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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, 12 June 2010

Books! Books! Books!!

I'm selling books I no longer need, to make space for books that I do need.

Click on the pics to be taken to the listings.

Making vintage bags - a stunning inspirational book, new and unused, an impulse buy.

Nuno felt by Liz Clay, oh if only I had the time to make everything I see - another impulse buy!

The Sewing Book - everything you need to know. An unused book but the dust cover and back cover are damaged, thanks to poor packaging by the supplier and heavy-handedness by the postman.

If you make cards and wrap then this is for you. Some wonderful designs, lots of inspiration and 31 projects to follow step-by-step.

Sculpture trail near Bristol - 2nd to 4th July

I've been sent details of the following, which might interest those living near to Bristol

WOODLAND GARDEN SCULPTURE TRAIL


see a wide range of sculptures by artists from the South West

in an inspirational setting


For more information contact

~ overtones@dsl.pipex.com ~

~ 01934 627809 ~


2nd, 3rd, 4th July 2010 10am – 6pm


BACKWELL HILL COTTAGE, BACKWELL HILL,

CHELVEY BATCH BS48 3DA



Artists taking part:

Peter Ashdown Willa Ashworth Backwell School Jane Blair Jeff Body

Fiona Campbell Luci Coles Sally Corney Vivi Cuevas Jill Dunmore

Karen Edwards Eileen Ireland Jo Jones Renee Kilburn Fran MacGill

Bridget Macklin Anthea Matthews Kate Newlyn Helen Nock Jitka Palmer

Jonathan Palmer Sara Parsons Jackie Richardson Ian Shipton

Annie Taylor Sinclair Taylor David Thornley Joe Tymkow AnthonyWilson


Directions


From Bristol: follow the A370, go through Backwell village. On leaving the village, just after the 50mph sign, turn left towards Chelvey Batch.Take first left (towards Backwell Hill House) follow road for about3/4 miles to top of the hill, Backwell Hill Cottage is on the right of the large house. Parking available to the right of the house.


From Weston-s-Mare: follow the A370 turn right towards Chelvey Batch and follow directions as above.





Friday, 11 June 2010

Delights from Devon - Folksy Friday finds


In honour of our day in Devon, visiting family, I offer this short Folksy Friday of delights from Devon. Click on the links to go to the listings; each is relevant to where we've been and what we've seen. Enjoy!

Ignoring the train that got us there and back, we travelled around in a VW camper van; so loved by my family.

We had a bit of time before the pub opened for lunch so we wandered along to a beach where we had previously collected sea glass.

The tide was in more than we expected so no time for a quick foray today, although we came home with a couple of bag loads that had been collected for us.


Despite the threatening skies as we left North Somerset, yet again we had the best that the West can offer and the skies cleared to give us a really beautiful day. One of the highlights of my day was travelling along the old railway line near Dawlish, right alongside the beach (and the reason for travelling by train today) - a first for me - the tide was out on our outward journey but rolling waves on our return


So we ended up at the China House pub in Plymouth for lunch


which is right by the water's edge and surrounded by boats and trawlers

before heading home again.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

More fabulous finds -fabrics on Folksy

Another goody bag of pretty fabrics. This time there are larger pieces, suitable for making small bags. Some lovely fabrics in this collection including some gorgeous red patterned silk velvet by Georgina Von Etzdorf. Some are lightweight but most are curtain weight fabrics.

Fabulous fabrics - find them on Folksy


Big bits, small bits, lightweight, heavyweight, natural and man-made, cottons and velvets; they are all here.

Click on the pics to be taken to the listings.

I have more fabrics to sell, if you are looking for something in particular, let me know!

Monday, 7 June 2010

We're having a Wild Thyme!

My fabric studio desperately needed a coat of wood preservative. Every time it rained I watched as the rain soaked into the wooden exterior, instead of rolling off it's waterproof protection. The parting words of the company who built it for me were 'don't forget you'll need to use wood preservative once a year'; er, that was nearly 3 years ago!! How time flies. So, spurred on from finally finishing the jewellery studio re-build after 3 years, the original blue box studio in colour, shape and purpose, I talked about sorting out this one. Home came the all the tins of Garden Shades wood preservative, shall we have 'willow' or shall we go for 'sea grass'? Lots of bits of wood were used as testers and we settled on 'willow' and headed for the DIY store with a 10% off day and double Nectar points - not that I'm influenced by these things, I have loyalty cards for just about anyone who will give me one.

Armed with my shopping list and paint chart we find the right aisle and seek out our target. Big tins, little tins, sample pots, Heritage colours, they are all there. Now, you do not have to be a Mastermind finalist to work out that the big tin is twice the size of the small tin (and we probably need 2 of them) but the small tin is nowhere near as cheap as 1/2 the price of the big tin. The more you buy the cheaper this gets. More to the point, it was 'buy one get one half price' on the big tins.

So, we know the colour, we know the size of tin. Sadly the store didn't. You clearly cannot have all of the colours in all of the sizes. Shuffling in the wings from DH who is now bored. So, fate is asked to take a hand. I will have whatever greenish tinged paint that has 2 big tins on the shelf. I then unload the entire shelf, I know no shame (unlike DH who decides that reading labels in another aisle is the better part of valour right now), in search of 2 of anything. Lined up, my choice is limited to cream (nope) or Wild Thyme. Still with no shame I shout along the next aisle to DH 'shall we have wild thyme?', to be misunderstood by most of the store who think something interesting is happening in aisle 7. There is, if you think a middle aged woman rearranging the paint tins is exciting! Thankfully no one is that perverted, the crowd disperses and DH shuffles back with his red face to pick up my paint tins and heads for the door. I have a sneaking suspicion he no longer cared about the colour.

Bribery ensues, and DH helps me paint my studio in return for a take-away. Fortunately it doesn't take as long as we thought and it soon looked as good as new again. Better, actually, it wasn't a ghastly shade of bright orange.

Now all we need is the rain, to watch the rain drops ball on my newly painted surface. I am easily amused.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Have a little history

Discover some fascinating family histories in Who Do You Think You Are series 5; lots of facts that will help you discover your own fascinating history too. As new DVD, watched once.


Relive and enjoy the past, both of historic Cornwall and those evenings when Poldark was the highlight of a Sunday (I think it was Sunday) evening! Series 1 and 2, was it only 2 series? Yes it was. Both only watched once. 8 videos in all, in 2 lots.


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Jewellers and artists tools for sale

Just a few more bits and bobs needing new homes. Some are more appropriate to artists I would think but are great templates when hand cutting metals for jewellery. Others are jewellers or metalworkers tools. And a lock for securing the window in your shed/studio/workshop/sanctuary.

Some of these may have seen the light of day before, in which case, for their final outing they will be a new lower price. Everything is for less than I bought it as I desperately need the space in my studio and don't want to confine these to landfill!

As always, click on the pic to be taken to the listing.