Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Hi all, from a very quiet and chilly office in Suffolk.
I just thought I would shout out "we are a family of 10 on Patreon already" !!!! Double figures, delighted am I and so grateful, makes my video work more and more worth while spending so much time on.
That is where it's at 🥳🤩😍 come and join us!!
I have just uploaded Part one of the Wild Roses and bee, wine glass engraving. The first of 2 parts.
This is of course the full size "how to" video for Patrons on my Patreon channel. 
It is 30 minutes long and I explain everything as I go along.

Also in this video I Explain and demonstrate how to DETECT A STRESS LINE in a glass.

Do consider joining my little group of enthusiasts, we are growing and have so much to learn and share. All it costs is $12 per month.
When you join not only do you get 2 new videos per month, but get to see ALL the previous Patron Only videos. There are several hours worth there now already.

I have had some interesting commissions recently. I have been using a different technique to engrave anything machine-like and it has been very successful

  I have a few interesting engraved glasses for sale, along with my larger pieces which you can see on my website HERE their prices range from £50 to £65, absolute bargains for my hand engraving!

Take care and I hope you are all enjoying the festive season and those who are not, please know that I do think of you, I am sad for anyone who is sad out there, for one reason or another and I know this is a difficult time for many. ♥

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Great news part one....I am a few days late in announcing this here on my "blog" ...that I have been Celebrating, I have reached 10 000 subscribers on my YouTube channel!! (actually 10 016 as I type...) Soooo happy, 🍷👍🤗🥂🍾🥳🚀🤸‍♂️🍭📽🎬 thank you everyone who subscribes, if you don't ...🤣 u bad 🤣 Please do subscribe and hit the bell also to receive notifications or you will miss my new uploads.

Great news part two... My new website is live, so happy! I still have several things to do still but in fact updating it is a never ending job anyway. Couple of pages need photos adding to them and a few need to be cleaned up as I really put far too many old ones in, felt a little nostalgic.
I now have 2 "Patrons" on my brand new Patreon channel and I look forward to this membership growing . I have loads of videos to make, lots of ideas running around my head.
Do pop along and follow my activity for free or become a Patron for $12 per month (it's all in $ because it is American based)  and watch at least 2 glass engraving videos I create per month.  Taster videos only will be uploaded to YouTube now, with the full versions uploaded to Patreon for Patrons only.

In the mean time Christmas is fast approaching and there is much to do.
Henstead Arts and Crafts Centre is a delightful place to visit (not on Mondays though as most are closed, I pop in and out on a Monday) If you wish to visit me please make an appointment to avoid disappointment. I am Unit 11.   I will be designing a leaflet for the Centre in January.

Take care everyone

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful."
Eric Thomas

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Well hello to everyone, it has been a very long time since I last posted on this blog!

I now have so many social media platforms on the go , it is hard to remember them all or fit them all in.

Anyhow I have no doubt that if you are visiting here, most of you will have also visited my website, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, Etsy...and now Patreon !!  (Seriously!!!) However I do appreciate that not everyone likes those social media platforms and prefer the good old fashioned blog.

This brand new Patreon channel that I have joined, is linked with my long standing Youtube channel where I have been uploading videos for years. They take a long time to edit and hence I don't put up as much as I'd like to.

Patreon works on the old fashioned "Patron" idea, people who are happy and willing to pay the creator a small amount for the time and effort they put into the videos they create for the viewer to benefit from.
My first Patron only video is now up to watch. It is part one of the hand engraving of this tankard:

I am building (long overdue) a new website, this is practically finished and will be moved over to replace the old one within a couple of weeks.
here is a sneak peak, some things may change slightly before it goes live:

Well it is over a year now, that I have been Mrs Lesley Pyke, all is good and it is a lovely feeling to be married again after 20 years of being divorced. I do get confused at times (not difficult...LOL) as my professional name will always be Lesley Pyke.

I was beyond all measures of happiness to have my sons walk me down the aisle last September, there are just no words to describe my feelings. (hose of you who have followed this blog from the beginning will fully understand what I mean....) And to have my Mom and loads of my family there too who travelled from way up north, meant the world to me...and some of my dearest and oldest friends also came, some I hadn't see for many years, also travelling from far and wide, just mind blowing! All my new family were there and it is so lovely to belong to so many people ♥

The use of our close friends magnificent garden for photos, I will be forever grateful, wow!! They are in the photo below♥
My new little step grand kiddies were flower girls and pageboy, they did such a grand job! How gorgeous are these little ones♥

I was so lucky to be able to get to know beautiful Terrese who is now engaged to my eldest son, Shane and they will be getting married next year!! We will be there with bells on!!

Oh there is great news , I have a new grandson, from Shane and Terrese, he is 4 months old now, Brayden, ever so cute. My precious Mason is already 9! Shane and Gavin still live on the opposite end of my time zone (New Zealand and Australia) but regular video chats keep us all up to date and I look forward to meeting Gavin's girlfriend, Kate . Gavin just recently came to stay a few days because he was sent over here for a course in Cambridge , how amazing is that?!!  I am a super-lucky mom and "Life is unfolding as it should..."(from Desiderata.)

My golf still keeps me quite busy, went out to 16 (handicap)  earlier this year....hmm, not good. I really am not sure how that happened except that perhaps I have not been playing quite as much. I still go to the gym which is essential, especially for the mind and bod.

My new premises is absolutely lovely, so cozy, such wonderful peaceful surroundings. I could not ask for a more perfect setting, and only 10 minutes from home. Come and visit if you are nearby
Henstead Arts and Crafts Centre but remember to let me know if you wish to come and see me in case I am not going to be there when you come.

"Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing future of time."   (Desiderata)