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CREATIVE DIVA ISSUE No.12

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IN THIS ISSUE

MEET DIVINE ARTIST JANET POOLE

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SHARING ARTICLES TRAVEL • ORIGAMI • CROCHET LAMPWORK • PHOTOGRAPY PLUS 8 PROJECTS FOR YOU TO MAKE MY-CREATIVE DIVA

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PLUS 4 INSPIRING INTERVIEWS! EDITORS GUEST SIMON HURST MOSAIC ARTIST GLENYS FENTIMAN CROCHET DESIGNER CAROLYN CALDERON JEWELLERY DESIGNER CLAIRE HUMPHERSON FRONT COVER IMAGE CREDIT JANET POOLE

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EDITOR’S GUEST TURN TO PAGE 28 INSPIRATIONAL READING – WE CYCLED FROM LONDON TO PARIS RAISING FUNDS FOR THE ALZHEIMER SOCIETY 2

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JOAN GORDON EDITOR IN CHIEF

Hello, Welcome to our September issue of My-Creative Diva magazine. In this issue we would like to make special mention of two people, our Editor’s Guest Simon Hurst and our talented lampwork contributor Debbie Dew. Simon and Debbie have sent us articles about their recent efforts to help improve the lives of others and to raise public awareness of the organisations that they support. Simon with a team of friends raised £24,000 in aide of the Alzheimer’s Society by cycling to Paris and Debbie joined a team of lampwork artists in a Beadathon making beads for the; Be Child Cancer Aware organisation which supports children suffering from this terrible disease. Their stories are an inspiration to us all. You’ll find Simon’s article on page 28 and Debbie’s in the Sharing section of the magazine on page 50. In this issue we offer interviews with the following talented women; Artist Janet Poole, Mosaic Artistic Glenys Fentiman,Crochet Designer Carolyn Calderon and our new Jewellery Maker and contributor, Claire Humpherson. Claire has also generously offered to share her Gatsby style tiara project with us on page 66. Turn to Sharing, page 33, to enjoy articles and projects from our regular team of contributors and meet Kathy Lake on page 44 who sent us an article describing her most recent bead shopping adventures in New York. If you are a Maker and have a project or article you would like to share with our readers, please email me at jgordon@my-creativediva.co.uk and if space is available we will publish it. Please make sure you turn to page 78 to see if you’re the lucky winner of our fantastic Dremel tools competition as featured in issue 12 and if you enjoy DIY home decorating, be sure to check out the Dremel kitchen project on page 64! Wishing you a creative month, Joan

DREMEL KITCHEN PROJECT TURN TO PAGE 64! All website and magazine content is reserved: ©www.my-creativediva.co.uk ©www.my-creativediva.com. All articles and projects are for personal use only. Permission to reproduce or copy any of the contents for any other purposes must be obtained from the publisher. Articles are published in reliance upon the representations and warranties of the contributors and without our knowledge of any infringement of any third parties copyright.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EVERY MONTH

INTERVIEWS

06 This Month’s Divas 28 Editor’s Special Guest

8 Janet Poole 12 Glenys Fentiman 16 Carolyn Calderon 20 Claire Humpherson

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DIVA PROJECTS 64 Organic Waste Bin 66 Gatsby Inspired Tiara 70 Crochet Corsage 72 Glazed Onion Bread 74 Lemon Tart 76 Berry Jam 80 Decorate With Candles 82 Garden Features

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FEATURES 33 Divine Information – Sharing 56 Divine Fashion – Ringing the Change 58 Gallery Events – Fashion In Motion

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THIS MONTH’S DIVAS JANET POOLE ARTIST DIVA

Janet always knew eventually she would be an artist, although it took a long time coming. She started painting 13 years ago, when her children had flown the nest. Like many, she started in watercolour as it seemed less messy, but soon became fascinated by other media and the challenges they presented. She will paint any subject that presents itself, but particularly enjoys portraits and landscapes. Her favourite media are pastels and oils, although she uses watercolour for sketchbook work. Janet loves being outside painting plein air, it has particular challenges that are a constant battle to overcome. W www.paintandpastels.blogspot.co.uk E j.e.poole@btinternet.com P 0044(0)7885 397465 F Janet Poole Artist

CLAIRE HUMPHERSON JEWELLERY DIVA

Claire is Marketing Manager and Jewellery Designer at Beads Direct Ltd. In 8 years at Beads Direct, Claire has designed and made jewellery for a range of publications, taught classes, and currently demonstrates jewellery making on Youtube channel Beads Direct TV. W www.beadsdirect.co.uk E Claire@beadsdirect.co.uk F www.facebook.com/beadsdirect www.facebook.com/clairerose.humpherson

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CAROLYN CALDERON

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Carolyn’s business ‘The Purple Poncho’ was inspired by a real purple poncho that was crocheted for her by her grandmother Mary when she was only seven years of age. It was also the catalyst for her wanting to learn this craft. Carolyn loved to watch her grandmother crochet and was fascinated by her hands flying around a small hook and yarn. Little did she know that crocheting would become a passion in her adult life. W www.thepurpleponcho.com E Carolyn@thepurpleponcho.com F www.facebook.com/thepurpleponcho E www.etsy.com/shop/thepurpleponcho

GLENYS FENTIMAN MOSAIC DIVA

Glenys has been working with and developing her passion for stained glass since the early 1990’s. She started by making lampshades, sun catchers and panels using the copper foil technique. Always striving for new techniques and inspiration, her work evolved into stained glass mosaic, which has been her main field since the mid 1990’s. Glenys loves the colours and textures of glass, and the way light interacts with it. Mosaic has often been thought of as a decorative art, but as with any medium, some mosaic artists have elevated it to the level of Fine Art. This is what she aspires to. She is constantly researching and developing new techniques for glass embellishment and has recently published her first book on this subject. W thefentimanfamily.com E glenmark@internode.on.net P 07 54 999 502

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ARTIST DIVA JANET POOLE PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THE FOLLOWING PAINTINGS HAVE BEEN CROPPED.

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I am happiest when... I am outside painting the landcape from the scenery in front of me.

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I always knew eventually I would be an artist, although it took a long time coming. I started painting 13 years ago, when our children had flown the nest. Like many, I started in watercolour as it seemed less messy, but soon became fascinated by other media and the challenges they presented. I will paint any subject that presents itself, but particularly enjoy portraits and landscapes. My favourite media are pastels and oils now, although I use watercolour for sketchbook work. I love being outside painting plein air, it has particular challenges that are a constant battle to overcome. Do you have formal training or are you self taught? I did a degree in Graphic Design when I left school, and later a BA Fine Arts in Painting, although that taught me a lot about painting in a conceptual manner, I learnt the craft mostly from books, workshops and hours at the easel. Who was the person who encouraged you to pursue your work as an artist? Quietly, my husband and daughter. My lovely mother has been a constant source of encouragement. What is your favourite medium and why? 9

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I am currently enamoured with oils. I love the ability to rethink, rework, and if necessary obliterate. When the weather is inclement I make lampwork glass beads. Where do you find inspiration for your paintings? Wherever the light shines on the landscape or an interesting face smiles at me. Is there a particular piece you are currently working on? I am currently working on a series of North Yorkshire Plein Air landscapes for a forthcoming exhibition. What do you consider to be your greatest artistic achievement? Having a series selected for a juried exhibition and selling them all. How do you market your work? Local and national exhibitions, word of mouth, and showing on the internet. I am currently in the process of making a new website, and I find Facebook an excellent way of networking. I have recently taken a short course on Promoting Your Art Business, which has given me lots of ideas to pursue. What has been your greatest challenge to date and how did you resolve it? Overcoming my dislike of getting in a mess with paint. That is why I did Graphic Design for my first Degree, rather than Fine Art. I have learnt to follow my heart now, and I know that mess washes off. Overcoming my fear of not being ‘good enough’ held me back for a long time, but the more I work the stronger and more confident I become. If you could choose any artist (alive or not) to meet and share a meal with, who would that be, what would you talk about and what would be on the menu? I would love to dine out with Salvador Dali. I love his flamboyance. We would no doubt talk about developing ideas from inspirations (not that I particularly want to paint like he did, but am fascinated by how he arrived at the ideas for his images), and eat squids and snails with Patatas Bravas and Sangria in the sunshine.

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CONTACT DETAILS W www.paintandpastels.blogspot.co.uk E j.e.poole@btinternet.com P 0044(0)7885 397465 F Janet Poole Artist PHOTO CREDITS J POOLE PHOTO CREDIT PORTRAIT OF JANET LIAM RYAN 10

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CHARACTER STUDY PASTEL

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DIVA INTERVIEW GLENYS FENTIMAN Glenys has always had that irrepressible creative urge. When she discovered the amazing, virtually limitless world of glass, she realised that there are so many possibilities she could spend several lifetimes learning and not even get close to knowing everything! Glenys is fortunate to live in the beautiful and very arty town of Maleny which is located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia. There’s inspiration wherever she looks; from the beautiful wildlife to the towering ancient rainforest trees, as well as her own creative mind. She loves the fact that glass is such a durable material, and her works will live on long after she’s gone to the big mosaic workshop in the sky!

