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3rd September 2012

9:12pm: Quotation Jewelry By Well Worn Words

Well Worn Words
Language is Wine Upon the Lips - Virginia Wolf

An amazing range of music, film and book inspired jewelry for anyone that wants to wear their heart on their sleeve.

27th March 2012

3:56pm: Public Entertainment Licence Changes
From 1st April 2012 licensing requirements for Public Entertainment events in Edinburgh changed. Previously there was no need to have a license for Public Entertainment events if the event was free but that changed as a result of an amendment to legislation.

However, the Regulatory Committee for the Council is waiving any fee for a licence for a free event scheduled to be held before 20 April 2012. The next Regulatory Committee meeting on that date will make a decision about future licenses and fees for free events taking into account the views of the public.

Changes to the Public Entertainment Resolution (a statement from the Council of its intentions and required by law) are required, to ensure certain small scale, free to enter public events do not require a licence.

This will mean that some events - such as art exhibitions, charitable functions and poetry readings - can go ahead without a licence or fee. The public are being asked their views on what kind of events should be exempt from having a license. The closing date for giving your views 13 April 2012.

Click the link to fill out the survey.

21st February 2012

5:58pm: New items on Modern Magicks

23rd October 2011

11:26am: Help Our Youth Development Team
The East Kilbride Pirates Youth American Football team was formed in 2010 and is the town's first under 17 squad for the sport since 1998. We want everyone to have a chance to try the sport, no matter what their financial background.

We're on the last stretch for our RBS CommunityForce project bid now, with only 24 hours of voting left. We're currently fourth by only 22 votes. We need to get into third place by lunchtime tomorrow if we are get the £6000 award to develop our youth team. Please help us get back in the lead by voting and sharing out this link to all your friends.


13th January 2011

2:58pm: Musicality
I've always considered myself to be a very non-musical person. So When I found out that there's a BBC labs for musicality I was tempted to give it a go. Bear in mind that it's quite a long test.


The test is split into two parts a series of questions about your attitudes to music and your percieved ability with it, mixed in with a series of practical tests.

My results from the survey were:

Enthusiasm for Music 15%

You scored low for enthusiasm, which suggests that music isn’t particularly important to you. You probably spend less time than most people just listening to music or having music on in the background while you do other things.

Musical Perception 11%

You scored low for perception, which suggests that you don’t have a strong ear for music. You are likely to find it challenging to keep a beat or sing in tune, and you may also have difficulty in distinguishing between different instruments or musical genres. Your scores in the musical tests will give you a good idea of where your specific strengths and weaknesses lie.

Emotional Connection 34%

You scored low for emotional connection, which indicates that music doesn’t influence your feelings and that you rarely, if ever, use music to manage your mood. Your results suggest that music doesn’t generally have the power to reconnect you to past events or change your emotional state.

Social Creativity 0%

You scored low for Social creativity, which suggests that you find it difficult to remember melodies and may not be able to recall new songs or musical phrases easily. This may mean you lack the confidence to contribute to group activities where music is involved, and are not comfortable joining in by singing or clapping along with others. You probably find it very challenging to imagine new melodies in your head.

Musical Creativity 5%

You scored low for music curiosity, which suggests that you aren’t really open to exploring new music, and prefer to listen to the genres and artists you are already familiar with. As a result, you are likely to be exposed to a limited range of musical styles and have a more focused range of musical taste than the average person. You probably wouldn’t ever attend an event just to experience live music, but may enjoy going to see familiar artists perform.

However Running counter to that are the actual test scores that I recieved.

Group the Music - Identify which tracks are from the same genre.

Managed a few, but not so many that it couldn't have been random chance :-/

Match the Beat - This test looks at your ability to recognise the beat in a piece of music, by getting you to judge whether some beeps superimposed onto the music are in time with the beat of the music.

I scored 14 out of 18 on this one, which is actually way better than I expected. Although I do enjoy a good dance, so that may be where it came from.

Match the Beat - This activity tests your ability to tap out a beat in time with the music using the space bar on your keyboard. 

