Monday, 29 March 2010

today is dull, I need some colour!

Just after I bought my summer sandals the weather has turned! Yes, I know it's too early for summer wear but I got all excited:)

We have booked our family holiday and i'm spending as much time in the garden planting sweet peas, jasminum nudiflorum and mint. I don't know much about gardening, it's all a learning curve and really nice to be out in the fresh air.
Oh that's the door, my mini green house has arrived....Yipeee!

Friday, 19 March 2010

Chirpy, cheap cheap!!!

This little canvas is for my daughters bedroom. I just pick up a cheap canvas, opened up my old acrylic paint box and of I went. I enjoyed doing something that I normally don't do, and also working in 2D for a change. When I make things for friends and for loved ones I get so excited that I can't sleep until I have finished it. I hope to make more little pictures from time to time as painting is so calming!

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Sweet selection of beads!

I'm looking forward to the Sweet Herts Sisterhood beading workshop this april.

Today was a good day for getting things done, thanks to my daughter for having a long nap!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Looking for vintage and inspiration? Found some links x x

I have been looking for more vintage pieces for my home. I love the folk art style and lots of romantic florals. I have been scanning the charity shops and looking online for inspiration. Love Pink Friday Blog the pics are amazing!

My gorgeous lampshade came from cha cha cha's in London's Muswell Hill where I had my jewellery studio. Megan sells the most beautiful vintage interior pieces and she has a real eye for colour and design. Check her shop out
The throw was given to me by my nan and the cushion came from a little shop called Cosi also In Muswell Hill.

@ Home doing crafts

I made the knitted house for my daughter with odd bits of yarn from the charity shop and used felt for the windows and doors. I didn't follow a pattern so it's a bit wonky but that's cottage living for you!

Friday, 5 March 2010

It feels like spring is here!

Today was another bright and sunny day, perfect for being in the garden or out walking in the park. I did neither, instead I went to Ikea for with my friend Pip and her two kids and my little girl. We spent ages in the kids furnishings area with the kids running about like it was Challenge Anneka! We had a great time and I loved looking all the bright colours and graphic prints and everything in mini kids sizes! 

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

How to do beading?

This has to be one of my favourite designs so far. I made it in 2007 and sold it to Leeds City Gallery at Harrogate's British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF). It's another one-off design but I have made similar pieces with different semi-stone beads. It is made with blue amazonite beads, green enamel on silver and the flower has blue enamel with coral beads inside.

Wanna know how to do beading? In april I am doing a beading workshop with Sweet Herts sisterhood. Check out their blog!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

This ring is not for doing the washing up in!

Today I was sorting through some of my images and I found this picture of a ring I made in 2007.
It's made of oxidized silver with fresh water pearls and is a one-off piece.

I do love this ring and it has been on exhibition a few times. It was great fun to make and I will finally put it up for sale on my website later this year!

It was a beautiful sunny day for doing things like sorting and gardening with my 2yr old daughter, and I had a lovely long chat with my friend Alison Lush (also a jewellery designer). We had a good natter about websites and selling through galleries. We always conclude that it's about selling online or at craft fairs and Alison is already doing just that! Check her on: