Friday, 1 October 2010

Some buttons and some news!

I have just added some glass beads to my shop. I've been planning to make buttons for ages and have only just got round to it. They have been very popular during Somerset Art Weeks so I thought I would try some in my Etsy shop too.

I also have some exciting news that I have been keeping secret for the last few months. I have a bracelet and a lampwork bead in the finals of the British Bead Awards, due to be presented at the Big Bead Show, Sandown Park on 30th October. The bracelet above is very similar to the one that has been shortlisted. It is on my Arts Week stand at the moment but if you would be interested in buying it then please email me. The bracelet has gold filled findings, lampwork beads, amethysts, pearls and Swarovski crystals. It is priced at £85.

I will be at the Big Bead Show selling my beads with the help of my friend Gill, so if you are there please come and say hello.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Somerset Arts Week.

Today was the first day of Somerset Arts Weeks Open Studio event which lasts for the next two week. I am at The Coach House, Pitminster with my friend Charlotte and another artist called Sara Glanfield. We are really pleased with how our venue looks and the mix of work we have; my beads and jewellery, Charlotte's applique and Sara's paintings. There are also some lovely corsages that my sister has made. She is going to get an Etsy shop to sell these but if you are interested in the meantime then email me. They are £12 including postage and packing. I know I'm biased but they really are the nicest I've seen anywhere.

If you are anywhere near us in the next few weeks do pop in and say hello.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Some new beads.

I haven't been very productive since I got back from holiday despite having had a week without either of the girls at home. However there are some new beads in my shop including this set.

I am off to London tomorrow to help my older daughter carry her bags home. She has been to a summer art course at the Slade School of Fine Art which is where she would love to end up in a years time. Unfortunately it is about twice as competitive as any Oxbridge course, 1400 applications expected for 25 places. Still, someone has to get in.

Phoebe and I need to decide what to do in London. We are meeting up with my son and his wife who has just got back from visiting her family in Iowa. And I will get my new Macbook tomorrow which Emily has brought back with her. My laptop finally gave up the ghost last week. The graphics card has gone, plus it needs a new keyboard so I decided it was time for a new one. I've never used a Mac before but my iPhone along with some visits to Apple shops to stroke the elegantly designed computers has convinced me to make the change....along with some advice from Emily who is a big Apple fan.

Have a good weekend. I will try and get more work done next week!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


We had a lovely week cruising up to Norway, visiting Bergen, Olden, Alesund and Stavanger. The weather was kind to us and apart from a couple of hours drizzle in Bergen the sun shone all week and the sea was calm.

The top photograph shows our ship, Oriana between some of the charming wooden houses in the old area of Stavanger. Phoebe and I rather fancied living in one of these or in the lovely green house in the next photograph. This was at Olden. Having sailed about 65miles up the fjord to Olden we got off the ship just by this house and went on a coach trip to the lake shown in the last photo. The water was a really lovely shade of green because the movement of the glaciers means that the water contains a lot of fine sediment from the rocks. We went on a trip across the lake and then walked up to just below the glacier.

Monday, 21 June 2010


Sea shell beads always seem to be popular and it is certainly the weather to make thoughts turn towards the beach. Here is a new set I have added to my Etsy shop today.

I hope you all had a good weekend in the sunshine. I had a visit from my two little nephews which was lovely...although our three cats didn't agree and made themselves scarce.

If you are in Taunton this Sunday then come and see me at the Art Boot Sale and Queen,s College. I will be selling my jewellery and beads there but there will also be lots of artists selling paintings, prints and ceramics.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Mexican Beads.

I've been making beads in lovely bright colours inspired by some Mexican arts and crafts I've been looking at. I've even made some little skull charms for Day of the Dead jewellery. I need to practise them a bit more before I show them or list any for sale. Don't know that they will be popular in the UK but there does seem to be a lot of Día de los Muertos work on Etsy.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Isn't this lovely!

I just had a message from one of my Etsy customers in the USA. She has used a couple of my Tribal beads in a beautiful bracelet. I thought you might like to see it. If you are interested you can read the ARTIST'S BLOG or go straight to her ETSY SHOP.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Not Mass Produced.

I make and sell a lot of jewellery but until now I haven't really tried selling it online. I decided it was time to try so I have just added a couple of items to the website Not Mass Produced. So far I have just added these heart sets in three colours. You can also buy the earrings and pendants separately rather than as a set.

There are lots of other handmade items on the website. Why not take a look.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Yet more beads.

I have been adding more sets to my Etsy shop including a couple of sets of these pretty marbled pink rounds. Some similar beads that I made last year have been featured in April's Beads and Beyond magazine. The have been used by Jo Bailey in a very pretty wire worked necklace.

I hope the weather isn't too awful where you are. My daughter came back from a school exchange to France last wasn't a good crossing. I've never known Phoebe to be seasick but she was yesterday along with almost everyone else!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

More New Beads.

I have added some more new sets to the shop today, these two have a rather summery feel....unlike the weather here in Somerset. I've got very wet twice today walking over the road to the post office and shop.

Monday, 29 March 2010

New Sets.

I had a good weekend at Cheltenham. Thank you to everyone who came and looked and bought. Hope you all had a good time and didn't overspend too much!

For those of you who couldn't make it, I have lots of sets left so please take a look at my Etsy shop. There are some sets there already and more coming tomorrow.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Sorry no new beads from me today.

So what do you think of my two new assistants! I've had them helping me do a stock take so hopefully all the levels on my website are correct least until this weekend when I am off to the Cheltenham bead fair which is why I am afraid there are no new beads to list this week.

But if you have bead money burning a hole in your pocket why not take a look at the Frit Happens featured artist Shahlaa Walsh. Here is a link to an article about her and her work. Well worth a look.

Back next week with beads......I promise.

Take Your Child To Work.


This is Phoebe and Victoria on Take your child to work day counting some beads. Later on we will be making some glass beads and helping prepare for the Cheltenham bead fair next weekend.


Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Chepstow Bead Fair.

I will be at Chepstow Bead Fair this weekend, 30th-31st January. I'm still busy making at the moment as well as stringing up set, counting bags of headpins and generally trying to get organised.

If you are there please come and say hello1