Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Taking a break

What a long absence! I won't be posting on the blog for some time yet. My dear mother is not well and she is staying with me for some love and caring attention before visiting my brother and his wife for the same. So I'm afraid I don't have time to take photos and update the blog at the moment.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Bead & Gem Show 2009

Some photos of my booth at the Sydney Bead & Gem Show.
Thanks to everyone who visited me and bought my beads and wearable art.

I have had a tiring, but fulfillng, 3 days at the show. It is very rewarding to hear all your wonderful comments about my work.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Great fun at Loren's class

This is a photo of Loren finishing off my paperweight.

Loren's class was amazing. I'm still recovering. We didn't finish until 4.30am on the last day!
We learnt an amazing number of techniques. Loren is very generous and demonstrated lots of techniques that were not included in the class curriculum. Hopefully, I will have absorbed some of this knowledge.
Now it's a last minute rush of preparation for the Bead & Gem Show stating on 25th September. I really am a last minute person!!! I'm looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones at the show. See you there.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Exciting times

Stunning examples of Loren's work
I will be leaving for Melbourne tomorrow for a 5-day class with Loren Stump. I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. Loren is a legend in the glass art world. Class times are from 10am - 6pm, however, the class can go on until 10 or 11pm!!! I hope I can keep up.

Learn more about Loren's work here:

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Market Days

The laughing kookaburras wake me early each morning lately. Their joyful song and loud cackling is a delightful start to the day.
It's Bob's birthday today and he is far away on the other side of the country in Perth, Western Australia. Birthday celebrations will have to wait until the weekend. Chloe and I miss him when his work takes him away from home.
Speaking of Chloe, she is sitting on eggs at the moment. What a shame that she doesn't have a mate and no little chicks will emerge after all her hard work.
Well, it's market weekend again. I will be at Mosman Art & Craft Market on Saturday the 5th and St Ives Heritage Craft Market on Sunday 6th September. A trip to the market would be a nice outing for Fathers' Day - bring dad along for a fun-filled day on Sunday.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

News update

Well, I've been absent for ages again but I have excuses. I'm on jury service at the moment fulfilling my civic duty.

And.. I'm sick .. I have a nasty virus . I've been tested for Swine Flu and don't have it thank goodness. My doctor is trying to get me well by Monday so the trial can continue - I would hate to be the cause of a retrial. Luckily, we had Friday off as one of the legal counsel was not available!!

The weather is still glorious and I'm looking at a beautiful blue sky from bedroom window. I wish I could be out there in the garden.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Experiments with a new technique & new glass

Here is my first try at the "bubble Bead" using brass mesh that many beadmakers are trying at the moment. And some test beads using the new Double Helix silver-laden glass "Ekho". This glass produces many colours and the most gorgeous mother of pearl lustre. I can't wait to make some real (not test) beads using this beautiful glass.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Market weekend....

What an amazing weekend - the weather was incredible - warm and sunny. Not at all like winter. I had a lovely time at the markets meeting the people who buy my beads and wearable art.

Something I've noticed of late is that people are more buying finished jewellery than beads. I wonder why this is so? Now I need to be disciplined and make more jewellery and felt pieces. I do so love to just make beads.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009


Inspiration comes in many ways and from many sources. At the moment I have a bit of a creative block so have been looking at photos. Here a few from our trip to Japan in 2008.
Beautiful Kyoto street
Temple garden, Kyoto & Feeding the deer, Nara

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Winter sunshine

Rose hedge before pruning

Well, another long absence. I have been back with my mum and dad. Mum needs a lot of support at the moment but hopefully things will settle down soon.

On a brighter note, we are having wonderful winter weather - beautiful sunny days and the rose hedge is still flowering prolifically. However, we will have to prune it soon. The hedge looks just like this now but the other roses have all been pruned and the magnolia has lost its leaves.

Friday, 3 July 2009


I've created a butterfly to get justice for the #comfortwomen forced into sexual slavery during WWII. Will you?

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Welcome home

Well, I have been absent for ages. Lots of things going on in my life at the moment. I have just returned from spending 3 weeks with my mother who was quite unwell. She is back home now and hopefully will remain well and able to stay at home for quite some time yet. This is mum the day before she was released from rehab on 19th June.

I missed my dear Robert and Chloe very much and and am glad to be reunited with them.

It is so long since I made beads or felt and I can't wait to get into my little studio!!!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Mosman Village Art & Craft Market

I'm very happy that my work has been accepted at the Mosman Village Art & Craft Market. Meet me there on 2nd May. Now I must think of some beautiful things to make for Mothers Day gifts.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Heritage Craft Market

Padimelon with joey in pouch - Tasmania December - I love this photo.

I had a wonderful day at the St Ives Heritage Craft Market yesterday. I met many wonderful new people and caught up with some regular customers. It is so nice to be out in the open air on a warm, sunny day surrounded by people, their pets and lovely music by Casey O'Donovan. It was also great to chat with my fellow stallholders and trade goodies with them.

No new beads or felting to show as I have injured my back and can't work at the the torch or the felting bench. I have been doing some fusing though, as I can sit down while composing the pieces, but no photos yet.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

My brother sent me this wonderful presentation. Click on the lion cub to start the presentation.

Friday, 13 March 2009

What Tarot Card are you?

I am The Moon
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.
The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.
I found the link to this on the blog of the wonderful glass artist Manuela Wutschke.

This is Chloe, our Eclectus parrot. Isn't she lovely. She is the inspiration behind my bird beads.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Craftfest 2009

It was wonderful to meet so many lovely people at Craftfest, 6-8 March. Thanks for searching me out and buying my beads and felted jewellery. I had a lovely time. I'm now refreshed and have lots of inspiration for new projects.

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