Sunday, 18 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Thank you to all the lovely people who have supported me and purchased my work throughout this year.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope for a lovely holiday with my family and wish the same for you.


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Citrus fresh

I have had lots of pod beads and discs lying around for ages so finally got to work and made use of some. I love the fresh citrus colours of this necklace.

And a pretty bracelet with a silver glass focal bead and lots of fine silver.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011


Well, I really have to put my nose to the grindstone and start working on some new creations. I have a very busy weekend coming up.
Saturday is the annual Lorien  Christmas Market at the Lorien Novalis School for Rudolph Steiner Education at Dural. This is a lovely location only 10 minutes from home - I'm really looking forward to it. This market has great guiding principles:

Then on Sunday it's the annual Mona Vale Christmas Fair. This a huge market and it supports some very worthy causes:

I hope the weather is good - the prediction is for 21C and fine, but there may be a few late showers on Sunday.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Virtual Craft Fair

Lori Anderson had the brilliant idea of hosting a Virtual Craft Fair on her blog. The fair runs for 7 days fron 26th November. You should go for a look at the wonderful creations of the participants. There are giveaways and links to their online stores for lots of Christmas gift shopping.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Bali - Island of the Gods Part 2

As some of you know I have had an horrific time over the past 3 years with a family breakup and my mother's sadness and recent death. Bali was a break I badly needed and my wonderful husband made it happen for us.

Not only did we have a great time in this tropical paradise but also came home with a couple of treasures including a 1 metre statue by one of Bali's great master craftsmen - a fabulous wood carver from Mas village and owner of the Ngurah Gallery there. He has had two exhibitions in Australia and is due for a third soon.

The birds in the head dress of the small goddess symbolise good luck and that good luck was working for us on our return flight. We left Denpasar airport early (1am) yesterday morning in the midst of a tropical storm and experienced a lot of turbulence soon after take off. After some very bumpy flying there was a loud bang on our side of the aircraft - the plane had been struck by lightning!! Luckily there was no damage and all the instrumentation was still working.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Island of the Gods

We are just back from a short but wonderful holiday in Bali. The Samaya, Ubud, was absolute luxury and so beautiful. This is the view of rice terraces from Scene restaurant where we breakfasted each morning.

And here is a view of our villa with private plunge pool.

It was a very real culture shock to see how much Bali has changed since I made two long visits approximately 30 years ago. However, despite the development, the people are just as wonderful and two streets back from the main tourist drag in Ubud you are in another world - traditional, quiet and serene. I was delighted to find two of the small guesthouses I stayed in all that time ago still exist - Puri Muwa on Jalan Monkey Forest in Ubud and Lila Graha in Bedugul. And Canderi's homestay and cafe is still going strong. The Balinese are very resilient and are taking these dramatic changes in their stride.
We spent the entire holiday in Ubud with day trips to some of the most beautiful and important sites on the island. More photos to come as we download them.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

New Work

I have spent the morning photographing lots of work - a long overdue task. Here is a small sample.

Salad Servers

Coffee Scoops

Cheese knives

Email me for details.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Spring in the garden

It is another glorious spring day. I'm having a very lazy day as I feel a bit under the weather today - hayfever and some unknown bug are spoiling my day. However, this glorious sight in the garden helps me feel better. The weeping cherry is in full bloom and isn't it magnificent!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Bobbin Beads

Thanks to the lovely Nat (Beadmonki) I have some bobbins to play with. I have a long way to go to catch up with Nat's brilliance but here are the first few.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Just for a laugh

I recently attended a marvellous marble workshop with one of Australia's wellknown glass artists - Bernard (Bernie) Stonor. The class was a tremendous learning experience and we had lots of fun as well. Just look at these pics of Brenda Coleman and me doing the Time Warp.

It's just a jump to the left...

and then a step to the right...

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sad Sunday

I'm sitting at home feeling very sad. Tonight it will be 4 weeks since my dearly loved mother passed away. I'm a bit teary and missing her very much as we always spent Sunday afternoons together when I didn't have a market to attend.

As well as remembering mum I'm also spending time trying to think of happier times and looking through photos. So, here are two I would like to share with you.
First one of mum's incredible embroideries - Flemish Flowers.

Second, a very happy day spent with Bob in Kyoto. Just as we were walking down these steps very light snow started falling.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Thank you

Today was a beautiful day at the market and I want to say thank you to all the lovely people I met at the Heritage Craft Market. It is so rewarding to talk with you. So wonderful to learn that you still love the piece you bought from me months, or even years, ago. So thank you one and all. I look forward to meeting you again in the months ahead.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Gas! & Gerry Hall interview

No more torch time for me until I buy new hoses. I could smell gas in the studio today and checked all the gas connections with soapy water - no leaks. Finally I inspected the gas hose and found a hole!!! Perhaps a bit of hot glass landed on the hose and burnt through - I don't know. I have had this set of hoses since 2005 so perhaps I'm due for a new set.

Another fabulous interview on Artscape last night. Viginia Trioli was speaking with the very luscious Gerry Hall. What a beautiful, warm and intelligent woman. Here's the link:

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Bryan Ferry

I saw the most wonderful interview with Bryan Ferry last night. Virginia Trioli was the interviewer for the ABC's program Artscape. The two of them just clicked and Bryan came across as a perfectly charming and very attractive man. I have adored him since the early days with Roxy Music and it was great to see what a warm and natural person he is despite all the fame.

Here is a link to the interview:

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The Artisans Fair

The opening of the Artisans Fair on 9th April went well. It was lovely to meet so many new people.

However, after speaking with stallholders, the fair organiser has decided that autumn is not the best time of year to start an evening market. Therefore, the Fair has undergone its first change and will become a daylight market operating monthly on Sunday from 9am to 3pm starting the 15th of May. There is still the possibility of "moonlight markets" in the summer months.

I'm feeling rather under the weather at the moment with some sort of infection that requires me to take antibiotics!!!! So, no time at the torch for a few days at least.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The Artisans Fair

A new fair is starting this Saturday, 9th April. This fair is dedicated to original, handcrafted pieces made in Australia. I'm very excited to have been invited to paticipate.

Bring A Picnic Variety of Registered

Outdoor Food Stalls

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Bella Vista Artisans Market

I'm very excited...preparing for the first Artisans Market of the year. This is a new market for Australian handmade only, plus gourmet food and plants. I'm very pleased to be part of this new venture and hope it is a great success for all concerned.

Please come along and say hello.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Michael Barley tutorial

Today I purchased a great tutorial from Michael Barley on how he makes his windows beads. I highly recommend it.  Micheal has very generously shared his technique for making this fabulous style of bead.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

February already!!!

I can't believe that time is flying by so fast - it's already Feb and I haven't posted on my blog. I have just created a facebook account after resisting for so long. I was afraid to join because I feared it would be addictive and it is. Please join me on facebook.

Apologies for not attending the Heritage Craft Market at St Ives today. I was unwell overnight and wouldn't have been able to cope with all day out in the heat.

A couple of beads I made for a Reaction Challenge.

Sydney has been in the grip of a heatwave for the past week. Hopefully the expected cool change will arrive some time today. Despite the disastrous floods in other parts of Australia, in Sydney we could really do with some rain to refresh the gardens.

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