Friday, December 31, 2010

happy new year!

Today I find myself reflecting back over the year about to end.

I decided to make collections of one of a kind pieces this year, and moved away from making made to order jewellery. I have received so much encouragement and support from people following what I do, I have made friendships, and I feel enriched and connected with others in the handmade community.

I am so thankful for this.

I’m looking forward to next year and all the things I have planned.

I hope 2011 is inspirational, creative and fulfilling for everyone.

Michele x

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I’ve been caught up in all the “end of year” stuff and haven’t had much of a chance to make any jewellery at all. I do have a collection of jewellery that I’ve cut all the pieces for, but I haven’t had a chance to do any soldering. I thought I’d try to make just one piece of jewellery at a time but I starting designing what I wanted to make and before I knew it I had fourteen pieces! I seem to see things in cycles and connections so I suppose my jewellery just ends up like that too. I love these new pieces I’m making at the moment, they just may take a while to complete, I’m hoping to have them finished early in the New Year.

We did manage to escape the madness for a day of bushwalking and swimming. Now that my little one is six we can go on longer walks as I don’t have to carry her anymore. There is a National Park half an hour from our house with the most beautiful walks and amazing beaches.

We’ve been doing these walks with another homeschooling family, it has been lovely spending the day in nature, the children have a wonderful time and we have the entire beach to ourselves (one of the many advantages of homeschooling - we never have to be anywhere crowded which is great if you’re like me and feel claustrophobic in crowded places). My camera is too heavy and precious to take on these walks so I’ve had to make do with our little “point-and-shoot” camera which doesn’t really capture the detail or texture how I’d like it to – but here some photos of our day :)
There were many Aboriginal engravings and stencils on the walk (this one is an adult hand in a rock shelter).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I just arrived home to find my jewellery featured in two beautiful treasuries.

The first one is called "Everything is Bliss", it has the most beautiful colours and peaceful feel, it's curated by Ancient Sun Jewelry.

The second one is called "my favorite fellow Metalsmiths", it features the most amazing pieces of jewellery and is curated by carole axium.

Thank you so much to Ancient Sun Jewelry and carole axium for including my jewellery in these gorgeous lists!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

natural mandalas

I made all the individual parts for each of these rings, they were incredibly time consuming to make. I cracked one of the stones in the spiralled/green onyx ring just as I was finishing setting it, I managed to remove the cracked stone and replace it but the bezel was slightly damaged so I don't think I'll sell that ring. I'm looking forward to making some pieces now that don't consist of so many little pieces that need to be soldered together in a symmetrical pattern!

I'll be listing these in my Etsy store on Tuesday morning (although I may not be able to part with the first ring!).

Thursday, November 18, 2010


On my bench

On my daughter's sewing table

On my bed

In the kitchen (cooking in 3D)

In the garden

In the mailbox

On the side of the road

At the beach

In the post
I should have the rings on my bench finished and in my etsy store by Monday :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Finally ...

... I finished something :)

spiralling vines bracelet with prehnite leaves

spiralling vines ring with kyanite and prehnite (this it that ring!)

And this unnamed prehnite ring

I’ll be listing them in my Etsy store on Wednesday.