Welcome!

Come on in to this home for my jewellery and other stuff. I hope it will continue to grow as I hope to continue to grow in myself.
I do love a good bit of salty language, and encourage all who join me here to express yourselves in your truest forms! Enjoy yourselves xx

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Cyril, The Super Squirl!

Duh - it's easy once you know how!  Ok, so it took me a little while, but I figured it out eventually!!

Well, the winners have been picked, but not by this old grump who just doesn't want to play this game anymore.



So instead, my new mate Cyril, happily leapt in to help me out!
First of all, I'd like to thank all of you for your splendid jokes, and just for being sweet enough to take any notice of me after so long!! I'd love to be able to give all of you something, but the postage would cripple me!

As it turns out, Cyril is a right little tart!!!




What a stinker!!  Were you all on the edge of your seats there??

I'm offering five prize choices, so just convo me, and let me know which one you'd like. I thought that beads would probably be of more use, but the choice is yours!


Sycamore Leaf Necklace, or


Selection of earrings, or


Bead Selection 1, or



                                                                Bead Selection 2, or

                                
                                                                 Bead Selection 3



So here's what happened when the little lad stopped dancing about, and made his mind up!



Congratulations, Sue !!

He's on a roll now - so on to his second choice......



I hope this makes up for missing out the last time, Skye!

Next one, accompanied by a nosy peahen, is ......



Kimberly - I think it was the douche joke that swung it for you!!!

and, one more for luck -



Well done, Marcia - I hope this makes your day a little brighter!

Apologies to those who didn't get picked by those bony fingers, but thank you again for you contributions, I really enjoyed them.



Soooooo - beads and things, then.  I'll be changing all the listings in my Etsy shop over the next week. Finally listening to the voices of reason, and breaking up my big selections into pairs and singles. These are a few of some new  offerings, with more to come in about a week or so.





      










I hope you'll enjoy the new look shop.

Well now, it seems only fair to share with you one of my favourite jokes!!
It's very silly, and if you guys over the pond aren't familiar with this most British of culinary delights, then this will be completely lost on you!!! Ha haaaa.


A young lad, Sidney, starts a work experience placement at London Zoo. On his first day, he's told to report to the head zoo-keeper to be assigned his duties. 
'I need you to go and clean the tropical fish tank, but be very careful, as these are rare species, and extremely valuable', he tells him. Eager to please, Sidney sets about carefully lifting the fish out of the tank, and places them in a bucket of water. He thoroughly cleans the fishtank, and refills it with clean water. To his horror, when he goes to collect the fish, he finds that they're all dead. He doesn't know what to do, so in his panic, he takes the bucket of fish, and throws them over the fence into the lion's enclosure, then hurries off to find the zoo-keeper.
'That was quick, lad - well done', he says to the rather sheepish, Sidney.
'Now, I'd like you to go and give the chimps cage a bit of a sorting out, as it's in a right old mess. You've got to watch them though, because they can be a bit aggressive'.  So, keen to make amends, Sidney sets off to the chimps cage. They're a lively bunch, but he manages to shoosh them out into a holding pen, and he gives their cage a good mucking out.  Feeling rather pleased with his efforts, he opens the door of the holding pen to let them back in to their, now pristine, cage. Oh no! Two of them have been fighting, and they lay there in a bloody mess. Dead-o.  A cold sweat creeps over poor Sidney - what to do??? He scoops them up into his wheelbarrow, and once again, makes his way round to the lion's enclosure, and lobs them over the fence.
Back he slopes to the zoo-keeper.
'You're doing well, son', says the unsuspecting keeper,  'Now if you can just head over to the bee hives, and cut the grass around them. Nice and quietly now, Sid, because they don't like a lot of noise'.
Determined not to have any more accidents, young Sidney gets out the mower and sets about cutting the grass.  He's doing well, but then his foot gets tangled up in the lead, and he trips up, letting go of the mower. Off it trundles, right into one of the hives, with a whirring and splattering and crunching. Oh dear.  What a sticky mess.  Utterly dejected, Sidney scoops up the bee and honey mixture into his barrow, and once more makes his way to the lions.
'The zoo is not the place for me', thinks Sidney, as he sadly trudges off home.

The next morning, a new lion is delivered to the zoo. Keen to make friends, he wanders off to the other lions.
'Hello boys, I'm new. So, what's it like here then?', he asks.
'Not bad really, mate', one of them replies,
'The food's good - yesterday, we had fish, chimps and mushy bees!!!'

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Worth the wait?? Not really?!! I did tell you it was very silly!

Well, that's about all from me this time. Thank you again to all of you for entering my little competition, and well done to Sue, Skye, Kimberly and Marcia. I'll look forward to hearing from you with your choices and addresses.
Hopefully, my next post will be coming from my new home, where I'm hoping to attract some new rodent mates. How am I going to be able to bring myself to leave this plucky little soul though???




                                                                        Sigh.


Till next time then. I hope you're all enjoying some wonderful warm, sunny weather.
Oh, and a big, warm welcome to Nicola, ShellyJo and the very talented Tribalis!!


                                                                            XXX



Saturday, 30 June 2012

Delay!!

Now then - if any of you can tell me how to speed up the process of uploading a home video clip, I would be very grateful!!
Damnation - the judging is done, and the winners picked, but the cinematic footage won't upload.
So, you're just going to have to contain your excitement for another day!!! I know it won't be easy, but trust me, girls, it'll be worth it!

