Saturday, December 29, 2012
My mom had this simple multistrand necklace, made of coral beads, bought a million years ago nobody remembers where. Last year I decided to destroy it since threads where getting yellow and the toggle was half rusty and not really safe...I wanted to make her a whole new necklace. So I started to make experiments but most techniques didn't work right, because these beads are so irregular...I got discouraged and left everything here while getting back to Milan. This summer I found the perfect way to use these beads, adding some sparkly rondelles, and made half the necklace; but I left it here again. After 4 months here I am home again and it's finished:
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Christmas is over and my hands are pretty grateful for that...I've been beading furiously for weeks and now I have one thing left to show you. Or should I say 5. I was asked to make 5 red earrings for five cousins, so they had to be different from one another, not too big, red and a bit sparkly. Unfortunately, caught in the "last minute rush", I didn't take pics of the last 2 pairs. One of them is a copy of my Confetti earrings and you can see here the other one...
Monday, December 24, 2012
Isn't it wonderful? There are still 10 year old kids so naive and sweet, they still believe in magic. And in Santa Claus. So some hours ago I agreed to play Santa for my uncle's nephew, who is still uncertain whether to believe in Santa or not.
I'm still MAKING gifts. With my own hands. Three days here and I've only managed to make custom orders and to be my parents' personal shopper...so here I am, this time crocheting, until the very last minute available. Last night I finished these simple necklaces
Saturday, December 22, 2012
When you have the right tools and supply, you can't help but making awesome creations. That's why it is so easy to invent incredible new items with Preciosa Ornela beads. The quality of their beads and their unique, innovative shapes make the beading experience a pleasure for both eyes and mind. I am particularly pleased with the two-hole PRECIOSA Twin™ seed beads, which offer a lot of new solutions to achieve original, wonderful results in your jewels; from the casual-style bracelet soccer ball to a sacred, delicate rosary. Preciosa Ornela also offers on its website a lot of free tutorials to help you stimulate your creativity and get some familiarity with new kind of beads you have never experienced before. How incredible is that? And, since perfection is not enough, this Czech company also takes responsability for their impact on the environment, reducing to a minimum any harm to water and air and scrupulously categorizing wastes. So I am definitely choosing Preciosa Ornela for my beadwork.
If you have always thought beadwork was only for women, get ready to be disappointed. This Christmas I made 2 nice gifts for a young man who is crazy for soccer and loves bracelets. The first is a simple keychain with a soccer ballPreciosa website or a peyote graph on etsy from Lost in Paradise shop. game-obsessed boy by Tarpan country style loving guy by Beadbound hidden rockstarby Thebeadedlily
Friday, December 21, 2012
I'm just arrived and already at work, so I feel pretty much like an elf working hard the last days before Christmashere.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
My consolation is that I'm leaving Milan tonight for Xmas holidays and going to my hometown, Brindisi - I'll arrive tomorrow morning with a night train, right on time to be with my family. And I'll be warmer, much warmer: average temperature in Milan is -2°C these days, in Brindisi is 10°C! Some days it will even be 16°C. Almost spring. Since the world might not really end, I'm still making presents and a really scented one right now: gingerbread cookies. For the first time I'll give jar mixes to make these delicious cookies that only recently (thanks to IKEA) are becoming popular in Italy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Some days ago my mom told me she would love to have a recipe journal, to eventually leave to us kids one day. I was striked by the fact that someone (even someone as computer savvy as her!) still feels the need to write down stuff on PAPER. It's somehow reassuring. On paper we can really set our deepest thoughts free, no need to be a professional illustrator to make some sketches of our ideas (ever seen drawings of the most famous fashion designers???you should!) Pins, favorite recipes, new ideas for tutorials. In the meantime I'm giving my parents journals for Christmas, Recipe for my mom and Travel for my dad, so they might consider spending less time on the internet and more quality time with paper.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Last day to vote on the Etsy Beadweavers Blog for our december challenge, Emotional Roller Coaster:
Friday, December 14, 2012
Tonight it started snowing, and it just stopped a few minutes ago. This is how piazza Duomo, Milan, looked this morning
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I've finally dedicated some time to PRECIOSA Twin™ beads. I found 2 patterns I'm love with. The first is a simple tutorial from Ewa to make beaded beads with PRECIOSA Twin™ beads, which I used in this bracelet Victoria Rumiantzeva PRECIOSA Twin™ beads and I'm so pleased on how they reflect the light! I'm in love with PRECIOSA Twin™ beads and can't wait to buy some more!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
If you're still wondering why buying and gifting beadweaved objects is better...the "Wow effect" is the answer. You will always have the "Wow effect" with something beaded. Beads are everywhere, but beadweaved object are not. Thousands of people can beadweave, but only few of them show it to the world on blogs or have online shops. Many of them make really big, complicated and expensive jewelry which are not affordable by anyone (even though EVERYBODY would dream about buying one!). Simple and original beaded objects are not that common. Finding an artisan who can make something personalized to give might be the best occasion to make a wonderful present spending less than you would ever think. An examples: My first sale ever on etsy was this turtle keychain.beaded dolls, that you can shape to look like the recipient (as I did with a swap partner) or a cartoon charachter.
