Since the jewellery workshop I went back and did two more glass workshops where I worked on a panel. Most people did theirs in one workshop, but I had to go to two as I cannot work for three straight hours, so I spent a lot of time taking breaks on the sofa and did not stay until the end.

This is what I made:

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It is about A4 (letter) size and is based on a view of a favourite beach in the evening.

I am quite pleased with it, though I don’t think it is my best creation! I enjoyed going to the workshops and being part of a group activity. That said, I won’t be going to any more in the near future as I am not really well enough and I did suffer for this more than it was worth… such is life.

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The Brief: Creative Joyful Thing No.10

* Make an item of jewellery or some other decorative thing to wear out of an unusual material*

Enjoy!

I knitted a cuff to look like the bark of the birch tree in my garden, then used shrink plastic to make a branch (a few leaves, really) falling in front of it.

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The plastic cover does hide some of the knitting detail, but I am pleased with how it turned out. I had not used the plastic before – you bake it in the oven and it shrinks by 40- 50% in both directions, so getting the leaves the right size was a bit of a challenge and an experiment. I used pastel pencils and had to seal the underside with varnish before sewing it onto the cuff. I punched holes in the corners before shrinking.

Here is what Rachel gave to me:

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A beautiful necklace made from a piece of driftwood with lovely markings in it (spalted beech possibly?) that she found on a beach in Wales. It was this size when found, like a pebble. She hammered some pins into it to adorn – perfect!

What was really nice was opening them together when Rachael visited me recently – presents!

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In the spring I went to visit a lovely friend called Amy. She gave me a beautiful hand painted pebble. I thought I would see what adventures the pebble might have. In the spring it went to my Mum’s garden:
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pebble stones

pebble stump

Then the pebble had a rest for many months (apart from moving house)

And today the pebble explored the beach:

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I post this one mainly for the clouds, but it also shows where I sat for most of the time – on a bench on the small sand dunes. It shows the concrete blocks which were put there to stop tanks in the war. Pebble visits these below.

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Making pebble friends…

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Yearning for the sea

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The seaweed also looks inviting…

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Yep, feels good!

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pebble texture

pebble yellow

 

I have been to the coast a few times in recent months and have found some beautiful shells, sea glass and bits of coal.

I had been thinking about doing something with them, but had not come up with anything specific. Then a friend’s birthday was coming up and I wondered if I could make some stickers to decorate her presents.

I spread out the shells but needed a background, then remembered another friend had given me some postcards she made which had a sandy background! Perfect! So I had a photo shoot and really enjoyed it. The fiddling about with the sticker set-up for the printer was less fun, but I got there in the end and I made a sheet of tiny but lovely stickers. I stuck them all over my friend’s presents and also gave her a sheet so she can decorate letters and packages for other people too, as she loves that kind of thing.

The best bit is that it is all set up so I can print more off or change the images quite easily for new stickers!