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Her bespoke studio is stuffed full of everything a creative mosaicist could need (except for a kiln for fusing and slumping glass which is on the wish list). She teaches her Glass Mosaic Classes in the studio, and these have been so successful she’s now putting together classes to cover Glass Cutting and Embellishment. Australian correspondent Libby Zernike is delighted to bring you the following interview with Glenys.  What have been the experiences and training that led you to work as a mosaic artist? I attended a class many years ago on how to make leadlight panels, but since then I’ve been largely self-taught. Experience is the best teacher, and the occasional disaster has often served to show me the way to a new technique or material. How do you market your products? I’m involved in two artist run galleries where I not only sell my work, but also help with the management of the galleries. Recently I’ve ventured into the internet marketing world, and particularly with my new book I’ll be doing more online selling. Do you run workshops? Certainly do! I teach a beginner’s class on Glass Mosaics. Using glass is quite different from using bits of broken crockery and tiles. Due to demand I’ll soon be offering classes on Clever Cutting and Embellishment. I believe you are about to launch a book. Please tell us a little about that. My first book has just been published – “Embellishment for Glass Mosaic Art – Tips, Techniques and Inspiration”. Writing it has been a huge learning experience, not having been a particularly computer literate person, and without the invaluable help of my

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good friends and family it’d still just be an idea. Do you have any tips for people who are trying to create a business from arts and crafts? It’s always been a tough business to make a living from but money isn’t everything. The sheer satisfaction of seeing your ideas come to life is well worth it. What are your future plans for your business? My main goal is to achieve sufficient recognition from my book that I’m invited to present workshops around the world! Other than that, I plan to keep researching and experimenting with techniques and materials which could enhance my work and advance the cause of recognising glass mosaic as ART rather than craft. Do you have friends or family who support you in your creative endeavours? I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family and friends. I know this sounds clichéd but it’s so true. My husband Mark has always supported all of my creative pursuits and helps where he can. What do you do when you want to relax from your work as an artist? Listen to an audio book while I work in my studio on new artworks!

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CROCHET DESIGNER CAROLYN CALDERON

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Carolyn’s business ‘The Purple Poncho’, was inspired by a real purple poncho that was crocheted for her by her grandmother Mary. When she was thirteen years old she made custom ordered crocheted bathing suit tops for a local shop. In this interview, Carolyn talks about her current designs and how crochet is fast becoming an ‘in vogue’ craft. By Joan Gordon Hi Carolyn, thanks for joining us here at MCD. I guess my first question should start with; what was the first thing you ever crocheted? Well, it was so long ago, I do not know for sure, but I do remember making ponchos, afghans, and doilies during elementary school. I made ponchos for my girlfriends and afghans for my family members. I also made doilies and had them all over the house. When I was thirteen, I would ride my bike up to the local bathing suit shop after school and pick up the thread and orders. I would ride home and crochet them, they were a solid colour with two stripes of a different colour on the top edges, and I was paid $5 for each top. It took me about half an hour to make one top, I crochet very fast. I bet the people who bought them had no idea they were made by a young teenager! INTERVIEW CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE 17

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Crocheting was popular about twenty five years ago. Why has it made such a big come back as a craft skill? I believe crochet is making a comeback for several reasons. We’re in a DIY (do-it-yourself) era and people are taking pride in giving something that is handmade, either from themselves or someone they know. They are seeking unique, one-of-a-kind items instead of something that every store has in stock.With more and more stay at home moms, they are looking for ways to socialize and it can also help bring in some money too. Crochet has a therapeutic effect, and it can help reduce stress levels and build self esteem. Fashion trends are also influencing the popularity of crochet by incorporating it into their clothing lines and upcoming styles on the runways. What inspired you to create the ‘Purple Poncho’ Facebook site? I started my crochet business to have something for me when my children leave for college. I love crochet and it has brought me out of my shell. I’ve created “The Purple Poncho” facebook page to connect with people who share the same passion for crochet. Do you sell your patterns or only the finished articles? Up to now, I’ve only sold my finished items, not my patterns.I’ve had a lot of requests for my patterns, and it is something that I will be looking into next. How well does your facebook shop work for you? Would you recommend it for other people who wish to create a virtual shop for selling their work? I’ve just recently added the App to my Facebook page, which is connected to my Etsy shop. All the items in my Etsy shop can quickly be seen on my Facebook page without navigating away from Facebook. I do recommend adding the App, it is another way to showcase your designs online. When making jewellery do you create the pattern first or do you allow the design to form and take notes along the way? I usually have a design in mind, as to the shape and how I want it to look by the end result. I start by adding beads onto my thread or wire, and start crocheting. I write down what I’ve done after each row, adding which materials I’ve used, how many beads, and hook size. I usually use my very favourite crochet hook that was my Great Grandma Mom’s hook. It is very, very small, made of steel, and very strong. I really put it to the test when working with wire. It is the only hook that hasn’t bent out of shape. After some time has passed, it is nice to go back to my pattern notes to create more of my most popular designs. 18

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Many artists and designers make video’s of them and post on Utube demonstrating their skills, do you use this form of social media? I have not made any videos yet, but I have had several requests to do so. This is another area that I want to work on as well. What projects are you currently involved in and what are your future plans and goals? Right now, I am working on several custom orders, such as a red beaded handbag, team spirit scarves for a local high school, and several orders for newborn baby hats and matching blankets for photo props. I’m also working on my inventory of jewellery, purses, scarves, hats, boot cuffs and mittens for my upcoming fall boutiques. My future plans are to write my own patterns and publish them, make my own teaching videos on YouTube, and attend the big conferences each year, eventually being an exhibitor. One of my goals is to begin teaching crochet to small groups of students. Right now, I have several people who have requested my class and I plan to provide oneon-one attention and inspire the love of crochet in my students, just like my Grandma Mary did for me many years ago. What products and materials do you find a challenge but love working with? Crocheting with wire has been my biggest challenge. It is not flexible and it doesn’t stretch at all, the way yarn does. I find it hard on my hands and fingers as well as on my crochet hooks. I’ve actually bent some newly purchased steel hooks while working with wire. I do love the results of crocheting with wire though. When I wear my jewellery and I tell people I crocheted it out of wire and beads, they are genuinely surprised. There are lots of different coloured wire available now, as well as real gold and sterling silver wire that I love working with too. Is there an era, that if you could time travel, you would like to visit? I would like to go back in time when my Grandma Mary and Great Grandma Mom were younger, so I could teach them some of the advanced stitches I’ve learned, for example, one of my favourites, the broomstick lace stitch. I can imagine us having to use a real broomstick handle instead of a large knitting needle. Where do you live and why you love living there? I live in beautiful, sunny, Southern California. I love living here because we have beautiful weather year round. We are close to the beach, the mountains, deserts, and beautiful parks. I love nature and being outdoors, and enjoy hiking and skiing in the mountains, fishing on the lake, and going to the beach with my family. September 2013


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CLAIRE HUMPHERSON Making jewellery is...something I simply love! I always try to make creating wearable jewellery my focus. I find there are certain pieces I make that I wear over and over again and these are my biggest successes. It means I have made them well; they suit me and work with my clothing. They also make me feel good when I wear them.This is what I try to demonstrate so that others can make similar items and hopefully have a similar experience! It also tends to help if they sparkle, but that’s not a requirement!

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Could you give us an overview of how you make jewellery and the materials that you use? I make fashion jewellery using beads, crystals, wire, leather and thread. I like to use different techniques such as wirework, macramé, kumihimo and I quite enjoy working with clay too. I love using Swarovski Elements because they are always good quality and I find that a little sparkle lifts most pieces. What have been the experiences and training that led you to start making jewellery? I have always been creative and crafts of any type were my favourite childhood activities. When I finished my degree I heard about a temporary job at Beads Direct and I jumped at the chance to work with beads. I hadn’t made jewellery before but I couldn’t wait to get started. I found jewellery making really suited me. I can easily create a striking piece really quickly if I want something to wear with an outfit, but if I have time to enjoy the creative process I can tackle something much more adventurous.The temporary job at Beads Direct turned into much more and I am still there 8 years later! I tend to work with two design styles, fast and fashionable makes for our Beads Direct emails and website, and projects that stretch my skills for a more detailed magazine make. I always like to try out new items that we start to stock which is why I tend to get hooked on things like resin clay and kumihimo braiding! Please tell us about the business you are currently working with? Beads Direct sells a wide range of beads and jewellery making materials online. The business was established in 2004 so we will soon be celebrating our 10th birthday! Business online is so busy our team focus solely online, making sure we offer the best service possible, dispatching orders quickly and accurately so you get the beads you need, when you want them.We pride ourselves in being the best online and don’t want to risk any

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disruptions to the service we offer. Our journey has taken Beads Direct through 3 premises so far, as we moved 3 years ago into a large unit to help us fit in our ever-expanding bead range! Our current warehouse has allowed us to hold more stock, and fulfill orders even more quickly. We also aim to inspire jewellery makers by producing new jewellery projects every week, so whatever our day job within the business we’re always thinking of jewellery design ideas too. Do you have any tips for people who are trying to create a business from arts and crafts? It’s really fantastic to see how many of our customers have successful jewellery making businesses. My advice would be to try to think commercially as well as creatively. If you’re making jewellery, look at what people like to wear. Sometimes it’s the really simple pieces that sell the best so if you’re serious about running a business you need to define who you’re selling to and what they want to buy. But overall, enjoy it! There are so many platforms and tools to help you sell online these days you can sometimes get started without too many overheads. We have lots of useful articles on our blog from the jewellery business week we ran: http://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/blog/category/ jewellery-business-2/ What are your future plans and goals for your career? My job at Beads Direct gives me a good balance between marketing and making jewellery which I’m not sure I’d get anywhere else. My goals are always to improve both my jewellery making and my marketing skills. I have a lot of exciting projects coming up with Beads Direct so my goal is to ensure they are all delivered to deadline and are successful in helping the business achieve growth targets. I am also constantly working on the Beads Direct website to make it as easy as possible to use. This week saw the launch of our updated projects area which has lots of new functions and exciting areas to help everyone get started with jewellery making: http://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/projects/ I also have

my own designer page: http://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/ projects/designer/claire-humpherson/ Do you have friends or family who support you in your creative endeavours? The Beads Direct team are extremely supportive in all creative endeavours.We all love to bring our creations in to the office and can’t wait to see what each other creates. Everyone has a different style and we are often inspired by each other’s designs. My family and friends outside Beads Direct are also very supportive, they put up with my many hours spent creating jewellery! I have been lucky enough to be asked to create jewellery for some close friend’s weddings over the past few years which has been a challenge, a joy and an honour. What is the next challenge for you personally? My next (and constant) challenge is to keep ahead of jewellery trends. In my role as both a marketer and jewellery designer I need to lead the team in bringing fresh and exciting jewellery designs to our customers. This relies on our purchasers sourcing unique components and on finding interesting and creative ways to use these components.

