Sunday, 8 December 2019

What good cause to support when you are an Animal lover?

Hi There.....Do you love animals?

No???.....Impossible how can you not love animals???

I have always had a heart for animals......except for bugs.....they only bug me 😁

My big love has always been cats but I love all kinds of animals. I just love watching the National Geographic Wild Channel.....Especially the documentaries about the big cats.....After all, my zodiac sign is Leo πŸ˜‰

That is why I wanted to dedicate this blog post to a good cause for animals. Maybe at the end of this year, some people might be persuaded to give to one of the causes I selected.

The first one I would like to share with you is The AAP or Animal Assisted Projects

They started up in 2017 because they saw what friendship between pets and people could do. They found a solution for pet owners who don't want their pets to be at home alone all day.....who want their pets to get some extra affection.....who want their pets to get some extra care......who want to make someone happy by letting them take care of their pet......who want to create a better bond between people and pets.

Their solution is the plus-owner.

I can hear you thinking up to here.....no matter how far you are.....what the heck is a plus-owner πŸ˜„

It is someone of 55 or older who has time during the day to take care of an animal.....who wants to enjoy the company of an animal of someone in the neighbourhood.....who likes to bond with this animal......who likes to chat a bit with others and feels at home in a group of people who have a heart for animals.

Since this is a Belgian cause I am actually thinking about doing this

Some of you might know but I have a lot of joint and muscle problems and it's impossible for me to work at the moment because that comes with a lot of pain. 

3 years ago we moved out of our house to an apartment with everything on the same floor to make things easier for me. That also meant that we couldn't keep animals anymore. Weird as I still choke up talking about this......needless to say that was pretty hard for me since I had to give my cat away to someone else. I do still yearn to give some cuddles to cats. Having it softly purr on my lap or give me soft bites in my neck or toes.

Haha yes I did have a cat that softly bit me in my toes to remind me of giving him his food πŸ˜‚

But let me show you a picture of our new pet since we moved.


Isn't he the cutest ever.....he is not noisy at all and doesn't make a mess 😁

Ok enough about me let's get back to the cause....You see combining pet owners and plus-owners is not the only thing they do......they also find pets to be very valuable in therapeutic centra. 

Dogs and cats have the ability to get through to people that have mental or physical disabilities. They send out people to these places with pets to give those people a special experience that benefits their mental wellbeing.

You may find me a little cheesy but that warms my heart πŸ˜„

In order to contribute to a better society, they would also like to share their knowledge so they offer training about this relationship between man and animal.

I just love knowing that there are so many people out there with a heart for animals.....don't you?

As a reward to their plus-owners and volunteers, they organize excursions, lectures or workshops in order to mix business with pleasure.  

If after reading this you feel like becoming an active member of this organization by becoming a volunteer or an ambassador.....don't hesitate to contact them for more information.

Next time I will share some information about another good cause I found interesting - The Wildlife Conservation Society πŸ˜ƒ

Hope you like my blog post.....Until next time.....Have a great day

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day. 

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Want me to review your product?? Just send me a message 😊

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Where to find the perfect gift wrapping for your special gifts

Hi There.....What are you planning this Holiday Season?

You may not have noticed but it's getting really close to the end of this year. Are you preparing things already or not?

I am celebrating Christmas eve with my husband, my daughter, son in law, granddaughter and my son. Because we are just with the five of us adults we decided not to get any Christmas gifts except for the granddaughter. She will probably be loaded with gifts 😁

What traditions do you have? Do you put up a Christmas tree?

I am waiting for Saint Nicholas to be over before I am gonna put ours up. I have always loved decorating for Christmas. We have a tree and lots of special ornaments like paper butterflies, small figurines, small toys and lots of different sizes of baubles.  and in addition to a tree, we have a large Santa Claus, a smaller one and a large squirrel and lots of garlands and flickering lights πŸ˜„

Don't you just love it when the streets are all decorated with lights and you pass by the stores with their Christmas decorations?

Or is it just me because I am an emotional soul.....no, no not an emotional eater.....well at least not anymore 😜

Actually, I have always been lead by my emotions.....but I have come to terms with it that sad movies make me cry and seeing others sad makes me wanna cry too.....that is just who I am.

