Sunday, 23 December 2012

Tis the season....to get skwiffy!!!

Firstly my apologies for lack of blogging and for not popping round to comment on everyone else's lovely blogs. I've been a bit strung out over my mother, who is in hospital recovering from a much needed hip operation. But the problem is that she wants to come home and the dementia is hindering her recovery because she wants to get out and not do the required exercises. So for now I visit her daily and take a day at a time.
Fern loves this time of year, no surprises there! She loves decorations and this year we have my eldest daughter and her fiance with us.
This is her favourite tree, super girly!
This is the other one, very Victorian.
I'm also typing this whilst trying to stop sneezing; I have a well timed Christmas cold.
But never mind I have a full drinks cabinet and I'm sure there is something there that'll warm me up a treat.
So I'll just put at the reindeer treats that Fern made
And I wish all of you, your loved ones and families a magical Christmas time, stay safe, snug and wear lots of smiles. Also a big hug to those special, hard working people in our hospitals, fireservices  and police.
See you in 2013
XX

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The evocative Miss Havisham

Currently in the cinemas is the BBC production of Great Expectations starring Helena Bonham Carter as the jilted and broken bride, surrounded by the crumbling debris of her wedding breakfast.
"I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its luster, and was faded.  I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes."


Dicken's description of her creates a powerfully gothic  and memorable image of a bride cruelly robbed of her dreams and so grief stricken that she remains unable to find any purpose in her life. She instead adopts a girl who she teaches to break the hearts of men in an attempt to ease her pain through vengeance.
It is this image that seems to have inspired so many incredible costume designs and so many inspiring performances.
The most recent being Gillian Anderson's ghostly and tense interpretation.

If you have the chance try and catch this on the BBC iplayer or youtube.
Before this in 1999, my god I can't believe it was that long ago, Charlotte Rampling looked amazing and was breathtaking in the role too.


Hopefully at some point I'll get to see Helena version too.
On the subject of lace and shabby I've done a bit of sewing this week and made 2 cuffs and a fold over clutch.






Lots of lace, braid and images printed on cotton, leather backing and silk to tie.

This next cuff is stamped on leather, silk scraps ,embroidered crosses, metal disc and glass button.





The clutch I made for my niece and is a tattoo flash printed on to thick cotton ( my epsom inkjet is hardcore!), and suede from an old skirt.

I hope you are all keeping well and not to stressed with Christmas preparations. I've still got a few handmade gifts to finish off and I've been begged by Fern and Hev's to get the decorations up this weekend, so that will involve crawling into the over stuffed under stair cupboard and trying to find the decorations in the dark! Wish me luck.

xx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fly By

Just a quick fly by posting..
Here's some new earrings, Drive Safely- inspired by the alsortment of religious, spiritual, gaurdian talismans that taxi drivers have in their cabs.

 Next are Druid Peepers

                                                                        The eyes are stamped on to wood discs then sealed with resin. Dangles by scorchedearthonetsy. Speaking of which..


using the same connectors as my version
See great minds think alike and all that, so take a peek at Juilette's blog to see her other wonderful creations.

TTFN x


  

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

For those who see the world different

I went to see the amazing Nightwish this week and they were brilliant.
They have a new album and interestingly have been involved in a new film


It's about a composer who has severe dementia and is lost in his childhood and how his daughter tries to reach him. I understand this sense of loss and trying to reach the loved one you are losing. Dementia makes the sufferer's world ever smaller, losing their memories of family, friends, self and disappearing into an ever shrinking place in the past. So I hope I get the chance to see this movie I believe it's important to explore this uncomfortable and scary issue.

I've been reading through as many blogs as I can and I get comfort from the thought that I am not alone. So many of you have your own health issues and Shelly on her blog faces the same challenge with her mother-in-law  http://aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/struggling.html 
 
Being different from the norm and seeing the world different is especially challenging for children. The world is often a bewildering and frightening place if you don't fit in and if you do not understand what is happening around you. I'm always on the look out for resources that I can use with Fern and I am completely in love with Shaun Tan and his wonderfully illustrated and alternative children's stories.
 


Tales from Outer Suburbia is a collection of quirky stories about odd characters and it's intriguing and provides a way into discussing emotions, relationships and cultural differences.





