Saturday, 24 November 2012

Festive fun!

Hello lovely followers, sorry for neglecting you a bit of late. It's been a busy time.....visiting family and friends and busily working away at making hand blown christmas baubles! I've been fairly productive but with quite a wide variety of results, all of which will be on sale next friday at our annual Christmas bauble demo evening!!! It's a lovely warm, festive evening, so if you're in the area do try and pop along!





Happy weekend everyone and i'll be back up to my full blogging capacity soon!

xx

Friday, 2 November 2012

New colours

Just a flying visit to share some of the new colours I have been working with.



I love the Teal for it's freshness, but the Forest Green and Apricot are perfect for this time of year. Unfortunately the furnace is on the blink at the moment so no glassblowing for me just now.  I'm spending my time designing and sandblasting onto the pieces already blown, so i'm keeping busy, although I would really welcome standing in front of the lovely warming glow of the furnace in this chilly weather! Fingers crossed it will be up and running soon as there are many many christmas baubles to be made!!

xx


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Sprigs & leaves






A few new pieces for your viewing pleasure including a new leafy design and a new Teal colour which I particularly like, it's so light and fresh. I'm going to have a play with a couple of more colours tomorrow of a more appropriate autumnal nature...can't wait!

 I hope you like them......right, better dash, lots more to get on with. Have a good day, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are :o)

x

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Oh Mr blue sky...where did you go?

I'm feeling a bit glum with all this dreary weather we've been having so thought a picture reminding me of a lovely sunny day was in order. This was taken just the other week when we went on a glorious wander along the coast path from Kynance Cove, it felt like we were soaking up the very last bit of summer and even managed to fit in a little dip in the sea (without wetsuits!).....it was a lovely day :o)



Well now that I've shared my own little bit of sunshine I'm off to get nice and toasty and make some little gems in front of the furnace. I had quite a good day at it yesterday, so fingers crossed I can keep it up today.....wish me luck!

xx

Monday, 8 October 2012

The first batch

Just a few quick snaps of the first finished pieces since getting back into the glass-making chair. I have included a picture of what they looked like before any sandblasting, so you can get an idea of the transformation. At some point I hope to take some better pictures so they can be added to the website, meanwhile I'm working on some more incorporating my sprig design......pictures soon!





Friday, 5 October 2012

SALE!!!

As it's such a wet and miserable day I thought I would jolly things up a bit by having a little SALE over on my Etsy shop!

So why not treat yourself to a bit of handmade goodness to brighten up your Friday! Tell all your friends!!

xx


Sunday, 30 September 2012

Eden

Last week we took a  trip to the Eden project, I haven't been for about 10 years and it's changed so much. It was a lovely day with lots of oohs and aahs at all the wonderful exotic plants.....I loved it and will definitely be back!

xx



Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A spot of colour

After a day an a half of (exhausting, I'm not used to hard work!!) glass-blowing I have now produced a fairly   substantial selection of wobbly spot glasses ready to flog in the gallery. Making these is such a great way to practice and improve my skills as they are quite tricky to get right, but they don't waste too much glass if they go really badly wrong (I only lost a couple!) I'm quite pleased, and reassured, that I haven't forgotten everything over the summer break! :o)

Next time I'm back in the studio I plan to make some bigger pieces ready for sandblasting so more to come soon.....

xx


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Toast, Walks & Wildflowers



A couple of months back I took a trip up to Plymouth to visit my brother. It was only a flying visit, so he took me on a mammoth walk to see some of the sights. I took some pictures with his camera which he sent to me ages ago and I have only just remembered about them. 

First we walked to Royal William Yard for breakfast at The Bakery. This consisted of an unlimited supply yummy homemade toast with homemade jam and peanut butter......delicious; I can still taste it now.




From there we continued our walk (very much needed after the unnatural quantities of toast consumed!) I can't remember the name of where we walked to, but we could look back over where we had just been and there was a lovely hillside covered in wildflowers.




We then embarked on the long walk home and stumbled across one of the loveliest sites I've seen in while. In the centre of Plymouth, in the middle of a busy roundabout, was a little haven of colour and beauty........a wildflower garden. It was perfect, everything was in full bloom and the colours were so vibrant and cheerful I felt truly heart warmed that such a lovely thing could exist amidst such a built up, exhaust choked part of the city. We need more of this kind of thing to bring a bit of cheer to people's lives, it certainly worked for me!



Have a happy weekend!

xx






Friday, 21 September 2012

They're ready!

My new hand cut 'Cabin & Tree' pictures are now finished and for sale on my etsy shop!


The furnace is now back on and I will be settling back into my glass blowing adventures again from early next week, but I have really enjoyed making these and aim to do more based on a new theme (when i've thought of it that is)

xx

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Sneak peak


They're finished!! More detailed pics to follow soon, but I was eager to show you a little sneak preview. I wasn't sure at first when I started adding the monoprint colour but it has grown on me and I'm really pleased with them!

They will be available on my etsy shop very soon......watch this space!

xx

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Work in progress....



Here's a little sneak peak of something I have been working on recently, a set of mini 'cabin and tree' cut out pictures. I'm going to add a bit of colour today to finish them off.......pictures of the finished versions to follow soon!

xx

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Last few....for now

I'm eagerly awaiting the furnace going back on again next week as I'm itching to get back into the swing of glass-blowing again (fingers crossed I haven't forgotten everything!) I've done quite well over the summer sandblasting designs onto the pieces I made in the spring, but I am now down to one left to play with so timing couldn't be better! My first job is to get cracking on making some more wobbly glasses (they seem to be in demand!) which is perfect for me as they are a brilliant way to practice my skills without wasting too much glass if they go belly up! Once I've made a substantial batch it's on to things bigger and hopefully better.......eeeek!

In the meantime here are some pics of my most resent pieces. The last one is available to buy on-line here.

xx



Friday, 7 September 2012

Happy weekend!


We went on a sneaky coastal walk in the sunshine this morning instead of working and it was glorious!! I didn't want to come back, but I've managed to have a reasonably productive afternoon so not feeling too guilty.

Happy weekends everyone, I hope you get out and enjoy some of this sunshine while it lasts!

xx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Pots and crocks





I've just added this new 'Pots and Crocks' pattern to my website. I can't seem to get enough of these vintage pots, but I think at last I'm done........well for now at least :o)

x

Friday, 31 August 2012

Website!






It's been a long time coming but I've finally done it! My very own website for my Illustration work.

I hope you like it!

Have a happy weekend everyone!

x

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

New additions

I have been busy adding the finishing touches to these four new glass pieces and I'm happy to say they are now added and available to buy on my gallery page!

xx






Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Lazy sunday

I hope you all had a happy bank holiday weekend, despite the iffy weather. My brother came down for a few days and we made the most of the dry weather and had a lovely family day out on Sunday.

First stop was Potager Garden & Glass House Cafe near Constantine. Pretty setting, yummy food (delicious cakes!) and even a spot of badminton in the garden if you feel so inclined (not a great idea on a full stomach whilst wearing slip-on sandals!) It had a lovely laid back atmosphere, I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you're after a slightly different cafe experience. 


After that we headed over to Kestle Barton near Helford to take a look at the Garden there. It was quite small, but perfectly formed and absolutely full of Bees, I don't think I've ever seen so many. It was great to see that they have obviously based their planting around encouraging wildlife. We spent ages there, getting a bit trigger happy with our cameras.....as you can see!