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, 26 February 2012

Spring Has Sprung!!

I saw a bee yesterday! It must be Spring now!! Today is a beautifully sunny day in the valley, and I'm sat in here cursing my lousy internet connection!
Amazing isn't it - in the space of just a couple of weeks, it's gone from this -

                                                                         to this!!!

                                                                   Lovely stuff!!

Well now, I had the biggest thrill to find myself as a recipient of this award, thanks to the delightful Janna of Palimpa Lim's Wunderkammer. I was completely bemused as to why she might have done this thing, but, what can I say other than a big THANK YOU, Janna!!!  Now, that's the first rule of accepting this award -

                                  Showing it on my blog, is the second. See left <         

                The third is to list the rules. Anyone else getting a kind of Fight
                                                   Club feeling? No? Just me then!!

                                                           So - this is the deal.

1.   Add the award to your blog - tick
2.  Thank the blogger who nominated you - Again, dirty great Thank You to Janna!!!!
3.  List the rules - that's what I'm doing!
4.  Mention 7 random things about yourself - oh dear!
5.  Give the award to 15 bloggers, and
6.  Inform each of them by commenting on their blogs.

So, yeah, thanks Janna for all this work!!! Ha ha - just kidding, I love having the opportunity to shed some light on my faves.

But before I do that - 7 random things, eh? Ok, here goes, and I'll try not to offend anyone!!

1.   I'm very fond of gin!

2.  Once upon a long time ago, I was a musclebound herdswoman, looking           after a couple of hundred stroppy Jersey ladies. 
By which, I mean these -

not these !!!! -

3.  I'm struggling already.  I have a tattoo of the original illustration of the Cheshire Cat by Lord Tenniel on my bum! Thankfully, no picture sharing of that!

4. Moving swiftly on - As a child, I desperately wanted to be Dorothy Lamour, or failing that, Calamity Jane.

5.  My favourite films are Annie Hall and Angel Heart - what else would you expect from a Gemini?!

6.  I love talent shows like X Factor, and cry like a baby pretty much throughout!! Oh dear.

7.  Oh, thank heavens - no more - um ...... ok, I'm, a big fan of the most cheesy and awful 80's music imaginable!

Well now, if any of you had seen me as the cultured daughter of a fine artist, then I daresay my enjoyment of Mr. Christie up there has totally destroyed that for you!!!

Ok - so (thankfully) on to my 15 recipients of this somewhat double-edged pleasure!!

1.    Anvil Artifacts

2. Fanciful Devices

3.  Vlad The Bat

4.  Infinity Stop

5.  13 Alternatives

6. Flotsam Tide

7.     Stregata

Gallery 13Lela Bouse-McCracken

Gypsy Fish

10.  My Photo  A Wild Thing

11.  Palimpalim


My Photo  Bees On Pie

13.   Sparrow Salvage
Sparrow Salvage

 Lively Fibers


Less Greed Company

I shall post on your blogs when I finish this if my connection will allow me to.

Well now - during this long period since I last posted anything, I've been wrestling with the formation of the hollow shape, and there's been many a curse-ridden moment! 
I'm more than a little bit in love with my little bottles and rattly beads though. These are my Egyptian inspired pieces so far -

That odd greeny colour is bronze clay paste, and the lighter stuff is unfired glaze. If these get wrecked during firing, I'll probably weep.

This stuff has more of a Mexican feel -

I'm really looking forward to hearing what noise they make after I've fired them. They have little clay rattler's inside them.

There's these little things on a vaguely Indian theme -

Janet's love of all things amphora have been inspiring me with this lot in porcelain.

They've got a way to go yet as I'll be putting some moulding on them.

Then there's these -

Yeah - bead caps - this is by no means all of them.

This is in a very early stage. It's taken from a moulding of an evergreen frond. Hey, Janet, are you checking out that shield shape??

Then some shell moudings.

There's a lot more besides and hopefully, I'll be ready to light my fire in another week.

Me and my man took a trip out to Woolacombe beach last weekend to see if we could find anything interesting on it, but it was particularly nasty weatherwise, and just non-stop sand. Stunning though. Look ...

They're not really showing you what the weather was doing, but this kind of does!!!!!

Bless him!!!
On a bright sunny day though, it must be spectacular down there.

The valley has been looking rather beautiful lately, with hazy spring morning sun bouncing off the misty cloud below.

A few days ago, I opened the door to find Mack staring at this, and I was instantly transported back to that beautiful film that I've watched  more times than I can remember.

Le Ballon Rouge by Albert Lamorisse, made in 1956. I watched this sooo many times as a child. There now, is that helping to restore the image of me as a painter's daughter, despite my enjoyment of Saddle Up and other such gruesome treasures??!!!!!!

Talking of my sexy boy - here he is enjoying his Valentine's Day dinner, all dressed up in his showgirl outfit!  Ain't he purdy?!

Full of squid and prawns at this stage! He's so cosmopolitan!!!

