Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Spice Trail

Spice Trail necklace - Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls in lovely autumnal shades of warm copper, gold and rich burgundy, sterling silver and wire-wrapped.

A pair of matching earrings, again with Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearls, wrapped onto handmade fine silver headpins.

More clusters please!

Everyone's crazy for clusters at the moment - it's the one thing my stockists can't seem to get enough of! These long tassel necklaces are really popular, and very tactile too. The headpins on these are handmade - I always make sure the heads are nice and smooth on each pin to make sure they don't scratch the skin or snag fabric.

Earrings to match - these are Swarovski crystal briolettes with a gorgeous bicone mixture in pale blue/sandy colours, with Swarovski pearls.

As always, click on the pictures for a closer view! :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

How do you doodle?

I love reading books on creativity, although I don't seem to have a problem with finding creative ideas just lately - more an inability to stick to one thing at a time!

I've been reminded in many of these books about how a child will pick up a crayon and just draw, without any hang-ups or worries about ' what shall i draw', 'will it be good enough', and the dreaded 'blank page' syndrome many of us seem to suffer from!

So, I decided to start doodling again - something I used to do a lot, usually on scraps of paper or notebooks whilst on the phone. It's a great way to get the ideas flooding!

Inspired by browsing through my Arts & Crafts/William Morris books, I've drawn this tile using a black ink pen, and then watercolours - felt very strange to have a paintbrush in my hand, it's been a long time - but great fun! So much so, I started another - so the second one is work in progress!


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