Thursday, 30 May 2013

Peonies and Felicity.

So how often do you wander around your garden?  I do it daily, wind, rain, sunshine, snow, hail, I walk around the garden, not because I am mad, ok maybe a bit, but because I am picking up dog poo!  but, I get to watch the garden change through the seasons, it might be an age thing, being over 40 and feeling 20, but you notice things.
A few years ago I got a Peony plant.  It did nothing for years.  I got disheartened and before digging it up and chucking it on the compost in a fit of rage, I Googled how to grow them.  Then I dug it up, threatened it with the compost heap, gave it another year and replanted on the west side of the house, it was on the east.  That was probably 3 years ago and it has gone from strength to strength.  Sadly all those years I have watched it bud and then the May winds came and swept it down, so I was disappointed.  Today is May 30th, two whole days left of May and my Peony is glorious, its big, its beautiful and its ready to burst into flower and its still upright!! 

I have my fingers and toes crossed that the wind will not come and this year will be the year of the Peony!!
Defi's Dolls made a debut on Etsy last week, and then I shut the shop!  I can't manage two shops, so I created a section in Izzybeads, called it Defi's Dolls and listed Felicity.

During the evening, when the torch is off, I sit and crochet.  I can't follow a pattern, at that I am rubbish, so I make it up as I go along and re-create my creatures of glass in wool. Felicity does have three lampwork glass buttons which can be removed if you want to give to a small child. 
Nearly June, will we have some sun!!
Laney x


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Blue skies and Bluebells

 looking up through the old man of the woods

The tunnel through the orchard

A bit of an experiment, writting this blog on my phone with pictures also taken with my phone....isnt modern living great.... if you can keep up that is!

Laney x 

Friday, 17 May 2013

Lampwork glass tutorial, monkey bead

How to make bugs tutorial now in the shop click HERE!!

Its here, its available, its in the shop, its brilliant, if I say so myself, how to make glass lampwork bugs.  Bees, butterflies and dragonflies with me!!  Why am I so excited?  If only you knew how long its taken me to figure out how to shrink files, capture a screen shot, then you would know that at £3 for an instant download its a real bargin!! 
I am not computer savvy it is VERY safe to say!
Right, happy Friday, stop monkeying around
this little treasure was a commission and I did laugh!
I am now off to make another tutorial, how to make my glass rose rings that will be another day of sitting here at the computer, ok afternoon, good grief look at the time 2pm already!
Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend.
Laney x

Monday, 13 May 2013

Free lampwork tutorial....

Two posts on the blog in less than an hour, that has to be a record!

From me, via the Bead Magazine blog.  Enjoy Lx

Lampwork tutorial - free

Spring blossom.

I do love my daily walks down at the river with my dogs and this morning, even though the wind was a bit nippy, it was lovely to see the Spring blossom on the trees.  May is traditionally the last month of Spring so these blossoms are just a teasing that Summer is coming.

The photo was taken on my phone so its not a brilliant quality.

Spring Blossom down by the church at the river

Amazingly, last week I made these gorgeous pink glass flower beads.  I had no idea where I had the 'want' to create them, or from where it came, but I must have been watching the blossoms on the trees without even realizing.  Isn't the semi-conscious a wonderful thing?

Glass Spring Blossoms

These Spring Blossoms are now listed on eBay just click the link to have a look.
Laney x