My first beading project



The sun is shining (kind of), and I am happy to present you my first, self directed, crafty project.

As I promised, this will be my  crafty year so I am trying to find new ways to be crafty!

A few weeks ago I got interested by the idea of repurposing old necklaces with maybe an old look into something different.

This would not only let me save money, by preventing me from buying new necklaces, but would also let me save my old jewellery from a very boring life in the drawer

Now, as I have never done anything beads related I decided to dedicate my first attempt to a very cheap necklace I got from a street market in Salerno (Italy). The metal wire was bended and I didn’t like the look anymore.

I cut the wire and took all the beads out and tread them with an elastic transparent wire, this way I would be able to wear it in different styles, also this is one of the easier  beading technique, so it was a win-win situation.

I realise this is not probably the best good looking necklace around, but it gave me a good idea of what could be achieved with some spare time and a beading needle.

If you have done this before, I will be glad to ear some tips from someone who already mastered this art.

The interesting part is that I can take my beading box to the park and work on it on my pic-nic blanket! Isn’t that great?

Ok, now, if the sun would do me a favour and show up…



My Crafty 2013

Lavender bouquet

This year I decided I will go “crafty”, I know I am a bit late for new year resolution, but is better later than never, so here I am. There is now a lot of talking about recycling, upcycling and all these stuff, and I am really starting to get into it.

I have done some crafty things in the past, but I have never considered any option for reusing old materials.

Now, just to get slowly into the idea of making things, I decided to start with a very simple project, and then giving it to someone else to actually make it. I know, this shouldn’t count has my project but hey, I have to start somewhere.

The idea first came when I bought a nice lavander bouquet at the Twickenham Farmer’s Market.
I decided to hang the bunch upside down to dry the flowers and later putting them in some cotton bags.

The drying part was quite easy, the problem is my sewing skills are a Zero minus so I outsourced this part to my mum, who happens to own a sewing machine and being more skilled that me.

I asked her to use some trimming instead of buying some fabric just for this purpose.
I am very please with the result and I am using this little lavender bags to give my drawers and clothes a nice smell (plus it keeps moths away).

I am now thinking of trying to grow some lavender myself, and this might very well be my next project, who knows?

Lavender bags

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