Thursday, 24 June 2010

New ideas , New designs

Over the last few weeks I have been working with Czech Glass seed  beads and this is what I have so far- forgive the photos-  I am still working on a spare laptop waiting for mine to be fixed so had to use online software - you can get a better view by clicking on each picture
Shades of blues, pinks and lilacs with glass flower beads
This one is in shades of dark blues, blacks and greys - the first one that I made and it is going to be auctioned on Saturday Night to raise funds for Safe@Last - I will let you know how much it raises
Shades of  green this time with amethyst coloured glass flower beads randomly growing along it
Reds, pinks and lilacs combine for this textured bracelet
Beautiful shades of pinks, lilacs and blues for these funky earrings
Not yet competed a blue pendant - watch this space for when it is finished
A rope necklace waiting to be textured in shades of lavender, lilac and amethyst- once again watch this space :-)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

In Print again

Once again I am in print with a feature in Issue 68 of  Craft Business . I was interviewed by Beth,  the Editor,  a few weeks ago. Anyone who knows me will be aware I can talk, especially on a subject close to my heart and boy did I talk !
I kept saying "Oops Beth we won't be able to use this bit" as I spoke of my tears and sadness when I see the mass produced jewellery piled high in certain retail outlets. When you know how long it takes to create a piece it is difficult not to be sad when you ponder what the wages are of the poor people who make those earrings that retail at £1.50!
But then I also see UK designers grossly underselling themselves and want to say "Don't undervalue yourself" I make the point in this article that for every hour we spend creating there has to be 40 hours of "business stuff"
Mind you I plan to do just that tomorrow  at  a Garden Party for carers in Doncaster . I was asked to have a table there and plan to give them some bargains - carers are so vastly undervalued too you see :-)

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Kinder Blue

Kinder Blue Exhibition until 18 June at Studio 7, Gallery 12a

As Long as Your Eyes are Blue
A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson

"Will you love me, sweet, when my hair is grey
And my cheeks shall have lost their hue?
When the charms of youth shall have passed away
Will your love as of old prove true?

"For the looks may change, and the heart may range
And the love be no longer fond;
Will you love with truth in the years of youth
And away to the years beyond?"

Oh, I love you, sweet, for your locks of brown
And the blush on your cheek that lies --
But I love you most for the kindly heart
That I see in your sweet blue eyes.
For the eyes are the signs of the soul within,
Of the heart that is leal and true,
And, my own sweetheart, I shall love you still,
Just as long as your eyes are blue.

For the locks may bleach, and the cheeks of peach
May be reft of their golden hue;
But, my own sweetheart, I shall love you still,
Just as long as your eyes are blue.

"The Bulletin" 7 Nov 1891

Blue Skies
          Blue skies, smilin’ at me
Nothin’ but blues skies do I see

Bluebirds singin’ a song
There’s nothin’ but bluebirds all day long

Seems like all the days are hurryin’ by
When you’re in love, my how they fly

Those blue days, all of them gone
Nothin’ but blue skies from now on


Seems like all them days are hurryin’ by
Cause when you’re in love, then my how they fly

Them blue days, all of ’em gone
And there’s nothin’ but blue skies from now on