Saturday, 13 October 2012

Valid excuse...

well I think so anyway.  The main reason why I have been away for so long is because I have a job!!!  Yes, I know, it has been abit of a shock to the system!  However, I am still trying to create in any spare moment I have.  I am currently crocheting a ripple blanket in the colours of the rainbow, I am supposed to be making a cushion similar to the one pictured in my last blog post but I have run out of wool and haven't had time yet to get  to the wool shop.

This blanket is the result of my frustration at not being able to get to the wool shop.  I decided I would try to order the yarn I needed online.  It was late at night and I wasn't paying attention to the type of yarn I was ordering, I thought I was getting abit of a bargain...... A few days later a huge bag arrived filled with brightly coloured yarn but unfortuately not the cotton yarn I wanted but acrylic!!!!  Rather than try to return my purchase I decided I would have a go at a blanket that I've seen on attic 24  I feel I should put a warning in here as this is a highly addictive blog for those of a 'hooky' inclination, don't say I didn't warn you!

On the glassy front I have managed some beads and buttons:

This is abit of a favourite colour combo at the moment, you may have seen some creations on my facebook page using this same design.  Unfortunately, I was rather impatient to look at the large bead and I slid it out of the kiln for a sneaky peek abit too soon which has resulted in a slight surface crack - you would think I would have learned by now.......

I have made a few button sets which will hopefully make it to Jumble Jelly soon.

These will be attached to some new button cards that I am having designed.... very exciting stuff I hope to be able to share with you soon.  By the way I can make my buttons into cufflinks.  I use handmade sterling silver bar and chain.

I have also been working on encased beads.  It's really hard to encase beads without getting any bubbles in the glass and getting colour bleed from the base bead and covering the bead evenly. I am particularly pleased with these, not sure if they will be sold as they are or whether to make them into a bracelet.....

And finally, you may have noticed that my Etsy shop is rather bare.  Well, I have taken my stock to a pop-up shop in Chippenham!!!  I am hoping to have some new stock for my Etsy shop soon.


  1. Is there no end to all you can create?? The blanket is beautiful and your beads are glorious! I especially love the aqua/red combo and the encased beads -- I've never seen those before and they make me think of a ship in a bottle -- seems impossible!

    I'm glad things are going so well for you! xo

    1. Thanks Cathy, I just wish I could be abit more consistent. I seem to go through periods of mass productivity then have a barren period......