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 New Opening!

Welcome to Tracy’s Homemade site.

My name is Tracy (from Tracy’s Topics) I have always enjoyed crafting. But I really only started beading in March 2010. I had set up a goal (101 things in 1001 days) to learn a new craft – any craft. By chance I stumbled onto beading while browsing our local craft shop. I made a few things and eventually found a beginner book on beading. I made some gifts for friends and family {and for me too!}. Pretty soon people were placing orders. How awesome that I can get paid for a favourite hobby!

Tracy's Topics product tag

I started to create under the Tracy’s Topics name, but it didn’t have a nice ring to it. On a completely unrelated track I made some Lemonade syrup and was playing around in photoshop for a nice label.

Tracy's Homemade Lemonade product label

I made Tracy’s Homemade Lemonade, and simply fell in love with the label. It wasn’t orange *gasp*, it didn’t have polka dots, it had a lot of black, and my name was in pink. It was perfect.

I had my first Market Day selling under this new name on 6 November2010 and it went pretty darn well.

This site is so that I can sell to the rest of the South African public. Thank you for dropping by.

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I found instructions to make similar rings in issue 24 of The Bead Book.

I’ll share with you how I made mine.

I used:

  • Memory Wire ring size from The Bead Shop
  • ± 70 3mm seed beads in charcoal
  • 25mm Silver Rose button
  • round nose pliers, needle nose pliers and side cutter

Method:

  • Start by making a small loop at one end of wire. (I was caught off guard at how hard this wire is – be careful with slipping your pliers)
  • Thread half your beads onto the wire; about 1 and a half loops if you want it symmetrical and not too tight.
  • Next thread on your button (I love the rose buttons I got from our haberdashery!)
  • Thread on the rest of your beads. If using the memory wire rings that I used, then you will have about a whole loop of wire left over: Trim leaving enough wire to make a closing loop.

I have kind of thick fingers when compared to the rest of the ring wearing population. (Think my wedding ring measured S or T) So after making one I pulled the loops apart and stretched the loops a bit so that the ring fits comfortably. This means that one size will basically fit all!

The other three I made in the same style are for sale on my bid-or-buy page.

 

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I have jumped onto the online shop bandwagon. Had to get creative as to where to host it. I saw some South Africans on etsy… but don’t know if I’m ready to go that route. My items are relatively cheap (ok ok, they are real cheap) and don’t think buyers will want to spend so much on postage. Locally it’s already pretty high as it is.

Browsing the magazine rack at Spar the other day (I don’t usually buy magazines – unless I’m entirely sure I will read and use at least half of the articles.), so I see a beading mag and buy it. Somewhere near the back is an ad for selling your goodies on Bid or Buy. I saw that as the final sign and uploaded my first little batch on Sunday! So exciting… and so confusing!

 Well, confusing at first. Eventually sort of figured out what all the jargon means (ok, so maybe the words are all in plain English, but I wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer yesterday). I think it’s the negative ratings that scare me. That I might upset a buyer and that will ruin all future transactions.

Will try to upload some more products tonight. And I have to make some more. Check out the ones i DO have up!

And I really need to sell these cause there are these findings I want – the CUTEST ever – and I want to make a special product that I saw in that bead magazine I got… but it’s going to cost me at least R300 to get the beads I want… and postage still has to added. So instead of breaking the bank NOW, I’ll wait until I’ve sold a few things and maybe I can build up a clientele or better reputation… or I’ll just wait for payday and buy those beads anyway 😉

(deliberate typo in the header)

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I am the worst kind of shopper – the impulsive kind. And also the I might need that kind. So when I started buying beads I got them in sets of 4 or 5 of each… just in case I might need extra. Added to this kind of hoarding-buying-spree, I also want to keep 1 or 2 for just in case in use it; but I never do. So I always have a bit of whatever I was working on left over: be it a single unpaired glass bead, half a small bowl of icing sugar, or the last 10 ml of fruit concentrate.  (you get the picture right?)

So my beads box has a lot if little containers now with odd beads and charms and doodah’s in a rainbow of colours, just sitting there waiting to be used.

I felt a bit more inspired after reading this book, Beading for Beginners. It really shows you the bare basics, but I also got some nice ideas for future projects.

