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For the longest time I have tried to resist the pull of Swarovski and their evil little sparkly gem things. But now they have securely hooked their shiny claws into my eyes and brain.

I’m sorry, that sounded inappropriately gross. Accuracy is no excuse for grossness, so I apologize. My point is: they sparkle. A lot.

Ich habe ja echt lange versucht, den bösen Funkelsteinchen von Swarovski zu widerstehen, aber als ich für einen Pfau (coming soon) ein paar Rivoli bestellt habe, hat das der Glitzersucht wohl Tür und Tor geöffnet, denn jetzt bin ich ihnen rettungslos verfallen!

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… thy leaves are so unending and beads-consuming!

… wie aufwändig und perlenfressend sind deine Blätter!

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Aaaaand here’s another one. 🙂

Und noch eins! 🙂 Continue reading

I’ve been wanting to bezel something for quite some time now because I’m fascinated with the technique – “how come it doesn’t just slip out?” 8| – but until now I hadn’t dared try it because it looks so sophisticated and delicate. But I’ve got to say: It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy!  Continue reading

Now, this is the story all about how I met a lovesome and very welcoming Snowman called Yonas. Continue reading

This year, everybody I know (with a few choice exceptions) has received hand-made beaded gifts for Christmas. They will just have to cope. Continue reading

There’s this website, Have you heard of it? If you haven’t and you like working with beads now and again, or even if you just suspect you might like looking at the prettiest little trinkets made of beads – do NOT check out this site! You will never get anything else done again! Continue reading

Remember the bracelet I showed you last week? I loved the design so much that I designed a necklace to go with it. Continue reading

People who design patterns for beaded jewelery or figurines and make them available for free download online have a special place in my heart! Alexis, for example, from Alexis’ Beads has a plethora of patterns on her website, and I have gotten the greatest results recreating her designs! I don’t even know the girl, but I love her so much! Continue reading

Looking at the beautiful things other people create inspires me to get moving and create something pretty myself. Whenever I see a sparkly, intricate design for a piece of jewelry or a creative figurine, my fingers start to itch, and I want to know how it is done, and to feel what the finished piece feels like in my hands. Continue reading