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

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


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.



  1. Congratulations on all your good news! What a beautiful post... I can't imagine having peacocks in my window box! Very cool. Ah, the little squirrel has a name now... he may be coming with you when you move after all! I'l trying to dredge my memory for some kind of funny, yet non-offensive joke. Nothing so far. I'll ask around:-)

  2. Oh you disappoint me, Melinda!!! I'm hoping for wildly offensive!!!

  3. Great to see you back and Lynmouth is beautiful, very jealous. Wonderful to hear you've found your very own craft store and I wish you continued success.
    One evening the police notice a drunken chap staggering along the road. They stop and ask him for his name. "Chris," he replies. The police ask for the rest of his name. "Stopher," he replies!
    Not so much of a joke, but a real true story!

    1. I can't quite beleive it myself, Marcia - to be living this close to Lynmouth is a bit of a dream come true.
      Thanks for getting the ball rolling with your real life joke - I think Mackie's going to have his paws full with this one!!

  4. A young brunette goes into the doctor's office and says that her body hurts wherever she touches it.

    "Impossible," says the doctor. "Show me."

    She takes her finger and pushes her elbow and screams in agony. She pushes her knee and screams, pushes her ankle and screams. Everywhere she touches makes her scream.

    The doctor says, "You're not really a brunette, are you?"

    She says "No, I'm really a blonde".

    "I thought so," he says. "You have a broken finger."


    I had an offensive one but didn't want to get you in trouble with you blog host ;) lol I'm hoping I'll get my paws on those beads to play with ;) lol I keep missing out on your bead giveaways lol

    And I'm sure you'll you'll make new furry and feathers friends at your new place too :)

    1. That's a lot of winking, Skye!! Ha haaaa.
      I'd still like to hear the offensive one!!!
      Poor Mackie - how will he cope??

  5. congrats on the show. here's a slightly naughty joke.
    a pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel hanging out of his pants. the bartender says, "Do you know you have a steering wheel in your pants?" and the pirate responds, "Aye, and it's driving me nuts!" ;)

    1. Thanks, Darlene - the best part of this sweet-as-honey gig, is that it's a long-term thing - I can't beleieve my luck.
      Ha haaaa, thanks for your nautical contribution!!!

  6. A drunk walks into a bar and sits down. He orders up his drink and sees a lady sitting at the end of the bar and yells at the bartender " Buy that douche bag a drink!" The bartender gets kind of embarrassed and tells him to quiet down. "I said buy that douche bag a drink!" The bartender says "Sir you really need to quiet down, you're making a scene"
    " BUY THAT DOUCHE BAG A DRINK I SAID!" "OK, OK" the bartender says " If you promise to quiet down, I'll ask her what she'd like" He goes to the end of the bar and asks her for her order. She quietly answers "I'll have a vinegar and water please"

    Welcome back and congrats on the successful move and new locale for your wares.

    1. Ha haaaaaaa - nice one!!! Anything with the word douche in it makes me, I mean Mack, smile!!
      I hope your own move has gone smoothly, and that you're all settled and sorted out again.


  7. What's the useless piece of skin at the end of a penis?

    A man!

    OK, you know i just want the pile of beads, right? cuz i dont wear jewelry, just obsess over it 24/7. Girl, you did say you were in the UK, right? how are any of those shots... I mean.... what's w/all the wide open emerald-colored nature and even wild beasts? Isn't it supposed to be just grey and rain there? WTF?
    Anywho, I'm so happy for your Arts and Crafts Center success! Look at that place! its gorgeous!!!! the roof. and your display looks super fun to look through and invites my grubby mitts to manhandle everything.
    But dear god, those little critters are beyond Uh-door-Uh-bull.

    1. HA!!!!! Of course you'd only want the beads!!! Ha haaaa.
      It's because of all the rain, that's it's so ridiculously lush and green - and every now and again, the sun comes out!!
      Thank you! Yeah, it's a lovely venue, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
      Oh, I KNOW!!! It's going to break my heart to leave them here. I keep imagining a Pied Piper-esque scenario, with them all scampering down to Lynton following the scent of peanut butter!

  8. Mackie is just beside himself with excitement! Love your new name and banner. Lovely giveaway prizes for all of you "can tell a joke" folks. Congrats on your beautiful space at the art centre. Wow you have been busy! That's quite the inventory you've got there!
    The view at your new place is magnificent! So excited for you! Aw sweet Cyril. Hopefully there'll be a whole pack of loveable rodents at the new place.

    1. You reckon that's the look he's giving me there??!!! Ha haa
      Awwww, you haven't got any funnies in you then, dearest Janet??
      Thank you for all the kind encouragement, advice and support as always.

  9. Lovely pictures! Look at that peacock! I hadn't realised they have so much red on them. And then there they are climbing in through your window. And look, you're feeding that squirrel by hand! Amazing. I'm sure you'll make new forest friends in your new garden. Who knows what'll emerge from those trees, maybe a badger or a fox. Badgers love peanuts too. Good luck with the move. Oh, and I'm glad you're selling. All good news.

    1. I know! Most unlike me! Yeah, I'm sure there will be tons of critters living in those trees, who have no idea how much better their dining experiences are about to get!
      No filthy jokes from you then, Sis??!

