Monday, 27 June 2011
I have also ordered some blue chalcedony, more (darker) labradorite, botswana agate and larger amethyst stones and I am considering a final order (for now) of the aforementioned clasps, more botswana agate, some jade, some aquamarine and maybe even some tanzanite. Then I need to make lots of pieces. Somehow, I think this may become a bit of an obsession!
Sunday, 26 June 2011
All in all, this was a great day out!
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Monday, 20 June 2011
More beautiful colours.
The next installment will follow tomorrow - amazing colours and textures.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
I realised yesterday that I haven't shared my latest books with you, so this post will hopefully rectify that. As ever, I have several books on the go, depending on whether I am at work or home and how much time I have available to read in. I must admit that the biography of Elizabeth Gaskell is one that is taking me a long time to read, probably due to the immense amount of detailed information included in it and the slightly more 'academic' form of writing. I am determined to finish it though, so will keep going. I have just started The Remains of the Day and The Big House both of which are intriguing in their own way, and both of which I am enjoying very much. Behind Closed Doors was a treat to myself as I had seen Professor Vickery's series and wanted to know more. The Secret Life of Wilkie Collins is a book I have read but this copy was a total bargain at WHSmith yesterday - only 50 pence! I couldn't leave it there, could I?
I am also awaiting One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes which should be with me next week, so have plenty to be getting on with in any spare moments when I am not gardening, felt making or jewellery making!
Monday, 13 June 2011
Having visited all the gardens, we then enjoyed a well-earned cup of tea and piece of cake at the church. If it had been a sunny day, the village would have been heaving with visitors, but as it was, we did see a few other brave souls venturing out which was encouraging. The gardens were open to raise funds for the church, so however much money was raised, it was for a very good cause.
The only problem with looking at other gardens is that once home, all the problems in your own garden become very obvious. I am lucky that I have lots of lovely plants, and also lucky that I don't have the pressure of opening my garden for charity!
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Monday, 6 June 2011
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
On Monday, a rainy bank holiday, Chris and I ventured out to The Harley Gallery, where we saw the exhibition, SMILE, which had lots of quirky craft pieces on show http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/ - quirky really appeals to Chris. I loved the clever automata by Robert Race, constructed from driftwood and using stones as the balance weights. Of course, like most people, I couldn't resist turning the handle and watching the figures move.
I also found a vision of myself in a few years, possibly having come into some money and living in a larger house in the country. This was 'Flo' by Craig Mitchell, designed as a vase, but without the flowers in the exhibition, which I felt was unfortunate, because the flowers demonstrated why she had the slightly odd hugging posture. There is something typically British about the stoicism on Flo's face, with her headscarf, her apron over her coat and her green wellies. On second thoughts, I'm not sure I'll be embracing a headscarf any time soon!