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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, 17 July 2010

Chasing wild geese .......

What a day! No lie in for us today - we have so many things to do before lunchtime. First we are meeting the sales manager at the local double glazing company to arrange for the roof light we wanted in our conservatory to be installed 2 years after they told us 'no, you won't need one of these with this super-duper new polycarbonate roofing stuff'. Oh yes we do! It's normally 100F in there during the summer, even with the windows open a little. 8.30am, we are there, where is he? 8.45 (and we need to be in Clifton for 10am) someone else turns up and rescues us - only he hasn't the paperwork for us to sign on the dotted line. We'll sort that in the week.

Mad dash over Clifton suspension bridge to Clifton. Thank heavens for Brunel, he's saved the day again and for once my 50p goes into the machine and stays there so the barrier opens. With a few minutes to spare before I go for my salon appointment and Al has a haircut we head off into the village for coffee. Reporting in at the salon at 10am, the hairdresser is falling about laughing - for once I am on time, I have the right number of people with me for a haircut, I'm just exactly 7 days early! Red faced, we head off for the Post Office for Al's passport application to be fast tracked. His photos won't do, he has hair on his face! Er, he's taken off his glasses as it says to do, now they want his floppy hair to be swept back away from his face - so why don't the photo booths provide alice bands for us then? I tell you, with his hair of his face and no glasses, even I wouldn't recognise him when he comes back into the country. Dejected we head home.

We had an email yesterday from the Somerset Lavender farm, it's having tours of harvesting the lavender this weekend. Great, we'll go. They are from 11am and last 20 minutes. I buy most of the lavender for my hand dyed silk lavender bags from this farm because it is local and a small business - and it smells far better than most of the larger commercial varieties I've tried. The rest I grow myself. 60 minutes later we arrive to ask what time the next tour is? 11am tomorrow! Er???? The email says tours start at 11 - but actually there is only one a day. In fairness to us, it is ambiguous but in fairness to the lavender farm they rallied to our cause and gave us a 10 minute quick walk through of how they harvest the lavender and distilled the oil. We consoled ourselves with tea and cake (lavender, of course) before a walk around the lavender fields.

We're not planning anything for the rest of the day for fear of it being cancelled, moved to another date, rained off or the world ending. The risk is too great.

If you are local, I recommend a trip to the lavender farm, I'm sure the full tour will be very interesting and we can recommend the tea and cake as well as the lavender products.

Meanwhile, a few pics of the lavender fields and adjoining garden. The bees love the lavender so they have put a few hives around. It's not quite Provence with the heady lavender smell in August from mobile distilleries but it's as near as we get near here.

Friday, 16 July 2010

What's new kookachoo ....

When I find a beach with little sea glass to collect, I get distracted and collect shells. Here are a lovely selection of shells that would look wonderful on a plate, to be enjoyed, or used for jewellery, mosaic or whatever you choose. But, most of the time I can feed my addiction for sea glass!

More pretty sea glass, jewellery quality and drilled ready for your own projects.

For those looking for a pretty but inexpensive item, for friends, for family or perhaps for themself, I have some sweet little necklaces which come boxed and ready for giving with a little information about sea glass too.

All my sea glass is personally collected from beaches around the British coastline so I can guarantee its authenticity. There is a lot of fake sea glass around, especially on Ebay. It's like a fake £20 note - it's not until you can compare the two side by side that you realise the poor quality of the impostor.

Buy genuine, buy handmade and support an artist.

What a grey day!!

View from my back bedroom window ~ will it ever stop raining?

I know I said I wanted the water butts filled so I didn't have to spend money watering my garden (we're on a water metre, every drop counts) but this is ridiculous.

The old adage of 'if you don't like the weather in Clevedon, wait 5 minutes' isn't applying this week.

There's an old song / hymn I remember from primary school, at least I can still remember that far back, that went something like 'after the sun, the rain; after the rain, the sun .....' we seem to be having further and further gaps between the two this year.

This is the view I'm used to from my back windows ~ beautiful sunsets.

I didn't have time to make a Folksy Friday this week, I'll have to make up for lost time next week. I've been featured in my first Folksy Friday though, which has brightened my day. Do take a look, it's on shells in honour of Natalie's holiday in Cyprus.

Back to drilling sea glass ~ more to be listed shortly.

Monday, 12 July 2010

More drilled delights

Lots more beautiful sea glass for your own craft projects.

First up, 20 perfect pieces, idea for a necklace, or three, then there are some pretty tinies, just crying out to be used in mosaic, in an aquarium, for jewellery or just enjoyed

I found this unusual bottle stopper on a Cornish beach, I know not what from, but surely someone can come up with a more inventive use that sitting on my window ledge (I have rather a lot of 'decorative' pieces there already ...

some stunning pieces of 'end of day' sea glass - collected by Yours Truly from a beach in Northumberland - the last glass works in the area closed in 1923 so these are both old and rare pieces.

These are just a selection of what I have on offer. Click on any of the pictures to go to the listing, then have a look what else I have for sale on the site whilst you are there.

If you are looking for something in particular, get in touch, I might have it or be able to find it for you.

Lazy Sunday afternoon

Found, deeply asleep, snoring his little heart away, on our bed. He was supposed to have been sunning himself in the garden but seems to have snuck in before the inner catflap (a.k.a. frog and mouse barrier) was locked, when we went out for the day.

They can get out if in, but not in if out, else we wake to find gift of live frogs in our shoes, cunningly hidden the day before, now hopping about trying to find a safe place to hide. Yeuk!