Friday, 20 December 2013

2014 - Looking forward to....

1/ Going back to do Art and Printing in Evening Class at College
2/ Starting Life Book 2014 at
3/Sorting my studio out so I can start making more beads, pendants, art dolls and generally playing.
4/ Having coffee, cake and crafting with my lovely Craft Group
and 5/ Doing fab things with my wonderful kids

Think that's enough for now!!!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Winter Angel

Tamara Laporte says that "white acrylic pain is your best friend"...I took her at her word with this painting!!!

New Journal Pages

It was a busy October and November but I managed to do some pages in my art journal.  I think it's a good thing to photograph or scan your pages, because you can see where your art can improve...or have forgotten to put the white bit in an eye!!!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

I had a lovely time at Stand UR Church yesterday at their Artisan Fair, I was made to feel very welcome.  It was a bit nerve-wracking as it was my first fair of the year, however it went really well.  
As well as offering my jewellery for sale I also had some of my new Christmas Art Cards, recycled journals and decorated notebooks. 
Please check out my events page for where I'll be in the next few weeks.
I'm going to be posting some pictures of some of my new goodies so feast your eyes....
Christmas Art Cards

Thursday, 26 September 2013

New Journal and New Art

A section of the Front Cover of my new art journal


Monday, 23 September 2013

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Billy No Mates

So...I've managed to add the Followers gadget to my blog and it's a sorry state when the only friend one has is themselves...:(

It's been a while...

...since I last posted on my blog. 
I've had a lot going on and I've needed a bit of a break. 
I've actually not been making any beads or jewellery but I have been:
*Being mum
*Running my craft group
*Doing lots of art journaling and learning to express myself in art
*Watching lots of You Tube videos: mostly the beautiful and lovely Jennibellie and Willowing who are truly inspirational and you must watch them too.
*Chilling out
*Learning to Crochet
*Creating a "garden"in my back yard
*De-cluttering the house
*Nothing work related
*Trying to find out "who I am"

Anyway, what all this means is I have been actively trying to be positive choices and to help myself to feel better about life, the universe and everything...and most of all ME!!!

So I think I'll just post a few photos of things I've been doing.

The Healing Process - finding out who I am

Trying to sort through life is very complicated...but throwing in some beautiful flowers helps.

Creating backgrounds for my "Counting my Blessings" mini journal

Our garden is growing...the fence, gate and planter were made from recycling a bunk bed and some cheap old shelf unit.

I learnt to weave on a square and triangular loom.  I also learnt to crochet, which I'm pretty addicted to!

One of the projects we did in my craft group.

Week 1 of Willowing's "Art, Heart & Healing" Workshop...I am so pleased with it, I have submitted it into my town's "People's Art" exhibition.  It's been an ambition of mine for x number of years!

The first page of my "Counting My Blessings" Mini Journal

Portrait of my lovely mum! :(

The last pages of my "CMB" journal.

A work in progress

Portrait of my daughters' friend...she has such a beautiful face.

I had a go at needle felting today at my sister's Spinners and Weavers group.  I contributed two of these holly berries that was part of a large piece that is going to be exhibited at a big's top secret so I'm only showing a tiny bit of it.  (I think it's so that Kirsty Allsop can't see what the competition is!!!)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013


Make & Take Craft Workshops

are now available at the following venues:

Open Door Coffee House (Horse Carrs)
 Shawclough Road, Rochdale
Every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month
from 10am - 12noon

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The Baum
Toad Lane, Rochdale
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month
from 6pm

* * * * * * * * * *
The cost for each event, is just £5
which covers craft materials and expert tuition.

At each event you will be able to share skills, make new friends and get crafty.  There will also be the opportunity to take part in the Monthly Challenge and the Make & Take Swap.
Suitable for beginners and advanced crafters.

Please Note: Refreshments are not included in the cost of the craft sessions.  Food and drink can be purchased from the Coffee House or from the bar at The Baum at your own expense.
*These workshops are for grown ups only. If you are interested in a workshop suitable for children, please email:
Visit the facebook invite page and indicate that you would like to come

Saturday, 5 January 2013


Beads From The Art are having a New Year Sale, which will be extended to  Monday, the 15th January!  So that's a whole week to grab yourself a bargain!  Just click on the Etsy Shop bar above to take you there.
Special Offer for Local other words, that you live near enough to Rochdale to collect direct from myself, then use code LOCAL to waive the postage fee.  If you cannot pick up yourself and your item needs posting, then please do not use this code.  Thank you.

Now just £19.95 in my Etsy Shop