Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Catch the sun if you can...

We are moving into Winter at a rapid rate of knots down here in the southern hemisphere. So every little drop of sunshine counts. When these fabulous lampwork glass bells arrived recently...I knew straight away what I wanted to make with them:

(This photo, and header photo, courtesy of Sari at Gaialai on Etsy).

These absolutely stunning, amazingly beautiful works of art are by Sari from Gaialai on Etsy. Sari calls these Ethnic Bells. I can only imagine the patience and skill that it takes to make these beauties!

As I said, I knew straight away what I wanted to make...a sun catcher!

I have used eye pins and joined several together (don't look too closely at my winding...it is pretty wonky...I think I needed to use finer pins), along with small Swarovski crystal bicones, 12 mm Swarovski cosmic and graphic beads (also in Crystal) and some sterling silver round beads.

I have hung the cosmic beads inside the bells and if there are gale force winds the beads and bells will chime (I tried unsuccessfully to make it chime more readily...maybe if I hang more Swarovskis inside the bells)...but otherwise, in the sun it casts beautiful moving spots of rainbow light in all directions. I tried it this morning in the kitchen and it looked beautiful.

Have a lovely day!

(Blogged to: Crack the Shutters - Snow Patrol and Livin' Thing - Electric Light Orchestra).

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Blog Candy Winner

Hi everyone,

I hope that you all had a lovely Easter long weekend. We did, It was very relaxing.

I am sorry for the delay in announcing my Beady blog candy winner. Its been a bit busy here. Anyhoo...I managed to visit Random.org today and this is what they said:

The seventh person to comment was Susy:

Blogger susy said...
Sam, what a gorgeous giveaway, your bracelets rock. We've had quite a few memorable holidays over the years both good and bad, fortunately more good than bad, but a long weekend we had in Tasmania would probably be one of the best ones. Such a beautiful spot we hope to get back to one day.
17 March 2010 9:26 PM
...so Susy, I'll be in touch for your preferred bracelet size!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment. It was fun reading about your favourite holidays (commemorative or vacation)!

While I'm here...I also wanted to show you another wee pic of THE library bag...where I have added some Floral Fusion felt to cover the handle stitching. I was very pleased with myself for thinking of that...:-)

Have a great week.

(Blogged to: Parlez vous Francais? - Art vs. Science).