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 (http://www.designedbygeorge.co.uk/), Sal with baby Sophie, Vicky (http://www.morellobeads.co.uk/), me, Julie HB (http://www.dolmairicdesign.co.uk/) and Julie (http://www.lushlampwork.co.uk/).

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.