I should point out that my cat Tinker is not actually fat, to my constant amazement given how obsessed he is with food!
I finally got round to doing something with the last of the Christmas turkey yesterday, and there was a bit too much to fit into the slow cooker. So I decided to treat both my cats to a plateful of lovely turkey & gravy. Needless to say, if you’ve ever met them, Molly turned her nose up at it and Tinker spent all morning chomping away. Just as well he likes exercise too!
I took my mum round the quirky hippy shops of West Yorkshire today, to choose some semiprecious crystals for a piece of jewellery I’m making for her. This isn’t one of the crystal shops, but it is one of the delightfully frivolous and quaint shops the tourists go nuts for along Haworth’s Main Street. And yes we did end up in Hebden Bridge!
I booked my hire car for Iceland this week – roads like this, here I come!
Despite how dilapidated they often look, I like old Victorian warehouses. It’s easy to see how proud they once were, they’re full of character, and the spaces inside can be spectacular. This particular one, in Halifax, drew my attention for the street sign attached to it – a lovely piece of living pharmacy memorabilia.
Neither does everything silver. But there’s not a sibilant silver proverb, so you’ll just have to pretend.
Wednesday saw me back in the studio, and I really quite like how battered and mucky you have to make jewellery look before it’s finished, and I particularly like showing people photos to prove it. Here’s a picture of a bangle I’m making.
This made me smile when I came home this evening – to find the wind had blown the remains of my neighbour’s party decorations into my shrubbery. I just wish it hadn’t been dark, with a bit of sunlight for that extra bit of sparkle…
I’ve got some time in the jewellery workshop starting again this week, and I’m really looking forward to it – it’s been nearly a year since I’ve made anything with silver and I LOVE the classes (and there are still some places available if you fancy it!). I do struggle for ideas though and translating inspiration into design, so I’m really excited to be doing some commissions for friends and family this time, which really helps me work out what to create.
Planning and sketching designs is something I really could do with practicing so I was surprised how easily this sketch for a friend’s wedding jewellery came to me, and am very much looking forward to getting stuck in to making things again!