It’s been a good few years (make that a few decades!) since I last visited Cornwall. After enjoying many family holidays there during my childhood and beyond, I felt it was time to take my own little family on a Cornish adventure!
We stayed a few miles away from the beautiful Sandymouth Beach, near Bude in the north of Cornwall. This spectacular beach is owned by the National Trust and like many beaches in Cornwall, is lifeguard patrolled during the summer season.
I love the rugged landscape of Cornwall; Sandymouth Beach has some fantastic rock formations and freshwater streams cascading over the cliffs and flowing down to the sea.
The Little Chick and I had a great time dipping our toes in the sea, followed by some serious wave jumping later on!
We even saw a jellyfish wash in on a wave beside us!
With so many amazing rockpools, we had lots of fun searching for hidden treasures. Look at this incredible sea anemone!
Best of all, I got to indulge in some beachcombing- collecting shells, sea glass and pebbles is one of my favourite holiday pass times!
Now I’m back home and looking forward to getting back into the jewellery workshop. Look out for some beach inspired designs coming very soon!
Jewellery aside, flowers and photography are two of my favourite things, so late this Spring, I was excited to hear about Bloom & Grow, a new floral photography online course. The course is run by the fabulous Sara Tasker of Me & Orla and was just the thing I needed to add a creative boost to my images on Instagram.
I really enjoy analysing details in photographs and reading the messages behind images and most of all I love a creative challenge! I usually shy away from photos of myself, but thanks to incorporating flowers in the shot, I’ve even managed to post a few portraits too.
I thought I’d share my favourite images with you here
The format of the course is so suitable for flexible learning, each module has its own theme and with weekly homework, it gave me the motivation to keep creating.
I’m so pleased to have discovered lots of like-minded creative people through the course and it’s been really enjoyable to discuss ideas in detail, something I’ve missed doing for many years. Please take a look at the #bloomandgrowtogether hashtag on Instagram, you won’t be disappointed by the amazing creativity there!
‘When you take a flower in your hand adn really look at it, it’s your world for the moment’-Georgia O’Keeffe
I’ve always been fascinated by The Language of Flowers
Distilling memories with a single flower
Under The floral Spell
I’ve had so much fun dreaming up these images, the process has allowed me to add more dimension to my photos, something I’ll be continuing to add to my jewellery images too. I’d love it if you’d pop over to my Instagram and follow my further floral adventures there!
It’s that time of year again. Each spring I have to go to the woods and visit the bluebells. As I was driving through the country lanes one afternoon, I spied a few bluebells nodding their heads by the edge of the hedgerow and it reminded me that it must be bluebell time again. We’re so lucky to be living in rural Kent where there are many ancient woodlands carpeted with bluebells. I took a short detour home through the lanes to my favourite bluebell woodland and I wasn’t disappointed!
From the car window…
a beautiful carpet of blue
Each year the mass of blue flowers seems even more vibrant than the last. This year the wild garlic was in abundance, its pungent but not unpleasant scent, mingling in with the perfumed bluebells.
All was quiet in the lane. I had parked my car and switched off the engine. I couldn’t resist jumping out and taking some photos to share with you here, then stayed a moment longer to breathe in the beauty of the woodland bluebells until next year.
If you follow my blog, you may remember last year I took part in this fun and engaging Instagram photo challenge. Devised by illustrator and fellow Etsy seller, Joanne Hawker, the idea is to post a daily photo based on a theme that Joanne has selected focusing on life as maker. Each photo is tagged with #marchmeetthemaker and I really enjoyed searching for new, interesting designers and makers to follow.
It was a real challenge to plan, select and take photos which fitted the chosen theme of the day, whilst still fitting in with the overal style of my gallery. I enjoyed using the Boomerang app to create a fun effect on day 5.
Here’s a selection of my favourite photos I took for the challenge. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Marchmeetthemaker!
If you’ve enjoyed looking at these photos, please visit my Instagram feed to see all my #marchmeetthemaker posts!
Everyone who knows me knows that I love roses. My love for these beautiful flowers borders on obsession! I just wish my garden was big enough to grow all the varieties which catch my eye.
We moved house a few years ago and were only able to take two of our rose bushes with us. One of them was the lovely Felicite – Perpetue. As its name suggests, it was bought for us as a gift to celebrate the happy times past and those yet to come. It was a lovely gift to give us hope during a really tough time. Of course, with this rose being so special, we just had to take it with us.
Felicite – Perpetue is a rambling rose, so is really robust and vigorous and once planted, was soon happily scrambling up a cherry tree in our new garden.
The rosebuds are a dark cerise pink and once they open, this pink fades to almost white. The blooms remind me of paint splattered ballerina’s tutus. The rich green foliage stays green all year round, so it’s a fantastic rose for covering an old unsightly shed or ugly tree stump.
I’ve recently made some recycled silver pendants with a vintage lace pattern and I wanted to find a suitable prop to photograph them with before I listed them in my Folksy and Etsy shops.
I have an antique handmade lace handkerchief that was given to me by grandmother and I was pleased with the results using this in my images. However, I felt I needed a flower or two to compliment the delicate prettiness of the lace pattern.
Fortunately, my Felicite – Perpetue was flowering at just the right time and I had lots of fun adding these gorgeous rose blooms to my photographs. Why not pop over to my Folksy shop and take a look at the finished results. I’d love to know what you think?
I’m very pleased to have been involved in a photo shoot with the talented Yeshen Venema as part of an exciting promotion with Folksy. Along with lots of other lovely products all handmade by Folksy sellers, my jewellery took a trip to Wales. It was to be part of a shoot in the beautiful, rustic surroundings of the Welsh House and styled by Hilary Lowe.
I’d love to share the finished images with you, they are really beautiful!
I’m really pleased with them and can’t wait to use them in my Folksy shop, where all items are available to order.
April has been a very strange month this year. As well as the customary April showers, here in Kent we’ve been treated to hailstorms and even a flurry of snow! However, when the sun did shine, I was ready with my camera to snap some of April’s floral magic. Below is a grid of my favourite photos I posted on Instagram in April.
Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m so glad you’re joining me on my adventures in handmade jewellery design. Writing about my craft, inspiration and my other passion, photography, is something I’ve been planning for some time…
I’m very happy that I now have a space to share my creative journey with you!
Please check back soon for more posts about what inspires me !