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April 22, 2011
...I wrote "I am hoping for a week without drama" - FAIL!On Tuesday I wrote "I think maybe this will get it out of her system" - EPIC FAIL!about 20 seconds after I hit publish on that post Natalie deteriorated rapidly! I won't go into the details but 6pm found us at in the drop in health center bucket in hand, 7pm referral to the Acute Medical Unit and by 12.30 am Natalie was occupying a bed opposite the very bed where George had been exactly 2 weeks before! We saw a lovely doctor at 3.30am who got her on intravenous everything - phew! The care she received at the drop in center and the AMU was fantastic and I can't praise them highly enough.She was discharged yesterday and although still not 100% she is already better than she has been since last summer. While on the ward she received a call from her GP practice nurse.... "I don't want to worry you Natalie but I think I prescribed you the wrong antibiotics on Monday"!!! Really?... are you kidding me?...Bearing in mind this practice has seen her on 6 separate occasions in the last 7 months for this particular problem, I really think she needs to register with a new doctor pronto. Gloriously we have a holiday coming up very soon which will be a fantastic opportunity for George and Natalie to convalesce properly. We are going to a fabulous villa in Cyprus with Georges family, his brother, wife, children and mum, and I can hardly wait. Rob can't come, which is a huge shame, but he will be house sitting for us and he has a lovely shiny new netbook to make up for it. I am so excited, I get on really well with all of Georges family and we always have a huge laugh when we are all together, the timing is perfect and I can hardly wait.These last few weeks have been brutal so I am going to take a break from beads, blogging and my lampwork beads website while I recover my equilibrium and prepare for my holiday. I will be back shortly, hopefully refreshed and invigorated with lots of lovely photos to show you.I will leave my Etsy shop open for a few more days until after the bank holiday, please sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar if you would like to know when it re-opens.I leave you with today's gratuitous bead picture...
Butterfly Floral Focal Lampwork Bead
January 23, 2013
I am on the horns of a dilemma... The sign ups for the 7th Bead Soup blog are fast approaching and I really, really want to take part again. I absolutely loved the last one, if you remember I was paired with Elaine Robitaille of Too Aquarius who sent me a package of her spectacular polymer clay beads. I loved working out how to use them and I only got slightly stressed about posting my final piece. I also loved visiting the blogs of the other particpants and seeing their bead soup ingredients, reading about their inspiration and process to their final pieces.
But....I am somewhat over subscribed at the moment...I have several Facebook Groups which I signed up for in a flurry of new year enthusiasm but it's looking less and less likely that I have time for.I am commited to my once a month blog circle, which doesn't sound much but I really try to take time over writing, reading and commenting on it.I am already doing the Art Jewelry Earring challenge.I have an exciting e-course starting in the next week or soMy mothers house is due to exchange and complete over the next 4-6 weeks, which means I have all sorts of packing and organising shenanagins to sort out.not to mention various teams and forums that I am active inand mostly not forgettinglampwork!I want to make some beads, I really want to make some beads and there just aren't enough hours in the day.So I think that I need to scale it down a bit and work out what I can sensibly achieve. I am still undecided but it is looking unlikely that I will sign up for Bead Soup 7 however just because I can't doesn't mean you shouldn't. Lori is accepting all applicants this time with 3 different reveal dates so click on over to Bead Soup 7 and check it out. Sign ups are from 25-27th January that is just four days away so mark your diaries.Oh and don't be surprised if I suddenly show up over there having had a last minute attack of the sod it, I just fancy a bowl of soup.
January 20, 2013
I recently signed up for the Art Jewelry Elements blog Earring Challenge to make one pair of earrings every week for a whole year, the earrings have to feature at least one artisan component. Every two weeks there will be a reveal with some of the earrings being featured on the AJE blog. There is also a Pinterest board which is looking fantastic already with challenge participants.Both my first and second pair feature gorgeous polymer clay beads by Elaine Robitaille of Too Aquarius. Elaine and I were partners in the Bead Soup challenge last year and I have been waiting for an opportunity to use these wonderful beads since last autumn.
My first pair are Flower Fairy Earrings with Elaine's flower beads, gemstone beads and Swarovski lilac opal crystal beads wire wrapped with Bali silver headpins.
Check out some of the other blog hop participants below there are some wonderful earrings out there.
January 17, 2013
I love the start of the year, a clean slate bursting with the of possibility of adventure.The start of this year finds me deep in family stuff. My 76 year old mother has sold her house and we are currently packing up the last 48 years of her life and all that goes with it. Layers of the lives of the people who lived there are being trawled through and sorted out. Tons of crap punctuated with bright sparkling jewels of memories, photographs, books, the occasional treasure which has lain forgotten about for decades, it's an emotional roller coaster, heart breaking at times.
I can't imagine how hard it must be to be leaving the scene of your entire life for nearly 50 years. The memories and ghosts of the people you loved most and other, bit part players you were rather less fond of. I do know mum, although sad, is really looking forward to finding somewhere smaller, easier to keep and cosy, her new beginning.
It's not just mum leaving, it's me too. When the removal van pulls away from the house where I lived from the age of 3 I will be leaving behind the house I left for school every morning waving to mum through a gap in the trees, the house where I experienced the highs and lows of being a teenager, the house I first I left for a bedsit in Dulwich at 19, the house where I set off for my wedding at 24, the house where my father and brother both passed away. It is a place packed with so many of my memories I know I will be overwhelmed with sadness.
On the other side of that though I can already see a gleaming new path, liberated from lifelong fears and expectations. It feels as if I really am throwing out the old to bring in the new by exposing things that have laid under dust for years and actually deciding I don't want or need them.
My new beginning is a big one it involves business plans, travel plans, new beads, new jewelry, lots of things I dreamt about for years. Finally, as Howard Jones once sang, I will be able to throw off my mental chains and I am beyond excited as to where it's going to take me!
This post is part of a "New Beginnings" blog circle, if you would like to step this way and follow the link the next blog is by Jean Wagner - New Beginnings