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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, 31 December 2011

Price reductions in my Folksy shop

Many of my sets of handmade lamp work glass beads, ideal for making your own bracelets and necklaces, have been reduced in price in my Folksy shop. I have also managed to source some postal boxes that will allow me to send more of my items as 'Large Letters' instead of 'Packets' so many of the smaller items now have much cheaper postage rates for the UK.

Don't forget that 'free worldwide postage' ends midnight tonight.

Sign up for my newsletter to find out about other offers in my shops - I promise not to spam you with loads of emails, probably just 3-4 a year at most!

Have a happy New Year!

Friday, 30 December 2011

Quick reminder - free postage - and some new scarves

Short and sweet tonight .......!

Don't forget that free worldwide postage ends in my Etsy and Artfire shops midnight tomorrow UK time - oh OK, when I get a round tuit on New Years Day


some new scarves in my Folksy shop. Some of these reduced down to almost cost price to make way for new work.

Happy New Year everyone

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Lots new - just for you

Isn't it funny how you don't miss something until it's not there? My 'Logistics Director' (husband) would shoot me if I publicly declared this but I'm missing the thrill of fairs! I'm not missing the 5.45am departures, but there is an instant gratification you get with talking to people about the work that they are holding in their hands.

If you've ever watched us load and unload you will know we are a bit like a band on tour - boxes for this, crates for that, all stacking so a sudden car braking doesn't brain me at some unheavenly hour of the morning. So, as I sort through my boxes of work I've come across some popular items that you might like and listed these in my shops.

Shops .... ah, they have been a bit neglected. If you don't sell on line you will not realise that they take a lot of maintenance. I have three to keep me busy! Sadly (?) I'm not like Tesco, I don't have an army of people behind me, just me, with husband helping out at fairs and I fit this around my day job - I dream of this one day becomming a full time salary earning business, but the recession is not helping my dreams.

I digress ... so without further ado

In my Etsy shop I have some handmade glass bead bottle stoppers with beads made in my North Somerset garden studio. Just the three remaining; there might be more later.

In my Artfire shop I have some pretty but inexpensive handmade lampwork bead necklaces. These were very popular at fairs so I am hoping they will be popular online as well! They have free worldwide postage to the end of the year UK time.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

My shops are open again - shop 'til you drop

After a very early rinsing (4.45am), departure for Salisbury (5.45) we are finally home from a busy day at the craft fair.

My Etsy, Artfire and Folksy shops are now open again and we will be posting orders at least once a day until Christmas.

We also aren't closing for Christmas - so feel free to browse my shops over a glass of wine (or whatever your tipple) on Christmas Day!

Have a happy one, whatever you are doing.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Last fair of the year ......

So, here we are, about to do our last fair of the year. Like the rest of the year I'm muttering 'where's the time gone?' seems only a few weeks ago it was September and we were about to start the Blue Box Studio road show.

Like last week, we are at the Guildhall in the market place in Salisbury tomorow from 9.30am to 5pm. After last week's rush on shibori dyeing scarf kits I've sourced fabrics and pipettes to make more kits so plenty more to be had now - we were down to just one kit! I have lots of sea glass jewellery, some of which I will reduce in price to make way in the box for new work after Christmas and some new scarves - silk - devore velvet and solid velvet; just the thing for these cold mornings and ideal for Christmas presents. Don't forget, buying from me you are buying from the maker and all work is designed and made by me. You don't find that at every craft fair!!!

If you are in Salisbury do come and see us and say 'hello'; surprise me - I am beginning to think the only person who read my blog is me!

As usual, my shops will be closed from later this evening until after the fair - perhaps the end of the weekend as I have to be somewhere else Sunday doing family-things.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Shibori kits back on line and more scarves

You've not yet tried one of my shibori dyed scarf kits? What are you missing!

It's been a busy few weeks over here at Blue Box Studio. We've been at fairs around the west country (and as far as Salisbury) since the beginning of October and each has been better than the last. Each has also generally been better than the same fair last year so we must be doing something right. Some things we make have now been relegated to that great big craft fair in the sky, other things have become even more popular - as have my shibori dyeing kits. I made a new batch of dyes for these in October, then November and now December! With all the dye blending, printing, batching and bagging they are quite labour intensive to make up, but they are 100% my own idea, to my own colours and instructions.

Only 2 colours are available at the moment, Autumn Leave and Summer Sunset (at fairs they are Woodland walks and Rosy Glow, we fancied a change of name) but more will be designed next year once I've sourced more dyes and worked out the new names given by the manufacturer.

