Finally, I found my way into a workshop again, woo hoo! The delightful Sarah Wilkie allowed me into her space yesterday to create a pair of silver bangles that I've had jangling in the back of my mind for ages now.
Simple, knocked-about 3mm round wire, stamped with my kids names, nothing fancy. I can't begin to describe the satisfaction that this bit of 'smithing has brought me, thanks so much to the beautiful Sarah Wilkie (seen here at her bench) of seren-d for, once again, indulging me.
I met Sarah last year and on that first meeting she just gave me several semi-precious stones to work with because, well, she's just that kind of gal. She saw one of the covered bricks I'd made and thought her stones would be useful to me - how nice of her was that? She was right too although it did encourage me to go and spend 3 figures in the mineral shop days later. Thanks Sarah!
2 lenses to be correct. My camera captured an image projected from a hanging lens in the Ffoto Alternative Wales: Time exhibition at Bodelwyddan Castle. A friend is exhibiting with her story-telling crowns there but I didn't get a decent photograph (2 kids in tow!) so I have a good excuse to go back.
I will hopefully have not just craft to show you next time but some silver work! It's been a long time since I was in a workshop so I'm hoping I come out with all my fingers...
So, I was cleaning out the 6 year old's school bag and what do I find? A(nother) stick. So I ask, "what's this?" (in Welsh, because I've been practising) and I get the reply. "A stick. I peeled it."
I was oddly filled with raptures. I understand it doesn't sound like much of a moment but it was. She was most bemused by my response! I've come to realise that she is her mother's daughter but if proof was needed, there was the peeled stick for all to examine! I did more than that though and grabbed a scalpel whilst telling her to sit down immediately for her first proper crochet lesson. It's a terrible carving as you can see but it was fast and functional.
She really enjoyed herself and was so pleased that she could finally get the hang of it after all these years of watching me. I'm still simply thrilled that she collects and peels sticks for no apparent reason.
Yes, I really did find it like that. One long worm, knotted. Because life for a worm isn't difficult enough? I don't know. It gave me time to walk to the house, find the camera, adjust the settings and take the photo before undoing said knot. I filmed it too (note to self: get a life).
And yes, this is my garden and the soil (clay/rocks) is dreadful. It's no wonder I don't grow flowers. Yet :-) I do grow pears though and, in doing so, grow pear wood of course. I've cut quite a lot down and am drying out for future projects along with some cherry too.
The sun has finally come out in the UK, hurrah! So, as is tradition here, nearly everyone is complaining that it's too hot. Ah, the great British summer!
I've been spending any spare time gardening although mostly in the evenings when the temperature is bearable for digging. So, no crafting here for a while. (This beautiful sunflower wasn't grown by me but was one of my recent birthday treats.)
Funny what comes to you when clearing up after tea. These are just little bits of rolled up cling film (saran wrap for my overseas friends). When I say little, I mean tiny. And if you're thinking that they aren't very round, my argument would be that they're home grown potato pearls. Cheap, light and vegan friendly!
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