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Friday 29 January 2010


Feeling better, back to work, thanks to all the lovely people for the suggestions and nice comments about the little heart pendant. Made three more last night in a variety of shades of red and pink, one using a piece of glass from a brake light!, gives it an interesting texture as it has that lumpy sort of little pyramids surface, I've never used a piece before, I'm not even 100% convinced it's glass, might be very hard plastic but it's prettty and came off the beach, naturally recycled by the sea. I've used the back of the glass as the outside so you just get interesting light effects from the textured surface behind it

Thursday 28 January 2010

day off sick

Feeling a bit wobbly today, some kind of tummy bug so no food, lots of time online. Found this blog which is not on blogger but beautiful tiaras http://www.silvertiaras.com/blog.html . For my own work I've made this piece, sort of heart shaped, valentines day and all that, but can't decide what to hang it from , fine silver wire, some kind of beaded chain or rope? Got bored with all the usual stuff anyone got any nice quick solutions.  Probably being ill making me feel lazy!

Sunday 24 January 2010

Need to come out of hibernation mode

I don't seem to be able to get moving this year, made a lot of jewellery for a craft fair in November and slowed right down after that. I've done a very little since then and can't seem to getmy mojo going again. Somebody give me a kick or some inspiration. This is a piece in progress, I love this stone, it shone out of a pebble ridge at the back of Sidmouth beach, I had to have it, sorry Sidmouth but I don't think it was much of a loss to your sea defences. I think the wire wrapping is working, not entirely sure where that tail is going to end up, possibly down parallel with the one coming up from the bottom. with a matching 'blob'

Friday 22 January 2010

Watching a film

Just watched The Astronaut Farmer on DVD, really nice, slightly mad film. Says a lot about governments and having dreams that you don't let go of.

Wednesday 20 January 2010

Bike on railings at Budleigh Salterton at sunset.
AHA solved the mousepad problem, I hope. Needed to download a new driver. All done and now I have adjustable settings again. Getting aroud without a car at the moment, not fun in deepest Devon I live a brisk 20 minute walk from my bus stop and then about 35-40 minutes bus ride. Luckily my neighbour has given me lifts both ways most days. Much appreciated.

Sunday 17 January 2010

aaaaaaagh websites!

Just spent all evening, literally, trying to reload my web pages, tiny modifications to each page and suddenly all the links didn't work, pages can't be found etc,etc,etc. Finally got it all put back together at10 past 1 in the morning having found that the whole file had somehow got duplicated causing all sorts of confusion on my computer; half the stuff saved in the original file and theother half in the rogue one. How do these things happen? All sorted now and there is only one file containing  my whole website hooray! ( If anone knows how to make the mousepad on my laptop less sensitive please tell me :(

Wednesday 13 January 2010


Hello, just watched Moon on DVD very interesting film, proper science fiction and a good thriller too. Saw Avatar at the pictures on Saturday loved it! I'm being very lazy about jewellery making at the moment. I have some very nice pebbles from South Devon to work with, by the way I take maybe one or two small pebbles from any beach as they are necessary to the beach surviving, in fact some beaches have scary threatening fines for removing pebbles! I need to learn about the geology of these stones as I have no idea what I'm using.

This one is a small (1" approx) pebble from North Devon, not polished at all just as it came off the beach, drilled and with a silver mount. Photographed on it's home beach.

Monday 11 January 2010

Monday morning

Making the most of my last few weeks having Monday as my day off. We are threatened with more snow tomorrow, but as we are on the coast it rarely gets all that bad - buses still don't run though!
On a completely unrelated subject does anyone know why my computer's clock is permanently 12 hours wrong despite my changing it almost every time I log in?

STOP PANIC BUYING!!!!!! For heaven's sake unless you live in the wilds of Scotland or somewhere equally remote you will be able to get to the shops with a little effort. Rant over.

Friday 8 January 2010


Hope you like the slideshow, took me ages to load it. Firefox wouldn't do it had to go into another browser to get it loaded, firefox is great but some things just don't work at all. happy sledding or whatever.

Thursday 7 January 2010

New Year

Happy New Year, here's hoping for a prosperous one for everyone, or at least everyone who deserves it and we all have a list of people who don't!

Here's a wonderful snowman made outside Barnstaple Library, the maker gave him a newspaper to read, but I substituted a picture book about a polar bear for the photograph. I don't know if you can tell but he has a proper nose and mouth. Just after I took the photo some kids thought it would be funny to dump him in the library foyer, oh hahaha. Shame as he was rather wonderful, and considerably less so as a heap of snow on a carpet!

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