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

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Ever Expanding Blog Post

Well not so expanding blog from me, but as I know, since I'm not the most prolific posters, it's so difficult to find the time to get involved in all these creative blog hops and to keep up with the impossible demands of social networking. I'm an old fashioned girl at heart and prefer a good old chat face to face or at least old style land line telephones. I can't be doing with all this chasing signal nonsense and tiny number keys with these new mobiles!
Anyway I digress. Firstly a big thank you to Leah Curtis for inviting me. And here are the questions and answers.

What am I working on at the moment?
A couple of skully earrings and I'm working on a specialist wedding shop for alternative brides. I'm going to be making some more hair accessories and I've invested in some lovely ceramic pretties which will be made into some fine new bridal pieces. I will also be making more bridal bouquets since that worked out really well for my daughter's wedding.

How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
I'm not sure what genre I fall into, since I'm so eclectic in my own tastes. A little tribal, a little primitive, a touch of shabby steampunk with a dose of punk rebellion. A lot of lovely folk have described my work as whimsical and I feel that there is a feel of English eccentricity. My main loves are textiles and colour. I use and abuse colour with great abandon. I take an ethical approach to the materials I use. I re-work vintage finds and I use recycled sterling silver for my ear wires, which I source from Birmingham. I use only handmade ceramics and lampwork. I strongly believe in handmade and in supporting handmade artisans.

Why do I create what I do ?
I can't imagine not making and creating. I'm at my happiest and most relaxed when I'm producing jewellery. My intention is to create original, expressive pieces that bring joy to their wearers. I enjoy the process of creating a piece from scratch and learning new skills. I like exploring design ideas and creating an elegant solution for attaching beads and components. I also make other stuff including bags, dresses and hats!
The black dress I made for my daughter's wedding and my new in law Lynda.

How does your creative process work?
I like to play with my components and I make an unholy mess spreading out beads and metal and textile scraps. I like this kind of no rules exploring and the liberation of not following a plan but just going with an organic evolving design. My previous work was within garden design and this greatly influences my work. I love the unfurling of new fern fronds and the structures of petals and leaves. The way nature layers petals and leaf shapes against barks and rocks all without written's a joy.

Well that's enough from me and on 23rd of June it will be the turn of a wonderfully gifted artisan and lovely friend , Lucie of Lucie Tales and if you've not had the chance to view her blog please do. It's full of beautiful pictures and her gorgeous work.