Un clin d’oeil de mon atelier- Tagging time!

Libzoid Blog owned by Libby Mills featured a series of studio snapshots  a couple of week’s ago and I thought it was great.

As a result of the original author (Libby Mills) complaining about this post, I have had to amend it. I am sorry for any offense caused. Obviously it was a total misunderstanding and as an artist I would never “STEAL” someone’s work.

Artist Kylee Milner

Business: Lunes Bijoux

Website: Lunes Bijoux

Is there any area purposely made for your creations? Yes, it’s wonderful. I started off in a very small bedroom and have gradually expanded to a professional workspace.

Where can it be found? At the front of our house – the studio is open to the public so needs to be easily accessible.

What size is the space you work in? Having knocked down a large wall and taken the bathroom out it is now a relatively large space.

What medium(s) do you work in? polymer clay, gemstones, glass…

How would you describe your studio? Welcoming

What do you think is the best feature of your studio? Good lighting and now spacious!

What would you change if you could? The use of the upstairs part of the studio which is just a storage area. I would like to have this area as my teaching room but then the stairs could be a problem for some people therefore limiting classes etc.,

Can you share an organisational tip? Deal with something straight away if possible. Don’t just put beads to one side when you have finsihed with them thinking you’ll move them later because you won’t! Do it straight away. This way they don’t end up on the floor!

Describe the usual state of your work table? Tidy – I can’t work went it’s in a mess!

(My new space)

Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? Towards the wall – my old space used to face out into the room and I hated it when things would roll off onto the floor!

(My old space)

What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? Limited wall display space in the Bead Shop section.

Do you listen to music in your studio? Yes, anything & everything depending upon my mood, creations in progress and clients in at the time!

Whose studio space would you like to read about? I would like to tag the following artists to reveal their studio spaces….

Judith of JJ Colour Art

Diane of Much of a muchness

Luny of Polymer ClayHouse

Over to you…..!

Many thanks to Libby for the idea & questions!

Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom!

“Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom” I have no idea who Bayle Roche is but I feel this quote sums up the whole experience.

Well I am back from Mirepoix and what a total disappointment. Very poor organisation, no thought to advertising and promoting the whole concept of “Parure & Parade”. I was so disappointed that I refused to submit a piece for the voting……I had a suspicion that it was all a set-up. The best thing about it all was the wonderful meal we had for lunch on the Thursday and my next door neighbour “Sylvie” who lent me her sun hat!

My stand ready for inspection.

The piece I was going to submit but withdrew from the voting rigmarole

So now my attention turns to running classes, re-stocking and preparing for my next “outdoor” event which I know will be far more professionally organised!

Which would get your vote?

I am still working towards submitting a piece for the event at Mirepoix next week (see post Polymer or semi-precious gemstones a real dilemma).

I have finished working on my gemstone range (or so I think I have) so that now I can turn my attention towards claying for a week.

However, supposing I was only exhibiting gemstones…which one of the following below would get your vote? I really appreciate your honest opinions / views.

1. Agate “Hidden Zebra”

2. Agate “Snakeskin delight”

3. Chalcedony “Quand neigera t-il?”

4. Obsidian “Maho mamma”

Jasper – what a gem!

I love Jasper it comes in so many different shades ranging from the warmth and earthy feel of red jasper right through to the mustards and pale yellows of Mookite (Australian Jasper).

Jasper is said to be both a healing stone and an invigorating one. It brings stillness to a troubled mind. It is a grounding stone and is used in the base chakra of our sexual energies. Jasper is also the birthstone for Aries.

I have just been reviewing my Jasper creations past & present and thougth I would share them with you.

Mookite / Australian Jasper

Various Jasper

Picture Jasper Silver leaf Jasper

Polymer or semi-precious gemstones? A real dilemma!

I have had my thinking cap on for the past week or so as I have decided to participate in a 4 day jewellery event in Mirepoix, France. Mirepoix is in the Ariège and attracts thousands of visitors every year to it’s 13th Century Medieval town. The event being organised is called “Parures & Parades”

Now my dilemma is this……I am able to submit a piece of jewellery to a “public vote” which offers a first prize of 500 € then 250 € and finally a third prize of 100 €…..so what should I focus on semi-precious gemstones or polymer clay? I am split 50:50 as I believe that the gemstones offer a certain amount of class and exquisiteness but do not provide me with the “ownership” that polymer clay does. Any thoughts?

