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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Stressed cat cuddles mouse

OK, the cat in question wouldn't hurt a fly, in fact he watched a fly walk all over his paws and didn't bat an eyelid, fascinated. The mouse is stuffed and fabric; the one time he brought a real one in he carried it in his mouth for 1/2 an hour before dropping it in the garden totally unharmed (and Ted totally shocked at my over-reaction to a gift).

Ted's had a stressful few weeks. Someone cut his long mane off several weeks ago, just before his mates over the road were snatched by youths under the gaze of their owner who couldn't get to them in time to stop them being taken. It's been a problem in the town recently, cats disappearing, cats being deliberately poisoned by anti-freeze. Then last week his adored brother was really unwell with a temperature of 105F and for a while things were not looking so good for Charlie either. Charlie's now on the mend and tormenting Ted as usual, somehow Ted isn't as annoyed by this as he would usually be.

So, I came into the lounge this evening to find Ted curled up in front of the TV, (good vantage point) having dragged the mouse toy from the basket. Now, it looks to me like he's having a cuddle. He's never taken any notice of the toy before but right now it's a firm favourite.

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