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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.

Friday, 28 August 2015

One of them weeks

What a week!  It's certainly been action packed.  On the 22nd I had a 1-day showcase on UK Lampwork Showcase - wasn't sure what to expect as the bead groups have been quiet over the Summer but overall was very pleased and had great fun.  So much fun in fact that I'll be doing it all again on Sunday 27th September.  This Facebook group is 'closed' which means you have to join to take part and(I think) see the listings (?).

As many of you who follow me on Facebook will know, I've been a bit under the weather recently.  Things took a turn for the worse, the NHS declared 20 weeks was an acceptable waiting time from the date they got my Dr's letter; my Dr decided upwards of 2 weeks was an acceptable time-scale to write in ()as far as I am aware he's still not written it) ...... so, having had a wise moment in 1974 when I started my first proper job and joined Benenden Healthcare for what was then pennies per week, I gave them a call, they expressed horror and said 'get thee to a private consultant'.  So I did.  He took one look at me, went pale and told me to report to the hospital 07.30 in 3 days, I was officially an urgent case. 

I'm usually thinking about waking up around 07.30, but in this case I didn't get a lot of sleep, mainly due to the pre-meds they gave me, but the 40 minute journey from home with a husband who thinks everyone should arrive a good 30 minutes earlier than expected so drove (my car) like a maniac was to put it mildly 'interesting'.  The procedure wasn't bad, a spot of sedation, some gas and air and I really don't remember much after 'did you have a good journey in this morning?' - did I even answer?  How long was I staying?  That depended on a lot of things - mostly what they found.  As it happened they tired of me long before I tired of a working TV, reclining bed, room service and snoozing in peace and quiet and they packed me off home at the end of the day.  I get the results next week, hoping for good news but the consultant wouldn't be drawn on what he found other than 'I took a lot of biopsies'. 

So, to be honest, I've done notalot this week.  Well, I read a couple of books and discovered I quite like Cathy Kelly for lightweight reading and gone right off Jody Picoult, which is a shame as I have another 3 of hers lined up.  Perhaps it's just this one - there are animals in it and a hint of animal abuse, which would get to me.

What did I achieve?  I did finish some more of my powder printed sun catchers in the hope we get some sun before October.  These are in my Etsy shop at £10 each + postage.  I also made a few more love tokens for week 35 of the Craft Pimp 52 things in 52 weeks challenge - perfect for those needing a 'get out of the dog house' present!  Whilst I was cutting small pieces of glass, I've made a start on tree decorations for that thingy at the end of the year.  For those who like us are totally Bah Humbug, these are just fir trees, ok?  There are also snowflakes (or pretty round shapes if you prefer the BH version) and other shapes will follow shortly.  Available from my Etsy shop at £3 each + postage.

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