Latest Designs: Northumberland Hedgerow

I’ve become a little obsessed with the hedgerows in our part of Northumberland. They’re really characterful, and although they do form a unified hedge, you can still clearly see the individual plants, each one unique. I particularly love a stretch that we pass on one of our regular walks. It’s wonderfully gnarly, and looks especially … Continue reading Latest Designs: Northumberland Hedgerow

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

Latest Designs: Two For Joy

I’ve been busy with commissions and (whispers) my other job lately, but I have been able to complete a couple of new designs, the first of which is this pendant. It features two polished silver magpies, set against a contrasting textured and oxidised background. It measures 0.8cm wide by 2.5cm long. I’ve made a few … Continue reading Latest Designs: Two For Joy

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

Sea Glass in a Silver Setting

I've been working on some commission pieces lately, alongside my new designs. One has led me to have another go at something I haven't done for a good while, namely stone setting. Or, in this case, sea glass setting. I haven't set any stones since I was going to evening classes at Leeds College of … Continue reading Sea Glass in a Silver Setting

Autumn Leaf

We recently moved house, and our new home has a number of skylight windows. Obviously, the drawback to these is that you can't actually look out of them and admire the view. On the plus side, they do frame the sky and treetops, and they let in a lot of natural light. An unexpected bonus, … Continue reading Autumn Leaf

Structure

This week's photo challenge invites us to share the structure of an everyday object. I took this photograph of allium flowers back in June, when we visited the National Trust property Washington Old Hall. The flowers heads are huge pom-poms of colour, and when there's a whole bed of them, it's easy for the eye … Continue reading Structure