I've been busily making jewellery this week, so my creative space has been full of beads, buttons and beautiful findings. (Please check out the Bead & Button Bracelet Tutorial I did yesterday!)
There is nothing which makes my heart skip a beat in quite the same way as the completion of a piece of jewellery - and I've finally finished a beaded bracelet that has been on my 'crafty to-do list' since the end of last year. In all fairness, the winter light has made it very difficult to work with such teeny, tiny seed beads but now that the spring sunshine is filling my house with golden sunlight, I have no such excuses!
The bracelet is a beautiful combination of iridescent seed beads and small crystals, worked in a netting stitch, with two 'cord tangling' needles! I honestly don't know where I find the patience. I certainly don't display such fortitude when I'm cleaning the house! However, the bracelet is a pattern chosen by my lovely friend Cheryl and, since she's been quite ill recently, I thought I'd get on with it and make a little something to help cheer her up. We had quite the conversation earlier in the week while she tried to measure her wrist whilst still on the telephone.
As it's a while since Cheryl's seen the pattern, I'm not 'revealing' the finished bracelet. I'm hoping that she's forgotten what it looks like (it has been long enough, after all) and that it will still be a little bit of a surprise when she sees it. Though I do have another little something up my sleeve. No telling!