Saturday, 29 December 2007

Christmas is Over!

I really can't believe how quick time flies, it's been a month since I blogged anything!! What with Christmas and feeling poorly, time has gone very quickly and I have had to make lists of things to things to do, I had a craft market at the beginning of the month, so everything else went on hold for a week a two whilst I prepared. And then I had some Christmas pressies to make. I did a little lampworking, although not a great deal, I still enjoy it so much, can't wait to get my kilin in the future. After that, all I seemed to manage to do in the evenings was sleep more and more and more, I was normally in bed by 9, and that was early even for me! Tonight I finished a pair of earrings ready for the summer, which I am so pleased with, I shall show you guys a photo soon. They also look very summery too, so hopefully they will encourage the lovely warm sunrays to come back really soon. I hope to make a matching bracelet very soon.
We had a lovely Christmas, my daughter understands more now, and keeps saying Merry Christmas and Father Christmas, and she learnt to sing Jingle Bells too-it's so cute! We've been very lucky, lots of people have bought mince pies or sent them to us, and I managed to buy some Christmas pudding at the Christmas Market I went to, it was very scrummy and such a treat! Well keep watching this space and I shall add lots of pic's of my jewellery very soon. Take Care all, and have a happy new year.

Friday, 30 November 2007

My Auction

I haven't added anything to this blog in ages, I've just been so busy trying to learn how to make glass beads with my new kit, hope to show you some pictures very soon. Just thought I would let you know I am auctioning some of my polymer clay beads on ebay-they end in a day or so, so go have a look and fab yourself four sets for a bargin-something nice to put under the tree for a beader!

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

It's so cold here!

The weathe here is miserable at the moment, which is unusual for this time of year. Rain, thunder, lightening and cold!!!!! I don't like i wish the summer would come back!! But I guess the rain is good for the garden. I've been been busy making two more necklaces. One is a flower necklace, I handmade the flowers from fimo, and added lots of wire and swarovski crystals. I am entering this into to a competition, and they like big pieces, I've seen the stuff before and I don't think I would wear any of it!! The second is a necklace I made using some lampwork beads by I was lucky enough to be given these beads from a ten bead challenge-extra, she's so kind. I added a few Swarovski (as per normal!) and bob's your uncle. No sign of my lamp working kit yet, I'm getting so fustrated as I know that it is in the country!!! I have improved my website, so why don't you pop over there and have a look-and don't forget my christmas sale!!

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

More Beads and Christmas Sale!

Well, you've proberbly been wondering what this cornish maid has been up to lately, as always busy-busy, I hardly seem to stop in the day what so ever, and then in the evenings I'm on the computer and making bead or jewellery. I have some new polymer clay beads.

A focal called All in a whirl, a small pillow bead set named All mixed up,

and a purple and aqua set called Fantasy Twists. All of them can be found on my website for sale, go on have a look! I would also like to announce that I have done something crazy-there is a Christmas Sale on my website-to make christmas shopping a lot more easier and pleasant for you, some of my jewellery and beads have been reduced!

Just so you know Turkey has been cold and wet for the past few days, my washing is wet, and today I have felt cold-I don't like it, I hope it gets a little bit nicer soon, although I doubt it now, most of the tourists have gone home and it feels like winter! I am waiting for a lampworking kit to arrive soon!! Can't wait, I don't even know if I'i be able to make my own glass beads, but I'm ready to have a go-don't know until you try!

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Pixie Earrings

I have been so busy lately, updating my website, and making a few changes, making polymer clay beads, and a little bit of jewellery too. I feel like I never stop, I'm always doing something!! These are my newest earrings. I called them Pixie, becuase they have been made my two cornish maids!! I got the beads from Tania Grey (, who is a lampwork designer from Cornwall, also I'm from Cornwall too!!! I really love these lampwork beads, lots of different colours to play with, and I've course I added my favourite Sworvski Crystals, I wire wrapped the bottom loops, and added sterling silver ear pieces.
I will show you some pictures of my latest polymer clay beads soon, but if you would like a sneeky peck they are on my website, and I have some more to sand and buff tonight, although I am feeling so tired, my hubbies cousins visited today with there young chidren and it has apsolutely exhausted me-more than shopping!!! Tomorrow I am going to spend a few hours wprking so my hubbie can go and watch football! We use to work together in the same shop, so if he would like to go and do something special I fill in for him-I am stand in manageress!!!

