Sunday, 20 May 2012

Pigs, Penguins and sons leaving home

Its been an exhausting week.  My son has left home, really only for the summer, he has gone to the Ardeche, South of  France, to work for Acorn Adventures as an instructor for outdoor sports, mainly water based sports, and he should have a fantastic time.  Still, was very hard to drive him to Liverpool Airport and wave goodbye to my 18 yr old son, my eldest has left home!  Was doubly hard as we, the son and I, got up at just after 3am Thursday morning and set off for Liverpool by around 3.30 - 3.45am.  We got to the airport around 6.15am.  Was amazing to see the dawn starting to break around 4.30am, summer really is coming, slowly, but coming. Still he has gone, we had first contact yesterday afternoon - apparently wifi is rubbish! - he is there, having fun and loving it!  Meanwhile me and the daughter have cleaned out his room, two bin bags full of rubbish and one full of old clothes that went to the recycling.  Somehow, clearing out their teenage mess puts it all into perspective and makes you dream of sweet smelling rooms with no dank odour of sweaty socks and mouldy tea cups!

Eggs-cellent clocks
What else this week?  Well, I have kept busy in the studio, I finished making my fused glass clocks and put them up on Etsy the cupcake clock found a new home as soon as it made an appearance in the shop.  I have lots more ideas for these clocks, my twist on keeping time! 

I have also been playing with glass lustre paints and using a brilliant tutorial from the very talented Jill from Kiln Fired Art I finished my plain fused glass coasters and now they are vibrant and not plain at all...

So summery, perfect for picnics and sitting in the sun having a cool glass of something nice and fizzy.  They are available too in my Etsy shop

I have also found time! to create my first lampwork glass tutorial.  This is for penguins and is available in Etsy and Folksy  Anyone can make sculptural beads, you don't have to make perfect round beads, wonky beads make great sculptural creature beads!

Penguin Tutorial

I have also made the decision to close my Ebay shop, the fees are so high it takes away the fun...and the profit!  I am having a big sale, as the items come up for renewal I am putting them to auction so grab a bargin whilst you can!

Instead of Ebay, I have re-opened my Folksy shop  I am slowly stocking it with beautiful pieces of glass art.  I hope that you can visit me there too. Here are a few pictures of what you can find there at the moment...

Fused glass pendant with black cats

Ginger puss, fused glass pendant

As many know, I belong to a wonderful forum, Craft Pimp which promotes some of the best craft from around the UK, from fusing glass to lampworking glass, fabrics to clay, photographs to painting and many more.  We are not always serious over on Craft Pimp and do find time to have a few giggles, which are invaluable when you son leaves home and need to smile a bit more and shed a few less tears (daft devil I am!)   During this last month, we over on Craft Pimp have been making our Chinese Astrology Animal in whatever medium we choose, it has been fun, and in some cases terribly rude - and I am referring to those that fall under the Wood Snake sign!  My sign is the Metal Pig.  Of course my first thought was heavy metal music and so the first Pig Rocker was born...then came the whole band, Metal, Earth, Wood, Water and Fire Pigs, or Pig, Mud, Woody, H2O and the un-named pig with flames coming out of his bum! 

Pork Us - the piggie heavy rock group

Click onto here to see some of the other..ahem..creatures!

And finally...even toadstool get blue sometimes.

Laney x

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Husbands, tubs of sweets and rocking pigs.

5kg of sweets!
Yesterday, my husband very kindly picked up our daughter from school, the rain was relentless and I was cold and in the studio making beads, he was up in time, he works nights, and so he went, to save me going in the rain.  Lovely, isn't he?  I mentioned in passing, if he was going past a shop, I had a real craving for something sweet and yummy.  Its the weather making me feel like this, like you should turn up the heating, turn on the telly and munch your way through high sugar foods until the sun comes back, of this I am sure.  Anyway, he didn't bring any sweets back, so I had to do without.


As I mentioned, he works nights, and later, around 9pm, he rang, as he always does, and said he had a present for me.  I got up this morning and there on the kitchen side was this enormous tub, 5 whole kg's, of my favourite sweets.  I have Love Hearts, Fizzy Cola sweets, Violets, Drumstick lollies and those two flavoured ones...oh yummy, I am gonna be soooo fat!  Isn't he sweet :D

On to beads....

 My Chinese Zodiac sign in the Metal Pig.  Metal Pigs are creative, the most of the Zodiac apparently, and hate housework...they got that bit spot on!  On the Craft Pimp forum, we are doing a monthly challenge, and my suggestion of Chinese Zodiac signs was decided to be the challenge.  This is all for fun, and over all the fabulous mediums that Craft Pimp promotes and has under one forum to speak. 
 Immediately I found out my sign was the Metal pig, I thought, Heavy Metal, Rock Music....
...leather jackets with names on, like the Pink Ladies in Grease...I sometimes wonder if I ever grew up!
Then, of course, is the gold earring!  All thats missing is the guitar and the band.  I have great plans for my band...Pigs...I think the next pig might have to be the Wood Pig, a hard working pig with a big heart...yup, Wood Pig is next to join the band!

Don't forget to check out  Izzybeads on Etsy shop, for pigs coming soon!

Laney x