Thursday, 28 January 2010

a couple of nature inspired pebbles

A new simple design, berry pebble necklace (click on the photo for more details) inspired by my walks in the forest with Floss.

And another leafy sprig pebble necklace (click on the photo for more details)... this one is very lightweight, dainty and flat... maybe I should have called it a spriglet!

Ta-ra for now as my nan used to say :-)

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

mini moo love

So excited to receive a new box of moo cards this morning! I love the new style cardboard box, much better than the old plastic one, and prettier too.
And the tiny index cards!! Very cute and a great idea for keeping the best ones separate!

And now you can upload your own design for the back of the cards they're even more versatile! I chose to add another little photo to the back and keep the typeface the same as my shop and blog header. I do love them, I think it's genius being able to have a different photo on each card if you wish.

Now, back to work I must go or Floss won't get her walk in the forest.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

new fishing boat pebble

A little fishing boat chugging through the choppy waves. Click on the picture for more details. I've always loved boats in all shapes and sizes... now what to do next? I lost my sketchbook a few days ago and have been tormenting myself with the thought that Floss might have buried it in the garden! It has all my ideas and lists inside, sketches, doodles and drawings of this and that. Of course it turned up somewhere that I had checked at least 5 times. So relieved to have it back! :-)

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Floss bags her first fell

Yesterday we decided we needed some fresh air and a change of scenery so we went to the Lake District. Halfway up Catbells it became apparent that it's far better to have 4 legs than 2! The view was worth it though, you can see in every direction for miles as you walk along the ridge.

Then Floss decided to chase some sheep. Within a couple of minutes she was tiny at the bottom of the fell, the whistle had no effect and we were furious. Luckily for us there was no farmer around to shoot her. They were much faster than her but from now on she will always be on the lead when ever there's temptation. It's a shame as it's the first time she's ever shown any interest other than wagging her tail at them. Bad dog.

Here's our little terror at the top. I think i
t's safe to say that we won't be going back to Catbells!

Back soon with a new pebble to show you. Bye for now.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

salt and mist

There was a magical mist that shrouded the sea in mystery at the weekend. It seemed to suck the colour from the land.

Floss loves the freedom of the wide open space to chase balls and sniff at seaweed.

Where as some of us like to be chased by waves, I'm usually to be found beach combing.

The mainland was peeping through the sea mist.

After such a beautiful but monochrome day it was such a contrast and surprise to see these colours. We found a comfy spot on a rock and cozied together to watch the sunset. Does it get anymore beautiful?

Ah bliss!

Bye for now.

Monday, 18 January 2010

birds and berries and leafy sprigs

Inspired by scenes in the garden recently, watching the birds looking for food, I engraved this little beach pebble with a little robin and some berries. The snow has finally melted here but I heard a rumour that more is on the way!
To be honest I think I've had enough for this year now. Roll on spring!

Yes, definitely dreaming of spring. I've started making leafy sprig designs. I'm really enjoying pebbling recently as my friend likes to call it. Click on the pictures if you'd like to find out more.

I'll be back soon with a salt laden tale from the weekend. Bye for now!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

snowy loveliness

I must confess that all this snow might be my fault.

You see, back in the Autumn I made a wish...

... for my pup, Floss, to see snow for the first time.

And it has certainly come true with bells on!

Recently, Crystal from Bead Happily Ever After contacted me to ask if I would do an interview for her blog about creativity and pebbles. Of course I jumped at the opportunity! I feel very honoured. She asked some fun questions and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I never thought I would have so much to say. If you would like a look it's here.

Well I think it's time to make myself a hot chocolate and get cozy by the fire. Bye for now.

Friday, 8 January 2010

do you remember seeing snow for the first time?

What's all this white stuff?
5 minutes later...

Floss looked so cute trying to catch snowflakes. She's been out there every second she can this week playing in the snow and trying to eat ice! I swear it looked like she was trying to build a snowman at one point.

Have a lovely weekend :-)

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

bursting with winter beauty

I can't remember having this much snow since one winter when I was little and I rolled snowballs down the street to make a giant snowman.

I'm so glad we ventured out today. Everywhere was completely transformed.

Like a breath of fresh air, like visiting a brand new place.

All sparkling and pristine in the sunlight.

Floss and I walked until we were completely caked in snow. Sometimes it is so worth making the effort.

Happy new year everyone! May it be a wonderful year full of love, joy, inspiration, creativity and happiness!