I Have Panic Disorder And I’m Ready To Talk About It (I Think)

Full Mental Nudity

This is not easy for me to write. And I want to first say that I am not writing it in order to receive any kind of sympathy or pity. That is not the reason I’m doing this and I do not expect it from anyone. The reason I forced myself to write this after starting and stopping about 100 times is because I think it is very important for people with mental illness to discuss it. To bring it out in the open. Talking about it helps prevent the illness from festering and morphing into something even scarier in your mind, and it also lets people know that they are not alone. It is so easy to feel alone when struggling with this. I have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks for as long as I can remember, but I have only really begun to face it in the…

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Leaf Shield Leather Wrap Bracelet

Another fab Bello Modo design x

Bello Modo

Every now and again something in the shop crosses my path and instantly I know I want to make something with it. That’s how I felt when I first saw the Deer Skin Lace Leather. It’s so incredibly soft, it was love at first sight.  Since it’s pretty thin, I figured a wrap bracelet was the way to go. Then I found these Leaf Shield Sliders and the idea was born.

LWB1

Of course, then I had to figure out how to finish it off and attach it all.

LWB2

I’m glad I ended up making one black and one brown for this tutorial. This leather is handmade, which means that there will naturally be slight variations. The black leather is thicker than the brown… so while I was able to get six strands of brown leather through the slider, I could only get four strands of the black. The…

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Italian Leather Bracelet

Love this leather bracelet idea using Tierracast components x

Bello Modo

Have you seen the new You Collection from TierraCast yet? Such great pieces to play with… I love all the positive messages. The rectangular links work great with the 10mm flat leather. I was really drawn to using the Italian leather… not only is it a beautiful, high quality leather, it’s also nice and soft.

ILB3

My wrist is 6.25 inches, so I cut the leather to 5.25 inches, which is pretty perfect. It is nice and fitted, if you like it looser adjust accordingly.

To make this bracelet, you will need a Leather Hole Punch tool, a Nylon Jaw Bracelet Bending Plier, a Leather Cord Straight Cutter and a pair of flat nose pliers.

Materials:

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Mother’s Day Floating Circles

Some pretty inspiration from Bello Modo x

Bello Modo

For all of you still looking for some Mother’s Day inspiration, I thought I would share with you what I made for my Mom…

Mothers Day Floating Circles

Honestly, I was so pleased with how these pieces came out. They are quite simple to make while being beautiful and elegant. Another reason why I like these so much is that they can go casual with a pair of jeans or dressed up for a night out.

Here’s what you will need to make the set…

Earrings:

Necklace:

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Count the Ginges and Enter The Draw !

Competition time at the gorgeous La Vidalerie. Have a look at the website for some beautiful jewellery and findings.

La Vidalerie

May Competition – Count the Ginges !

This morning my walk with Choo Choo was joined by some of our ginger cats – how many can you see in this photo ? You can enter the draw to win one of my new Blown Away Wish Charms, handmade in sterling silver and perfect for a necklace or bracelet via my website – http://www.lavidalerie.com/Give-Aways.html

Ginger Cats - on a walk with Choo Choo

handmade silver wish charm competition

Good luck to everyone !  And if you can’t wait you can also order this charm and even have it personalised for you by clicking on the photo above.

Competition ends midnight Monday 4th May 2015.

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