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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.

Friday, 31 July 2009

My lucky streak continues ....!

I swear I've never known anything like it; but my luck continues. DH has just returned from a trip to the US and confessed he's lost one pair of his very expensive glasses and the lovely case I got for him to keep them in. Where? Don't know! Must have just dropped out of his bag at some stage. Grrrr. Then I saw Stacey's blog give-away and thought, if I won this, DH would not dare lose his glasses again else the boys and I would kill him for losing something cat orientated. Imagine my surprise when I won! I don't normally win anything but this is my 3rd (and I presume last since things happen in 3s) win recently. I am delighted.

My prize arrived today and I couldn't wait to open it. It took a while - the mailer had been well covered in tape - but that just added to the excitement. Inside was my wonderful prize,

a black and white cat themed, sort of Escher patterned glasses sleeping bag,

and a cute laminated 'thank you' card with a lovely and true sentiment on the reverse -
Stacey where do you find the time to make these???

Apart from the wonderful fabric used to make this beautiful specs case, the lining is just as beautiful, a pretty red swirly pattern, the specs case is so well made, with a little ribbon loop for DH to hang up in a safe place when not using. Sometimes his glasses are on the end of his nose - clearly a safer place for him to keep them. No doubt the day will come when my myopic friend will ask 'have you seen my glasses?' when he is wearing them, but he's not been tempted to that fate yet. If the 'green eyed monster' tempts you to also have one of Stacey's wonderful glasses cases, then go over to her Etsy shop and say I sent you (no prize for saying that, but it's nice to know where your customers come from).

In case you are interested to see what else I have been up to this week, I've been making more sea glass jewellery. Some cute pendant earrings will soon appear in my Etsy and Folksy shops using some sterling silver celtic themed connectors I bought recently. I've also been experimenting with making some more threaded sea glass necklaces, as a change from those I make on twisted silver wire. Having sorted out the components for a recent commission I thought I ought to explore them some more before putting them safely away in my workshop. These will probably go to a local gallery but keep an eye out for similar in my shops.

The top necklace is blue and aqua sea glass with sterling silver twisted heishi

The bottom necklace is lavender sea glass with sterling silver and twisted heishi

Both are made from English sea glass the colours of which are quite rare for us to find and collected by myself around the shores of south west England.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Well, these have lasted well! A beginner's tale

My father was a rose grower - usually there were 1000 roses in our garden that were to be pruned and budded so we kids learned the entire process from an early age. Mum and Dad went along the row cutting the slots for the buds to go into, then we kids followed on putting in the buds, tying up the cuts etc.

Roses were Dad's life and I felt it would be nice to celebrate his birthday with roses. Dad had his favourites but you can't buy them now, everyone wants Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Golden Wedding, not Superstar, Peace and Ena Harkness!

My next plan was that DH and I would have buttonholes for the day, but I'd never made these before and funds didn't run to the florist this week. Plan B part 2 - resort to the internet!

There are several excellent tutorials on line and using a combination of these I made several buttonholes, with spares in case of overnight disasters, using roses growing in my garden. I'm quite pleased with the results.

But how to keep them fresh overnight? Well, if anyone also has this question in their mind, there are 2 ways, equally successful although the second leaves you with wet ribbon!

1 - pop them in a plastic bag, blow into the bag to inflate, seal with a clippy or a knot. The carbon dioxide keeps them fresh. Don't ask me what carbon dioxide, I skipped that bit.

2 - pop them in a lidded polybox with a bit of damp kitchen roll. Seal box. Flowers kept well but ribbons were wet next morning so not much use for pinning to my dress. My vote goes to the plastic bag method. Worked a treat and flowers were fresh next morning, ready for a day's wear and tear.

Happy Birthday Dad

Christopher Stanley Clifford Theobald

26 July 1909 - 21 March 1974

Sadly my Dad is no longer with us but nevertheless we celebrated what would have been his 100th birthday, yesterday.

I am the youngest member of the family by far, my brothers and sisters are 11, 16 and 21 years older than me, with both my parents having children from previous relationships. We spent an enjoyable afternoon comparing memories and our relationship to each other: I have 2 half-brothers, a half-sister and an adopted half-sister (does that exist?); one brother has a full brother, half-sister, step-sister and adopted sister; the rest had something inbetween - there are 5 of us in total. One sister was missing from the party, she lives in Australia so a bit far to come for lunch.

It was interesting to hear of Dad's past from the older members of the family as well as for them to hear how it was once they'd grown up and left home, leaving me behind. By the time I arrived, a big surprise to both my parents, Dad was 47! I think he was hoping for grandchildren, not another of his own.

Sadly Dad didn't enjoy good health and had major surgery for mouth and throat cancer around the time I was born. I understand that he was one of the first patients to receive Radium therapy for his cancer. He died in 1974 looking a lot older than his 64 years. Our best guess is this photo was taken in the early 1950s, when he would have been mid-forties; not a young-looking man due to his poor health.

Happy Birthday Dad.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

And the winners are ..... Congratulations go to .......

I used Random.org to choose the winners and the winners are:

7 - Odd.sox

4 - Aik and

6 - Noble Beeyotch.

Thanks everyone for participating. Watch out for other give-aways and offers.

Winners, if you'd like to email me your contact details I'll get your prize on its way to you.

If you were not lucky enough to win but would like one of my pretty pendants, I have some listed in my Etsy and Folksy shops.