Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

One day recently I decided to pick up my beading kit again. It’s been some time since I made something, even longer since I learned a new craft! I’ve been wanting to learn how to do bead netting for a while, and with some time energy to spare I busted out the seed beads. This is what happened:

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous Red Heart bead stitched choker necklace

Gorgeous! I am so please with the results. Of course, it’s only triggered a new flow of ideas to try!

What’s more, I’ve decided I’ll be adding this one to my Etsy shop. There’s only so much handmade jewellery one girl can have – so it’s time to share the love and make some of my best creations available for sale.

You can see and purchase this necklace on my Etsy store, Pins and Patience, right here!

Stay excited!


A creativity flare brings new projects – and products!

It’s a wonderful feeling to be getting creative again! That means I pulled out my old beading tools… it has been a while indeed!

I find myself with a lot of time on my hands these days to heal and reflect, which is bittersweet as I’m often not one to have a lot of time on my hands on account of I like being busy. Call me a creature of habit, but I did just that – got myself busy.

That means I’ve finally got something to show you after months and months of silence! Oh how fickle life can be. Anyways, there’s a bonus this time… I’ve decided to actually sell some of my creations! Yep, every thing I’m showing off in this post: I made it and I’m selling it in my brand new Etsy store!

Enough of that, here’s the juicy bits: click on the pic to see the listing on Etsy.

I fell in love with these blue glass crystals and had to make something a bit fancy with them and some Swarovski crystals I already had…

Glass bead and crystal necklace with pearl Swarovski crystals
Glass bead and crystal necklace with pearl Swarovski crystals

And then was obliged to make some coordinating earrings:

Vintage pearl and blue crystal earrings
Vintage pearl and blue crystal earrings

I realised I hadn’t made much using gold yet, so I gave it a go and was quite pleased:

Glass bead and gold chain necklace
Glass bead and gold chain necklace

And this one I just wanted some matchy-matchy fun with copper findings and the copper sparkle in the glass beads. I made matching earrings for this one too! I will list those soon…

Copper glass bead necklace
Copper glass bead necklace

Then I got stuck into the feathers. But the feathers, thankfully,ย did not get stuck on me.

Lilac diamante and feather brooch or hair clip
Lilac diamante and feather brooch or hair clip
Feather and Filigree Hair Barrette Clip Turquoise and Blue
Feather and Filigree Hair Barrette Clip Turquoise and Blue
Crystal beaded feather hair barrette clip with seashells
Crystal beaded feather hair barrette clip with seashells

And lastly I made a gorgeous hair barrette from some New Zealand paua seashells I bought on our holiday there some time ago:

New Zealand Pฤua Shell Hair Barrettes Clip with 4 shell chips
New Zealand Pฤua Shell Hair Barrettes Clip with 4 shell chips

So after all this time, I’ve finally made a crafty post instead of just talking about it! How does it feel? Feels like I’m needing to write quite a few more… but first, a nap! Like my cats.

Yeah, I still got it. Stay happy!

Happy Jewellery Necklace Time

A few weeks ago on a weekend drive we stopped in one of our favourite spots for a spot of shopping. (Hehe).

I saw a few beads I liked and the above photo contains none of them.

How it rolls is I cleaned and re-setup my crafty space. It was so clean and organised – and there’s not much more tempting than a clean and organised crafty space. So out came my beads!

On top of everything was a pair of half finished earrings – which I promptly completed! I think these are my new favourites… ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I moved onto my new beads:

Felt balls! I’ve loved this trend for a while, but hadn’t worked out how to make it work for me. And then inspiration hit in the above form.

Next were these lovely porcelain beads which I mixed with some I spacers already had. The necklace weighs a tonne but it is lovely to look at.

I call it my Dragon Garden Necklace.

Stay creative!

Another joyful stash discovery!

I found a box in my cupboard on the weekend, and thinking it contained some wool I started going through it. Well, it did contain some wool, but it also had some fabric pieces and another jar of beads from my great grandmother!

This was a happy discovery. Now I have two little old jars (read about the other here) with something to try, this may help me hurry up and get back to beading!

This one contains mostly clear seed beads with the old metal looking one.

It also has some plastic beads and some of my great grandmother’s WIPs in it..

And a glass button! I can just see this acting as a clasp on a necklace. Finally, here are Nana’s pieces she had worked on:

The stitched piece looks to be exactly the same method as the white beads, I think she must have liked this style. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, the question still remains as to when I’ll get back to beading!

