Monday, 13 December 2010

a chat with NICOLE from HOLLYBIRD BEADS

Nicole makes the most beautiful beaded jewellery, I love it! ... you really must have a look at her Folksy shop that's full of gorgeous jewellery that's perfect for Christmas gifts!

8 words that most describe you?
Ermm....shy, quiet, geeky, creative, messy, laid-back, uncomplicated, patient.

What do you make?
I make jewellery - I am mostly a beadweaver, so my work involves stitching together lots and lots of tiny seed beads with a needle and thread, with a mix of glass and crystals added in for extra sparkle.

What new craft would you like to try?
I have done a few silversmithing classes as I'd like to move on into that side of jewellery making (whilst still incorporating my beadweaving skills) so I'd like to try my hand at proper stone setting and enameling.

What is the best present someone has ever given you?
When I was 10 years old I used the money I had been given for my birthday to buy a budgie. Pip turned out to be quite the character; he learned to talk, his favourite food was toast and he would follow you anywhere around the house. He spent 10 happy years as part of our family and there have been budgies in our house ever since as a result.

Do you have any scars? How did you get it?
I have a teeny one on my wrist which I did a couple of years ago by burning myself whilst taking mince pies out of the oven - ouch! The mince pies were yummy though.

What’s on the walls in your room?
A pin board with photos and postcards pinned on to it and a rainbow striped sock monkey one of my best friend's made for me...her name (the monkey's) is Maisie Rainbow and she even has handmade denim dungarees on.

What was your favourite toy as a child?
I had a hand knitted pink bunny rabbit called, Bunny (how original?!) which I loved...until I left it somewhere and it was lost forever - I remember being very upset about that.

What’s your favourite ice-cream flavour?
It has to be Ben & Jerry's Phish Food ... chocolate heaven!
I hope you have enjoyed some randomness with Nicole. Please check out her lovely site, blog and you can chat to her on twitter @HollybirdBeads and become a fan on facebook!

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