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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, 1 May 2010

The goody-box is ready for despatch!

So no one likes a free gift? Obviously not! I've now put together the box of goodies for my blog give-away for Facebook fans. If you enter now you have a very high chance of winning, if you leave me a comment on my original post. So far the contents is

  • a pair of amethyst and sterling silver pendant earrings
  • a pocket mirror covered in my own hand dyed silk
  • a key fob made by Yours Truly (me)
  • a zip pull, bag tag, keyring bling, whatever you want really,
  • a pretty sea glass pendant in the palest pretty blue
  • a sweet lavender bag, filed with lavender from my own garden
Total value is around £25 and is taken from current stock.

More might get added later if I come across something that will fit in the box!

So come on, it's not hard to enter, you just have to become a Facebook fan and leave me a comment on my original post below. the draw closes when I get to 125 fans and the winner will be picked by an independent judge (my husband, believe me he can't be bribed, I've tried it for other things and sadly failed).

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Folksy Friday - Soapy Saturday?

I thought I'd have a bath time theme this week; those few precious moments when I can shut the door on the world and have some 'Me' time. I'd love to have a Bathtime Bubbles Stained Glass Panel by Diomo Glass hanging in my window, ideal for meditation in my 'sanctuary'!

First up is Mannie the bathtime bunny (above) from Cuddle Bunnies. I love his stripy swimming trunks!

This beauty bag by Natalie Farrell is just the thing for keeping all your bits and pieces in one place.

Having run your bath, drop in a gorgeous scented bomb from BeKind.

Settle down with some hand made soap by Valley View

or rubber ducky soaps from Lucy Loves

or a relax gift set from Freyaluna

before indulging yourself by snuggling up in a beautifully soft towel from Silver Birch Crafts

Utter bliss!

How exciting - blog give-aways

I was so excited to hear I'd won a prize in Freyaluna's blog give-away, and all because I can bore for England on the uses of WD40! My prize has arrived today, I've won some Mint Mojito facial tonic, facial massage oil and facial sugar scrub. They smell divine and I can't wait to try them out later today.

Thank you Sami, I'm delighted with my prize.

Freyaluna have several outlets, follow the links from Sami's web page.

Don't forget you can also enter my blog give-away, for Facebook 'fans'. Only one entry so far so you have a good chance of winning at this rate!

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Blog give-away for Facebook fans

I'm going to have a give-away for fans of my Facebook fan page once I get to 125 fans, or people who like my page, whatever they are called today. I'm up to 99, so 125 is not too far away.

The prize will be a goody bag of things I have made, perhaps some gemstone earrings, a mirror, a key fob, or something else. I'll make sure it is worth your while and at least £10 in value.

Sorry, my cat (above) is not included but he's daft enough to think he is invisible in the garden., He's a domestic long haired moggy, but my vet thinks his dad or grand dad might have been a Maine Coon; he is pretty large and far larger than his 1/2 brother.

So what do you have to do?

Become a fan of my Facebook fan page and leave me a comment on my blog that you have done so, either now or in the past.

AND, once you've become a fan of my Facebook page ...

If you also buy something from me from now until the draw, which will be when I get to 125 fans, you can have 2 extra entries in the hat for each complete £1 you spend with me.

Don't forget to leave me a way of contacting you if you are the lucky person.

Open to everyone, UK or elsewhere.

Hopefully this is not too complicated.

Some more tools

The clear-out is nearly complete! As always, click on the picture to be taken to the listing.

A traditional bow drill

A mini anvil, ideal for jewellery work

Curved blade metal cutting shears, ideal for jewellery work and cutting silver sheet and wire

Whilst you are looking at these, have a look at other tools that are for sale. I've not listed international prices but if you are interested in buying, let me know and I'll quote a postage price for you.

Other tools still to be listed ~ Creusen polisher and stand with mops and polishing compounds and a propane gas torch set with several burners (and possibly a small cylinder of propane if you collect - I'm not mailing that!!). These will be listed over the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

More tools for sale

For those still looking for jewellery tools and display items, some of the things listed may have other uses too ...

Jewellery display ~ these are black and any marks are shadows from the flash

Acrylic earring display stand

Metal scriber

Bezel rocker - pusher for setting stones

A set of steel doming punches

Ring clamp, for use when making rings

And a set of Wheatsheaf ring sizers - invaluable if you are making rings

More tools will be listed in the next few days.