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Five fabulous books to entertain and inspire you. By Jennifer Schembri.

Decorative Art 50s by Charlotte & Peter Fiell, £12.99 Published by Taschen ISBN 978-3-8365-4458-0

This small but chunky book is packed full of interior design from the 1950s, from complete interiors to furniture and fabrics. It is a compilation of highlights from the Decorative Arts yearbooks that were produced by The Studio Magazine, a publication founded in 1893. This annual survey was dedicated to current trends in architecture, interiors, furniture, lighting, textiles and much more. Largely in black and white, the book is crammed full of photos and snippets of information that showcase the style that defined the decade.The stunning fabrics are probably my favourite things to look through, they are bold and bright – definitely not for the feint hearted! I also love the distinctive, quirky lighting styles, many of which still form the basis of lighting designs today. It is interesting to see how products were changing at the time; natural, traditional materials like wood were giving way to bright, colourful plastics, resulting in an aesthetic that – although it may seem kitsch to us today – was refreshingly modern and new. This book would make a great addition to your collection if you like a good reference book, as flicking through it will undoubtedly spark new ideas for designs of your own, whatever medium you work in.

I Used To Be A Design Student by Billy Kiosoglou & Frank Philippin, £17.95 Published by Laurence King ISBN 978-1-85669-898-6

Here’s a book for the graphic designers amongst you, or indeed anyone interested in the world of graphic design and some of its most influential artists. This collection features 50 graphic designers ‘then and now’ from across the globe. Each person was asked to share a student project and a professional one – not necessarily their favourites, but the ones that represent defining moments in their professional journey. The result is a wonderful collection of very diverse work from some of the industry’s most talented graphic designers. The book also includes interesting sections that compare ‘then and now’, trivia such as favoured mode of transport, weight and most valued possession. Not being a graphic design professional, many of the names here were new to me. However I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their work both past and present, reading the designer’s views on it, and exploring the connections between their formative years and the professional careers that followed. It is not necessarily a book for everyone, but for graphic designers and design students this is definitely worth a look. Graphic designers will be intrigued to see what their contemporaries were producing in their student days, and students will find it a reassuring reminder that the professional graphic designers they aspire to be were once students too.

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Savory Bites by Hollis Wilder, £16.99 Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN 978-1-61769-019-8

I was drawn to this book because, as someone who prefers savoury to sweet, I was intrigued to see how I could use my cupcake pan on a much more regular basis. Using anything from bread, pastry and dough to lettuce, salmon and bacon, Hollis shows you how to line your cupcake pan then fill it with all kinds of tasty ingredients before baking them in the oven. There are far too many recipes to mention, but a few of my favourites include: risottos with green vegetables, penne pasta gratins, spinach & mushroom quiche, Spanish tortillas and smoked salmon sandwiches. Who knew there were so many uses for the humble cupcake pan?! These mini meals not only help control portion size – because let’s face it, we’re all very able to eat more than what we actual require on occasion – but they are also ideal for people like me, who would rather have several different smaller dishes than one great big one that can get a bit boring. They are also great for children, who will love to help make these savoury treats. Oh and if you aren’t already convinced to give Hollis’ recipes a go, bear in mind her pedigree… this talented woman has cooked regularly for a whole host of famous names, including Jay Leno, Michael Jackson, Kevin Costner and the creators and writers of Will & Grace!

Boutique London by Richard Lester, £24.95 Published by ACC Editions ISBN 978-1-851496495

Like many fashion fiends and shopoholics, I’m intrigued by the 1960s and 70s, and all that the era had to offer. London in particular was at the centre of a cultural explosion, a collision of fashion and music, where the youth ruled the streets and set the trends. And nowhere was more representative of this than the London boutiques, particularly in King’s Road and Carnaby Street. This beautiful book is a history of these iconic shopping destinations, featuring in-depth profiles of 30 retailers and details of 50 smaller boutiques. The beautiful photography features shop fronts, iconic designers, models and celebrities, and really brings these shopping destinations to life. Many well-known boutiques that defined the era are included, such as Granny Takes a Trip, Too Fast to Love, Too Young to Die, Biba and The Beatles’ Apple Boutique. It really is a wonderful book for anyone who loves vintage fashion, successfully capturing the spirit of the era and beautifully showcasing the weird, wonderful and often short-lived boutiques that defined it.

Punk Press by Vincent Bernière & Mariel Primois, £25 Published by Abrams ISBN 978-1-4197-0629-5

This is another beautiful book that takes you back in time, to the 1970s and that most powerful of movements in music and fashion – punk. It is a visually stunning book, crammed full of unique artwork that will appeal to fans of music and design alike. Specifically covering 1968 to 1980, Punk Press presents the extensive press coverage that punk garnered, from professional magazines to hand-stapled fanzines.These contained current ideas on music, art and current events, but became iconic for their creative use of graphic design. Included in the book are some of punk presses finest examples of collage, cut-outs and handcrafted typography, from the UK, US and beyond. These highly creative pages are a joy to look through, coming from punk publications with fantastic names such as Sniffin’ Glue, Search & Destroy, and Another Tuneless Racket.There are iconic and lesser-known images of punk’s greatest bands too, including the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Dead Kennedys, Patti Smith and many more. It is an incredible collection of art work and design, featuring photos, fabulous illustrations and articles, all of which demonstrate the creative flair and passion that saw punk evolve from a musical style to an entire generationdefining movement, with an aesthetic all of its own.

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INSPIRATIONAL FACEBOOK LINKS + WEBSITES New feature! Welcome to our feature article ‘FACEBOOK & WEBSITE LIKES’. Each month we will publish facebook posts and websites that we think are really helpful, inspiring or bring a smile to our face. Here are this month’s best sites! INTERNATIONAL FELTMAKERS ASSOCIATION If you are interested in felting and would like to know more or to expand your knowledge and skills, this site is a must visit. The International Feltmakers’ Association, is a not for profit organisation established to promote felt in all its forms. The association is non selective and welcomes everyone with an interest in feltmaking from the beginner to the professional. VISIT www.feltmakers.com

LOGO Copyright - International Feltmakers Association LEFT Delegates at our 2012 AGM and Conference, Kingswood School, Bath 12th-15th April.

THE CAKE DECORATING COMPANY Here is a fab site for all those who love to bake. There’s plenty of delicious information here, good supply of products plus practical workshops and classes on offer. Check it out! Shop at the U.K. home of the world’s best and most innovative Cake Decorating, Chocolate Making, Sugar Craft and Baking Company! CAKE DECORATING COURSES Many to choose from: Nothing is difficult when you know how and cake decorating is no exception.We hold a variety of courses almost daily which bring you face-to-face with the experts and their experience. All courses are taught in small groups so that you get one to one coaching which are available on all aspects of cake decorating.We provide you with the tools and know-how. All you have to do is soak up the knowledge of excellent cake decorators.We hold courses at different times of the day and all days of the week so you can take an evening class or one during the weekend to fit around your work schedule or other responsibilities. If there is an aspect of cake decorating that you need help with and you cannot find the right course we also offer individual coaching from it basics to starting your own cake business. Please take a look at the range of current courses. VISIT www.thecakedecoratingcompany.co.uk 26

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NEW FEATURE ONLINE CERAMICS Online Ceramics is for anyone who loves handmade contemporary studio pottery. Every piece is individually chosen to give you the very best examples of the artists work. Online Ceramics aims to bring you the very best in contemporary British studio pottery. We have personally visited every potter and ceramic artist that features on this site in their studios. We have chosen with the potter representative samples of their work. Our minimum criterion is that every potter has worked professionally in ceramics for at least 10 years. However, most of those featured have well over 30 years experience. Peter Ward, the founder of Online Ceramics, has had a life long interest in studio pottery. Peter first discovered studio pottery during a rainy school art fieldtrip to Plymouth’s Barbican when his art teacher took the class to see John Pollex working in the Barbican Craft Workshops. Soon afterwards Peter, at the age of 14, went on to work for John until he went on to art college to study fine art three years later. VISIT www.onlineceramics.com

ARTISTS NETWORK This website has so much to offer artists all over the globe. From online tutorials, tips from experts, books, events, a digital magazine, you’ll find inspritational and practical information. There’s plenty here to hold your interest and further your painting skills.This is a brilliant site and one that we now subscribe to! VISIT www.artistsnetwork.com

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EDITOR’S GUEST SIMON HURST This month our Editor’s Guest is a school teacher who, with 11 other equally unfit chaps, recently raised over £24,000 for charity by cycling from London to Paris. In this interview, Simon chats with Joan about the charity, the actual event and his future plans and goals. Hi Simon, thanks for joining us. Would you explain what inspired you to want to cycle from London to Paris and about the Charity you are supporting? The ride was the concept of Antony Warren, a friend whose family have been particularly affected by the devastating effects ofAlzheimer’s. His stepfather, once a housemaster at Ardingly Collage, is in permanent care. Antony wanted to do something to raise as much money as possible for the Alzheimer’s Society. A curry and several bottles of wine later it seemed like a good idea to cycle from Trafalgar Square to The Eiffel Tower! When we floated the idea with some of our friends we were amazed to see just how many were somehow linked to this terrible disease, and wanted to be part of the fundraising. How many people were involved in this event and how long did it take to raise sponsorship? We soon had 12 blokes signed up and ready for the challenge, including Matthew who flew in from Australia to do it! It took the best 29

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part of a year to plan and train for the ride. At one point the title was going to be ‘Fat Blokes on Bikes’ - that says it all as some of us are not exactly of Bradley Wiggin’s physique! We went with ‘Paris or Bust’ in the end. We launched the website and just giving page in March of this year and started to spread the word. You must have had to do a lot of training in preparation for this event. How often did you train and how many miles did you ride to prepare yourselves mentally and physically? We tried to meet up to train every weekend. 10 miles seemed a very long way when we first started, but soon we were doing 40 mile rides. It wasn’t until we did one of our sponsors’ rides to Ardingly College that we were faced with the concept of hills! This is when it really did become a mental challenge, however the difference of cycling in a group is amazing. Had I been on my own I would have given up. On one of the rides we did, an old lady on an electric scooter overtook me. I did ask her if she wanted to trade transport! What was your greatest challenge in organising this venture? Antony had worked tirelessly on booking hotels and the ferry, and liaising with our main sponsors. It was a mammoth effort and we helped as much as we could. Just getting people together to do rides to our sponsors’ events was an effort, but all worth it when you see the money coming in. Please share with us some details about the actual ride. Sitting on my bike at the start of a 230 mile adventure in Trafalgar square was daunting. 30

