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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

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now !

Well no, there's only actually the one GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!! - there - did that get your attention?!  Maestra Fanci Devices has already very kindly outed it over at her place. I should have known. When she said she was going to mention it on her next post, I should have realised that meant yesterday, and not at my own snailish pace!!
SOOOOO, I'd better just get on and open with that, and work down to the dramatic windy pictures of coastline, ducks and blue tits.
(Yellow text is it now, Blogger - yep ok, whatever)


So - this is what you get -



4 drilled shells, 7 sea glass pebbles (undrilled), 1 little black pebble, a widdle black birdie, 4 ceramic spacers, a little bag of mixed wood Indian beads, 2 clay bezels, 1 kiln fired penny on a bail, 1 toothy claw, or clawy tooth, 3 drilled pebbles and one drilled sea clay pebble, 3 handmade bamboo beads, 1 toof, 1 hand, 1 foot - and a pigger's snout.

So, how do you get your clammy paws on this lot? Shall I make you wait, and tell you at the end of the post, just so that I can be sure you stick around to see my pictures? Yeeeeeah - treat 'em mean and all that.


The week before last, I chose a particularly wild and windy day to go down to Lynmouth Beach to look for shells. It was buggering freezing, so I'm glad I came back with plenty, and some nice bits of driftwood.












Don't expect to see ducks by the sea, but there's loads of them down there. There was a cormorant hanging around as well, but he bobbed off before I could get close enough.

I went over to Valley of the Rocks afterwards, having wildly optimistic ideas of finding a beach full of fossils that I could send over to my rock hound bud , Janet.  Yeah, maybe not.






No, Devon hasn't turned into the video set of Bowie's Ashes to Ashes, I've just been titting about with photoshop again.
So, sorry Janet, but not with these knees! It didn't feel like a terribly sensible place to be tottering about in high winds.

When I got home, this girly followed me in out of the cold-




Bless her, the poor soul's been rather more hooty than usual since the demise of Big Dada.
My other little tweety friends have been going doo-lally for their morning toast, nuts - and now buttered hot cross buns!







I get more like Snow White every day!! Yes, that IS a huge joke!!!! I can hear you all ('all' hark at me! Like there's hundreds of you!!) scoffing and making derisive noises!!



So - having trawled through that lot, you want to get down to the juicy, do ya?
Fair enough.
Well now, contrary to the wise Fanci's thoughts, oh, but I'm a disobedient puppy - my thought is to invite ideas for new supply beads like the ones in the giveaway. Now this is where it gets good - because whoever wins, will also get some of their bead design once they're made. What do you reckon - good, eh, eh?? If it's too difficult to choose from the myriad suggestions that I'm obviously going to get, then all names will get written on bits of paper, scrunched up, and thrown on the floor - and it'll be for him to pick a winner !




This is no ordinary moggie, I'll have you know. He's a man of great refinement, who tries hard to live only on tiger prawns and smoked salmon!!
So there it is - that's the deal. How long shall I give you? Lovely Janet is running her very generous giveaway for another week, I think, so for those of you who miss out on that one, there's always the chance of winning this rare gift!! Let's say the closing date will be 1st February.
Good luck, and I look forward to hearing some wild and grotesque ideas!!

Welcome to my new members, LuAnn, Heidi, Bobbi and Kala. Have you all arrived at these parts via the good ship Fanciful Devices? Gawd bless her!


XXX



43 comments:

  1. Hi! Yes, I found you through Fanciful Devices :) And in my opinion, every day should look like the Ashes to Ashes video! Someone should invent some sort of glasses/contacts to achieve that effect.

    I love all your birds! But what does Mr. Handsome Bowtie think of them? I hope they coexist harmoniously. He doesn't look like he'd be reduced to chasing them.

    As for ideas, everything I can think of has already been done. Well, everything that someone might want as jewelry. Planets? Sea Monsters? Oh, gargoyles are always fun. Cats-in-bowties?

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    1. Well now, Heidi, no-one realised they wanted, desperately NEEEDED a piggies snout bead either!! See, it's nowhere near all been done!!! Thank you for your ideas - they have been duly noted by Mr. SILK Bowtie, I'll have you know, and he is mulling them over. Anything with him in it, is likely to win him over though! I had in mind something like a cat's bumhole, but that's just the sort of repugnant creature I am.As you rightly said - not everyone would want one of those.

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    2. Excuse me, Miss Heidi - I do not chase birds - they chase me.