I love that so many people will now have fun making their own creation in their microwave (or I have steamer instructions if you prefer) and they are the present that goes on giving ...... there is the fun of making and then the fun of wearing something that is original to you, and you made it too!

My kits are available from me at fairs and through my Etsy, Folksy and Artfire shops.

Talking of fairs - just the one to go now before we take a well earned rest for a few weeks. Next Saturday we are at the Guildhall in Salisbury again (my car knows its own way there now, which is just as well as we have to leave home 6am to get there and set up in time; take pity on us :) ). What we have is what we have - my printer if going 10 to the dozen but we are unlikely to have more than that number of kits so if you were moseying over to see us and get one, it's still limited stock, although I might be able to post one to you.

And then there are a few more scarves listed in my shops - follow the hyperlinks above. Many items have free worldwide postage in my Etsy and Artfire shops.

The printer has printed and my coffee has gone cold. Time to get out in my studio and start making kits - I'm just dependent on one supplier getting silk to me and me and the elves can start work.

Friday, 9 December 2011

You Tube, shops, free postage .......

My Etsy, Folksy and Artfire shops are closed until after the weekend whilst I am at a craft fair in Salisbury Guildhall on Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm (ish).

If I get back earlier than expected and sort out sales in time I will open earlier, just keep checking back.

Don't forget I have free worldwide postage on most items in my Etsy and Artfire shops - although I can't guarantee delivery outside of the UK this late in the month I will be posting at least once a day as orders arrive. I was trained by Santa, but can't guranatee he trained the postman or Customs officer!

Meanwhile if you need some Christmas cheer, hopefully the link below will make you smile - and give some thought of all those will not be with their familes and friends for Christmas.



Monday, 5 December 2011

New scarves listed in my shops - free postage

I've been busy listing some more scarves in my Folksy, Artfire and Etsy shops. All of these are reduced in my sale to make way for new work after Christmas.

Don't forget, in my Etsy and Artfire shops I have free worldwide postage on most items! All sales are being posted within 24 hours at the moment and will be open and posting (subject to the Post Office depot being open) every day.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Beads and bottle stoppers on the 'Bay

Just listed ~ for 5 days so don't delay ~

some handmade lampwork glass bead bottle stoppers in a choice of red, organge, yellow, or blue, or green.

All handmade by me in my studio from my own handmade lampwork glass beads. These are beautiful and would make an excellent gift for Christmas.

All my beads are individually handmade so no two bottle stoppers would be the same. A novel and original gift.

Then for the bead collector or jeweller I have more of my handmade lampwork glass beads. This time loose and ready for you to incorporate into your own creations.

Some of these are sets, deisnged to go together and match ...

Others are 'orphans' - packs of single beads of a similar colour, suitable for necklaces, bracelets, and lots lots more besides.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Create Festive Fair - this weekend - we're there!

Yet again we are at the very popular Create Festive Fair on Friday 2 December and Saturday 3 December. Come and see us - we'll (hopefully) be on the 1st floor in the corner meeting room - but look at the fair maps they give you to find us listed as Blue Box Studio.

If you are not sure how to get to the Create Centre, follow the map below - it's hard to miss it visually - one of two large old red brick bonded warehouses on the Cumberland Basin, but unless you know to come across the old Junction Lock bridge by the Pumphouse pub, or come off the Cumberland Basin on the slip road just before the Plimsoll swing bridge, you could be driving around for a while! Perhaps they will signpost better this year? We can only hope!

Lots of handmade and local (that's me!) gifts, eco products and more. It's always been well worth coming to and I'm not expecting this year to be any different. Saturday gets busy with lots of families shopping so Friday night is the time to come if you fancy a spot of easy-going Christmas shopping.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Shops now open again - and don't forget free postage!

My Etsy, Artfire and Folksy shops are now open again after the weekend's craft fair.

Don't forget I have free worldwide postage on most items in my Etsy and Artfire shops until the end of the year.

Thank you to all my customers who visited me at the the fair at the Curzon cinema, and made it a very successful show.

Next Friday and Saturday we are at the Create Festive Fair, at the Create Centre (one of the big brick bonded warehouses by the Plimsoll Bridge), Bristol. More of this later.

Monday, 21 November 2011

This weekend - at the Curzon

At last, a fair that doesn't need me to get up at 5am!

This weekend we are in the Oak Room at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon. The Curzon is (apparently) the oldest continually operating purpose built cinema in the world. The Oak Room is not the largest of rooms so this isn't the largest of fairs, but we make up for it by having fantastic handmade work by local artists.

Come and have a look. Take in a film whilst you are there.

