Thursday, 29 November 2012

Squirrel Nutkin

Bean hates squirrels, he wants to kill and destroy each one, it seems to be his one mission when I take him to St Annes Well Gardens. I think theyre quite cute, managed to get quite close to this one...

 Untill Bean came tearing down the path and proceeded to try and run up the tree, Matrix style! He'll never catch one...



Been very busy this week getting a stall ready for Lewes craft fair, arghhhhhhhh!!!! Christmas is so busy for me, I always have far too much to do and not enough time to do it! I think I'm nearly there just need to pick up some fairy lights for my stall to make it look twinkly and lovely jubbly! 
The Fishing Quarter Gallery was horrible weather-wise over the weekend, it rained and rained and rained and the wind wasn't letting up either! To rally our spirits I went to town and bought two massive boxes of chocolates, you know the ones you get at Xmas in a tin (buy one get one free - woohoo!) so this cheered us up, and the customers who were brave enough to come outside! 
Got talking to a lovely guy called JJ on saturday at the Gallery,  he explained he was doing a photography project and wanted to take my picture. The project is called 100 strangers and you can see his work here... Excuse my portrait I was cold and tired and not expecting to be papped!!!

Goodbye, untill next time! 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Craft Fairs coming up...

Had one of those weird days where nothing you planned gets done and you end up doing something completely random instead. For example today I ended up playing Trivial Pursuit in a care home with 10 elderly residents, drinking tea and eating cake! As you do. They all loved the Bean and gave him so much fuss! There was a lovely man called Michael who took a particular interest in Bean and fed him far too much cake, and a super-cute woman called Mo, who kept threatening to steal him! Promised I will bring Bean back soon to visit!
Furiously trying to catch up on my to-do list now... Got another weekend down at the Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery this weekend, Friday - Sunday, so have been making more stock to top up my existing display. Also tomorrow night after work I'm going to this...
Its a very high end annual craft fair that curates a select chosen few artists from up and down the UK. Last year there were quite a few artists that exhibit with us at Makers Boutique, this year I only recognize one, the talented Gabrielle Vary. So I didn't score any preview tickets which basically entitles you to a free glass of wine and free entry tonight! Gutted! But the lovely Sarah Elwick (who knows my cousin and his wife, small world) has sent me some 2-4-1 tickets so I can't wait to meet her in person and check out her knitted fabulous-ness! I love going to see the ceramics and knitware, so hopefully there should be some interesting stuff.
Also next week I'll be doing this...
I've done it every year in Lewes after Matt Birch, who owns my stockist in Lewes, kindly put my name forward and they haven't been able to get rid of me since! I'm sure someone spikes the mulled wine every year theres usually some pretty drunk artists by the end of the day swearing they only had one glass! Its a great idea because it raises money for the schools Art department every year so 15% of all my sales go straight back to the school. I always have so much fun and its a strange experience doing a craft fair now and NOT having to set the venue down afterwards, like at the Makers Boutique, so I can just pack up and go home. We actually have the Makers Boutique running on that day in Brighton but Kate will be up to man that, and the Brighton Fishing Quarter will be open on the seafront too, so handmade loveliness everywhere next saturday! No excuse for buying mass produced boring high street commodities. Bleurgh.

Anyway, time to crack on with some secret plans that will hopefully be revealed / finished next week...tara

Goodbye, untill next time!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Weekend in a Castle...

Just spent an amazing weekend in Devon for a friends birthday. Seeing as the last time we all got together we were staying in possibly the most insipid mouldy accommodation ever outside Newquay we have certainly upgraded! Its a castle! With a swimming pool! And a hot tub on the roof! I've never been in a hot tub before its great! The castle was so big I got lost on occasions, its certainly the type of place you are going to see a ghost!



Bean on a plinth! No idea why there was a plinth in the kitchen but Bean liked sitting there!


Bean in the morning rays...


Steve making me breakfast on the Agar, he makes some mean scrambled eggs! He also made an amazing veg soup for 16 people on saturday night.


So much cake was consumed!


So much...!


Went to Lime Regis and did a bit of Beachcombing...


Found some unusual bits there as usual, Steve found the largest bottlestopper I've seen yet! That boy has the eye of a hawk he always finds good seaglass!


Amazing jug by a local potter, was going to buy it but Steve said it scared him, don't know why I didn't get it as I never agree with him on homewares anyway, or clothes....or decorating....ahhh men!!!


Anyway the place is called Rower Fort, Steves already planning on going there for his Stag Night!

Still would prefer to live in a boat treehouse though....keep dreaming...

Goodbye, untill next time!

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

BFQ Setup

Yesterday didnt start very well...stayed up far too late the night before (work not play!) and then slept through my alarms like a complete idiot (I have slept through firealarms in the past - I kid you not!).
I woke up at 7:42, 3 minutes before my lift was coming to take me and my holy moly tables to the gallery! Arghhhhhhhh!!!! Can I get ready in 3 minutes?! Yes! Yes I can! The spirit of Anneka Rice was looking over me! Felt horrible though all morning, really disrupts your whole day when that happens, bleurghhh.


Beautiful Views I get to look at for the next 6 weeks, its a hard life!





Setting up -all looking very bare!


This is Laura Munoz and Bean, setting up her jewellery display. Laura is my new best friend as she gave me a bar of praline chocolate that was soooooo tasty!


