Kangaroo Island Inspiration – Authentic Kangaroo Island

If you have been to Kangaroo Island, you will know how pristine the waters are here and how the sandy beaches are just glorious….most of them have fine white/beige sand and we are so very lucky we can still walk barefoot along the sandy beaches here.

These beads are a long time favourite of mine to make and everyone who sees them is reminded of the beaches and the coastline of Kangaroo Island.

SimplyBea Lampworked Beads – Inspired by the Kangaroo Island Coastline

It’s no wonder that they are my ‘flagship’ look and this inspiration carries on over to many of my pieces.

I am also very pleased to announce that I am now a part of the Authentic Kangaroo Island team which showcases that same look as part of their branding exercise.

Thanks for looking 🙂

~~~LuckyB @ SimplyBea~~~






Back at the Markets!!!

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day in Kingscote, I am so glad I decided to get a stall at the Kingscote Farmer’s Market. It wasn’t an overly busy day in comparison to the other market days but for me, it was good as it gave me a chance to chat with folks and actually have a conversation with most people who dropped by. It’s not easy when you are on your own at the markets, trying to engage with visitors and not ignore anybody. So if you did see me at the market and I wasn’t able to catch up with you, my utmost apologies!!!

SimplyBea at Kingscote Farmer’s Market

I was really lucky that my stall was in a location that allowed me to enjoy the occasional breeze that came through and I was even able to get power to run the doTERRA diffuser at my stall. That was really helpful, the Frankincense kept me alert and focused, sending a lovely scent around my stall. I was able to showcase the kit I encourage newcomers to get – the Home Essentials Kit which is a great way to be introduced to the doTERRA range.

doTERRA Home Essentials Kit
doTERRA Home Essentials Kit

The kit comes with a diffuser and 10 oils. Six 15ml bottles of single essential oils – Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Oregano, Tea Tree. Three doTERRA 15ml blends – On Guard, DigestZen, EasyAir and one 5ml bottle of Ice Blue (THE magic oil for strains/sprains). All this for AUD330 if you sign up for a wholesale account.

If you purchase each individual item on its own, the cost at wholesale is AUD427.75 and at retail it would be AUD570.47. So as you can see, it is definitely a great savings to sign up for a wholesale account.

You can read the details HERE on how to sign up.

If you sign up through me and get the Home Essentials Kit, you will get one of my handmade AromaVessels ($45 retail) as a gift from me for signing up before 28th Feb 2017.

AromaVessel_Aqua_Swirls – Inspired by the clear waters of Kangaroo Island

There are a few to choose from and I will send you the available ones once you have signed up for your doTERRA account. Even if you just pay for your wholesale membership which gets you 25% discount of all your purchases – $35 for the first year and $25 (with a free bottle of Peppermint) each year after that – you will still get to pick your own AromaVessel. Remember, there is no obligation to buy every month but believe me, once you try these oils……you will be wanting to get them all and use the ones you get!

Check out all the great info on my Facebook Page , I will be posting more hints and tips on how to enjoy your essential oils.

Send me an email or a message me through my Facebook Page if you would like more details.

Have a great week!

~~~Lucky B @ SimplyBea~~~













Blue for a cause….

Last weekend was great fun doing lampwork demos at Raptor Domain and this last week has gone by waaay too fast!!!
I didn’t manage to get pics of me on the torch but It was such a good weekend that I have accepted the invitation to go back to do more demos at Raptor Domain, so stay tuned
I also found out last weekend that a blogging friend of mine is making bracelets as part of her fundraising effort for research on Dysautonomia.
Head on over to Rachel’s blog for more info.
This is the link to her fundraising page.
……and here are the beads I made for her yesterday…….

Blue beads for a cause
Blue beads for dysautonomia fundraising

They are fresh out of the kiln this morning and have to be removed from their mandrels, then cleaned before I can send them to Rachel in Auckland.
If you would like to help, head on over to her page to donate.

So, here’s wishing you a wonderful day and fabulous week ahead.

I am off to clean some beads.



“My Signature Style”……..

Someone recently asked me what my signature style is and that got me thinking.

I am very much influenced by the colours of the ocean as I spent many years working on the beach at Seal Bay as a guide and it was the draw of the ocean that brought me to Seal Bay (via an ex-husband) so that is an influence in most of my favourite beads.

I love textures and the organic feel of silver on glass, something I incorporate a lot of in my beads. I am not saying it is a look or technique I created but it was one which I fell in love with and have incorporated into my ‘signature beads’ with a twist….. literally, a twist to bring out the colours and combine the textures.

