Friday, 2 October 2015

300 in 30 Days

Julie at Notes on Paper has had a great idea to leave 300 comments on blogs over 30 days.  You can read all about her reasons for doing this by visiting her blog. She writes intelligent, humorous and informative posts and is a pleasure to read.  I decided to take part in this challenge but it is actually quite difficult to find even 10 blogs which are current and that you can leave a response to!  I am usually quite good at leaving comments but have struggled with this today.  I am keeping a record of each place I leave a comment and so far today I have left 14 comments on blogs so I only have 286 comments to go over the next 30 days!  The comments have to relate to the post I am commenting on and I can't just say things like nice! or great! to help tot up the numbers!!!

I've been feeling jaded for some time now (like many people are) and thought that visiting some new blogs would give me a fresh outlook on things so Julies #300in30days challenge has come at the right time for me  At least I feel I am doing something and being proactive in seeking out new blogs in the blogosphere and hopefully making long term contact with some of them.

If you can recommend a blog for me to read and comment on - especially creative blogs - then please do let me know in the comments section below.

I don't generally talk about my family on this blog and none of them have their own blogs.  However,  I thought you may like to see a painting that my sister recently did of John Ruskin. She is self taught and painting has become her hobby. She has painted him in water colour many times but this was her first attempt at painting him in acrylics.  She doesn't think it is that good!!!  She is a massive fan of Ruskin and I think her passion for him shines through her work.

Well I am off to seek out blogs to comment on.  It is a full time job you know!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A Charming Line Up

Making bag/purse charms is a pleasant diversion today.  I have even given them names from Regal Purple to Tutti Fruitti!  They are mainly made up of crystal, glass and seed beads and have a nice weight to them without being heavy.

These two are slightly different as I used silver coloured seed beads, volcanic rock, skull beads and a feature rose bead on each.  Do have a preference for any in particular? Are you drawn to certain colours?  Any feedback would be good!  I hope your week is going well.  It has been so warm and sunny here I think summer is struggling to let go.  Roll on autumn.  The nights are still far too hot!

Monday, 28 September 2015


I've been busy making handbag/purse charms.  They are great for personalising items or for people who don't/can't wear jewellery.  I may put them to sell in my etsy shop but am undecided on that at the moment.

I deleted my last post on angels in case you were wondering what happened to it.  I've deleted a few posts this year because I thought that they weren't up to par.  I may decide that this one gets the chop too, who knows?!!

Today has been a bright and very warm sunny day yet the grass stays wet due to the shortened hours of sunlight.  I really need to cut the grass and tidy the garden before the cold and wet weather sets in.  There is so much I should be doing but end up making handbag charms instead.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Autumn and Old Friends

A card inspired by the season and old friends.

Friday, 18 September 2015


When I am no longer here
Will you miss me?
How long will it take you to realise I have gone?
Like an imprint in the sand,
Water will wash over and erase the memory

When I am no longer here
How quickly will you fill the void?
A cup of tea and some biscuits should do it
Must hurry along now
Have a very busy schedule dontcha know?

When I am no longer here
Will you breathe a sigh of relief?
As though an irritant has been removed
That perturbed the oyster
And a sense of contentment ensues

When I am no longer here
Will you regret having known me?
Was I a waste of resources?
That took the place of a deserving soul
Of that, I will never know

Simone Whipp 2015

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Jewellery Blog Update

To see what I have been up to today click the link below.


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Wish Bracelets

I’ve been making simple 'wish' bracelets.  Wish bracelets comprise of a length of thread with a bead or charm attached.  The idea is to tie the bracelet around your wrist and when the thread eventually wears through your wish comes true.  Now I am not one to promise wishes that I can’t deliver so I like to think of them more as reminders than wishes – a bit like tying a knot in a handkerchief if you want to remember something focusing on the ‘thing’ that you want to remember as you tie the knot.

I’ve attached different charms to these ‘wish’ bracelets and you can choose any meaning to them that has significance to you.  I have listed some possibilities below but you may have your own symbolism for each.

White Pearl – purity, faith, integrity
Moonstone – protection, sensitivity, intuition
Haematite - stability, grounding, calming

These are tiny unobtrusive talismans to be worn continuously until they come off naturally.  All the charms I have used are the real thing;  genuine moonstone, natural freshwater pearl and in the case of the haematite star I have natural gunmetal grey and a gold colour coated one as shown above.  I am also making them with dark grey cord.

Are you drawn to any of them in particular?  Let me know what you think. 

p.s Where is everybody?