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Hi there, sorry I haven't been around for a while. I've been feeling a little bit poorly lately, all from some naty tablets the doctor gave me, but I am feeling much better today-lets hope it stays that way now. I made this seed beady necklace, I've never done anything like this before, and I enjoyed it, I don't know how pleased I am with the end result, but I enjoyed learing all the new techique, becuase I have been feeling unwelllately it took me 2 weeks (in the eve) to make!!! But no rush, things haven't been moving very fast lately, unfortunately, my hubbie keeps telling me there are no good quality customers around at the mo, but I would love to sell just one more piece before all the tourists pack up and go home. Thanks for reading, and keep watching this space.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Fairy Wishes!

Hello All! Time for another picture this is my newest piece, called Fairy Wishes. I am very pleased with this as it is the first time I have used

wire wrapping on headpins. I used glass flower beads, seed beads, Czech Crystal, Swarovski bicones, hearts, butterflies and pearls to complete this. I also added a little fairy charm too. The only question is to keep this or to sell it, I really love it and it took me ages to make, but in another way I would love to sell it too. I just can't decide, at the end of the day you can't keep everything you make for yourself can you!!!!

Weather is getting cooler now, which is making jewellery creating a lot easier!!! I have itching like mad though!! I got bit by a spider the other day and came up in a rash everywhere!!! Hubbie took me to the hospital for an injection, it went away really quickly but it is back again now, although not so bad!!!! What a thing!!!!

Friday, 21 September 2007

Ocean Jasper

Here I am again, and what an exciting day!!!! Nic, from the Uk beaders Forum came to Turkey for a holiday, in my home town, so we met up, and talked about life and beads!!! It was fab because I have no one to talk to beads with-I talk to hubbie, my 2year old daughter and my Mum and Dad, but they don't have a passion for beads, if you know what I mean. It was lovely to toss ideas two and fro. It would be so lovely to be part of an English group here, just to meet up, and share ideas about beading etc. Nicola also treated me to one of her Dichronic pendant necklaces, which is beautiful, and a nice petite size for me, I will show you a picture soon. I love it, and the gemstone beads she also gave me-what a treat.

I am waiting for another bead order and a couple of books to arrive, can't wait-one is about seed beading which I thought I might have ago at through the winter.

Here is my new Bracelet, named Natural Jasper made from Ocean Jasper Ovals, and lots of Swarovski crystal bicones in natural earthy colours. The Ocean Jasper just feels so shiney and silky in your hands, can't stop feeling it! Thanks for reading again, and hope to post some more new stuff soon, as I am busy making at the mo!

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

I Haven't posted anything for a while-sorry about that!!!! But I have been busy with my beads, and I am waiting for a large order to come from Amercia, and a couple of books from Amazon. One is by Donna Kato-how to create different polymer clay bead surfaces (came out on the 1st September), another called Mastering Beadwork-hopefully I shall learn how to seed bead, and finally, The Art of Polymer Clay beads- which is going to be a christmas present from my Mum and Dad. I can't wait to recieve my bead order (i've got some Ocean Jasper coming-which I've been waiting to buy for ages, and some Crystal Copper Swarovski Crystal-and lots of other bits-including a craft mate storage bag, which looks fab!!!!), or my books, I love reading about beading!!!! Well here is what I have been busy making. The first is called An Evening Out, I could just imagine this piece with an elegant black dress, for those special parties, and christmas meals. It has been made with silver plated chain, Fushia, Jet and Peridot Swarovski Bicones and a Vitrail Medium Swarovski Heart-which I love!!!

The second doesn't have a name yet-I used semi precious Aquamarine-Amethyst and Citrine, along with Pacific Opal, Citrine, and Violet Swarovski bicones. Thanks for looking again.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Purple Mood!

