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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, 27 March 2010

Beside the sea side ..... cards and note cards

As we tour around the British coastline searching out sea glass we visit many beautiful beaches. I've learned never to forget my camera in case something special happens to appear.

Whilst on the Isle of Wight, we came across a tiny bay, crowded by day, deserted by night. On the last evening of our visit we went there to look for sea glass but had mistimed the tides. Sad to have missed this opportunity we sat watching the sun set over the calm sea, just as a little boat sailed into view and dropped anchor for the evening, and the sun set over the horizon sending waves of fire across the sky. A magical moment at the close of the day and the close of our visit.

Whilst exploring the south Wales coastline in January , the weather closed in around us, leaving us wondering what we were doing out in such weathers. Spotting a small sign for a cafe, something we can do from a great distance, we came across this sweeping bay on the Gower Peninsular. Feasting on hot chocolate and cakes, something else we are good at, the sun suddenly broke through the clouds and brought some light to the day. No sea glass, but a beautiful wide expanse of sand and a stunning walk.

The second view is sunset over St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. Having visited Cornwall a number of times we'd never been to St Michael's Mount. We set off across the causeway, which is accessible only at low tide, and explored for the day. It's well worth a visit if you've not been. Our return journey was by boat but a beautiful way to leave the island. As we walked along the mainland looking back at the island, the sun was setting, casting a golden hue to the sky and the island silhouetted. All of these pictures are available from my Folksy, Etsy and Big Cartel shops as flat note cards and greetings cards, all blank for you to add your own messages. Professionally printed, these are wrapped in cellophane to keep them pristine until used and will be posted to you in card backed envelopes to protect from over-enthusiastic posties. Priced at £1 per card or £2 per pack of 4 flat note cards, all come with envelopes.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Special offer on pocket mirrors - a less fattening alternative to easter eggs

One of my most popular items at craft fairs are the pocket mirrors I have made using prints of my own photographs or my own hand dyed silk. Inexpensive but practical, useful and decorative.

These are now on special offer in my Big Cartel shop, at £2 each, with reduced postage (I'm sorry, I must exclude these from the free post offer mentioned in an earlier blog post unless you are buying at least 3; else I would literally be giving them away). These make great little gifts for friends and family and with Easter around the corner will last longer than an Easter egg! remember that chocolate is a moment on the lips but a lifetime on the hips, they say.

On offer are some pocket mirrors with my own photographs of plants from my garden and beautiful beaches I have visited: Worbarrow Bay in Dorset and sunset over St Michael's Mount, Cornwall. Others are covered in a myriad of beautifully coloured silks. If you want to follow a theme or give similar to friends, I may have similar mirrors in stock. Looking for a different colour? Just ask, I may well have something in that colour for you.

A new addition to the menagerie!

I have a new addition to my 'family'. Theo, my new sock kitten arrived this morning; isn't he cute? I took the name from the first part of my maiden name, a name my mother and I were invariably called at one time or another.

Theo has now found himself a quiet spot by my computer, sits quietly asking nothing more than a smile from time to time. Pussy Galore, his maker said he was tidy (he'd have to be to find a space on my desk top) and could be a real handful, but he's not shown that characteristic - yet!

Meanwhile his furry counterparts were not sure about his arrival and rival for my affections. Charlie, can you see the resemblance, a cheery grin and a snooze, decided he'd sleep on it and make up his mind later, around dinner time. Teddy feels dinner time is about 'now', isn't it always, and will make friends with new arrivals after dinner and snooze but he's not sure when that will be. Until then, his human best get back to her place in the servants quarters.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Cancelled craft fair - free postage instead

In case you had seen from my website that I would be at a craft fair in the Guildhall Salisbury on 27 March, I am sorry to announce that I will not be there. Recovery from my operation is a lot slower than I was initially advised and this venue is not the easiest to work around, long journey, parking is a nightmare, lots of steps and narrow entrances et al. It would just be madness to go all that way in discomfort and risk hurting my arm further.

My next booked fair is in September but I am hoping to find some summer fairs to attend. Sadly this would have been my only fair in Salisbury this year, the Guildhall is being closed for renovation.

However, in case I have disappointed customers who were going to visit me at the fair, purchase instead from my Etsy, Folksy or Big Cartel shops and tell me in a message that you would have bought from me at the fair had I been there, and I will refund your postage on completion of sale. You have to tell me though, else I won't know!! Sorry, this only applies to my shops selling my hand made work; I don't sell supplies at fairs so those shops are excluded. Click on the hyper-links above to be taken to my shops.

More bubble mailers for sale - size C/0

More bubble mailers are available for purchase. I've had to buy by the box again so am offering at a better price than I can get at my local pound store or post office.

Available from my Etsy and Folksy supply shops. If you want larger or smaller quantities or a mix, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Now, who doesn't need jiffy bags?!

I recently needed a new stash of bubble mailers, which I always refer to as 'jiffy bags' even though I always go for the best value and that's not always Jiffy! This often means I have to buy in bulk and right now I have 100 white bubble mailers on the shelf in my tiny 'office' (posh name, more of a Rumpus Room!) and there are 100 smaller ones on their way to me so space will soon be more than a premium.

I have to admit to preferring the white ones, they just look a little less like 'Ebay' to me but perhaps I'm getting snobbish over colours now.

So, I've listed some of the surplus in my Etsy and Folksy supplies shops - click on the photos to be taken to one or t'other. If you want more or less let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Destash sale - tools and supplies needing new homes

Because I am temporarily indisposed, I thought, to relieve the boredom, I'd have a one-handed clear-out in my studio. These goodies are now listed on Ebay, Folksy and Etsy but if you are interested, click on the pics below to be taken to the item. More will follow in a few days - it's taken me all day to list these. Oh how I wish i was ambidextrous!

First up, metal working files. Because of the problems with my arm I can't grip hard enough to use them and tend to use my Dremel which I have adapted to suit my needs. These have been sitting in a drawer in my studio but are hardly used.

Draper needle files

Assorted other needle files

flat, round and 3-square files
flat and half round files

and some handles for these files.

Then there are the 9 carat yellow gold findings that also need a new home ...

some 9ct gold crimps and some gilt gimp; just the thing to finish off that necklace

some 9ct hallmark tags, stamped '9ct' and great for making an easier end to a necklace than just a tiny jump ring.

4mm 9ct jump rings

and some 6mm 9ct gold bolt rings

I've probably not listed those in the most obvious and useful order!

Last but not least, there is some copper wire for those who wrap beads, stones or anything else come to that.

As with all my sales, I don't set out to make a profit from my postage and packaging charges so if you buy more than one lot and the charge is more than necessary I'll make a refund once posted.

Likewise, if you want to buy more than a couple of these lots, let me know, I might be able to do a slightly better price to re-home everything in one sale and postage could well be cheaper via another means, such as a courier. I'm always open to negotiation to clear the decks quickly.