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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Blooming June

It finally feels like summer in the garden. Things are still behind by about a fortnight but gradually things are catching up.
A tremendous storm on Saturday afternoon replenished the water butt and rinsed a few aphids from the roses.
The bearded irises have been terrific this year, surprising as the rhizomes are supposed to bake in sun for the preceding summer, and sun was practically non-existent last year if I remember rightly.

Iris 'Deep Black' above, is very tall, and has withstood the strong winds of the past week or so with no staking.

Iris 'Foggy Dew' is slightly shorter and this is the first time I have seen it in flower.

The gorgeous sky blue tones of Iris pallida have been clashing with with the blowsy flowers of the oriental poppy, 'Pattie's Plum'

This is a gorgeous strong growing poppy but it is difficult to place in the garden as it clashes with just about everything, although it does look rather good beside the clump of Nectaroscordums (Allium bulgaricum).

The quote below is rather apt, I think. I always try to notice every thing as it bursts into flower but in June it's very difficult.

"In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them."  
-  Aldo Leopold

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Don't do it! (Adventures into an alternative universe)

Many people said don't do it but I wanted to have a go to see what all the fuss was about. 
There were dire warnings of a saturated market and a downward slope of addiction from which there was no return.
Friends who already did it became giggly and coy at the mention of it 'Once you start you won't be able to stop' said one.

What am I talking about?

Jewellery making of course!

I have an addictive compulsive personality type thingy which had already led to me buying and hoarding FABRIC that I was never actually going to cut into because it was too precious and too beautiful, and I have to admit it hasn't gone away even now- I still sit in a darkened room late at night salivating over fabric on a computer screen. But now I have a second addiction to drool over- BEADS! CHAIN! FINDINGS! METAL STAMPINGS! ICE ENAMELS! ICE RESIN! LAMPWORK BEADS! CHARMS! WIREWORK!ARGHHH! The list is endless and goes on and on..... AND ON.

A few months on and I now have a Folksy shop full of beady things- and to my utter delight and amazement have even sold a few pieces too, some in the flesh, some online. I am still learning of course, but I no longer feel like an absolute beginner. There are so many things I want to try, it's just finding the time and the money to do it.
I know I'm in a saturated market and it's madness to try and swim in a crowded pool but I enjoy fiddling with the little shiny precious things and a pair or two of pliers instead of a sewing needle- and I have had ideas of combining the two and hope to begin experimenting soon.

One thing I will say is that jewellery making is relaxing and therapeutic, but it isn't always as easy as it first appears, especially stuff like loop wrapping takes a fair bit of practice-it definitely can't be classed as simple assemblage in my opinion- it is a skill. I still scrutinise my stuff, especially after the camera has magnified my loops. But as with any craft I guess the main thing is that you love doing it and enjoy it which I do- so I'm glad I took the plunge!