I could actually write a whole story about how hard that was growing up.....but then again being laughed at by a lot of people made me stronger and more determined. So forget about that story because it is not happening.....or at least not today πŸ˜‡

But let's get back into the Christmas spirit and talk a bit about where to find that perfect gift wrapping that I was gonna tell you about. And if you have read a few of my blogs you know by now that I am always trying to promote some handmade shops on Etsy in my blog. Today is no different.....here are some of the beautiful items I found for you πŸ˜‰

Cat Christmas Wrapping Paper Gift Set Cat Wrapping Paper


Merry XMAS Gift Tags, Christmas Hang Tags



6 Origami little dress pattern, Gift wrapping, 7 x 10 cm for small gifts


Environmentally Friendly Christmas Gift Wrapping Solutions


10 Christmas Gift Tags, Pack of Custom Gift Tags in Traditional Colours


Money Gift Rudolph envelope Felt wrapping


Merry Xmas Tote bag Glitter Christmas Cotton Bag


Handmade Watercolour Christmas Santa Claus Pattern Paper Gift Bag


10pcs red satin ribbon bows with pearls, high-quality handmade bows


Wine bottle bags | Coworker Christmas gifts | Wine Gift Bag


Ok now don't say I didn't warn you in time or didn't give you enough inspiration for your gift wrapping πŸ˜‰

Hope you like my blog post.....Until next time.....Have a great day

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day.

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Want me to review your product?? Just send me a message at seadbeady@telenet.be 😊

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Where to find the perfect little black dress for New Years Parties.

Hi There.....Do you like to dress up for a party?

I do for sure.....even when I just go out for dinner or for my rehearsals with my band Back To.

Actually, I don't have that many things in my wardrobe still because I lost 41 kilos with a gastric bypass since January 2018. And I have been on the same weight now for about somewhat more than a half year. So I have been trying to renew my wardrobe with more fitting clothes πŸ˜ƒ

Some people say I lost too much but I am 1.65 m and still weigh 68.5 on average.....for me that is just perfect no matter what others may think.....although I still haven't completely gotten used to it when I see myself on pictures.....after all, I have been overweight for about 30 years. So this is me to the people that think I am too skinny πŸ˜›πŸ˜£πŸ˜Ž

Now enough blabla and back to the fashion topic. There is something important still missing in my wardrobe.

Haha what could that be then πŸ˜‡

The little black dress.....according to fashion experts it is essential that every woman has one in her closeth. They say it symbolizes effortless elegance, simplicity, and style.....I can't say that I don't agree with their statement.....actually I could but I won't 😁

So I did some searching for you on Etsy and tried to find some lovely handmade dresses for all kinds of women.....and here are the results of the Belgian jury πŸ˜‰

Black Dress, Midi Dress, Loose Dress, Tunic Dress


Polka dot dress, Dress with bow, Shift dress, Mini dress


Little Black Dress/ Sexy Dress/ Mini Dress/ Fitted Dress


Womens Bohemian Dress Little Black Dresses Unicorns Print


Black Purple Lace Evening Cocktail Clubwear Mini Party Prom Dress


Mandarin Pencil Dress, Black Cocktail Cheongsam dress


Dress Black Colorful Ethnic Long Sleeve


Flower of life Dress ~ corset ~ little black dress ~ Ruffles


Black Gown | Black Prom Dress | Long Black Dress


Black Wrap Dress with Empire Waist Knot Front Dress (LBD) Sexy


And what do you think.....did I succeed in finding something to your liking????

Hope you like my blog post.....Until next time.....Have a great day

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day.

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Want me to review your product?? Just send me a message 😊

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Have you ever seen Art made from Paper? Introducing you to Paper Art Artist Natlie Itinov

Hi There.....Have you ever seen art made from paper?

Well, I had not seen it before.....I have seen beads made from paper.....but that may just be because I am a seedbeadaholic 😁

So let me introduce you to Natalie Itinov who is fascinated by paper. As a student from the University of the Arts in London, she discovered paper as a delicate but resistant material. She could see the creative potential and was so inspired by it that is has become her main tool for creating ever since. And her efforts were rewarded when her final year paper sculpture was chosen as one of the best 12 pieces across all UAL colleges by the Creative Blog.

That is quite an achievement.....don't you agree πŸ˜ƒ

As an artist, she had grown to believe that paper is a one of a kind material with the potential to be turned into anything. With that idea in mind, she started combining paper art with illustration, sculpture, metalwork, jewelry design and she is not afraid to experiment with materials.

That is what I think the strength of a creative maker.....not being afraid to experiment. Not all experiments turn into something good.....I can tell you that for sure. I found it in my case to have a large hunger for beading thread πŸ˜‰

For Natalie, it has become a passion, a necessity, a therapy, and a dream. She is not limited to any type of project and takes on a variety of ideas and welcomes custom requests for any type of her hand-crafted artwork.

I bet you are curious enough now to want to see some of the things she creates. So here is what I selected for you to enjoy πŸ˜„

Bracelet in a book


Catalogue


Cell


Plovdiv


Lamella


Heart Ring


Black Floral


Blossom


Earrings


Heads


Amazing what she does with just paper.....don't you agree πŸ˜€

Hope you like my blog post.....Until next time.....Have a great day

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day.

