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Out with the old, in with the new

It’s a new year, 2015, and with it comes resolutions to do better than the year before. For me this means raising my online presence in the form of adding lots to my website, writing more blogs and increasing my interaction with the social media platforms. The scary part of this has been made somewhat […]

Christmas comes but once a year …

Now it’s almost upon us. I am practicing making marbles, they take far too long at the moment but with practice I should speed up. I am also making a lot of glow beads, beads that glow in ┬áthe dark or under UV light,. They fascinate me, quite magical! I sell glow stringer and frit […]

All the fun of the fair

Today I had a craft fair.I don’t do many as I prefer making the beads rather than turning them into jewellery. But this is a fair I’ve done for the last two years, with the other stalls manned by friends, and I knew it would be a lovely day. I wasn’t disappointed. It was held […]


It’s been a funny summer holiday break from work; I saw lots of family for very different reasons, had a two week holiday in Scotland and suddenly I have less than a week left before the new term starts. My torch has been all but abandoned for the last five weeks but I finally snatched […]

In 2015 I’ll be …

.. selling online as I won’t be doing any fairs after the end of the year, unless I finish at Flame Off, but that’s a decision for later. More of my beads available online – Facebook, website, Twitter. You’ll probably get fed up of seeing my beads everywhere you go, but hopefully you will like […]

That was Flame Off 2014 …

It was a busy and stressful few weeks with the run up to the Big Bead Show, at Sandown Racecourse, then Flame Off and the North Midlands Bead Fair, at Uttoxteter Racecourse, a week later. The Big Bead Show promised lots and delivered little, largely due to the burdensome overheads – extortionate table fee (compared […]

Entering competitions

I’ve always loved making beads for competition entries as it stretches my imagination to come up with something to fit the theme. I am busy making one for the annual Glass Beadmakers UK (GBUK) competition which has themes of either ‘Famous Artists’ or ‘Feeling Blue’. Googling either phrase produces a wealth of imagery for inspiration, […]

Chilly days

Christmas has been and gone, no snow – yet – but lots of freezing wind and rain. It’s been almost as cold in the studio, with temperatures plummeting to -2 some mornings, but intrepid me turns on the kiln and torch and sets to with thick socks and warm boots. I’ve been a little rudderless […]

Feeling groggy …

Winter has well and truly arrived, with high winds, plunging temperatures and rain, lots of rain. I’m not a fan of wind but, as a general rule, I quite like rain, especially when I’m tucked up warm in my studio with the torch and kiln on, listening to the radio. But today I have a […]

Going batty ….

Halloween isn’t far away so I’m in full production mode for Halloween beads – especially bats. They are fun to make and oh so cute! Just wondering if it’s worth making different colours. I make yellow and purple sheep and pigs but most of them are still sitting waiting for a new home. Maybe people […]