Monday, 25 May 2009

Eight Things!

Hi everyone!!

I've been tagged by the lovely Helen over at Blue Fairy Designs to fill out this Eight Things survey. I think this is a wonderful way for all us crafty types to get to know each other better and help promote each other as well. Let's keep it going!

The rules are:
1. Mention the name of the person who tagged you.
2. Do the lists of 8.
3. Tag 8 bloggers of your choice.
4. Let them know that they have been tagged!

Here we go :)

8 Things I am looking forward to

1) Kaia arriving for her summer visit!! She gets in just before my birthday too!
2) Exploring my new Summer Garden series further.. I have soooo many ideas :)
3) Lunch with my SIL, Sonya, on Thursday.. and visiting my in-laws.
4) Arranging some playdates for Kaia with Ariana and Imogen! (yeah, she's 13 and I still say playdates.. lol)
5) Taking Kaia to the Kent County Show
6) Getting my British Citizenship
7) Continuing to get healthier after ditching my awful Migraine meds
8) Lots of cuddling with Kaia :)

8 Things I did yesterday

1) Photographed new beads
2) Played Sims
3) Played Left4Dead
4) Ogled other artists' beads!
5) Researched flower meanings for new Summer Garden beads
6) Watched Kitchen Nightmares with Steve
7) Talked to Kaia on the phone :)
8) Had lovely gammon & homemade chips for dinner (which Steve cooked!)

8 Things I wish I could do

1. Get rid of my physical limitations
2. Spend more time with Kaia
3. Make friends that live near-by!
4. Coax decent effects from silver glass (wow I suck at that)
5. Travel more
6. Get up earlier.. and be happy about it!
7. Make a name for myself as an artist
8. Blow glass

8 Shows I watch

I really don't watch television AT ALL. Seriously. Steve puts all the tv shows on our server and I will put one on while I lampwork but I can't really pay attention to it. Here are some I've watched a few of though:

1. Firefly - I've seen every episode and the film, Serenity, and LOVED them. My favourite show.
2. Buffy - Yeah, seen every episode of this too. I'm a vampire dork, what can I say?
3. Angel - Ok, now I'm looking like a liar.. cause I've seen all of those as well!
4. Charmed - I'm detecting a pattern here....
5. Moonlight - I don't care what anyone says, I LOVED this show. (Notice how they're all cancelled shows?!)
6. Dexter - I really liked this one at first.. now it's a bit meh.
7. Lost - I'm obssessed. Totally.
8. Supernatural - FANTASTIC show!

Mostly though I just watch Discovery Channel stuff and documentaries. I only ever watch current shows with Steve at dinner time!

8 People I am tagging

1. Laura at Goth Honey
2. Collette at Noodlefish Crafts
3. Kate at Sublime Beads
4. Shelley at Prairie Cottage Rose
5. Carolyn at CeeGee Jewellery Design
6. Julie at Dolmairic Design
7. Les at Flame Born Beads
8. Rachel at Jives Jools

Good luck girls! :) xox
Saturday, 23 May 2009

new Summer Garden series!

Hi everyone! Recently I've been pretty busy with custom orders so I haven't had tons of time to work on new ideas. I decided that last week I was going to set aside some time to explore new things and I came up with my new Summer Garden series! I was sitting in front of my torch thinking about how much I love England in summer. It's a veritable explosion of colour in the summer and cottage gardens are so charming and welcoming. I wondered if I could capture that feeling in a bead. With that thought in mind, Daffodil Garden was born. I started with a bright summer's day for the base and then added flowers and ladybugs til my heart was content. I'll definitely be re-visiting the daffodils again this week!

Next up was Calla Lily & Wisteria Garden. The calla lillies were a bit of a learning curve but I think they came out quite nice. I added a couple of pink roses and ladybugs for good measure. I like the different colours in this focal and I already have another wisteria bead planned!

Finally I had to try some strawberries! I wasn't sure what to pair with them and went with sunflowers in the end. Sunflower & Strawberry Garden was a bit more difficult to create than the others as a lot of the detail in this one is quite tiny. I'm happy with the overall results though :) I'm thinking more strawberries will be appearing soon too!

So what do you think of this new series? Each bead, as with my tree focals, is signed with a small heart on the back. To make them even more special I added a tiny bluebird on the back as well. A little friend to make you smile :) Any suggestions for other flowers you'd like to see in this series? Coming up next week will be lillies, freesia, irises and pansies. I'd love to hear what you think!

Hope you're all having a wonderful bank holiday weekend!



Thursday, 14 May 2009

piggies galore!

Hi guys! Long time no update. Sorry about that! I've been working on several large custom orders. I had a few orders from the lovely Michelle again. This time it was pigs! Pictured above are (from back) Tamworth Pigs, Flying Pigs, Gloucester Old Spot Pigs and Piggies & Gentlepigs (haha). Aren't they cute? I had a lot of fun making these little guys. I think we're doing another round of cupcake sets next week. Yay for cupcakes!

Kaia will be here soon.. just a couple of weeks. I'm SO excited :) Every time I see her, I swear it seems as though she's grown another foot. She's not exactly my little girl anymore! She'll be here for 2 months so I'm trying to think of interesting things to do. I definitely want to visit the Rare Breeds Centre again. Ooh and hopefully the Kent County Show will be on sometime during her stay. Anyone else have interesting plans for the summer? I'd like to take Kaia to Paris at some point.. I did promise..!

Any suggestions on fun stuff to do with a 13 year old? I'm listening ;)

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!


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Hi! My name is keiara and I'm a native Floridian currently living in Folkestone, England. I am a hot glass and jewellery artist and I'm passionate about what I do! I love to 'talk shop' so feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by!