Friday, 31 May 2013

My bank holiday weekend!

I decided to take some time out this bank holiday weekend and spend it wholly with my friends and family.

On Saturday I took my best friend to see Alicia Keys at The NIA in Birmingham City for her birthday,    surprising we got there in one piece and without making any direction mishaps which is good for me as I usually just travel without looking at the map :) and hope for the best! 

She was amazing and I would 100% recommend anyone who is thinking of buying a ticket to go! 


On Sunday my good friend Trudi had an open day at her lampwork studio, the sun came out in support and we had a fabulous day making beads and chatting about Glass :), I met some new faces and caught up with the usuals it's was a fun day had by all! 


Monday was that extra day we all wish we had every week, myself and Kevin took our niece Kree-Anna out for the day, first stop was east Carlton park to play in the park and build sand castles then a stroll through the woods to see all the wonderful tree sculptures whilst eating ice lollies :D heaven! 

We then took a walk to The boating lake where a fun day was being held for local charities including Windmills Corby, it was full of bouncy castles, stalls, dancing / entertainment and a teddy bears picnic, great fun for the kids! 

We decided it was still early so we jumped in the car and took a trip to Market Harborough to browse the town boutiques, there are so many pretty things to see. The smell of freshly cooked chips passed us by and we couldn't resist a little afternoon snack. 

                                                      Two of my favourite people!


Thursday, 16 May 2013


I sit here most days after the day job waiting to pick up my mum to take her home after a long day (I'm a good daughter like that) and this is my view; a huge complex of unwanted warehouses sitting doing nothing. (It's the same on the opposite side too) 

There is 4 out of 10 occupied; not good right? 

I have a dream of opening a working studio complex and this place or at least one or two of them would do a great job of hosting our creative talents.

Oh well I will keep dreaming and whilst looking at the sheet of grey steel each day I will endeavour to get inspired and write blogs for you all. 

What is your dream? 


Pinterest Inspiration

I love grabbing inspiration from everywhere I can in my day to day life so when I stumbled upon Pinterest I got a little addicted to say the least!

Inspirations for my art and also for general living its amazing; I thought I would share some of my favourites with you. 




What's your opinion on Pinterest? If you haven't yet registered, how can I persuade you to? :D 

Come over and follow me at 
Link yours below and ill follow you back!

Happy Pinning! 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Facebook Schedules

I LOVE schedules :D ... There I said it I confess! 

Ok ok now I know that sounds really ridiculous but I am kind of obsessed (as the other half nods aggressively beside me), I cannot seem to budge this pattern that I guess keeps me on track with my day to day plans as I try to grow my business. 

Although I do agree  it is excessive to some extent but without it I wouldn't know whether I was coming or going. 

I love to interact with my fans and customers but spending all day on facebook is just not good for business as it distracts me from all of the other one man band elements that I have to manage,  but I have now found the schedule posts manager on my facebook page, do you know about this? 

It allows you to pre-set your posts by date and time, although preparation is required; if you already blog or post you normally would already know what you wanted to discuss on a daily basis (well i do anyway, maybe thats just another excessive string to my belt) whether it be new products, discounts, places to visit or general chit chat it can be all there ready to go. 

This way you can pop in and check on updates and interact when time allows you :) .... Great idea huh? 

Give a go if you haven't already; here's a quick how to guide:

ENJOY! Louise x 




Love is all around

.So many shapes and designs to try in glass fusing but I always seem to come back to the heart, they brighten up the day I think, no matter what colour or shape they send me good vibes :)

So here is me sending some good vibes your way :) 


Confession: I Heart <3 Glass 


New look; New Collection

 Tootsies Handmade is undergoing its very own rebrand, we have designed our logo and are awaiting new business cards and packaging it's very exciting.

Here is our new logo... Do you like it, the feedback received seems very positive so that makes me happy. 

We also have a new collection that is growing each day, a contemporary collection made with clear embossed glass. 

Here are a few of our samples, I really do love this range.