Monday, 31 October 2016

Happy Halloween and the Reculver babies

Happy Halloween!

And, because of the date, I thought I'd share a local ghost tale with you. Some of my Rose Bay pictures show the ancient Roman ruins at Reculver. Here – have another one!

There is a legend that at night, especially stormy ones, you can hear the pitiful cries of babies. Well. When they were investigating the site back in 1966, they discovered infant skeletons hidden the walls – apparently some kind of Roman sacrifice ritual.

You can read about it here.

Have a great evening, everyone!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Feeling jaded?

And now for something a little different – my new sari silk and jade necklace. 

I call it Jade Garden

The beautiful sari silk comes from India, where it is produced by women's co-operatives and sold through a fair trade supplier. The sari silk is hand-dyed and made from the offcuts of leftover sari silk fabric and is truly georgous.

I am increasingly trying to use fair trade and other ethical suppliers in my products, and some of the materials I use are:

Sari silk from India, leather cord, hemp and beads from Peru, Ceramic focals from Africa.

Also included in my necklace above are pretty yellow jade beads and jade heart pendant. If you like jade, you might be amazed by the massive size of the jade piece just found in Mynmar (Burma).

The stone is 4.3m (14ft) high and 5.8m (19ft) long, and is reportedly worth an estimated $170m (£140m). See the report here.

Christmas countdown:

68 days!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Resins and Reculver

You can tell that is now October, as everyone is abandoning their summer frocks and shorts for woollies and overcoats! Actually, I quite like this time of year – not too hot and generally, not too cold either. You can take a lovely walk in the crisp air and then return to a warm home, and that suits me just fine. Recently we took a walk along the seafront and it was really nice – even the sun was shining! The view below shows the Roman ruins at Reculver. 

Two of my new resin necklaces, available in my Etsy shop.

Only 74 days to Christmas...

Friday, 7 October 2016

October Already

October already! Really?? I don't know where the year is going to!

Talking of which, did you know it is only 78 days to Christmas?

I have been hard at work making things whenever I get a moment (or two!) and I promise I have some fabulous new items coming up. Today I've got some super earrings for you to look at, and includes some Halloween and Christmas items as well.

And I will leave you with this little poem from Robert Frost called October.

"O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away."