I scored High for 2 pieces, Medium For 4 and Low for 3. I have a suspicion that the ones I scored low on were the orchestral tracks so I couldn't find the bass or drums that I'd normally use. I found the beat eventually, but not quickly enough to score well I suspect.

Melody Memory - Session had timed out, so I'm doing this one from memory. You had to work out if two pieces of music played at different pitches were actually the same music.

Again, I scored around thr 70 percent mark.

All in all it looks like I actually have a better ear for music than I ever give myself credit for. I should probably actually put a little more effort into developing it.

11th December 2010

10:02am: Christmas Family Funday - Today!
Time 11 December: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: Columcille Centre - Newbattle Terrace - Edinburgh

Once again this is aid of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation and we are aiming to end the year on a high and earn loads of cash to add to whatever has been raised so far.

Please come along and support this event, the usual fundraising stalls as well as lots of lovely craft and gift stalls for that last minute christmas present

10th November 2010

11:56am: Adding Amazon Universal Search Tou Your Website
I’m struggling a bit with the Amazon Universal Search functionality at the moment and it occurred to me that you or one of you may have already solved this problem.

The current system for allowing you to add a button to your website only adds it to Amazon.com and assumes the prices are USD.


I've managed to figure out some of the url variables (title and URL) to allow me to build my own links, but not price or image.

Don’t suppose anyone has had to figure this out or managed to find the UK version of the button?

25th October 2010

2:12pm: Win a Genuine Murano Clip-On Charm!
Rubino Red Murano Glass Star Clip On Bracelet CharmI'm giving away this stunning Rubino Red Murano Glass Star Clip On Bracelet Charm worth £12.99 ($19.99) to one of my facebook fans this Wednesday (27th October).

This is the first of these clip on charms I've ever made, so you'll be the first ever owner of this brand new addition to my range.

To be in with a chance of wining all you need to do is go to my page and "Share" (by clicking the "Share" Button right down the bottom of the page on the left hand side) or "Suggest" (click the "Suggest to friends" text under the logo on the left) the Hearts of Glass Facebook Page to your friends and then post a comment on this facebook post to say you've shared.

I'm afraid there's no other way to see if you have spread the word, so make sure you remember to post the comment on the facebook post. I'll randomly select one of the commenters on Wednesday night to receive this wonderful first of a kind charm.

20th October 2010

11:32am: 20% Discount on Red Murano Hearts!
The Tin Man From the Wizard of Oz

When a man’s an empty kettle he should be on his mettle,
And yet I’m torn apart.
Just because I’m presumin’ that I could be kind-a-human,
If I only had heart.
I’d be tender – I’d be gentle and awful sentimental
Regarding Love and Art.
I’d be friends with the sparrows … and the boys who shoots the arrows
If I only had a heart…

I’ve been featured in a Wizard of Oz themed collection over on Artfire today.

To celebrate, I’m offering a 20% discount (that’s a saving of up to £20 ($32)) coupon on all my Red Murano Hearts until Midnight on Sunday.

To receive your 20% discount enter this code at my artfire shop checkout:


17th October 2010

9:46pm: Smoking Update - Day 5
Time since stopping: 116 hours
Cigarettes not smoked: 83
Cigarettes smoked: 0
Nicotine replacements Taken: 22
Nicotine Craving Level: 3/10
Cigarette Craving Level: 6/10

Day Totals
Cigarettes not smoked: 10
Cigarettes smoked: 0
Nicotine replacements Taken: 1

Had my fist day that I've not really taken much in the way of the NRT. It's not been too bad for most of the as I started off quite hungover and the hangover and inhilator had definite differences. Tried a couple of draws this morning and that's been me for the day.

Currently avoiding Amanda as the rage is building to quite excessive levels. Think I'm going to need to crack and take a pill for the sake of my marriage.

