Thursday, 19 December 2013


I haven't been making many glass beads recently because of my neck and shoulder problems but I have just found a new chiropractor so I hope things are going to improve.

The day before yesterday I finally got round to doing a few hours torching and these are the results.

It took me over an hour to clean all these beads - there are over 100!
Most of them are destined to be made into jewellery but this shell lentil and matching spacers has been put for sale in my webstore.

This lentil has been decorated with frit and shards. The shards were made by Jolene Wolfe of Frit'n'chips.

Thanks for looking.



Tuesday, 10 December 2013

I've got a new website!

I've started work on a new website. Readers of my blog will know that I have been selling beads on Etsy for some time which is great but now that I am doing some craft fairs I want my buyers to be able to buy my jewellery online and I think that my own website will be the best way of doing it.

I know a couple of fellow artisans that have websites with Indiemade and as they offer a 30 days free trial I figured why not?

So, it is a work in progress but I am quite pleased with how it looks so far. I'd love your comments so please pop over, have a look and tell me what you think.

I have yet to transfer my domain name over so at the moment the website is on


During the quiet times at the recent craft fair I did, I had a chance to make some new jewellery pieces which I have added to my new store. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them. Click on each picture to be taken to the item for sale.

I've also been playing with a new camera that I treated myself to but that is for another post.

Thanks for looking.



Monday, 9 December 2013

Nine Days of Christmas Fair and my stand.

I've just finished doing a successful 9 day Christmas fair at The New Rembrandt Gallery in Newport.

I helped out by designing the posters.

Here is a picture of my stand

I made the garland myself (I used to be a florist) using some flowers that I bought to make my wedding bouquet some years ago that have been sitting in a box in the loft. I got married in Las Vegas so didn't need them in the end.

I found some gorgeous ceramic busts on Wightbay for a bargain £20 for a pair and I think they compliment my stand perfectly.

I picked up the corner units on Wightbay too. It was a mahogany coloured wotnot that cost me £7. I did some research on the internet and found out how to distress them to match the 3 way mirror that I picked up in an antiques fair years ago.

It came apart easily as it all screws together so I reconfigured it to make two separate units.

I sanded them down and then painted the edges with some gold paint that I had in the garage.


I then used some Vaseline and rubbed it on the edges. Then I gave them a couple of coats of white emulsion. Once it was dry I used some sandpaper and lightly rubbed of some of the paint to reveal the gold below. I then used some varnish to make the white more creamy.

I think they turned out really well, don't you?

I was really pleased with the fair. I wasn't expecting it to be massively busy and it wasn't but I did really well. Some pieces went which I was sad to see go, but glad that they had gone to a good home.

Here are some of the pieces that have been re-homed.

You may remember this necklace from the Bead Soup Blog Party.


Thanks for looking.


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