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Mands Mutterings - life, jewellery making and polymer clay

Monday, 22 November 2010

Bead beads beads

Oh man how I love to sand and gloss beads!!!! but dont they look pretty!!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Bangles Galore!!

Evening all, how was your weekend??
Ive been busy this weekend making a custom order for a tiger bangle and some planet buttons.

As you can see the tiger bangle was great, shown here without any gloss. The planet buttons however are a different story!! Nevermind I did manage to make Mercury and they look amazing!! OOPS forgot to take a pic before I shipped them .....doh!!!

You can request a custom order at Coast By MandsCreations or purchase bangles and beads ready for the taking.

Goodnight all sweet dreams <3

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Morning all

So Im just getting started again with my polymer clay and keeping myself out of mischief and my pasta machine has broke :( oh man!! I hate rolling it out!! good job Santy is on his way soon - wonder if the kids get me one :p. Hopefully I wont have to be hand rolling for long.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Etsy store now open

My Etsy store is now up and running, although just ran out of time tonight to list everything, enjoy browsing.

Long Time No See!

Evening everyone, whats been happening while Ive been away? Have I missed much?

Ive spent the last 10 months studying Cisco networking, an exam every 6-8 weeks, essays and tests made it quite a hectic and demanding time. I'm now back and cant wait to get the clay out!!! I'm in the process of opening up my Etsy shop and will keep you guys posted on the progress.

Wow, spare time where have you been Ive missed you so.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Oh is it over yet?

Its been a pretty hectics few weeks..not sure if hectic is the right word for a run of bad luck?

It all started with the laptop charger breaking on the very first day of my online course for the CCNA exam, not a good start but never mind its early days. So I ordered a charger from Ebay £6 what a bargain!! took a fair few days to come as I ordered on a friday but hey ho, it arrived and all was great made plans to get caught up and continue with the SHAK website redesign.

I got 2 days out of my laptop before the hdd failed, and its unrepairable!!! great so a t the moment I have a lend of a laptop from family, just as well. I was also going to redo all of the photos in my folksy shop but thats on hold too.
Ive spent the last week and a half desperately trying to get caught up with study while I was off work with Swine Flu....lucky me, I'm still trying to get caught up another 2 weeks should do it hopefully. Any way Ive lost everything from the laptop luckily I had emiled the website design so I have that...phew that was lucky Ive put alot of work into it!

The most annoying thing ever is that the laptop was literally just out of guarantee!!!!! and only 1yr old..grrrrrrrrrrrrr

I have an old tower that is being repaired as we speak and that should see me through until I ve saved up enough money to get my dream laptop.

Moan over and feel much better for venting....................Thanks x

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Heres to 2010!!

This year is going to be great! I can feel it, and probably my busiest so far.

I am signing up for 'The Race for Life' - Among all of the usual worthy reasons to do with family and so on I myself found a lump in my breast around the same time as my 30th birthday!! so off I popped to the docs (expecting to be told its a cyst or fatty tissue) the doctor then found lumps in my other breast and referred me to the hospital of my choice for a biopsy.

As you may well suspect I fell apart, my mind played games and my thoughts just ran away with my emotions, I cried at the Chelsea Flower show on tv just thinking that I happen to like flowers..alot!..and my enjoyment of such things could be taken away if the worst was to happen, feeling this way about flowers was one thing but when I looked at my chidrens faces everyday and remembering all the times we shared just left me sobbing with a feeling of angels banging inside my chest. You really do realise all that is good in life even when things seem soo wrong.

In my quest for more information I stumbled upon the Breast Cancer Care Forums where I read post after post about women who have BC, daughters whos' mums have BC and soul after soul whos life is affected by breast cancer in one way or another. I cried at many of the conversations that were happening not just because of the destruction that BC can cause but because of the kindness and support of the women involved all taking time to comfort, reassure and inform the people who needed it. I only ever posted once and that was to say a massive thank you as they helped me more than they'll ever know.

It's my time to say thanks again and raise some money for a very worthy day you may need their support, but lets hope that never happens!!

I also stumbled across a blog about an amazing woman with an equally amazing personality and her fight against BC. She tells it like it is, how it was and how its going to be!!

I am one of the lucky ones and all was good.x

I've said soo much and still have more to say.....not unusual for me at all...hahaha

I also have 2 courses this year, 1 to become Cisco certified and another that is the second half of my web design course, Ive opened my online shops and I also work luckily just part time. Oh yes and I need to fit in training somewhere, Im a size 18 and unfit as can be!!! training is going to be funny for those who are running with me!!

Monday, 18 January 2010

Busy busy

Well after seeing everyones gorgeous valentines items on I thought that I had better pull my finger out and get busy!!!

I lay awake last night with idea after idea floating around behind my eyes...why does inspiration always come to me when its time to sleep?? anyway I finally decided on making some hearts and decorating them with extruded clay in various shades of red, pinks and purples, a little bit of pearl snook in there too.

I am very happy with how they turned out 
I also had a fair amount to do a bangle with :p and WOW I just love it, I'll definately make more in other colours.

 With the clay I had left I made a few beads - I've sanded and buffed my little heart out tonight......I'm now suffering with odd nails and sore fingers .........pah! it was all worth it.

So results for today;
1 bangle
1 Sterling charm bracelet
3 pendants
9 beads

I'm off for a well deserved cuppa and hopefully a good nights sleep before work tomorrow, night all x.


Sunday, 17 January 2010

Bangles Galore

I love making bangles, I've spent a few hours last week making some entirely out of polymer clay.

I did get myself an extruder to help me along - makes life much easier and saves time too.

It took me ages to figure out how to get this pattern.

I just love the way one colour leads into the next one and so on.

A little hello

Hi I'm Mands

Mands by name mad by nature! as some would say.

This is my first ever blog....yes I'm a virgin blogger!! can you believe, still a virgin at 30?

I love being creative and have done all of my life. It started with sketching in my younger years and has some how progressed on to jewellery making and polymer clay (or playing with putty as my other half puts it).

hmmmm not sure how it progressed that way but I'm enjoying it all the same anyway.

I suppose .....ha....... I know I'm still figuring this clay business out, I love looking at other people creations and most of the time I'm thinking ' wow how have they done that? ' and then spending weeks figuring it out!!!

Ive just opened up on where youll find most of my latest creations.

I'll be posting pictures and hopefully some tutorials (if you see something and would like to know how to make it just let me know).

Well thats it for now I have putty to play with.