Last weekend’s Rencontre de l’art & des Saveurs was a huge success, exhibitors were happy, the public was impressed with the choice and all the food at lunchtime from the BBQ proved a total sell out. The Midi-Libre has today published a report on the event and I am thrilled at not only the right up but the profile for Luc Sur Orbieu!

Here is the article:

It always makes me smile when I think of buying gifts in France as the French automatically expect to be offered a courtesy “papier cadeau”. I have perfected the art of gift wrapping purchases and now take great pride in offering this service. It does take a certain degree of time & skill though as featured here in the film Love Actually! I always ensure however to get their money first so I can guarantee the sale! Perhaps there is a lesson to be learnt?

Lunes Bijoux – a new look!

How on earth we managed to open on time with everything just as I wanted it will remain a mystery! Andy, my husband, as usual had worked his socks off (and the rest) and with the extra hands from some friends on Friday afternoon I was able to hang my open sign out with pride at 10am. What followed was really a blur……thankfully we took photos just before we opened. To see the new look studio have a look here.

Now all that’s left to do is work, work and work….orders to get out, new products to launch and shelves to re-stock!

Thanks to all those who left comments in the run up to the opening and also to those who made it to the re-launch!

Invasion – in need of some protection

A few weeks ago I went through to Domaine de la Source near Fontfroide. I have blogged about this Domaine previously – see here. Both Norbert & Françoise are exceptionally knowledgeable in the field of gemstones (they make me feel like a real amateur) and the benefits of wearing & working with the stones.

This particular day Norbert was working with a range of stones and for some reason I was particularly drawn to a small rough looking black stone. My eyes wouldn’t leave the stone and no matter how hard I tried to focus on the other colourful beauties he had on his bench my eyes wouldn’t leave the Black Tourmaline. In the end I had to ask him what this stone represented and why I was feeling such a pull towards it.

The following site (http://www.rainbowcrystal.com/crystal/gems/tourm.html) sums up this stone perfectly:

Black Tourmaline (Schorl)

Black tourmaline’s particular function is to repel negative energy. This can refer both to external energies or inner emotions, such as anger, resentment, or jealousy. It is a very good stone to carry when you’re experiencing any kind of stress.


As you can imagine I was quite shocked by this and moreover Norbert was very concerned that someone or something had it in for me…..wow! I left the Domaine with a large chunk of rough tourmaline and was advised to place it where I saw fit. As I type the tourmaline is in front of me. For some reason I felt the need to place it in front of the computer!

After several weeks of contemplation and so on…I have been able to pin point several weak spots and as a result I returned to the Domaine for some added protection. After a long discussion I was advised to mix the black tourmaline with some quartz. This is how we came about the Tourmalinated Quartz beads .

The following site (http://www.crystalwellbeing.co.uk/catalogueitemsbycrystal.php?Crystal=Quartz-Tourmalinated)

describes this stone perfectly:

Tourmalinated Quartz is made up of needles of black Tourmaline embedded in natural clear Quartz, thus bringing together the protective properties of Tourmaline with the amplifying properties of Quartz.

It is a powerful protective stone that is believed to have the ability to deflect negative thoughts and energies, protecting the wearer or carrier from being harmed by the negative energy of another.

Tourmalinated Quartz is also believed to turn negative energy into positive energy and is good stone for those who have a tendency towards self-sabotage.

In healing Tourmalinated Quartz is said to help with depression and nervous exhaustion.

So now I have the protection I am just at a bit of a quandary for what to do with the beads. I have made a very simple elasticated bracelet but I don’t feel that this is enough for them. So for the time being they are sitting waiting for some inspiration. Like with all of my jewellery I want something wearable & attractive – so I really need to get my thinking cap on here. The beads in themselves are quite nondescript which doesn’t really help. May be a tough one this project – especially since it’s for me!

Now if it was a piece like this I would have a field day!

The other week I mentioned that I read tarot – well as a result of me blogging here I am reading for a client next week!





Blue Chalcedony

I came across this stunning stone last week when visiting my gemstone supplier at Domaine de la Source just outside of Narbonne. The beauty of the stone took my breath away and since it was snowing outside I just knew I had to buy it! So a week later the stones have been transformed into a breathtaking design which I have called “quand neigera t-il? The stones are set around sterling silver tubes.

Blue Chalcedony is particularly helpful for those suffering with respiratory problems due to colds and smoking. It works as an anti-inflammatory, assisting with eye and balance problems, lowering blood pressure and aids with water retention. This is the perfect crystal for those requiring help with effective communication. It is also a great stress buster – what more could you ask for at this time of year?