I'm a Swedish beader, living on the peninsula of Bjäre in the Northwestern corner of Skåne, the Southern most province in Sweden. Thanks to all the info and shops I found online, I started beading in spring 2005 and I'm totally hooked, a real beadoholic. And constantly interested in trying new beads, materials and techniques. The rowanberry bracelet above is an example of that, inspired by Melody MacDuffee's graceful, filigree-like twisted wire jewellery.
My personal style, though diverse, tends to lean towards the romantic with inspiration from nature and old fairy tales or mythology. Two great sources of constant inspiration. Again, my bracelet is a good example not only of how nature inspires me, but how I keep associate my jewellery with natural features. It was not intended to look like clusters of rowanberries, but when I saw the bracelet forming in my hands I soon realised it looked just like the branches of all those trees I'd been watching since late August, when the berries really were more orange than red.
This obsession has also led to me becoming a dedicated blogger and since July 2008 I blog about everything related to beads and jewellery making on Manekis Pärlblogg ("Maneki's Bead Blog"). Maneki is the alias most beaders in Sweden knows me as, it's only on UKBF I was boring enough not to come up with a username other than my real name. Blogging is almost a part-time job at times so nowadays I spend more time blogging about beads -- and chatting about beads on forums -- than I actually bead myself. But it doesn't bother me -- as long as my days keep revolving around beads in one way or other, I'm happy!
URL to Manekis Pärlblogg: http://manekisparlblogg.blogspot.com/
Information about the blog in English: http://manekisparlblogg.blogspot.com/2008/08/about-blog.html