Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Gosh where has the year gone!! I finished my job, my oldest child finished University, found himself a job and left home, middle child spent 6 months studying in Australia and my last child left home to study at University. So although my job finished at the end of September somehow I haven't managed to spend much time working on my designs. I set out to have a clear out first and I am still getting rid of Stuff accumulated over lots of years. I have come to the conclusion that we don't need all the Stuff anymore that clutters up the place here. So one of my New Years resolutions is that I will get rid of it. Then Ted the handy man came and did some jobs in the house and.....What a mess! In October, Paul celebrated his 60th birthday and we had a party in Cornwall and a few days holiday in the Cotswolds. So I finish the last blogpost of 2012 with a few photo's of Hidcote
and Snowshill.
I wish you all a wonderful 2013 Marjolein XX

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Snowflakes

For the last craftsession this year we had a Christmas theme. We made Christmas snowflakes with new chrystal and salvaged beads. This was one of the most successful crafting sessions we did as they all made a large and a small snowflake. Everyone enjoyed it very much and the snowflakes all sparkled.
Merry Christmas to all the followers of my Blog. I shall be back before the year finishes with another post and hopefully a look back on the past year. Have a merry time over the next week. MarjoleinX

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Dabble Day

Early November the Buckinghamshire WI held a crafts Dabble day. I was asked to take part as a Tutor. My project was a Jewellery one but the Ladies could make knitted Poppy's, felt stockings, Father Christmasses and lots of other things. It was very enjoyable to see 91 Ladies having so much fun. and we all thought it was a great success.This is what I had prepared.
The day was devided into a morning and an afternoon session, but the boundaries blurred and we crafted all day as lots of Ladies were too eager to carry on!
Lots of hard work going on
Those Memory bracelets have very small beads!
All finished!
The Birdsnest Necklace was one of the favourites.
A big Thank You to Lyndsey for asking me to take part and for the Comittee for their hard work in organising this Dabble Day!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Little hanging pictures

The Ladies of the WI made some lovely pictures last week. After a few wobbles and a few huffs and puffs... (You know who I mean!!) they all got stuck in and had a lovely time. Some of the Ladies made pictures with hooks to hang some keys or jewellery. Another lovely crafting evening with a special Thank You to Edna for the coffee, tea and biscuits.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

.......I present to you for a Night at the Opera..................Madame Butterfly

Welcome to the reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. My partner Nat sent me a lovely Soup to work with. Unfortunately the Soup I sent her got mangled in the post so she has only has a few things to work with. As you can see I spent a lovely time creating. I added quite a few things of my stash and as always I found it quite hard to know when to stop!
The two large flowers on the necklace and bag are creations I made at a class given by the wonderful Jill Flower. Check her out on I spent a fantastic day there as a birthday treat, she is soo creative. My job finishes in September and then I would like to spend more time creating. Come over to my new Facebook page and like me to see more in the future. A big thank you to Lori. As ever you are fabulously wonderful!!! and to Nat for the ingredients of the Soup. MarjoleinX Have a look what the other participants created with their soups.
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Bead Soup!!!!

 6th bead Soup Blog Party

I am taking part in the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party and I can finally  post the soup I received from my partner Nat.
 She makes the most fantastic beads which she sells on her Etsy shop
Her blog is and she is also on Facebook
My partner has only just received my parcel and most of the contents was missing and mangled. I sent her a lovely vintage soup and I am soo dissappointed she did not get to use it. Unfortunately I did not photograph  the soup I sent her. I had waited to post mine until she received my soup. This is what I received from her and I love the colours. You have to wait until the 25th of August to find out what I have made with it.


Saturday, 4 August 2012

Dear Ladies of the WI

Once again you have done yourself proud!!! The project was to make essential oil reed diffusers and they look wonderful. We filled them with patchouli and sandalwood or Freesia and Jasmine.At the end of the evening it was smelling lovely in Edna's house! And if I find the photographs of the previous project I promise to post those as well. They are somewhere on the computer......I will find them one day.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Buckinghamshire Open Studios

In the month of June my friend Maria and I have opened our studio for visitors. Lots of wonderful people have visited us already and we still have a weekend to go. We have sold some of our creations and we are soo pleased that they have gone to be treasured by some lovely Ladies.
                                                         Sold                                    Sold

Just a few of the bottles, necklaces and keyring that were sold.
I had such a lovely time making these and they have gone to good homes. Now I can look forward to making more when I get the time!


Saturday, 9 June 2012

A sneak peek for Bucks Open Studio

Exiting times starting tomorrow. I have been working hard these last weeks on my new stock for Buckinghamshire Open Studio's. All the artists/designer/makers open their doors in the month of June to let everyone see what they create. My friend Maria and I are opening our studio at Maria's house here in Amersham. You are all welcome ofcourse!! These are a few of the new things I made. I had a week off and had such a wonderful time just making things. I will show you more tomorrow when it is all set up but for now there is still lots to do.... MarjoleinX

Friday, 20 April 2012

Another fantastic crafting session.

What grumbles we had when we started to make these!! Some of you ladies were very reluctant to even start thinking it would end up as a failure, but didn't you all make some wonderful pins!! Another lovely evening hosted by Edna.