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After saying our goodbyes it hit me; have I done enough training, what if I don’t make it…? The first day was a 62 mile ride to the Travelodge in Newhaven. On the 1st of August it was 34 degrees – this was hard, and there were some big, energy-sapping climbs along the way. I have never drunk so much water as I did that day. I don’t think anyone has been so pleased to see a Travelodge before! Day two started with a ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe. We did 45 miles of the easiest cycling that afternoon once off the ferry. A converted railway line that is beautifully tarmacked and flat! Old stations have been converted into cafes and it was a joy to be on. Day three was the biggy, 89 gruelling miles with temperatures hitting 27 degrees! Lots of people said “Well at least it’s flat in France.” No it is not! We needed crampons to get up one hill and that was after 60 miles. Again I was so glad to be in September 2013


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a group – the jokes and support made it so much easier. Although it was 89 miles it was some of the most beautiful countryside I have cycled through. It was tough getting back on the bike for day 4, but we only had 40 miles to go. A few more hills later and we caught our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. Did you have a back up team of helpers to assist you during the journey? Our back up team was brilliant. Alice and Nick leap frogged us in a Land Rover full of our kit, spare tyres, inner tubes, pumps and gallons of water. We could not have done it without them. What was the best part of the event and what was the worst? 31

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Despite it being hard work, with some dark moments, it was still one of the most fun things I have done because of the camaraderie and banter of the team. The worst bit was the nappy rash, however Sudocrem is brilliant stuff!! The feeling of arriving into Paris must have been amazing. Where did you finish the ride and what were the first thoughts that went through your mind. Our first sight of the Eiffel Tower was a strangely emotional moment. Suddenly we turned a corner where at its base, were our welcoming party ready to meet us. There was only one thing to do now – celebrate. So we did…hard! What are your plans for future charity events September 2013


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and how will the funds you have raised be used to help others? Who knows? We have talked about possibly starting in Paris and cycling to another European destination. Wherever we go, it will not be for a couple of years. I cannot believe just how generous people have been, and we are still collecting money. So far we’ve raised £24,000. I think it would be unfair to hit our families and friends again too soon. Because of Antony’s hard work and dedication and our generous sponsors we have been able to do everything ourselves, so every single penny will go to the Alzheimer’s Society for their tireless work with people with dementia. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? I would like to thank our sponsors: Boxt Solutions for our shirts, The Westerham Brewery Pub Company and The Ardingly Society for publicity events, and IP9 Clothing. com for the support team shirts. We would not have been able to do it without them! If you are interested to find out more about our journey then please do visit our facebook page and website. If dementia is something that has affected your life and you would like to contribute then please visit the ‘Virgin Giving page’ via our website.

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SHARING In the following pages we offer practical and interesting articles from professional artists, designers and business owners who have generously offered to share their experiences, knowledge and skill with our readers. This month we welcome...... TRAVEL DIVA YAN FAHEY Our travel Diva Yan is on her personal adventure exploring the world. In this issue she shares with us her most recent visit to London. Join Yan on her adventure to this vibrant city which is so full of history, culture and entertainment. PHOTOGRAPHY DON RICHARD WALSH One of Richard’s great loves in photography and imagery in general is space. Not the interstellar space that surrounds our planet but the space around us all in our lives and in particular he loves the way that space, and lots of it can enhance the way we look at people, everyday objects and events in our daily life. In this article he offers his professional advice on ‘How Less can be More’. JEWELLERY DIVA LANZAJEWEL ANNE MACLEOD CRISP This month Anne is featuring some beautiful Japanese paper washi flowers she made using the art of origami. This is quite a break from her usual focus on jewellery but as she said, it’s a very therapeutic activity. DESIGNER DIVA JOAN GORDON Joan shares her most recent visit to Strawberry Hill house in Twickenham London. This house is the largest gothic home built in Britain. Created by Horace Walpole in the 18th century, Strawberry Hill is internationally famous. It also inspired the first gothic novel The Castle of Otranto. JEWELLERY + BEADING DIVA KATHY LAKE Kathy joins us this month as a new contributor. Inspired by a New York travel article written by Yan Fahey, Katy decided to share her bead shopping experience in the Great Apple. She offers some good shopping information for those interested in exploring this interesting city. GLASS + JEWELLERY DIVA DEBORAH DEW Debbie shares with us an article about how she joined a Beadathon to make lampwork beads for the Be Aware of Child Cancer organization. BoC/BCCA supports children going through treatment for cancer, each bead a child receives marks a milestone in their treatment so has a very special meaning to the children taking part and also to their families. 33

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TRAVEL DIVA YAN FAHEY - WHAT I LOVE ABOUT LONDON SIGHT SEEING IN LONDON

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TRAVEL DIVA YAN FAHEY I used to play Monopoly and was familiar with the famous sites in London, so when I arrived the first time in 1986, I was very excited to be in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, to name a few. I was back in London in May and August. It is a vibrant, beautiful, busy city with lots to see and do. Going to a show or musical is one of the things everyone does when in London. It was great fun sipping wine, watching Singing in the Rain, the Lion King, We Will Rock You and Les Miserables to a standing ovation.

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DIVINE INTERVIEW YAN FAHEY When your feet get weary, you can take and break and relax at the many sidewalk cafes or great pubs nearby. Catching the ferry for a cruise along the River Thames is great way to go from central London to Greenwich where the restored Cutty Sark sits majestically near the riverfront. There are so many great restaurants and curries being one of my favourite dishes, we had great meals at the Bombay Palace in Marble Arch and the Noor Jahan in South Kensington which attract famous names like Hugh Grant, Eric Clapton and Rowan Atkinson. Unfortunately they were not there when I visited. Visiting the markets is a must, especially the food and farmers markets where you can taste cheese, wines, baked goods, dried meats and sausages. My favourites are the famous Portobello and Borough markets. Strolling along the Southbank by the River Thames where there are street shows, food festivals, the London Eye, eating mussels cooked in wine at an upstairs outdoor cafe with my niece and watching the passing parade is always a highlight. London is also famous for shopping. Clothes, shoes, everything galore at Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Nottingham Hill and Harrods where the food displays are magnificent and the prices grand.

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LESS IS MORE Richard shares with us his latest photography tips for using space and imagery to enhance your work. One of my great loves in photography and imagery in general is space, not the interstellar space that surrounds our planet but the space around us all in our lives and in particular I love the way that space, and lots of it can enhance the way we look at people, everyday objects and events in our daily life. So what I would like to recommend to you is to go out with your camera and find scenes around you that are filled with mostly space. You may have to adjust the settings on your camera to make the background blurred by increasing the aperture or set it on the ‘macro’ setting to go in close. The end result can be surprisingly effective. Surrounding an image with lots of blank space doesn’t work with every type of shot so experiment. You can delete what doesn’t work later on. Look for shapes lines and textures and try to focus on parts of what you see rather than the whole picture.

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TABLE + CHAIRS Don’t worry about lack of colour in the shot either, sometimes the absence of colour can simplify and enhance the finished product. Many cameras and phones now have an option to take the shot in black and white…try it! SHAWL ON THE WALL I saw this shawl and the texture with shadows around it and had to have the shot, don’t be afraid of the simplicity of the unexpected. WASHING LINE The colours of the clothes and the black empty space behind tell a kind of story about the life of whoever lives here adding to the visual imagery that I think is great. RED BOAT IN THE MIST A misty shot of a boat off the south coast. By placing the image in a corner the empty space around it does more to enhance the image and drawing the eye to it. PIC OF SIESTA Minimalism works with people too, not always though… try different situations and move the person away from the centre.

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The following information has been resourced from: http:// digital-photography-school. com I think this information is really useful and thought I would share it with you. Visit the above link to read more. Less is More Composition Textures and colours Lines and geometric patterns Pick subjects wisely Experiment with colour Reduce depth of field Crop out distractions Zoom In Zoom Out • obviously for a subject to dominate an image even when it’s relatively small in the scheme of the overall shot it will need to be a fairly striking or contrasting one. • contrasting colours between your subject and the rest of the shot are one way to make it stand out. Perhaps why I was stimulated to write this post was that the‘blue assignment’ produced so many shots in which the majority of the image was one colour with a contrasting subject. Alternatively making the subject the same colour as your background can give a minimalist type feeling also. 41

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Another strategy that photographers use is to strip the colour out of shots – often in post production. • another way to focus the eye on your subject is to strip out detail from the background of your shot by making it blurry. The best way to do this is to use your aperture settings. • perhaps the most effective way to rid your photos of distracting details and to leave shots with a feeling of space is to crop your shots in a way that edges out the details. This is not always possible of course if the details are in the middle of your images (in that case you might need to learn to use Photoshop) but can often be useful. • in framing your shots utilize your zoom to eliminate distractions • alternatively zooming out to a wide angle can also give a feeling of space as it decreases the size of distracting elements. Feel free to contact me with any questions, I’m always happy to help. Cheers Richard.

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DIVINE SHARING Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner. More details of Washi may be found on the internet (Wikipedia), suffice it to say it is a very lengthy process to make this special paper. Inspired by a wonderful present of paper flowers (red and green photo) that I received from my talented friend Loli Gonzalez Cabrera, I decided to have a go at Origami flowers. I first bought from orientaldirect. co.uk a box of washi paper and then looked up a tutorial on You Tube (3D Origami Flower for the lot 8 window by Chloe Dao). I found a very simple one done by this Japanese Lady who made up a series of petals to make a flower for the window decoration for her shop. What you will need: square paper, or A4 coloured paper, then fold it to make a square and the strip you cut off will make two smaller squares. Scissors, a glue gun and strong glue for the smaller ones. Bamboo sticks that you would use for kebabs for the stems of the flower.

