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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, 18 December 2009

Opening offer at Blue Box Studio Direct

Now that my new shop is up and running, one of the features it allows is to offer discounts. This is possible without all the faff that happens when you offer discounts on Etsy and Folksy, revised invoices, Paypal repayments, will the seller really refund me ....

As an opening offer in my new shop I am offering a 10% discount off all items (but excluding postage costs). This will run until 31 December 2009.

Just visit my new shop following the link from the home page of my website - www.blueboxstudio.co.uk or go direct at www.blueboxstudio.bigcartel.com and enter the discount code BLOGREADER in the discount code box.

Now you can buy from Blue Box Studio direct

Something I've wanted to do for a long time is have my own shop running from my website. Many of my customers tell me that they do not want to buy from somewhere where they have to sign up first. Having researched the easiest way for me to do this, with the limited computer ability I have, I settled on using Big Cartel to add a 'cart' to my website.

Having registered I followed the instructions to the letter [ex-civil servant, old habits die hard] and proceeded to attempt to add a CNAME to my DNS. I add at this point that I understand what this means as much as I understand the Big Bang theory. I asked my hosts, 34sp.com how I should do this and then went back and asked for simpler instructions as there were warning all over the page that things could go seriously wrong if I didn't get this right. Fears of bringing the WWW to it's knees, satellites going out orf orbit and worse were allayed when they offered to do the bizz for me.

I've since realised that the CNAME thingy directs all traffic to my website to my shop. This wasn't quite what I was after and further enquiries of Big Cartel, who's instructions I thought I was following show that I only need to add a hyperlink to my website and should get the CNAME thingy removed if that is all I want to do. The CNAME bit is taking longer to undo than do! Hyperlinks I can do and if I'd followed my gut instinct I'd have tried this option first!

Anyway, we battle on bravely. My new shop has stock, although not as much as I had hoped by the end of the day due to sorting out the teething problems. More will be added in a day or two. You don't need to register to buy and can pay through Paypal using your credit card or your Paypal account.

My Folksy and Etsy shops will continue as they are for now but I will review them in the New Year. The teething problems in the new shop will hopefully be sorted in a day or so and all things will revert to being tickety-boo.

Do please have a look at my new shop - http://blueboxstudio.bigcartel.com. There will be more to come later.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

More supplies goodies from Blue Box Studio

I decided to sort through a couple of little boxes hidden in my cupboards and found lots of gorgeous buttons, magnetic snaps and metal bag frames in various sizes and various coloured metals left over from my bag making exploits. I've been so busy making scarves that I've not had the time to make more bags so have decided to destash some of the supplies until I have more time.

These have been listed in my Folksy supplies shop and my Etsy supplies shop. If you make bags or use buttons in your work go along and have a look, there are some real pretty and unusual ones to be had.

Just a taster of what I have on offer ............