Jump ring earrings

I have made a lot of bracelets, a few rings and some necklaces. I need more earrings.

A simple string of jump rings with beads attached.

A simple string of jump rings with beads attached.

Smaller beads for those preferring less of a statement.

Smaller beads for those preferring less of a statement.

These are very versatile as you can change the size of rings and beads, the length and colours. Something for everyone.

These are very versatile as you can change the size of rings and beads, the length and colours. Something for everyone.

Getting myself tied up in knots!

I am really enjoying my knotted jewellery at the moment. This one is a variation on the pearl one from last week, more knots and less beads. (I also have a little confession, due to not really having enough beading thread it, ummm, fell apart when I had finished it!) Oh well….the principle remains the same ;).

I again used my makeshift macrame board (i.e. my unused, clean cat litter tray and clips).

4 lengths of satin cord and 3 lengths of beading thread.

4 lengths of satin cord and 3 lengths of beading thread. 6 square knots on the left hand thread.

6 square knots on the right hand beading thread.

6 square knots on the right hand beading thread.

Moving one bead up and then 6 square knots on the centre thread.

Moving one bead up and then 6 square knots on the centre thread.

Bead up on the left followed by 6 more square knots.

Bead up on the left followed by 6 more square knots.

Repeat on the right.

Repeat on the right.

 

To finish off tie some more square knots  then tie some square knots over all of the remaining strands in the middle.

To finish off tie some more square knots then tie some square knots over all of the remaining strands in the middle.

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This is the finished bracelet. The beads should be in a diamond shape like the ones to the left but I have managed to pull them all out of shape!

I hope you get the general idea?

I hope you get the general idea? There should not be all those gaps. Oooops.

 

A knotted Pearl Bracelet

I tied the cords on using square knots.

I tied the cords on using square knots.

I then put a bead up on the middle string.

I then put a bead up on the middle string.

Using the threads closest to the bead do a square knot over the middle thread to encase the bead.

Using the threads closest to the bead do a square knot over the middle thread to encase the bead.

To bring the other cords down I did 2 square knots on each of the outer threads. The knots are now all level.

To bring the other cords down I did 2 square knots on each of the outer threads. The knots are now all level (ish).

I know brought up a bead on the left hand thread, securing in place with another square knot. I then pull the bead up on the right hand thread.

I now brought up a bead on the left hand thread, securing in place with another square knot. I then pull the bead up on the right hand thread.

This is then repeated again with the middle thread. Continue in this way until the bracelet is long enough to fit.

This is then repeated again with the middle thread. Continue in this way until the bracelet is long enough to fit.

Finish with a middle bead. On each of the outside threads do 2 square knots as at the other end.

Finish with a middle bead. On each of the outside threads do 2 square knots as at the other end.

Bring all the threads with the beads on together, along with the two inner satin cords.With the outside threads tie 2 square knots.

Bring all the threads with the beads on together, along with the two inner satin cords. With the outside threads tie 2 square knots.

Apply glue to each end to secure.

Apply glue to each end to secure.

Finish off with the findings

Finish off with the findings

Finished with the findings.

Finished with the findings.

I am very pleased with this :)

I am very pleased with this :)

Thank you and …….sorry.

I have been completely overwhelmed by all your supportive comments regarding my last post. Thank you, as without you all I would never have managed it. Trying not to be sensationalist, without you all, I would never have got to where I am today. The weekend would not have happened.

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I would also like to thank everyone that has sponsored me. I am amazed.

But…….here is the bad news………

I am unable to run the marathon on Sunday.

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I feel that I am letting everyone down but my wonderful doctor (who was so brilliant when I was suffering from PND) has advised me that it may not be the most sensible thing to do seeing how poorly I have been this past month (+).

I am really, really gutted but deep down know that it is the right thing. My training has not really gone as planned and I am not nearly as fit as I would have liked to be before running a marathon. Simply put, my health has to come first. I have seen enough people collapsed at the side of the road during half marathons to know that you cannot take any run lightly.

Luckily I can defer my place until next year.

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Yep, I can do it all again next year, the running in the dark, the long races, the boring posts….. My husband is delighted! (but is obviously very supportive at the same time ;)) The money that I have raised in sponsorship can be forwarded onto next year too. I am going to use this year as a spring-board for next year. I am going to take this opportunity to raise even more money for this brilliant cause that I have chosen. I will learn from things that I felt went wrong for me this year and hopefully reach this point, next year, stronger than ever.

So sorry to let you all down but the journey does not finish here – we are simply half way along the road.

 

Where will blogging take you?

I have been blogging for just over two years now and I can say without any doubt at all, it has changed my life. It is no secret that when I started off I was determined to hide my true identity from the whole of social media. Plain and simply I was scared. It didn’t help that I had been a very shy teenager and young adult.

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Gradually my confidence has grown. I have ‘met’ loads of amazing people that have inspired me, supported me and encouraged me. Most of them I have never met, nor will I, but that does nothing to lesson the part that they play in my life. I am eternally grateful.

During my time blogging I have tried to enable people to join the party with my tips for blogging. I really try to give something back. Gradually, my confidence increased and when I had a nasty mole removed I felt able to share my story ..

I still have tried to keep my true identity a secret but that ends today, right now. Regular readers will know that I was lucky enough to get a ballot place for the London Marathon. I then decided that I wanted to take this opportunity to raise money for

 following my experiences with Post Natal Depression. Again, I wanted to give something back.

Sharing my experiences on here was OK. It was relatively easy as I feel really comfortable and will not have to meet anyone face to face. Then I had a message from Emma Higginbotham, a writer at my local newspaper. Would I allow her to do a feature? hmmm that was a bit harder as it is local, people I know would read it……Nervously I said yes.

It. Was. The. Best. Decision. Ever.

I am so pleased that I did it. It was published yesterday and I couldn’t have been happier. Emma did an amazing job. You can read it, in its entirety here (and see what I look like – I hope I don’t disappoint!) Without my blogging this would have never happened.

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I set out with the aim of helping just one person. I am now getting greedy. Please share this, to help get the word out. It is not something to be shamed of and you can recover. I never thought that I would….but I did. I have never felt judged when I managed to admit it. It is my way of saying thank you to the people who helped me. I want to return their favour and help others. Together we can be stronger and get rid of the stigma.

Thank you. x

 

Silence is golden?

I wonder how long any of you could survive without speaking? No whispering allowed either. A day, half a day? I urge you to give it a go. It is hard.
This is the situation I found myself in on Weds this week. It appears that my month and a half of illness is now a throat infection and my doctor is worried I will do some long-term damage to my throat if I don’t rest it. Great.
Asking questions is out. Writing things down is so slow. Reading a bedtime story to my boys is out. Answering anything when not in the room is out. To top it off I feel like I am being rude by not talking and responding to people when I am out and about.

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I took 2 of my boys out this afternoon, on their bikes. Not a great plan. I was unable to warn them, guide them or help them in any way at all. Luckily they are trustworthy.
Silence is not golden when it is me being silent. As for my boys…..now that is a different story ;)