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I watched the tutorial twice, as I made a mistake the first time but after that, there was no stopping me. Yes, it is time consuming but very therapeutic. I made up about 30 petals before deciding which colours to put together to make up the flower.  Making flowers with plain coloured paper is called Kusudama.  You can use 4,5 or 6 petals to make up the flower. Kusudama is the plain coloured paper flower in the photographs and the small flowers are made with small square washi paper. If you’re looking for a new skill to add to your creative work I can certainly recommend origami! Join me on facebook if you’d like to share your creative ideas, I’m always interested in seeing what other people are making and meeting new friends. All the best, Anne.

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IN NEW YORK CITY BY KATHY LAKE

Hello, I’m Kathy Lake. My jewellery label is Vintage Dreams Jewellery. After reading the travel article featuring New York in a past issue of MCD, written by Yan Fahey, I thought I’d write to Joan about my visit.To my delight she agreed to publish my story. Here, I share with fellow jewellery makers and beaders, my adventures shopping for beads in ‘The Big Apple’. In June 2013, I travelled with my husband to the US for our 30th wedding anniversary. For part of the trip we spent five days in New York. I am very fortunate that I have an understanding husband when it comes to beading. All of our trips away usually involve beads in one form or another! Prior to our holiday I researched bead shops online and to my delight I discovered there were more than just a few in New York. I was very excited at this news. Beading journal to hand I noted all the details and shortlisted it to around 6 bead shops to visit (I think I may have been pushing it if we just visited bead shops the whole time we were there) and I kept some space in my suitcase to bring back purchased treasures. 44

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This was my first visit to New York and luckily we managed to book a hotel just a few blocks from all the bead stores‌ I was in beady heaven! Not so great was arriving at New York in the middle of a tropical storm. But hey, I’m British so I unpacked my umbrella and rain Mac and went shopping! First on my list was Phoenix Beads and I was gutted, it was CLOSED! They were away at a bead show in Tuscan. I was most disappointed but luckily all of the other stores on my list were open. Within just a few blocks there were some amazing bead stores, nothing like the UK. All so close together, some of them even had 2 floors of beads! I was like 45

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a kid in a sweet shop. It was fabulous. I had a couple of unexpected finds too which was lovely. My favorite store had to be City Beads on 37th Street. I was served by an older couple who were really knowledgeable and helpful. It was great for buying hanks of seed beads and fire polished crystals, there were so many colours to choose from. I bought some beautiful blue and purple beads on my first visit and some awesome pink tone beads on my second visit. Most of the stores around 37th Street were wholesalers so you bought strings in dozens, so more outlay but much better value in the long run. Another great store September 2013


DIVINE SHARING for unusual buttons was M&J trimmings near 37th St. The only disappointment for me really was the lack of bronze charms. I managed to get a few in a Michael’s department store, but I had really hoped to get some in the bead stores. I couldn’t wait till I got home to try them out so I managed to make a few things whilst travelling around the US for the rest of my trip One of the bead stores near Times Square actually had a husbands seating area outside! As this was about the 8th or 9th store we visited that day, my husband was most pleased with this! The whole experience was so much fun that I am planning to do it all again next year! Kathy Lake

VINTAGE DREAMS JEWELLERY E all-that-glitters@live.co.uk F www.facebook.com/vintagedreamsjewellery W www. vintagedreamsjewellery.weebly.com RESOURCES CITY BEADS W www.citybeadsny.com 15 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018 (212) 575-1177 M&J TRIMMINGS W www.mjtrim.com A 1008 Sixth Avenue (Between 37th & 38th St) New York, NY 10018

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DIVINE LAMPWORK ARTIST DEBBIE DEW

JOIN ME AT THE FOLLOWING BEAD FAIRS THE MIDLANDS BEAD FAIR Location: National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham Date: Sunday 13th October 2013 10am - 4pm WELSH BEAD FAIR Sunday 6th October 2013 The Village Hotel, Cardiff 10am - 4pm My work is also available for sale online at: W www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Glassmania

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LAMPWORK DIVA DEBORAH DEW

BE CHILD CANCER AWARE A group of UK lampworkers got together recently to take part in a 24 hour beadathon, taking it in turns to keep a torch running for 24 hours to raise awareness for Beads of Courage and Be Child Cancer Aware and make as many beads as they could to donate to the programme. I couldn’t be with them but I wanted to do my bit, so, on the day of this event, I lit my own torch and joined in. Beads of Courage started in the United States, its run here in the UK by Be Child Cancer Aware http:// www.bechildcanceraware.org/ BoC/BCCA supports children going through treatment for cancer, each 48

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bead a child receives marks a milestone in their treatment so has a very special meaning to the children taking part and also to their families. The programme is slowly expanding throughout the UK but it’s limited in how many children it can help by how many donations it receives, even if you’re a beginner lampworker, your beads would be appreciated. Children don’t see the flaws we see in our work.They see the pretty colours and shapes. If you’ve seen my work, you know I usually make adult beads but these beads were to be given to children with cancer and I wanted to do something different. I took the plunge and stepped way outside of my comfort zone, trying things I’d never attempted before, including pigs and bugs and toothy grins. I hope the children get as much fun out of receiving them as I did by making them Debbie xx

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Here is a quick tutorial for my lampwork friends.These pigs are fun to make and make ideal gifts for children. 1. Make a tab or lentil bead using effetre pink 2. Add two white dots on the upper half of the bead for eyes 3. Put two smaller black dots on top of the white dots, heat and press flat but don’t melt in 4. Put a big dot of pink just below the eye dots, heat and poke two indents towards the bottom of the big dot to form the nose 5. Add two big pink dots above the eyes for ears, squash each dot between your mashers 6. Heat each dot gently and using a clean mandrel or similar push the edge forward to form the pigs ear 7. Heat the whole thing up and pop it in the kiln RESOURCES VIEW DEBBIES BEADS AT: http://79.170.44.81/silverartz.co.uk/ http://www.makeglassbeads.co.uk/Reviews.html www.britishlampwork.co.uk/tag/debbie-dew/ W: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Glassmania

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WITH JOAN BY JOAN GORDON A few minutes south of Twickenham High Street, in England, you’ll find The Alexander Pope Hotel which is a modern, fully air-conditioned hotel with a traditional pub, overlooking the River Thames. Within walking distance of Twickenham Stadium, on the banks of the Thames in Strawberry Hill, The Alexander Pope Hotel is the perfect place to eat, drink and stay as my husband and I did in August this year. Several of our friends joined us to celebrate a birthday luncheon in the conservatory attached to the front of the hotel. The light streaming in through the glass roof was glorious, how lucky were we to strike a perfectly sunny English summers day. My view from our table was of boats cruising up and down the Themes River, a swath of lovely garden beds and lush green grass that formed part of one of the many parks that front the river. The large hotel takes its name from the poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744), who had a house on the banks of the Thames near the site of the pub.The pub was built by Young’s in 1852 on part of Pope’s old garden but it was destroyed during a bombing raid during the Second World War. The present building was opened in 1959. We found the food to be particularly good and extremely well priced, in fact we actually returned to the hotel after our visit to Strawberry Hill house for dinner and again in the morning for breakfast.To be honest we were intending to eat out but after a long walk along the river, we were too tired to continue into Twickenham in search of a restaurant. It was very easy to sit back with a cool drink, enjoying a light meal, watching the activity on the river. 53

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DIVINE SHARING Our room in the hotel was spacious and clean, it’s not five star, possibly about 3 ½ but very comfortable none the less. We booked through Ebookers online which gave us an excellent rate which included breakfast. Breakfast was a surprise as we were expecting the usual buffet but, to our delight, our meals were individually prepared. My husband had the full English whilst I enjoyed Eggs Benedict….delicious! On this trip to England, we made Strawberry Hill house our principal place of interest. This highly ornate home was built between the years of 1749 and 1776 in the Gothic Revival style by Horace Walpole. Walpole purchased the original home which was a small cottage perched on five acres of land overlooking the Themes River. He built onto and over it creating this remarkable building. The house was restored to its present splendour over a two year period; in fact some rooms are still under reconstruction so we were a little disappointed not to be able to view the whole building. We took a guided tour with a friend who works at the house as a volunteer tour guide. If you intend visiting this premises I would recommend that you book a tour as without one it would be difficult to glean the family history and get a full appreciation for the architecture. It’s also important to note that there is very little furniture within the building. In my opinion the rooms are sufficiently dramatic that they don’t really need to be dressed to catch you imagination, the architecture is entertaining enough. My description of this house is TOTT – Totally Over the Top! If you’d like to view more, there are several websites promoting Strawberry Hill including Wikipedia. Safe travels,

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RINGING THE CHANGE By Bernadette Warren As the seasons change so do our clothing requirements. In the northern hemisphere we welcome Autumn whilst in the south Spring is blossoming. No matter what season you are currently experiencing a jacket is vital for keeping you warm on chilly days. Single breasted jackets are ideal for slimming wide hips and for giving the impression of height. Double breasted jackets increase bust size and give the illusion of a shorter fuller figure. Sheer light blouses are perfect for any season as they may be worn with or without a camisole. High waist jeans and trousers have returned much to the relief of those who are fed up with the ugly pop over muffin look! These may be teamed with casual loafers or the new on-trend medium height heel. LEFT Essential Suit Jacket and Trousers, Long Tall Sally Fitted single breasted jacket with panels for a great fit. 2 front pockets and double vent. Sizes: 8-24. Trousers: Clean simple styling with double hook and bar fastening. Style with matching jacket to complete the look. Available in store and online at longtallsally.com PRICE GBP 85.00

