Wednesday 12 June 2013

Southend-on-Sea and beads

No, I didn't go shopping for beads in Southend, but that is an idea for next time. My hubby and I went to Southend-on-Sea for the day, and despite being typically gloomy weather, it was nice to be at the sea. We saw some adorable, colourful little beach huts, pretty shells, and I even snatched a few pieces of sea glass. Since it wasn't perfect summer weather, we had the beach to ourselves.


I thought I'd show you some gorgeous beads I got recently. My friend, Solange, in France sells these wonderful African glass and trade beads. Some are more modern and others are antique, but they're all beautiful. I picked out a few from her shop, Ahowin, but Solange sent me lots of extras. They even came in a wonderful little bag made from African fabric.
I love, love all these little beads. There are some recycled glass beads with a wonderful rustic, gemstone feel, vintage Czech glass and trade beads, and brightly colored ones. I have so many ideas for them - I can't wait to get back to my supplies to make something special.
Here's a closer look at some of what Solange sent me.
And a better photo of my absolute favourite beads. These remind me of sea glass. If I'm not mistaken, they're made from recycled glass and have a beautiful mix of cobalt, green, and seafoam blue colors.
Aren't they gorgeous? That's all I have to show you now, but I do have some new lampwork beads from Tan Grey and Tempting Little Charms to share with you in a day or two. Can't wait!


  1. Hi Leah,I can't wait to see what you make with them. Did you find some seashells, I love seashells, I collect them. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Hey, sorry, I stumbled upon your blog and wanted to ask - is Southend-on-Sea particularly good for sea glass? My partner and I make jewellery out of things we find on beaches but living in London find it a bit difficult to get out and find things these days :c