Posts by: Hazel

Here are days 5 & 6 of the 30 Day Drawing Challenge (go here to see the details). I’m now trying out Pencil Madness, which takes some getting used to, but gives some really cool effects – found through Jolene from Kitzbitz Art Glass who is joining in the challenge too!

Best friend:

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Favourite Book Character: This was was so much harder, since most of my favourite book characters wouldn’t look very exciting when drawn, so I just chose Anderson’s Little Mermaid (um, before she turned to sea foam…). She apparently uses bunches of bananas as her bra instead of seashells O_O

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So, this month I’m:

taking part in Camp NanNoWriMo, where I’ll be trying to reach 30,000 words by the end of April (3,000 down so far);

taking the free Gender Through Comic Books course;

trying to replenish my polymer clay bead stock.

So of course I decided I had to join in the 30 Day Drawing Challenge too, nabbed from Further Dispatches and The Blarg. Care to join me? I’m starting late, but it’s too fun not to try!

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Here are days 1-4, drawn in PS Elements *Edit, no they’re not, had to default to MS Paint :P * with a mouse (hence the craposity). Oh, and when it talks about favourites, I’m actually just going to draw something I like drawing, because choosing favourites makes me sad for the other things.

Me

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Um…elephant?

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Cake (vegan!)

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A random meadow

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I’m not actually this bad at drawing with a RL pen, I have to add: my suckitude is marginally less anyway.

 

This blog has had a little identity crisis for a few months – it’s technically a blog from Continuum Designs Beads, and yet sometimes I like to write about other topics completely different from jewellery. Ever since I moved my blog over to my site. I’ve felt wary of posting non-business related posts, but to be honest that’s meant a severe lack of updates here!

So here’s the deal – I will start posting about everything I love again, but I’ll make sure they’re tagged separately from the bead news. That way if there’s something you don’t agree with, or that you are bored by, you know to skip those entries :)

All that build-up now leads up to a lowly link-share – it’s adorable though, so I hope it’s worth it.

Written? Kitten! – a little online program that rewards you for writing. For everyone who needs motivation to finish a blog entry/article/college essay, this clever gadget will show you a kitten picture every time you complete a set number of words – who wouldn’t be motivated by that? :D

 

Happy New Year everyone!

Oh. It’s already the third week in January you say?

Happy third week of 2013 everyone!

 

Let’s see if I can bring this blog up to date.

 

In December, I made a *lot* of stock for a craft fair stall in Retford, which my parents very kindly ran. A lot of lampwork jewellery was featured, which was petrifying since my comfort zone is polymer clay, so I was very pleased to find out that pieces actually sold.  I realise this is common, nay, even expected at places where, you know, one offers goods for sale, yet nonethless it was very lovely news!

 

I also had a very limited amount of Chritsmas decorations in polymer clay for sale at Thorseby Art Gallery. They ran a commission-free space for artists to place their decorations for sale, so it’s not as though I got into a juried art show, but it still gave me a little thrill.

 

The latest of Beads and Beyond has a polymer clay tutorial by me in it, so if you’d like to see how bad I look in pictures, you can check out the Feb 2013  issue.

 

And now for a picspam of craft fair jewellery:

 

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And here’s cat who has no idea who he is, what’s happening to him, or why he’s here: I call him Bemused Cat.

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I was thrilled to see a picture of my strawberries used in a gorgeous bracelet today – the saga of the lost berries began in early August, but finally Monique of A Half-Baked Notion received her parcel of charms and was able to take part in my Summer Fruits challenge/giveaway.

 

You can take a look at the clever bracelet (and the very apt title) here:

http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.ca/2012/10/a-lingering-taste-of-summer.html

 

This is a short notice blog post (but that will give you less time to forget about it, right? :D )

On 12th October, a group of nutters who also happen to lampwork very well indeed (from this, you can guess that I am *not* one of them!) will be holding a BEADATHON. It’s in capital letters because you can’t be quiet about a BEADATHON, especially when it benefits the Beads of Courage program.

From approximately 7 pm of Friday the 12th October (that’s 2pm for those on EST) a full 24 hours will be devoted to lampworking, with participants aiming to keep the torch going all the way through. All beads made during the BEADATHON will be donated to  BOC.

