Friday, 23 April 2010

Stourbridge in August and prize draw.

Busy, busy, busy!

I am trying to build up a good stock for the Stourbridge bead fair where I will be selling my beads on 28th and 29th of August.

I know that it looks as if there is still a lot of time until the end of August but 6 weeks of this time will be spent in France in the summer (just before the fair) and I don't have any beadmaking equipment there.

I am very much looking to this event and please come and say hello if you are around.

I am having a prize draw.

The prize is this set of beads:

Let me know if you would like a chance to win them by leaving a comment or sending me an email ( before the 31st May.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Kids, life and Tiree

It has been a very long time since my last post (I know I begin nearly each post with the same sentence).

Life has been eventful in the past few months, my little boy has had an operation (to have his tonsils removed), we are busy getting our house ready for sale (we would like to move out of the town centre or in my dreams to France but it is not likely), and a long time friend of mine died.

This latest sad event took us to Tiree last week, a beautiful, peaceful and luminous little island off the West Coast of Scotland.
We went on the ferry in Oban on Tuesday, the weather was wild and the 3-4 hours journey through the sound of Mull, down to the island of Coll and then Tiree was very bumpy. The boat did not manage to dock in Coll because of the strong winds and snapped a rope.

The sea was blue and turquoise as ever despite the rough weather and I wonder if there is ever a dull day weather wise on this island. It is often referred to as the 'land beneath the waves' (it is very flat) and I think the weather is either stormy or sunny as there are no real hills capable of stopping the clouds and the wind.

The last day ,Thurday, was sunny and we spent most of our time on the little beaches of the island waiting for our ferry to take us back to Oban at 5.00 o'clock. These are some of the pictures I took.

I hope that life is now going to take a steadier pace and that I am going to be able to spend a little bit more time on my torch.

I had a look through my stash of Bullseye glass yesterday (washed it because it was very dusty). I have had this high quality glass for ages but I have never really used it. The colours are beautiful and a lot of ideas are now brewing in my head, so hopefully I will have some nice beads to show you soon.

Until my next post...