Spring has sprung on our front lawn and him outdoors can feel proud!

Spring has sprung on our front lawn and him outdoors can feel proud!

We have a "bejewelled mead" in our front garden at this time of year and when the sun (occasionally) shines, the colours and shapes come to life and I feel excited about the possibility of warmer weather being on the way. It is May Morning tomorrow and I have cheered myself up on this chilly day by enjoying this little glimpse of some Morris Dancers on May Day in Oxford from a couple of years ago:  

I love the sound of the sticks and what a joyful and wonderfully daft bunch! (You might see a familiar face dancing there too.)

I have also been feeling inspired by spring in the workshop - particularly as Oxfordshire Artweeks is just around the corner - detailed info below.  I have been busy busy busy and still have loads of ideas in mind:


Work in progress!

Artweeks 2018: 10 artists will be exhibiting and demonstrating in 4 venues in the village of Great Coxwell from the Great Barn down to the Church over the last two weekends of May.  I will be there for the 3 days of the second weekend (26th-28th May, which includes the second May Bank Holiday) and this year I am excited to be showing in Peter's Barn for the first time.  So it would be lovely to see you if you are around and about.  Also, during the second weekend the National Trust are putting on a family friendly Arts Festival in and around the Great Barn – so check out what’s going on there too!…


Poster block for Oxfordshire Artweeks in Great Coxwell, 2018:


Finally here is a little bit of poetry that seems to say it all...

Now the bright morning Star, Dayes harbinger,
Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her
The Flowry May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow Cowslip, and the pale Primrose.
Hail bounteous May that dost inspire
Mirth and youth, and warm desire,
Woods and Groves, are of thy dressing,
Hill and Dale, doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early Song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
— John Milton, 1608 - 1674

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GREAT COXWELL - Sunday 3rd December

SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2017, 10.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

A date to put in your diaries - it's only a month a way!  This will be Town & Green's only Christmas Fair so come along to the Reading Room in Great Coxwell - scrummy lunches and teas and loads of nice things to look at - plus Christmas Hamper raffle and children's Lucky Dip.


I have already got some gorgeous jewellery to show plus some vintage bits and bobs too.

But do get in touch in the meantime if you have any Christmas commissions  - already a number of things on my list :) - and I am always happy for people to come round to have look at what I have in stock. 


Flying away…

Three birds for three sisters

Three birds for three sisters

I have had a number of lovely commissions recently and I particularly enjoyed making 3 little silver birds with gold heart “wings” for 3 sisters.  They were commissioned by one of the sisters: one for her and one each for the other two - what a sweet present!

Outlines for cutting out the little birds

Outlines for cutting out the little birds

I started off by finding a piece of silver that had room for cutting out the little bird shapes.  I cut out all my own shapes either with a saw or a disc cutter and, as I enjoy using circles, I end up with lots of bits of silver with ‘empty’ circles so I try and use up these odd-shaped bits of silver left behind!

I then found 3 tiny pieces of 18ct gold that I could hammer into tiny flat triangles.  With my trusty magnifying glass hung round my neck, I then shaped these teeny bits of gold into hearts.  Goodness knows why I make things so tiny – it would be far more sensible to make big chunky jewellery - but somehow, more often than not, I create little things.

It always feels really special to make  personalised pieces and in this instance, I stamped the name of one of the three sisters on the back of each bird, one had 2 letters, one had 3 letters and one had 4 letters.  

Now they have flown away and I hope they made the sisters smile!  


Please feel free to get in touch if you have any similar ideas of your own or would like a personalised piece of jewellery.