news from the workshop: hibiscus

  I've been working hard on a commission for the past few days. My customer had seen and liked my poppy earrings, but wanted a pair featuring Hawaiian flowers. You know the ones - you see them on Hawaiian shirts. I have since discovered that they are hibiscus flowers, and that the yellow hibiscus is … Continue reading news from the workshop: hibiscus

news from the workshop: I started something…

In fact, I have started several somethings over the past couple of weeks, but so far I have failed to finish any of them. I had some ideas for new earrings, so in a fit on enthusiasm, I set to and sawed out all the shapes I needed. I got as far as filing them, … Continue reading news from the workshop: I started something…

news from the workshop: silver snowdrops with freshwater pearls

It occurred to me when I was posting Ted Hughes' poem Snowdrops that I hadn't thought about making any snowdrop earrings this year. An omission that needed to be rectified quickly, before the flowers themselves have been and gone! I've made a pair of snowdrop earrings for each of the past three years, varying the … Continue reading news from the workshop: silver snowdrops with freshwater pearls

news from the workshop: a new addition

Great excitement at La Petite Maison last week, as I took delivery of this. It's a ring stretcher and reducer, and whilst it may not look that thrilling, it will allow me to make and accurately size closed rings. I do make rings at the moment, but they are all unsoldered, so that they can … Continue reading news from the workshop: a new addition

monday verse: the last rose of summer

’Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone; No flower of her kindred, No rosebud is nigh, To reflect back her blushes, To give sigh for sigh. from The Last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore This weekend saw our first snow and below zero temperatures … Continue reading monday verse: the last rose of summer

monday verse: annus mirabilis

Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three (which was rather late for me) - Between the end of the Chatterley ban And the Beatles' first LP. Up to then there'd only been A sort of bargaining, A wrangle for the ring, A shame that started at sixteen And spread to everything. Then all at once the … Continue reading monday verse: annus mirabilis

news from the workshop: silver birch

One way or another, I've mostly been working on designs inspired by the bark of the silver birch tree for the past few days. I usually apply the distinctive texture using the edge of an old and slightly pitted hammer, but I decided to try something slightly different with the bangle pictured above. It's made … Continue reading news from the workshop: silver birch

news from the workshop: melancholy music and silvery moons

  It's been all about the earrings this week, which has given me the opportunity to work with my garnet and moonstone beads once again. For non-bead lovers, I was also working on a pair of polished silver crescent moon earrings. The days are warm and sunny at the moment, but we've had some very … Continue reading news from the workshop: melancholy music and silvery moons

national poetry day: between the wars by billy bragg

Call up the craftsmen, bring me the draftsmen Build me a path from cradle to grave And I'll give my consent to any government That does not deny a man a living wage Go find the young men never to fight again Bring up the banners from the days gone by Sweet moderation, heart of … Continue reading national poetry day: between the wars by billy bragg

weekly photo challenge: out of season

There is something very particular about small British seaside resorts out of season. All those closed souvenir shops and cafés, boarded-up beach huts,  deserted beaches and empty promenades conspire to give them an air of melancholy, of abandonment. They were built for sunny days and holiday crowds, for paddling children and inflatable beach balls and ice creams on the … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: out of season