Sunday, 19 October 2008


So I too have been tagged, by Brandi (of Catie's Blue in the US) and this means I have to share some facts about myself that I may not have revealed before. These are the rules: 1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs. I thought I'd better get in there quickly before all my other blogging friends are tagged by someone else first! So here are my 7 facts, hopefully random and weird enough!:
  1. I love singing, I sang at school and now I sing in a small church choir - we don't really sing anything too challenging, but it's fun all the same. Christmas is coming up and singing the descant parts to the traditional carols is one of the highlights ;)
  2. I did a degree in American Studies which involved a year at the University of California, where I took a year of the Native American Studies course at Berkeley (and came away with a 4.0 GPA too ;) My accommodation was a student co-op which (I discovered after I moved in) was the cultural centre(!) of the North California Punk scene - the year before I moved in The Offspring played a gig in the kitchen and Green Day played in the garden apparently - I was clearly a year too late!
  3. My favourite singer/songwriter is Tori Amos, who I have seen in concert at least 10 times in 3 different countries. (Apart from that I mostly like rock and metal).
  4. I used to be the theatre manager for a Victorian Music Hall, The Players' Theatre in London, (underneath the arches of Charing Cross station) which had its moments! One of my best memories of being there was organising a wedding venue licence for the building so one lady could have her dream victorian style wedding on the stage.
  5. I'm a qualified Aromatherapist and love to give massage with blended aromatherapy oils. Alongside making jewellery, if I thought I could cover all the bills doing that rather than my day job I would.
  6. My family moved to America when I was 15, but I stayed behind to finish my GCSEs & A-Levels. After school I lived with them for a year in Florida, but came back to England to go to university. I even had a Green Card for a while, but gave it up because I was working in the UK (I should have held on to it really as we've got a long term plan to move over there. Mum now lives in Minnesota and my sister is married and living in Orlando, so at least I have some great holiday options (when I can aford the plane tickets ;)
  7. My most exciting holiday destination was Bogota, Colombia. I went about 12 years ago with my best friend to the wedding of someone she knew from college. We got to stay in the appartment of some friends of the bride who were away for the week, and the family's chauffer to take us out and about, which was an experience - not being able to speak much Spanish made communicating with him interesting though!
So that's me, and now I'm going to tag the following fellow bloggers too (I have jsut seen some emails pop up which suggests some of you are being tagged by someone else as I type - and if that's the case I don't think you have to give 14 facts instead of just 7! lol)
  1. Rachel - Earth & Fire Beads
  2. Tina - So What's New Today?
  3. Clare - The Makings of Crafty Clare
  4. Nicky - Sparkly Treasures
  5. Manda - Mango Beads
  6. Laura - Beads by Laura
  7. Felicia - Fluffy Flowers

The pics I've posted today are two necklaces I made yesterday. The top one has a focal from Izzy Anderson of Flame & Glass ~ I just love this bead ~ and I've put it with kyanite, amazonite, blue goldstone and my favourite, labradorite. This one is going in my shop, although it's going to be hard to part with it. The bottom picture is a one I've made for myself, to show off one of Julie Fountain's fabulous focals (Lush Lampwork). My lovely boyfriend bought this for me at the Midlands bead fair back in August, on the condition I make something for myself, and this is the result. I've wired FW pearls, rubies, amethysts and beryl morganite to make the chain, and I'm really pleased with it ;)

Thursday, 2 October 2008

New Banners

This is just a quick post before I head off to work this morning to show you my new banners & avatars that I've just got from Sharon over at Mana Moon Studios. I was visiting her blog the other day and saw she had a competition running up to the 100th sale in her new graphics shop on Etsy. This gave me the nudge I needed to look at getting a banner set for my blog & webshops. I saw late last night too that she's now reached her 100th sale, so congrats to her ;)

I chose a paisley design in shades of blue/violet which I really love, and Sharon is such a sweetie as she also made it up in a second colour-way to match up with the aqua / turquoise colours in my Jewellery business cards - so now I can pick and choose as the mood takes me. I've got the blue version here on my blog and aqua version on my website and Etsy shop.

I'm off now to work, but I'll be stopping on the way to collect my silver order from the post office depot. This means I can finally finish off a number pieces that I've been working on for a while now!