Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer Holiday Montage

I've been blessed with a wonderful summer holiday. The weather here in Blighty as been unusually sunny and warm..very warm. However the very best thing is that I've been able to spend time in the company of two amazing artists, Lucie of LucieTales and Petra of ScorchedEarthonEtsy and it's been fantastic. 
So part one will cover Lucie's stay and part two will cover my stay in Petra land!

This is Lucie and Loic's second visit to my county and this time we had more time to chat, go book hunting and visit National Trust properties. And drink tea and go to the now legendary Studley car boot, where you can pretty much buy anything you could possibly need. They were again based in the love setting of Aston Cantlow and we had a few fun evenings eating and chatting.

We then went on a visit to Packwood House. The gardens were in full bloom and packed with a riot of colour.

The yews represent the 12 apostles and they are huge!
Inside Packwood is full of rich, carved oak panelling and tapestries adorn the wall. It's great to share these visits with Lucie and to talk about books we enjoy and ideas for our work. This time she was lucky to find my little studio tidier!
All too soon they're visit was over and it was time for them to drive their mobile library home (seriously they are big time book lovers!) and time for me to pack for Lynmouth.

I didn't have one of the best starts to this trip. My cat Smokey was ill on the morning I due to leave. So I had to race her to the vets and pay out £100 on cystitis treatment and then brief Heather on the medication to give her. Thankful she's made a full recovery. Then when I set off  I drove into M5 motorway hell, literally 10 mph for 2 hours! Once off the motorway I was cruising along the coast road until my sat nav decided to redirect me onto the ROAD FROM HELL! It was a bumpy, pot holed track that you could not see around the corner if another vehicle was heading your way and there was a sheer drop to the valley floor! I didn't drive the car for 2 days after that.
The place I was staying at had a view right across the bay and meeting Petra was fantastic. She really has a warm and cheering personality that puts you right at ease and like Lucie time flies in her presence.

Here she is with Fern

Me and Fern did a lot of walking, up cliffs, down valleys and through woodlands. Petra lives in a stunning part of England and I got the chance to nose around her studio and check out the enormous amounts of glazes she has. Her garden is wonderful and full of birds and squirrels. A big shout out to her lovely partner Foxy: it's  such a small world because he used to work in my town!
Don't hate I have a box full of Petra goodies gifted to me and some gorgeous bead goodies from Lucie too.

Below is the valley of the rocks, Fern is paddling in Watersmeet and Lynmouth.

The statue is Damien Hirst's Verity, me and Petra, Heddon Mouth and Heddon Valley and Lynmouth Harbour. 

Inside our holiday let, the view from our window and the beach.

I've had an amazing time and truly wish this summer had lasted longer. I hope you've all being able to enjoy a great summer with friends and loved ones.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Wedding Blog

Here at last are the lovely photos taken by Sassy of my daughter Heather and my now son in law Gaz's wedding. Sassy is such an amazing artist, capturing lovely emotional moments and fun times. It's a bit like having your own movie with all the stills done for you.

To begin with it was raining, but by tea time it was dry and glorious. I loved Fern's boots!

 And the tears start. It was a lovely service, warm and intimate.

 A big thank you to the Barn at Studley for allowing free reign for photos. It's such an amazing shop.

A big thank you to Petra for the wonderful Mr and Mrs Superhero cake topper.  

The cake was a massive under taking and both me and Heather were pleased it tasted great, despite it's rustic appearance.  But if we weren't so strapped for cash I would have let a proper cake maker do it! And thanks to Lynda for the lovely cup cakes.

The lads..and goodness me where did those wee superheros come from! xx

 The girls - giving it modelling 101. They looked amazing and looked out for my girls xx.

I was very pleased with how the bouquets turned out. Worth the burnt fingers and welts from hours of wire wrapping.

 I was thrilled that all the decor pieces came together and everyone enjoyed the masks and comics.

 Girls just wanna have fun.

Taking a breather.

The happy couple. Hair by my mate Micheal  
He also did mine. Hair accessories and jewellery, including the groom's me  : )

The day went wonderfully, far too quick but with so much love and laughter. The evening was suitably raucous with 2 of Hev's and Gaz's friends singing for them and lots of dancing and well earned drinks!
I ended up making 5 different hats and remaking an entirely different dress after having a melt down and hating the suit I spent weeks making! It was the right decision...the little black dress never fails. Fern did so well, but couldn't wait to get into her superhero outfit in the evening.
It was so worth the effort, it is a day that will always raise a smile and a heart filled with joy. xx

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Ever Expanding Blog Post

Well not so expanding blog from me, but as I know, since I'm not the most prolific posters, it's so difficult to find the time to get involved in all these creative blog hops and to keep up with the impossible demands of social networking. I'm an old fashioned girl at heart and prefer a good old chat face to face or at least old style land line telephones. I can't be doing with all this chasing signal nonsense and tiny number keys with these new mobiles!
Anyway I digress. Firstly a big thank you to Leah Curtis for inviting me. And here are the questions and answers.