                                                                           XXX

Monday, 18 June 2012

All Change

Remember me???  Well, after such a shamefully long absence, I'm back with a new name, and a GIVEAWAY, hopefully one that someone might actually want!!  So this will mean a certain hairy fella will be donning his judging wig, and a thoughtful expression again.  This was how he responded to the news!




He seemed less than overjoyed for some reason!

So, to get right to it, this is what's on offer. This time, there's three chances -


This .....



Or these....




or this bag of beads....



Anyone know any good jokes? That's the competition. Simple!

So where have I been, during this lengthy blog departure?? Do you even care any more??  I was going to say that I've finally grown a pair, but that would be a whole different announcement! After a year of pathetically quivering in my boots, I plucked up the courage to hawk my wares in the world that lives outside of my computer, and to my amazement and joy, have found a warm welcome here -




at the Lyn Valley Art and Crafts Centre in Lynton.
It's been hugely exciting for me, and I've managed to sell fourteen pieces so far, which I'm absolutely delighted about.  Here's my space -




Anyone familiar with my previous Jewel Identity shop on Etsy, may recognise a lot of the items, but in addition to those, I've made around three hundred new pieces, which hopefully explains why I haven't been anywhere near my poor, neglected blogette!!

As well as that lot, I've been busy packing, because we're leaving this beautiful valley to move into our own home, just a few minutes away from the art centre, and lovely Lynmouth. I couldn't be more thrilled!!!
So instead of staring up at the trees, this will be my new view from the top of our garden.





I still can't quite believe I'm going to have a monkey puzzle tree in my own garden!!

I can't deny that I'll miss this lot though.











But, I don't think Mack can wait, as he feels like he's under house arrest most of the time!





It'll be these guys that I miss the most though. My rodent fancying has become something of an obsession of late!













                                                               My favourite, Cyril



                                                                           Yikes

I'm thinking that if I hang around in those trees covered in peanut butter, that it won't be long before I make the aquaintance of some new nut lovers.

Once I'm settled in my new home, I'll be producing some new bead selections for my etsy shop, now called Scorched Earth on Etsy, in addition to some new finished pieces that will be available at the art centre, or as custom orders.

I really hope you'll have a go at winning the giveaways, and make this boy laugh!!  He'll be picking the winners on the 30th June.






Till then, I hope you're all happy and healthy, and enjoying some summer sunshine.

XXX

Sunday, 15 April 2012

At Last!!!!

Hallelujah! Finally, my new selections are finished and listed in the shop after what has seemed like forever. So, please forgive this post filled with shameful hawking of my wares, in exchange for me being able to be a better follower of all your lovely blogs, now that I've come up for air!!!

Well, this time, I'm just giving you a taste of what these selections are made up of. They're mostly beach themed, with a light summery feel. At least, that's the effect I was trying for, you may disagree!!! 

Ok - to kick off, it's bead caps.
I haven't used this glaze before, it's called Catalina Blue, and I love how fresh and clean it looks on the porcelain, which is strange for me, as I'm normally drawn to the more dark and grungy!!




These - getting darker .....




Nice and rustic on terracotta, with my favourite Antique Turquoise glaze.

                                                       


Moving on, there's feathers,



 coconut halves,
terracotta bark tablet beads,                                                                 
eggs - speckled and glazed.


I've made some mouldings and stampings of a little bird I made. 



I was trying for hummingbirds. With the exception of a few gourd like things, and the stamped pendants, I've made these selections up from pairs of things, as per fanci's suggestion, so that they'll be of more use for making earrings.



Shells, in various guises.



 A couple of fossil mouldings.






Some house shaped bezels with PMC3 and Bronze clay,





and these gourd shaped pods - some rattle. Oh - those last three weren't pairs at all, were they?  These are though -


and these -

Not quite what I had in mind, but they're an interesting finish, and once I stopped shrieking in horror, I decided that I quite liked them! The metal clays have rubbed off in places, which makes them look more aged and primitive.


Same thing happened with these, but again, I don't know - I rather like them that way.  I'll just have to see if anyone else shares that vision!!!

What else? - Oh yes, hoops - LOTS of hoops!!


These, just bisque fired and unglazed, which could have a finish added on top, or just left raw.

Oh, and some buttons -







These have been fired with bronze and silver metal clay -


and these have glaze and metal clay, which I was pretty pleased with. A skinny finger could wear these as rings. There'll be more of these next time in different colours.
I think that's it for those. What of the amphoras, I hear you ask - yes, I'm sure I hear a small distant voice asking that question. Well, here they are - still sitting and patiently waiting.




Some of those are from before, that have been fired again with more metal clay, and these are the newest ones.




There's one more, but it's a present for our Funky Jackie. I'm just waiting for the arrival of a flex shaft now to make  life a whole lot easier. Janet seemed surprised that I had been making do with a cordless Dremel, so I'm expecting great things from a mains driven grinder/polisher.

Well now, I bet you're all glad that's over!! Not half as glad as I am to have got through all that listing. Which I did with this on my lap!





After the first dozen, I let him take over!





He does SO much more than just look pretty!!!

I hope you like my latest efforts, and I'll try not to leave things so long next time, but I'm about to start working on a new range of finished jewellery, that will hopefully be taken on in a few shops around Devon - eek!!

 Just in case you didn't properly catch sight of the easter bunny hiding in the undergrowth last time - here's one of it's children  - awwwwwww!!!



Till next time .....................

                                                                           XXX