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.