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DIVINE EVENTS Many of our readers live in Europe, America or Australia. A visit to the V&A museum in London isn’t all that easy to arrange when you live abroad so we thought we’d bring you this stunning collection of gowns that were recently exhibited. This visual feast was designed by the amazing Jenny Packham. The collection is synonymous with a classic yet contemporary and glamorous approach to design. Her collection incorporates luxurious and sensual fabrics with exceptional craftsmanship and individuality. Lines are slim, traditional silhouettes in satins, chiffon, organza and tulle. Jenny Packham’s beautiful gowns have earned her the title of “Hollywood Style Designer of the Year”, with Denise Van Outen, Jodi Albert and Elizabeth Hurley choosing a Jenny Packham creation for their wedding gown. Angelina Jolie, Holly Willoughby, Katy Perry and Eva Longoria have recently showcased Jenny Packham gowns on the red carpet, whilst here in Britain the Duchess of Cambridge is an ardent admirer. Anyone with a passion for fashion will love the next two pages. Enjoy! FASHION IN MOTION - JENNY PACKHAM Friday 19 July 2013 Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion events presented against the unique backdrop of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings the excitement and spectacle of the high fashion catwalk to a wide audience. This Fashion in Motion celebrated the 25th anniversary of designer Jenny Packham, presenting highlights of Packham’s elegant and iconic collections. On graduating from Central St Martins with a first class honors degree in fashion, Jenny Packham went on to establish her own design house in 1988. Today the Jenny Packham label is one of the UK’s most successful independent fashion brands with showrooms in London, Paris and New York. Known for her glamorous evening dresses and bridal wear with luxurious embellishment, Packham’s designs are favoured by Hollywood stars and royalty alike. Jenny Packham said, ‘Our 25th year provides the perfect timing to take part in Fashion in Motion, which will present looks from past collections and include some of our most iconic pieces. It’s a pleasure to be able to present these within the inspiring space of the V&A’s Raphael Gallery’. Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented at the V&A. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings catwalk couture to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the Museum.

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Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design OPENING TIMES 10.00 to 17.45 daily 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays PHOTO CREDITS VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

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ORGANIC WASTE BIN Brush it aside and wipe it away. Treat your kitchen worktop to a built-in organic waste bin. Trim and clean carrots, peel onions, slice courgettes. Vegetables in all permutations are indispensable in tasty, healthy cooking. But where do you put the waste? In the organic waste bin, of course. How handy it would be if the bin were built into the kitchen worktop! With a saucepan or a waste bin and the right tools you can install this useful kitchen appliance yourself in next to no time. Then all you need to do is wipe it away and vegetable waste will find its way straight into the organic waste. STEP 1 Choose a saucepan, or alternatively a waste bin, that is the size you want and mark out its circumference on the worktop. If required you can cut off the handles neatly using the Dremel® 4200 and the metal cutting wheel. Tip: Make sure the diameter of the saucepan is not larger than 30cm, which is the maximum capacity of the circle cutter. STEP 2 Now for the sawing. Set the circle cutter attachment to half the saucepan’s outside diameter, drill a hole in the middle of the circle with the Dremel® 4200 and the circle cutter attachment 678 and spiral cutting bit 561. STEP 3 To round off the edges, sand them thoroughly with the EZ SpeedClic sanding mandrel and sanding bands SC407 so that the saucepan fits neatly into the worktop. Place the lid in position. Job done!

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DIVINE MAKE

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This Show-stopping 1920s headband design was inspired by the blockbuster movie 'The Great Gatsby'. This special piece would look fabulous worn at a summer ball, graduation ball, awards evening, or even a wedding. Add the plumes, ribbon and dangling pearls for a vintage look or make without for a more modern appearance. We will begin by making the wire pieces to sit inside the double band, then decorate the outer band, add the dangle and wire plume then finally add the ribbon. This piece takes approximately 3 hours to make. By Claire Humpherson. 67

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1x Silver Plated Cupchain 4mm Clear [CH187] 1x Silver Colour Double Headband [CH505] 1x Hand Dyed Silk Vintage Cream [TC555] 1x Swarovski Glass Pearl Cream 4mm [HH23] 1x Swarovski Glass Pearl Cream 6mm [HH51] 1x Swarovski Crystal Rondell 5mm [AC247] 1x Swarovski Silver Plated Filigree Flower [AC658] 1x Swarovski Crystal Sew On Flower Bead [AC661] 1x Swarovski Crystal AB Spacer Bar [AC732] 2x Swarovski Xillion Bicone Clear 4mm [AC67] 1x Swarovski Xillion Bicone AB 6mm [AC100] 1x Silver Plated Beading Wire [W38] 1x Sterling Silver Headpins [F583] Note: A needle and thread are also required to add the ribbon.

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GATSBY INSPIRED TIARA CONTD. METHOD OF WORK STEP1 Cut a piece of wire approx. 30cm long.Thread a 6mm pearl and 3 sew on stone flowers on to the wire. Holding the pearl in the middle of the wire, take the first flower about 1.5cm away from the pearl and bend the wire back on itself. Twist to create a ‘stalk’. Move the next flower along the wire and repeat this process, then do the same again with the third flower. If the stalks differ in length position the longest one in the centre, then wrap the end around all 3 stalks. Do not cut excess wire off. STEP 2 Thread 3 more flowers on to the wire on the other side of the pearl. Create 3 more stalks as you did in step 1. Wrap the end of wire around the stalks on this side. Do not cut the ends of wire. Place this piece to one side. 68

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STEP 3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create another 3 pearl and flower sections, so you have 4 in total. STEP 4 Take a piece of wire approx. 20cm long and use it to position the filigree flower around 15-16cm from one end of the double band tiara base. Wrap the wire either side of the filigree flower. It should help to separate the double band. Now use the ends of wire on your pearl and flower sections to position one of these sections to one side of the filigree flower and 3 to the other side. STEP 5 You might find that the decorations you have just added to the centre band slide around a little, don’t worry. Cut a piece of cupchin 30 cups long, and position it on the tiara base so the first cup sits next to the start of decorations on the band. Then take a piece of wire approx. 1metre in length and start September 2013


DIVINE MAKE to wrap the cupchain in place. Wrapping the cupchain is tricky as you will need to manouver around your other decorations. Take your time as you will achieve best results if you are careful, but remember that your wire stalks can be re-positioned later if you catch them. STEP 6 As you reach a decoration, make sure it sits in the right place. As you wrap around the cupchain you will also secure it in to position. I wrapped 3 times between each cup but when I reached an area that was tricky to wrap I reduced the number of wraps. STEP 7 When you have wrapped your piece of cupchin all around one side of the double band, cut another 30 cups and repeat for the other side. Now take a 10cm piece of wire and thread through one cup of the cupchain. Wire it across the double band at the point the cupchain stops. Repeat on the other side. STEP 8 Now the headband is decorated. You could wear it like this, or add the plumes, dangle and ribbon for a 1920s feel. TO MAKE THE PLUMES Take a 40cm piece of wire.Thread on a 6mm xilion bicone and position in the centre of the wire. Twist to make a 1cm stalk. Add a group of 2 x 4mm xilion bicones to each side and twist to create stalks. Repeat until you have made 5 stalks either side. Twist together at the bottom, then wind this around the double band above the filigree flower. Repeat to make another 2 plumes. 69

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TO MAKE THE DANGLE: Thread a 6mm pearl, a crystal rondelle and 7 4mm pearls on to a headpin. Make a loop at the top. Repeat another 2 times, adding only 5 x 4mm pearls this time. Thread 2 headpins with a 4mm pearl on each. Thread through the outer holes on 2 spacer bars and create a loop. Link the shorter pearl dangles you made earlier to these loops. Thread a 6mm pearl on to a piece of wire. Wrap on to the band below the filigree flower, then thread the wire through the centre hole in the spacer bar. Create a loop and attach the longer pearl dangle. TO ATTACH THE RIBBON: Cut the ribbon in half. Fold over approx. 2cm at one end of one piece and cut a hole so the double band can pass through. Position the ribbon at the point your band decoration stops. Stitch the ribbon where it folds back, making sure you secure it on the band at the same time. Stitch the ribbon to the end of the band to secure it further. Repeat to add the ribbon to the other side. CONTACT DETAILS W www.beadsdirect.co.uk E claire@beadsdirect.co.uk F www.facebook.com/beadsdirect/ F www.facebook.com/clairerose. humpherson/ PHOTO CREDIT SANDY YEATES September 2013


DIVINE JEWELLERY REVIEW

CROCHET CORSAGE MAGGIE JONES

‘Crochet Rose’ corsage kit from The Crafty Kit Company Ltd.

sheet. However, I had to go online to find out one of the stitches which wasn’t explained with the others. There are three rows to hook - the first row in picture 2, and the second in picture 3. After the third row (pic 4, 5) the final piece comes together when rolled round and sewn . I enjoyed this kit and was impressed with the results, although as a beginner I wasn’t sure if what I was doing was correct. I feel that with this product, minor mistakes won’t detract from the final product - you can do your own version and it would still turn out fine.

This month’s review is a crochet kit from The Crafty Kit Company. Stated as suitable for beginners, the end result is a satisfyingly chunky woollen rose, ideal for fixing to OVERALL RATING a shawl or jacket. I would give this kit 8/10, as I felt it was All components are included in the kit. Maggie a fun project and easily portable to carry Jones talks you through the process. around. (Final product – pic 6). It would have scored higher if instructions had been MATERIALS + TOOLS • The Crafty Kit Company Ltd,‘Crochet Rose’ kit more comprehensive - I felt it would be improved by re-visiting the instructions, • Scissors to cut yarn. including explaining the missing stitch and PRESENTATION the addition of photos at some of the stages. The presentation is sturdy as well as attractive The cardboard tube box makes those kits - the kit comes in a re-cycled (and re-usable) ideal for a gift as well as being ideal for later cardboard tube box. (PIC 1) storage – perhaps for crochet hooks, pens and pencils. COMPONENTS The kit comprises: two instruction sheets – one with basic crochet stitches and the other with instructions for the rose; a ball of yarn( acrylic / wool blend); a crochet hook; a blunt ended needle and a brooch back. (PIC 1)

AVAILABLE FROM This product is available from The Crafty Kit Company Ltd on their website, kit reference ‘Crochet Rose Crochet Kit’ and it retails at £9.95. It comes in a choice of two colours. MAKING UP THE KIT If you are a total beginner, it would be good http://www.craftykitcompany.co.uk/ to try the different stitches first. There is PHOTO CREDITS MAGGIE JONES plenty of yarn supplied in the kit.