Stay creative ๐Ÿ™‚

Morganisation: My Beading/Jewellery Making Stash Part 1

In my Sewing Stash post, I gave a not very revealing sneak peak into my beading stash. And today I continue the illusion that my junk piles are actually worth reading about by offering the preview of the current state of my work-in-progress tray:

Ah yes, other people’s mess. The glorious thing about the internet is if you’re not interested, somebody else is, and this is wonderful news for people who like to ramble and wonder out loud like me.

Some of my work-in-progress tray is stuff from sewing mending jobs Sweetheart threw on there when he cleaned up the lounge room. There are in fact three projects here: One plastic pearl and Swarovski crystal stitching experiment hiding under the paper bag, and two necklace re-fashion jobs I need to start. Both the necklaces were given as gifts to a people and that people has asked me to turn them into something she would actually wear.

And idea I have, alas, at the moment time I do not. So they sit in the tray untill the time comes I can put a few consecutive hours together. Which will hopefully be this week.

Stay tuned for more Beading Stash Goodness next week!


Crafty Archive: Results from my Beading Binge #6

More Beading Binge Bliss!

โ†‘ I remember the creative process on this one, I was feeling Goth-y, and I liked the big bead. So I made the top bar. Then I just kept putting matching things together until I had something I liked! I had a lot of fun with this piece but I do recall it taking a longer time that most of my others ๐Ÿ™‚

โ†‘ Another favorite!! The charm was actually from an older pair of favourite earrings, you can see the black coating has started to come off in parts. The earring hooks were in a much worse state, and while I could have just replaced them, it was more fun to create something new. I still have the other earring, it’s waiting in my bead box for the right moment!

See my other Beading Binge posts:

Happy creating! ๐Ÿ™‚

Crafty Archive: Results from my Beading Binge #5

โ†‘ A favourite, versatile piece: I’ve also worn this as a ‘waist-lace’ while wearing my corset.

โ†‘ Another favourite! However, this one is fairly delicate and is on my re-make list when I get sturdier chains and findings.

See my other Beading Binge posts:

Happy creating! ๐Ÿ™‚

Crafty Archive: Results from my Beading Binge #4

Another installment of… Beading Binge!

โ†‘ย Another piece I love that gets lots of wear ๐Ÿ™‚

โ†‘ย My idea for this one evolved… in my head it’s now a Art piece and I want to get started on it with better quality findings!!

โ†‘ย This one gets worn a bit to, I didn’t expect that when I made it!

See my other Beading Binge posts:

Happy creating! ๐Ÿ™‚

SSS’11 Day 3 & 4: Crocheted Scarf and a Me-Made Necklace

More gorgeous Spring weather this weekend! I found it somewhat difficult to adjust on Saturday and ended up wearing to many clothes, so my Me-Made scarf spent most of the day in my bag. Look how lovely the day was:

Canberra is most beautiful when the seasons are changing and these trees are everywhere. If you look hard you can see my scarf! But here’s a closer shot:

I crocheted this from a simple pattern when I was first learning from some lovely natural coloured alpaca wool I picked at a market one weekend.ย My hat was also a bit of a DIY, if you can say that – I tied a piece of lace around the top and added the clip… ๐Ÿ™‚

In the afternoon, Sweetheart wanted to go for a drive in the country again. On route, I wanted to take a few shots of my scarf in an arty way, so we pulled over and arranged it on a barbed wire fence!

I only got two shots before a highway patrol car drove past us very slowly… But I think they were more amused than anything ๐Ÿ™‚

On Sunday, I got to start a new beading project (more creative compulsion) before Sweetheart wanted to go on a Father’s Day drive so our cat would buy him a present. I don’t object to this, because it means Felix buys me a present on Mother’s Day. He’s a very considerate cat.

Again I decided to throw on something simple and this time combined one of my Me-Made necklaces with a few other store-bought ones ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this colour combination. Can you tell which one I made?

Stay creative!


Crafty Archive: Results from my Beading Binge #3

More Beading Binge Inspiration!

โ†‘ย This I made from a tutorial in an old issue of Gothic Beauty, one of my favourite magazines!

โ†‘ย About six months after making this, I saw a few versions in various shops, including Mimco! Is my sixth sense my fashion sense?!

See my other Beading Binge posts:

Happy creating! ๐Ÿ™‚