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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, 24 October 2009

It's such a perfect day (apologies to Lou Reed)

Apart from the weather, today has been brilliant.

First a very quiet day at the Salisbury craft fair but we had our best day ever outside of the Create Festive Fayre, which always outstrips every other show.

The Create Festive Fayre is held by Bristol City Council in the Create Centre, is a juried show but not exclusively hand made work. Well organised and well attended I look forward to going every year, knowing full well that one year it won't be 'my turn' but making a real effort to always have new work and a good presentation both for my application and my stall.

Today is my lucky day! I've received notification that I have been offered a place at the Create Festive Fayre for the 5th year running.

Right now, I could not be happier.

For anyone in the Bristol area, note your diaries, I'll be there from Friday 4 December 4pm to 9pm and all day Saturday 5 December. More about it later.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Off on my travels again

Just a quick reminder that I will be at fairs in the Guildhall, Market Square in Salisbury tomorrow, Saturday 24 October and at Grittleton House near Chippenham on Sunday. Details of these venues is here.

My on-line shops will close this evening and re-open by Monday morning as I will be taking some of the stock from my shops to the fairs and I don't want the confusion or disappointment of selling it in 2 places at once.

If you purchase from me at these fairs, and mention you read about them on my blog, I'll pop an extra little something in your bag as a thank you for battling through the wind and rain that are promised for this weekend.

If you are no where near these venues, I'm in Yeovil Sunday week. More of that later.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Funny things you find on the beach

So there we were, 4 of us beach combing for sea glass around the Plymouth coastline, when I came across a pebble with a blog address on it. I've found some funny (and not so funny) things on the beach before but never a stone with a web address. I guess every respectable stone should have one - well, it couldn't have an ipod could it? it hasn't any ears.

Having done a bit of research my pebble should have had a smile on its face, but the sea has washed his smile away. It sounds like one of my mother's threats .... "if you do/don't do xxxx I'll wipe that smile off your face, my girl", apparently I was a difficult child.

Every day on a beach yields just one gem; the Find Of The Day, and this was Friday's FOTD. When I got home I looked up the blog address and found my pebble on the beach with lots of others, all with happy faces.

So what will happen to my pebble now that I've snatched it away from the bosom of its family? I'll give it a new face and leave him somewhere on Clevedon beach for someone else to discover. Somewhere warm where he will be happy and have something to smile about.

Oh, and the blog address? Take a look at the pebblescopy blog, my pebble is the one on the far right of picture #33.

Tell me the strangest thing you've found on a beach.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Beat the post strike, buy from me at fairs!

We're in a recession and now we have a post strike. How is a girl supposed to save up for another Gucci handbag?!

Seriously, I'll keep posting orders whilst I can and when I can't because they block up the post boxes, I'll find another way to get orders out. I'm exploring the options with a company called Collect+. Meanwhile the easiest way to get your Christmas shopping done this year is to visit me at a craft fair where you will not only see the lovely handmade things I make but also the beautiful things other people make too. And you get to meet the maker!

So, here's where you can find me over the next couple of weeks:

This Saturday, 24 October I will be at the Guildhall in the market square, Salisbury. This is a beautiful building and worth a look for that alone. It's also market day so come and get your groceries at the same time. This fair runs from 9.30 to 5pm. A very central venue, there are car parks, park and ride stops and bus stops nearby. Centrally located for cashpoints too as many of us don't take cards (nice idea but horrendously expensive, even if cheques are less common nowadays - banks please take note)

Sunday 25 October sees me at Grittleton House from 10am to 5pm. I've not been here before but it is situated about 12 miles from junction 17 on the M4. At junction 17 head north towards Malmesbury and Cirencester, then take the 1st left, signposted Grittleton and follow that road. I hope the organiser's directions are good as I'll be following them. Kevin's fairs are always wonderfully signposted so keep an eye out for the signs.

More about my November fairs nearer the time. I've added another to the diary, at a local school on the evening of 26 November. It's a long time since I've done a school fair, and they used not to work for me but I now have a wider range of less expensive items so we will see. I like to support the local community but at the end of the day Blue Box Studio is a business, not a hobby, and has to pay its own way.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

New printing blocks, new printed scarves .....

I've listed some new printing blocks in my Folksy shop. These are ones that I bought to use when making scarves but have never quite got round to using as much as I had planned. Space is now at a premium and, using my new policy of "not used in x months then it goes" 'tis time for them to have a new home.

There are also a few wooden printing blocks in my Etsy shop. All are antique and originally used in India.

Also new to my Folksy shop are some velvet scarves. DH, my roadie at craft fairs (due to me having slipped a disc and tearing a tendon in my elbow last year) decreed that he wouldn't carry more boxes than I already have, nor would another fit in the car (we do look like a band on tour when we head off to fairs) so I have had to make space in another box for my clutch and tote bags.

To make space I have displaced a number of velvet and silk scarves. All are to my usual high standard, but I'm struggling to find a home for them so am offering them, as time allows me to list, in my Etsy and Folksy shops for around 50% off the normal price.

Lastly, I've also cleared out one of the drawers in my 'office'. Once up on a time I used to make greetings cards and collected a number of peel-off stickers which I am now offering in my Etsy shop. There are 2 lots of 7 sheets, all have one or more stickers removed but if you make cards and use peel-offs these are a bargain and a useful addition to your stash. From my destash to your stash!

We've been sea glass hunting again, more of that later, so keep watching my shops for more silk and velvet scarves and more sea glass; all coming soon.