Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Sneak Peek....

Shown are a couple of pieces of work for the website - both lariats, I've been doing a lot of

Monday, 22 March 2010


This is today's creative effort - an aquamarine coloured Merino and Shetland wools with heaps of silk!  As aquamarine is my birthstone, I laid this one out yesterday and finished it off today - each one takes from around 5 - 7 hours so doing the whole lot in one session is a bit of a tall order...this is so soft and lovely I have to keep stroking it...its almost as good as my kitty cat Mia...

Today's Policy....

I never work on my birthday, so I'm taking the day off....

that seems fair enough to me...

Stuff I am going to do instead....

Muck out the horse
Clean the car
Clean the kitchen
Tidy the bathroom
Pay some bills
Do the weekly shopping
Get round to doing that ironing that's been sitting there six months
Groom the horse
Cook dinner


Sunday, 21 March 2010

Cirque du Soleil

If ever you were in need of a dose of inspiration, of colour, energy and excitement, Cirque du Soleil would fit the bill.   I saw one of their shows several years ago and it filled me with creativity for months and months afterwards.  Last night I was lucky enough to see 'Varekai' at the Trafford Centre in Manchester - wow.   The colours, the movement and the utter vibrancy of the show would be enough to inspire anyone.   The show finishes at this location in the next few days, so if you do

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Another Felted Scarf

Here's another one I made!!  This was a mothers day gift and my Mother In Law Simone loved it.  100% Merino wool, graduated colours, little dark purple and fuchsia 'roses'....

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

How I Felt

OK, missing in action again...but I promise there are things happening.  Firstly, you know when you get overwhelmed with so much needing doing that you do none of it?  Well, yep, that's the way it feels like...I'm working through a big list of stuff following the trade fairs, the purchases of tons of new stock, all the new jewellery I've made and the

Saturday, 6 March 2010

The Currency of Beads.....

Sometimes, to keep things fresh, you have to go in a different direction.   When Mark and I went to trade fairs over the last couple of months, I was under strict instructions to be 'on the lookout for the next big thing'...not sure what the next big thing was supposed to be or how I was supposed to know this big thing when I saw it (unless, indeed it was actually just a 'big thing') I mostly got on with happily perusing the current 'thing' of jewellery, beads, beads, jewellery and - well you get the drift.

Currently Reading

Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard....sigh...I had such high hopes for this book, I don't know how I manage to get suckered into this sort of thing time and time again, because the end result is always disappointment.   Here, once again, we have a Da Vinci Code Wannabe.  Here, once again, we have a Da Vinci Code No Where Near As Good As The Real Thing.   When, oh when will I learn not to waste my money.   I can't even bring myself to finish it, and I am kicking myself for the utter waste of time I put in it to get to the half way point, knowing I will go no further with it.   Get my drift?  Not even worth borrowing from your local library.
Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal Clay, Wire, Resin, and More by Cynthia Thornton - interesting, challenging, visually beautiful and inspiring with lots of diversions in terms of little side-articles that take you away from 'just' jewellery design and making and into the realms of symbolism of design and other interesting avenues.
A charming and useful book, highly recommended, if you only use it for eye-candy and those days where you sit at your workbench, stumped, (though it offers so much more) this is well worth reading.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman - I like the film, but I LOVE the book.   Of course often books and film bear little resemblance to each other, and this is somewhat the case here.  Hoffman's writing is full of feminine wisdom and she feels like the sort of person you'd love to have as a friend.  Having said that, the ending is slightly out of whack considering she's been working so hard to have all the female characters as strong and independent (can we feel a bit of arm twisting by the publishers there?) but if you overlook that as more than likely 'office politics' this is a charming, unusual and life affirming book that no-one should miss.   Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton - oh my goodness, another wonderful book!!  I stayed up all night with matchsticks propped up under my eyelids to read this, it is fantastic (I constantly promised myself 'just one more chapter, then I'll go to bed....well, I just read and read, right to the very end).   If you want a great story with fab characters, this one is it...I'd never read anything by Michael Crichton before, but as this one was already getting great reviews all over the place, how bad could it really be?, I reasoned.   I am so glad I decided to go for this one, and I will certainly be reading more of Crichton's work - this particular book was apparently found amongst his papers as a complete novel after his death in 2008.   Its full of swashbuckling, derring-do, frankly fairly unbelievable stuff, but still, very very entertaining and very evocative.   Don't miss it.