30.8.16

Poised

between light and shadow. between 'is' and 'isn't'.

22.8.16

Summer's End

The Sun is at the very end of Leo and the summer's coming to an end. I've been away for a while and only coming back I realized how much I missed my beloved garden. The sunny calendulas, the smell of herbs, the texture of the path...

The eldeberries are slowly turning purple in the trees and I used the frozen ones from last year to dye silk for a new pomegranate necklace. To celebrate the season of ripening. It's in the shop now.

24.6.16

Midsummer Night

I stood outside late last night and the sky was still light with wispy clouds and bright stars, the flowers in the garden darkened but visible. These two feathers are the colour of such a night that touches the earth just lightly and briefly.

In the shop soon.

27.5.16

Red Poppy

Until Monday the shipping is on me - secret code REDPOPPY. Then I'm closing down the shop for a couple of weeks while I'm away.

20.5.16

Blossom

Here they are: three necklaces and a pair of earrings. Some are warm-toned but there is also a darker, night blooming variety. Something about them really reminds me of blossom - the way the petals splay and tumble nonchalantly and give delicately under the touch.

I'm listing them in the shop later today because I'm going away for the weekend. And then from the end of May I'll be gone for several weeks visiting family so these may be the last for a while.

12.5.16

Wet Earth

Working on some blossom as the cherry petals fall. It's the fiddliest smocking ever and those sideways pleats are alive...

Do you know the smell of spikenard? Ancient, sweet, wet earth with roots and everything.

11.5.16

Lady of the Stars

Similar to The King's Falcon of a while ago, this feather is like something from a fairytale. It tells the story of a marvelous blue bird and a queen whose coat of arms shows three bright stars.

The feather is extra large, medium to dark blue and is accompanied by a copper shield with a dark patina and the three stars. They hang on an adjustable chain.

In the shop today.

5.5.16

Cups of Gold

The sun fills them.

4.5.16

Mystery's Messenger

Are 'bad' dreams ever bad? Or are they mystery's messengers who arrive on dark wings to surprise us, to wake us up to something that matters?

In the shape of dark, protective wings, this necklace was made from silk dyed with plants to a colour that changes from greenish brown to a dark bluish green. It is smocked in blue with added iridescent long glass beads.

In the shop on Thursday.

29.4.16

There are Violets in the Grass

There are violets in the grass
Daisies and forget-me-nots
I will not cut it
Whatever people say
No, I'll have the honey sweetness
And feast on it every day
Until the flowers are gone

Here's an amulet bag celebrating the astrological Taurus season (when the Sun and its companion planets, Venus and Mercury, spend time in the sign every year). Taurus is delight in the earth, the senses, in things we can touch and possess, the Spring taking root and growing wider, rounder and richer, slowly and steadily.

The shape of the necklace turned out rounded and generous, fit for gathering and storing the mood.

In the shop on Saturday.