Saturday, 13 April 2013

If you arrive her for the Bead Soup Blog Hop

Good Morning,

If you arrive here for the Bead Soup Blog Hop and wonder WTF!!! .... I've done my piece but it was too dark to photograph last night.  I also forgot to put my camera on charge overnight.

Camera is charging and I will post my picture a little later on today with the various links.


I am so sorry for the delay, unfortunately following that post my Father in Law sadly passed away very unexpectedly.

This has obviously left us distraught, and whilst my peace is done, I have had too much to cope with my Husband, Children and Mother-in-laws grief  (as well as my own), that I haven't found the time to take the picture yet.

I'm working through the urgent stuff and will pop back on to do it asap.


Thursday, 28 March 2013

Halogen Heaven

Our oven packed up at the weekend right in the middle of a roast dinner, and the Repair Chap only managed to come out today - it needs a new thermostat and so it will be a good while before it's fixed.

So in the interim we ordered a lovely Andrew James Halogen Oven, which arrived late yesterday.

Only just go around to unpacking it, and decided that Jacket Potatoes is a good test.

30 minutes at 200 in their and they are lovely and crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.

I've popped mine back for a bit as it was a little bigger and still a little too hard in a couple of spots.

They smell delicious, and apparently Lydia says it taste fabulous.

We've been so busy with life and the sale at Stamp Galaxy, that I haven't been on here much, but I will rectify that shortly as I have lots of things I need to get done in the way of craft and ceramics.



Wednesday, 27 February 2013

WOYWW - Nothing but paperwork on my desk

orders to be precise .... that's because we have a massive 50% sale going on over at Stamp Galaxy.

If you're interested the code at checkout to enter is:


The reason for this sale is that we need to move the stuff to the new workshop, and having already had it packed up and moved to the temporary residence, I don't want to haul too many boxes again.

Stuff is flying out the door as fast as I can pack it.

Hopefully I will be back in for WOYWW next week, but all my fun stuff like the Ceramics has had to stop to get this done.




Thursday, 21 February 2013

Bisque Firing finished

and I unloaded the kiln very early this morning (6.00 am) before the Hound and I headed off with Guy to be dropped over at the Orchards for a long, long walk.

I've just waxed the bottom of the dishes so that I can glaze them, and then pop them back in the Kiln.

Underneath all those dishes and texture plates, are a huge amount of beads that also need to be glazed.

It'll take me a while to do them.

Heading off to Eastbourne when Lydia drags here sorry hide out of bed, so see you all later.



Wednesday, 20 February 2013

WOYWW - Carving away

that's what I've been up to, although not as much as I would like as it is Half Term, and so we are making the most of taking it easy with a few later mornings than normal.

It was an exciting day here yesterday as well, as my fantastic Bead Soup arrived from my Partner, Mags (Margarita Saari).  She lives in Finland, and makes the most wonderful jewellery, pop over to her blog and check it out.  I particularly love this piece she made recently

This is the unwrapped package from Mags ..........

..... but, you will have to wait until our reveal in April see what I make.  I might be generous and give you some sneak peaks before then of the lovely goodies my beautiful package contained.

I'm hoping to put the kiln on later today, although I am a little short of a kiln full, if you know what I mean, there is still quite a bit to bisque fire.

Grab a coffee now, and head off over to Fair Queen Julia's to see all the Totes Amaze WOYWW desks.

Oh, and in answer to the Fair Queen's question last week, it was a roller stamp I used on the dishes.



Sunday, 17 February 2013

An Ever Growing Pile of Bisque ...

.... there is also a big bowl of beads underneath the board with the dishes on, plus some texture tiles sitting in there.

As anyone with a kiln will tell you, there is no point firing it up for just a couple of things.   Three dishes ready to go, and then these have just had the foot put on them this morning:

There was another one, but I broke it, then mended it, and broke it again .... so that has gone in the bag waiting to have water added and be wedged.

Bottom left hand corner of the picture you can also make out another tiny dish that I cut out with some spare clay this morning whilst I was cutting out the feet for the dishes.  It is plain in side at the moment, but I will probably carve it later on this evening somehow when it has gone to leather hard.

We're off the the Out Laws for Lunch today, so laters Peeps.



Wednesday, 13 February 2013

WOYWW - Massive Mess

The aftermath of playing with clay .... I need to clear this up pretty gosh darn quick actually ... it seems to bother me much more than actual papercrafting mess.

Also, last night Guy cut me a large piece of plasterboard to cover the majority of my working space, as I am finding that the smaller squares are a bit too small to work on .... but they are perfect for drying off work:

two bowls of differing shapes drying, as well as a bead, and the strange looking things towards the back are/or will be when fired, a bead measuring gauge (that's the one with the well) and a lentil forming slump mold (which isn't so successful, as I think that the half round sticking out is a bit too pronounced and I haven't left enough flat edge around it - it's all suck it and see anyway it was just an idea I had floating around in my head).

As you can see (sorry about the absolutely awful photo, it is pitch here) the two dishes have different amounts of curve on them.  The left hand one is more upright ... actually I like this one better ... and the righthand one is much flatter ... that was dried over the bottle with the red nozzle covered in paper in the top photo.  I also haven't carved folds out of the righthand one and it has quite a flat edge profile (which I am not sure I like so much .... I might try another one and carve the same wavy edge in it to see how that looks.  Any opinions on which one you prefer?  I know it's difficult to say when they are just unfired and white.

If you want to see lots more super crafty spaces grab a coffee and head off to Fair Queen Julia's for a snoop.