Welcome to my blog, random stuff about me and where I live, plus some bits about my jewellery.

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Saturday 19 September 2009

Saturday 19th September Carnival day in Barnstaple

It's Barnstaple's annual carnival today. Great fun if you aren't trying to work! There''ll be fireworks tonight set off over the river taw so they reflect I'm sure it will be lovely but I'm glad I won't be there.
This is a picture of the Taw estuary taken one autumn recently.

I thought it was time I posted some images of my jewellery so here goes. I make the pieces by beading around bits of sea glass found on the local beaches.
I use vintage beads as much as possible although I have to use modern ones as well in order to have the right sizes and colours.

Above are examples of my work, Left is a pale blue fairly large piece on a silver wire torque. With lots of  mad beaded dangles ending in a variety of beads in glass and semi precious stones. The right hand piece uses a piece of redish brown glass from the neck of a bottle, which gives a slightly heart shape. It hangs from 3  twisted strings of beads and has an edging of japanese beads with a tiny red glass heart.Follow the link for some instructions from Kimberley Chapman . If you're really into beading there are loads of great sites about it and some really good books, most of whichyou can probably get from Amazon or someone similar.

For some more stuff about sea glass see my website www.vintagebeadery.co.uk

Stuff I've found around the web

This  is a lovely black and white photo of a staircase from deviant art, I didn't want to copy and paste the image as it doesn't belong to me, but if you click the link above you'll see it and the photographer's other photos. Hope you like it. I have a couple of photos on there too. Link here. If you are into hand made stuff at all I reccomend you check out MISI and ETSY. I've got shops on both, but there's loads of great original stuff. Fabulous source of really unusual presents if you're fed up with chain store rubbish that everyone has. There's stuff for your house too.

 Nice stuff from Lisa's jewels

BEAUTIFUL wedding jewellery from Georgina Etteridge

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Tuesday 15th September

Beautiful day in North Devon, blue skies at last! Went out on to Mortehoe on sunday evening, home of David Kennard the famous shepherd. Gorgeous sunset and a lovely flat calm. Sounds of sheep rrrrrripping grass and a few birds. Quite a steep walk in places but worth it. Makes a nice calm end to a day. Saw a pheasant and heard several others. Hardly anyone on Woolacombe beach now. The whole place starts to slow back down to a normal Devon pace.

Local Police in Barnstaple have been given powers to disperse troublemaking groups, not sure what I think about that. Problem is who decides what is troublemaking?

This is a view of Lundy Island from Morte Point.I've never been there, trouble  with running a tourist attraction everything is closed or unavailable once you have any spare time. Oh well one day when we retire.

Sunday 6 September 2009

vintage beadery: Hello

vintage beadery: Hello


This is my first attempt at a blog. I'm an ancient jewellery designer living in devon. I make my jewellery using sea glass and ceramics washed up on the beaches of North Devon.
I also work part time in a local library and with my husband in his Brass Rubbing Centre within the Combe Martin wildlfe and dinosaur park a great place, full of mad animals you can get close to and noisy parrots. One of the parrots has learnt to whistle the theme from The Great Escape! Below you can see a rabbit happily feeding under a dinosaur taken at the end of the day when everyone had gone home.

Here's a picture of a piece of my jewellery I hope you'll want to see more. I have shops on MISI and Etsy I don't seem to be able to link to Etsy at the moment so if you can my shop is called vintage beader. I also have my own website; click on the photo to see it.

That's probably more than enough waffle for now. I'll try to update soon. Cheers everyone.

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