15th October 2010

5:56pm: Win a Pair of Candy Stripe Earrings!
Hand Blown Pink Candy Stripe Ball EarringsI'm giving away this lovely pair of Pink Candy Stripe Hand Blown Glass Ball Earrings worth £16.99 to one of my facebook fans this Sunday (17th October).

To be in with a chance of wining all you need to do is go to my page and "Share" (by clicking the "Share" Button right down the bottom of the page on the left hand side) or "Suggest" (click the "Suggest to friends" text under the logo on the left) the Hearts of Glass Facebook Page to your friends and then post a comment on the facebook post so say you've shared.

I'm afraid there’s no other way to see if you have spread the word, so make sure you remember to post the comment on the facebook post. I'll randomly select one of the commenters on Sunday night to receive these wonderful earrings.
10:14am: Smoking Update - Day 3
Time since stopping: 56 hours
Cigarettes not smoked: 33
Cigarettes smoked: 0
Nicotine replacements Taken: 15
Nicotine Craving Level: 4/10
Cigarette Craving Level: 4/10

Day Totals
Cigarettes not smoked: 4
Cigarettes smoked: 0
Nicotine replacements Taken: 1

14th October 2010

9:54am: Smoking Update - Day 2
Time since stopping: 32 hours
Cigarettes not smoked: 19
Cigarettes smoked: 0
Nicotine replacements Taken: 9
Craving Level: 6/10

Really starting to notice the difference between the physical and psychological addiction now. Even though I'm taking nicotine replacements there's a definite need to roll a cigarette and go outside for a smoke that goes beyond the physical craving. I'd say the psychological addiction is currently much stronger than the physical thank to the magic mints.

13th October 2010

9:41am: Smoking Update - Day 1
Time since stopping: 9 hours
Cigarettes not smoked: 2
Cigarettes smoked: 0
Nicotine replacements Taken: 0
Craving Level: 7/10

27th July 2010

2:29pm: New from Hearts of Glass
I've managed to get some of my items up on etsy now, so I can use the funky promotion tool. What do people think, big one or small one?
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29th April 2010

7:14pm: Are you looking for more craft sales opportunities in Edinburgh?
I am looking for enterprising crafters who want to expand their business from spare time to part-time/full time. I’m going full time with my handmade jewellery business and starting selling from a street stall in Edinburgh city centre. In order to maximise the length of time I can be on the street I need to have a second person at the stall to allow for trips to the car for setup and bathroom breaks etc. You must be willing to exchange time working on the stall for the opportunity to sell your products. This is an ideal first step towards going full time or moving on to your own shop.

I’m planning to sell Tuesday to Saturday, plus public holidays throughout the year in any weather that is viable (anything but windy days really) from a high traffic pitch in the heritage area of Edinburgh. The passing trade is likely to be tourist heavy during the summer, with a stronger proportion of local residents outside of the festival season. I am also planning to have a pitch in/near one of the central parks for particularly nice days. There will be some days (particularly weekends) where I will be unavailable as I have some fairs booked for this year already.

I will be covering the expense of buying the covered stall and registering the licences and I have a car that I can use to transport you and the stall to our pitch. In exchange for doing a days work on the stall I will give you 25% of the selling space on the stall to sell your own goods and you will keep all of the profits from those sales. You will be an independent trader, not an employee, but will be listed as an “Assistant” on the licence to allow you to be on the stall.

Ideally I am looking for one crafter who is willing to commit to 5 days a week, but I understand that this sort of commitment on short notice is difficult. As an alternative, I would also consider crafters who are willing to cover 1-2 days per week on a regular basis and a pool of occasional assistants who can help out when regulars are unavailable.

I’m required to state the products that I will be selling at time of registration of the licence, so if you make something other than jewellery and are not on board from the start, you will not be able to join me at a later date. I cannot accept and food based crafters as that requires a different licence and I may decline if I feel that your brand conflicts with mine or competes directly with me (glass heart jewellery mostly).

I need to move quite quickly on this as it can take up to 6 weeks for the licence application to be processed and I need to submit the names of assistants at time of application. If I hold off too long we’ll miss the lucrative festival period.

