It’s Been a Summer

It's been a shamefully long time since I updated this blog. In my defence, I've been very busy at my day job, and what with that and keeping up with orders, I haven't had that much time to sit and write. I have managed to get out and about too though, so I'm going to … Continue reading It’s Been a Summer

April Landscape: The End of the Day

I usually try to pick a photograph that sums up the month, but this April has seen such dramatic changes in the landscape that it feels impossible to represent it in one image. Instead, I’ve chosen this beautiful, dramatic bank of cloud, which is reflecting the colour of the setting sun. It also features one … Continue reading April Landscape: The End of the Day

Latest Designs: Wild Creatures

We’ve been living in Northumberland for over a year now, and I’m still regularly thrilled by the number and variety of wild birds and animals that we see. We’re within easy reach of a range of habitats, from stunning coastline to river valleys, farmland to wild moors, coniferous forests to copses of native trees. We … Continue reading Latest Designs: Wild Creatures

March Landscape: Snowy Scene

These aren’t the sort of pictures that I was expecting to be posting for my March landscape, but it really has been a month dominated by snow. We had three days of heavy snowfall and high winds, which caused massive drifts amd blocked the road for nearly a week. Just as that lot finally melted, … Continue reading March Landscape: Snowy Scene

Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers

The snow that I posted about last week has finally melted, our broadband connection has been reinstated, and things are pretty much back to normal here. I did use the few days of being snowed in wisely, catching up with some reading, and completing some new jewellery designs. The first are these poppy pendants and … Continue reading Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers

Snowed In

Well, that’ll teach me to talk about signs of spring. Since my last post, it has snowed every day. Sometimes all day. Our village, indeed the whole of Upper Coquetdale, is now pretty much cut off from the outside world. Roads are closed across the county, including the A1, the main north/south road. Luckily we … Continue reading Snowed In

February Landscape: Signs of Spring

As I write this, it is looking distinctly wintry outside. We’ve had heavy snow overnight, with more forecast for the next few days, and there were some very cold days this month. However, February hasn’t all been about frost and ice. We’ve had some lovely sunny days too, with the first signs of spring starting … Continue reading February Landscape: Signs of Spring

Floral Inspiration

I’ve been making some little animated slideshows, to illustrate how my influenes are translated into my designs. Here is the first, showcasing some of my recent floral-inspired designs. I’ve used an app called Ripl, in case anyone fancies having a go themselves. It’s really easy - just add some photos and text, and the app … Continue reading Floral Inspiration

Latest Designs: Meadows and Flowers

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I haven’t actually made any pieces of jewellery for months. The last time I posted any pictures seems to have been October of last year. In truth, I have been very busy, firstly preparing for craft fairs in the run up to Christmas, then working to replace the items … Continue reading Latest Designs: Meadows and Flowers

Beloved: snowdrops

One of my favourite sights at this time of year - a carpet of snowdrops. These were in the grounds of the National Trust property Wallington Hall. ”Beloved” is the theme for the photo challenge this week, and you can find out which objects, views, and people are held dear by other bloggers over on … Continue reading Beloved: snowdrops