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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, 8 January 2010

Deep and crisp and even...!

'Tis not thawing very quickly. What snow we had is now ice and just getting out of the back door to the studio is going to be dicey.

Our garden is mostly frequented by starlings, sparrows and a blackbird or two (last year with cuckoo chick in tow - how did it not realise the obese squawker was not of its own kind?).

Today we have a new addition, although I have no idea what it is. We don't usually have long tailed anything here. We'd be a poor returner for Bird Watch!

Meanwhile my furry friends are not impressed the white stuff has not gone away. Teddy has chosen the warmest spot in the house with the sun on his back and the rising heat from the radiator beneath him. Quietly snoring, I suspect this is as far as he will go today until dinner time.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Sea glass & sterling silver necklaces

There are now some sea glass and sterling silver necklaces listed in my Big Cartel shop. Earrings will follow shortly, as will more sea glass jewellery.

Do take a look.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

The benefits of not pruning early

For weeks I have meaning to get into the garden and cut down the dead flower heads, but to be honest there has always been something better to do, it's been too cold or (and here's the truth of the matter) they add some height to an otherwise dull border.

Today the sedum heads have taken on a new life. Covered in snow they look like balls of fluff.

Even Algie, my mate by my studio door looks more like an aged rock star than the usual fat pig who's the expression of having eaten one too many fallen apples in the orchard. Algie was originally named Darcy, after the potter who made him, but he's no match for Colin Firth. Then he was Archie, until we realised our neighbour had called her baby son Archie so he became Algenon, or Algie for short.

Winterwonderland and a change of plan

Overnight it snowed. Yes, I know it snowed most places yesterday but we don't usually do snow in Clevedon. This morning, 5am, I wake to 4 inches of the fluffy white variety and wondering how I'm going to get 20 miles to hospital by 7am for my long awaited operation. The short answer is I'm not! I'm disappointed because I'd psyched myself up to finally getting this done but the sensible option was to do as the hospital suggested and not make the journey as there'd be no guarantee anyone else would make it in and I'd be sent home. The less journeys DH has to make the better.

So now we have to wait for another appointment.

The upside of this is that my Etsy, Folksy and Big Cartel shops are now open again, as are my Etsy and Folksy supplies shops. I'll be listing a few more things today if I get a chance.

Monday, 4 January 2010

From Ops to ops

My day job, the thing I do to fill in the time around working with pretty sea glass and fantastic fabrics is working in an Operations department of a large organisation, supporting directors who make sure that things happen 'on the ground', sometimes literally.

It's been a long time coming, but having torn a tendon in my elbow over 18 months ago, and spending the next 18 months undergoing physio, exercises, only one cortisone injection, which was enough to convince me that this wasn't working and enduring varying amounts of pain I was booked in for surgery 5 months ago. It's called tennis elbow release, but playing tennis is not obligatory, just as well as I don't play now. I can only assume that the way I carried the wok from the cooker to the sink, for I was cooking dinner when I caused all this damage, I must have been demonstrating one hell of a back swing!

So the fateful day has nearly arrived. I am going into hospital Wednesday morning, no need f0r anaesthetic, I'll still be asleep as I have to be there for 7am, and it's some distance away. I've checked with the hospital that this is still planned. They've then rung me to make sure I still want to go in. I've never been so popular. I'm shunning anyone with the merest hint of a sniff as I don't want a cold stopping my op after all this time. Nor do I want snow, so am staring at the weather forecast with a withering look for any that might be coming my way. All being well I'll be home by the end of the day with my dominant arm in a sling. Just in case of delays I'm taking the book above to keep me occupied whilst I sit and wait for my turn.

I guess this means that I'll be out of action for a while. DH will manage emails for 24 hours until I have enough marbles awake to manage them myself and has had basic lessons in how to package any sales. I'll be standing over him, I'm sure he'd rather I didn't offer 'constant encouragement' to make sure he gets it right. Hopefully customers won't notice any difference to the usual high service I offer but there might be a sligh delay in getting things out whilst I wait fro him to come home from work.

Meanwhile, I'm hoping this will be an end to my lateral epicondylitis and over time I'll get back to full wok swinging duties, although it will be nice to be waited on hand and foot for a few days whilst I am off work. Not allowed to drive or do repetitive keyboard work for a few weeks apparently, such a shame as day job involves both.