Saturday, 25 September 2010

Stone-Age beads....

Two blog updates in two day?! 
That`s virtually unheard of in these parts.

Well, I`ve just been so busy thinking up new beadies for you, I thought you`d want to see them! 

This set has to be a favourite of mine, I love the way dark silver plum reacts in certain temperatures... the peacock, oil slick colours are amazing. 
I have named them 'Primitive'

Someone commented on my beads today - they said 
'your work is so natural and flowing(organic)' 
I was soooo happy! I just love the outdoors, and if this can be seen in my beads, that is wonderful.

These beads are called 'Indigenous'.
They are made with the same glass as the ones above... 

Some more beautifully organic beads...

'Rivers of Babylon'

And last, but not least...

'Enchanted Forest'
Just like the pillows I made the other day, but in nugget form.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my beadies.

Have a great weekend,



Friday, 24 September 2010

Enchanted Forest

I walked through a field the other day and noticed a disused, overgrown wooden bridge over the ditch... I walked over it into a beautiful secret wooded area.... the light falling through the trees, so calm.. just me, and lots of cobwebs.

This inspired me to make these beads I have entitled 
'Enchanted Forest'

A few more sets to show you this week...

Fleur de la perle

 OcĂ©an de bleu

Mer D'Or

Hope you like them.

Though I`d show you a few of my nature snaps from this week... 

I found this cute little enchanted toadstool... such a beautiful deep red!

Hope you have a lovely weekend,


Thursday, 16 September 2010

£10 / $16 DISCOUNT ON ORDERS OVER £60/$94.

... be quick, it`s for one week only!

Offer applies to all beads on my website, Etsy, folksy, Artfire...

Discount will be refunded after checkout. 
(Only because I don`t know how to do Paypal codes!)

Offer ends 22nd September 2010 at 00.00 GMT

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Organic Pantry Nature Walk

Yesterday I was invited to join a Nature walk around The Organic Pantry, located at St. Helens Farm, Newton Kyme, Near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. 

St Helens Farm consists of 273 acres of mixed cropping. 
Situated between Tadcaster and Boston Spa the soil type is very much limestone based. The upside of that is that the soil is free draining the downside is the there is constantly rock and stones coming to the surface.
The farm runs down to the River Wharfe. A 20 acre Ings field which is in the Countryside Stewardship provides a habitat for no less than 54 species of birds.

The walk was lead by Mark, who works at the farm (is the keenest twitcher I know)... and his boss Jonnie Watson who informed us about the farm history and the interesting finds on his fields... a Roman bead, brooch, flint dagger, lots of coins, roof tiles etc... but the most interesting part for me, was of course, the nature. 
The walk was intended for the customers of the Organic Pantry, I came along to take piccies and carry binocs and books... all good fun. 

During the walk we managed to spot a kestrel sitting on a post, a magpies nest, a Comma and Tortoiseshell butterfly, a Crow having a dog-fight with a Sparrowhawk, a jay, a few Kingfishers, a buzzard, a Speckled Wood butterfly to name a few....

It was so great to be out in the fresh air. 
What better way to spend your Sunday morning?

For more information about The Organic Pantry click here -


~ Today`s news ~

I went out for a walk to my usual 'butterfly patch this afternoon... there was a new kid on the block.... a COMMON BLUE! Awesome. He`s a shy one... but I managed to get grab this shot.


...and not forgetting the real purpose of my blog... BEADS!!

I have some new beadies needing a good home,

I think I`m into swirls at the mo. Don`t you?! 

I`ve updated my website

or, if you prefer Etsy,

....any questions, please contact me at

Thanks for stopping by,

Clare x

Thursday, 9 September 2010


I am the first UK Fire Diva! 

About Fire Divas:

Fire Divas is a group of dedicated artisan flameworkers who have come together to promote our work in handmade lampworked beads, glass sculpture and lampworked glass jewelry. 
Each item listed by our group is a unique example of a craft that originated in ancient times and became a true art form in 14th century Italy. 
Using only a gas flame, reaching temperatures far in excess of 1,000°F, with just rods of colored glass and our own skill and imagination, we turn an everyday material into enduring treasures. All of us take pride in our work and carefully anneal and clean every piece before it is listed for sale so you are assured of buying only the best.


Our Members share their knowledge, experience, and inspiration freely with a goal to create world-class works of art in a variety of styles, forms, and price levels. The people involved range from relative newcomers in this exciting medium to well-known artists with worldwide reputations – each at our own level on the never-ending journey toward perfection. We offer you immense variety, imagination, and originality in all our members’ work.


Fire Divas have a Fanpage on Facebook -

A blog -

You can find Fire Divas beads on Etsy and Artfire - tagged with 'Fire Divas'

Why not check us out!


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Borosilicate Madness!

I grabbed my borosilicate rods and frit... look what happened...!!
I`m sooooo pleased with how they turned out. I just love the organic-ness of boro glass....

I have been out in the wilds again.... can you tell?!!

I came across this beautiful Brown Argus and Small Copper...

I`m just about to pop out for another walk, it`s such a beautiful evening here. Hope yours is too.

Lots of Love,

Clare x