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ACEO – Art Cards Editions and Originals


I have been busy creating little works of art on paper, my doodles are now available in the shop as mounted originals or prints and I will be adding plenty more as the days roll by….  beads all start with a doodle and my first love was always pencils.  Hope you all like them.  Click on the shop link to have a better look with more details.


As always monitors do show different colour spectrums so I have included both a scanned image and a photographed image in the shop.  I love bright colour so the bright images are more akin to the ‘real’ piece.



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Tree Challenge

 Caroline from Art Jewelry Elements gave a challenge at the beginning of September – how time flies as now we are at the end of September! – for a Tree Themed Challenge and I said ‘go on then I will play’, then promptly did nothing for two weeks.
Panic set in last week and I realized that the month end was dawning and I had no ideas so I picked up my doodle book (most people call it a sketch book I just doodle in mine….) and was flicking through it and found this doodle…obviously it fit the theme.  
I LOVE eyes, I doodle them all the time and this one morphed into the finished doodle is now.
The other night I sat with doodle book on my lap watching the TV and this fellow arrived in the bark of a tree trunk….

…another evening doodle this time I was thinking about my dog walk and the ancient woods I walk through, a corridor of trees that can feel very spiritual and very ecclesiastical and I was reminded, during my doodle, of many Sundays spent in church listening to the organ and so doodled some music notes.  This doodle is actually quite flat and I really couldn’t get  a good feel to it so was a bit disappointed but all doodles should be for pleasure and we shouldn’t judge ourselves too harshly….
Before glass I used to do much more fine art, mainly pets and their portraits but sometimes I did trees too.  I was once told that to become more able to study a face, be it human or animal then practise ‘seeing’ trees as each one is different like a face they have unique lines.  Both of the drawings below are artist grade coloured pencil and ink.

This has to be one of my favourite paintings and it hangs in my bathroom.  It is approx 4ft wide and is painted with acrylic.  I am not a painter my use of the brush can be quite messy and I end up with more paint on me than the canvas, I prefer pencil, but I went through a stage of painting and produced many paintings, most of which featured a tree or animal.  This one was inspired by a wonderful trip with friends to Symonds Yat near to me on the River Wye on the border of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire within a few miles of Monmouthshire and the Welsh border.

Even in glass the trees, or more the spirit of the woodland, finds its way into my beads and small sculptures.  The first two beads are my take on the Green Man.
This one is supposed to represent the bark of the tree…
Oddly in glass my muse is whimsical, I suppose really my drawing is now too, being too serious doesn’t suit me and I am known for my beads with bums.  This little chap was inspired by my love of everything whimsical, he is the Tree Spirit or Elemental and came about after my looking at the work of Brian Froud.
…and.. this is Trevor and Trevor was inspired by the Tree Theme Challenge….   It is time for all good squirrels to start collecting nuts as Autumn descends the leaves turn golden brown  and ruby red and Trevor here is told by his wife to buck his ideas up and start contributing to the family’s stash of food for the Winter and to out into the driving rain and collect enough acorns to stock the larder. Poor Trevor is seriously hen pecked, in fact it has been known that Trevor is a frequent visitor to the hen house just to get some peace for an hour or so!

So after thinking I didn’t have a single idea about using trees in art it turns out I have been immersed in a forest of ideas for a good few years!!
I am looking forward to reading all about those that took part in this challenge and seeing the ideas that others have come up with, if you want to blog hop with me here are the links….

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Starting in the middle.

I have started writing, again.  I have doodled and written poetry and odd lines ever since I could hold a pencil.  I am being brave and showing a few extracts on my blog, I am starting small!


She stood on the balcony, a little girl barely reaching the top of the solid wooden rails around the edge.  Wearing a full length cream dress with chocolate ribbon trim and tiny delicate peach blossoms embroidered on an over frilly bodice, small leaves of pale green, each one a tiny stitch of silken thread.  She watched over the distant field, a sea of crimson.  Waves of rich red tulips, dancing to the tune of the setting sun.

Just click the link.
Laney x

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Bead well ….. with your 5 a day!

I have been on a bit of a fruit and veg bead making stint this week, no real reason, just have.  This is a blog post on the fruit of my labours.
I am getting ready for the annual Flame Off event, a huge collection of lampwork glass artists, beads, torches, glass rods and tutors willing to demonstrate and share their skills.  This will be my 3rd year attending with my beads, every year has been a great success and although exhausting as I stay for the 3 days, 2 days of the Flame Off and the 3rd day is the bead fair in the same venue, I meet wonderful people, customers that buy my beads, new friends and old friends.
The down side is that I am now busy making beads to take with me and am unable to offer them for sale in my Etsy shop or on my Facebook Izzybeads page or on Ebay, but I can show pictures here and there when I have wired and strung the beads and taken photos with my new found skills!
First up is Chilli’s and flowers.

Then we have bunny and carrots.

Oranges and lemons…

…and finished off with cherries, grapes, blackberries and of course a glass or two of home brewed wine!  Why else grow fruit??

I did have some strawberries but they sold so I will just have to make some more, I love my art!
Right I am now off with the daughter, gulp, another drive out in the country to photograph old and abandoned houses, won’t be long before mine will look like one of those if I don’t start dragging the hoover round and maybe a quick polish or dust.  Daughter is doing A Level Photography and ‘abandoned’ is her project, its been fun driving round and seeing some fantastic places, I really must do the blog on the wonderful house we found abandoned in Mordiford Woods in Hereford, all black and white, wattle and dab walls, very spooky but brilliant.

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Knobs…not those knobs…these knobs….

Puddy Tat drawer knob, available on Etsy

Its official…I am into knobs, big ones little ones…be good here…just glass ones ;O)

This cute, especially designed by me, drawer knob will just be purr-fect for that piece of furniture that needs a twist of humour.

Available in my Etsy shop, just click the link under the pic :O)

Toadstool drawer knob, available on Etsy

Also available to decorate and personalize those drawers, is this fab Toadstool knob.  Bright, fun, whimsy and fab!

Just click on the link below the pic to take you to Izzybeads .

Right I am off into the shed to make more knobs, got the bug now…oooo, bug knob…..

Laney x