What am I working on at the moment?
A couple of skully earrings and I'm working on a specialist wedding shop for alternative brides. I'm going to be making some more hair accessories and I've invested in some lovely ceramic pretties which will be made into some fine new bridal pieces. I will also be making more bridal bouquets since that worked out really well for my daughter's wedding.

How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
I'm not sure what genre I fall into, since I'm so eclectic in my own tastes. A little tribal, a little primitive, a touch of shabby steampunk with a dose of punk rebellion. A lot of lovely folk have described my work as whimsical and I feel that there is a feel of English eccentricity. My main loves are textiles and colour. I use and abuse colour with great abandon. I take an ethical approach to the materials I use. I re-work vintage finds and I use recycled sterling silver for my ear wires, which I source from Birmingham. I use only handmade ceramics and lampwork. I strongly believe in handmade and in supporting handmade artisans.

Why do I create what I do ?
I can't imagine not making and creating. I'm at my happiest and most relaxed when I'm producing jewellery. My intention is to create original, expressive pieces that bring joy to their wearers. I enjoy the process of creating a piece from scratch and learning new skills. I like exploring design ideas and creating an elegant solution for attaching beads and components. I also make other stuff including bags, dresses and hats!
The black dress I made for my daughter's wedding and my new in law Lynda.

How does your creative process work?
I like to play with my components and I make an unholy mess spreading out beads and metal and textile scraps. I like this kind of no rules exploring and the liberation of not following a plan but just going with an organic evolving design. My previous work was within garden design and this greatly influences my work. I love the unfurling of new fern fronds and the structures of petals and leaves. The way nature layers petals and leaf shapes against barks and rocks all without written's a joy.

Well that's enough from me and on 23rd of June it will be the turn of a wonderfully gifted artisan and lovely friend , Lucie of Lucie Tales and if you've not had the chance to view her blog please do. It's full of beautiful pictures and her gorgeous work.

Friday, 30 May 2014

New Tings for Summer

Well I'm slowly recovering from the wedding and getting back into my creating groove. My daughter Heather's wedding was an amazing day full of fun, smiles and a few bevies and a whole lot of dodging dancing and superhero posing. Photos will follow soon.
A big thank you for all the lovely comments on the beadsoup blog hop, I really enjoyed looking at the amazing work and I hope I covered as many blogs as I could. If I missed you please feel free to soundly slap me!
So I've been back to creating and I've enjoyed using lots of goodies from   
                                                Mari Carmen,                                                                             Kim

First up this silk braided necklace loaded with artisan goodies

Earrings next and a little mismatched boho pair

More gold

Roman glass, framed in copper and salvaged cast metal triangles

Kind of Aztec style 

Ceramic, bone and vintage barrel beads

Glossy and shimmery lampwork, ceramic and a hammer pounded brass bead!
Lastly ceramic, Thai glass and faceted metal

Now just got to load up into my shop and get my head around the Etsy tinkering that's been going on..
see you soon xx

Saturday, 10 May 2014

8th BeadSoup ~Blog Party

Welcome to the 8th BeadSoup Blog Party and once again a big thank you to founder, creator and organiser Lori Anderson
My partner for this year is Sue Rennie and here is a quick reminder of the soup she sent me, featuring her resin work pendants and clasp

Firstly I came up with this necklace. I added some resin components rescued from broken 1980's jewellery that I felt made the design more sculptural and with added colour pop.

I did a bit of knotting with waxed Irish linen and added sari silk.

 Those with eagle eyes may have noticed the flat dark, bronze circle beads and here I must confess that I did the unthinkable and took a hammer to some of Sue's beads! I just couldn't get the round beads to work in their original this is what I did.

Sorry Sue.

Next I made a matching bracelet

I used a plastic triangle button as a clasp.

And I also created a beaten copper bangle using the mother of pearl butterflies and some of the little discs.

 I finished up with 2 lots of earrings. The first pair used Sue's paper beads and I made bright embroidery thread tassels and created my own studs.

The next pair used some of Sue's glass beads and the butterflies

I hope you will find time to visit the other fabulous beadsoupers. They will be a wealth of talent and inspiration for you to enjoy.

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 
Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 
Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         
Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  
Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             
Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           
Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              
Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                
Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     
Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              
Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          
Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                
Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Cindy Pack                                     
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           
Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                
Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           
Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://
Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  
Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    
Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              
Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               
Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           
Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         
Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     
Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            
Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    
Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          
Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    
Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                
Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    
Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  
Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            
Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 
Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      
Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             
Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           
Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         
Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  
Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 
Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                           www.Dancingwireandbeads/
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               
Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               
Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 
Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     
Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              
Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              
Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     
Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        
Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              
Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd