Jul 122013

Wimbledon is now over and what a brilliant win for Murray.  Now we are gearing up for the school holidays and hopefully this gorgeous hot weather will continue.

Living by the sea is so wonderful and when I sit in my garden overlooking the beach I hear the sound of the children playing and laughing and it has such a `feel good` factor.  Our senses provide such memories and take us back to happy times.  The smell of suntan lotion, the sound of sea, surf and children playing and splashing in the sea, the feel of the sand between our toes and the taste of ice cream and fish a chips, all amazing sensations and ones to be savoured and enjoyed.

Here in St Ives the streets and beaches will soon be heaving.  I do hope the sun keeps shining as it makes everyone feel so much better.

You can find me every Monday between 10am and 4pm at the Craft Fayre in the Salvation Army Hall right on the harbour in St. Ives.  Come and say `Hello` as it is so nice to have a chat, especially when everyone smiles when the sun shines.  We get more people in when it is raining though but they are a bit more grumpy – and I don`t blame them.

I have taken the dates off for my workshops as not everyone could come on the days I advertised.  Now just phone or email me when you want to have a class and if I can I will, that way I can arrange a date and time to suit everyone hopefully.

In the meantime, enjoy the sun :-)

 Posted by at 10:50 pm
Mar 312013

One of the most frequent comments that students have made when I have been either teaching Card Making, Painting and now Fused Glass is “I am not artistic”.

We are all `artistic` or `creative` as I prefer to call it, to some extent.   If you have ever cooked a meal, baked a cake, arranged a vase of flowers, fixed your hair,  are a keen gardener, then you have created something.

The problem is that most people make this statement because they expect to come into a class and immediately create a complicated finished piece that is perfect.

You would not expect to get in a car when you have never driven before and drive off, without instruction and most importantly, without practice.

The next comment I get is ” You make it look so easy”.  I have had lots of instruction and lots of practice and when you have too, you will also make it look easy!

That is why I have re-titled my follow- on classes as Progression.  The Taster Sessions are to give you a flavour, which you will hopefully enjoy and come back for more.

That is not to say that you will not be able to produce a wonderful coaster that will be very usable after the Taster Session, because you will receive instruction how to and will have a chance to practice a little bit.

Many of you wish to make more ambitious projects straight away but you have to learn to walk before you can run!  However, these will be achievable on the Progression classes

 Posted by at 6:10 pm
Mar 312013

Are you good at multi tasking?  I seem to be able to blog and update what I need to on the computer or teach and create glass, but not both!   Hence my absence from the blog since February.  I now also have flyers at last, courtesy of my friend Sophie – thanks Sophie x

Still awaiting news if I have a craft stall in St. Ives for the summer – watch this space.  Hopefully I will as I have been working on my stock items and very pleased with them too.  One or two disaster, but hey, ho we all learn by our mistakes.

Had some wonderful students in for the Taster Sessions and will be posting pics soon on a new Student Gallery.  They have all enjoyed their sessions and produced some wonderful work.  I have had lots of positive feedback and some constructive points too which I am working on to refine the sessions.

I have also put up some new dates on my Workshop page and modified the descriptions of  classes, so go take a look.

I still have several people who are saying that they would love to come to a session and will get around to it soon.  I am not sure if they are being polite or just procrastinating.  So if you have promised yourself some `me` time, have a look and book a date – you deserve it.  Only £10 with all tools and materials supplied and you will end up with a lovely piece of glass.

Great for a girls night out (no wine for health and safety reasons until after!)  If you have a date and time in mind I will try and fit it in.

Also wondered if there was any interest in a children`s fridge magnet workshop?  Any thoughts on that?  You don`t have to have four people to book a session, even if there is just you, book and if I have other people I will probably have a full class.  If you have four pick a date to suit you even if it is not on my list, if I can fit it in I will.

 Posted by at 4:04 pm
Feb 202013

Does the weather affect your mood?  It certainly does affect mine and today is a lovely sunny day with a promise of Spring to come.  However, several of us in the house are laid low with chest infections, trying not to cough because it hurts our chest and gives us a headache!

I should be in the Studio being productive but do not feel up to it so I thought I would catch up with my blog.

I have had a fairly productive couple of weeks, producing lots of samples for my Taster Sessions and had a great run through with my friend Lynne, who thoroughly enjoyed making a suncatcher.  Thanks for being my guinea pig Lynne x Watch this space for the results which have not been fired yet.vcm_s_kf_max160_160x89

In the meantime, I am welcoming my first students for a Taster Session on Friday when hopefully my germs will be all gone.  I will post before and after pictures of their creations.

I have had some feedback and several of you plan to come along soon and have always wanted to `have a go` at fused glass.  Therefore I still have spaces on my remaining sessions – one space for Friday at 1pm and more availability on Saturday and Tuesday, have a look at the Workshop page for times.

Hope you get time to go out and enjoy the sunshine :-)

 Posted by at 12:13 pm
Feb 092013

One of my indulgences is having my nails done on a regular basis.  So today I took myself off in the rain to see Claire at Beautopia in Hayle.  It is such a busy and friendly salon and it never fails to cheer me up, having a good chat and laugh with the girls and the other customers.  A lovely cup of coffee and an hour of pampering and `me` time.

When I first started going I was very conservative and only had a french manicure, I think you call it, with white tips.  Now I am very adventurous and like to challenge Claire and she never lets me down!  The girls there are true artists, they just work on very small canvases!

I love what Claire did today, what do you think?


Do you feel artistic?  Why not come and be creative at one of my Taster Sessions.  It is so easy and very satisfying to produce a hand made piece of fused glass.  No experience is necessary and if you are one of the many people who thinks they are not artistic, I promise you that you will surprise yourself!

All materials and tools are supplied and for just £10 it is cheaper than the fish and chip supper I treated myself to tonight!

Have a look at the workshop page, lots of dates and times to choose from and either give me a ring, email or just fill in the booking form.

 Posted by at 12:41 am
Jan 282013

We did not get much snow in Cornwall but have certainly had our share of rain!  So this would be a great time to come along to one of my Taster Sessions – great value at only £10.  All details are on my Workshop pages.

I am so pleased to get the website up and running on my new domain name and have had some lovely feedback and constructive comments, please keep them coming.

I am currently working on producing advertising flyers for my workshops and business cards.  This is a huge learning curve for me and I prefer to be making glass but the business side has to be attended to unfortunately!



 Posted by at 2:42 pm