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april is the cruellest month…

And the wettest!
I think my coat has been on constantly and permanently damp!
But there are signs of life appearing, the days are getting longer and the flowers are starting to emerge from their winter dormancy, ready to blossom and bloom back into life.
I think I feel a bit like this too!
But on the plus side, I made this lovely garden charm pendant for a customer, with an oak leaf, an aster flower with an 18ct gold face and sapphire, aquamarine and peridot beads.
garden charm commission april 18
So pleased that she liked it!

 

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#marchmeetthemaker

I participated in the #marchmeetthemaker challenge over on Instagram this March.
And yes, it really was a challenge to post something everyday!
I’m usually sporadic, posting a few times a week when I have something worthwhile to add, but it did give me an insight into myself and my working habits. I’m not usually one for talking much or being in front to the camera, but this forced me to be in the limelight and actually, I quite enjoyed it!
Obviously I’ve now retreated to the safety of hiding behind my work…a place which feels much more comfortable.

freezing february

freezing february

Its definitely not the warmest of months…working at my bench requires several extra layers and lots of hot drinks!

I have spent a considerable amount of time at home instead, doing all those boring but necessary things like paperwork, applying for 2018 shows and trying to plan for what I’m doing creatively for the rest of the year. I’m kind of there, I think….

It has also been useful to reflect on what I’ve made, what worked, what didn’t and how to change this. Breathing time is essential to creativity especially after the chaos of Christmas! I think that after the Festive season, I’m a bit like an old car, I take longer to start!

I’m starting to move and make now, there are small signs of spring just starting to appear, snowdrops are flowering, the shoots of daffodils are beginning to appear and I’ve heard the skylarks singing whilst out walking my dog. This quote about winter really sums it up for me:

“The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination”. ~Terri Guillemets

Very true. I love winter, the bareness, the cold, but I’m ready for a bit of colour and warmth now, especially in my studio. Brrrr!