No, I've not disappeared, I've been doing a few different things lately-like treating myself to watching the telly and early nights as I have been so tired. However, felt like getting creative last night, and made this I've called it Pretty in Purple. I made it using Crystal AB, Violet and Aquamarine Swarovski crystals, purple coloured glass real effects beads, and Swarovski blue pearls. I finished it off with this stunning heart, which flashes purple and blue, (sorry this has a special name but I don't know it for sure), and added silver plated chain. I really like it and you can wear it as a choker or longer (although this does depend on the size of your neck!!!!). Not all that long till christmas now, and I shall making a few bits for the festive season soon, so keep watching this space!!

Sunday, 26 August 2007

I've tagged you!!

Just a list of the people I have tagged, here goes:
1. Lucinda from Minera Jewels
2. Maz from Amarigems
3. Cindy from Jewellery tales
4. Claire from all about jewellery making
5. Kelly from Kebo Jewellery
6. Free Bird Sings.

Look forward to reading six weird things about you. Don't forget to tag six other people!!!

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Oh my Gosh! Tagged!!

Just looked on my friend Jo's blog and found out I have been tagged to tell you six weird things about me!!

1. I feel like I never got any older than 18, and have been told often that I only look this age too-prehaps the power of the mind keeps me looking young!!!

2. I have my very own dictionary, my Mum and Dad both say to me, thats not a word, thats just another one to add to the Tammy dictionary!!! Only problem is my Turkish husband has learnt a lot of English words from me, wonder what english people think when they talk to him-sometimes I have to translate what they've said back in our own little languagage!!!

3. I am a Doctor Who fan on the quiet, one of my favourite Dr's is Patrick Troughton, who was the second doctor, and one of my favourite videos is Tomb of the Cyberman-in Black and white, as it is so old. (Actually in the video there is alot of snow, and the first time I watched it my Mum went out , when she came back she was covered in snow, it had snowing outside I hadn't even noticed, my Mum told me never to watch that snowy video while she was out again!!!)

4. When I sleep I often dream that I am at bead show's!!! Or I am back working nights again in the hospital!!!

5. My hair changes colour!! In the summer it's goes quiet blonde-natural highlights, people use to ask me if I had my hair dyed, when I said no, they said I was lying!!!

6. I could eat watermelon and ice cream morning, noon and night!!!!

Well I've done my best, and I shall be tagging soon!!!

Ruburb & Custard Bracelet

Hello All, here is my latest offering, it's called Ruburb and Custard because of the pink and yellow mix. I used Rose, light Rose, Chalk White, Citrine Swaroski Crystals, glass pearl effect beads, seed beads, and two yellow glass foil beads. Oh yes, and don't forget those pink glass flowers too. I am really pleased with how it turned out, and I don't normally feel this happy with anything I make. Thanks for looking

Haven't been up to a lot lately, went to visit my hubie's cousin today but unfortunately she was out, oh and two days ago I bumped the car, I felt like a fool. Someone parked at the traffice light-I beeped for them to move, only to discover there are no one in the drivers seat-just a passenger. I moved the car round and banged into the the side of a van!!! Myself and daughter were fine, as I was barely moving, but the poor car, and it's looking better now. I really didn't know what to do or say, everyone talking turkish around me, I notice by the time I got out of the car the parked car had sped off!!!! Really made me feel very nervous, and I went crying off to hubbie's shoulder!! I thought too my head had been all over the place lately.

Friday, 24 August 2007

Shell Earrings

I made these earrings a while back, but thought I would show you all, as I do like them. I have busy doing a comission but unfortunately forgot to take a photo of it!!!! It is now waiting for the lady to go and collect. She liked one of the necklaces I had made, but it needed to be longer, and have lots of purple stones. I made her some earrings too, as a small present, so hope she likes the jewellery. I made a pink and yellow bracelet, the other night, so hopefully I will take a picture tomorrow and show you all.

You wouldn't believe how hot it has been here the past two days, we have had another burst of asian wind!! This evening the breeze feels normal again, hope it will be nicer tomorrow.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Swirling Beads!!

