A little time out…

So, I was supposed to be getting back to you last week with details of new beads and a bead shop update. Well, that’s been kinda delayed after what has been a somewhat hectic and, at times, stressful week.  Sometimes I just have to tell myself to slow down. I get to thinking that everything has to be done yesterday, and I have to have a word with myself. Anyway, there will be new beads in the shop this next week. Here’s a little taster:

october beads collage

You might recognise some of these. With this batch of beads, I tried to make up more of the designs that were popular in the first lot of ceramic beads that I listed, but there are some new pieces, like that blue framed pendant.  There’ll be a lot of completely new designs in the following lot which are currently waiting to be fired.  Speaking of which, it’s here!

photo-5 copyPerhaps I should point out that this is, in fact, a kiln, not a portaloo.  It’s done its initial drying out firing and I’ve been busy bat-washing the shelves today. So, hopefully, I’ll also get my first bisque firing done in the next few days.

Having had a little word with myself, I decided to do some relaxing earring making.  It’s the market this weekend and I felt that I could do to have some simpler earrings available. And some shorter pairs too. These Petra drops really don’t need much adding to them anyway. archipelago 1 So, I managed to make just the one pair of shortish earrings.  However, I did make a couple more simple pairs.moorland 1

With Scorched Earth spikes, of course.

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These bracelets are still selling so…

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(fox bead – Jo Lucksted)

And here’s a last couple of new pieces that will be on the stall tomorrow.

pyrograph 1

(raku beads – Elements Pottery; ceramic round – Something to do Beads)

vulcan 1

(ceramic stitched pendant and platinum wheels – Scorched Earth; ceramic discs – Something to do Beads; raku beads – Elements Pottery)

And finally, a little something for me…..

bling for me

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth)

The market starts at 10am tomorrow and runs until 3pm. I’ll be stationed outside Fat Face, facing the music stage, in Frome town centre.

Market time, so, yep, more new jewellery…

Before anything else: a while ago one of you much-appreciated readers of this blog told me that they were trying to post comments but they didn’t show up. I’ve had a real nightmare trying to deal with spam and it seems that the spam filters I tried to put in place are somehow not approving the few comments that I actually want to receive (as opposed to the wealth of junk about louboutin shoes and prescription drugs).  I’ve just checked my spam and found several ‘proper’ comments that had been filed there. I’m telling you all this because I really do appreciate it when people take the time to comment and if you are having problems commenting I’d really, really appreciate it if you took the time to let me know.



it’s market time again this Sunday.  Which, of course, means I have a shedload of new designs to share with you. I’ve managed to get most of them listed on Etsy, but this first crop of earrings have been made in the last day or so, so they’re not listed yet. If you want any of them, do drop me a line.

ruched tips

(ceramic tips – Scorched Earth)

I hadn’t made any SE tip earrings in an age so I thought I’d rustle up a fresh pair for the stall.  These painted pebbles are also popular.

always the ocean

(painted pebbles – Plymouth Rocks)

I’ve been trying to make some shorter earrings – not everyone wants shoulder scraping drops – but it leaves me thinking: too simple?  I’ve also been trying to make some less expensive earrings, like these.

old rose stacks

You can have these for £14.50. What else? I picked up this pack of beautiful feathers a while ago. And then forgot all about them – until the other day.

dotty 1

(painted pebbles – Plymouth Rocks)

I particularly like how they look in the photos I took – so I’m including a couple…

dotty 2

I love these SE stitched droppers. I have a similar pair that I’ve been wearing a lot.

outer reaches

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

I could perhaps have done to be more inventive with what I put with them – what d’ya think?  Same thing with this pair:

chinese whisperers

Now for the stuff that’s been listed. My run of necklace making (and making necklace I actually like!) has continued…

through the leaves 1

(polymer bird – Jetta Bug Jewelry; rusty patina connector – Something to do Beads)

resting place 1

(polymer owl – Jetta Bug Jewelry; ceramic leaf – Scorched Earth)

in the silver light 1

(ceramic building – Jubilee)

Two of these have been reserved but the one with the rusty connector is still available.  Bracelets next.

bouquet 1

(polymer flower – Elise Canning; ceramic flowers – Captured Moments)

first dew 1

(ceramic bead – Jubilee; beaded beads – Rebecca Anderson)

from the vine 1

(ceramic rounds – Blueberribeads and Golem Studios; lampwork round – Cheeky Cherub Designs)

jacaranda 1

(ceramic leaf – Scorched Earth)

journey's end 1

(driftwood bead – Nature Scavenger)

tail feather 1

(ceramic round – Anne Lidbetter)

And finally, a few more earrings

festival 1

(ceramic barrels – Kays Crea Corner)

trick in the tale 1

(ceramic droppers – Happy Fish Things)

smokey blooms 1

As always, if you’re in or around Frome tomorrow, do drop by and say hello. I’ll be outside the George Hotel, just by the music stage, from 10am to 3pm.

New jewellery – quite a lot of it….

