Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Snowflakes and Sparkles... :)

Hello Bloggers!! :)

Well, it’s been sooo long since my last post that I am having major problems remembering how all this blogging malarkey works... but I’m back and want to wish you all a very Happy 2013 a tad belatedly- I hope it’s been good to you so far!! :)

Now, you may (or may not!!) have noticed that I’ve taken a bit of an unexpected break from Blogland over the last few months... I won’t go into it in too much detail but 2012 turned out to be a bit of a rollercoaster year for me- some additional health issues made for some very extreme lows but despite that, the few extreme highs actually left me feeling this has been one of my better years so I can’t complain too much... the health stuff has just taken a bit of adjusting to and something had to give- and unfortunately, along with a lot of other things, that was my little blog and, to a lesser extent, my crafting :( But I have still been creating, just at a slower pace and a little less of the papercrafts, and have been checking out your blogs when I have been able too... and since Xmas particularly, my blog has been calling to me so I am going to attempt to get back into it... I just don’t know how regularly I’ll manage to post for a while as I am very much still feeling my way in terms of what and how much I can manage and trying to find a better balance between the different things going on in my life... but let’s get on to the crafty stuff, eh!!lol

This year I didn’t make many Xmas cards- one of those rearranging priorities and being kinder to myself things!!- but I did make some gifts... and this little set of beaded snowflakes was one of them...

After being given one of these gorgeous decorations by a lovely friend a few years ago, I made some for friends and family but never got around to photographing them properly to share... so when I finally got this set made for some lovely friends (who visited me in the summer- one of the highs that helped turn my year around :D) I made sure to get some decent pics!! :)

They are pretty simple to make- just adding beads to a pre-bought wire snowflake form... I added the wire circles too, as I loved the effect of them on the one I was given, but you don’t even have to do that, just the six beaded spokes look lovely!! :)

The beads are Czech Firepolished Glass- Opal and Clear with an Aurora Borealis coating- with a few seed beads as spacers... and they are just beautiful when they catch the light!! :)

Which would be why I took so many pics and just couldn’t choose my favs... some things never change!!lol

Whew- well, I think I made it to the end of my first post!!lol Glad there was no big papercrafting supplies list to tackle this time though!! ;) Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did- I am so happy to be back in the wonderful land of blog!! :)

{{{ Ooops- knew that was too good to be true- I forgot all about challenges!!lol I’d like to enter my snowflakes in my lovely friend Elaine’s fabulous All Crafts Challenge  and to Inspire Me Fridays #91 }}}


sparklingblackrose said...

Stunning Rachel, honey if these are the standard of your work when you are taking it easy then you put us all to shame ;-) I adore these and thank you so much for joining my challenge, it's a pleasure to have you join in :-) Big cheers for your return to blogland! :-) big hugs, Elaine xxx

coops said...

wwo your snowflakes are really beautiful rachel.the beads and gems are so stunning :D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel, so lovely to see you back and with such stunning decorations too!

Hope to see more lovely creations soon.

MagsB said...

Welcome back, lovely! And thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I hope 2013 has loads of highs and no lows at all!

These snowflakes are just exquisite! Much nicer that the ones currently falling outside the window of my craft hovel!

Stay warm!

love Mags B x

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

These are just absolutely gorgeous Rachel - wow!! I bet the recipient loved them!! So sorry to hear you had a rocky 2012. I hope 2013 is much better for you and we get to see more posts!

Thanks so much for the really sweet comment left on my blog! I so appreciate it!!

Clare said...

Wow your snow flakes are so beautiful.


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