Saturday, 29 September 2012

Green Moss Bead Embroidered Necklace EBWC

Imagine a Misty Winter's Dawn in a Forest, where you're walking around the forest with the mist around you, its cold and wet and the sun is hardly visible - all the colors you notice seem to be matte with hardly any sharp definition of trees, plants, ground.

Especially if there is no direct sunlight coming through the trees, you get the underground in the forest to be one of "Green Moss."

I designed this necklace to be "Green Moss", with the occasional stone, pebble, and a lonely leaf as the focal areas. The center cabochon is an Agate from the Orange River, here in South Africa, and typically reflects the branches of a tree in the Moss Forest.

I beaded on leatherette, used C Lon D and ultra suede as backing. A chain finishes off the necklace, being a rustic color to compliment the "Green Moss" effect. Lobster clasp added for closure.

The length of the necklace is 21 inches (54cm), but additional chain can be added to provide additional length.

I am a proud member of Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild and Etsy Beadweavers team, to see more work by these members please search EBW team or EBEG under handmade or visit our blogs at or http://www/

Friday, 14 September 2012

Pink, Purple, Metallic Coral Reef

A couple of months ago I shied away from using any pink seed beads in bead embroidery - don't know exactly why! This week I embroidered a stunning cuff using all of the various shades of pink seed beads I had, added shades of purple and metallic, and this is the result - NOW I love beading with pink beads.

The name of the cuff is Coral Reef, as it reminds me of scuba diving and dwelling or swimming on the coral reef. If never done it before, so I let my imagination run free.

Coral Reef can be bought in my Etsy Shop:

Have a wonderful weekend Friends, and remember to live!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Steam Punk Jewellery

The wonders of art  - just when you think that you know all the genres another one catches your imagination!

This time I was introduced to Steam Punk Jewellery by a fellow beader, and of course had to make a piece of jewellery. A gorgeous collar made its way into my mind, and I couldn't wait till it was done!

Please don't forget to visit my Etsy Shop where you can browse and buy to your heart's delight!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

My Very Famous Bread-and-Butter Pudding

My Very Famous Bread and Butter Pudding - NOT for the faint - hearted!

6 Slices of white bread (pre-sliced)

Butter on the one side and smear Apricot Jam on the other side.

Use a greased oven proof dish and arrange the slices into layers.

Mix 600 ml full cream milk, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of sugar, pour over the bread and leave to stand for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius, bake (uncovered) for at least 2 hours.

Serve hot from the oven with very warm custard.

Enough to serve at least 6 people. And those left overs are perfect the next day or two heated in the microwave.