Saturday 28 February 2009

The Vagina Monologues

If you ever get the chance to go and see this show, then do.

I went last night and it was superb! Not what I expected, I kind of expected a 'loose women' style chat on topical issues, but instead it was simply all about Vaginas. (Why did I not work that out? Not just a clever name!)

The cast was Sally Lindsay (Shelly in Coronation Street) Sue Holderness (Marlene in Only Fools) and Tina Gambe (She played a love interest of Martin Platt in Corrie, but I don't remember her)

Sue Holderness was amazing, I laughed until I cried, gasped at the rude words ;) and marvelled at how on the nail it all was.

Of course there were emotional bits, Tina read a Monologue about a woman in Africa being abused by Soldiers, you could have heard a pin drop in the theatre, I did wonder how they would bring the mood back around, but they managed it perfectly.

Brilliant through and through, I am booking again for June, different cast list, same script, but probably delivered differently so should be fun.

Distinct lack of men in the Theatre, I think I counted 3, all of whom were looking suitably embarrassed.

Next time I won't be drinking, I have a lovely throbbing hangover :(

Thursday 26 February 2009

Multi-Strand Seed Bead Necklaces

I don't usually take commisions, but this one sounded interesting. So working from a photograph from an American Show, a bloke asked me to make this cream version for his girlfriend for Valentines Day.
Brick Stitch ends and a beaded bead as a clasp, it has a whopping 30 strands of seed beads, each strand is 0.25mm longer than the previous.
It took around 6-7 hours to complete and it was sad to part with it after working on it for so long, so I thought I would make another in red and black. This time I used red Silver lined and red frosted seed beads, along with shiny black and matt black, with matt black ends. I also made the lengths slightly wider apart with 0.5mm inbetween, meaning this took even longer to make - I guess I should have used a bead spinner, but I like a challenge :)
They feel great on, heavy and swishy, and of course no metal parts to tarnish :)

Monday 23 February 2009

Playing with Silver Wire

Well, today I have been playing with silver wire, I just love the effect, they look like little cosmic swirls under that layer of clear glass.

I made 5 of the silver beads, but three of them have a golden effect, I seem to remember being told that you could fume the silver by holding them in the flame whilst heating up your clear rod, so I guess that's what I have done.
I decided that I quite liked the gold look, so I used it to make the purple ones. :)

Sunday 22 February 2009

Spotty Dotty Beads

Fresh from the kiln, and inspired by my class at Laura Sparlings, I was chuffed with these.
I think I might do a whole colour range in them.....well you know what they say, practise makes perfect!
I did do some black with black spots, but strangely they look...well...just black !
I don't get a huge amount of time on the torch, so after making the family roast lunch, I delegated the dish-washing duties and legged it down to the shop to fire up the torch, so hopefully tomorrow there will be some more beadies to flash off.

Teresa Laliberte Goddess Bead

You know when you bid on something on eBay...and you half want someone to outbit you as you can't really justify the pennies?
Well. that's what happened here. I have been after a Teresa Laliberte ( bead for ages, I was always outbid, but after a few glasses of red my limit suddenly upped itself and I found myself the winner.
"Yeeee", I thought, then "uh oh, hubby will kick my butt when he founds out what I have spent". Ahh well, don't tell him, little beads are easily hidden :)
Isn't she just lovely though?

Thursday 19 February 2009

My first Blog - 19th Feb 2009

Hello :)

I have been wondering for a while wether I would have anything interesting enough for people to read, so I could Blog. I still don't know if I have anything interesting, but I will chat away, possibly to myself, and see what happens. :)

A brief introduction - I am Sue, or Sooz, either works, but never Suzie if you don't mind ! Along with my husband Andrew we run a retail and online Bead shop called The Bead Shed. We also teach beading and basic Lampworking, and run an online Bead Forum

So...this week has been quite exciting, so what a better place to start a Blog !

I treated myself to a Lampworking Workshop with Laura Sparling ( so on Tuesday Andrew and I travelled nearly 300 miles from our home in Carlisle to Oxfordshire.
Stupidly I had double booked with a sales rep, who wanted to show/sell me some beads, so a last minute change had to be made, and on Tuesday evening at 11.00pm at night, we found ourselves in a business meeting, looking at a suitcase of beads in a Holiday Inn hotel room !
I feel an order coming on ;)
Wednesday morning, I trotted off for my class with Laura.....

Apart from the fact that Laura makes gorgeously strong black tea (which believe it or not, many people cannot manage) but she also makes a blooming good bead or two. I really enjoyed myself and am now itching to get to my torch tomorrow - but duty calls, and I have three days worth of orders to plough through before I can light up the lamp.
I have been making beads for a few years now, but I do not get to use the torch very often due to work pressures, and when I do I work way too hot, way too quick and with very little motivation. This class was just the thing to awake my inspiration, and if you are reading this Laura - Thank You :)
So, now I am back home in Carlisle, I do like this little City - clean, friendly, and easy to find your way around. Not hugely looking forward to going to work tomorrow, I had a quick glance at the emails and realised there will not be much time, if any, for making beads tomorrow!