Had a request for some purple and fuchsia Paika (by Mu Centperles), so here they are, although the purple beads look like brown with this lightred Bollywood confetti for sure, the other four...still searching for the right tutorial. I'm also making experiments with twin beads, so stay tuned for more Christmas gifts ideas!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Since my 29th Christmas is approaching, I can say I have experienced many different kinds of holidays. The years when you're still a kid and don't have to worry about making presents, because you are the center of the attention of the whole family; the excitement of waiting and wishing and shaking presents when no one is looking... The ones as a grown up, when you realize it's the 24th of december and most of your presents are still to be found and you really don't have the time or the right mood to think about it. The one when you have been working for a while, so let's share! A lot of presents for everybody and who cares about prices! The ones when you barely have enough money to buy a ticket to go home and spend Christmas with your family, and don't really know how to buy a single present. The one spent packing and saying goodbye before leaving a town, or just a house. The one when you have too many people you want to spend your time with and feel bad because you can't please everybody; the one when all of your friends are not coming home for Christmas and who knows when you're going to see them again. The ones when the whole family reunites and unwrapping presents lasts a couple of hours 'cause there are just too many people! The one when your family is falling to pieces and nobody knows, and you can't seem to find the right place to stay. So many different kinds of Christmas, but still it's exciting to pack a bag and go home, hug parents and grandmas, see how all of my cousins are growing up becoming adults (I still can't conceive some of them actually attend a university!)...a strange atmosphere, a bit nostalgic as the years go by, but also sweet and warm. Presents are one of the things that make Christmas special and esciting; both receiving and making them. It's so nice to receive something and realize you were in someone else's thoughts.
Handmade gifts are the best thing ever. Whenever I wear the scarves or socks my mom made, I can imagine her knitting and thinking about me, the cat looking at her with a resigned look in his eyes, the TV on and maybe something cooking in the oven. I still have some cards made with pencils and salt glued on Santa's beard, made from my roommates, and the memory of Pandoro eaten with hot tea and lots of laughs with mouth covered in icing sugar.
Sometimes the smallest present can cheer up a person more than you can imagine; it has to be made with love and nothing more. Maybe it's not what you were wishing to give; maybe it's not what you were expecting to receive; just remember the thought is actually what matters. The thought that in this crazy, frenetic life, someone has put aside all of his problems and has spent his time thinking about you, maybe making something with his own hands; and time is priceless.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Even if you know how to MAKE gorgeous jewelry, it doesn't mean you are willing to! It's nice sometimes to buy something ready. And different from beadwork.Some days ago I was hypnotized by some gorgeous, huge earrings. They were amazing and so sparkly, but too heavy, so I found another pair even more beautiful, but much lighter. But still, I thought: there's no way I can stand these on for more than 20 minutes! Beadweaved jewelry have a great quality: they might not be cheap sometimes, but they're (often) as light as a breeze even when they're big!
Friday, December 7, 2012
Lately I have rediscovered the pleasure of simple, plain peyote technique. After a couple of short bracelets, this time I made a longer one, to contain an important message
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I hate it when someone says it's difficult to buy me a present. I read. A lot. I love music. Can't live without it. I love stationery. Who doesn't?! I love tea. I knit. I bead. I sometimes do cross stitch. I'd love to try some new technique like metal stamping, beadwiring, or enameling. Or maybe just a book about them, so I can change my mind! And I've never hidden I like any of these things.I have wish lists on every website in my favourites, so it's pretty easy to take a sneek peek. So why is it so difficult? Maybe they don't realize that crafty people never have enough of their raw materials! Just buy me some craft supply!!!Here are some items from my wish lists. I'd love a new automatic pencil(EUR 2,40). I broke them all. Better if orange, or fuchsia. Or purple.bead mat. washi tape would be awesome!(price $2.77) Star Wars poster with ALL the charachters in it ($5.99). this Ravelry pattern to make polar bears.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
A couple of days ago I sold my FIGHT bracelet. I wanted to make another one but wasn't sure to have enough beads, so I changed the words and made a Hope bracelet:
The (in)famous necklace arrived safely to its destination on monday, so I feel enormously relieved! Yesterday I managed to finish a Christmas order making these last triangle earrings in black