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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.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Hearts of Glass - handmade beads direct from a British artist

 ~ ~ Hearts of Glass ~ ~

Available from ......

me - on Ebay

Enjoy, look, share, buy,

Thank you :)

Monday, 17 December 2012

Something to keep you warm on a cold winter's day

 Just a taster of the gorgeously warm silk and velvet scarves I have offered for sale in my Folksy and Etsy shops in the last couple of days.

I will be remaining open throughout Christmas and posting within 24 hours of order receipt on days when the Post Office is open or the sorting office sorting

Latest posting dates are in the blog post below - if you want to upgrade 1st class post to Recorded or Special Delivery just let me know so I can invoice accordingly.

Enjoy! and have a wonderful festive season
whatever your beliefs or sentiments

Monday, 10 December 2012

Last posting dates for Christmas 2012


Latest recommended UK posting dates for 2012 are:

 Latest Recommended Posting Dates 2012 Dates
International Services
International Airmail including Airsure® and International Signed For
Wednesday 5th December
Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand
Friday 7th December
Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East
Monday 10th December
Eastern Europe, Canada and USA
Wednesday 12th December
Western Europe
HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office (BFPO)
Friday 30th November
Airmail to Operational BFPOs
Friday 14th December
Airmail to Static BFPOs
UK Services
Inland Mail
Thursday 13th December
Standard and Mail Order Return Parcels
Tuesday 18th December
Second Class and Recorded Signed For
Thursday 20th December
First Class and Recorded Signed For
Friday 21st December
Special Delivery- Saturday Guaranteed
Saturday 22nd December
Special Delivery

  I will keep posting as soon as orders are received, 
usually well within 24 hours
but delays caused by the mail and import Customs 
are not within my control.
Sadly, whilst I like to think I do, 
my husband is right, I do not rule the world
(but one day ............)

Sunday, 9 December 2012

New beads on Ebay

Just a few beads listed on Ebay this week
click the hyperlink to see all on offer
(this is just a taster!)

From large round focal beads, to flat hearts - both make gorgeous pendants
to sets of beads, some 'orphans' some sets


My Get-Up-And-Go Has Got Up and Went


Pete Seeger sang this in the 60s.  
Ah yes, I remember it well.
Feeling more like the Ever Ready rabbit (no, not that kind!) 
than the Duracell bunny this seems to sum up 
how living with the Alien in my ribcage 
is making me feel right now.  
Very tired, no energy, flat batteries.
Seems me and the alien are destined to spend 
Christmas together, thanks to the NHS elastic waiting list.

Old age is golden, or so I’ve heard said,
But sometimes I wonder, as I crawl into bed,
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
My eyes on the table until I wake up.
As sleep dims my vision, I say to myself:
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?
But, though nations are warring, and Congress is vexed,
We’ll still stick around to see what happens next!

When I was young, my slippers were red;
I could kick up my heels right over my head.
When I was older my slippers were blue,
But still I could dance the whole night through.
Now I am older, my slippers are black.
I huff to the store and puff my way back.
But never you laugh; I don’t mind at all:
I’d rather be huffing than not puff at all! 

I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
Open the paper, and read the Obits.
If I’m not there, I know I’m not dead,
So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed! 

How do I know my youth is all spent?
My get-up-and-go has got up and went!
But, in spite of it all, I’m able to grin
And think of the places my getup has been!



Saturday, 8 December 2012

Titus - the trials and tribulations of a material girl

 I’ve married a man named Titus
Titus Anatschuff ‘s his name
He hails from up there in Scotland
And frankly his name does explain

Titus is canny with money
He saves it rather than spend
I’m rather keener on spending
But my spending just seems to offend

I want some curtains and carpets
Titus wants interest on dosh
I wanted a machine for the washing
I wanted a Miele or a Bosch
[other makes are available!]

Titus said I’d have Tesco value
And be glad I’d got one at all
I said OK, make it Siemens
And gave the suppliers a call

He spotted my ruse and stopped it
Dead in its tracks, no machine –
So I stopped doing his washing
And said ‘get your own clothes clean’!

I’ve withdrawn all my labour and favours
No dinner, no nothing, no fun
I’m downing my tools for the future
‘til this partic’lar battle is won.

Poor Titus doesn’t know what has hit him
His missus’s gone strange in the head
She’s normally so mild and convivial
And he’s so normally well fed

All for the sake of some money
Material goods for his lass
He treats her to time in John Lewis
And the ‘moment’ seems to then pass

Now I’ve machines to wash dishes
And clothes and whisk up a meal,
Titus has gone into therapy
And signed up for t’ Government’s New Deal

So the answer dear ladies is simple
If ‘Titus’ you have in your life
Don’t let him be penny pinching
Remind him the boss is his wife!

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