Saturday, 6 October 2018

All the pumpkins

Handmade lampwork glass pumpkin beads by Laura Sparling

I've been making only pumpkin beads for ten days now.

Handmade lampwork glass pumpkin beads by Laura Sparling

See? Look at them all.

Handmade lampwork glass pumpkin beads by Laura Sparling

And this isn't even all of them. These are just the ones I could be arsed to photograph.

Handmade lampwork glass pumpkin beads by Laura Sparling

And there's another batch in the kiln as I type this.

Handmade lampwork glass pumpkin beads by Laura Sparling

Pumpkins.

Anyway, I've just about had my fill of pumpkins so if you'd like pumpkin beads or pendants, what's left in the shop is probably the last of them for this year.

I've just looked and I last posted in July. Since then, amongst other things, I have run a half marathon and turned forty-one. Last time I blogged I was halfway through Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Well, I finished that and now I've read all of the Harry Potter books and Hogwarts library books (and have started re-reading them), watched all the Harry Potter films - as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - and I now own a wand, some Hedwig pyjamas and a Gryffindor sweatshirt. So yeah, you can call me a convert. I've also finished the new Strike book. Job done.

Talking of books, I'm in one! Harriet of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has written a book called The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business.

'The Creative's Guide to Starting a Business' by Harriet Kelsall

Harriet’s book contains case studies from the worlds of fashion, ceramics, perfumery, sculpture, bakery, upholstery, photography, lino cuts, jewellery and beadmaking. I’m the beadmaking case study. The book is very comprehensive and I have picked up some useful tips and advice from it. It's also really great to read about other creative people and the way they work. The book is available on Amazon and all the usual places, and also from Harriet's website.

Strictly Come Dancing is underway. I don't watch it but I know that when it's here we are on the downward slope to Christmas and it's time for me to start thinking about festive beads and all that, so that is what I will be working on next. Deck the halls etc blah blah blah.

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