressing. So until I come up with something better, it’s called “Red Little Suns”. So imaginative. (not!)


Forget the studded belt. It’s the pearl necklace that rocks my socks!

So we finally went to see SATC the movie last night. Thanks to a little push by T1, otherwise I’d never got off my backside to go. And yes, it was enjoyable. As expected, the plot was “Plot? Huh? What plot?”, and the fashion was “Phwooaaa!” Plus a few brilliant one-liners to keep us interested. Well worth the 10 bucks. (It was tight-ass Tuesday so we saved ourselves 6 bucks each. Yay.)

Anyway so you know how everyone’s been raving about that vintage black studded belt that Carrie wore with virtually every second outfit? The one that’s promised to prompt a crazy flurry of knock-offs? Well personally, I don’t think it’s that great. Plus it wouldn’t suit my tiny torso which is about as long as a baby’s hand. So it’s gonna go right into my “look great on others but stupid on me” file.

Actually, it’s the other over-worn piece of accessory that got my attention — The Long Pearl Necklace. Which appeared just as often as the belt, including a couple of times when our lovely girl went to bed with full make-up on. Just a simple, knotted, single strand of ivory pearls. But it goes with absolutely everything. Trust me, I’ve got one of those and I swear by it. A staple piece that’s never failed to impress me. Except maybe for that one time when a friend went “You know, I’d think you owned more than just one necklace being the bead lady you are”, which prompted me to easy up on my pearl strand’s busy work schedule. Poor baby!

So if you find yourself stuck for what accessory to wear, all stressed out by the heaps of tangled earrings bracelets necklaces brooches belts rings on your dressing table, whack a pearl necklace on, forget about the rest, and off you go.

In the movie, it was mainly worn loosely as a single strand. But I assure you, that thing is as versatile as a pair of dark denim jeans. Get a strand that has a clasp fitted, and you can also:

~ tie a little black ribbon bow onto it for a “Coco Chanel slightly-edgy-but-ultra-feminine” look,

~ tie it into a knot for that effortless”shabby chic” look,

~ double / triple it up as a choker,

~ wind it around your wrist as a chunky bracelet,

~ thread it through your jeans as a girly belt.

The possibilities are endless.

So go on, get yourself one of them gorgeous things — real pearls if you have the $$$, freshwater pearls, Swarovski pearls, even “el cheapo” imitation glass pearls — and you won’t look back.

Or maybe you will, to check out how many heads you’ve turned. 😉