Wednesday, 28 November 2012

My amber ring is going to be in Vogue!

So exciting.  It's the January issue that comes out on 10th December.  They have a section called Bedazzled and the amber ring will be advertised in that. 

I have been so busy selling jewellery - not much on-line but lots of craft shows etc.  Did the Christmas Gift Fair at the Pavillion in Bournemouth last weekend.  It rained all weekend but I did well and we enjoyed it. 

I am working hard towards the exhibition at Hilliers starting on 2nd December and continuing until 2nd January.  Twenty members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery are taking part this time. 

I am also doing the Discovery Centre on 8th December and a Christmas Craft and vintage fair at the Treasury in Southampton on 15th December.  It will be quite a relief to put my feet up in January.

Megan is suffering from "dry eyes" and has to have gel put in her eyes every morning.  They are much better than they were.  She was very sick yesterday after eating something nasty in the woods.  She seems fine now. 

We are off to Somerset to stay with my sister and brother in law for Christmas.  All the children (and grandchildren) are coming to us for Boxing day and we are going to the Kings Head in Hursley for lunch.  Aaron and Luz are coming over from Dubai (plus the baby who is due in March).

I will attach some photos - including the amber ring again.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Free Running Spider!

Whew scary thing happened last night.  Me and Richard and S&M were watching the TV when I saw something drop from the mantlepiece into the log basket next to the fire.  I told Richard and he looked rather sceptical.  However he started to look through the log basket and found an enormous spider which he duly dispatched.  I can't believe it just jumped over a metre into the basket.  First larger spider of the season and I only have 2 conkers!

I have done very well on the selling jewellery side.  The Romsey Show was a huge success - we were so lucky with the weather.  I am also selling some small silver items at the Tourist Information Office in Winchester which is great news.  I am displaying there through until January.  I am back at the Discovery Centre in Winchester tomorrow and November and December.

In December me and about 22 other members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery are exhibiting again at Hilliers near Romsey for the entire month.  I am busy getting my collection together for that.  I am also doing the Contrasts Contemporary Jewellery Fair in Rowland's Castle on the 3rd November.  This is a very busy time of year and very exciting.  My friend Deb and her husband Gerry came to stay for the weekend and she bought 3 items of jewellery.  (At a knock down price I might add!).

Megan has "dry eyes".  I am having to put cream in her eyes every day.  They seem a bit better but I think I may have to do that for the rest of her life. 

We had a lovely cruise round the Med in September.  We both came back with stinking colds and I spent 2 days on the way back trying very hard not to be seasick!  Other than that it was great fun.

I have been making a few things see below.  I will keep you informed on how I am doing at the shows.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

What's that in the pool?

Is it a shark - no it's Richard testing his scuba gear to make sure the mice didn't chew through it!  He kept it in the garage over the winter and they ate most of his towel.  Sophie is very perplexed by the whole thing!

I had a good time in London - lunch with Debs and dinner with Richard but unfortunately Anne couldn't make it.  I got some amazing freshwater pearls in Bellores in Hatton Garden.  They are called triable pearls - great colour for my autumn/winter collection!  See pictures.

I am driving to Somerset tomorrow to see my mum and my sister and her husband.

Been picking raspberries in the garden today - still loads of them.  I am freezing them separately and then when I have a glass of white or rose wine I pop a couple into the glass - lovely.

Weather still rubbish - what can you do eh!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Will it ever stop raining!

I am sick of this weather, lets have a summer please!

I did very well on days one and two of the Hampshire Country Show in June.  I was very upbeat about outdoor shows etc until day three when it rained!  I sold absolutely nothing - everyone was wet and cold, including us and we all packed up early.  That taught me a valuable lesson about outdoor shows - if you don't get good weather you may as well forget it.  I just hope the weather improves for the Romsey Show in September. 

I did very well at the Discovery Centre in Winchester in June and July.  I am selling a lot of pearl jewellery at the moment.  Unfortunately I couldn't get a table for Oct, Nov and December which is such a shame.  However, I am on the waiting list so you never know.

All the work Richard did on the garden has been ruined by the weather.  So many slugs and snails.  Our garlic was successful and our broad beans and raspberries but the strawberries have been terrible - I think the slugs had most of them.

We have booked a holiday for September so that is something to look forward to.  We are cruising the med for two weeks. 

My niece Lisa and my sister Gill and her husband Richard came to stay for a long weekend.  Lisa is getting married next August so we went into Winchester and she tried on some dresses.  She looks amazing in them all! 

I am off to London for the first time this year.  First stop Hatton Garden.  Meeting my friend Deb for lunch and my other friend Anne after work. 