I've been busy yet again, swirling beads, I really must try something new now!!! These beads were made from swirling lentils, but I added pieces of cane this time, so they look different and I do like the effect this gives. I love the pastel shades, and decided to leave these beads matt, rather than adding varnish.

Decided I am going to give the beads a little rest, and start on a bit more jewellery again tonight, so watch this space. It is still so hot here!

Saturday, 18 August 2007

My Mermaids!

It's just so hot here today, difficult to do anyhting really-even beading!!!!! The littleist job makes you break out into a pool!!! A pool thats what I need. Think I shall go be lazy for an hour after this, and prehaps grab 20 winks, after which I am making Cornish Pasty's yum yum, yes I have bought Cornwall to Turkey in my own little way!!!

Here is my latest necklace, using my own polymer clay mermaid. I made wire swirls from a pattern on the wig jig website (fab website by the way hugh!!), I made some twist and curl beads (also details for this are on the wig jig website too, and did some chain maillie to complete this. I enjoyed making this necklace, becuase there are so many different elements to it. I am sending it away for a turkish jewellery making competition. I have sent several things, and had my pieces shown in their magazine, but no prizes. But it doesn't matter, they send me a copy of the magazine later, and if you work gets printed thats great too.

The second photo is a mermaid pendant I made, the mermaid is sitting on a rock looking at the moon and stars. Well I have to go now before I faint, even typing is hard work. Have a great weekend all.

Friday, 17 August 2007

My new Polymer Beads page is Open!

Well, I've finally managed to finish my polymer clay bead page, I finally found that hyperlink button!!! Sorry I was a day late opening!!! At the moment I have only one set uploaded to the web, but I have some beads here waiting to go into the oven, and hope to make some more tonight, so watch this space!!!

I've been busy today, spent the day with my hubbie's cousin, helping to take care of her new baby, she is now 33 days old, but she cries quite a lot, it's unbelievable the different ideas they have in Turkey about babies, and how you should look after them, when I had my daughter, I was toren between what they were saying and what I knew from England!! Here's a photo of the baby, she's so cute isn't she!!! Had a lovely day!

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Something Different

I have lots of trouble getting one of my posts to show, if anymore could let me know if they can see the post that is titled 'Polymer Clay Beads for Sale soon' I would be most appreciated! Also I put lots of new contacts on my website part as well and they don't appear to be showing either, I'm sure I'm doing something silly, anyway as a test I thought I would show you a wedding photo from 5 years ago, seems a long time now!!! This is a Turkish wedding! Look at the cake, it was 8 tiers!!!! OK, I see it now my blog is working!! Yippee!!! Hope you like the wedding photo's, brings a flutter back to my heart to remember the first days I met my hubbie, that first love is great isn't it! I love you my Hubbie!! I love you so much.x

Polymer Clay Beads for Sale Soon!

I have been busy working on my website lately, I am hoping to add a tiara page in the not too distant future, and my polymer clay bead page is nearly ready, prehaps I will upload it tonight or tomorrow. I don't have alot on my new polymer clay bead page yet, but I have lots of ideas I hope to get working on very very soon!!! Here are some new beads called Fairy Secrets. They are so shiney, I don't really want to sale them, as I love them so much, but if I don't I shall turn them into some jewellery!!!

Sunday, 12 August 2007

A post today-my new camera!!

I forgot to say in my previous post that I now have a new camera, a Canon powersot, and it's great, I am so pleased with the quality of photo's it is producing, it has a wonderful super macro setting too. All I need now is too sit down and make a lighting tent with my Dad, and hopefully that will improve them further. Here are some more photo's of the lentil beads I made, this have been buffed and sanded but not yet varnished, I believe the varnish really brings out the twinkle in the so well.

Well, here I am again. Yet another bracelet using my own polymer clay beads-I really enjoy making swirled lentil beads, they are such great fun, and the colour combinations are endless!! This bracelet is called Sweetie because it remins me of lovely yummy sweets I use to eat when I was a child. I enjoyed making this bracelet, I used Violet, Violet Opal, and Rose AB Swarovski crystals, Czech crystal, and a few seed beads. The other photo shows one of the clay beads I made. I haven't thought of a name for these yet.

Thursday, 2 August 2007

A new bracelet!

