I’ve not really had chance to blog for a little while, it’s been rather busy! Most of my time the week before last was getting my cabinet at the Heritage Park Hotel just right, by adding some mirrors to the dark wood shelves I managed to bounce some more light into it, which really makes things sparkle!
Then, of course, I needed to get ready for Bloomin’ Women! I had a really successful weekend at the show, met lots of interesting people and bought myself a purple rose bush. It’s called Rhapsody in Blue which is one of my very favourite pieces of music. The fragrance is so heady, I shall plant it right by the shed door, I think.
I was really pleased with the stall layout, with practice it’s getting quicker to set up and take down.
I ended up in hospital again, not quite as bad as May’s episode, luckily. Now that I knew what symptoms to look for, I managed to get to hospital before the pH levels in my blood started dropping too far. So I have a fresh set of IV marks, just as the others had begun to fade :-( Still, all is well now, but I’m pretty wiped out.
We were doing the Treorchy Festival last Saturday, but Beardy confined me to the sofa and took a selection of my stuff to sell alongside his. He set up my table pretty well, I reckon! And even sold some stuff, so it was an easy day’s money for me :-)
I’m working on a few interesting projects this week, all a bit top secret I’m afraid. But if they come to fruition, I’ll be plastering it all OVER the interweb :-D
I won some red, white and blue Fimo this week in one of Cookson Gold’s Jubilee competitions :-) They wanted suggestions for a new National Anthem, and I cheekily suggested the theme to BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. It was tempting to suggest Beardy’s own composition, nattily entitled “F**k the Jubilee”, but I demurred.
So what to do
With red, white and blue?
Simple. Get some green and make Welsh things instead ;-) I used my sparkly red to make some little Welsh dragons, they will become earrings and pendants with a green and white background. The blue makes a very nice background to my skeleton cameo, so I shall be making some more of those too. These will all become affordable, school fete priced trinkets for next weekend’s summer fete at one of the local infants’ schools.
If you plan on using Fimo with two-part silicon moulds, use talc or baby powder as a release agent. I tried Badger Balm initially and got a nasty, sticky mess…
I’ve always loved Celtic knotwork, and of course it lends itself so well to jewellery! I’ve made a few things in the past, like painted slates and cross stitch designs with Celtic themes but have only just started doing it in silver. I posted yesterday about the little ring I made for my nearly nine year old lad, these are the grown up versions!
So we have a mens’ ring with a gorgeous deep red spinel and a ladies’ ring with a super-sparkly high set marquise cut CZ. The stones in these rings are quite flashy, and closer in you can see the crisp detail in the silver.
I always feel a little sad that children’s jewellery is generally cheap shitty crap made from metallic paint and plastic. Why not give them something to treasure that has a bit of intrinsic value? I’m not talking hundreds or thousands of pounds here, but when a pair of kids’ trainers can easily cost sixty quid, why not spend twenty on a nice silver ring? I made this for my lad today, as he really liked the grown up one that I wear. He asked me to engrave his full name on it too, and I just about managed to squeeze it in :-) Of course he’ll grow out of it, but I made it for his middle finger, so there’s a couple of smaller fingers to stretch things out a little longer…. Maybe he’ll lose it, maybe he’ll wear it until it’s too small to go on his hand and it might end up on a chain and be given to his own child one day. It’ll be interesting to see where it ends up :-)
Anyhow, do get in touch if you’d like me to make one for your nipper. I can do Celtic ones like this, plain ones, ones with silver balls on, solitaires in a whole array of colours and settings and engrave the inside to boot.