Thursday, 17 December 2009

'Glow in The Dark' 5mm Bead Giveaway!!

So complete and utter Christmas Madness with us LOL! I feel like I am in some crazy quiz show on telly where the clock is constantly ticking the time away till Christmas!! I am beginning to mimic BEEP BEEP the roadrunner!!

Anyway this is a quickie....firstly to apologise to those of you who may be waiting for new 5mm beads on the website, sadly although I do have a selection of new beads they are only available via the shop as I will now not be able to guarantee Christmas delivery. The good news is I have managed to experiment with my new glow in the dark beads and they ))))GLOW(((( and are available via the shop as from today Thursday afternoon. Late night shopping in Barnstaple tonight, we are open till 9pm, BAZAAR, 3 Gammon Walk, Barnstaple, North Devon. 01271 323 218

To thank you all for your support and custom this year, I am doing a Christmas Draw for one of my new Glow Beads. If you would like to enter make a 'comment' below I will be doing the draw on Sunday and will contact the winner then and organise posting it, If you are not a blogger or a follower of mine you can also send me your details to Sadly it will probably not be there in time for Christmas but it will Light up your New Year! The bead has a 5mm core and has Sterling Silver Rivets, it is a lovely aquamarine during the day and glows at night. We did a test last night and with only a few hours under a lamp they glowed all night!!

I will post again on Sunday with results, and FHF members please add a tag to your comment so I can PM you on the forum!! It is probably quicker that way.

Good luck and a HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you all


Monday, 14 December 2009

Santa's Little Helper!!

So here she is, Santa's little helper or actually photographers assistant...MILLY! She spent the whole time I was photographing the latest batch of beads in the conservatory running up the back of the sofa and bashing me on the head with the horrible looking dog toy of hers. And yes Sophie if you happen to be reading this, that yellow thing under her feet is the partially destroyed Hot Dog you gave her!!

Anyway I digress we have had a really good week both on the website and in the shop and the beads are selling as fast as I can fire them....thank you to all my customers and to all of you who have been spreading the word, I have had alot of people in this week who have been told by friends to come in and have a look. The only downside to all the retail action is that it meant I couldn't get to Manda Muddimers Open Studio ( I also missed a visit from Julie Haveland Beer ( another talented local glass artist who popped into the shop to say hello. Hopefully we will catch up soon x

So not much news this week seem to be attached to the till, the torch or asleep!! The only drama is my ongoing battle to recieve an order from California for some 'glow in the dark' dust to go in my beads. The company are saying it has been posted and after a few emails has put some more in the post but still not a sign of either packages and I'm out of pocket....grrrrrrrrrr

But I have since found a company in the UK who do some and excitedly ordered some Aqua glow dust and of course had to order a few more glass rods whilst I was on there LOL! Got it home and put the bubble wrapped glass with the small packet of dust attached to it on the kitchen table and turned my back for a second, when I turned around Milly had managed to get the whole parcel of the table and was happily gnawing on the end of the packet........I will not repeat here what emitted from my mouth but luckily she did not get the dust. Can you imagine? Ian my husband thought the whole episode was hysterical and was sad he couldn't get the camera out and photograph the results of her eating it........

I have been experimenting today and am waiting for the results with baited breath. It is amazing to work with if it goes near the torch or hot glass it fizzes and glows like fireworks. I plan to giveaway a glow bead as a Christmas Freebie here if I can get it too work.

So that is the news from here, more 5mm beads in the Kiln so they will be availabe at the end of the week in the shop and I will try to put some on the website on Thursday morning but will keep those of you following Twitter or Facebook updated.

Bye for now........

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Pendants, Pendants and more Pendants!

Christmas has arrived and the shop has been bonkers this week. It is a relief to be honest we just didn't know how the 'credit crunch' would affect the way people shop this year but so far it doesn't seem to have made a huge impact on how the spending is going...big sigh of relief!

Once again the website and the shop have been busy for Raspberry Rings, thank you to all my lovely customers! As a result stock has been running low so I have spent some time putting some pendants together as you can see. The one on the top left is a particular favourite, I love that shimmery effect of the double helix glass used that gives it a real Christmas feel! I have currently hung the pendant on a sterling silver chain and added three 5mm Pandora style beads threaded on to give it that extra pazaaz! The nice thing about this design is that you can add your own beads and mix and match if you like.

My Christmas Balls from earlier in the week became all sorts of things from pendants to bookmarks. The beautiful huge blue one sadly was cracked so I decided to wear it in the shop on Saturday on a long silver chain, a customer came in and was obsessed with it!! In the end after explaining that it may only last for five minutes and I was unhappy about selling it for that reason, but eventually and even with a slight crack she pursuaded me to part with it for a tenner!!

I did manage to get some 5mm done and in the kiln earlier in the week and they are in the shop now and on the website

and last but not least this 5mm that kinda expanded into a huge bead which I love which is available in the shop, I have popped in some sterling silver rivets since this photo was taken and it looks great just on a simple black leather thong!

Thats it for this week, Happy shopping to you all! Will blog again mid week....Bye for now!!