Sunday, 31 May 2015

House move and cow parsley.

All seasons for me have wonderful sights, however I do adore May...
Not may things lift the spirit after winter than carpets of bluebells through woods, roads lined with stems of tiny white cow parsley flowers and birds flying busy with twigs and worms.

Our move went well, we had much help unpacking from our boys who love the new house and our garden visitors which have so far included a very friendly squirrel and a great spotted wood pecker who take turns eating nuts from our bird feeder.

The wedding collection is growing, I have now created a set for the bride and groom from the stems of cow parsley...well, how could I not!
There will also be twiggy eternity bands with diamonds.... May's birthstone is Emerald, I can make them with emeralds too!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Diamonds are for April.

Ok, it's nearly May, this is what happens when you mix self employment with moving house whilst juggling two toddlers...

I do have new collections coming online, wedding ring and engagement ring designs for the bride and groom.
Twig rings in white, red and yellow gold, combined with square and round diamonds or studded to create eternity rings.

Sycamore wedding bands, ivy and poppy seed heads mixed with diamonds to create English garden engagement rings.......

Here's a sneaky peek!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Aquamarine for March

Aquamarine is the Birthstone for March, this gorgeous blue/green stone can be very pale or quite vibrant in colour, the name aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus meaning "water of the sea."
Aquamarine does indeed evoke thoughts of the ocean, the gorgeous colour the same as the sea, or the blue sky above.
Sailors believed Aquamarine to be the treasure of mermaids, they carried it as a talisman while at see to bring luck and protection.
The stone is associated with courage, hope, health, confidence and love.

This twiggy ring combines aquamarine and a scattering of diamonds.....

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday.

Back in September 2012 I  had recently had our first little boy, while snuggling up with him one sunday Theo Paphitis tweeted my business and I joined the #SBS community.

Ex Dragons Den Theo Paphitis has a passion for small businesses, he reminds us we all have to start somewhere and even the largest companies were started by someone who believed in what they were doing, and drove it forward.
This year our guest speakers were Judith Naake from St Tropez, Rob Forkhan from Gandys Flip Flops, and Julien Callede from, 3 incredibly different businesses, built by 3 very different people for very different reasons.
Loved the 2015 event, full of humour, stories of highs and lows, great food, great people, really looking forward to to the next inspirational event.
Thank you Theo Paphitis.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Opals warming gold for November.

This solid gold circle of twigs with green boulder opal and bumble bee will be at my Christmas open studio, the necklace is a one off, as is the boulder opal, which is why I love them so much...

The 2014 Christmas Open studio will be in December, the opening times are:

Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th from 11am to 5.30pm

Life is unpredictable,
It changes with the seasons,
Even your coldest winter,
Happens for the best of reasons,
And though it feels eternal,
Like all you'll do is freeze,
I promise spring is coming,
And with it, brand new leaves.

Erin Hanson.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Buy British Day

Today is the first Buy British Day!

Buy British Day has been set up by The Best Of Britannia to support brands and businesses who design and manufacture their products in Britain.

The launch was hosted by Wayne Hemmingway who understands the need for consumers, designers and maunfacturers to work together supporting British businesses.

I love the idea that Buy British Day will help champion designers and brands, creating more consumer awareness for all of us passionate about British products and manufacturing.

All my designs are made by hand in my Oxfordshire studio, all ideas have developed from walking, and collecting natural forms from our Great British countryside.

Can you get any more British?

Lets put the kettle on :-))

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Wedding Rings

Over the years I have had the privilege of creating couples wedding and engagement rings,its such an honour to be involved with such an important part of the ceremony, and to create something that will be worn every day.
 I have recently had my sketch book and gold paint out, playing with designs to make and add to our new Wedding section on line.
I will be using diamonds in many forms, uncut, old style cuts and classic, mixing them with bark and lichen textures, twigs, and leaves.