Sophie went walkabout in the village yesterday.  She ran off when she saw other dogs approaching us near the school.  I was told she was outside the butchers but by the time I got there she had run off again.  Finally when I gave up and went home, she was there sitting by my car looking very hot, scared and thirsty.  She is on the flexi lead from now on!

I have been making some lovely jewellery and I am attaching a few piccies - see more on my website.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

ACJ Exhibition

I really enjoyed the Association for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition that I took part in earlier this month.  I learnt a lot and it was great to chat to other jewellery designer/makers.  I will attach a photo of my exhibition display.  I sold 4 items in total which I was very pleased with. 

Now I am preparing for the Hampshire Country Fair at Broadlands for the Jubilee weekend.  Richard and I will be there for 3 days, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  I will have two tables and I have bought more display items.  I hope the weather hold out and we get lots of attendees.  I will be in the Craft Village. I will let you know how I get on.

The builders are working hard on our new kitchen as I speak - very noisy! 

Richard has been working hard on the garden, assisted of course by Sophie.  We are like Tom and Barbara from the Good Life.  If all goes to plan we will have so much produce that we will have a stall at the roadside selling fruit and veg and not jewellery!

Well I had better get back to it..... I'll let you know how I get on.

Yes, I know, my obsession with flowers continues!  I just love them!  Look at those colours.  The jewellery's not bad either!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

It was never like this in London!

What a day I have been having!  Firstly I decide to have a look at Sophie's paw as she kept licking it.  Her paw was was fine and then I found a bit of biscuit on her face.  Tried to pull it off but it was stuck.  I got out my magnifying glass and it still looked like a bit of biscuit but I decided to get my tick remover anyway.  I managed to remove quite a large tick from her face.  Yuck.  The first time I have ever done that.  I usually go to my neighbour.  On the tick remover details it said "dispose of the tick carefully".  What does that mean?  I decided to poor boiling water over it - I did feel slightly bad about that as I do have Buddhist tendencies.  I have kept it for Richard to see so that he knows what they look like. 

When that was over I decided to take S&M out for their morning walk.  On the way back something pooped on Megan's side.  I thought it was just water so tried to brush it off - it was brown and not smelly - squirrel poop?  Who knows - wiped my brown hand on some grass to clean it.

Back in the garden, Sophie wants me to throw a stone for her - she picks a large rock - I tell her it's too big but she doesn't listen so I throw it and it lands on her head.  She seems fine, if a little stunned.   I bend down to pick up a smaller stone and guess what - its a big chunk of pigeon poop!  I wipe my hand on the grass again!

Then I decide both dogs needs a shower.  That goes well - no problems.  Afterwards I decide to give my hair a brush and - yes you guessed it - brown poop is in my hair and all over my hairbrush!

On a sadder note, it is Richard's mother's funeral tomorrow.  She made it to 99 which is good going.  We have spent the last two days sorting out the Order of Service!

I did the craft fair at the Discovery Centre in Winchester last month.  Bit of a disaster sales wise!  Next week I am doing an Exhibition at Hillier Gardens near Romsey in Hampshire.  There will be 23 members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery exhibiting.  The exhibition lasts from 11th - 20th May.  I will be there at weekends and the Thursday and Friday afternoons.  I am also doing the Discovery Centre again. 

I have been working on a range of silver jewellery that I am hoping may be displayed in the Tourist Information Office in Winchester.  I also made myself a lovely mixed blue agate necklace to go with all the blue clothes I have been buying - obviously the colour for the summer season.  I will attach some piccies of other pieces I have made recently.

I think we will have to start building an ark if this weather continues.  The builders are starting work on our utility room next Tuesday and then the kitchen.  Then it's all done!  We have accepted an offer on our house in Somerset which will help with paying for the kitchen.

Well that's all I can think of at the moment.  Oh and I am on a trial of varifocal contact lenses for a month - they are OK but lenses never seem quite a good as glasses.  They are monthly lenses and much cheaper than the dailies I was using.

Better go and make jewellery or clean up poop!

The flowers are sweet peas - don't they look different up close!  I like to use stuff from the garden in my photos although I know there should be nothing to take the eye off the jewellery.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

My toe is not straight!

I went to see my surgeon this week and he is a bit disappointed that my big toe is slanting to the right again.  He said when I left the operating table it was completely straight.  Shame.  But at least toe doesn't hurt any more and big ugly lump has gone!  You can't have everything.