If you are interested, please contact me with your name, craft and the days you would be interested in and we can arrange to meet up and discuss things further.

29th March 2010

10:51pm: Ready for a little Deco Dance?
Some of my friends, under the guise of Miss Fitz-Poste's Modern Mixers, are running an exciting 1920's themed night of performance and dancing. Look at the images in the link for an idea of what to expect.

From previous events, it's bound to be a blast.

Date: Sunday, 04 April 2010
Time: 16:00 - 20:00
Location: Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, EH1 2AD
Entry: £12.50

Deco Dance Details
10:49pm: Ready for a little Deco Dance?
Some of my friends, under the guise of Miss Fitz-Poste's Modern Mixers, are running an exciting 1920's themed night of performance and dancing. Look at the images in the link for an idea of what to expect.

From previous events, it's bound to be a blast.

Date: Sunday, 04 April 2010
Time: 16:00 - 20:00
Location:Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, EH1 2AD

Deco Dance Details

11th December 2009

8:21pm: Last minute fair added!
I know it’s short notice, but I’ve just been informed that I’ve managed to get one of the cancelation slots at the Arts Market at the Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street. Hope to see some of you there.
Date: 13 December 2009
Start: 11:00
End: 19:00

A chance to buy unique artwork and crafts direct from the artist in the relaxed atmosphere of The Out of the Blue Drill Hall . Some 40 artists and makers will be selling their work which ranges from painting and photography through fashion and textiles to furniture and design.

The licensed Drill Hall Café will be open to serve delicious snacks, meals and refreshments.

Entrance- 80p

Out of the Blue Drill Hall,
36 Dalmeny Street,

5th December 2009

10:06am: Out of the Blue Arts Market
I''l be along at Dalmeny Street in Leith with my range of jewellery if anyone wants to drop by.

11th November 2009

10:55pm: Christmas Party Jewellery
I carry a wide selection of jewellery that can add a festive cheer to any Christmas outfit. Whether it’s a little added sparkle from some lovely Christmas crystal or something with a hint of decoration about it from my range of hand blown glass, I have something for everyone.

Swarovski Crystal

You just can’t get any more festive than one of my wonderful Snowflake pendants. The expert cut of the glass means that it catches the light with an icey blue sparkle from deep within. Wear it on a silver chain for a little added sparkle or soften the look with one of my blue satin cords.

Hand Blown Glass

The hand blown glass jewellery I make is made using the same glass making process as Christmas decorations. What better way to say “I’m ready for Christmas!” than to bring a Christmas ornament into part of your outfit. Although all the hand blown glass I sell uses the same technique, the deep colours with a band of silver foil say Christmas the loudest.

26th July 2009

3:23pm: If anyone is a fan of buying hand made goods in Edinburgh and also happens to be a Facebook traitor like me, click the cut.

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2nd May 2009

8:32am: Lovely day for the beach
Just getting ready to head down to my craft fair at Portobello Town Hall, it's on from 10am to 5pm.

Had to take a quick pause though, I've been out on the balcony enjoying the sunshine. What a great day for a trip to the beach!

If you are heading to Portobello Beach, why not drop in and say hi to all us crafters stuck inside on such a lovely day.

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22nd April 2009

11:15pm: Sloan Markets Glasgow
Just wanted to give people a little heads up about Sloan Markets that runs every weekend at the courtyard outside Sloan's Bar (and in the Ballroom on Saturday).

From their Website:

"Scotland’s best independent traders line the lane running from Buchanan Street to Argyll Street every weekend to showcase their products and create the visual feast that is Sloans Market. Saturday sees the grand ballroom in Sloans Bar taken over by an additional 15 indoor stalls.

Encompassing a wide range of goods from bespoke jewellery, delicious food, unique clothing and legacy gifts, Sloans Market offers a variety of unique items that cannot be found in high street stores."

It's on from 11am to 5pm every weekend and if you head along this Saurday you can say Hi to me and have a look at my range of Murano and Hand Blown glass jewellery. See my website for a few examples.

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