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On my walk this morning…

Morning Walk

Oh, how I needed a walk this morning!

I have a lot of work to do at the moment, and I am struggling to find the time to get it done.  I have to work out what makes the top priority, and what can wait until later.  I have to find a new work schedule, now that my youngest son has dropped his daytime sleeps, finding time to get things done is tricky!  I think I might have to work at night time.  I can’t get up any earlier!

How do you manage your time/priorities?

I was using an app on my iPad to manage all of my work…until it accidentally got deleted last week.  It was a terrible day, and it has really made me reconsider how I manage my time.  I am back to pen and paper for now, just trying to find the best system to keep track of everything.  Do you have any suggestions?

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Back by Popular Request…

RedIsBackI am re-listing some red Italian Glass jewellery.  I have had several requests over the last few months for some of this style of jewellery, and it made me start thinking about what I was offering in my online shops.

So, now I have re-listed the red version of the jewellery that I have been making, but you can always change the colour if you like.  So, for example, let’s say you like the red necklace on the leather…but you wanted black beads…just let me know and I’ll make it for you.  I’ll even take a photo before I send it, just to be sure you are getting what you want.

Coming soon: I will put together a special page of colour options that are really easy for me to do, but again, if you are after a specific colour that is not there, just let me know, and I’ll see what I can do!

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The Colour Brown plus Turquoise

I ended up liking every colour that I put with brown this month, which is really amazing, because I don’t really like the colour brown!  When I put it with turquoise it ended up looking very retro and funky, and I nodded my head approvingly!  The turquoise really pops on the brown.  And I especially love it on this dark blue/grey dress.

Long turquoise and brown necklace with handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

Long Turquoise and Brown necklace worn doubled over.  Funky, retro colour combination

Short brown and turquoise necklace with handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

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On my walk this morning…

Morning Walk

I nearly didn’t walk this morning!  It was raining when my alarm went off, and I started thinking about just staying home and drinking lots of coffee.  But when it came time to actually go for my walk (after a cup of coffee and a to-do list review) it had stopped raining, so I went for the quickest walk possible.  The morning still looked ominous, and the forecast was for rain.  I didn’t really feel like getting wet, but I did feel like getting out for a walk.

I am quietly freaking out about how quickly time is going at the moment.

Set up for SALA is 5 weeks away!

6 months until Christmas!

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The Colour Brown – add some Green

This is part of a series of posts about colour.  This month I am focusing on the colour brown.

Remember last month when I was talking about the colour red?  I mentioned that the complimentary colour for red was green.  And I might have mentioned that I wasn’t a huge fan of that colour combination because it looked a bit “christmassy”?

Well, the same cannot be said for the colour brown with green.  Colours straight out of nature (think trees), but they work so well in jewellery too!  What I really like about this combination is that it can be worn with lots of different clothes.  All of your browns, greens and even RED will work with this jewellery.

Short brown and green handmade glass bead necklace by Julie Frahm

Long brown and green glass bead necklace by Julie Frahm

Long brown and green handmade glass bead necklace by Julie Frahm - worn doubled

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Jenny Knight and Lyn Branson

I wanted to share with you a selection of work by Jenny Knight and Lyn Branson.  Jenny is also a member of the Textile and Arts Collective – T’Arts – in Gays Arcade.  This month it is her turn to display her work in the window, and she invited fellow bead enthusiast Lyn Branson to also display some of her work.

Jenny and Lyn are both extremely talented seed-beaders.  They make very unique and original pieces of jewellery, that are exquisite in their details.

What I also like about their work is that they also incorporate some of my beads in amongst what they are creating.  I love it when people use my beads in their designs, and both Jenny and Lyn use my beads in ways that I never could.

Enjoy the photos below, and if you would like to have a closer look at any of their work, it will be on display at T’Arts until Saturday July 27.

Work by Jenny

Jenny Knight Water Lily series

Jenny Knight asymmetrical series


Work by Lyn

Lyn Branson Gum Leaf series

Lyn Branson Gum Flower series

Lyn Branson Gum Flower series

Lyn Branson Poppy series

Lyn Branson purple flower series

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On my walk this morning…

Morning Walk

The mornings are getting colder and darker, so I need to think about what I am looking forward to over winter:

  • My next newsletter will be sent on Thursday July 2.  I’m trying to decide the colour of the month for July.  This month is brown.  Any suggestions?
  • My next shift at T’Arts is on July 11.  I love spending the day in the shop, and really look forward to connecting with the customers who visit.
  • The Craftapalooza Market!  A special Flinders Street Market event on 18-19 July.  I will be there both days.
  • SALA Festival starts August 1.  I will have some recycled glass bead jewellery in the City Library.  And a small selection of work will be included as part of Pepper Street Art Gallery “Renew” exhibition.
  • A trip to Melbourne in August!  I am going to spend the weekend with my mum.  Can’t wait.

OK, maybe winter won’t be so bad after all.

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The Colour Brown – with a splash of Red

This is part of a series of posts about colour.  This month I am focusing on the colour brown.

Brown and Red look so great together, it’s because if you had to mix brown as a paint colour, you would have some red in there to start making it.  Brown, when you put it with red, is really harmonious.

I have made an assortment of beads for the following necklaces, all with brown and red patterns, and I have to say if I wasn’t a red/black/white girl, I might have changed my mind after this week and become a red/brown girl!

Both of these necklaces were available for sale in my shop, however the long version of this necklace has already sold.  Click on each photo to take you to the listing in the shop.

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Beautiful long brown and red necklace, handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm

Brown and Red Long Necklace, worn doubled overBrown and Red Short necklace with handmade glass beads by Julie Frahm