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Sunday, 22 February 2009

Half-term is over...yippee!

I spent half-term in Cheshire visiting the family. Hubby stayed in London having to work. The kids had fun at Nan & Grandad's but as always I got little done.

I did however attend the Beaded Tassle making course at The Bead Trail. The teacher was an amazingly talented lady called Elaine Peel who unfortunately doesn't have a website so I can't show you any of her amazing creations. 

Tassle making is really simple! Beading them is another matter if like me you have never done any Bead Weaving before. There were two of us in the class who didn't have a clue what to do - the rest all seemed a bit smug in their greater knowledge. We coped....I did have to keep asking for help though - particularly when it came to closing the top of my beaded creation. My results aren't perfect but they are first attempts. They still aren't finished -  I'm fighting with  the Picot Points- or whatever they are called and getting very frustrated!

I realise that it is not my time for Beadweaving. I have no peace, no quiet, no time - all requirements needed to learn this skill. I'll have to wait 'til the boys are at school full-time as at the moment there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything as it stands!

I haven't got the hang of how to layout my blog yet so be patient!

Bye all - school run starts again tomorrow...

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Jolicious Blog

Hello everyone. I'm new to the world of blogging and this is my very first one!

My name is Jo and I have 3 boys - age 7 and 4 (twins). I am a stay at home mum but increasingly filling my time with Jewellery making. I'm finding it very hard to find the time to get any jewellery made with the boys running around and being glued to the computer wading through all the different sites that are out there!

It's half-term and I'm at my parents in Cheshire for some much needed respite. I'm going on a course tomorrow to learn how to make beaded tassels at a place called The Bead Trail at Blakemere Craft Centre in Cheshire. I love going on courses and have been on quite a few recently; I learnt how to do Fingerprint Jewellery at the Dulwich School of Jewellery . I really enjoyed working with Precious Metal Clay and a whole new world of possibilities had opened up to me! I plan to do even more courses there when I get time.

I also have few courses lined up with Jean Power, editor of Bead Magazine. One course is learning Chain Maille and the other is Viking Weave. Her courses are great fun and really informative - I'm lucky enough to have been on two already. I'll let you know how I get on.

Will post a few pictures when I return home as I'm on my new laptop and it is bare!

Well slowly I am catching up with everyone else in blogging, twittering, facebooking, Flickr etc etc. How does anyone find time to Create???? I have so much to learn!