Friday, 14 November 2014
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Now, this particular piece of woodland is high on a hill with fantastic views for miles and miles. It's open and airy with mostly deciduous trees like beech, hazel and ash, but sadly not an oak tree to be found (my personal favourite........maybe). The ground slopes VERY steeply down to the one side of the path - glad no one slipped!
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
If you are a fellow instagram addict (my husband is getting a bit cross with me already!) then you can find me over there as @moonriversilver.
I've spent the morning working out how to import my pictures to a blog - my guinea pig was the blog I run for Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre (click here if you'd like to take a look) and now I'm messing about with my own.
Here are a few of my photos:
If you'd like to put your instagram pics on your blog then I recommend using SnapWidget to generate the code as I found it really simple. Just remember to add the source as https rather than the http in the original copy and paste (trust me, if you try it this will all make sense!)
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
It's a bit after the event now (doesn't time fly during the summer holidays!) but last month saw my first foray into the world of teaching.
I'd been invited to run a two day course for Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Summer School, so I diligently packed up my work shop and relocated to a local secondary school.
I have to say that it was a bit strange being back in a science lab again, it was not my favourite subject at school (and yes - labs still look and smell the same)!
I had a great two days with eight lovely and willing students. Over the two days they each made four pieces of jewellery, including a silver leaf and a gemstone tree of life. One of my ladies even made a silver ukelele pendant!
Sadly I was so busy teaching that I forgot to take any photos to show you (maybe next time).
I'm hoping to run some short classes of my own soon, so if you'd be interested in classes in Gloucester then watch this space or sign up for my newsletter here.
To find out more about the Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Summer School you can find their website at http://www.spanglefish.com/gloucesterartsandcrafts/index.asp
Friday, 13 June 2014
Friday, 30 May 2014
|Our wonky attempt at a round house!|
Sunday, 18 May 2014
Today I've been experimenting with potions! Not in the hubble-bubble toil and trouble way, but with this lavender and chamomile salve.
I've never tried making anything like this before but I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out so far.
This is how I made it:
I gently heated 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup dried chamomile until warm then left it to infuse for 20 mins. Then I took the chamomile out and squeezed out the oil. I added 2 tbsp beeswax pellets and heated the bowl over hot water until the wax melted, then stirred in some lavender essential oil (12 drops) and some tea tree oil (6 drops). I poured it straight away into my cleaned pots and left it too cool.
I'm looking forward to using it and can't wait to experiment with more! I love the smell and the simplicity of the ingredients - no chemical nasties here :)
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014
I recently found this old pair of scissors. They don't look much, but I love them. I'd forgotten all about them and found them in a drawer.
They are old, but they're still surprisingly sharp and just right for certain little jobs. They used to belong to my Gran - she kept them in a glass pot on the mantlepiece ready for use, where everyone knew where to find them. I particularly remember using these scissors while she taught me to knit - a skill I'll always be grateful for.
Gran's not here anymore to see all the new things I've learnt with silver and although the scissors are no longer shiny, I'm glad I still have them.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Well today is my daughter's 10th birthday - where on earth did those years go?! I don't consider myself to be old enough to have a 10 year old!
We all know that you can't have a birthday without cake, so I spent last night making a cake look like Bilbo's house from Lord of the Rings (as you do!) - yes, that's right, we've done a good job and got her to love Lord of the Rings already.
Now, I'm not an expert at cake decorating but I'm quite chuffed with the result - and so is she.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Well, it might be grey and damp again today but we have at least seen some sunshine this week. On Thursday I even sat outdoors to eat my sandwiches!
This quick snap was taken next to the bench where I sat - it's in the cloister gardens in Gloucester Cathedral. I love the fact that you can see the dark evergreen holly bush in the background surround by the snowdrops. There's a lovely daffodil there too just about ready to bloom.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
But finally it is here! My new kiln has arrived and I have managed to take it out of the box, put it on the side and gaze lovingly at it between reading the pages of the instruction manual.
I really feel that I should give it a name - and when I say 'it', I really feel that it might be a 'he'. I will get my thinking cap on and maybe try out a few names and let you know.
Now I just have to pluck up the courage to turn it on and actually make something with it!
Wish me luck xx