It started last week with a trip to the bead shop and gallery in a village north of Cambridge. I got into conversation with the manageress, and the upshot was she asked me to take in some samples of my jewellery to show her. So I have been beavering away to make a representative selection, working into the night and relying heavily on my beloved daylight lamp and trying not to go blind.
1. Rhodolite earrings, 2. rhodolite cluster necklace, 3. crochet glass pendant, 4. Banded agate and onyx pendant, 5. Banded agate and silver bangle, 6. Lagoon delica earrings, 7. Vineyard delica bracelet, 8. Vineyard delica earrings, 9. Garnet cluster necklace, 10. Green crystal pin, 11. Amethyst crystal pendant, 12. Amethyst crystal brooch, 13. Herringbone brooch prototype, 14. Brooch prototype, 15. Heavy metal delica necklace, 16. Heavy metal delica earrings
I visited today, clutching my little box of samples and trying not to feel too nervous. And guess what - THEY LIKED IT! And THEY'RE GOING TO STOCK IT!
I have to make quite a few necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and we've discussed their requirements but they're leaving the final colour and design decisions to me, because, apparently, I'm an "artist". That gave me a huge buzz, I can tell you.
So, from the start of next month, should you find yourself in Haddenham, you can pop into the Haddenham Gallery and see my stuff in the Spring Fling exhibition. Who knows, it might even give me the kick I need to put some stuff on Etsy ...