I want to take some photos of my new items, but currently my usual props (bits of stone, slate, wood) are under about five inches of fluffy snow.  So this happened instead:

These are saw pierced from sterling silver, with tiny freshwater pearls and textured by hand.  At some point in the future I plan to make things that are not triangular.  I’ve become a bit fixated on the shape, and I’m struggling a bit to come up with any new ideas at the moment.  I put it down to the season.

So, I’ve decided it’s a good time to hone my skills.  I’ve made a few more rings; they’re just plain bands though, so not much to see.  My next purchase will be a cabochon that I can set in silver.

It’s been way too long…

Hello, it’s been a while.  I’ve been too far buried in the world of retail recently to write or make anything.  Sorry about that.  Not to mention forgetting to take my Folksy and Etsy shops off holiday mode during the busiest time of the year.

Having just finished my last craft fair of the year I have decided it’s time to update and make plans for next year.  I’ve had varying success at fairs, and now I’m beginning to get an idea of what works and what really doesn’t; venues I will return to and ones that I won’t!

It’s been a long time since I added any items at all to my shops, and I have regrets about that.  There are always excuses, but I just need to get it together.

Here are a few unrelated things that have brought me inspiration recently:

This weekend I was on a mission to buy a magazine, but really was hoping to avoid those fashion magazines that are mostly adverts and the like.  I came across Oh Comely magazine on the bottom shelf in WHSmith, and immediately knew I had found what I was looking for.


It’s full of photography, short stories and things you don’t normally think about and is just lovely.  Get it.

I was recently in Stockholm for about ten days.  I have wanted to visit for a while and now it’s my favourite place. The best bit: getting lost in the snow in Uppsala trying to find Viking burials.  I also liked the metro stations, they were class.

Photo: Adam Cass 

While we were in Sweden, we came across an outlet for my favourite vintage retailer, Beyond Retro.  I had no idea they had shops in Stockholm, in fact they have three stores there, which was a nice surprise.  We spent literally hours there, and a lot of money.  They also have three stores in London, which I plan to visit as soon as possible!

We were also lucky enough to see Susanne Sundfør who happened to be playing in a club about ten minutes from the hostel we were staying in.  I think she tours mostly in Scandinavia, so it was great to get to see her while we were there.  I loved The Brothel, her 2010 album, and have been listening to The Silicone Veil non-stop since I got it.

Susanne Sundfør – White Foxes (Official video)

Thanks for reading.


Apple and Pear

Apple and pear in sterling silver.  This is my latest addition to my shop, and I think they are the tiniest earrings I’ve ever made.

Find them here.

Adding Silver to my Shop

I’m about to add some silver pieces to my shop, and do a bit of an update on the brass pieces.  I’m keeping popular items like the brass hare pendant and the stag one.  I am, however, stopping doing the antiqued brass stuff. It’s just such an unreliable process, and it takes way longer than I can afford to.

I am looking forward to designing new items in sterling silver, and converting some pieces from brass to silver.  Silver is such a lovely metal to work with, it’s very forgiving, but it’s just so damn expensive. I’ve also been teaching myself stone-setting, which is still a bit hit-and-miss.  I hope to incorporate that somewhere in the near future.

Here’s a bit of a preview of the pieces I have finished so far:

I’ve still got a few custom made designs to be getting on with, which is always good.

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