Been making lots of stuff this week.  Necklaces and rings.  Rings, they drive me crazy.  Solder then unsolder (this is attaching the bezel to the ring shank.  It is so hard to get it straight.  But I keep going until it's right.  Piccies to follow.  Hall, stairs and landing almost finished now.  It looks lovely.  Will take some pictures at some stage.  Only kitchen and utility to go now.  Sophie is 6 years old today!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

I got my foot back!

Wow it was so good when I didn't have to cover my foot in a plastic bag, wrap it in cling film and fix it with masking tape (and the water still got in) when I have a shower.  I am walking the dogs again now.  Not very far - to the playing field and back, but it is progress.  I was very lucky that my neighbour Angela helped out for 4 weeks.

Throughout it all I have still been making jewellery.  My stepdaughter Jo has changed the look of my website for me as I am such a technophobe! 

The building work is on-going.  The hall, stairs and landing are nearly finished.  Its all looking amazing.  Only the kitchen and utility room to go now!

I did a commission for my friend Penny (see picture) a necklace and matching earrings made from silver art clay (binder burns off and you are left with pure silver).  Amazing stuff.  I also made a geko in sterling silver for my stepdaughter Charlotte (she has a pet geko). 

I had a man from a blind company come round to measure up for a curtain for our front door and my assistant Megan grabbed his trousers and tore them!  A really big tear!  I was so embarrassed!  She loves to grab people's trousers as they walk past.  For anyone new to my blog my assistant Megan is a miniature schnauzer!  See previous picture of her in my studio.

I have been busy making chain from silver wire.  I made a small chain with violet pearls (picture to come next time) and haven't done anything with the larger rings yet.  I did so much hammering of the rings that I now have pain in my fingers.  I had better take some photos of my new stuff before the light goes or it rains.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Just call me Big Foot

Well, I had my bunion surgery and I am doing fine except I can't wait to get this bandage off and get my foot back.  It comes off next Thursday and then I can wear sandals! 

The renovations are ongoing and its the plastering of the hall, stairs and landing at the moment.  Apart from that the upstairs is all done now.  Just the kitchen, utility room and breakfast room to go.

Despite all this I have still managed to make some jewellery and book a lot of fairs/exhibitions for this coming year.  I am attaching a picture of my new assistant Megan and my foot of course.  Then a couple of my new makes.  Had to move my new rolling mill out of the garage as I was worried that it was going to go rusty and I could never get to it without clambering across all the builders stuff in the garage.  So now have to find a way of fixing it to the desk - may have to get a work bench - my birthday is coming up!

I made a fused ring yesterday.  I tried to look on line to see if I should be making it round and flattening it but I couldn't find anything quite like it!  I think it's really nice and looks very organic.  I may add a small amethyst stone to it.  I think if I try to make it look perfect it will lose it's organic feel so I am going to leave it.  I'll attach a photo of it - let me know what you think.  It was great fun to make.

The pendant and the bangle were textured with my rolling mill.  I made the chain myself!  Very pleased with it.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Happy New Year!

I am feeling very positive about this year.  I have decided to change the photos for my website and instead of the mauve background for every item, I am going to use a dark background with flowers and foliage - depending on the time of year and what's around - and take the pictures outside in the garden.  I have tried with my latest two makes so let me know what you think.

The ring features the emerald that I bought in Columbia and is for me!  The sterling silver pendant is a present for a friend.  It features one oval hammered ring and two round hammered rings with a small freshwater pearl hanging from the middle ring.  All 3 rings hang from a sterling silver snake chain.  Hope she likes it.  If you want me to make one for you, let me know via my website

Had an exciting time in Miami and Columbia for Aaron and Luz's wedding.  We were glad to get back for a rest - hard work keeping up with all those 30 somethings.  Cartagena was very hot and humid and we did get a lot of rain but when the sun shone it was lovely.  Much bigger than I expected, with sky scrapers!  I was expecting it to be like Romancing the Stone and the old town was like that but without the alagater.  Wish we could have spent more time in Miami.  South Beach was great.  I am attaching a picture of the happy couple, then there is Jo and Robyn and then a deer and a sloth from the hotel in Columbia - they wander around the complex.  I thought the sloth was a bit weird!  The final picture is from a diner in Miami near the hotel.  This is our first breakfast.  Mine is the one with pancakes and fruit - amazing.

Christmas was quiet.  My sister Gill and her husband Richard came to stay with our mum.  Unfortunately mum got a bad cold on the first day and was ill all the time.  They went back to Dorset on the 27th.  Jo and Jac and  Robyn and David with baby Louis all came to see us for the day and we had lunch in the King's Head in the village.  Louis was such a good baby in Columbia - he's amazing.

I am having surgery on my foot on 18th January - not looking forward to it but it has to be done sometime.