A local shop has asked to see some colourful summery sets - so I've been sat here wearing a vest, T-shirt, sweatshirt, thick cardigan, ski socks and my thickest trousers with the halogen heater about three inches away from me, looking out at the snow and trying to think of warm, summer days. Boy, it was hard!!
Here's the results:
These are mainly shell with glass spacers. I do like the beads with the holes - it's a challenge to find something that fits exactly.
These wiggly beads are an old favourite - and give a more delicate look. The coloured beads are shell.
More shell here with some Mother of Pearl.
And lastly a real zinger! The small beads are shell and the large nuggets are dyed agate. I got them at the Chepstow show last Sunday.
These next two use beads that I bought at the NEC on Monday - and aren't part of the summer range!
This one uses Spider Web Agate which I love. The black beads are Onyx and I've used lots of Sterling Silver which sets up a good contrast.
The name is from Lake Tawakoni State Park in Texas where a communal spiders' web measured 200 yards (180 m) across. Entomologists believe it may be the result of social cobweb spiders or of spiders building webs to spread out from one another.
I, for one, definitely won't be visiting there any time soon!
And this one features one of my all-time favourite stones - Picasso Jasper. These flat cylinders are my new favourite shape - so you'll be seeing more of those in various stones.
This last one belongs to a friend who asked me to repair it. Have a guess how old it is?
Well, it has been in her family for over 100 years having been bought back from Africa. It's so modern looking isn't it?
We did pretty well at Clerical Medical on Wednesday and it was great to get back into selling-mode. We have, today, secured another office selling venue - and this is a BIG one in Bristol. We're really chuffed.
Martha got her snow days - no school yesterday or today. Tom was also off. We didn't get too much snow and what we had mostly melted away quickly. We are kept just that little bit warmer by the Bristol Channel. It's always a degree or two higher here than even a couple of miles inland.
Not sure what we're up to this weekend - I think the forecast is for it to be very cold, so maybe we'll just stay in and snuggle up on the sofa. Sounds like a plan to me.
Hope you haven't been too badly affected by the snow.
Have a great weekend and keep warm.
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