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE ENTIRE HOBBY RANGE OF TOOLS FROM DREMEL! CONGRATULATIONS HELEN ROGERS FROM KENT! HELEN CORRECTLY ANSWERED OUR COMPETITION QUESTION WITH THE NAME OF THE DREMEL TOOL RANGE AS; ‘HOBBY’.  This set is the ultimate crafter’s dream list of a dual temperature glue gun with plain and glitter glue sticks, a multi-function soldering iron, a corded multi-tool and 15 accessories, an engraving kit and a cordless multi-tool with cutters and stencils. The Dremel 930 is a dual-temperature glue gun especially suitable for detailed gluing. On its low temperature setting, the tool is ideal for a variety of creative hobby applications, such as scrapbooking, decorating, colour gluing on glass, etc.  The 7mm glitter sticks will help you add a sparkle to your projects and make beautiful decorations. For light DIY jobs around the house, such as gluing ceramics, wood, plastics or glass, use the high temperature setting.  Thanks to its drip-controlled precision tip you will not spill glue on your project. The Dremel VersaTip is a cordless soldering iron which comes with 6 interchangeable tips.  It has a variable temperature setting for maximum flexibility for the multitude of applications you can attempt with this tool.This easy-to-use butane tool is perfect for heat embossing, pyrography, hot fixing, soldering and much more. The Dremel 3000 is the most popular corded multitool.  It’s perfect for projects that require more and longer lasting power. It has fully variable speed settings to match your hobby application and it fits perfectly in your hand because of its ergonomic design. Use the Dremel multitool accessories, included, for decorative projects like engraving pots and jewellery making but also customizing furniture and woodworking.This is a versatile multitool to match your creativity! The Dremel Engraver is ergonomic and light enough to handle all of your engraving projects with ease and maximum precision.The kit also includes some special engraving stencils allowing you to engrave special shapes precisely, in any material that you want, such as: glass, ceramic, metal, plastic, wood and leather.You can easily create great personalised gifts, such as, decorative wooden plates, candles, picture frames and champagne glasses. The cordless Dremel 7.2V NiCad dual speed is the ideal multitool for first time Dremel users. It’s really easy to handle, lightweight and you can use it anywhere to suit your hobby projects.Try glass and wood engraving, scrapbooking, card making and pumpkin carving. Discover the numerous possibilities indoor, as well as outdoor, with the cordless 7700. 72

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DIVINE BAKING

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LEMON TART Nothing beats a sharp zingy lemon tart as the finale to a good meal. Make this tart ahead of time and serve it with fresh fruit and cream. PASTRY Use pre-rolled short crust pasty FILLING 7 free-range eggs 300ml double cream 350g caster sugar 6 large lemons, finely grated zest and juice METHOD OF WORK Preheat the oven to 200C/390F/Gas 6. Line a tart tin, letting the extra pastry overhang over the sides of the tin. Place on a baking sheet. Chill in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes. Line the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans or rice. Blind bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven until pale golden-brown. Remove from the oven and remove the baking beans or rice and paper. Carefully trim the excess pastry off around the sides using a sharp knife. Return the empty pastry shell to the oven for another 10-12 minutes to ensure it is completely dry. Set aside to cool. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 Measure all of the filling ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until smooth. Carefully pour the filling mixture into the cooled baked pastry case. Transfer the tart to the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until just set but with a slight wobble in the middle. Leave to completely cool then remove from the tin, transfer to a serving plate and dust with icing sugar then serve on a slate plate. JUST SLATE ÂŁ27.00 www.justslate.co.uk Clean lines and an ultra smooth surface combined with the unique mottled patterns make our Silver Slate range a stand out in our collection. The rectangular server is a staple of any range. Ideally suited to multiple purposes this item works just as well as a platter cheeseboard if required. 75

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DIVINE FOOD

DIY - BERRY JAM Jam preserving has become a notably important trend throughout the UK market in recent years and shows no sign of reducing in popularity. With the increase in jam-jar sales, consumers are clearly enamoured with learning and putting into practice traditional skills. Try your hand at making raspberry and apple or strawberry jam with this beautiful kit from Creative Tops Ltd and our delicious recipe. INGREDIENTS 1 kilo raspberries or strawberries ¾ kilo of white sugar Juice of 1 lemon 1 apple peeled and finely chopped METHOD OF WORK sterilise your jars by washing them in warm soapy water. Leave a little clean water in the base of each and microwave for 3minutes on high. Place a plate in the freezer to chill. Tip the berries into a stainless steel pan and add the lemon juice. Mash the berries slightly. Add the sugar and chopped apple to the raspberries. Bring the mix gently to a boil stirring until the mix is bubbling. Boil briskly for 5 minutes. Test the jam by placing a drop onto the chilled plate. Run your finger through the jam. If it wrinkles it’s ready if not boil for a further 2 minutes. Pour the jam into the jars and seal with air tight lids. Store in the pantry for up to one year. Once opened store in the fridge.

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BIRDY CUSHIONS: BLUETIT,WAGTAIL,THRUSH + ROBIN £20.00 HUNKYDORY HOME More Information: Based on childhood memories of bird spotting with our I Spy Birds book, this gorgeous range of cushions includes a Thrush,Wagtail, Robin and Blue tit. Featuring muted colours and has a fifties vibe. Each cushion measures 40cm square approx and includes a fibre cushion pad. Retail for £20.00 each W www.hunkydoryhome.co.uk

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LEARN TO MAKE JEWELLERY

Short and Long Term Classes Fine silver, resin, glass, polymer clay and mixed medium Workshops & Classes are on offer in the UK and Australia!

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE Wales UK: September through to December Llantrisant Wales For more information contact: Joan Gordon: enquiries@my-creativediva.co.uk NB: Class sizes are limited to ensure personal attention.

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DECORATE WITH CANDLES With the autumnal evenings drawing in add a warm glow to your home with these elegant pencil candles. DIY PROJECT • Fill an aluminium pot plant holder or metal pail with fresh sand. • Push several candles into the sand so that they are secure. • Tie a pretty ribbon to the handle of the pail or wrap it around the pot and finish with a bow. • Cut lengths of ivy may be used to decorate the base of the pot to add a colourful contrast. • Make up three small pots and use as a centre piece on the dining table when entertaining. • Why not make several pots and gift them to friends? DEE PUDDY GARDEN & INTERIORS This company is based in The UK and ships to: all countries globally. www.deepuddy.co.uk Product price: £7.75 An inexpensive but effective way of decorating your house and tables for Christmas, weddings and parties. Approx. burn time: Pencil Candles 6 hours Mini Pencil Candles 2 hours £7.75 Set of 12 Pencil Candles £28.50 Box of 56 Pencil Candles Size: 30cm x 1.2cm

£3.75 Set of 12 Mini Pencil Candles Size: 11.5cm x 1.2cm

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GARDEN FEATURES Making a feature in your garden is easier than you think.There are so many ornaments available at garden centres that you’re spoilt for choice. Consider adding height to an otherwise level garden with an obelisk or install sculptures, lights and ornaments to develop your own theme. •

Place the obelisk in a protected area where the plants will benefit from direct sunlight. Choose climbing plants that are hardy especially if you live in a cold climate. Dig good quality multi-purpose compost into the ground before fixing the feature in place. Plant vines that will flower during spring and summer or evergreens for year round pleasure.

Sculptures add texture and visual interest to gardens.These charming solar powered Hen Lights are only £29.95 for the two.Topped with subtle solar panels that power the LED bulb within, this pair of beautifully designed bronze effect finish hens, are a charismatic addition to any garden; simply push the spike into the ground to ensure they’ll stay securely in place.

Bring nature into your garden with a bird feeder.This pinecone shaped bird feeder is made from weighty, hardwearing resin.The feeder with hanging chain and hook will surely make for a talking point in many a garden. It generously offers 10 trays for seeds, an attractive yet practical way of observing your feathered friends.

1. HOUSE OF BATH Solar Hen Lights £29.95 100% metal. H: 111⁄2” x W: 111⁄2” x D: 31⁄2”. House of Bath 2. House of Bath Garden Obelisk GBP 15.95 3. House of Bath Pine cone Bird feeder GBP 19.95 H: 81⁄2” x W: 71⁄2” (7” chain)

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Hand woven textiles, hand spun yarn & all things gorgeous ...

Hattie Rae hand woven textiles. Exciting, elegant and sophisticated style fused with timeless fashion. A blend of rich yarns, contemporary design and traditional techniques. Beverley Hicklin graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in textile design, specialising in weave. As a freelance textile designer she has sold her designs to fashion houses, including Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and GAP.

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............................................................................................. Wrap it, twist it, tie it, layer it - meet the new Coco Ruffle from Hattie Rae. Available in a number of styles: long ruffle - enough to wrap, drape and twist - or short neck wraps, perfect for framing that special outfit - see our Yarn page for current styles. Each Coco Ruffle is hand spun using combinations of Merino wool, silk, cotton, angora and mohair in colours we hand blend in our usual Hattie Rae style. They are often finished with additional touches of hand dyed silk twists and hand made felt.

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Hand woven textiles, hand spun yarn & all things gorgeous ... At Hattie Rae we love yarn. Using top quality fibre including silk, Merino wool and cashmere, we hand spin our textured yarns with our customary blend of colour to create scrumptious, unique, oneHattie Rae hand woven textiles. of-a-kind yarns you can knit, crochet, weave or simply wear as is. We Exciting, elegant and sophisticated fused with timeless fashion. also offer a batt and yarn making service for thosestyle who themselves A blend of rich yarns, contemporary design and traditional techniques. spin or work with felt or textiles. Beverley Hicklin graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in textile design, specialising in weave. As a freelance textile designer she has sold her designs to fashion houses, including Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and GAP.

