Saturday, 30 April 2011

How to Remove Tarnish From Sterling Silver Chains


Read this great tutorial this morning for removing tarnish from sterling silver chains without using toxic chemical dips. You only need a small dish, baking soda, tinfoil and boiling water.

Click on over to the Etsy Metal blog for full instructions and many thanks to them for sharing this useful technique.

Friday, 29 April 2011

New Recycled Jewellery

A selection of new jewellery made using recycled glass, pottery and copper. Last week I finished the last of my silver wire which means my next silver order will be fulfilled with recycled silver!





Now to have a tidy up in the work room and perhaps make myself a wee pair of copper heart studs as I'm sporting the 'one stud' look today having lost the other one of my fave pair. Something needs to be done to rectify this!

Have a great weekend all!

Monday, 25 April 2011

David Hay

Well, the fair at the weekend was very poor on the sales front in that there were none. That's right - two days, no sales! I think many people were away holidaying as the turnout was very low considering how much effort had gone into advertising by the organisers. Still, I don't think I'll be booking another one.

Today has been a designated day off as we've been working hard on completing the PTLLS course, creating pieces for sale and attending fairs. This morning was the start of a much needed Spring clean and this afternoon we went over to an exhibition at Duns Castle.

River Walk David Hay
image courtesy of Art Amoria

There was some fine work on show and the stand out artist for me was David Hay. His layered glazes create atmospheric and absorbing landscapes and it was good to see a collection of his work together. I have only ever seen one painting of his before and was impressed that each piece on show today, from the very small to the very large, were all of great impact.

We paused down by the river when out on the bikes this morning and nattered about how much we love living here. Tomorrow marks a whole year since we moved and I can fully confirm it was a good move!

Friday, 22 April 2011

New Earrings


Only one day left to get all jewellery, display and directions sorted for tomorrow's Easter Fair in Galashiels! Yesterday I did some last minute drilling over at R's parents' and was treated to lunch in the garden and a sit in the sunshine, it was lovely! A bit of time off in a busy week is an essential I have decided.

Having thought I was out of teeny tiny drill bits with only tiny ones left I was delighted to find I'd left the last teeny tiny one in the work shop so was able to drill some pieces for earrings. I paired up some aqua sea glass with copper this time and have a pair like the copper circle ones above with a heart shape on the workbench to finish this morning. Then there will be another big tumbling session to get the last lot shiny and pretty ready for tomorrow.

Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter.


Saturday, 16 April 2011

Workroom Wednesday

Two pieces of sea pottery set in fine silver; they are finished now but the image shows them in a nearly finished state.

There are lots of new pieces on the go and they'll all be ready for this weekend's Easter Craft and Gift Fayre in Galashiels. If you are visiting make sure you come and say hello!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Gareth and John


Last year I heard the sad news that John Erwin had died within a month of being diagnosed with Leukemia. John used to live round the corner from us and was a school mate of my brother and his next door neighbour Gareth Crockett.

Gareth and Jez, a university friend of John's, decided to go on an epic fundraising mission in memory of John and to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. They set out last week starting off with a marathon around Moira, cycling to Dublin, the Dublin Marathon and then the ferry over to Wales. The plan was to cycle to Bristol and then London before completing the London Marathon on Saturday.

Tragically on Wednesday morning, about half way throught the challenge, Gareth was knocked down by a car and died at the scene. It is unbelievably poignant and sad and my love, thoughts and prayers are with Gareth's Mum and Dad, Emma, Jonny and Alison.

I don't know if Jez is continuing on the challenge but the appeal remains open and the boys have done it as the £10,000 target has already been surpassed. If you can do please offer your support by donating here.

I'll leave you with words from Gareth's sister Emma:

“He had been so delighted with all the donations to the challenge and raising awareness of leukaemia in memory of John,” she told the News Letter last night.
“We are all trying to get through this, but it has been great to see all the messages of support which have been left online for him and we know that he achieved what he set out to do, even though he didn’t get to finish the challenge,” said Emma.
She added: “We will never forget his intelligence, his dry wit and his great sense of humour.”
Newsletter


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Workroom Wednesday

Six slimline stacker rings ready for polishing; they are all a bit mucky from sanding in the photo but will come out lovely and shiny after they've been in the tumbler. On the 23rd and 24th April I will be at the Galashiels Easter Craft and Gift Fayre and there will be a whole host of new pieces ready for the weekend.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Bunting

A couple of years ago I bought a sewing machine. It is a nice, basic machine, good range of stuff and things to make stuff and things happen when you do other things.

The thing is, believe it or not, I hadn't used it until about two weeks ago when I decided I had to learn! Apart from whipping up a few costumes out of brown pillow cases for the school play and before that some experimental free machine embroidery at university and school I am not hugely experienced in the world of stitchery.

Thanks to my darling friend and her beautiful family I had a reason to learn: I wanted to give her new baby a gift before he turned eighteen! So, I thou
ght bunting for new baby and big sister's birthday would be a good place to start.


It was fun! However, due to the aforementioned looming eighteenth birthday baby boy has not had his name sewn on! There are several gaping whoopsies and when helping her children open their gifticles I believe Mummy will realise why her suggestion of a 'Cameron original' for my wedding dress is not such a hot idea!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Blooming Lovely

It has been the warmest day of the year so far today, according to me anyway! Sunshiney delight and, after a fair bit of rain recently, the garden is actually dancing for joy.


Spring bulbs are blooming and new shoots are emerging, some expected and hoped for, others a complete mystery until we see a bit more emerging from the soil. It is a very exciting time!

This is our first time watching what comes up in the garden and, even though we've planted some bits, we weren't here this time last year so each day brings new and exciting discoveries.

At the end of this month we will be marking the first anniversary of living in the borders and my it's been a cracking year! Yesterday was the third session of the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning course we've been doing which marks half way. It will be good to have the qualification and the people on the course are all really friendly but I'll be glad when it's finished as I'll not have to be working on assignments!

Last week I got an offer for a GCSE examiner position which I was delighted to accept as it brings a little financial boost and will be funding a new camera. After several 'camera not working at the wedding' nightmares I need to have a back up camera before photographing the lovely Kate and Andrew's wedding in October! So it's all go in a good way. Enjoying work with plenty of time to enjoy the sunny days in the garden. On this day when another friend has left full time teaching I wish him huge amounts of happiness in his next adventure!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Karine Polwart, David Tennant and Billie Piper

Yes, really.



We were really fortunate to see Karine Polwart, her wee brother Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson play at Peter Potter Gallery a few weeks ago. It was amazing. Between the beautiful voices, instruments, lyrics, fairy lit swan flight and Church bells I don't think I was the only one mesmerised in the moment.

If you get the chance to see the trio on tour, go!

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