The birch is one of my favourite trees, and the inspiration for several of my designs. I love their tall, graceful shape, the bright golden colour of their leaves in autumn, and their distinctive pale bark, which peels back in strips. Known as the goddess tree or lady of the woods, the birch is one … More Silver Birch
I’m still hard at work on some wintry designs, and I’ve just finished these lovely little holly leaf earrings. They’re cut from lightly textured silver sheet, then oxidised until they turn a dark slate grey colour. I’ve chosen to give them a light polish, retaining most of the oxidisation, as I thought it captured the … More Latest Designs: Holly
It’s hard to believe that November is nearly over, and that Christmas is not that far off. Apologies to those of you who prefer not to think about it for a few more weeks, but those of us hoping to provide you with gift ideas have to think ahead! With this in mind, I’ve been … More Latest Designs: Mistletoe
We spent a wonderful week in Fife during May, and my landscape for the month had to be one of the photographs that I took there. This is the beach at Elie at low tide, looking over towards Earlsferry.
The theme for this week’s photo challenge is ‘liquid’, which is timely for me, as we’ve just got back from a holiday in St Monans, on the East Neuk of Fife, Sctoland. It’s essentially a coastal area, and the landscapes are dominated by the sea. We were blessed with wonderfully warm and sunny weather, so … More Liquid
Whichever winter festival you celebrate, I hope you have a good one.
I’ve been rather quiet for the past week, mainly because we were on holiday in the Poitou-Charente area of France, over in the south-west of the country. That wouldn’t usually stop me from posting, but on this occasion we had irregular access to steam-driven wifi, and a very poor mobile phone signal. So, now that … More a trip to poitou-charentes #1 – cognac
Christmas has officially arrived in our corner of France. The lights are up, and there was a marché de noël in Brioude over the weekend, complete with vin chaud, roasted chestnuts, little booths selling work by local artisans, and the all-important arrival of Father Christmas. To be honest, we passed on that last bit, and … More it’s beginning to look a lot like…