Buy handmade and local this Christmas.

Free worldwide shipping in my Etsy shop too

on most but not all items .... kits and a few supplies are excluded.

This offer applies to the end of December so is the ideal opportunity to browse through my shops and have a 'virtual Blue Box Studio craft fair' - without having to venture out into the cold and wet and battle the crowds.

Don't forget I also have lots of lovely things in my Folksy store, but there is not an easy option to amend postage rates so it won't be happening for the moment. Unless they suddenly change things!

Happy shopping.

Free post in my Artfire shop

I've decided to kick start the economy - oh well, I can dream can't I?

From now until the end of December I have free postage on everything in my Artfire shop except my shibori dyeing kits.

Now's the time to start your Christmas shopping!

If this is successful I might try and do this with my other shops, but Artfire are geared up to making something like this easy to do. I'd rather be making than spending 1/2 day trying to wrestle with the foibles of a shop!

Happy shopping!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Shibori dyeing kits - create a masterpiece in your microwave

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Shibori dyeing kits, a set on Flickr.

or a sensation in your steamer.

My popular kits, designed for beginners, will shortly once again be available through my shops on Folksy, Etsy and Artfire.

Limited stocks - once these are gone I will not be making more until the New Year (due to delays with suppliers).

These are an ideal gift that goes on giving - the fun of making your own scarf, followed by the excitement of wearing your own creation.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Just the thing for a retro kitchen?

I no longer have room for my retro/vintage scales so am selling them. W&M approved, these would be ideal for a shop, but equally useful in a kitchen. Now (sadly) selling on Ebay.

Would these look lovely in your kitchen too?

Thursday, 10 November 2011

This week Salisbury & Newton Abbot

Saturday sees us in Salisbury again, at the Guildhall.

Sunday, we will be at a new venue for us, Newton Abbot racecourse. We've no idea what to expect having not been at a fair in the area before, but fingers crossed .......

As usual, my shops will close Friday evening until sometime Monday.

Meanwhile I've been busy making more silk shibori dyeing kits - I'd nearly run out! Every year I ask myself if everyone now has one, will they keep selling, tell myself perhaps now is the time to discontinue them, then surprise! they start to go like hot cakes again. I love sharing this technique with people so I have spent every evening this week making more, from printing the paperwork, ordering in more bottles, blending the dyes, preparing, wrapping and packing. Yes, these are designed and made by Yours Truly - you won't find a kit of this quality in a commercial outlet, just from me. They make wonderful gift for arty or crafty people, a gift of something to make and then the enduring gift of being able to wear their own creation.

Tomorrow I must make some more zip pulls from my handmade beads. A bargain priced stocking filler, something else I have almost run out of.

As the season progresses, some things will be discontinued due to lack of space. All of my hand dyed silk scarf clips have now sold, sea glass brooches have been discontinued, cuff links made from sea glass and hand dyed silk will not be repeated, I am not sure about bottle stoppers with sea glass and hand made beads - the jury is out on those. If you come to a fair and dither whether to buy or not, they might not be there next time. Please, let's not have another year of 'I should have got it when I saw it', I can't always magic another from a box under the table.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

It's Christmas! We're on the road again ....

Can we mention the C word yet? Christmas - it's less than 52 days until Christmas! Not long - time to get your thinking caps on and head off to the overcrowded and over priced shops with your shopping list.

Or not. Why not go 'handmade' this year. Give something that someone has put some thought into, that you've put some thought into buying, that supports British artisans and business.

At Blue Box Studio we (that's the Royal We, husband is in charge of logistics - or lugging boxes into and out of venues) will be selling our wares somewhere over every weekend until 17th December - from Salisbury to Newton Abbot, our home port of Clevedon to Ross on Wye.

Details of our road trips can be found here.

This weekend we are at the Somerset Hall in Portishead on Saturday and The Chase Hotel in Ross on Wye on Sunday. Do come and see us else the only enjoyment in our day will be the drive up the Wye Valley - it has to be the prettiest route we take to a craft fair.

We will have an exciting range of sea glass and silver jewellery, handmade lampwork beads for your charm bracelets, glass bead jewellery, beads for makers and collectors, silk scarves that are colourful and light to post, gorgous velvet scarves to keep out the chills, cufflinks for the men (and women), bottlestoppers in sea glass and handmade beads (for those who don't always empty the bottle), and the ultimate gift for people who like to have a go at making something, a kit to make a shibori dyed silk scarf - the present that goes on giving, make and enjoy wearing. That's got to be better than a box of chocs from the petrol station - and far healthier too!