What a week…

the naturalist

(ceramics – Scorched Earth)

well, ten days, really.

out walking 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; ceramic birds – Happy Fish Things)

What has been happening?

big top 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; ceramic tubes – Golem Studios)

Well, Dexy got sick. He had a dreadful ear infection, which required a general anaesthetic so it could be flushed out.

indigo and iolite 1

(ceramic droppers – Scorched Earth; patinated hoops – Grubbi)

So that was all quite stressful.


(polymer flower and bird – Tree Wings Studio)

Then I went to an open house at Smitten Beads, which was great but far more ‘active’ than I’m used to. That’ll teach me to be such a homebody.  I picked up a stack of new good stuff and met a load of folk I’d only ever ‘met’ online.

winged things 2

(ceramic leaves – Scorched Earth; lampwork beads – Earthshine)

I’d just about recovered when my laptop died. The hard drive went – just went. Nothing there, gone, kaput. Had I backed up all my images and software?

graffiti 1

Had I hell.

into the trees

 (ceramic house – Elukka; enamel leaf – Gardanne)

I’ll spare you the details – because they’re long and not very interesting – but I did manage to get the hard drive and software replaced without paying for them.

ocean side

(ceramic round – Slate Studio)

Or breaking the law.


So, thank heavens for that!

one daisy

(lampwork beads – Earthshine)

But, oh my, I don’t like being without a laptop. I kept getting that phantom limb thing where I’d turn to check something on it then find it wasn’t there.

crystal tip earrings

Of course, all this turmoil has prevented me posting new designs here. As you can see, there are quite a number.  Some have been listed, and some sold, but if there’s anything here that catches your eye that you can’t find in my Etsy shop, do get in touch.

holding light

 (ceramic spiral coin – Gaea; beaded bead – Malin de Koning; clasp – Amanda Davie)

So, apologies for another image heavy post…

peacock shards 1

 (enamel matchsticks – Numinosity)

 …although I’m quite relieved that I have all these images recorded on my blog because they’re no longer on my computer.

delft 2

 (ceramic lentil – Golem Studios; lampwork discs – Helen Chalmers)

ombre sky

 (ceramic lentil – Golem Studios)

I’m getting busy and posting all this now because it’s market day tomorrow.


sun into the evening

I’ll be stationed outside the George Hotel, in Frome town centre, from 10am till 3pm.

beach bird

(driftwood bead – Nature Scavenger; ceramic urchin – Blueberribeads)

Can you tell that I’ve yet to get to grips with my new version of Photoshop?!

catchy monkey

(copper pendant – Thea Elements)

tango teal

(driftwood bead – Nature Scavenger; lampwork beads – Glittering Prize, Helen Chalmers)

my bracelet

(ceramic leaf – Bo Hulley; lampwork beads – Glass Bead Art)

This last bracelet ended up being really small. So, regrettably, I’ve had to keep it for myself.   Anyway, that’s the lot. Ciao for now.

Staving it off

I’m getting ill – again!  It started yesterday but I really can’t be doing with it right now (like anyone ever can…). My folks have both had a ferocious bug and I guess it’s my turn to have it. I thought I’d escaped but I should know better, really. And – perfect timing – it’s market day tomorrow.

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I’m just hoping I can keep it together for five hours, then resign myself to the full force of its grottiness.  Anyway, here’s some of the new pieces I’ll have on the stall.  My soup from Lori has had me thinking about greens and blues.

kiwi 1st

(driftwood wheels – Nature Scavenger)

coffee and cream 1

(lampwork bead – Glass Bead Art)

spice flower 2

I always photograph bracelets with button clasps with the button to the front, but sometimes that means you can’t see some of the ‘special bits’, like these lampwork beads.

spice flowers

But this view doesn’t really work. I guess I’ll end up having to photograph it again – argh! I’m afraid I can’t name the lampworker as I bought them from a friend who was de-stashing and couldn’t remember who made them. Anyone recognise them?

golden day

Still struggling with dismal grey photographs…

feather soft 5

(ceramic lentil – Golem Studios)

 I shared this necklace a while ago, and said I thought it was too simple. I decided it definitely was and have dressed it up a bit.  These would match nicely.

faded feathers 1

serrated 1

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

I’ve got a bunch of pieces that I made for a project in the latest edition of Beads and Beyond.  It’s funny – I’ve found, doing magazine stuff, that you sometimes make things that don’t really fit with the rest of the stuff in your shop.  I’m not sure if I’ll list all of these, and these aren’t all the pieces I made for the project.  Most of them have some Scorched Earth in them, so I won’t keep repeating my credits! The ombre polymer pieces were made by me.

ocean fans

coaster necklace

coastal bacelet

egg shell earrings

sea view earrings

I’ve got a confession I have to make with this next necklace. I was majorly led by a piece that Lorelei Eurto made, and the piece that initially inspired her.  I got these wooden bars and was puzzling what to do with them. I did try to resist but… ach well… This is the piece I mentioned the time before last, featuring the tricky wooden rectangle that I included in Lori’s soup.  I hope I’ve managed to put my own spin on it; and I managed to get one of those rectangles used!

mantle 1

(ceramic bird – Blueberribeads, ceramic rectangle – Jubilee, ceramic cap – Scorched Earth)

Finally, here’s a necklace in which I finally used one of my sets of Happy Fallout Palimpsest beads.  It’s going to end up being pretty pricey because of all the different stuff I used.

the long wait

I’ve had it planned for some time.  It would be lovely if someone bought it, but I suspect it will hang around… Hey ho… The market is on from 10am – 3pm tomorrow, in Frome town centre.  My pitch is in front of Fat Face, just outside my front door.  Small mercies!!