  10. Hi, so glad you are back!! Congrats on your new adventure, that is some inventory you got there, no wonder you don't have time to blog. Welcome back and best wishes!!

    So, why are babies so fragile?

    They are put together with one screw.


    So, can you bend over and touch your toes?


    Show me.

    (Bends over and touches toes)

    While you are down there spell the word run three times real fast

    Go ahead spell it..............

    hahahaha, get it!

    Ok, I must admit I didn't get it at first. I am slow, what can I say. I should blame it on my graying hair. I just don't think as fast as I used to!!


    1. Ha haaaaaaaa - well, I think I get it!! Two jokes - do you reckon that'll double your chances??!! Ha haaa
      Thanks for the kind wishes, Sue. How are your shop plans coming along? Lovely to see you here xoxox

  11. Ok got one!
    a man Bob and his friend Joe went out hunting. This was Joe's first time ever hunting, so he was following Bob's lead. Bob saw a small herd of deer and told Joe to stay in the exact spot he was and to be quiet.
    After a few minutes, Bob heard a loud scream. He ran back and asked Joe what had happened. Joe said "there was this snake and he slithered across my feet, but I never screamed. Then there was this bear that came up to me and snarled, but I never screamed."
    "So then what did make you scream?" Bob asked, exasperated.
    "Well," Joe continued, "two squirrels crawled up my pants and I overheard them say, "should we take them home or eat em now?"

    and here's another "Cyril" joke....

    A policeman caught a nasty little boy with a BB gun in one hand and a squirrel in the other. "Now listen here" the policeman said, "Whatever you do to that poor, defenseless creature, I shall personally do to you."
    "In that case," said the boy, "I'll kiss it's butt and let it go".

    1. Cyril jokes!!!!!! Two of them!!! You know the fast track to my heart, dear Janet!

  12. Welcome back!

    A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar...........just joking! I want to wish everyone lots of luck in your latest giveaway. Great prizes to choose from. Mackie looks like he's getting ready to step back into his judging role with style. I love working with my stash!

    The view from your new home is gorgeous. Your beautiful creatures will miss you....although I can picture you as the Pied Piper type. I saw a beautiful white peacock stolling in the grass near a petting farm the other morning. I guess he thought the grass was greener on the other side of the fence. Your craft center is wonderful.....and you'll be so close.

    I love the new shop name and banner!

    My best to you and Sir Mack ;)

    1. Thanks Bond girl!! So, about this priest and the rabbi??!
      Are you still playing with your last giveaway beads??? I LOVED those earrings you made - such a thrill for me.
      Well, I'm having second thoughts about these giveaway prizes - maybe bead selections would be more useful. I smell an interim blog post looming........
      Lovely to see you here - and hope all is well with you and yours.

  13. Petra, I'm so glad to see you back, and with so much exciting news.
    I got so anxious about your disappearance that I actually started making some of my own clay beads...but I'd MUCH rather use yours! Looking forward to more posts with many pictures of all your new endeavors--j

    1. Awwww, that's so sweet! Well, I'm working on some new beads, which may end up as the revised prizes for this giveaway.
      I'm sorry for vanishing before, I have visions of an organised weekly schedule and crystal clear, speedy internet connection in the new house, which should prevent future disappearances!! Hope you're doing well at the Summer market, and that I can come up with some things that may be of use to you!

  14. Three hundred new pieces!?! Staggering. Do you mean new pieces of jewelry? Or new component beads? Either way...STAGGERING. I'm so thrilled that you've found a good place to show & sell your creations. That's awesome...and the building looks like it has so much history & culture.

    Plus I'm so happy for you that YOU'RE happy about a move.
    All good news...congrats! :)

  15. OH. And....I like your new shop name.


    " A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ''Ugh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen!'' The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: ''The driver just insulted me!'' The man says: ''You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I'll hold your monkey for you.'' :)

    1. Ha haaaa - love that joke!!!
      Awww, thanks for all the positive comments, Lela - they're much appreciated.
      I'm very happy about this move, and can't wait to get my new workshop fully functioning. No more clay dust all over my dressing table for one thing!!!

  16. Two snakes slithering through the bush. Snake 1. suddenly stops and says 'what kind of snakes are we? Are we constrictors, ie we squeeze our prey to death, or, are we venomous ie we kill our prey with a poisoned bite?
    Snake 2 - 'We're constrictors, Why?'
    Snake 1 - 'thank God for that I just bit my lip!

    Love the New Image, new outlet and a new home - may the road rise up to meet you

    1. Thank you, Greer - too kind. - And thanks for the joke - oh boy, that cat's got a big task ahead of him!!


  17. Okay...

    An old man was sitting on a bench at the mall.
    A young man walked up to the bench and sat down.
    He had spiked hair in all different colors:green, red, orange, blue and yellow.
    The old man just stared.
    Every time the old man looked, the young man was staring.
    The young man said sarcastically, "What's the matter old timer, never done anything wild in your life?"
    Without batting an eye, the old man replied,
    "Got drunk once and had sex with a peacock.
    I was just wondering if you were my son."

    It's an old joke, but it still works.

    1. Haaaaaaaa, squirrels and now peacocks!! Great joke - it's maturing well!!

      xoxox :O)