Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year!

2009 was a great year, living at May Cottage with R and really starting my self employed adventure. As we welcome in 2010 I'd like to thank you all for visiting my blog, for the comments, advice, encouragement and chuckles over the last year, here and elsewhere in cyberspace!

All the very best to each one of you for a happy and healthy 2010,

love Laura xo

Monday, 28 December 2009


We were all spoilt with splendid goodies this year and I thought I'd share one of my parents' faves - scraperboard portraits of the dogs from R. He got such a good likeness of both and my parents were delighted, the photo shows Dad looking a little stunned! If you are interested in pet portraits you can get in touch with R though his website.

Sunday, 20 December 2009


I'm officially on holiday! It all started on Wednesday afternoon, after my last ever jewellery making session with the lovely ladies in Rugeley it was Christmas Eve number One! R and I had a lovely evening full of twinkly lights, carrot cake making and mulled wine sipping. Then Thursday was Christmas Day number One which was splendid, Santa even knew we were having Christmas early and left us some goodies! R treated me to a fabulous gift which I'm very much looking forward to watching!

During the morning we went for a dander on frosty Cannock Chase, captured some new textures and even enjoyed a few whisps of snow then returned to create the feast and it was mighty! Whilst the festivities were rolling at May Cottage some people were still at work and we got news that the solicitors are looking at an exchange date late January so our move is progressing! Some super freecyclers had given us a host of boxes and R has started packing, me, not so much! Am pleased that we have a few weeks after Christmas to get ourselves sorted and so relieved and excited that it's happening, we're moving to Scotland in a month!
But first, sssshhhh, we've got Christmas number Two swiftly approaching and I'm now back on the mainland that is Northern Ireland, it has been snowing steadily through the night and is getting rather heavy now, early morning photography tempted me but no further than snapshotto in the garden, it's just not the same without R!
I hope you are all enjoying the approach to Christmas,

love and blessings,

L xo

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Christmas is Coming

Yesterday was our last fair of the year and it's nearly time for a holiday! I'm heading home to Northern Ireland on Friday 18th December and will be closing up shop then too so if you've got your eye on anything for a Christmas gift you've still got time!

As some of you may remember we are planning to move North and have now sold May Cottage! We're still awaiting the survey to be done but can now instruct our Scottish solicitor to go ahead and make an offer on the house we saw during half term, then there will be a survey and missives and hopefully we'll come out the other side of Christmas with a moving date. It's very exciting, although much more stressful for R as it's his house, so when I witter on about 'we' technically it's all down to him, poor man!

I am very much looking forward to living near the sea again but first there will be a break, time to relax with the family and start planning for 2010 which will bring the move, the return of my sister, a verified Artfire account, my website, further adventures in sea glass and semi precious stones, painting, actually showing people my painting again, photographing and lots more besides.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Handmade Arts & Crafts Market 12th December

We'll be at the C.O.W Handmade Fair tomorrow at the Custard Factory in Birmingham from 11am - 5pm, click on the flier to see the full list of 17 artists who will be there with an array of beautiful handmade wonderfulness.

Florence Friday

Santa Croce
well it is nearly Christmas!
boom and indeed boom.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Monday, 7 December 2009

COW @ Kings Heath Christmas Party

It's been a busy couple of days and despite the very chilly weather and slightly underweight Santa Kings Heath Big Christmas Party went well with fair sales at our Creative Open Workshop stall. The dancing Christmas trees who would stay so still until jiggling at some unsuspecting passers by kept me chuckling for quite some time.
There was a range of handmade gorgeousness from COW artists and I was joined by Sally Pepper who makes beautiful silver and gem stone jewellery and of course, COW supremo Francine Schokker who spent the morning running another fabulous workshop, this time aimed at kids who made glittery masterpieces to decorate Santa's grotto.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Florence Friday

After posting this image on redbubble someone suggested a crop and I agree, the tyre was distracting and although I liked the original balance of the image size, I do think this version is better.

Kings Heath Big Christmas Party

BIG Christmas party tomorrow, Saturday 5th December, loads on including crafty workshops to get Santa's grotto decorated before he arrives, hope to see you there! Click on the flyer for further information.

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