Monday, 16 February 2015

RE: The Rebrand..

CHANGES ARE UNDERWAY WITH MY REBRANDING...I'm struggling at the moment because of the sheer pain in the backside of changing all my addresses in my bolg, in etsy and all my other social media. For the love of god why is it so difficult! It's just a name change, not a new theory on relativity! So please bear with me as I try to sort out this mess. My new name will be .....the gilded cloud...

Sunday, 1 February 2015


What happened, I just can't believe how fast everything is going. Christmas went in a blur and now it's February. So I've been looking closely at rebranding my 
name and shop to better reflect where my work is going. I've spent hours learning Gimp, a free photoshop programme, and I'm finally making  progress and getting my new image together.
I'm favouring darker backgrounds for the photos of my work. It just seems to work. And I'm channeling Barbara Hulanick of the iconic BIBA. She combined the 1970's, with art nouveau and a splash of art deco to create a luxurious, bohemian style.

Even the baked beans had gorgeous branding.

Here's some of my latest work:

I've now got a flickr account too, so you can find more photos of my work

So look out for my revamp very soon xx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

My new Japanese obsession

My daughter Heather and hubby Gaz have returned from their honeymoon in Japan and they brought me a few gifts.

A wonderful postcard book full of amazing images by Higuchi Yuko, the green stick is a green tea chocolate biscuit with a yellow biscuit beside it and fire opals, sodalite, snowflake obsidian and "ugly" pearls.

Get those coins they're so cute,  Cynthia from Beatnheart has made these lovely earrings from Japanese coins

But what I found really fascinating is the attention to detail that is applied to packaging; it's an art form in itself. The word tsutsumu means wrapping and some of their packaging is stunning.

They seem to understand how integral the packaging is for the product; it is part of the experience.

I've been getting some ring practice in and I've done some simple stacker rings in copper.

I'll hopefully, when funds permit, start working on designs in silver. But I do love working in copper, it's so versatile and looks great with gemstones and I've never experienced a green finger!
C U soon xx

Monday, 29 September 2014

New Tings....About time!

Where does the time time go. It just seems to be racing past. Fern is back at school and Heather and Gaz are in Japan on their honeymoon. I must say this is where face book comes into it's own and Heather is able to keep me updated on her adventures with lots of videos and pics. I couldn't even make a phone call when I was in Lynton, so it amazes me how Petra copes with keeping up to date!
I also have a new addition to our family, a new fur baby called Pepper, who is about 18 months old and a rescue cat. Smokey is still not very pleased to have her but I'm persevering with treats and fuss!

Here's Pepper, stopping me from working.

And here's Smokey giving vent to her feelings!

I'm working my way through my stash of artisan goodies and I'm giving my micro torch a good work out too.
This bracelet features ScorchedEarth and Helenjewellery lampwork. It reminds me of  rock pools and the copper clasp features a cat's eye cab that I soldered on.

Next lots of earrings, this first pair has a silver bar  and vintage rhinestone that I soldered together ( after a lot of swearing!)

More rhinestone and Petra leaves.

Garnet cabs, ceramic connectors and copper. The soldering's a bit messy but it adds to the rustic vibe!

This next ones have gorgeous ceramic shells with metal beads on their sides,  iolite cabs and handmade ear posts.

Finally pearls on ladders

I've had to buy another micro torch because the switch on my old one broke and wouldn't lock on!
I'll keep practising, still got a lot to learn. xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer Holiday Montage

I've been blessed with a wonderful summer holiday. The weather here in Blighty as been unusually sunny and warm..very warm. However the very best thing is that I've been able to spend time in the company of two amazing artists, Lucie of LucieTales and Petra of ScorchedEarthonEtsy and it's been fantastic. 
So part one will cover Lucie's stay and part two will cover my stay in Petra land!

This is Lucie and Loic's second visit to my county and this time we had more time to chat, go book hunting and visit National Trust properties. And drink tea and go to the now legendary Studley car boot, where you can pretty much buy anything you could possibly need. They were again based in the love setting of Aston Cantlow and we had a few fun evenings eating and chatting.