If you’d like to donate, here’s a link: http://www.justgiving.com/24hrBeadathon

And if you’d like to watch the antics, you can go here and watch a live stream on the day: Live Channel

 

A few months ago, I signed up with Nina Designs, to be a blog partner: your name is put into a pool of bloggers, and you may get picked to get the chance to design with some of Nina Designs’ fabulous components. Since I can’t find them in the UK, but I’ve been drooling over them, I jumped at the chance when I was asked to participate in the latest round :D

 

On opening the (very exciting) parcel, I did a happy dance – lots of pretty bronze lovlies inside: a leafy pendant, beautiful little connectors, some delicate spacer beads, and some earrings findings (not used yet!). Then I had a moment of pause: they were warm, gold tones….and nothing in my stash matched that colour. But!

Mixed metal is one of my favourite styles, so I got out my antique copper findings, some deep amber lampwork beads, and the obligatory Czech glass, and got designing:

 

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In centre is the Marquis focal pendant: very lightweight, yet sturdy enough to hang beads on
Hanging from the pendant are dangles with Czech glass and Nina Designs beads.
And on each side of the necklace are some ‘Bubble’ connectors which are probably my favourite components!

 

The materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.

 

A special announcement about the Summer Fruits Blog Hop: eight people entered, and so…I decided everyone who entered gets some charms! (I just couldn’t leave anyone out).

Could everyone who posted a comment etc. e-mail me a name and mailing address at: continuumdesigns@googlemail.com  and ‘ll get the parcels posted out asap :D

 

 

Summer’s here in the UK (again…we had a false alarm in the beginning of June) and suddenly the sunlight has fallen on all the joys of a sunny British July. Ice lollies, wildflowers, lemonade*, little black insects that hop a ride on you when you’re outside and then invade your house.

And best of all, strawberries. Little sweet ones. Like these – remember them?

Strawberries - charms

Well, because Summer is finally here, I’m going to celebrate with my first giveaway-blog-hop-design-team-apalooza post. Five entrants will be picked at random to receive four of my strawberry charms (the sizes you receive will be randomly picked) set with antique copper findings. For free, yay!

So what do you have to do to enter? I’m so glad you asked (because otherwise I’d be talking to myself). Here are the rules:

1). Leave a comment here by the 31st July 2012. (This giveaway is open to all readers, regardless of location)

 

2). Post a link to this post to your blog/FB/Twitter/Pinterest account for an extra entry (one extra entry per link posted). If you do this, make sure to come back here and comment with a link so I can add your entry!

 

3). If you’re picked, post a picture with a description of what you did with the charms, and reveal it on the 20th August 2012 with a link to this post and the other entrants.

 

In case you couldn’t tell, this is my first time organizing one of these, so it will be an experiment for all of us. Let’s see how it goes!

 

*I only recently found out that in America, lemonade is not fizzy and clear like our lemonade, but pale yellow and flat. I always wondered how so Americans managed to make lemonade in their own homes, and I guess that explains it!

 

Inspired by Brandi’s post on her favourite WordPress plugins, I’m putting up some of the most helpful widgets and plugins I use, along with a quick explanation.

 

Blogger Importer

This is must-have if you’re moving from Blogger to WordPress. It carries everything across – comments, posts, categories and pictures – and means you can continues with your blog as though you’d never moved a single page.

 

Blogger Redirect

If you read any marketing or small-business blogs, you may have seen the phrase ‘link juice’ (yeah, sounds completely gross to me too but nevermind) which refers to all the links or backlinks you’ve amassed for your site. Moving your blog means that your ‘link juice’ (seriously, why not just call it ‘web phlegm’?) will be lost, because you’ll probably have a new site address. Blogger Redirect does what you’d expect – redirects all the links to your blog and its posts to your new site, and all you have to do is add a snippet of code to your Blogger template (warning – this means you’ll lose your Blogger settings, so make sure you’re finished with your old blog before doing this)

 

Comment Reply Widget (found on Brandi’s post first)

How often do you leave a comment on a blog, and never go back to see if there’s a reply? It’s one of the reasons I still prefer forums to blogs: a forum collects together all the different topics in one place, allowing you to return easily to a conversation. But this handy little widget means that if you leave a comment on a blog with this installed, you’ll get a notification as soon as your comment receives a reply – letting a chat continue, yay!

 
Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.