So here we are almost at the end of July, and I haven’t been updating my blog at all. It’s been such a busy month I’ve hardly had time to breathe, and as for housework, very little is getting done right now.
The reason is I’ve been working on the book. Following the planning meeting at the beginning of the month, I’ve been in contact with the publisher discussing and agreeing on colour schemes for the projects. I’ve had to match the suggested colours with beads available from suppliers. You wouldn’t believe what a headache that has been, some have one colour, some have another, and nobody does pearls or crystals in the same colour in 4mm, 6mm and 8mm, which two of the projects call for.
So I’ve put in orders with three suppliers, Stitchncraft, Robins Beads and Firemountain Gems. I’m still waiting for the Firemountain Gems order to be cleared by customs. According to their tracking it’s been in the country for nearly a week. So a customs tax bill will probably arrive first.
There are still some project colour schemes to be sorted out yet and a bead budget decided by the publisher, and I did get a bit of a slapped wrist for ordering beads, but if I don’t I won’t get the projects ready in time, I want to get on with it now.
And that where I am now, three projects completed, with made up stages ready for photos, instructions written, diagrams made, and ready to proof-read later on.
Oh and I also had to revise a project. I found a spookily similar design in a ring, and it was really too similar to mine, so I scrapped that, and have now designed a gorgeous lariat necklace with a rivoli pendant and elements from other projects in the book. It’s gorgeous, and will be the last one in the book, ending with a flourish. That’s all I can say about it.
Contract has been signed too, so it’s all sytems go apart from waiting to get the remaining beads.
I’ve got no projects to show you this time, but let’s go back to the beginning. This is my first every tutorial, and it’s still selling like hotcakes, a big favourite. My Star Flower Pendant. Made with a 14mm rivoli and SuperDuos, it’s still one of my favourite pieces and it’s the one that started me on the road to a new career at my time of life!
So here we are again after a record-breaking hot week. For me a little too hot and humid, but we began Saturday with a massive electrical storm in the early hours. How I wish I had the camera to take some pictures of the lightning, it was spectacular!
We’re in July now which is another step toward Christmas, and I have these stunning poinsettia earrings which are just right for the occasion. Made using brick stitch, with a fire polished crystal bead in the middle, they don’t take too long to make up, and you have lots of time to make everyone a pair.
I have a book planning meeting in London tomorrow, which I’m looking forward to. Meeting everyone again, planning the book, talking about colour schemes and lots of other details, and of course all the legal stuff, contracts etc. I’m all packed and ready to go, with samples of the projects included, and half of my stash of SuperDuos to show the colours to help everyone decide.
This last week I have spent beading like a mad thing, getting samples ready. Some of them hadn’t even made it off the paper, but they’ve worked really well, especially one bangle which I had doubts about. Now I’m so pleased with it I can’t wait to show it. I’ve felt like I couldn’t do anything wrong this week!
Anyway, enough rambling from me, more to report once I’m back from the meeting, and I find out if some of the patterns I pulled from the book can now be released as tutorials.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.