We then went on a visit to Packwood House. The gardens were in full bloom and packed with a riot of colour.

The yews represent the 12 apostles and they are huge!
Inside Packwood is full of rich, carved oak panelling and tapestries adorn the wall. It's great to share these visits with Lucie and to talk about books we enjoy and ideas for our work. This time she was lucky to find my little studio tidier!
All too soon they're visit was over and it was time for them to drive their mobile library home (seriously they are big time book lovers!) and time for me to pack for Lynmouth.

I didn't have one of the best starts to this trip. My cat Smokey was ill on the morning I due to leave. So I had to race her to the vets and pay out £100 on cystitis treatment and then brief Heather on the medication to give her. Thankful she's made a full recovery. Then when I set off  I drove into M5 motorway hell, literally 10 mph for 2 hours! Once off the motorway I was cruising along the coast road until my sat nav decided to redirect me onto the ROAD FROM HELL! It was a bumpy, pot holed track that you could not see around the corner if another vehicle was heading your way and there was a sheer drop to the valley floor! I didn't drive the car for 2 days after that.
The place I was staying at had a view right across the bay and meeting Petra was fantastic. She really has a warm and cheering personality that puts you right at ease and like Lucie time flies in her presence.

Here she is with Fern

Me and Fern did a lot of walking, up cliffs, down valleys and through woodlands. Petra lives in a stunning part of England and I got the chance to nose around her studio and check out the enormous amounts of glazes she has. Her garden is wonderful and full of birds and squirrels. A big shout out to her lovely partner Foxy: it's  such a small world because he used to work in my town!
Don't hate I have a box full of Petra goodies gifted to me and some gorgeous bead goodies from Lucie too.

Below is the valley of the rocks, Fern is paddling in Watersmeet and Lynmouth.

The statue is Damien Hirst's Verity, me and Petra, Heddon Mouth and Heddon Valley and Lynmouth Harbour. 

Inside our holiday let, the view from our window and the beach.

I've had an amazing time and truly wish this summer had lasted longer. I hope you've all being able to enjoy a great summer with friends and loved ones.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Wedding Blog

Here at last are the lovely photos taken by Sassy of my daughter Heather and my now son in law Gaz's wedding. Sassy is such an amazing artist, capturing lovely emotional moments and fun times. It's a bit like having your own movie with all the stills done for you.

To begin with it was raining, but by tea time it was dry and glorious. I loved Fern's boots!

 And the tears start. It was a lovely service, warm and intimate.

 A big thank you to the Barn at Studley for allowing free reign for photos. It's such an amazing shop.

A big thank you to Petra for the wonderful Mr and Mrs Superhero cake topper.  

The cake was a massive under taking and both me and Heather were pleased it tasted great, despite it's rustic appearance.  But if we weren't so strapped for cash I would have let a proper cake maker do it! And thanks to Lynda for the lovely cup cakes.

The lads..and goodness me where did those wee superheros come from! xx

 The girls - giving it modelling 101. They looked amazing and looked out for my girls xx.

I was very pleased with how the bouquets turned out. Worth the burnt fingers and welts from hours of wire wrapping.

 I was thrilled that all the decor pieces came together and everyone enjoyed the masks and comics.

 Girls just wanna have fun.

Taking a breather.

The happy couple. Hair by my mate Micheal  
He also did mine. Hair accessories and jewellery, including the groom's me  : )

The day went wonderfully, far too quick but with so much love and laughter. The evening was suitably raucous with 2 of Hev's and Gaz's friends singing for them and lots of dancing and well earned drinks!
I ended up making 5 different hats and remaking an entirely different dress after having a melt down and hating the suit I spent weeks making! It was the right decision...the little black dress never fails. Fern did so well, but couldn't wait to get into her superhero outfit in the evening.
It was so worth the effort, it is a day that will always raise a smile and a heart filled with joy. xx