Just a few examples of recent beads which I had to photograph to upload on ArtFire for sale to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Relief fund.

Do you see a signature style?


Sometimes I melt the glass smooth and at other times (my personal preference) I leave some texture on the bead which the wearer/owner can appreciate, much like a ‘worry bead’ or a ‘thinkers stone’………

Well……. back to the caravan to take advantage of this cooler weather. Making beads when it is hot is a challenge and I am trying to put together a stockpile of beads to make earrings and maybe simple bracelets and necklaces……… stay tuned!

~~~ SimplyBea – Kangaroo Island ~~~


I’m just waiting for the kiln to cool……..

Well….. first of all, I should be in bed sleeping after such a late night/early morning on the torch.
I spent several hours last night making beads for the Queensland Flood Relief fund raising exercise I have committed myself to until the end of February and the next couple of weeks are going to be so busy and the weather forecast is for hot days, I just took advantage of a cool night.
It ended up being a COLD night by 5am this morning and I was still so cold even wrapped up in layers of quilt and spread plus cats in bed that I just couldn’t get to sleep. We’ll see how long I last today!
I am waiting for the kiln to cool before taking the beads out to clean and there are so many other household chores I should really be attending to as well but I just wanted to post some of the beads that have gone off to new homes from the first batch I put up.

The visions of brown rushing water and people on rooftops waiting to be rescued, towns submerged in no time at all….. visions which were too depressing and hard for me to accept. My thoughts turned to the ocean where the water should be clean and clear as mother nature intended…… but we know the reality unfortunately.

So I have used lots of silver foil to bring out the sparkle of the ocean hues and a beautiful raku frit with hues of blue, purple, green and brown….. tones which would represent the situation without being depressing and textures in the beads with twists, turns, rakes and sometimes even ‘drops’ on the surface…..

Lots of silver foil in this one with aquamarine tones to capture the feel of the ocean where the water will eventually end up.

A darker cobalt blue base

Gorgeous hues from the raku frit against a black base

Raku frit swirled through aqua glass

Texture, ‘water drops’,  lots of silver foil and raking in this bead

The end result – beads on waxed cotton to be used as bead charms on USB stick, key chains, zipper toggles or anything you want to personalise which has a little ‘handle’ to put the cord through.

Thank you for looking and I will be putting more beads up as they are ready on my Artfire Store.

~~~ SimplyBea on Kangaroo Island ~~~


What a week (last week)………

Well, since I can’t really swallow and my headache is still hanging around with a slight touch of fever, I though I’d take the time to update this blog which has been sorely neglected for a while.

Have you noticed my new banner? Well, it is the same one as in my Artfire store – trying to stay a bit more coordinated here.

Then…… where do I start? It has been a massive week (again).

Last Monday, I had a near miss and then got the work vehicle stuck shortly after that!

I was heading out to the main road to pick up documents from a colleague driving past and as I neared the turn off, I saw the very tip of a white car heading out literally from the scrub along the road. The whit tip beacme a white bonnet and it didn’t look like the driver was going to stop for me, I saw a little blue/green car coming behind me quite fast so i knew there was no way I could stop my vehicle so I blasted away with the horn. Thankfully the white car stopped just before I got to where it was sticking out and you can imagine my state of mind and the words I did not say but surely went through in my mind!!!!

Well, as I drove past the car, the driver didn’t even acknowledge me and just kind of ‘slid back’ into the scrub as I continued past…….. but luckily the little car behind me didn’t have to put up with slamming their brakes!

Feeling very rattled, I turned off and as I approached the designated meeting spot, I decided to park the vehicle facing the direction of the vehicle I was meeting…….and that’s when I got stuck!

I turned off a bit too close to the steep edge of the track and didn’t realise there were some sneaky ironstone rocks embedded in the ground (found out when Pat came to help me!) which stopped the vehicle from going forward. After a bit of vrrooooommmm, vrrooooommmm and not getting out, bits of loose gravel spinning under the car, I decided I needed help……… and thank goodness Pat (the graduate ranger) came to my rescue.

Stupid Rock!

The rocks you see around the car were easy and much smaller than the one which kept the car from moving forward! Luckily Pat had a shovel and good muscles! Thank you Pat!!!

Then I managed to get the “steering wheel boot” (learned a new car part!) replaced on Friday and when I went to pick up the car I was told there had been a ‘small accident’ and that in reversing the car off the ramp the tail lights had been smashed but the workshop would organise the replacement……. except that I didn’t realise that a bit more than the tail light was smashed!

