I've had a productive week this week and have been enjoying more screen printing. The Hummingbirds panel above is one of my latest creations - perfectly fused on to this lovely turquoise glass. The panel is now in the kiln again to slump in to a freestanding curve, a mini sculpture.
The second piece is this bright red window hanger:
The weather has been so great lately, I've had lots of inspiration for birds! Must be the spring air!
I have decided to run fused glass workshops as an addition to my business. The first one starts on 31 March, 10am - 4pm, which is next weekend. No one in Moray is currently working with fused glass or offering workshops, and many people ask whether I teach fused glass.
I have put it off for many months, due in part being so busy with looking after my daughter (she's 4) and running the business. But now it is a quieter time of year, I thought I would plan a schedule for the workshop and get things in motion.
I you live in/around Moray and interested in learning a new skill, please let me know. I only have two places left, and booking is essential.
I think I'm rather late in posting this, as it seems Spring has been here for some time here in NE Scotland. Such a mild season.
However, these pretty little delicate creatures have been finding it difficult to hibernate. I have had to feed a few of them as they kept waking mid season. I have been quite worried about them, so had to do some internet research to find out what to do when they wake too early. So, I fed them sugary water and put them in to boxes.
They are now waking and have released six to the outside world lately. These Tortoiseshell butterflies are so colourful. It wouldn't surprise me if there were fewer of them this spring/summer, due to the mild weather we have been having. If they wake too early, they use too much of their food store for energy.
I'm thrilled to announce that Moray Firth Radio raised a staggering £32,300 at the weekend during their on air Cash for Kids Auction. A magnificent amount!
It's a great charity as all the money gets spent on local kids, these are just some of the things the money is used for: * Clothing for a 15 year old girl who looks after her mother and her 3 siblings. Her mother had previous battled substance misuse and is now struggling to get her life back on track. * We purchased a specially adapted bicycle for a young girl who has Myotonic Dystrophy, learning difficulties and is autistic. As a result she is unable to walk without a walking aid and has communication problems. She is currently living with a foster family and making great progress. The bicycle we bought her will allow her to join in with family cycles and enjoy playing outdoors with her friends. * We funded a residential ski break for a 10 year boy with Down’s Syndrome. Despite being in a mainstream school he requires constant supervision. He has already worked very hard to achieve all his goals and going on this ski team is another milestone for this young man. MFR Cash for Kids were able to make this happen.
It's that time of the year when Moray Firth Radio (MFR) have their on air auction in aid for Cash for Kids. The auction take place all weekend and is going on as I write this.
It is a special auction as all money raised stays within the MFR area (Inverness, Grampian and Highlands). They do of course raise money throughout the year, but this on air auction raises an exceptional amount of money. The link here tells you all about what magnificent work they do.
This year, Lazy Daisy Glass has donated a couple of prizes to the auction - £85 voucher for one place on a fused glass workshop taking place on 31 March 2012 and £35 voucher to be spent online at Lazy Daisy Glass. The voucher to be spent on line could get you something like these -
Sunset Meadow Mini Sculpture (above)
Lavender Lattice Coasters (above)
It really is a fantastic cause and wish MFR all the best of luck with their auction. I will be phoning them later to bid on an item too.