      Mack Bowtie

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    3. But I have Cat Butt Fridge Magnets - the set came with a hairball too! And of course the birds would chase him. Who wouldn't want to get close enough to feel his SILK bowtie!

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    4. HA!! I want one!!!
      Actually, the Mackster was running with the peacock herd for a while -(true), until there was a misunderstanding one evening when he was trying to protect them, but, the now sadly demised Dada, thought he'd gone the way of all cats, and gave him a sharp peck on the back. He's given them all a wide berth since then.

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  2. OhOhOh... I love, love, love all your shells! I just love beach combing....and your shells are so different than what we find on the coast of Texas. Did I say I love them? I did. I do. :)

    Ideas for your wonderful assortments? I've stared at it all for a loooong time. Now I shall sleep on it... the best ideas come to me in the middle of the night. ;) Noooo..not THAT! You know, artistic ideas. ;) But I do like all your little bits in the giveaway.

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    1. I went on a sea glass finding mission today. Oh yes. Yes indeedy. Picture of that slobbery lot to come next time!
      Me and the lad will be waiting to see what your mucky midnight mind will come up with!! Sounds right up my street already!!!

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  3. I've been there Valley of the rocks, so envious that you live near it and have a peacock in your garden. I have squirrels and my cats are frequently having a mexican stand off on the garden path with them. Beads well definitely more tikis they're very cool and I spotted a necklace with black and white beads on it in your shop, those look great and matt finish is always welcome.

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    1. As you can see Marcia, you are not alone in that bead fancying (see below). You might like the Easter Island heads I've just done as well - they'll be in the shop soon, but I'll definitely do some more tikis. Mack said that qualifies you for a bit of screwed up paper. Actually, he's just in the middle of hoiking up a furball - must be Judge's stress.

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  4. There, someone else likes the black and white beads too. How about little fossils like you went looking for, or anything with a twist in it, or letters of any alphabet except our own, or fish. Nice pictures of the wild and rocky coast. Be careful not to slip. Give the peahen an extra handful for me.

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    1. Oi, Sis - you can't compete!! Everyone will be screaming 'Fix'! I have made some rune beads, but i don't like the glaze much - someone might though, I suppose. I've just made some fossilly things, and some little fish. I like the foreign alphabet idea though, but you still can't compete! You wouldn't want to win that lot anyway - and you've already got a black and white bead necklace!!!

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    2. I'm sorry Auntie Flosskin, but rules are rules, and your idea - though entertaining, does not qualify for a paper ball.
      I take my Judging very seriously. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some fur stuck in my teeth.

      Mack Bowtie

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  5. hi Petra.....thank you for welcoming me to your blog....i love reading it and checking out your wicked shop!!! You have a wonderful imagination! i also love what you've collected on the beach....i have collections all over our home...inside and out...from many, many, many years of beachcombing in new england. i grew up at the beach in connecticut...thanks mom and dad...and as soon as i could walk i had a sandpail in my hand and pieces of nature in my pockets. i live smack in the middle of florida now and have sand between my toes withdrawal daily. it's the farthest inland i have ever lived. aarrggghhh! i would love to win your contest and create with your pieces!!! i am voting for anything from the beach or woods, bats, frogs, meteorites, fangs,tiki guys, easter island dudes sound cool, toes, fingers, love the ears you did, feathers, rocks, buddha, sun, moons, whales, owls, okay before you think i'm really weird...i'll stop. mr. bowtie is adorable!!! we have two kitties who keep us entertained and a huge frog has just taken up residence in a plant on my lanai. his name is crusty roger after a pendant i purchased from steph. i envy you having peacocks around every day as i sit here and gaze at the peacock feathers in front of me. hope you're still awake after all this. love ya!!! LuAnn p.s. i found you through fanci of course!!!

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    1. Nature in your pockets - what a lovely turn of phrase! You sound like a real fish out of water living so far inland. Oh man, if Bowtie Mackie picks you,then I'm going to be very busy making your long list of beads!!! I love the toes and fingers idea.
      Yeah, this old puss cat of mine is a real honey-loverman. I'm going to set to and see if i can crochet hin a judge's wig for his forthcoming job. Crusty Roger - ha haaaaaa - fabulous name for a frog - or anyone!
      Great to see you here, Lu-Ann, and good luck!!
      xxx

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  6. hahahahaha you have me laughing out loud again! I'm soi glad you didn't get blown off that gorgeous cliff- but oh my, what a way to go! It's amazing how utterly beautiful it is there! No fossils but a huge haul of great shells! you'll do something wonderful with them no doubt.
    I am beginning to understand all of the frustrated emails I've been getting from people trying to comment for my giveaway. This is my 4th attempt and I hope it goes. I'm going to just get down to bizness here tho, cuz I really don't want to retype it all -again ;/
    Thank youi for sharing the the beautiful sights and the photos of your woodland friends. Do you sing to them as you feed them their goodies and do you whistle while you work? Just wondering, Miss White.

