Monday, 30 June 2014
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
There was just one negative to the garden and one which wasn't obvious when you were actually in it. When I was choosing my photos ready to crop them down a little, I noticed that in most of them, there were other houses in the background. Although these were hidden, they were there all the same. Even the most perfect garden has some problems (which makes me feel much better about my own untidy plot!)
Monday, 23 June 2014
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
I am taking part in another blog swap; this one being organised by Betty - I do enjoy these and haven't done one for a while. This one is based around your home county and country. You have to include four things, one of which must be hand made by you. Of course, you can include as many little extras as you like, little souvenir items which are relevant to your home town or country, or little things your recipient will like. You can get a lot of information about someone from their blog and also when you email them too. It sounds as though it will be a lot of fun. The closing date for signing up is 20th June, so a couple more days if you are interested.
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
I used a fantastic book for techniques and inspiration - 'How to make Polymer Clay beads' by Carol Blackburn, which had lots of photos and very helpful advice. I am constantly amazed by the versatility of polymer clay and particularly enjoyed using this technique. I can see I shall be re-visiting this one!
I forgot to add that these are completely one of a kind - I couldn't replicate the patterns, even if I wanted to. Isn't it great that no-one else in the whole world has pendants exactly the same as these?
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Once we had looked round the nine gardens, all of which were lovely and were different sizes and styles, we went to the church for tea and cake (there just has to be cake!). Coffee and walnut for my sister-in-law and Victoria sandwich for me. A perfect finish to a lovely couple of hours - and the weather stayed fine all the time we were out!
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
We had a very nice morning on Sunday, wandering around the town and looking in charity shops to see what we could find. We actually went for the amethyst chip necklace above, which Chris had seen on Saturday but hadn't bought as he wasn't sure whether I needed it. (Of course I needed it!). When we got there, the shop was closed, but as luck would have it, the lady was just opening it so I was able to buy the necklace. I will be re-purposing it to make memory wire amethyst bracelets and possibly a necklace.
The chips have a lovely range of colours so colour grading them will keep me very occupied.