WOYWW #602 - a new obsession

 Hello Fellow Deskers, 

It's Wednesday again, almost the last one before the Strangest Christmas Ever, another week waves cheerio as it flies by cackling because it got away from me :)

Time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what other Deskers have been up to this week. It was lovely to "meet" lots of you on Zoom - I was a bit confoozed (as we say in Norfolk) and befuddled by it all, but it was fun wasn't it?

Anyway, to business - here's my desk this week ...

It's full of my current obsession - jewellery making. I rediscovered loads of broken necklaces and findings during the overhaul of my craft room, where they'd been lurking for at least 15 years. I've now dismantled all the old necklaces into reusable beads and bits and started learning how to remake them into new pretties. All I've actually had to buy is the bead tray (too skint to buy that 15 years ago) and the magnifying headset (didn't need that 15 years ago) and I'm loving my "new" hobby. Here are some of the twinkly new pretties I've made so far ...

I'll put some better pics up next time. Sitting in my chair is the doll I was working on curing our Zoom get-together ...

Just need to sort her hair now, then I'll share some proper pictures. I have to show you her tiny shoes, my favourite bit! 

Well, that's me done for this week. See you at Julia's! And if I don't see you again before, have a very Happy Christmas <3 xxx

Annie xxx


Lunch Lady Jan said…
She definitely has bed hair at the moment, a bit like me on waking in the morning, lol! Tiny shoes eh? That sounds like you have a lot more patience than me but I look forward to seeing them. You are an inspired jewellery maker too, I’m not really a necklace wearer, but those bracelets are fab, love ‘em!!
And don’t we all need extra help after 15 years, those magnifiers are fab!
Hugs LLJ 7 xxx
Oh gosh you must have so much patience with the doll making and the tiny shoes!! I have a mountain of old jewellery, not sure I'll ever get round to doing something with it although there is some charity you can send it to - the lady in the undertakers does it!! I've bought my hubbie a little magnifier you can add to your key ring for his stocking - he needs help but won't admit it!! Have a lovely week, stay safe, stay well, Cindy #26
shazsilverwolf said…
Hi Annie, great job on doing something with the jewellry, I have a box full of the bits for making, and lots of broken stuff too, but struggle to decide what to do with it! Stay safe, have a lovely week, hugs, Shaz #6 X
glitterandglue said…
Hi Annie. Oh my word - the detail in the doll. You have so much patience and skill! Looking forward to seeing those shoes! Gorgeous looking jewellery hanging there - well done you.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #4
Great idea to breathe new life into old jewellery. I will probably need that magnifying headset soon - I'm finding it harder and harder to see small details. My only worry is that once I start using it, I will always need it - a bit like when I started using reading glasses - now I can't read anything without them. I had no idea you were working on a doll - tel us more about it next time! Happy #602! zsuzsa #27
Helen said…
The doll is looking good - I need my hair sorting out too bit like her! luckily I have an appointment on Tuesday (good job they're allowed to stay open in tier 3!) Have a great week Helen #2
Felicia said…
Annie, I know all about the jewelry making obsession!! I was into that for years! I did love it, but when I moved, I had to keep what was more sacred to me and that was my art, so I ended up giving another jewelry maker ALLLL my lot! When I say it was a little hard to let go, it was! That was years of building my supply and LOTS of money! As I am sure you are aware!! But, it has gone to a better home that actually uses it and doesn't let it sit on the shelf! Love your bobbles, they look great!!! And the doll!!! My goodness, what an art form all on it's own! And the patience of Job, I tell you!! Merry Christmas to you and many blessings! Felicia 31
Chana Malkah said…
My daughter "gifted" me all of her Jewelry making supplies and tools! She is an asset manager and although she now has the luxury of working from home most days, the impact of COVID closures on her client's assets is impactful. She has no time for hobbies right now!

I am going to start with a charm bracelet and see how it goes from there! I had BLR a few years ago, but I still need magnification to help with small details.

Good luck with your new hobby! It will be fun to track your progress as I learn the hobby, too!

Chana Malkah, #34
Loving your dolly she is so sweet. I've been working with old beads myself this week but in a very different way as you will see on my desk. Wishing you a very happy and creative woyww, Angela x12x
Julia Dunnit said…
Oh my Annie, we were all a bit confused and eventually bemused! will try it in smaller numbers next, but it was good to have a big meeting to kick off, huh! You’re back in the land of patient fiddling then, working small and precise! Couldn’t help but laugh in support at the magnifying headset and your not needing it fifteen years ago. Oh yeah, me too!
Karen said…
Good for your to create something new from the old ~ Have fun creating & enjoy the season ~ love, Karen #32
Love making use of old jewellery, I used to make lots around 6/7 years ago but daylight time is very short for me now, much easier on the eyes when the light is good. Your doll looks fab even with the bedhead, we all have days like that. Happy WoywW Tracey #8
Sarah Brennan said…
Love what you have done with the old jewellery Annie. Enjoy your rediscovered hobby. The doll is so cute. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #3
Shoshi said…
It's so nice to be inspired to revive an old hobby, Annie. Your jewellery looks gorgeous! Whenever we go to the annual fete in the village where we used to live, I raid the white elephant stall and buy lots of junk jewellery. Some of it is worth wearing as it is, but for the rest, I take it apart and file away the beads, chains, findings etc. I've got quite a collection now and can dip into it for different projects - usually not as more jewellery. I love the bead tray - that looks really useful. I bought a head magnifier a few months ago and it was invaluable for the Tiny Carpets project. Your doll is amazing. I used to make a lot in the old days and made their hair out of wool. I shall be interested to see what you do with her wild hair, and also to see her tiny shoes! What fun.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #21
Spyder said…
The doll is lovely but has bed-hair! Like me, that lasts all day! And, how lovely to return and find a new hobby! Your jewellery looks lovely Have a great crafty weekend. Happy very late WOYWW!? Stay Safe,
((Lyn)) #24.
Diana Taylor said…
I love your upcycled jewellery - and that bead tray looks really useful, with those grooves to help you lay out the design. Had to smile about the magnifiers and not needing them 15 years ago - I think a lot of us are in the same boat!
Have a great rest of the week,
Diana xx #22
Shoshi said…
Thanks for your return visit, Annie. There's no way I'm going to get the throw finished in time for Christmas but it's coming on quite nicely now. As for the Tiny Carpets designs - I am more than happy for you to have them as you know. I thought it was easier to put them all in a folder on my OneDrive for anyone to access and I put the link on my blog at the time, but in case you missed it, it's here: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=B56D3C83FACAF396%2123995&cid=B56D3C83FACAF396
Any problems, let me know and I can get them to you some other way. The Middle Eastern Bazaar idea sounds really fun, but I know whatever you choose to do will be stunning. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

See you on the next WOYWW!
Shoshi x

Susan Renshaw said…
Would love to see more pictures of the jewellery and the doll. Love her dress!
Sorry I am so late commenting...
Happy 602nd WOYWW!
Stay Safe and Keep Well...
Susan #23
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