Monthly Archives: October 2013

MoonRiver on Tour – Lighthouses, sandcastles and rock pooling!

Well I’m writing this on my holidays! Yes, that’s right, my HOLIDAYS!

We’ve taken a week out of the usual rush of daily life and headed for Cornwall – for a week of sightseeing and fun in the fresh air with the kids. Despite the weather forecast being dreadful, we’ve had some lovely sun-shiny days on the beach, albeit slightly windswept – here’s hoping for many more.

We loved walking along the beach and cliffs at Gwithian and Godrevy – Small Boy was highly impressed with the lighthouse on the rock while Little Miss preferred wave hopping.

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We had a fantastic time today rock-pooling and paddling at Newquay. Look what we managed to catch – the children were chuffed to bits!

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And a fantastic sandcastle was built by Small Boy to round off the day.

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We’re up for more fun tomorrow and for many days after – we’ll have to go back to reality sometime I suppose, but not just yet!

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Autumn is definitely here!

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I went on a brief walk today, not far, just outside my door and along the road a little way, in search of a few leaves to work with. The sun was shining so I didn’t bother with a coat, but I hadn’t got very far before I wished I had!

Anyway I walked far enough to gather a selection of leaves – some hawthorn, silver birch and ash (complete with its keys) – which I’ve already started work with to create some new jewellery pieces. There will be some pendants and a couple of pairs of earrings too I think.

I also started work on some other new ideas – I can’t wait for the first stage of the clay to dry out so I can crack on! I just want to see how they turn out.

I love autumn – the colours of the turning leaves are inspiring and that lovely smell in the air puts a spring in my step. But sadly it means that the leaves will start to fall too – which in turn means no more leaves for my jewellery for a while! What will I do?!? Looking around today I noticed that the oak is still holding on to its leaves well whilst the silver birch is loosing them very fast indeed. If you’re after a piece of jewellery made from leaves at all – now is the time to speak up. At least I’ll still be able to use holly and ivy though:

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But then comes the spring and we can start all over again! But now I’m just wishing the time away xxx

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Folksy, Folksy and more Folksy!

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Well, the lovely team over at Folksy have been busy little bees! They have been working hard on the new shop design for all their sellers and the first shops went live this week. As was to be expected, there were a few minor hiccoughs along the way but, all in all, it seems like most people seem to be quite pleased with the changes.

I just took up residence in my new shop this evening – banner re-jigged, profile picture re-done, social media links added and new collections and featured items chosen. I’ve had a lovely browse through the shops of some others who were kind enough to post their progress on the forums – this gave me some much needed pointers on how the new banner was going to work! I thought that tonight I would share some of these shops – I hope you like what you see!

I am loving the delicious looking cake pincushions over at Lily Lily Handmade:

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The banner at Glamglass Gifts really caught my eye:

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I saw this fabulous book cover at Whimsey Woo Designs:

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And these fantastic flowers at Ffflowers:

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If you feel like it, you can always have a look at my very own shop too:

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What do you all think about the changes?

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