Saturday, 26 April 2008


At last I feel like my time is once again my own, the exam that I've been spending all my time studying for for the last month was on Thursday, and I think it went OK. I've got a couple of months to wait until I find out how I did, I feel like I'm 17 again waiting for my A-level results - I've even been dreaming about the management models I've been studying - I can't wait for my brain to shift down a gear!

For the most part I've been very good and haven't picked up my beads for the last couple of weeks, except for taking a little bit of time out last weekend to make this bracelet. I had four of these lovely Amazonite with Black Tourmaline beads left, and when I saw these freshwater pearls online I thought they would be the perfect accompaniment.

I can't wait to get back to some serious beading again, I took advantage of the fact that it was Payday yesterday (Caroline knows us so well...) and bought a couple of new sets of lampwork beads too. My beads from Caroline (faux boro - really lovely ;) arrived today - I'm really impressed with the turnaround time and the Royal Mail. I have a second set coming from Izzy next week too, my first from her in a while so I'm excited. Of course I still have a stash of little sets that I haven't done anything with just yet, although I have ideas... I'm waiting for some new wire and crimps to come, and then I can really get going.

Just today I've registered with Etsy and set up a shop. I haven't put anything in it yet, but I think this bracelet may be the first item. It seems like Etsy is a good opportunity to reach a wider audience so I've taken the lead of some of you guys who are there already. Wish me luck! Hopefully I'll be back soon with more...


Jewellery Craft said...

So, you can put your feet up and relax now hey, does that mean we get to see a whole lot more of your fab jewellery?

This is a gorgeous bracelet1


Jewellery Craft said...

jcPS............. Good luck with the Etsy, its good news!! Set my Etsy months ago but lazy moo that I am have done nothing with it!!!!!!!!!!

Crafted Gems said...

Was it people's payday on friday, i hadn't realised, lol lol lol

and i'm so glad you like them ;-)

Nia said...

Lovely bracelet Ali, such an unusual stone. Good luck with Etsy!

Catherine said...

Really nice to see you on Etsy Ali! Hope it's really successful for you!!

What a relief your exams are over and now you can get down to some more beading. I can't wait to see what you come up with!! :o)

Gemheaven said...

Why can I not see the pic :'( is it the one on Flickr

Good luck on Etsy of course you are hearted ♥


Ali P said...

Hi everyone,
Thanks for your lovely comments, I hope to get on with some more jewellery this weekend, so should have some more pics soon.
Not sure what happened to the photo - I've uploaded it again - it is the same as the latest bracelet I have on Flickr.
Thanks for the heart on Etsy, Jo. I need to get the link properly sorted out this weekend too...

Maz Simpson said...

I love this bracelet! I have some beads like this too, in rectangles and squares - I never realised there was black tourmaline in them. I learned something new today!
Maz :)