Oh , I'm sure you must all have revelled at Janet's latest astounding diorama by now, featuring the hairy beast within that most stunning of exteriors. But just in case, by some rare chance that you haven't - just get a good look at this !!!

These pieces make me gasp every time. She's just SOOOO talented, and a completely lovely being.

This was a loooooong time in the making, and I SO hope it goes to a good home. I just wish it could be mine.

Well now, I think that's about all from me for the time being. A big welcome to Roberta, Melinda (congratulations on your museum acceptance), Janna and Cynthia. It's always lovely to see new faces and new additions to the member's corner.

                    Back to the mud for me then. I'll return to show you how they look after they've been through the fire.         


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Focal Point

Well now, following the excitement of the giveaway, I've been up to my ears in focal beads, and have finally finished listing all the new selections. You'll have to excuse a quick bit of patting myself on the back, because six of them have already sold!!! I know!!!!! I'm completely blown away by it. I haven't caught the sound of our Bond girl squealing yet, so I guess the postal service is doing it's usual feet dragging, and keeping her in a state of mildly stirred, but not shaken!! OK, no more corny Bond references - sorry about that.
So, obviously, you're all agog, and can't wait to see all the little beauties - am I right?? NO? Aw shucks, well, that's tough because you're going to see them anyway!! Well no, not all of them, that really would be too much, as I've listed 20 of them, so I'll just show you my favourites.

Progression Selection
Progression - SOLD

All Creatures Great and Small Selection
All Creatures Great and Small - SOLD

Good and Evil Selection
Good and Evil - SOLD

The Devil's Work

Faces of Man

Navajo Dance

Enough?? Ok, ok - well, that's all I've got - there's no jewellery of my own (don't all cheer at once!), but Fanci has been making pretty with some of my bits of thing - LOOOK!!

Indigene. Rustic Gypsy Collage Necklace.

Indigene. Rustic Gypsy Collage Necklace.

Isn't that something?!!! She's turned that little catpuss's paw into that of a savage beast - and is that gore up his arm?? Love it!!!!

Then there's this -

Philosophy in a Labyrinth. Cosmic Assemblage Earrings with Dicrotic  Cabs adn Ceramic Bezels.Beads And Rosy Copper.

Philosophy in a Labyrinth. Cosmic Assemblage Earrings with Dicrotic Cabs adn Ceramic Bezels.Beads And Rosy Copper.

and this ......

Common Nightmares. House Bezels with Antique Porcelain Teeth and Vintage Milagros.

Common Nightmares. House Bezels with Antique Porcelain Teeth and Vintage Milagros.

I'm loving those teeth!!

You must all have seen Marcia's gorgeous piece featuring my tiki by now, but just in case you haven't - get a load of this -

Tribal layered Necklace Warrior Nomadic Spiritual Tiki carved agate ceramic Nomad Spirit

Tribal layered Necklace Warrior Nomadic Spiritual Tiki carved agate ceramic Nomad Spirit

If you haven't already, you really must check out her new look shop, 13 Alternatives, as she's got some beauties in there.

Oh now, look what my lovely bud, Janet made with this grinning fool of mine -

Now that's not something you see every day!!! I mean that in only the best possible way! She's the hunniest of bunnies, and has given me infinite support, encouragement and advice which has been invaluable.
These are some of her latest stunners ......

This isn't in her shop yet, but I'm sure it won't be there for long. This one is though,

Geode Treasure Vessel necklace by Anvil Artifacts

Geode Treasure Vessel necklace by Anvil Artifacts

And I just love these funky, colour filled, chickies

Lime green recycled vintage tin earrings by Anvil Artifacts

Lime green recycled vintage tin earrings by Anvil Artifacts


So, with all this bead madness, I've hardly set foot out of the house, but I'll show you the pictures from Lee Abbey from a couple of weeks ago. There were some nice bits of splashy water which made me come over all Vivaldi. If you swap the order of the all and come in that sentence, it creates a whole different image!! Oh dear - show some pretty pictures, quick!!!

I know, I know - why can't I just stop messing with photoshop, eh? 'Cos I love all those purdy colours too much, that's why!!

Well now - thanks to Windows 7 on my new computer, it's only taken a day and half to find a way of getting these pictures from my folder to load onto here, so I'm feeling really, really pleased right now.
AAAAAAGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! Like Blogger isn't quite enough of a nightmare in the pictures department already.

But, on a good note - a sure sign that Spring is just round the corner, has been the re-emergence of my little fuzzy friend here, who's once again been coming round for peanut butter sandwiches.

-and if you needed more convincing of the onset of Spring, well - if you look closely, you'll see that he brought his girlfriend along for a bit of action!!!

Shameless pair!!!

Well, I think that's about all from me for this time, except to say WELCOME! to the mighty Alek, and Beth, who looks like another superbeing, as she not only has an Etsy shop, but also a real live one as well to take care of!!!

Till next time then - stay warm, and think of Spring!!