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Want me to review your product?? Just send me a message 😊

Saturday, 9 November 2019

What could be the perfect Christmas Gift for Her

Hi There.....Do you like giving and getting gifts?

Who doesn't.....right πŸ˜ƒ

Actually, I have been participating in a #handmakemychristmas challenge on Instagram.

So it inspired me to make a blog post on Christmas Gifts. I know it's a bit soon but better too soon than too late πŸ˜‰

Have you ever done last minute Christmas gift shopping? I hate it.....too many people in the same place at the same time. I have to confess that I am the type that mostly shops online for gifts. Did you know that can be a bad thing sometimes too?

You may be wondering why or maybe you encountered the same problem as I did last year. My daughter is always the first one to ask who is buying gifts for who.....you see we always draw names. Last year I had to buy the presents for my son and I had been nagging him for a while to get me a list of the things he wanted.....yep I am the nagging type and he had so much to do that the list wasn't always on his mind.

I bet you know already what happened.....or almost then.....I got his list a few days before Christmas and ordered immediately but as you can imagine many people order last-minute gifts so the package was delayed.....but I was lucky to receive it just in the nick of time 😰

So the lesson that we learned today is that I will have to start nagging a bit more hehe 😊

And that is why I already wanted to overload you with some Christmas Gift Ideas like these

Handmade Zipper Pouch, Leather Zip Bag, Floral Bag


Golden Yellow Brocade Sari Silk Scarf - Handmade Women's Scarf


Air plant with hanger, plant frame


Christmas Cup, Christmas Gift for Her


Beautiful Diary or Journal Size A6


Cat compact mirror, handbag mirror, cat mirror


Christmas gift for her, Watch for woman


Lime Basil & Mandarin scented candles, Christmas gift for her



Ceramic Tea Cup, Coffee Mug Handmade


Mineral Eye Shadow, Premium Colors, Comes with a Brush

And what do you think.....did I inspire you to do some shopping already πŸ˜‹

Hope you like my blog post.....Until next time.....Have a great day

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day.

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Want me to review your product?? Just send me a message 😊

Saturday, 2 November 2019

How to stand out on a special occasion or wedding

Hi There.....have you had enough of all that cheap jewelry you see everybody walking around with?

Wouldn't you rather stand out with a very special piece of jewelry?

Well no need to look any further cause I have some beautiful pieces I want to show you 😁

Recently someone made a remark on my blog post that my title was not catchy at all. Well, it was anonymous but I still thought ok let's see if I can find a way to improve myself. So if you are reading this now.....what do you think is my title better now?

I am actually happy to get that kind of remarks cause I am always looking to improve myself or maybe I am just a bit crazy or who knows it might be both or there is another option I might be crazy not to take on any advice I get 😏

Did you know that there are many cultures that use jewelry to ward off evil? So if you don't own any it is time for you to buy some.....no time like the present 😁

Ok, let's see if I can find other reasons to get you past that threshold.

Did you know that making jewelry to me is more than just a passion? It is actually some kind of therapy for me ass well. I have a lot of joint problems as some of you know but what most of you might not know is that even though I take a lot of painkillers I still have to deal with pain on a daily basis. Making jewelry takes my mind off that pain and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Ok, so that was compassion and fear.....mmm I can't think of any other thing except for the fact that it makes me soooo angry that people are not buying my stuff.

Haha just kidding.....I am not one to get angry fast but I will make a happy dance when I sell something.....then there is the fact of course on how to prove that I do that.....yes that is something I still need to think about 😜

Ok, enough now I have tested your patience long enough.....let me show you some of my own handmade beadwork jewelry

Evening Outfit, Romantic Bracelet


Wedding Anniversary Gift for Wife, Green Beadwork Jewelry


Embroidered Bracelet, Chunky Red Jewelry


Bead Rope Necklace, Evening Necklace


Layered Bracelet, Elegant Women Bracelet


Yellow Necklace for Her, Glass Bead Jewelry Gift


Xmas Gift for Women, 21st Birthday Gift for Her


Niece Gift from Aunt, Beadweaving Jewelry


Beadwork Bracelet with Maze, Delicate Bracelet for Evening


Pink Necklace for Friend, Women Jewelry with Leafs


So let me know what you think of my jewelry and the way I present it now and who knows maybe next time you will see that I have taken on your advice πŸ˜ƒ

One more question I am always racking my brain up about why I am hardly getting any sales in my Etsy shop.....am I too cheap or too expensive maybe 😨

Hope you like my blog post.....Until next time.....Have a great day

Renata (Seadbeady)

Behind every unique handmade piece is a lot of hard work. It's a labor of love and every piece you buy will make someone's day a happy day.

Want to be on my blog next time ?? Want me to review your product?? Just send me a message 😊