Monday, 25 April 2011

Commission Window - Findochty Holiday Cottage

I recently finished a commission window for the Findochty Holiday Cottage and delivered it today. It was a beautiful day to visit the harbour town of Findochty and the holiday let the owners, Clare and Steve, are renovating is delightful. The old fisherman's cottage is just a two minute walk from a quaint sandy beach - what more could you ask for when looking for a holiday. If lucky, you could even see some of the Moray Firth Spotted Dolphins playfully swimming by. They are quite common in the area.

Planning stage - drawing the design to scale (above), shading in areas and marking where colours should go.

Piecing together all the shapes to make sure it all fits (above). I love creating 'sea' themed glass products and was thrilled when Clare and Steve asked that I undertake the commission. Being a Cornish lass, it makes perfect sense to design such patterns.

The final design laid out on the kiln shelf - ready for firing. The window measures 720mm x 500mm and was a great project to work on. It will be placed in the inner porch when entering the property. It will be the first thing people see when opening the front door - I think it's very welcoming and suits the cottage.

If you would like to book Findochty Holiday Cottage, please look at the website. It's a beautiful, quaint cottage, in a lovely part of the Scotland.

Kathryn, Lazy Daisy Glass xx

Friday, 15 April 2011

Moray Business Women - Mentoring Scheme

I attended the launch of the Moray Business Women's Mentoring Scheme on Monday, held at Voluptu in Elgin. It was a really good turnout, with the local press in attendance as well as STV. The Scheme was officially opened by MP Angus Robertson, and he gave a very good encouraging speech. The scheme was the brainchild of Faith Simpson, local Accountant, based in Elgin, who is also a Committee Member of the Club. As a local business herself, Faith knows there is a lack of support for women setting up in business. There is no one to talk to about the day to day issues they are facing when trying to set up and run a business. So through Moray Business Women, they are launching a Mentoring Scheme for women who are setting up in business and those in the early stages of running their business.
The launch was held at Voluptu because they are the first member on the Scheme. Sharyn has recently opened her Boutique in Elgin, selling beautiful clothes for the curvy lady. And of course, stocking Lazy Daisy Glass!

Moray Business Women have chosen 6 of their members to be mentors, each with their own unique talents and skills. These ladies are offering their knowledge and skills completely free - what a great scheme!

If you require further information about the Scheme and live in Moray, contact

I also think Faith should consider a career in PR - she managed to get local press coverage, STV News, BBC Scotland, Moray Firth Radio and the Chris Moyles Radio 1 Show. Fabulous Faith!

I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and networking with other business women and would love to have taken the opportunity of joining such a Scheme when I first started out.

Kathryn, Lazy Daisy Glass xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate

Not long returned from the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate and had a good time once again, although totally shattering! I stayed in the centre of town, the hotel was in the Montpellier Quarter and was ideally situated for everything. They call the Montpellier Quarter "Harrogate's best kept secret" - they are right. It is such a quaint and beautiful area. Best of all, there was a Wagamama around the corner from the hotel. A place I haven't visited since leaving London and has been sorely missed! I love Wagamama so was delighted to have them in my life once again, albeit a takeaway. People were telling me that I HAD to visit Betty's - the famous Tea Room. There were six of us (exhibitors) that met up one evening from the trade show - we had a beautiful meal and evening. I was so impressed with the food that I decided to have breakfast at Betty's on my last day. The most delicious scrambled egg and bacon muffin. Never tasted anything like it before - magnificent! I even managed to come away with some goodies for hubby and daughter, and a Fat Rascal for me!
I also went for a walk around the Quater on my last morning just to take in some of the sights.
Although these shows can be exhausting, I had a lovely break in Harrogate and met some wonderful exhibitors and hopefully will be meeting up with them again next year. In the meantine, I have orders to be getting on with.

Kathryn, Lazy Daisy Glass xx