Today I finished a bracelet using my swirled lentil beads-I decided to varnish them, and it really bought out the glitter beautifully. I made this bracelet with various Swarovski crystals-Pacfic Opal-Fushia etc, and purple Czech crystals. I also added a few shells bits too and some seed beads. I am pleased with the finished result, although the photo doesn't show the true colours.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

My First Polymer Clay Beads

Well, here they are my first ever polymer clay beads. The photo's do them no justice at all!! They aren't really wonderful but look a lot better than the photo's say!!! I have called the bigger beads sherbert swirls, they are relly glittery, and the others I don't have a name for yet, but they are swirled lentil beads, I will work on getting a better image, and add this later!!!! I made the Sherbert swirls using the Mokeme Gome technique, the colours turned out lovely, and although it looks like there is red inside, it is actaully more of a dark pink colour. The most important thing is though I enjoyed making them and I feeli like a learnt something too-a step in the right direction I hope!!!

Thursday, 26 July 2007

It's Arrived!

Well, after waiting a couple of weeks, my Polymer book by Carol Blackburn has arrived-yippee!!! I have had a quick scan and read, and I feel quite scaried about starting to make these beads!! Daft isn't it, I think, to be honest I have a fear of failure. But I must start out on this venture open minded and positive, I know I have to be patient, not rush and not expect miracles over night! Hum thats good, and now I've written it in my blog I can read it always!! My stuff also arrived from Emma Ralph. The glitters are wonderful, love those colours, and foils too, can't wait to try them, and everything was so well packed and the shipping cost was great, really really pleased, and only 8 days to Turkey amazing!! If you haven't seen Emma's web site there are some great pieces over there, she is a fab bead artist.

Thought I would show you these, I bought a Paua shell from my uncle, and used my new rotary tool to cut out the shapes I needed, I still have loads of shell left, and I love it that I can chose what shapes I want. I used Silver plated ear wires, and Swarovski Crystals to finish this piece.

Thanks to all of you who helped me sort out my blog adding problems!!

Monday, 23 July 2007

Trying Hard!!

I seem to have gone completely blank lately, I am trying hard to join a blogroll, but don't seem to be getting anywhere!!! Have no idea where to start really!!! Lets hope my friends from the jewellery making forum let me into there little secret soon!!!

I haven't written anything for ages, but just been so busy to do this and that. Went to England with my daughter, and parents in May-and it just rained and rained!!!! It was nice though, my gran parents got to meet there great grand daughter for the first time, and I got to visit the new beads shops in Cornwall-what a treat, I even bought a copy of Bead magazine, and throughly enjoyed it becuase I have only ever been able to enjoy the pictures in the Turkish magazines!!!

I have made some more jewellery, one of which I called the Blue Lagoon, inspired by the Blue Lagoon in Ouldeniz. I am quite pleased with this.
My new venture is to start making my own polymer clay beads, I was thinking about making my own glass beads, but it just wouldn't be practical here in Turkey-I would have to buy everthing off the internet, and if I really got into it and could never afford to up grade to all the proper equipment and kilins. So I decided this would be the next best thing. I've bought some Fimo, got my pasta machine today, and now I am waiting for my book and other bits to arrive from England, the book should be anyday now, and I can't wait!!! Hope to show you all some new beads in the future.

Friday, 13 April 2007

Tutti Frutti Bangle

Last night I finished this piece, and I named it Tutti Fruitti, because all the crystals reminded me of the bits you get in Tutti Frutti ice cream, and this is also a summery piece. Would look lovely for a garden party, or a wedding. The wire is Silver Plated, and the crystals are Swarovski and Czech.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

My Catalogue of Goodies

Thought I would show you all a catalogue slide show of some of the other goodies I have made.

My first Entry

This is my first blog entry, I am hoping to show all those interested the different jewellery I create. A couple of days ago I finished this piece, I called it Copper Colours Flower Set, I made this from Swarovski Crystals, Czech Crystals, pearls, and flowers which I made myself. The bracelet is also made from the same components. I used copper wire to construct this set. I love copper at the moment, and it looks especially good with shells.