Tuesday 22 January 2013

Beads and stuff

Lampwork Glass Beads

My goodness, last week was one of those weeks where nothing seemed to go right. Amongst other things, one of my guinea pigs, Lisa, died. She was one of the younger two and the vet and I have no idea what was wrong with her. Very sad.

But hey, I'll keep it light.

I've been having a warm indoors day today. My feet froze yesterday and the walk to and from Slimming World finished them off. I haven't been able to get my foots properly warm since! So I've been inside the house, cleaning and photographing beads and playing with Mister Nigel.

Nigel in the snow

Nigel seems to like the snow. He was a bit unsure of it at first but he keeps asking to go outside and then he runs around like a maniac for about three minutes and when I open the back door to let him in, he skids into the lounge, across the laminate floor and greets me with a "Brrrrrmmmiaaow!"

Anyway, yes, beads. I've strung and sorted the orange and pink beads at the top of this post into sets and they're on the Freshly Baked Beads page. There is also a large strand of Lonelies beads waiting for a new home as well.

Lampwork Glass Beads

And lots of you seemed to like the etched heart beads sets I made last week so I have made some of them available for ordering. There are currently five colours to choose from and each set of thirteen beads costs £20.00. All the details can be found here.

Have a super duper Tuesday evening!

Friday 11 January 2013

'Iced Latte' & 'Dusk'

Etched Lampwork Glass Beads

I seem to be on an etched bead roll at the minute.

I just read that sentence back and I thought it said 'etched bread roll'.

I have baking on the brain at the minute.

But anyway, yes, these sets are available right now (you know where) and I reckon that these beads would make gorgeous bracelets. Or maybe necklaces. Or ... oh, I'll leave that up to you!

Nigel is 'helping' me write this post and it's getting a bit awkward so I'll say cheerio for now.

Have a nice night!

Thursday 10 January 2013

'Icicle' & 'Rose'

Lampwork Glass Beads

More pot pourri sets, this time in crystal and white and a beautiful lavender-pink. These are for sale in the usual place right now.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and emails about Nigel. We've just finished a marathon tinfoil ball-chasing session.

Nigel's taken to sleeping on my watching-telly-in-the-evenings blanket.

This is all very well and good but he won't give it back when I want a go with the blanket so I'm in the process of crocheting him one of his own.

Crochet blanket

It's turned mighty chilly here. I've fetched the guinea pigs in and they're in their indoor cage in the spare bedroom. It's turning into a proper little zoo here! I'm wondering where I can keep a goat and some chickens now ...

Enjoy your Thursday night,

Wednesday 9 January 2013

'Frappuccino' & 'Apricot Jam'

Lampwork Glass Beads

I've made orange beads before. I've made light brown beads before. But it wasn't until I got these beads together whilst cleaning them that I saw how much they zing with each other. I think I'll definitely have to make a set that combines both of these shades.

Until then, these 'Frappuccino' ones ...

Lampwork Glass Beads

... and these 'Apricot Jam' ones ...

Lampwork Glass Beads

... are over on the Freshly Baked Beads page now. Both sets contain a mix of shiny and etched beads and each set contains two hearts. Lots of jewellery-making potential.

Cat + polka dots = perfect

Nigel has done much slumber today but now he's run out of sleep and he's currently tearing around the living room like a mad thing, chasing a ball. At one point he climbed halfway up the curtain. I'd forgotten just how crazy kittens can get when they have a funny fifteen minutes.

Anyway, I'm off for a cup of vanilla chai and to hook the curtains up out of harm's way ...

Tuesday 8 January 2013

'Black, White & Grey'

Lampwork Glass Beads

I reckon this strand of glass beads might have been inspired by a certain cat-faced little fella ...

Thirteen classic black and white beads in a variety of different designs along with some pale grey spacer beads. This strand is available over on the Freshly Baked Beads page now.

Happy New Nigel

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that you are having a Happy New Year so far.

Our Christmas was kind of quiet and normal until the day before New Year's Eve. I went down to the shed to switch the kiln on and I heard some distressed miaowing coming from behind the big tree in our back garden. Chris came down to see what I was crouching down talking to a tree for and out from behind the tree wandered a kitten. He had a collar on but he had no tag. I hadn't seen him around before but he was a friendly little thing and clearly someone's pet.

Nigel on the day we found him

Chris and I left him outside and went about our day but the kitten wouldn't leave the garden. So we went and knocked on a few neighbours' doors to see if they knew who he belonged to. The kitten trotted along with us and I kept calling him Nigel. You know how I like to name things. It was the first name that came into my head and he seemed to respond to it.

No joy. Nigel wandered back with us and we made some FOUND CAT notes to put through doors and some posters to put up around the place. I reported him found to the local animal shelters, tweeted about him and registered him on some lost and found pet websites.

Now, I'm very against feeding other people's pets because you don't know what dietary quirks they might have, plus it encourages them to return. (Chris has never wanted a cat. I knew this when I moved in with him and I had given up hope of ever having a furry purry of my own.) But yes, I decided to feed him because he seemed a bit peckish.

Chris said that Nigel could stay with us until we located his owner. I took Nigel to the vet to see if he was microchipped but nope, he wasn't. The vet reckoned Nigel is about a year old. She did the old flea-and-worm malarkey and gave me a bag of food for him.

Top-of-the-stairs cat is watching you

I couldn't understand how nobody was missing him. I'd put him on the re-homing list at The Blue Cross and Cats Protection and then last Friday I got a call from Nigel's owner's next door neighbour. He'd seen one of the posters we'd put up and he recognised Nigel as his neighbour's cat. Then he went on to tell me how Nigel's owner had died over Christmas and that Nigel and his sister had done a runner that day. Nigel wandered about a mile to end up in our garden. The neighbour said he couldn't take Nigel and asked me to look after him until I could re-home him. There had been no sign of Nigel's sister at all. It's all very sad.

I was all ready to hand Nigel over to the Blue Cross on the following Monday. Yes, I was upset but I never once asked Chris if we could keep Nigel because I knew how he felt about cats so imagine my surprise when Chris said he could stay! I was elated. I've been longing for a cat for ages now. When you've always had a cat about the place it is very odd to live in a house without one.

I called the shelters, took down posters and removed web notices and Nigel has been settling in ever since. He's sat next to me right now, purring away like he's happy or something.

He'll be off to the vet next month; he needs neutering, microchipping and vaccinating. I haven't broken this news to Nigel yet.

So my New Year has got off to a cat-filled start and I couldn't be happier about it. Chris seems to like Nigel and I absolutely love him and am very pleased that he has come to live with us.

I'll be back in a bit with some beads. Just got to clean and photograph them.

See you soon,