Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013


...I'm very thankful that we've had a run of lovely, cool mornings - makes the hot, hot days bearable

...still loving the early morning light - posted week 1 of my morning project & some photos from our most recent forest visit

...I cleaned up my clay cupboard, did some weeding, tidied my desk

...been working on a batch of fine silver pieces - rolling, texturing, cutting, shaping, sanding...

...finished my painting project (photos next month some time)

...we're working on a blog for the shop (to launch next month) & I've been photographing, drafting, testing recipes...

...speaking of recipes - I baked plum crumble cake last week (recipe), so good! & really easy to make - actually, I doubled the mix (one batch of crumble is plenty) & baked two cakes. There are lots of us ;)

...enjoyed our most recent book club book (The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh), read lots of blog posts & helped Kathryn with her portrait for the month...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

lovely links...

Just thought I'd share a selection of blog posts I've read/looked at/drooled over recently. Plus a few photos - out-takes from my mornings project...

I love Cindy's photography - these portraits are a gorgeous example. Speaking of portraits, how lovely is this engagement shoot on Kinsey's blog.

A Beautiful Mess is always an inspiring place to visit - recently I'm loving these scarves & this cute shoe make-over. Also inspiring - a feature on some gorgeous ceramics, some colourful artwork & gorgeous jewellery.

I've been loving Joy's honey mustard dressing on pretty much any sort of salad - it even keeps well in the fridge if you make a big batch. Totally tempted by apple walnut cakes & espresso chocolate kisses (chocolate, coffee & shortbread! no other explanation needed).

Some interesting thoughts on not getting too caught up in the 'rules' of art.

Just because they're beautiful & cute cats need no reasons at all :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

work in progress...

...I've been working on some new pieces - lots of scratch-foam designs & a few new textures 

Monday, February 11, 2013

month of mornings | week 1 {summer}

summer | autumn | winter | spring

Saturday, February 9, 2013


...started a photo project (also, here & here) & took a new teleidoscope photo

...I've been making textures, playing with paper & framing pictures

...trying some different things for making necklaces (although I might need to buy some sad :P )

...started a largish painting project on the front wall of the shop (photos later)

...finally created my etsy 'About' page

...baked chicken & leek pasties with Mum (I could eat that leek filling all on its own) & enjoyed the baking efforts of my sisters

...& started a new batch of clay

Thursday, February 7, 2013

playing with paper...

I spent a lovely afternoon the other day, playing with pretty papers & making some gift tags. I use these to write a little thank you note to send with my jewellery. They are also good if I need a tag for a gift, lol.

I started by cutting some plain card to size (these are about 8cm x 5.5cm). We have a generous stash of scrap-booking supplies, so I raided that for some nice colours.

Once I had my base, I got out the fancy papers (most of the ones I used are washi paper) & started putting them together. I picked colour combinations I liked & stuck to quite simple designs - either following the lines of the fancy paper, or cutting geometric shapes. A little scrap-booking glue & voilĂ  a nice stack of gift tags.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

a photo project in four parts...

Earlier this year when I was brainstorming ideas for this blog & other projects, the phrase 'month of mornings' popped into my head. Originally I was just going to take a photo every morning for a month, but then I started thinking about seasons & which month I would pick....

Eventually I decided that I would take a months worth of photos, but in four parts - one week each season. So this week I am taking a photo every summer morning, in a couple of months I will take a week of autumn morning photos & so on...

...naturally I also have a few extra photos from each day (& it's only day 2, lol)...

(I will post week 1 early next week)

summer | autumn | winter | spring