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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.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

I won!!!

A while back I mentioned that Jolicious was having a give-away on her blog. I was so excited to hear I'd won and even more excited to come home to a little parcel from Jo today. I've won 4 cute badges by bubsie and a little pendant on a clip which will be brilliant hanging on tag of my fleece zipper beautifully wrapped in its own little bag - no more fumbling to do the zip up in a howling gale with gloves on.

Here are my goodies. As anyone who knows me well knows, I never ever win anything. In fact don't stand behind me in a queue either as the till will either close as you get there or the person in front will have come for the day and we'll all be there ages.

It's been a long day at work and to come home to this was wonderful, so thank you Jo.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Who needs duvet covers?

With better half away for a couple of days I thought I'd fill my time with chores. Bed covers washed, dried and ironed - and this is what I find when I get back up to the bedroom.

Clearly exhausted from terrorising the neighbour's cat, this is the sight that greeted me....... Charlie tucked up in the middle of the duvet!

A rare treat

Friday was a bit like the Curate's egg - good in parts. Husband took leave from his day job and we planned to have an 'us' day. Unfortunately, I have been waiting ages for a cortisone injection in my elbow, having torn a ligament ages ago and it not healing which is interfering with life in general. What date was I given for my injection? Friday! Never mind, my appointment was early so I could get the nastiness out of the way and enjoy the rest of our day.

So, with a bit of a late start we headed off to Hestercombe gardens in Somerset. We last visited a few years ago so decided it was time we went again. This is a pretty garden, with restaurant (of course) and shop selling plants and other goodies. They have rare lesser horsehoe bats roosting in a barn but sadly the bat-cam wasn't working. We were enjoying a great walk around by some large ponds when we were joined by a lesser horsehoe bat flying around in broad daylight. Clearly a contender for 'Bats have got talent' this one saw a photo opportunity and landed on a nearby tree. My little Nikon camera isn't brilliant at zooming in to small objects up a tree but we have it our best shot and the patient little thing waited 10 minutes for me to stop coo-ing affectionately before going off in search of more intelligent beings.

We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have joined up as 'friends' for a year so can now visit when we like. They refunded our entrance fee for the day and gave us a free cream tea so at the end of the day it's not actually cost much (not that it's expensive to join in the first place).