    So you want grotesque suggestions, eh? And here I was going to say something like, Oh Petra, wouldn't it be wonderful if you gathered things from your excursions, bits and pieces of the lovely things your eyes behold as you crawl around looking for your shells, rocks and fossils. You know, thingsd you could impress into your clay for textures. Lichens, leaves, feathers, stones, sea clay, sea glass, driftwood, cat whiskers, you get the idea. Forget all that earthy nature stuff, tho, cuz that's not what you're asking for. You want creepy, huh? Well I can sure do creepy! How about you do a series of beads depicting different bird claws, inspired by your hoard of feathered friends. All sorts of claws and talons, and to make it really interesting, you could have little squirming animals caught in those talons. And then to make it even creepier, you could have tiny, little thought bubbles proclaiming what the little squirming animals are saying as they try their best to escape the evil giant talons. And then the rest of the bead collection could be rounded out with all of the little squirming animals family crying out in horror as their loved one is carried away in the giant talon. How's that for grotesque?
    Or you could do nice impressions of lovely things you've found on your walks. :)

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    1. Of course I do, Janet - I'm full of trilling tra-la-las, and warbly whistlings!! See, that's what i've been talking about when i've said i've been feeling Grumpy!!Oh dear - move on -
      Mice crushed in the claws of a big old hooty owl, as it's poor children look on in horror, is it?!! -and i thought you were such a sweet soul!! Ha haaaa, cackle cackle. I like the cut of your jib, chickadee!!!
      xoxoxox

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    2. ROTFLMAO

      yes, impressions of things sounds like a fabulous idea :)

      ... and the way you got it across was FABULOUS :) Thanks goodness I had finished my coffee before reading it or I might've made a mess ;) lol

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    3. rolling on the floor laughing my ass off..............

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    4. OOOOOOhhh, I seeeee - well, jolly good, that's what we want round here!!!

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    5. -and lovely to see you over here Coffeefreek, you've come from Janet's place, haven't you? Thank you for the translation!

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  7. ok ladies! these are really tiny beads she's making. out of thick, ceramic clay. meaning she can't depict like the evolution of the human race in each one! something simple! like a teardrop, and egg, a faceted 'gemstone', a finger, a boob.
    i was looking all around thinking "where's these blue boobs she mentioned? and is it b/c of the cold?"
    i love your little shmanimals! so is that a pea hen? and does she live inside now? and does she accept pets? and can i fly over there and pet her?

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    1. Yes, that's a big goofy peahen alrighty. She's got her own shed next to the pub, which is good because she craps like a horse. Nah, we're not on petting terms quite yet. Just the occasional jabby peck on the ankle is as good as it gets.
      The evolution of the human race - is that your competition entry then? I'll see what i can do!

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  8. Fish!

    That's it. Fish. <@(((((<<

    There are some really interesting fish out there! Plus Ms. Fanci has a whole fish theme going over there with her new spoon lures...she could prolly use a couple fish.

    Fish. Funny fins. Goggle eyes @@ Tiny fish. Big fish. Striped fish. Scary fish with big, sharp teeth, imaginary fish. Either that...or dragons.

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    1. You clever kittypuss - look at that fishy!!!! I've been thinking about these groovy looking fish i saw on holiday in the Maldives a million years ago, which could look good. Mizz fanci has a couple of little tiddlers winging their way over to her as I type actually!!
      Or a combination of the two,as Janet is saying down there.
      Doody - thanks Lela
      xxx

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    2. A most delicious suggestion, Lela. If my opposable thumbs would just grow a little more quickly, I would scrunch your ticket myself.
      Oi, Mother - make yourself useful!

      Mack Bowtie

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  9. Yes! Leafy sea dragons! That's a real thing btw.