The Red Tree is not so much a story as an aid to help explore a child's emotions. It's great, if like Fern your child struggles with reading and also for children who are shy and withdrawn. The illustrations need no explanation and the story is simple but full of promise and hope.




It's not all sadness, Fern brings so much joy into my life with her wit and charming ways. I try my best not to swear around her, so I tend to say Jesus Christ when I'm under stress. I get this from my Nan who used to frantically make the sign of the cross and say "Jesus, Mary and Joseph." However Fern has misheard this and she thinks I'm saying "Jesus Crisis," which is too funny! When I was driving her to school we nearly got hit by another car she yelled out "Double Jesus Crisis!" I so want that on a T.Shirt.

Lastly I have some new tings!






These feature Petra's focals http://www.etsy.com/shop//ScorchedEarthonEtsy

This next one has both Petra's components and Steph from http://www.etsy.com/shop//vLaDtHeBaT
 
 
This brass collar comes from http://www.etsy.com/shop/CalliopesAttic, I've then etched a design on, aged, drilled holes in and added lashings of beads and treats




Finally ,I can see some of you nodding off ; ) , more earrings





C u all soon xx

 


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone is coping with the huge storm that has been hitting the USA, stay safe and sound. Be grateful you don't have the UK's  weatherman Micheal Fish who famously said our shores wouldn't be hit by a hurricane and then we all saw it rip the South of our little island to bits!

Pumpkins were readied and ghosts and skullies were carefully placed and then we girlies hit the make up box extra hard!


Then my mum and mates tucked into lots of goodies whilst me and Fern did the sweet giving to the trick and treaters (lots of cute little tots going aaarrrggghh !) Fun times!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Finishing touches and Newbies

Must be something in the air, there is a twinkling of cosmic rays coming over the Atlantic from Marina of Fanciful devices who has been using multifaceted, rainbow gloriousness in her work

 

So I dug out (literally had to dig out from my oversized boxes of beads,) some cosmic crystal, tiny hematite stars and gold druzies that I've been wondering what to do with for ages. ....Then I went a bit mad in Petra's shop
And here are the results






I've also been finishing off some necklaces that I was working on in my last post.










I've also made a tribal bracelet  with a 1970's rattle snake skin bead and a cool bird skull ceramic head from Petra.




Also made a seaside inspired necklace with beads and curios from Petra ( I'm sounding a bit scary,stalker, fan girl now!)




Finally I made a bracelet with some giant lampwork beads




Which reminds me Lori Anderson has now got the dates for the next bead soup
If you've never done the bead soup blog party, it's great fun and I can highly recommend it.
CU Soon x

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Jewels of the Sea

I'm back from my hols in Wales with Fern and my mates. So pull up a seat and grab a cuppa for a trip round the valleys and a preview of my up and coming work.
We stayed in a little cottage, just 15mins  walk from Black Rock Sands. It's a huge expanse of sea, sky, sand and moody mountains.



This is what strikes me most about Wales is the imposing landscape of mountains closing in around you and the changeable weather. One minute it's sunny, the next the mists roll in and the skies darken ominously.


Still we enjoyed ourselves





We went to Portmerion again, which is such a contrast, a very surreal, ice cream coloured fantasy land plonked into the broody coast of Portmadog












 
In the 1960's The Prisoner series was filmed here, a series that still resonates today with it's lead character fighting to preserve his independence and identity from a state seeking to control and monitor it's citizens every move. 
"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! My life is my own."


We also travelled in style on a steam train through the valleys, passing Snowdon and into Camarthon.






Finally we coped lucky with some sun and did a lot of serious shell collecting.



Check out my facebook for some more photos of our trip.
And here's what I'm working on with my shell and pebble booty.


Check that great bead focal from Numinosity.





The most amazing worm cast mother of pearl.




Lovely big cockle shell and smooth charcoal pebble.



Gorgeous chunk of quartz bound with cream wire and a pebble with lovely surface detail also bound to a gold plated wire frame.
So hopefully I haven't bored you too much and I hope you've also had the opportunity to have been travelling. Nothing beats a break to refresh and revive and inspire. Let me know your holiday recommendations too. x