Copper Seahorse

It was difficult to order jewellery making supplies when the Covid-19 outbreak first hit (although things have improved now) so I've been on a bit of a mission to use up some of my existing materials on new designs. This copper seahorse is a case in point. I used to work with copper much more … Continue reading Copper Seahorse

They Call It Poppy Love

I’ve been reviewing how my designs did in 2019, and I can only conclude that there is a lot of love out there for poppies. Not only were my poppy pieces easily my best sellers, I also got some really great feedback from my lovely customers. "Absolutely gorgeous. Really helpful maker. Well packed and prompt … Continue reading They Call It Poppy Love

Latest Designs: Little Copper Hearts

I have made this pretty little collection of jewellery especially for the Coquetdale Art Gallery in Rothbury. All of the pieces feature warm copper hearts, combined with hammered and oxidised silver. There are two styles of pendant, post and drop earrings, a copper charm bangle, and a silver chain bracelet. They will all be available from … Continue reading Latest Designs: Little Copper Hearts

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

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

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

Latest Designs: Silver Hare Necklace

I'm just about ready for the opening of the Bilberry and Birch Etsy shop on 1st February. I still have a couple of new designs to photograph and add, but one that I did manage to get done today was this silver and copper hare necklace. It features a silver running hare, set against a rising … Continue reading Latest Designs: Silver Hare Necklace

new designs: leaping hares

Hares are usually associated with springtime, when they can be seen running and boxing each other, so obviously I've waited until autumn to make these silver hare earrings. Oops. Still, hares are such beautiful, elegant creatures that they deserve to be celebrated all year round. These earrings are actually my second recent design to feature a … Continue reading new designs: leaping hares

news from the workshop: re-discovering copper

There comes a point every summer when all of the colour seems to have been bleached from the landscape, and I start to long for the rich, deep tones of autumn. I think I've pretty much reached that point. We're having a mini heatwave here, the hay has all been cut and baled, and the fields … Continue reading news from the workshop: re-discovering copper