My first earring set I made with yellow beads because it’s not a colour I wear often, so if I stuff it up it’s ok.  Ended up wearing them with my Bafana-bafana shirt on Football Friday anyway – I loved how they came out!

I found our local craft shop has some stunning painted glass beads – you just have to hunt a bit.

The cool thing about all this craftiness, is how fast you can work as well. On Saturday I put on a new sweater and while checking out the mirror I thought I have some beads that will look perfect with this. Few twists, cuts, matching seed beads and quick-quick I had a set of earrings to complement my outfit.

And I’ll probably never wear this set again as I’m using the white-flowery beads in a handbag charm for myself.

Highlight of my week though was that a friend asked me to make a handbag charm for another friend of hers for her birthday; she offered to pay me – you know it’s serious business when there’s money involved 😉

And second top highlight was when I stumbled onto this site. I know there is this huge warehouse-type shop in Cape Town, Beads for Africa, which has almost any and every beads imaginable. So when we moved to the platteland I though that I will miss out on al the big craft suppliers. Price wise looks like The Bead Shop is affordable, and their shipping is based on weight. I’ll order from them sometime next month and see how their service is.  Let’s get beading!

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Last on my MUST-do list regarding beading was a blue/aqua gift. I made a key chain too cause I had the clasp and you can hook it to whatever.
{The Eiffel Tower is there cause it’s sort of a private joke; see we have a town called Parys, that’s Afrikaans for Paris. So it’s not such a biggie when you say that you are shopping in Paris 😉 }

I love the hand made charm and got a whole bunch of them. There’s supposed to be a coffee cup there too, but with so many doodahs, it’s probably hiding behind some. I added 2 ribbons this time  – I like adding it as it seems to soften the whole metal look.

I’ll try and get this mailed over the weekend. Hope my friend likes it!

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Following on the post where I learned about beading and made two bookmarks.

I made a keychain the other day – it’s super chunky and full of little charms for my cousin to find. She’s having their first baby, also a little girl, and I wanted to make something especially for her new Mommy – people tend to focus so much on the new baby, that mommy sometimes feels a little neglected ;) s’true.

Some of the charms I’ve put on are a kitty, cute shorts, made with love, strawberry, made for an angel, coffee cup, swirly, love and laugh cameo’s and lots of beads and dangly bits. Hope she like it 😀

I got her some goodies for baby too, like receiving blanket, baby-gro’s (some call them onesies… I think), Fissan Paste bum cream (that I SWEAR by), petroleum jelly, some cute hair bands, and the infamous Jungle Juice recipe. Getting all broody just making up this care package! I want to get maybe 1 or 2 more things, then I’ll mail it.

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Funny how I got into this. I honestly wanted to learn to crochet – so that I can make a bag from plarn using my collection of colourful department store bags. My mom even got me a size J crochet hook (it’s a huge size 10)

I went to our local craft supplier shop – Lé Mar Arts & Crafts – my domestic worker was ill, so I took her to the doctor, and since it was right around the corner, I popped in quick-quick.

The owner was busy unpacking some bookmarks she had made. I was charmed – right there I decided that I want to make my own. I went back that afternoon to raid the shelves.

There was a variety of bookmark bases: from long weird looking arms, dolphins, feather type design with paisley – I liked the mermaids: 2 in a packet for R20. This makes the base that you place inside the book; Then you add whatever you want to the ring. I wanted to take a look at her original ones for some inspiration – but they were all sold out by then 😮 So I used one of the key chain/handbag charms as a guide.

Of course I needed some more paraphernalia other than beads, charms and a chain. Got  round nose pliers and side cutter – both about R17 each, some head pins and jump rings.

The owner’s daughter was doing the afternoon shift that day; I asked her how to do a few things, like attaching a bead to the chain {i had no idea ok}, how do attach a ribbon to the chain – without the obvious ‘make a knot’ option.

After Amelia went to bed and the one-pot-meal was simmering {did I mention that I am not fond of cooking}, I started beading {more jewelry making technique though}. I black one is for me {surprise it’s not orange!}. The pink one is for a special lady who’s birthday is coming up soon. I made them chunky, cause that’s what I  like. There is also a lot of little ‘hidden’ charms that you might not see at first glance – that’s the whole idea. I wanted it  to be that everytime you look at it, you see something you missed the last time.

What do you think?

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