Friday, 30 September 2011


SO! First and foremost,


Orders have been coming in thick and fast, I guess now it`s the run up to Christmas. 
If I`m not adding new designs to my Website & Etsy shop I`m working on orders, so don`t forget about me ok!

Website - 

Facebook Fanpage currently stands at 1,518 likers! yippeee! =)

The past few weeks have been pretty hectic to say the least, cool, but busy.

I was asked by Ben Potter, from Ben Potter Birds of Prey Displays & Shows, 
if I could take some photos for his website and advertising.

Obviously I jumped at the chance to have eagles 
and falcons flying full pelt at me, landing just inches from my head. 
Defo up for that!

It was the best few days (I am a bird geek). Really enjoyed it. Cheers guys.

It looks like Bens team have finished touring this year, but do check their diary for next year... the shows will be even more amazing next year!

Squires Biker Cafe

Squires Bikers Cafe had their Annual Show. I was there for the weekend photographing bikers and their bikes.. I was taken for a rideon one, with a far from sober biker, ha! It was this beautiful red Triumph rocket 3 below...

I met Mark Gowlett there, Owner of REV'DUP Polish Professional Motorcycle Cleaning Products.

Check out his website - or facebook fanpage -

The customer Gallery is full of sparkly bikes that have just been given the 'Rev'dup' treatment!

My love of Motorsport has grown stronger since last weekend... guess what?!
 If everything goes to plan I might be going over to photograph the Isle of Man TT next year! how exciting is that!!

Check out Moggy and Pikey on their Captain Americas!

If anyone knows of anyone in the motorsport world.. Bikes / Touring Cars / rally / F1 (hmmmm now that WOULD be awesome!) etc let me know, pretty please! I would LOVE to.
 It reminded me of trogging down to watch the Lombard RAC Rally and Hillclimbs all those years ago, the few days my Dad was around to take us out ha ha! I guess theres a few things I have to thank him for.

I`ve also been playing with some pretty cool photographic techniques that make my photos look like paintings. I visited Plumpton and Brimham rocks, took a few piccies and tadah! this is what I achieved...

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I recently visited YSP to see Jaume Plensas Exhibition. Men covered in letters from the alphabet.  Its like an English Literature Teachers dream. 

I love Barbara Hepworths sculptures. 

The End.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Love and bye,

Clare x

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Otley Show 2011

Yesterday I went to Otley agricultural show with some of my friends. It was such  a fab day, the Birds of Prey team were there, which is the main reason why I went.

The show the lads put on was absolutely brilliant! 
 I think the star of the show was the black kite. He was awesome!  When he was flying around, he was mobbed by two arctic terns! they looked liked angry little angels!! Anyway, Benji stuck a chicks leg in his mouth, the kite swooped down to grab it out of his mouth! I can`t quite believe I managed this shot!!

Gyr Falcon didn`t fail to impress us all.... until he flew up into a tree and wouldn`t come down!

Jerry the Eagle Owl was so vocal, answering Benjis questions with a sqwalk! It was too windy for him. He was blown off course onto a nearby house roof and had to be retrieved. Bless!

In the time it took Joe to retrieve Jerry, Benji let the Barn Owl fly around for a little while. He is so well trained... he found a few perches on some lucky kids gloves. 

I met an ultra talented artist called Nolan Stacey. He draws in pencil. 
There was a print of a Golden Eagle he`d done, I really really wanted. It was incredible. 

His Hare drawings we amazing too. He managed to capture that wildy look in his eye. Check him out here, and you`ll see what I mean -

There was crazy New Zealander sheep shearer there too he was sooo funny, a little bit obsessed with sheep... if you know what I mean.
He trained his sheep to dance. He was nuts!!  I forgot the link to his website, but I captured it on video, so I can watch it over and over again... haha!

The pygmy goats and ferrets were so cute too, if a little stinky!

Hope you have a lovely Sunday!


Clare x

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Bird Of Prey Workshop with Paul Miguel

On Saturday I headed over to Masham for one of Paul Miguels Bird Of Prey Photography Workshops. 

Luckily the weather forcasters were wrong, instead of gloomy dullness and showers there were sunny intervals and really good light! 
Luck was definately on our side.

I was completely blown away by the absolutely stunning birds. There was an Eagle Owl, Long Eared Owl, Little Owl, Barn Owl and Gyr Falcon. 

My favourites were the Eagle Owl and Gyr Falcon. It was amazing to b eable to get so close to these birds... I even managed a sneaky stroke of the Eagle Owl.. he was so gorgeous!!

If you can get over for one of these workshops held by Paul Miguel you won`t be disappointed. A yummy lunch was prepared too!

I`d go one one every day if I could!

I have attached a few piccies from the day, I hope you like them.

 The birds are from from Ben Potters Birds of Prey and Displays ~ check him out here.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The birds and the beads....

Well, things seem to be coming along swimmingly here in beadworld. Beads keep falling off mandrels... birds keep flying past my camera, so I guess things are on the up! I`m so looking forward to spring

I`m offering 10% discount on beady purchases over £30, with free shipping... who could possibly pass that up?!

The lovely Kaz at cheeky cherub designs asked me to test out some of her murrini... I think I`m a little bit in love with these beadies. 
They are made with her 'Firestarter' Murrini. 
I called them Volcanic Shores.

These are made with her 'Pansies' Murrini.
I call them 'Botany Springs'

Silver Turquoise Seas Nuggets


Thought you might like to see a few Red Kite shot I`ve recently taken... Flickr group BBC Springwatch made one  favourite again... yay!

 Hope you are having a great week.

Lots of Love,

Clare x

Monday, 14 February 2011

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Belated Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! So sorry it has taken me so long to post on my blog, but I`ve ben soooo busy with beady orders... not that I`m complaining in the slightest. It is actually my most favourite thing to do in the whole world, and my customers are so lovely too... could life get any better?!

I have some very exciting news...

Jess Humphrey ( has written a necklace tutorial which
 has been published in Februarys 'Making Jewellery' Magazine.
The beads below are featured in the magazine. 
Thankyou Jess x

Beads are available to purchase through my website

or, through my etsy shoppe



I am feeling a bit of a Spring clean coming on, so I`ve decided to offer 20% off 'Available Beads'  & 'Destash' beads... excluding Aquamarine Continuum as I`ve just put them up on the site.


I am putting together a 'Catalogue' of all 'made to order' beads. It will be in the form of a PDF document, so if you would like a copy sending, please let me know by emailing me at

I think that is all....

Before I go, I thought you might like to have a look at some of the photos I have taken over the Festive period, so here you go...

A frosty looking Waxwing

Low flying Swan


Ooops, nearly forgot, I took some promo shots for Jack, and Gill`s Daughter, a Leeds based band.

They really are very, very good... come back soon! I miss you guys xx

If I`ve missed anything, I`ll be back, shortly...

Until then.

Keep warm, stay healthy.

Clare x