Thursday, 5 February 2015

I've moved!

I've been missing on here for a few weeks now and that's because I have moved home! It's taken me a while to get to grips with working on a new blogging platform but I am getting used to it. I have my very own domain name and a flashy new site design and logo. Please do head over there and pay me a visit. Hopefully you'll like it so much that you become a regular visitor!

If you follow me on bloglovin, would you be so kind as to follow me on my new site, or you'll miss all of my new posts.

I have loved learning about blogging on blogger and I am looking forward to bringing my acquired skills from here and building on them over on my new site.

Lastly, thanks for reading and please do stay with me over at my new place.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Jewellery DIY - Bright Bead and Chain Necklace

So here is my latest DIY tutorial guide. This is a necklace that was commissioned as a Christmas gift by a friend of mine to go with some earrings I had made.

Here's what you need:

Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers and cutters.
Silver chain 
Silver tiger tail or multi-strand coated wire
3 silver jump rings
2 silver crimp beads
54 size 8 seed beads
4 x 4mm faceted czech glass beads
4 x 8mm faceted czech glass beads
Once focal bead - mine is a 14mm czech glass coin snail bead

Here's what you do:

  1. Cut 2 lengths of chain using jewellery snippers, each measuring 11cm.
  2. Cut a length of tiger tail approximately 25cm or 10 inches long. Thread the end of the tiger tail through the last link of the chain and bend back on itself. Thread a crimp bead on to the tiger tail to cover both parts, once it is right next to the chain squash using flat nose pliers.
  3. Thread all beads on to the tiger tail so that the pattern is symmetrical.
  4. Thread on a crimp bead and then the end of the other piece of chain.
  5. Double back the tiger tail and thread it back through the crimp bead and a few of the seed beads.
  6. Carefully pull the tiger tail tight but make sure you don't over tighten it as this will buckle your necklace. Squash the crimp bead with flat nose pliers. Trim the excess tiger tail with scissors.
  7. Add two jump rings to one end of the chain using flat nose and round nose pliers.
  8. Add the lobster clasp with a jump ring to the other end using flat nose and round nose pliers.
  9. You're done!

This guide can also be found on - if you like it, head over to guide central and 'like' it as I earn a little bit of money for every like I get.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

How to Make Some Extra Cash Using your Creativity

First of all let me say that I find being a stay at home mum the most rewarding job but that doesn't mean that I don't miss contributing to our household income, there is something extremely satisfying about bringing in your own money. I have spent the last 6 months looking into various ways that I can use my creativity to try and bring in a little extra cash. This is not going to make you mega bucks - I've only covered some of my material costs (I spend a lot on materials - I'm addicted!) but every little helps. First of all I will mention a couple of routes I have gone down over that last two years that did not work for me.

I make no money from blogging

I read many blogs that have tips on how to increase your reader numbers exponentially in order to profit from your blog but it takes a lot of hard work and time. You may have noticed from this blog that I am no regular blogger, I want to create quality content and I just don't have the time to do this on a regular basis and take my son to playgroups, do housework etc. I could forgo sleep, but I need my sleep!

I make no money from Etsy

I have had 2 Etsy shops over the last 3 - 4 years, my first etsy shop was before my son was born when I had a lot more time to put into marketing. I sold 4 items. I opened my second shop since my son was born and put into practice all of the things I had learned from my first shop and managed to sell 2 items. I am currently winding down my Etsy shop as I am spending more on listing items than I have made in sales and that's without taking the cost of my materials into consideration. I think Etsy is such a big animal now it's hard to stand out, again unless you have a lot of time to spend on marketing yourself.

Now here is what has worked for me!

Guide Central

I first found out about Guide Central when they invited me to a breakfast in Dublin where a few of us makers could share some of our skills with other crafty like minded people. Unfortunately by then I had moved back to the UK from Ireland where Guide Central is based so I couldn't attend. I did however go on to the Guide Central website to see what the site was all about. If you apply to their maker program and are accepted they pay you $7 for every guide they publish. On top of this, for every like you get on a guide they pay you 5c, so if your guide is popular you can make even more money from it. Creating these guides has also given me the base for a lot more DIY tutorials on my blog. Guide Central is still quite new and I am sure they have plans to develop it further. So, if you are always making things - take some photos of the steps and apply to the maker program and at least you can make a bit of money out of your project even if you don't sell it. Here is my guide central profile if you want to investigate further or even follow me!

Craft Fairs

This is where I have made most of my money this year and I only attended one fair before Christmas. I dropped my prices substantially from what I was charging on Etsy as I knew I didn't have to deal with fees and shipping and I had a lot of stock I wanted to shift. I had done fairs before and sold nothing so I was surprised at how much I sold. It was an event with lots of local mums a month before Christmas. It was also a good way to get word out there to other mums that I make jewellery as I am not very good at selling myself! 

Encourage Commissions

I made it clear at the craft fair that I would be happy to make items on request. I had requests from a few people to make make a necklace to go with a pair of earrings, or a piece in a particular colour. Sets are something I think I will develop further as this is a popular gift option and you can charge a higher price point. I made about 50% of what I made at the craft fair on additional commissions after the event.

