Sea spoons and beach jewels

I hoard beach-combed finds: sea-worn pieces of shell, pebbles tumbled by the tide, nuggets of seaglass, sherds of sea-pottery. I stash them in glass jars, admiring the colours; remembering walks along the shore; treasures brought by the tide. Many pieces have been picked up with half a mind on setting them in silver. They languish…

“O Star of Wonder, Star of Night” – ShareAdvent Day 20 and a Christmas make

I was delighted to see a starry #ShareAdvent  prompt over at Skin and Blister blog this year. The star is, I think, one of the most magical and evocative of our Christmas associations. And it is now, in the depths of midwinter, with the longest nights upon us, that we are often treated to some of the clearest views…

The woods in winter – a lino cut Christmas card

There's a frost in the air. Against the black of the midnight sky, snowflakes begin to fall. Deep in the woods, a badger emerges from his sett, dug deep into the roots of the old, gnarled trees. He pauses  . . . the snowflakes tumble . . . he senses the cold, the frost, the…

Button mushrooms – handmade hanging decorations

The longer evenings are perfect for settling down to a craft project, and this one combines two of my favourite forms, mushrooms and buttons. With their spotty tops I suppose they are more akin to toadstools, but I couldn't resist calling them button mushrooms. You will need: Air-hardening modelling clay A rolling pin Mushroom-shaped cookie…