It has been hard to find the rhythm of this year. But September, ever-associated with the start of term, promises a fresh start. And by beginning a new silver jewellery making course this week - embracing that old back to school feeling - I hope to get back in tune with where we are in [...]
The grey skies persist. A blanket of cloud has been cast over the valley for months, muffling the summer light, dismal and suffocating. So last week, while at a silver jewellery making summer school at the local college, I took to crafting my own little silver linings. After all every cloud needs one. The tiny [...]
A tiny golden acorn charm and a vintage-style carnelian drop inspired me to make two little cluster necklaces this week. Here's to the season of russet and burnt ochre, carnelian and amber, fingerless mitts and warm woolly socks; pumpkins and squashes, apples and cinders, smoke in the garden, acorns and leaves.
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 [...]
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 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 [...]