Thursday, 12 November 2009

Winter Pansies.

I'm busy making jewellery for Christmas sales at the moment but I have just added this set to my Etsy shop.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Another Treasury and some new beads.

I managed to grab another Treasury West for the Frithappens Team.

If you want to see more work from members of the UK lampwork forum then go to Etsy and search using the tag fhfteam, lots of lovely beads and jewellery.

Talking of beads I added some more to my Etsy shop yesterday.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Etsy Treasury.

I managed to grab a Treasury slot on Etsy and picked a selection of work from various members of the UK lampworkers forum, Frit Happens. Please take a look, there is a great selection of different work.

Golden Brown Treasury

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Normal Service will be resumed....

I'm back from the Big Bead Show and with beads to list. I will be adding sets to my Etsy shop over the next few days. In fact there are two new sets already.

The Big Bead Show was great, I could have spent a fortune but I limited myself to a couple of strings of pearls....and the inevitable bundle of glass. I was pleased with my sales. I'm not about to retire on the proceeds but I got over the target I had mentally set as the difference between being pleased and being disappointed so I am keen to book some more bead shows. I met lots of nice people, some I already knew and others for the first time.

Back to work now, as well as listing sets on Etsy I need to make up some jewellery ready for the run up to Christmas. I have also promised to take out a few days to decorate the bigger bedroom that used to be my son's so that Phoebe can move in there. She is in the small box room at the moment and it is rather overflowing!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Big Bead Fair.

Apologies for the lack of posts here. I have been very busy with Somerset Arts Week, actually a fortnight, and more recently preparing for this Saturday's Big Bead Show at Sandown Park in Surrey.

Here is a glimpse of one of the new style sets I will have with me there.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Back from holiday.

Is it really that long since I posted here? Must try harder in future.

Well, we just got back from our holiday. We rented an apartment at Charlecote Park a beautiful National Trust property set in lovely gardens and a landscaped deer park. It was very nice looking out over the croquet pitch at deer grazing beside the river Avon! Back to reality now. Here are a few pictures though.


View from window at Charlecote

The turret

I'd highly recommend the National Trust holiday cottages, we have stayed in a couple and have really enjoyed them.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Etsy Treasury.

I managed to grab a Treasury slot on Etsy. I've included lots of organic style lampwork from UK beadmakers, some of it made up by some of the best jewellery makers around.

Take a look.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Heat Wave.

I had a lovely day on Sunday. I had a get together of lampworkers/jewellery makers/fusers from the Frit Happens forum. We didn't get many beads made, there was definitely more talk than action. It was great to spend the day with other people who share the same obsession. Just in case you are wondering who's who. From the left, clockwise, Steve and Kay (hollergrafik), Janine, George (, Sal with baby Sophie, Vicky (, me, Julie HB ( and Julie (

So is it hot enough for you? I gave up in the workshop this afternoon, it just got too hot with the kiln and the torch! I'm hoping it will be a bit cooler on Friday as I have two ladies coming for an all day lesson.

I've just added another organic set to my Etsy shop.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Charity Auctions on Ebay.

Members of the Frit Happens Forum are getting together to raise money for the Tommy's charity which researches the causes of premature and still birth and miscarriage. I have just listed a couple of auctions the proceeds of which will go to this very worthwhile cause. I don't think there are many of us who haven't been affected by these issues either directly or through friends and relatives so please take a look.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Better Photos.

I bought a new macro lens for my camera today. I haven't been happy with some of my photos recently. I've been wanting to get better close ups especially of individual beads like my silver cores. Cropping pictures right down I've found that some of the definition has gone. I haven't had much time to play with it but here are a couple of photos I took quickly between getting home rom town and cooking dinner! I got some useful tips from the man in the shop too. I like to use a white background but it's difficult with light coloured beads. Just need to get myself some frosted glass!

Monday, 15 June 2009

Etsy Treasury West.

I'm very excited. I've just found that someone has picked one of my beads for their Etsy Treasury West. Here is the link. I think it will only work for today.

Friday, 12 June 2009


White Sands. Now in my ETSY shop.

I expect most people reading this blog have heard of Etsy but just in case there is anyone who hasn't I thought I'd do a bit of promotion for it.

Etsy is a brilliant site set up in the USA. Anyone can open an Etsy shop to sell their own handmade goods or commercial craft supplies. For someone like me it opens up a huge market that I could never reach through my own website alone and it does this for a very reasonable listing fee and commission on sales. There are all sorts of items available to buy and a lot of it is of a very high standard. So if you want something different for a birthday present then why not take a look there instead of in the usual high street shops. Or if you are into sewing or other crafts you might find some different fabric or supplies.

I recently bought my daughter in law a beautiful bag from this shop, Red Ruby Rose. I met the maker at a fair locally and had a long chat with her. Her mother had bought her one of my pendants at last years Somerset Arts Week event. I had a look at her Etsy shop when I got home and thought her designs were really lovely.

I've been putting most of my beads in my Etsy shop recently and I have had a number of sales from the USA. I may move all my bead sales there in the future.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

What happened to the sun?

Where has the lovely summer weather gone? It has been pouring with rain here today. Perhaps these beads will help remind you of warm days on the beach. They are off to California first thing on Monday morning. I think I might have to make some more though.

I'm giving my first ever jewellery making lesson on Monday. It is a practice run for some workshops I have been asked to do at a local gallery, Ginger Fig, in Taunton. I'm wondering about putting together some kits to sell on Etsy too. If anyone thinks they might be interested let me know, it might spur me to get on with it. There always seem to be so many things that need doing.

I've just booked a stand at my first bead show, The Big Bead Show at Sandown Park in October. It is two weeks after the Somerset Arts Weeks open studio event so looks like I have a busy summer of making ahead of me.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Busy time.

I haven't posted this week as I've been rather busy.

My youngest daughter, Phoebe, and I went up to London for a few days to visit my son and his wife. Phoebe did a bit of clothes shopping and I did some bead shopping (you can tell I've got my priorities right). We did a few other touristy things too. We visited the Sir John Soanes Museum. He was a very distinguished architect born in 1753 but also a collector of all sorts of art and antiquites. It's a fascinating house, some rooms are just ordinary but very lovely living rooms but others are a private museum. It is well worth a visit.

We also went to the London Glassblowing Centre and watched as some water jugs were made. Again it is a trip worth making as you can just sit in the workshop for as long as you want and watch the glassblowers doing their magic.

Since we got home I have had to tidy the workshop, a necessary evil as I had two students for a beadmaking lesson yesterday.

Now I'm looking forward to a week of beadmaking, and no doubt a bit of jewellery making.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

New Addition.

We had lovely day in the sunshine at the Devon County show. We spent most of the time looking at the animals.....and my daughter came home with a big smile on her face and Tallullah, the little grey hen in the top picture. Well actually she is a Maran Blue. We waited for Rosie and Millie our other chickens to go to bed and then popped her in to the house with them. Hopefully she won't get too hen pecked over the next few days but we will need to keep an eye on them.

Friday, 22 May 2009

A Commission.

This bracelet was a commission. I'd made a set of beads in this colour combination a while ago and when my customer saw the photo she made up her mind straight away. She ordered it as a birthday present for a friend who wears a lot of blue so hopefully it will go down well!

Thursday, 21 May 2009

New Blog.

I decided it was time to start a proper blog, so here I am.

I made this necklace yesterday, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and some of my own lampwork beads. The lampwork beads are made using the lovely Aurae glass from Double Helix which has given them a beautiful shimmery look.