31 December 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Only something more than 30 minutes remains of the old year and although I did not want to make any resolutions this year, I finally decided that there are some things I want to do in the next year and this list is only to summarize them.
  • Next New Year will be celebrated at a party, preferably one where you have to be dressed in funny clothes, not in a sit-at-home-and-watch-TV style.
  • I will go to freediving trainings with a little bit less reluctance (even though it is cold outside and it takes me 50 minutes to get there and then return home at 10.30 p.m. with still wet hair and lots of wet stuff that needs to be hung somewhere so I wake everyone up)
  • Similarly, will put more enthusiasm into studying, going to work and shopping for clothes (so that next time that I arrive at my parents', my Mum will not have the feeling that I look like a homeless who needs to be dressed anew from neck to toes and will not drag me to the shopping centres to undergo the torturous process of choosing the right outfit)
  • Will take up one of the following: swimming, yoga, aqua-aerobic, belly dancing
  • Will NOT cut my hair
  • Will come to visit parents and old friends more often
  • Will save some more money, but also let myself enjoy what I earn in a sensible way(such as traveling to visit parents and old friends)
  • I will take greater care of my pets (snails, stick insects) and will care more about their diet and will finally take my tortoise to the vet after she wakes up this spring

That seems to be everything, although the list will be changing, because some things will not work, obviously :o)

I hope you will all have a wonderful New Year. Have a great time.

Creative Christmas

I decided that I will NOT do anything like special Halloween / Valentine's Day / Christmas bracelets this year. I don't think it helps to get more sales and to be honest, it's boring. If I ever make a bracelet with hearts, pumpkins or reindeer on it, it will be because I enjoy doing it and not because some sort of holiday is coming and I want to get sales.

Anyway, I thought it wouldn't be too bad to make some more items for my shop, so I bought lots of different embroidery threads, even the colours I don't usually use and I played with it for a while during the Christmas holiday. The results are shown in the picture below. Not all of them are finished, but I am working on them every single day :)

Some of these I might keep, but most of them will be listed on etsy.com after the New Year.

24 December 2009

Merry Christmas to all!!

So, my dear friends, it's Christmas once again. And Christmas always makes me realize, what a great and comfortable home we have. I hope all of you had a great time with your families and the people that you love. I have arrived to Slovakia on December 19th, managed to send out a few Christmas cards to old friends, meet my high-school friends and tonight I had our traditional dinner with my family and we opened our presents. In Slovakia we eat cabbage soup and fish for dinner and open our presents right after we finish eating. Also, I have given myself to a Christian habbit of fasting through the day in order to fully appreciate my mother's wonderfull cooking skills. And the result? Ended up with an overfilled belly sticking out in a preagnancy-like manner because I was too greedy (actually, I was the last one still eating, while my brother was giving me the "GRRrrrr, hurry up 'cos I wanna open my presents already" looks over the table). I will have to work on that during next few years. Also, I'm thinking of improving my eating habbits, but that is a matter of New Year's resolutions and does not belong into this short blog entry. So - Merry Christmas once again, I hope it met your expectations.

02 November 2009

Beadmaking process photo guide

As I already mentioned, I made some FIMO polymer clay beads last week. Now I'd like to share an easy technique for beadmaking with some pictured that I have taken last Wednesday. I found it on the Internet myself, but I think it is so great, that I want to spread it further :)

First I had to make a cane, so I mixed different colours of FIMO to create different shades of green, the lightest colour in the middle, but you can use any colours you choose.

Then I rolled the cane and created differently thin cuts that I put together like in the picture above...

... and rolled them again to make them join together. After that, all you need to do is slice the cane and stick the little slices on a ball of FIMO (this can be a differently coloured waste material from some of your previous beadmaking) and roll it again to make it join together.
Then punch a hole and let them bake in the oven for half an hour and the beads are finished!

30 October 2009

Bead Holiday!!!

October 28th is a bank holiday here in Czech Republic, so I decided to use my day off for some crafting and beadmaking. I have bought a few new packs of FIMO polymer clay and spent a great afternoon having fun with it, although I must admit that I didn't make many beads, but I think that I might have learnt something new - and there is still a long long way to go to improve my technique - but the first listing is already on Etsy and many more should come before Christmas :0)

27 October 2009

Striped bracelets from Silly :)

I have recently added a few new bracelets which I made during my university exam period. The pattern is very easy to learn, all you need is some embroidery thread- a few threads that go under and the one which will go on the top-and this needs to be very long (I use 8m long thread and it seems to be sufficient for a 10 threads wide bracelet).Then all you do is make knots with the long thread and when you come to the end of the bracelet, you simply turn it over and start a new row as usually. Because of its simplicity, I used to knot these while studying - you don't need to concentrate on the pattern too much. Its very simple and the pattern created will be the same on both sides. I used vriegated threads, which created the lovely stripes.

10 September 2009

Washcloths featured on byhand.me !

I received a convo this morning, saying that Etsy user wintergarden has featured me in their blog! It's quite surprising, because it didn't seem like many people are interested in this listing, which has been there for ages with not many views, so its very nice to realize that somebody actually does like it :)
Here is the link to the blog :
And a link to my washcloths :

31 August 2009

Summer bracelet with a bead

Every time I promise myself that I will start making and listing new bracelets more often, I end up very very busy with something else. This summer I have done a lot of travelling, so this bracelet is my all-holiday work - I started making it in Croatia during marine biology field trip but finished it only yesterday in Prague. The bead comes from one reptile exhibition in Lednice, city in Moravia, Czech republic and to be honest, I do not quite know what it is made of. Here's the link to etsy listing: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30158767

20 July 2009

Another set of beads on Etsy !

I have listed another set of beads this afternoon. I called them simply "Pink and orange beads" and here is a link to them: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28078659

19 July 2009

My first FIMO beads on etsy.com !

Today I finally listed the first set of my handmade beads in my etsy shop. It is a 10-piece set that I made from my own handmade cane. I really like these and hopefully I will be able to list more beads during the next week.
You can have a look at them at : http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28030228

18 July 2009

Birthday presents!

It was only a few days ago that my friend Dušana celebrated her birthday and I decided that instead of buying some present for her, I'll make her a bracelet from my newly made FIMO polymer clay beads - I tied it on a piece of card paper with a ribbon and painted the paper with my new watercolour pencils. Obviously, I'm not good at it,because I only bought them a few days ago, but the result didn't look bad at all. Luckily, she loved it, so I'm giving one to my mother for her birthday tomorrow as well :)))

13 July 2009

Silly Little Sheep is back!

Dear friends! After a long long time of being too busy (and lazy - I admit), Silly Little Sheep is back on Etsy.com bringing another friendship bracelets and new FIMO beads. I renewed two items so far and from next week on, there should be a new set of beads coming every day. I hope you'll enjoy them and I'll try to keep updating this blog as often as possible.
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