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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.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

And this weekend?

We'll be at Somerset Hall in Portishead on Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm. It is in the small shopping precinct at the end of the High Street, nearest to Cabstand and Waitrose. The band were named after the town, not the town named after the band before you ask.

Sunday sees us at the Whitminster Inn, on the A38 near to Gloucester. It's just off junction 13 on the M5 so convenient to get to. this fair is open from 10am to 4.30pm.

Brave the elements, we are going to, and come to see us!

Monday, 16 November 2009

UK last posting dates for Christmas

I haven't a picture of a red Royal Mail van, so here's a picture of a red boat!

Royal Mail have just mailed me details of Christmas last posting dates so I thought I'd mention them here.

The last day for 2nd class mail is 18 December, 1st class is 21 December.

Special Delivery, guaranteed next day delivery or your money back is available until 23 December.

International Airmail last posting dates start from 4 December, so I'd better get a move on and post my sister's present to Australia!

Airmail dates are

Friday 4th December
South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Far East, Asia, New Zealand
and Australia

Thursday 10th December
Japan, USA, Canada, and Eastern Europe

Friday 11th December
Western Europe

There will not be deliveries from December 25 - 28 but there will be extra deliveries in the week running up to Christmas, both evenings and on Sunday 20 December.

And, for heaven's sake, this information all came wrapped up in my first Christmas card (from Royal Mail).

Further details are available from the Royal Mail website and there's a handy leaflet to download and keep by your desk.

New Etsy shop - it's BlueBoxStudioToo!

After much soul searching I have decided to open a second Etsy shop for my supplies, destash, unwanted findings, tools etc because I think it will give a more streamlined appearance to my main Etsy shop.

Currently listed are some fabrics and cufflink blanks but shortly to come are some jewellery tools I no longer use and some spare silver findings. As supply items expire in my main shop they will (possibly) be relisted in my supplies shop so it will a little while before I get both shops exactly as I want.

When I get time I have a large box of sea glass, recently collected but yet to be sorted so there will be some goodies from that for sale too.

There'll be the same great service as currently offered to Etsy and Folksy customers, but now in another place.

If there is something you are specifically looking for (within the range of items I sell) get in touch, I may well have it lurking at the back of a cupboard, waiting to be listed and loved again.

For sea glass jewellery and accessories, silk & velvet scarves and accessories visit http://blueboxstudio.etsy.com and http://blueboxstudio.folksy.com.

For jewellery supplies, fabric supplies, tools and general destash visit http://blueboxstudiotoo.etsy.com.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Shop Handmade gift boxes - now on sale

I've contributed to ShopHandmade's gift boxes, giving my sea glass pendants, ideal for adding to your favourite chain, ribbon or just giving as a gift. All together 27 designers have contributed to these boxes, which are better than the traditional 'sample' box in that you get full sized products but as a huge discount off the normal price.

There are currentrly 15 unique and limited boxes. You can see these on Shophandmade's website
so you can see what you are getting before purchase. You can then buy them from Shophandmade's Folksy shop. I understand they will also be available from the Oxford Handm@de fair on 29 November.

I'm off to browse those gorgeous boxes, so prettily presented. There are only 15 and they are sure to be snapped up soon!