Oh well……… the good thing I guess, is that no one got hurt and it is all fixable……… at some stage.

How many hours are there in a day and how many days in a week……. just got to do what I can do and be satisfied with that or my anxiety levels will go up again and I don’t want THAT to happen!

On the brighter side….. I have managed to make a few beads which I will put up for sale and proceeds will go to the Queensland Flood relief fund.

My head wasn’t up to dealing with the drill to clean them up over the weekend but I might start some today and see how far I get. Ears are a bit more clogged up today so that might help and I can try ear plugs. Can’t just sit here feeling sorry for myself and playing games, reading on the iPad…. I NEED to do something a bit more constructive…….. while waiting for daughter dearest to get back to me with the revised banner……

………and here is the bunch of them all to be cleaned and made into little phone charms, pendants, keyring charms……….

Hopefully I will manage to get a few done by Wednesday (Australia Day) and get the pics uploaded for people to pick and choose. There have been a few pledges already so that’s good.

Going to feed myself now before starting on the beads. 2 days on just soups is keeping me hungry but I can’t really swallow much else at this stage……

~~~ Bea ~~~


From one new year to the next!

Soon the rabbit will come hopping through to take residence for the next lunar year.
What will the lunar year of the rabbit bring us?
Wishing you a year of prosperity and good health.
I hope I will have a more productive year, this one has sadly started with a few misses and I am positive it will pick up, just have to remember that I can nly count on myself and do what I can do.
Sounds a bit morose doesn’t it…….. well, hopefully I will perk up soon enough.
~~~ Bea ~~~


New shopping cart

Just a few items listed for a quick purchase…


7 on the Wall opening @ Sunset Winery

Well…….. I FINALLY made it to the opening night of an exhibition I am participating in.

How pathetic is that you ask? I find the drive back in the dark, with potential kangaroos, wallabies & possums moving across the road in front of the car, very stressful and until last night it was just all too hard. Luckily friends who wanted to go were kind enough to meet me at a corner not too far from home and that made a BIG difference!

It was a nice evening, lots of people turned up and Fleur was surprised I made it. I didn’t tell her “just in case” I couldn’t make it.

Sophie Lewis put on an amazing performance with the dance of the Seven veils and the basement of the winery was magically transformed for the exhibition with gorgeous fabrics draped across the wall and it was all very nice!

I feel very honoured to be exhibiting my line SimplyBea alongside Diana Keir, Fred Peters, Janine Mackintosh, Jenny Clapson, Mark Capon & Neil Sheppard.

My theme was The Seven Chakras

Chakra Chart - SimplyBea

There were lots of favourable comments on my bracelets and it made it all so very worthwhile putting in that extra effort and the twinges in my left hand…… and it was oh so very nice chatting with the lovely Suzanne from Melbourne who was the first person to buy two of the Seven Chakra bracelets.

Seven Chakras Bracelet
The Seven Chakras

A fantastic way to wear all seven Chakras at one time and the beads are textured so they are also great as “worry beads”.

It is always nice to know where my pieces go to and how they are perceived. All in all…… a very exciting evening after an eventful day.

A “blip” at work which set off an anxiety attack – I am going to have to handle that better because I know there will be more to come.

A fabulous surprise to be called by the Post Master saying….. “Bea – there’s a parcel for you, it has JUST arrived…….!” ……. YES…. it was from the USA…… and it had my new baby, THE SCORPION!!!!

The Scorpion
My New Torch!!!!!!

So now…. fun and games, trying to set it up…….. AND getting ready for the NEXT exhibition opening next week at Fine Art!

Catch you later – I am soooooo excited!!!!!

~~~ SimplyBea ~~~


Calendula flowers from my garden…..

Some pics of the lovely Calendula flowers I have in the garden at the moment.

They are such a beautifully sunny yellow that it cheers me up straight away just looking at the flowers. They are so stunning and just the variations in yellow is amazing as well.

Close up of one of my Calendulas
Close up of Calendula
Calendula Close up
Another Calendula Close up
Another Calendula Close up
A Bright Yellow Calendula
The Calendula Patch
The Calendula Patch - After harvesting!

Well – I should have thought about taking the photo BEFORE HARVESTING the flowers that day but there are so many new flowers again today that I might get another pic later. I am so pleased that they have done well and apparently they self sow so I will have lots more plants and flowers from now on.

~~~ SimplyBea ~~~