Some of you may remember from a post long ago that I enter competitions from time to time and I even win from time to time! I’ve recently won again. Yippee!
These gorgeously lovely earrings arrived by post. They are Maple leaves made from maple wood and I adore them. I’ve always been a bit of an earring fan. Thank you very much to Taryn Karen Wilson at http://www.woolymossroots.com Take a look at the Etsy shop for more Wooly Moss Roots goodness.,,
This dog is one big puppy who is as soft as butter and loves a cuddle. He will sit for an age leaning on your lap just begging to be loved. I know well where I stand in the love pecking order in our home and it’s way down there after the dog!
I have been doing a steady trade with my vintage china candle cups in a local cafe. I have sold all that I have supplied so far so this is great. I will have to search for more cups but it gets harder and harder to find really pretty cups. Still they are on my list of search items in charity shops.
I have finally finished sorting earrings. All that is left in my jewellery box are broken or lonely single earrings. I will keep all these odds and sods as you never know if they will be needed for something………
Pick of The Blogs
One of my current favourite blogs is Joythebaker.com
There are some great recipes even though I have trouble getting my head around the “Americanisms”. How much exactly does a cup of sugar weigh? I’m just learning to use grams instead of ounces so life is very complicated!
Anyhow I intend to try the Brown Butter Banana Bread recipe recently blogged about.
Spring has sprung! Walking around the lanes today on a glorious Spring-like day I spied two new born lambs. What made me smile was the attire of the smallest lamb, a designer plastic jacket. Obviously designed to keep the tiny lamb warm it was a plastic bag with leg holes. Extreme up cycling?
Earrings continue to be sorted. I honestly can’t believe how many pairs I have! I’m a little worried as to when I will wear the Christmas ones as the promise was to wear a different pair every day. I am currently up to pair number 27 So will certainly continue through March.
I am delighted to report that I have completed the Goldwork practice piece that I started in the Workshop last Friday..Not only that but I have made it into a needle case. I don’t like the idea of not turning the hard work into something useful.
I wanted to show you these earrings as they are quite unusual and special. I bought them many years ago from a stall,under a tree,on a beach on the Amazon! Now how’s that for name dropping?
They are made of copper coloured wire, a tiny piece of mirror and variagated cotton thread. The cotton appears to be wound around the wire to create a woven pattern. There is a tiny mirror in the centre which really works with the design. There is a matching necklace which,typically ethnic, is a length of black thread. Love them!
The trawl through my extensive earring collection continues. It is proving a delight to re discover forgotten treasures.
Days 9,10,11,and 12 of my personal earring challenge! They are slowly getting sorted. It’s great to know where they are in pairs! I am finding some broken jewellery, beads and earring and brooches. I have a grand plan to repair what I can and use some stuff to make brooches. I’ve seen some good ideas on Pinterest where they have incorporated brooches/vintage lace/beads etc. I might give it a go at some point.
I’m also organising a Goldwork Workshop next Friday. It is to be held in our Village Hall and 16 ladies have said that they would like to come. It should be a good day with unlimited coffee and cake and exciting projects to have a go at. I will report back next week.
Day seven and eight of my personal earring challenge! It’s going really well. All my jewellery is slowly getting sorted. Earrings paired,necklaces un knotted, beads repaired and Jewels stashed safely. (Not many/any jewels)
Today I dropped the two pairs of earrings onto a vintage china cake plate. Now use your imagination there could be a delicious coffee and walnut sandwich cake sitting on the plate. However it wouldn’t last long. I bought the cake plate from a charity shop in Lewis when on holiday with a friend about three years ago. I didn’t pay a lot for it but it has joined my vintage treasures. It is fine china and has fluted edges with no damage. There is a delicate pattern of roses which look lovely covered with coffee and walnut cake crumbs.
I continue to sort my extensive collection of earrings, handmade,souvenirs and cheap and cheerful. These are the three pairs that I have worn since I last blogged. The black and silver pair fall into the cheap and cheerful category but can be co ordinated with lots of clothes. The red danglers are from the hand made category. Whilst the blue studs are of sentimental value as they belonged to my Mum. I had to chose a set of studs yesterday as I was at work. Because I work in a hospital dangly earrings would be inappropriate but these are particularly colourful.
Tomorrow I am going to a stitching and craft show in Manchester so I am very excited. I will try not to buy too many new projects but will report back!
I am sorry about the confused images on the previous blogs. The problem is I don’t know why or how I doubled up on the pictures. Not only that but I can’t remove the extra pictures! This blogging business is very enjoyable but learning to navigate around the blogs is labour intensive! I think that I’m a slow learner so watch this space. Maybe eventually I will get it right!
Today’s earrings are quite large, dangling Abalone Paua shell. I bought them one lazy Sunday on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. They are quite fine shell but I wear them a lot so maybe they are sturdier than they look.
The BIG sort out has started. Well it’s quite small really as it’s a sort out of all my jewellery. Now don’t for one minute imagine the Crown Jewels. Most of my jewellery is of little or no cash value but of some sentimental value. It’s been heaped,knotted,mixed up and generally unloved for some time. I have collected it all together and purchased a door hanging storage organiser.
I have just un knotted beads and chains and each necklace now sits in a separate pocket NOW no tangle. It was a delight to journey through my beads and necklaces. Many were gifts from friends, holiday souvenirs and charity shop finds. Some are truly vintage. I know this because my Mum bought them in the fifties and sixties, so I now their provenance.
I didn’t even start on my earrings. I have a month long project when each day I intend to wear a separate/different pair of earrings. I’m going to photograph them as I go along. This will provide a record of all my earrings and sort out the pairs,odd items and any broken items. Hopefully by the month end all my earrings will be stored in my hanging storage and easier to pair and find.