So, these are my ways of making a bit of extra cash using my hobby, I am always looking for new options and have just listed a couple of items on handmake me so I may report back on that once I have been listed on the site for a few months. Do you have any other tips that have worked for you? I'd love to hear about them! Happy Crafting.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas DIY - Nordic Style Felt Decoration

Today I have another decoration DIY to share with you. I did make a lot of our decorations this year to fill our giant tree! This is really simple if you have a tapestry needle, I didn't which made it a little harder! Here's what you need:

  • Felt in colour of your choice
  • Yarn or twine
  • Wooden bead
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry or Embroidery needle
Here's what you do:
  • Cut strips of felt
  • Half the length if they are a bit long when placed next to your bead - they should be about twice the length of your bead width
  • Take a length of twine about 30cm long
  • Create a loop at one end for hanging and tie a knot
  • Thread on your bead
  • Thread on all of your strips of felt
  • Tie a knot after the last strip of felt
  • Trim the excess twine
  • Fan the felt so your decoration is more ball shaped
That's it - you're done!

This guide can also be found on

This will probably be my last post before Christmas as my Mother in Law is visiting over the festive season so have a happy holiday.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas DIY - Gold Edged Clay Christmas Decorations

Disclosure: Links to materials include affiliate links.

This weekend we are going to the forrest to buy our Christmas tree. It's what we used to do when I was a child and it's the first year that our new family of three are embracing the tradition since we moved back to Scotland last year. I am a bit concerned the tree will look a little bare as I have not yet built up a large collection of decorations. My solution, as it is for a lot of things is to make some. These are so simple to make, the hardest part is painting the gold edge! 

Here's what you need:
Here's what your do:
  • Take some polymer clay and work it so it is pliable, protect your work surface with a material like greaseproof paper.
  • Roll out the clay using a rolling pin so that it is 4 - 5mm thick.
  • Cut out shapes using Christmas cookie cutters.
  • Pierce a hole for hanging the decoration using a skewer. You can firm the clay up a bit before doing this by placing the decorations in the fridge.
  • Bake according to the clay manufacturers instructions.
  • Once cool, sand any rough edges.
  • Paint the edges using gold acrylic paint. Keep a wet cloth to hand to wipe off any excess paint if you go over the edge. Repeat for a few coats until you are happy with the finish.
  • Once dry thread with red ribbon or suede cord and tie a knot at the end of the cord to create a loop.
I think these will look great on our tree as we have quite a few Scandinavian style decorations and gold decorations and these should hopefully tie the two together.

This DIY can also be found on Guide Central.

Do you like to make your own Christmas decorations or do you prefer to buy?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Jewellery DIY - Long Abstract Necklace

I have made a number of these abstract necklaces in various colours and lengths. I really love them and think they look quite expensive. They take a while to make but are worth the effort.

The materials and tools are as follows:

Tiger tail
2 crimp beads
Decorative connector of your choice
Bead selection, I used seed beads, bugle beads and small faceted Czech glass beads.
Flat nose pliers

Here's what you do:
  • Cut a 90cm length of tiger tail, scissors will cut through this easily.
  • Thread on a crimp bead. 
  • Thread through one end of the connector and then double back through crimp bead.
  • Make sure the crimp is as close to the connector as possible whilst still allowing movement and squash the crimp using flat nose pliers.
  • Thread on your beads in a pattern of your choice making sure you conceal the end of the wire.
  • One you have beaded approx 75cm of the wire thread on a crimp bead.
  • Thread through the second end of the connector.
  • Double back through the crimp and a few of the beads on the end of your necklace.
  • Pull the wire so the crimp is as close to the connector as possible whilst still allowing movement. This is the most fiddly part of the project so take your time. Once pulled tight squash the crimp bead using flat nose pliers.
  • Trim the excess wire with scissors as close to the beading as possible and tuck any excess into the beads.
That's it, there are endless possibilities for colour and design combinations for this necklace

This DIY can also be found on Guide Central.

What do you think? If you do make a necklace using this tutorial make sure you share it with me on instagram or facebook by tagging @beadbash.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Foam Board Bracelet Display DIY

So, my last post was about the success of the Christmas Fayre I was at last weekend. Today I want to share with you a DIY of how I made the bracelet display.

It's made from foam board so all you need is:

A3 Sheet of foam board
Craft knife
Multipurpose glue like UHU
A circular template that is roughly wrist sized - I used a vitamin container.

  • Measure and cut a 10cm length of the A3 sheet of foam board using your craft knife and ruler. 
  • Draw around your template and cut out 5 circles in the the foam board using the craft knife again. 
  • Measure the length of the base and divide by 6, making a light mark in the middle at each division. 
  • Place the circles using the pencil marks as a guide for the centre of each disc and then mark with your pencil at points around the outside to use as a guide when you stick them down. 
  • Glue one side of the circles and place along the board using your guides.
  • Allow to dry and then place on your bracelets
Simple and light weight for taking to craft fairs!

This DIY can also be found on Guide Central.

Do you have any easy cheap DIY displays ideas you would like to share, I love clever ideas that don't cost a lot to achieve.

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