Monday, 27 June 2011
My first jewellery making project
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!
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Labels: amethyst, aquamarine, black shell, blue chalcedony, botswana agate, fluorite, jade, jewellery making, labradorite, Tanzanite
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Gardeners' World Live 2011 (part three)
All in all, this was a great day out!
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Gardeners' World Live 2011 (part two)
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Labels: clematis, delphiniums, diascias, Gardeners' World Live 2011, lupins, pelagoniums
Monday, 20 June 2011
Gardeners' World Live 2011 (part one)
More beautiful colours.
The next installment will follow tomorrow - amazing colours and textures.
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Labels: Gardeners' World Live 2011
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!
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Labels: Garnium Magnificum, herbaceous border, Open Gardens
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Mystery Poppy - solved!
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Labels: Annual Poppy
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Roses and Clematis
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Labels: Clematis Filigree, Rosa Mundi
Monday, 6 June 2011
Mystery Colour Poppies
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Saturday, 4 June 2011
A new hobby - Warning, it is addictive!
This is where my new hobby (Chris says it is on its way to becoming an obsession) of jewellery making all began. I have always loved jewellery, especially earrings and am usually on the lookout for new ones to add to my ever expanding collection wherever we go. I saw some faceted amethyst and silver ones on a local craft stall, and bought them because I hadn't seen faceted amethyst before, and because they were gorgeous! A couple of weeks ago, I was idly channel flicking and came across jewellery maker (also a website http://www.jewellerymaker.com/) which is a shopping channel for gemstones and jewellery making supplies. I have quite quickly become au fait with beading thread, crimp beads, toggle clasps, jump rings, shepherd hooks and all the other vocabulary required. Gemstones, shopping, beautiful colours and textures - I was hooked! So, my first purchase was faceted amethyst beads and silver grey pearls (see above).
My most recent purchase was a mix of stones including labradorite which is the grey stone above, but which in certain lights has a flash of blue or cream or pink shades inside the stone (called a schiller, in case you are interested).
The whole of my latest purchase, from left, labradorite, black shell squares, lapis lazuli puffy coins, two strand of green fluorite, three strands of picasso jasper. The presenter said the fluorite is known for its fluorescent qualities in certain lights and I must admit, I wasn't convinced, but looking at the photo above, perhaps it does have this quality after all!
I love the fact that I can make my own bracelets and earrings (well, once I get to grips with the techniques). Lapis Lazuli sounds so exotic and I think it is amazing that I can wear jewellery made from a stone that was precious in Egyptian times and was ground down to create the vibrant blue used in medieval books of hours or renaissance paintings.
The picasso jasper reminds me of stones on a beach, especially at Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast, where I spent many happy holidays. I'll probably use the grey/blue stones for myself and perhaps some of the chocolate brown colours. It is odd how I have become so interested in such a short space of time - if I feel any of my creations are worthy of being put on future blog posts, I'll include them. Now I just need to go and have a bit of a practice...
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Labels: amethyst, fluorite, jewellery, jewellery maker, labradorite, pearls, picasso jasper
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!
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Labels: Harley Gallery, Welbeck Abbey, Welbeck estate
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