Claire Munday from Beetle Cherry...lovely girl, lovely Art!


Bean would mooch around sitting on peoples stuff...


Katie from Popcorny - Asian kitsch inspired screenprints.


Beksies Boutique - run by the beautiful Rebekah Shirley - her lasercut sign is awesome we were all coo-ing over it when she got it out! She also has some pretty awesome stock, I was eyeing up her faux fur hats.


Jessica Barrah - Art & Accessories


Basket & Bond - fab girls Sam & Nikki run this company which specialises in funky ways to make your life more organised.


Tina Davies - beautiful Artwork and Ceramics...





The annoying thing about working with so many fabulous artists is that I want everything! I have a certain addiction with woven textiles and ceramics...and Rosy Appleton makes these stunning hand woven silk textured scarves. Theyre certainly not something I can ever afford...but the man can...and Christmas is coming so I have already dropped some unsubtle hints to him!!! Hint hint hint hint hint overload!


This orange blue one is my fav!
HINT HINT !


It all was a bit too much hard work for Bean in the end and he ended up curling up on Tina's ceramics!!!


God hes so cute!!!!!


Goodbye, untill next time!

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Tables have turned!!! (up!)

Well, I'm very sad! Been waiting in most of today for a delivery of brand spanking new trestle tables for the exhibition tomorrow! They are so exciting! After huffing and puffing and grappling them up the stairs to the flat (so heavy where is Steve when I need him - NOT HERE!)I managed to get them out the boxes with some ninja knife work. Next step was working out how to put them together as my brain is more lightly to adhere to such a task now rather than at 8am tomorrow. Again, where is my man?! There were no instructions (they fold in half) so I had to work out that the strange alan key type bits of metal, that tumbled helpfully out of the box, actually slot into a magical hole that keeps the tables upright, horay - girl power!!! Such a non-momentous task for some, a huge achievement for me! That deserves some biscuits and a big cup O tea! Anyway, I love my new tables, once you know what your doing they don't take long to assemble and they will be useful at the markets too. 

Been making some more work for gallery too, and will be listing them online so whether your in Brighton or Japan or Hawaii you will be able to purchase them too! Woo! 


Brown Sea Glass Heart Pendant

Stunning piece of two tone Slag Glass, Candyfloss Pink and Lime.
 Very old, this glass was popular in the 1880's, ribbed with a milk glass back.  

Very chunky piece of sea pottery. Every now and again I am flummoxed by a particular shard and this one took several attempts to wrap because of its thickness before I was happy with it! 
The thickness is probably an indication of its age, as time goes by and people try and manufacture commodities for cheaper then the quality goes down. Glass and pottery is so much thinner nowadays than back in Ye Olde days!!!  

I can safely say, hand on heart, that I will never find another cobalt heart! 
Very special and still in two minds whether to sell this! Great present for a loved one.

 Another example of slag glass, more common example of one colour on white, but still an unusual find. 

I'll list these properly in the shop soon but I'm very tired now. Going to finish the floorplan for tomorrow and get into bed with a nice cup of tea and watch 90210, which I certainly wouldn't be able to do if the man was here! Bonus! 

Goodbye, untill next time! 



Monday, 12 November 2012

Mud Bath

I love days like today, crisp and not raining cats and dogs!!! Perfect for walking the hound!!!
All the leaves are falling and look so beautiful...



Took Bean up to the park today where he proceeded to roll around in the mud, a nice fondue consistency kindly made by the rugby players!!! Took him home where he begrudgingly had a bath!!!
Excited about the Exhibition I'm doing on Brighton Seafront again (see previous post) so busy making new stock for this.
Happy Monday to you all I'm off to do what all must do on a dark winters evening...eat some tasty homemade soup!!!



Goodbye, untill next time!

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Roll up!

I may be crazy but signed us up to do another stint at Brighton fishing Quarter, about a month after we packed down after the last show! The Xmas spot was still going and we did well last year, and the markets with Makers Boutique were all booked up with people still inquiring so I thought, why not?!
So, I will be back down manning this every weekend untill Xmas now. I am minorly aware I may end up making myself very ill working here (my good friend caught Pleurisy one winter working in her icy cold gallery!!!)  so I'm going to tramp it up with lots of cardboard on the floor for my feet (old market stall holders trick!) invest in a heater and make sure I never forget my hot water bottle and flask! It gets very cold down there as we are right on the seafront in the elements in the exhibition space. I'm looking forward to it again though, so please pop down and say HI! if your in the area! 
 

Heres the flyer I designed for it, but you can find more details about the event and other exhibiting artists at www.makersboutique.co.uk. Beach Shack Project will obviously be there and I will be selling all my new Sterling Silver pieces. They have been selling well over the past week already so I'm quite chuffed. I feel a competition brewing! 

  
 

If you didn't see my last post all the new items are now in the shop, I've switched to Sterling Silver for all my work now so will be adding to this collection as I go. Here are some pictures of muggins (me!) to showcase the scale of the jewels!  I have since decided I have a massive forehead and may have to relist my sister into modelling the rest of my work for me now!!!! 










Goodbye, untill next time!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Sterling Silver Pieces in shop.

Phew!

New Sterling Silver pieces in Shop NOW!

Got some nice new colours in the range, lots of rare cobalts and Fuchsias!















Can't believe its half one! Late night! Goodnight All!

Goodbye, untill next time!