Saturday, 1 August 2015

The August Challenge

Welcome to the August challenge! It's colour time and this month we would like you to create something in PURPLE, BLUE, GREEN and BLACK.



You can use any shades of purple, blue and green but for this challenge your black must be pure opaque black. Please do not use silver-lined, black diamond or any other beads where the finish has changed the colour from true black. Matt opaque beads are accepted.

THE TWIST:
We would like you to include Czech glass SPIKE BEADS in your entry this month. Your spike beads must be in one of the challenge colours. Remember, the twist is optional, you do not need to include it for your entry to be accepted but if you do you will receive two entries into the draw. 

THE PRIZE:
Our sponsor this month is Valentina and she's offering £25 to spend in her online shop Beads and More by Yashma!

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com. The challenge runs until Midnight in your own time zone on Monday the 31st of August and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Entries must have been started on or after August 1st 2015.
  • You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • You must use all the colours stated.
  • Findings are exempt from the colour challenge.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.
  • The photo above is for decorative purposes only, please refer to the text below it for details on the colours allowed in this challenge.


There is more detailed information on the challenge here but if you have any questions please leave a comment below or email us. 

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The July Challenge Reveal

I don't know what kind of weather you all had during July but here in the UK it was a bit hit and miss all month - either sunny or pouring with rain and some days even felt like November! Luckily beading saves the day and cheers us up whatever the weather. Our challenge for July was to create a piece that reminded you of the beach...


...and here are the wonderful entries we received...



























































All your names were put into the list randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader who's name is at the top of the list is...


SARAH GORDON!


Congratulations Sarah, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at Old Bicycle Shop!

Well that's it for July, we'll have a brand new challenge for August posted later on today so don't forget to pop back :)


Friday, 31 July 2015

National Beading Week - Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who joined in and commented! I enjoyed revisiting your choices!

And now, time to announce the lucky winner of the bead soup. I popped all the names into a list on Random.org and randomised them and the Winner is.....

Peapod Beads, congratulations!

Please get in touch with your address and I will send you your winnings!

Happy beading!

Sarah x


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Celebrating National Beading Week - Giveaway now closed!

So, there's lots of beady fun going on this week and I wanted to get in on the action! I've celebrated National Beading Week by having fun making some bead soup! Apart from actually beading, this is one of my favourite things to do. Oh the colours and the shapes and the tinkle of the beads as I swish them altogether with my trusty triangle sorter!

This bead soup is predominantly blue and purple (hence the name Blurple) and includes size 8,11,15 seed beads, delicas, O beads, Superduos, Rullas, triangles, glass pearls and a few Swarovski Elements (including tiny butterflies and flower), for a total of 50 grams. I've added a blue Luna Soft cabochon and 2 x 12mm sapphire Swarovski rivolis for focals.


I thought I'd share this celebration with the OTTBS blog readers as a giveaway for one lucky reader! How can you win some of my custom made super sparkly blurple bead soup? Read on!

1. Have a good old rummage through the old challenge posts here on the OTTBS blog and pick your favourite challenge, be it this months beach theme, January's Inspired by a song theme or any of the other many fab challenges
2. Pop back to this post and comment with your favourite challenge by 5.00pm BST Friday the 31st July 2015
3. Be on standby at 8.00pm BST Friday the 31st July 2015 for the announcement of the winner (winner will be picked at random by random.org)

Good luck!

Sarah x


Friday, 24 July 2015

Beaders Bingo

Let's have a little bit of Friday fun!

Give yourself a point for each square that you have bought or thought in the last 3 months. Then check out what your score says about you below.

***Disclaimer
The results below are based on no scientific fact whatsoever and are merely a product of my overactive and slightly ridiculous imagination. If you disagree with your results, just pick the one you like best and bead happy ☺️.

***also, you don't have to go shopping just cos I said so! In fact, it's probably best you don't listen to me at all!

1-5
New Beader or a Beader of exceptional restraint and willpower. I think you need to buy some more beads to round out your stash and give you more options!

6-10
Organised Beader. You plan your projects in advance and purchase beads for each project. I think you need to impulse buy some new beads shapes just for fun.

10-15
Slightly obsessive Beader. You like to mix up impulse buying with planning a few projects here and there. You need to go pattern shopping on Etsy to help you use up those impulse buys.

16-20
Serious Bead Hoarder Extrodinaire. Dude, I'm jealous. You need to buy more storage, cos we both know it's only going to get worse.

Let us know your results in the comments below.

Sarah x


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The July Challenge

Welcome to the July challenge! This month the theme is ON THE BEACH. What does being on the beach (or at the seaside!) mean to you? Is it family fun with colourful beach balls and kites, relaxing on the sand under an umbrella, swimming in the sea, or collecting pebbles and looking for crabs and starfish? Do you love the colours, the blues and browns and seaweed greens? Whatever it means to you, try to capture the essence of the beach/seaside in your piece.



THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Davida and she's offering £15 to spend in her online shop Old Bicycle Shop!

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com along with any other info we have asked for. The challenge runs until Midnight on Friday the 31st of July and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. You can email your entry at any time during the month. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
Entries must have been started on or after July 1st 2015.
You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
Your entry must be a finished piece.
If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

There is more detailed info here but if you have any further questions about the challenge please feel free to email us at ottbs@live.com!

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The June Challenge Reveal

Well done to everyone who joined in with our June challenge. Our Earth Tones palette proved a little more challenging for some of you but you made it through with flying (earthy) colours!



Here are all of the wonderful entries. The winner of the draw is, as always, at the end of the post.


























































All the names were put into the list randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader who's name came top of the list is...


JEANNE EVANS


Congratulations Jeanne, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at RB Beads!

Well that's it for the June challenge, don't forget to pop back later on today as we'll be posting a brand new challenge for July :)