Sunday, 19 January 2014

Quite simple and quick to make, but the vibrant red with a sliver of black and sprinkling of gold is very effective.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

I've been experimenting with transparent clay.  I understand that Pardo Professional is the best but I have yet to try it.  Meanwhile Premo has done a good job.  The thin discs on this necklace are transparent clay, with an inlay of red.  The amber effect on the watch bracelet (for a small wrist) is achieved with transparent clay and a colouring of alcohol inks.  (My thanks to Vickie Turner for leading me to this method).  My tutorial on making a watch strap can be seen on

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Coming up to fifty

Well it doesn't seem so long (in many ways) but on December 28th Vivienne and I celebrate our Golden Wedding, hoping that friends can join us for a while on the day and the family (immediate and extended) can come to the Cotswolds a few days later.
This is us in 1963
and this summer at the Roman Villa, Fishbourne -
still smiling . . . . !!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Amid all the work, there has not been much time for craft but I recently finished this necklace for Viv.  It incorporates several techniques.

I'm obviously not a good blogger.  It's probably that there have been too many things to do.  Vivienne and I are looking ahead to our Golden Wedding at the end of the year and our house will reach one hundred in 2014.  We thought to give it a face lift.
When we bought it, in 1978, it looked like this and needed a huge amount of work inside and out, most of which we did ourselves.
Over the years we have painted the outside twice (ourselves), using ladders.  The concrete stipple surface is extremely hard to paint but very strong, after a few repairs.
This June we shared the work with various tradesmen, all good company and good workers.  Although it meant ladders to get to the upper levels, scaffold made the whole thing much easier.  I took off all the gutters (replaced cast iron with plastic a few years ago), cleaned and turned them, re-stained all the fascia boards and painted the gables, once the windows had been replaced, fascia boards renewed and re-rendered.

 Now it looks like this and ready for its next century -

Not to stay idle, we decided that our lounge suite needed replacing, couldn't decide on a suitable replacement so determined to re-upholster.
It's almost finished, with back cushions for Viv to make but these three pictures reflect the change.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Well, it's been a long time since I last posted.  Winter has been and almost gone.  Spring is here, tentatively. 
Goldfinches have joined the other birds that visit our feeders.

I have neglected the papier mâché in favour of the polymer clay but at least there have been some happy recipients of the pendants and necklaces (at least I hope they are!)
This one has a large pendant that looks like leather.
Whereas this is a bit more frivolous.  The papier mâché cat is only observing!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Cover Girl

Family members of course know Sally.  Many friends will too.  My craft friends will know her as the designer of the ‘Sally Cat’ that has been used by several papier mâché contacts across the world.
‘Sing Up’ is a motivational theme that is operating in Primary Schools throughout the UK.   It is to encourage music and particularly singing.  Sally has always done a great deal of music in her teaching but has really warmed to the stimulus this offers.  She has taken her large choir to the Albert Hall and the O2 arena and now she and her school have been given a Platinum Award for their high level achievement.
Here she is on the front cover of the latest issue.  Inside are two articles she has written and lots of photos of the children from the school where she works in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.