Saturday, 17 April 2010


I spent the day in Towcester yesterday, at Flame-Off! The annual event hosted by Tuffnell Glass. It was great that the dates coincided with a week long trip to the UK. I met loads of forum friends: Sooz, Sandie, Fiona, George, Ray and Andrew from the Bead Buddies forum as well as Natalie, Manda, Sarah, Sarah and Dickie, Sabine, Julie and Becky from the Frit-Happens! forum as well Sue, another Brit lampworking in France, and Pauline Holt who gave me my first ever lesson.

I sat in on some brilliant demonstrations by Di East, Teresa Laliberte and Sharon Peters, unfortunately having to leave before Sabine did her demo but will hopefully catch up with her again soon.

If you've missed it this year, try and get along to next years. It was my first ever time of going, but I'm hoping the girls Spring half term from school coincides again next year :-)

Friday, 9 April 2010

A 2 Week Break and Home to Blighty!

So, the girls finish school this evening for a 2 week Spring break and Sunday morning (obscenely early) we set out for our road trip back to the UK.

With the thought of not making beads for 2 weeks, I had a couple of all day sessions this week which has been great.

I had a whole day yesterday playing with and encasing silver glass, which I very rarely get to do.

And finished photographing this morning. It was also fun making some BHB's!!!

And of course some dots!

Hoping to list these for sale later.

Except I can't find my gauge to measure them!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

The Art of Good Taste

I spent March getting my work organised for display at The Art of Good Taste gallery, which opens in Luxembourg on April 20th.

As many of us do, I have to work around school hours and term dates which means you don't have as much time as you think you do.

Although the opening is still almost 3 weeks away, the girls have this long Easter weekend, then a 2 week break from April 11th and for the first week we will be back in the UK (the dates of which happily coincide with The Flame-Off which Tuffnell's host in Towcester).

Work has been dispatched to Janice, the fabulous woman who is behind the Gallery, and yesterday with Daisy and Ruby in tow I set up the glass display unit which will be home for my work.

The Gallery is almost second home to the girls now. For the last couple of Wednesday afternoon's while I've been dropping off work, putting cabinets together and laying out work, they've been very happily sitting at Janice's desk playing on their DSi's or colouring in their colouring books.

There aren't many gallery owners who would have a creche corner for a 4 and 6 year old, but it also goes to show how great my two little girls are.