Sunday, 12 January 2014

Precious gems and precious friends

I've been dithering about what to write about, until last night when I was inspired by a friend I'd invited round for dinner.
We were talking about art, and how we wanted to be artists but didn't consider ourselves good enough at it.
She said the only time she felt she was an artist was when she made jewellery.
A local design store was closing down, so I bought this hat rack at a bargain price, and am using it to store my (mostly op-shopped) necklaces.
This is what it looked like before.
Here's some of my recently acquired jewellery: 
I love this orange one as it reminds me of lollies.

I also love this bronze and gold one, as the beads have a slight woody texture, yet they are metallic and plastic at the same time.

A cardigan clasp, which has now been lost in the wasteland of the spare room.

The way the light plays off these blue plastic beads is amazing.

I hate wearing bangles as I find them uncomfortable, but couldn't resist this red number with white spots. 

The photo doesn't show the colours very well, they are much more neon-tastic in real life.

A beautiful silver stag brooch I inherited. (OBD alert!)
I've never worn it, as the clasp's a bit dodgy.
I'd like to get it converted into a necklace.

This one's an experiment.
I crocheted the chain and added a diamante hairclip I found on the footpath.
I'm not sure it works, so it's a work in progress.

I bought this lovely tartan Scottie dog brooch new in Melbourne.

A (1980s?) gold metallic and white plastic necklace from my last bout of addiction to Trade me.

A green brooch, also from TM.

A 1960s glass and gold necklace and bracelet from a second-hand shop in South D.
I love the box, but I doubt if it is its original box, as the box looks to be from the early 20th century.
It reads "Thos. Ross & Sons, Manufacturing Goldsmiths, 107 Buchanan St., Glasgow.
I've also been inspired by the amazing jewellery collections of Pull Your Socks Up and Vintage Bird Girl and Vintage Vixen and Helga Von Trollop and The Secondhand Years, among many others.
My friend and I talked about many things - gardening, books, sewing and work.
I made her watch Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on TV as it's currently one of my favourites, and she's read all the books.
I tried to convert her to Facebook but don't think I succeeded.
I don't normally have a lot of dinner parties, but I'm going to make more of an effort this year.
Apart from being enjoyable, it's a good motivator to clean and tidy the house.
I made a chickpea, parmesan, sunflower seed and spring onion frittata, which turned out quite well considering I made up the recipe!
We both have food allergies so I had to be careful.
Accompanied by salad and followed by dairy-free, gluten-free chocolate ripple ice-cream. Simple and quick.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2013 - the good, the bad, and the fugly.

It's a brand new year, so it's traditional to look back at the highlights and lowlights of the last one.
The good:
I've met some wonderful people through blogging, including (in real life) the superb Penny-Rose:
The sublime Helga von Trollop: 
the gorgeous Girl from the Naki: 
and the tremendous Two Squirrels:

The Bad:
I've been struggling with some minor health issues, including a painful skin condition and IBS.
I've been making some clothes, and have made several unwearable garments, but am learning from my mistakes.

The Fugly:
My job is being evaluated, and my workplace is being restructured, and it has been dragging on for several years. The irony is that by the middle of next year my job will have been evaluated, but in a separate process it may not exist in that form. It's hard not knowing what I will be doing in six months.

Apart from all that, one of the things I have most enjoyed last year was visiting op shops, finding joy in the things that other people throw out, and recycling them.
And I have very much appreciated your comments on my blog.