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


  1. What a lovely post Laney, there is so much going on for you and your new work is fab.....that clock is awesome and I'm not suprised that it found a home straight away. It's sad you are closing your ebay shop but I quite understand why but without ebay you and I would never have met! I am pretty sure that the water sports centre is the same one that Milly went to with her school years ago. She had the best of times there, he will love instructing. What a lucky lad. You will miss him but not the smelly socks ;0) It looks like summer is finally arriving next week...23c by Tuesday, bring it on! Have a lovely Sunday my beadie buddie,
    Jane xx

  2. Thank you Jane x I a hoping to get into the studio today, so will get back to you later or tomorrow. I am sure he will have a fab time, its already hot hot hot over there, albeit woke up this morning to reports of an earthquake in Northern Italy so was quickly googling the areas and miles away! lol! We found quite a few stinky socks and mouldy cups in his room, soon realized why men get married, if not they would all die out from self inflicted diseases!! 23c by Tuesday? Oh fab...bring it on :O) Talk to you soon, have a lovely Sunday with Billie x

  3. What a lovely read laney, wishing your son the most amazing good times, chin up xxx Love your pigs!

  4. Thank you Jo x feeling much better about him being away, hubby missing him though, me and girlie are now have the majority of votes :o)

  5. Thanks for sharing the stories ... it was fun to read - and your pigs are awesome!!


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