#JeSuisCharlie – the pen is mightier than the sword. And RIP Charlie, too…my sister’s gorgeous fluffy wally of a dog, the softest thing you could ever meet, always so waggy and the epitome of dumb doggy love. In our family for nearly ten years, bless him.
I haven’t been posting much because I haven’t been able to decide what I should and shouldn’t be putting on here. It’s always been a mix and match of ramblings and what I’m most into at any given time – surfing, seaglassing, Wales etc. I will just carry on with it being random, as I don’t suppose that many people read it anyway. But if you’re here for the jewellery, try the Seaglass page
I want to get more into Instagram this year, with sea/water photos, dogs, Wales, skies and skies seen through trees. Pebbles, seaglass. And yoga, and weights. Instagram and Pinterest tend to cheer me up, whereas Facebook makes me feel sad, maybe because it’s sad news, pointless time-sucking video shares (am guilty too), or people so goddamn happy it makes me feel a bit inadequate! (Or a lot.) So, more pretty pictures please. Above left, New Quay Wales; cold, deserted and beautiful. North Wales’ coastline and mountains were clearly visible yesterday.
Rainbow through hail, taken today
Learn the alchemy true human beings know
the moment you accept what troubles have been given
the door will open
Welcome difficulty like a familiar comrade
Joke with torment brought by the friend
Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover and then are taken off
That undressing and the beautiful naked body underneath
Is the sweetness that comes after grief
The hurts you embrace become joy
Call them to your arms where they may change
Only the second piece of pink seaglass I’ve ever found, paired with a silver heart charm and sold this Wednesday. Some pieces I’m reluctant to let go of, but I can’t wear them all myself!
My camera is full of Llangrannog sunsets, and why not? Also my Instagram and Facebook feeds…
…and thank goodness. Drilling with the new diamond core bits takes a fraction of the time it was taking before. Have done these in an hour or so – 41 pieces. Eternal Tools rock.
Carreg Bica pendant
Have been seaglassing furiously. I bought the wrong size of diamond tipped drill bit and broke two lovely piece of blue glass with them. They are a bit big, which is good for thick pieces that won’t otherwise take the jumprings, but it takes ages and sometimes breaks them so this week’s stall proceeds (which were really good!) go towards more drillbits. One of them just went black and refused to work for some reason!
The Carreg Bica silver handmade charms are quite exciting. A lot of work, so I’ll have to price them accordingly, but I think they’re such unique items so perfectly placed (with the market overlooking the beach and Bica) that they are worth the effort. It’s so lush to see them come up to a satin shine under the sandpaper. Attempts to cut corners by using drill attachments to polish them up didn’t work; old-school it is.
Green seaglass and pottery
Pottery pieces are a delight to work with – so pretty and so easy to drill I use an old worn-out bit. So that means I can make a bit of stuff a bit faster! Which I just have to do at the moment. A few more filled glass bottles as well, and I will have a fair amount of stuff. I bought lots of charms etc. last week and am delighted with all of the bits that turned up. People on eBay (and Kernowcraft) are so prompt and professional, Amazon and co take note!
I shared a stall at the Llangrannog market last week with ‘Ocean Pictures’ and made more than I have so far! All to be ploughed back in – more pretty silver charms, leather cords and coloured pieces to come. People are (very nicely) free with their advice and I also have new, better price tags in mind with more information on the origin of the seaglass.
I also need to sort out my ‘choose your own’ boards, so people can select the elements they want then I’ll make it up for them then and there. All good fun!
Last Wednesday was the first Llangrannog Local Producers Market, held on the Ship carpark and organised by a small committee of awesome getting-things-done type women. I spent ages creating new frames for displaying necklaces and earrings and keyrings, and a day making new stock for the market. Some of my faovurite pieces (like the only piece of pink I’ve ever seen and maybe ever will see) sold really quickly. Blue and green pieces are the most popular, and dolphin charms are a winner, especially when the dolphins have recently visited!
The weather was hot and sunny and it was a really successful day, with such excellent organisation. I wish I had a lot more time to spend on the stall and particularly on the stock, but polishing those damn silver charms takes forever! I made a respectable amount of money and have high hopes for tomorrow, which is bang in the middle of the Whit week. I think my stuff will have most appeal for kids with pocket money to spend, and adults with presents to buy!
Hoping to keep the stall going all summer, because it was a rewarding experience, although it is a big commitment at a time when I feel rather over-committed. Great to see lots of other locals doing their thing, from Louise with her pictures and postcards to The Plwmp Tart’s gorgeous cooking. There were a couple of veg stalls, an organic beauty products stall I had to be very strict with myself about, a cheese stall (ditto) and plenty more.
A photo from yesterday, May Day or Beltane. If I can get the light and lens right on Hipstamatic, I think this section of rocks on Cilborth will make a good backdrop for photographing new seaglass stock…once I’ve finished making it all!
Sometimes I find a special piece that really calls out to ‘be’ something in particular…I have had a piece that looks like a whale’s tail for a while now, and have a special design in mind for it…sketched below. Time to buy some more PMC3!