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The process of makingAtour hand woven cloth is a lengthy one. From Hattie Rae we only weave from the finest fibres including Merino wool and silk. raw fibre through spinning and dyeing to the final woven product, We hand spin our textured yarns with our customary many procedures are involved. Work starts with visual research and blend of colour to create the most scrumptious, unique, one-of-a-kind yarns you can knit, crochet, the selection of a colour palette. The warp is then designed when weave or simply wear as is. And what would be the of loving yarn if we didn't love colour too? different combinationspoint weave structures yarns are selected We of carefully select our yarns ... silk, cashmere and and and then hand dye them to achieve a before welambswool, wind palette of rich and colour. then thread the warp. ..........................................

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ADVERTISING SPACE FOR MAKERS + SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY! Only £10 per entry (per issue) to advertise your products, tools, materials, workshops, events and classes. Reach your target market. For more information email: enquiries@my-creativediva.co.uk. Support a Maker or Small Business Owner for tools, materials, products, special commissions or workshops. Together we can make a difference!

ANNELYSE TAYLOR CREATIVE LAMPWORK DIVA & CHOCOLATIER If you’d like to view some of Annelyse’s work visit her website or send her an email. CONTACT DETAILS E info@crescendochocolate.co.uk W www.crescendochocolate.co.uk www.annelysetaylor.co.uk/index.htm FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/pages/Au-clair-de-la-lune-Lampwork-beads/348577015159043 https://www.facebook.com/CrescendoChocolate JILL EGAN CERAMICS DIVA I gain inspiration for my work from the things I see around me every day, I live in the countryside and I’m inspired by nature and her moods, wildlife and textures. If you would like to book a workshop or view more of Jill’s work you’ll find her contact details listed below. CONTACT DETAILS E eganj11@googlemail.com W www.kilnfiredart.co.uk FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/KilnFiredArt HAROLD DOWSE BAKING DON “My passion for making bread began when I moved away from my home town of Albany, NY for the first time and found I was at a loss for Real Bread”. If you wish to learn more about bread making you’ll find Dusty’s (Harold Dowse) contact details below. CONTACT DETAILS P 207-717-4578 E dustydowse@aol.com FACEBOOK www.facebook.Dusty Dowse CLARE JOHN RESIN DIVA “My interest in resin has evolved since I discovered resin at Art College in the 1970sresin has changed so much since then”. To learn more about resin, to book into a class or to purchase product you’ll find Clare’s contact details listed below. CONTACT DETAILS E info@resin8.co.uk W www.resin8.co.uk FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/resin8

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MAKERS ADS OCEAN VIEW ESTATE A PASSION FOR WINE AND TOURISM Ocean View Estate is a stunning destination. It’s based at Mount Mee a picturesque rural area about an hour drive north of the city of Brisbane in Australia. If you would like to visit Ocean View Estate in person or online, all the contact details are listed below. CONTACT DETAILS P 07 3425 3900 E info@oceanviewestates.com.au W www.oceanviewestates.com.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/oceanviewestates A WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY OF CERAMIC ARTISTS New Conference - Altered Approach to Clay September 13-15, 2013 Presented by Potters Council. Hosted by The Clay Lady’s Studio, Artist Co-op & Galleries and Mid-South Ceramic Supply. Limited Space Available CONTACT DETAILS W www.ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council

GILLIAN CORCORAN CREATIVE DIVA “I draw inspiration for my work from my local surroundings and my very vivid imagination”! If you would like to view more of Gillian’s work you will find her contact details listed below. CONTACT DETAILS E gilliancorcoran@gmail.com W www.etsy.com/shop/ResinRoad T twitter.com/ResinRoad FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/ResinRoad B gilliancorcoran.blogspot.ie/ SANDRA YOUNG LAMPWORK DIVA “My greatest pleasure in life is bringing a creation into being from the ideas that crystallise in my mind during the quiet hours, just after dawn, when ‘magic is in the air’.’’ CONTACT DETAILS E sandra@firecreation.com W www.firecreation.com FACEBOOK firecreation.com

THE BEAR INN LLANTRISANT On your next visit to Wales, come and visit us at The Bear Inn. We’re at the top of the hill opposite the Bull Ring and Model House Creative Centre in the charming historic village of Llantrisant. CONTACT DETAILS P (01443) 222271 A Heol-Y-Sarn, Llantrisant CF72 8DA, Wales

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MAKERS ADS MARY BURR ARTIST & FOOD DIVA Without discipline a diva won’t achieve success. A diva needs to be passionate about what she does. CONTACT DETAILS Burr and Blue Ribbon Farm. E bburr@tdstelme.net W www.blueribbonfarm.net

SAMARIE DESIGNS ARTIST & YOGA DIVA Use your hands, enjoy the process, live life, eat well, be strong and use loads of colour. CONTACT DETAILS E sarmarie@sarmarie.com W www. sarmarie.com

MANDY NASH JEWELLERY DIVA I enjoy making jewellery and accessories that people actually buy! Join me for workshops in aluminium jewellery and felting. CONTACT DETAILS W www.mandynash.co.uk

DEBBIE DEW LAMPWORK DIVA I make glorious glass beads in amazing colours and designs. Check out my website for what’s currently on offer! CONTACT DETAILS E debbie@silverartz.co.uk W www.silverartz.co.uk W www.etsy.com/shop/Glassmania

ANNE MACLEOD CRISP JEWELLERY DIVA My favourite quote is ‘live to love and love to live.’ None of my pieces are ever repeated so the buyer is guaranteed a unique piece from ‘Lanzajewel’. CONTACT DETAILS E lanzajewel@hotmail.com W www.lanzajewel.com F anne.macleodcrisp@facebook.com

MOSAIC DIVA SUNNY VICARS My inspiration stems from nature and a love of colour, texture and reflective light. I live in a mini rainforest that is as colourful as my work. CONTACT DETAILS E enquiries@my-creativediva.co.uk

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MAKERS ADS SEWING DIVA WENDY GARDINER I have a passion for sewing and I love to share, inspire and get others as hooked on sewing as I am! CONTACT DETAILS E learnmore@isew.co.uk W www.isew.co.uk T -23 92 261338

NATURES DIVA JOLENE MCLELLAN I decided I wanted to help protect nature’s treasures that provide me with so much peace and pleasure. CONTACT DETAILS E jolene.mclellan@nprsr.qld.gov.au W www.rymich.com/girraween/ W www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/ parks/girraween/camping SHOP Girraween National Park,Via Ballandean Q 4382. P +61 (0) 74684 5157

LEIGH ARMSTRONG CREATIVE DIVA Metal Clay is an amazing medium, fabulous on its own or stunning when utilising other mediums. I make to sell and teach metal clay and mixed media workshops from my home studio. CONTACT DETAILS E info@magickminx.com W www.magickminxproductions.com

MICHELLE GRIFFITHS ARTIST DIVA The Resist Gallery/Studio facebook page is a good link for people to view as it’s got the most up to date information as to “What’s On”! Beginners are very welcome. CONTACT DETAILS F www.facebook.com/pages/Resist-GalleryStudio/310300432358252 W www.shibori. co.uk

CAROLYN SCHULZ JEWELLERY DIVA I am a freelance craft designer, teacher and businesswoman. I love creating jewellery for so many reasons. CONTACT DETAILS E carolyn@schulz.co.uk W www.carolynschulz.com

VICTORIA CONSTABLE JEWELLERY DIVA I take a lot of my inspiration from nature and my surroundings. I am registered with the London Assay Office and so all my pieces are hallmarked where appropriate and stamped with my makers mark. CONTACT DETAILS E milajewellery@live.co.uk W www.milajewellery.com P 07788 131466

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MAKERS ADS LESLEY MESSAM CREATIVE DIVA Lesley has been making Jewellery for over 15 years. She also has her own studio in Chichester where she teaches a variety of jewellery classes. CONTACT DETAILS E lesleymessam@btconnect.com W Silverwithlesley.com P 01243787829

DEBBIE KERSHAW DESIGNER DIVA Debbie is a jewellery designer. She absolutely loves her work and is passionate about jewellery! CONTACT DETAILS E Debbiejkershaw@googlemail.com W www.angelsanddaisies.com P 07739 533752

ROBIN FOLLETT DIVINE JOURNALIST I’ve been writing since I was ten years old. I love the peace and tranquillity of the woods as this is where I draw my inspiration. CONTACT DETAILS W http://robinfollette.com E robin@robinfollette.com P +207-214-8512

CATHERINE POVEY CREATIVE DIVA Catherine Povey is a Welsh milliner whose work is sold and displayed around the world. Her creative talent has been recognised by both the National Museum of Wales and the Cardiff Story museum, where she has pieces displayed in their current collections. CONTACT DETAILS Catherine Povey Millinery W www.catherinepovey.co.uk E cpmillinery@hotmail.co.uk P +44 (0) 777 281 7714

MAGGIE JONES FASHION DIVA MaggieJones, (Craft Demon), arranges and delivers creative workshops and demonstrations in crafting activities in Lancashire /Greater Manchester’. Upcoming demonstrations and workshops can be found on Craft Demon’s Facebook Page. FOR MORE INFORMATION F www.facebook.com/CraftDemon

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NEXT MONTH Over the next few weeks My-Creative Diva will be enjoying a face lift! With our successful growth during the past 12 months, the magazine has broadened its readership and is now well established internationally. MCD was initially designed to be a lifestyle magazine for creative women, however, much to our delight, the content has also appealed to creative men. With this in mind, we’ve decided it’s time to review the style and themes to better reflect the content of the magazine to enhance your reading experience. In Issue 14, which will be online on the 2nd of November, you’ll find more interviews, popular articles which include, photography, ceramics, paper art, lampwork and jewellery, but also a wider variety of information that will appeal to both male and female artists and makers. We welcome our readers input, so if you wish to share your story, a project or technique with like minded people, please email me at publisher@my-creativediva.co.uk and where possible I will publish your article. Please continue to support us by subscribing as your subscriptions keep this magazine online and flourishing. In return for your support we will give you a free ad to help promote your business and endeavour to provide you with entertaining and informative reading material. The true essence of this magazine is about recognising and promoting people who chose to live a creative lifestyle. See you in November! Joan

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