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  10. I adore leafy sea dragons! That's a great idea :)

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  11. I'm a new reader, and really really glad I found you! **Hi**

    Suggestions from me...my favorite shop in S.F. is Paxton Gate (paxtongate.com), and I love their owl pellets, raccoon penis bones, and all other sorts of bones, snake skin and found 'animal bits'. Things you can combine with metals, coppers, brass and bronze, and get something fabulously dangerously intriguing. Not sure if any of that makes sense? Love, a new friend :)
    Juliette

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    1. Hi Juliette,
      Great to see you here! Hey now, raccoon penis bones!!! Lady, you're talking my language!!!Sounds like I'm going to have a squealing good time looking at PaxtonGate. Thank you for the heads up - definitely worthy of a scrunchy ball!!

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    2. Hi Petra and Juliette,
      I just had to go online to Paxton Gate......OMG!!! I envy everyone living in SF. (I have been a 49er's fan since Joe Montana and the ultimate in my life would have been 49ers/Pats in the super bowl...oh well, some other time!) ANYWAYS, Paxtons Gate...I would be living there!!! I would probably have to get a job there to support my habit! The store looks fabulous!!! The photos of the store are unbelievable. I had to check out the raccoon penis bones, but, I really, really, really want the bat skeleton!

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    3. 49ers - super bowl?? What is this strange language you speak??!! I'm a Brit, LuAnn - it's all beer and footie over here - if i were interested in such things, which I'm not!!!
      I was more than a tad impressed by Mr Red Foxy's boner over at Paxton Gate though!!

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  12. I 'sort of' found you via Fanci... I found you through Anvil Artifacts whom I found through Fanciful Devices... ;) lol

    As for beads ideas, or well skulls or course, and stars... you can never have enough of either, or even enough KINDS of either :) If you're up for a challenge, what about octopi? Or snakes ?


    I have a request for you NOT to make... no spiders, please >.< *shudder* lol

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    1. Helooo Skye,
      What a wonderful name! Yes, i've seen you over at lovely Janet's place too!I have a couple of odd skulls with rather goofy teeth, and a bronzed snake that's just come out of the kiln. I haven't attempted octopi yet, but have just made a couple of puffer fish, which may or may not survive! Stars! Duh - I haven't made ANY stars! Why on earth not? Yep - that'll do ya. No worries on the spider front - I can't abide them either!

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  13. I love all your photos! How fun it would be to see what treasures were sent up on the shore. As a kid we would take drives in the country and wade in the streams searching for crinoids and arrowheads. I miss those days.

    How about teeny tiny bugs--spiked ones, creepy crawly ones, big-eye bugs....

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    1. Hi Alice,
      You're over from Janet's place too, if i'm not mistaken. Nice to see you here. I think the spikes would have to be fired in wire, because clay ones wouldn't be strong enough, I don't think - let alone their little spindly legs! But yeah, the bug kingdom is an interesting one - thanks!

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  14. Petra,
    Creepy crawlers??? Did the Matel Creepy Crawler machines from the 60's (omg...I'm dating myself in body only...not in mind)...make it over there??? I used to make them all the time to scare people...hee, hee, hee!!! Bing it...those critters would be wicked cool!!!
    Love you!!! Have a great weekend!!!
    LuAnn

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  15. Hi LuAnn,
    I do think I remember something like that. I'm no spring chicken either!! Again, anything with spindly legs will be a bit hit and miss in ceramic, unless covered in resin, i suppose. It's certainly worth a try.
    Hope you're having a doody weekend too!
    xxx

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  16. Hi, I come from my place Tribalis on etsy, I don't have blog.
    Like all photos and like the give away too.. I was one of the winners of Anvil Artifacts and as the luck is in my side..here I am.

    Days ago I was in search of masks charms on etsy.. nothing captured my eyes...
    so my suggestion of beads is: COMEDY/TRAGEDY MASKS!

    Looking for know you more!
    Best.
    Tribalis

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    1. Hellooooo lovely Tribalis!!
      And welcome to my bit of blawg! Great to see you here, and an excellent bead idea - duly noted.I'm amazed such a thing doesn't already exist in etsy land.
      A wise old pusscat is sitting here nodding sagely at your suggestion. Best of luck, and congrats on your win over at Janet's place - I'm sure you'll love your prize from her.
      xxx

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  17. Janet's friend, Kathy, who is unable to leave a comment, made the suggestion of ancient things, - also that i should get a metal detector, so that i can unearth some Roman treasures. Would you find those in England? I'm not sure you would! It all sounds like far too much time spent out in the cold anyway!!! But, it gets you a paper scrunchy, Kathy!
    xxx

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