So about me.
I am Izzybeads, although my name is Laney and my dog is Izabel. My daughter named my bead shop as she was in a big strop one day and said 'you might as well name your bead shop Izzybeads as you like the dog better than us'
It stuck. She can be right, the dogs don't give me the trouble that teenagers and young adults do! aka the kids!
Claude. My lovely Claude. We have had many cats over the years, we are currently on our 10th, more about him in a minute. All of our cats have stories, some bad, like Megan some not so much like our current little boy Gordy, Claude somehow falls in the middle. Found dumped on the farm we lived on in Kent, Claude and his mum Bonny - originally I called them Bonny and Clyde, but it soon became apparent, Claude wasn't a Clyde! - both cats were left in a cardboard box in the field that was due to be combined, they were rescued by a well meaning farm worker who wasn't quick enough and both cats ran off round the farm where they remained for a few weeks, living off of bits of packed lunch left for them by the staff. Eventually Claude was caught by my husband, the then manager of the potato packhouse on the farm, and his mum was soon attracted as her mothering instinct was so strong, too strong as Claude was guessed at around 1 year old and Bonny was still letting him feed from her, but all that time being abandoned left her weak so we separated them, it was hard but worth it. Bonny sadly died in a road accident some years and several moves later, but our Claude lived well into his 22 year and passed away last September 2013. He was an ace ratter with a huge personality.
I am completely self taught in all my art from drawing to glass. I lived with an aunt in my teenage years and the opportunity to have an art training was never available, something I was very bitter about for a very long time, but now at over 40 I do look back and wonder...if I had the training would I be where I am now? Would I be as happy? Things happen for a reason, sometimes its takes years to realize that reason.
Defi is a mud wallower! After the wettest winter (2013) in years, he is loving the wet muddy conditions, a little more than me!
Some of my work has been made into prints, keyrings and cross stitch patterns and can be purchased from Carolyn at Canine Cavern
The vegetable plot I moved this year, 2014, into the old chicken coop as its fenced off, might stop Defi from helping me dig up the vegetables, only he doesn't wait until they are ready!
And a round off of beads. You can find my beads in my Etsy shop - Izzybeads, just click the buttons on the side of the blog page, you can also find me on FB.