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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, 20 March 2010

Lots more beautiful fabrics needing new homes



Here at Blue Box Studio we have eyes larger than our workroom. I bought rather a lot of fabrics, just because I wanted them but without really having any idea what I would make with them. Enough is enough, my addiction must be curbed and they are being offered in my Folksy shop.

Hearts and stars – 100% cotton
http://www.folksy.com/items/370733-Red-multi-10…

Cats, cats, cats – 100% cotton
http://www.folksy.com/items/370721-Cat-print-co…

Red stars on yellow – 100% cotton
http://www.folksy.com/items/370701-Yellow-and-r…

Some more of the black, white, grey circles heavyweight fabric – makes stunning bags
http://www.folksy.com/items/370657-Black-white-…

If you buy more than one lot of my fabric, any excess P&P will be refunded or you can ask me for an invoice so I can accurately cost P&P for you. As always I happy to ship worldwide, in some cases it's not much more than to ship in the UK.

Royal Mail postal charges increase in April and my charges will increase in line with this so if this is what you are looking for, don't delay, buy today.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Life in LimbO!



No this is not me!! A chance conversation with a lady with a broken arm, I found out about LimbO products. After my operation the hospital told me I couldn't get the wound wet before the stitches were removed. How was I going to cope without my 5 minutes of utter calm in the shower each day? If nothing else, my cropped hair looks a mess if it doesn't get its daily pampering. Some say it looks a mess when it does, but I'll ignore them. So DH rang LimbO up, was talked through to decide what I needed and 24 hours later my new LimbO arm protector arrived. Mine is longer than the one in the picture, no way could I cope with anything near my elbow but that could be because I have short arms - or the one I have is designed for people who drag their knuckles on the ground as they walk.

For anyone who has a wound or plaster to deal with and wants to venture back towards normality I recommend this idea. It was just over a tenner and frankly, having used it daily for the past 2 weeks, an absolute bargain. Better than that, it really works!

Two weeks on and expecting my stitches to have been removed this morning, I find I have been 'invisibly mended' (by someone who failed O level needlework). I had hoped for more movement in my arm but will not now get this until the internal stitching dissolves, or whatever it does. So I'm still reduced to one-handed typing and, because I am so slow at this, everything takes an age for me to do. My doctor doesn't want me to drive for at least another week (too right, there are enough idiots on the road without my wincing as I corner on 4 wheels) but exercise often avoiding day job and business for at least another 2 weeks. I am thinking of offering my services as a TV critic, there's a lot of daytime TV to be critical about.

Meanwhile my shops are looking very sad and neglected, but open for business with DH ably assisting as best he can. Hopefully in a few days I will be able to make basic steps to getting things listed again.