Return of the market

So, my monthly markets resume tomorrow.  The event has been renamed and rebranded and is now called the Frome Independent. I’ve got my table plan sorted – although, looking at it, I’m thinking there may be too many bracelets.  There’s no table cloth on here so it doesn’t look so great. IMG_3046

I also managed to catch Dexy mid-shake. Despite the prep and various other commitments, I’ve managed to get a few new pieces made over the last week or so.

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(lampwork hearts – Keeley Kenyon)

emerald standard 1

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)


I got this neat hemp cord with blended colours –


I’m easily pleased! I’ve been trying it out in a couple of bracelets.


(polymer heart – Rejetta Sellers, polymer round – LC Beads, painted driftwood – Nature Scavenger)

What you can’t see in that picture is this dinky vintage dog charm, which matching rainbow ears!

bonzo detail

Here’s a very simple piece – I’m not sure what to do with it, really. I just wanted to see all those lovely colours braided together.

taffy plat

Shame the rubbish light doesn’t let you see them!  Here’s another disappointing photo!

owl band

(ceramic owl – Majoyoal)

It’s a pity cos I’m quite pleased with it.  More owls here:

serious owls

(ceramic owls – Majoyoal)

lagoon shells

(ceramic connectors – Scorched Earth)

magenta line 1

(lampwork rondelle – Moogin, tin caps – Lorelei Eurto Hill)

polka drops

(painted pebbles – Plymouth Rocks)

amber iron 1

(rusty drops – Something to do Beads)

So, all these and more will be available tomorrow, 10am – 3pm, in Frome town centre.  Somehow, I’ve forgotten to add a price tag to these.  And they haven’t made it into the stock box…

lagoon crescents

(ceramic crescents – Happy Fish)

I really want to keep them… Is that allowed?


More new jewellery

It’s market day again this weekend, so I’ve been busy making up more stock.  I hadn’t quite realised how busy, until I started taking all the photos.  They’re a bit dark, I’m afraid, but there’s plenty of them.  If there’s anything you fancy, just give me a shout.

stripe spike

(ceramic spikes – Scorched Earthblue eyes

(ceramic charm, tube, cap and connector – Scorched Earth, lampwork bead – Tartan Trout, beaded bead – Malin de Koning, beach pottery button – Grey Bird Studio)

crystal clouds

(ceramic cloud – Grubbi)


olive owl

(ceramic owl – Blueberribeads)

pale heart

(ceramic heart – Bo Hulley Beads)

quatz-y house

(ceramic house – Elukka, patina clasp – Something to do Beads)

red flower cluster necklace

(lampwork focal – At The Edge (also Cheeky Cherub Designs))

the light

(ceramic lantern and charm – Scorched Earth)

verd bird pendant necklace

(ceramic heart charm – Scorched Earth, bronze polymer bird, patina chain and hoops – Something to do Beads)

Why must necklaces be so tricky to photograph?  These last earrings earrings aren’t actually going on the stall.  They’re already stuck in my ears.  Had to be done…

platinum drops

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

That time again

So it’s market time again and I’ve been preparing my stall.  Yesterday was the day for the frustrating and time-consuming task of deciding on a layout.  I’m going to pare it back and put less out.  I’ve been thinking that I might be getting towards guilty of cluttering.


Now I’m wondering if it’s looking too spare…  (The white candelabra thing-y is for cheaper earrings.)  As you’ll be able to tell, my flat gets a little cramped when I’m doing this.  I wasn’t aided by the presence of Dexy, who has been sporting some new headwear this week.

dex's bucket

There are few things more pathetic than the sight of a dog wearing one of these things.  He had a bite or something that he was fretting at.  Thankfully, it’s cleared up now and he’s allowed to go without it.  Whilst ministering to him, I’ve been making up a few new pieces for the market.

fox on the lawn 1

(polymer fox – Tree Wing Studio; polka dot ceramic round – Gaea)

starry-eyed owl 1

(ceramic owl bead – Jo Lucksted)

dawn arriving 1

(ceramic bird – Blueberribeads)

shoreline 1

(ceramic beads and charms – Scorched Earth)

lavender straights 1

(ceramic connectors – Scorched Earth)

 strung spirals 1

(ceramic spiral charms – Scorched Earth)

orchard 1

As ever, if you happen to be around Frome on Sunday, it would be great to see you.  I’ll be at the top of Catherine Hill from 10am to 2pm.