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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.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

So, where did last week go?

Now, this just isn't fair!  I know I wrote a blog post for week 31 of my 52 things in 52 weeks challenge, I scheduled it, to get ahead of myself and it has vanished.  Oh well, here we go again!

Week 31 - 'The Boss' (sadly not Bruce Springsteen) is on his annual sojourn in Tucson and complaining about the heat (he's got air-con!) and I am still in Blighty complaining about the heat (I have central heating!).  Yep, that weird noise I heard at 5am the other day was the heating kicking in, it thinks it is Winter.  So, what's new for last week?  Two new idea for my Christmas fairs, but available from my Etsy shop in the meantime are pretty glass key rings with an assortment of designs - last week it was inset butterflies, more of those later, and lovely brooches with Celtic inspired dichroic glass motifs.  All of these will be packaged to be ready for giving, wherever bought, so I think they will be perfect stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts at £5 each.

Maureen-Josephine - known to all as Motivational Mo-Jo, is still missing.  Not much inspires me at the moment so I am starting lots and finishing little.  I start out with a plan but by the time I am up and breakfasted, I get waylaid and before I know it, it's Friday.

I have a small pot of beads to clean - yes it should be bigger, but if you are looking for my new beads, things are so quiet everywhere (even Tesco was nearly empty yesterday afternoon!) that I have started to list them in my Etsy shop but you can keep track of (nearly all) my August listings on my Pinterest page.  I have lots of boards with my work on so if you see anything you fancy and wonder where it is, check in the text for a reference number or name and drop me a line and I'll let you know.

Week 32 is now upon us today!  More key rings, but this time I have powder printed, fused then added a pretty butterfly or bug decal, high fired so it permanently melds into the glass.  Just a few of these, only one of each so if one takes your fancy, mosey on over to Etsy, where they have taken up residence.  I have some more key rings in other designs to finish and list so keep popping back, after all, the one thing we all have in our lives is keys.  I've made these pretty enough to be attractive, large enough to be found at the bottom of a bag and small enough not not be obtrusive :)

So where will week 33 find me?  Come back and find out :)