Friday, 21 June 2013


5th July 2012 is the day I started my blog. And I made it my aim to get to 10,000 views by my first anniversary. To do this I was determined to make lots of interesting posts that people would want to come back and read.

I'm not sure if I have been all that interesting... but I have come back from a week camping and I'm so happy to say that we have broken the 10,000 page views. You, dear lovely reader, have made a very smiley Michael, and for that I thank you very very much!

Now... What do I buy to celebrate? :D

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Very special Hand Models.

This next post was going to be spread out, like the week where I got Nic to choose beads at random and then made a bracelet at the end of the week; but this is my 50th post, and very late, and the creations are just too brilliant to make you wait!

It was a lovely sunny day in Birmingham and with my newly packed out Trollbead Stacking Case (more on that to follow) Grace, my younger sister, and Joe, my younger brother were let loose with my whole collection! With only one brief moment of panic when some beads fell off the end of a bracelet it was really interesting to see what kind of things they would create.

I was intending to blog over a number of days about 3 or 4 beads that they had chosen and then show the bracelet they created with them. So here are the beads Grace chose:

Royal Orange, Beach, Green/Brown Jasper and Cool Dusk make up the glass beads, and a cheeky Non-Troll silver turtle made the cut.

Here is how she put them together:
 A very bright, sunny bracelet! Green/Brown Jasper, Amazonite, Cool Dusk, Green Rainbow, Italy World Tour Spaghetti, Unique, Turtle, Unique, Honey Dawn, Royal Orange and Beach!
This is a glass heavy bead, which I was expecting as Grace loves all things colourful! but I think the eclectic mix was a bit of a surprise. I really like it though!
A better view of the precious stones on the end.

Joe struggled to just choose 4 beads so he just made up a bracelet!
Working on a red/blue theme. He has gone with Unique, Libra and Sagittarius, Blue Bud, Rolling Wave, US World Tour Bead, Bee on Hive, Malawi Unique, Tower, Scarlet Bud, Dice and Whitecap.

The bracelet again, in reverse, using the lid of my case as a background. Joe is clearly a boy after my own heart with lots of bright red and (always a hint of blue) His creation is more even than Graces with an alternating combo.

It seems that Grace had enough time to make up another quick combo. And this I adore!! It's really rich without colour without being over the top. It also has a lot of Precious stones in it, which I love!

(L-R) Red Tigers Eye, Tormulated Quartz, Agate Dendritic, Amazonite, Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Horse, Feather, Angles Tip, Cool Dusk, Silver Trace - Gold, Inner Glow, Milky Way, Christmas Tinsel (2011)

I hope you have enjoyed this very special 50th Blog Post!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

A mini post on the move

Nic and I are currently on the way to celebrate his mum's Birthday with a tea party (I'm hoping for Pimms) and I have made up a bracelet to match my outfit! I've tried this in the past and its not worked out quite as well as this one. I was so happy with the result I thought I should have an impromptu blog post!

I like the lopsidedness of the silvers on opposite sides, they were chosen on a whim, but the glass beads where chosen for their colour.

The Brown beads are a Red Jasper from 2011 Limited Edition Gemstones. A convention Jasper from the first UK Trollbead convention and a Red Tigers Eye. I only realised they were all gemstones once they were on, but I love the organic Brown colour they give.

The green beads are all glass. Christmas in Australia has browns in it too, so that works well. Kimono bead is the exact shade of my polo shirt and has a bird on it (my shirt has flying geese) and turquoise feather finishes this bracelet.

After a discussion with Mars, over at Curling Stones, expect a few on posts on the fly, like this!