If you've seen the open palm hand symbol on jewellery, tattoos and even high street Primark t-shirts, you may wonder what it means, and why it's increasingly popular. Well, let's have a quick look at the hamsa, so you know a little more about this protective or blessing charm.
Back in 2015 I was given a broken bracelet of beautiful blue beads from my parents’ travels in Greece, which were 'evil eye' beads. Cue me looking for other fascinating amulets, talismans and charms, which led me to the hamsa.
Isn't it disappointing when you find out that a designer or business you like has some dodgy moral compass or terrifying skeleton in the cupboard? I recently had to think a little after finding out that someone I approached for a potential collaboration has a few views against my own (I may talk about that in the future) so I've decided to share a bit about myself, to help you decide if you still like me!
The little snapshot photos through this blog are from #MarchMeetTheMaker, a month of instagram prompts from Joanne Hawker, also designed to help you, well, meet the maker behind the scenes!
I've dropped a hint on social media by showing my "headshot" illustration, and today you can read the first in a series of articles I've written and illustrated for Creative Crafting Magazine. They share regular articles on their site, and publish a monthly online magazine too, so you can dip in and out, or sit back with a brew and enjoy the gathered projects, interviews and reviews.
Skulls are a theme which run through many of my jewellery designs, and sorry to broach this, but you're going to die, I'm going to die, and that's what Memento Mori is about. Now let me explain why this isn't a bad thing...
Roses and skulls, entwined together in nature - A reminder to live and love well, for death greets us all!
Add a little gothic romance to your look with this memento mori jewellery . Beautiful and detailed enough as a delicate touch for special occasions, yet subtle enough for everyday wear. Available as sets, or the necklace and earrings separately, and a choice of 31 accent colours.
I'm really looking forward to taking my wares to my first ever wedding fair on March 3rd, and two of you will be coming with me!
Well, not exactly with me, but I have two tickets to give away, so you can go with your other half, mate of honour, or whomever you want to explore with.
All you need to do is head to the Tying the Nott post on my instagram feed, give me a follow, and comment on the post with your dream wedding theme. Tying the Nott is an event all about those different details, from the bright to the dark.
You can enter from when the post is live on January 26th to midnight January 1st - and after then I'll pick and notify a winner at random to get their two tickets.
Spending five months sewing something which could have been done in a week may sound like a bit of a craft fail, but over 2018 I discovered the joy of taking my time over a creative project.
A few months into 2018, and my creative spark wasn't firing. You might know this itchy feeling yourself. Drawing was frustrating, making jewellery for myself wasn't fun, other possible projects felt uninspiring. It was an upsetting place to be in as someone who deems themselves to be a creative person.
My husband hit the nail on the head in July "Why don't you do a longer project, one you can work on a bit at a time and create a bigger result?". I realised that I'd been trying quick fixes, so no wonder they weren't satisfying my creative needs!
It's the end of the year, so pretty much anyone with instagram is sharing their best nine of 2018 - that's their nine images with the most likes. So these aren't really their best things, just their popular things. Yay for social media popularity...?
Having seen Mike of The Crafty Gentleman share an illustration of his top nine memories of the year, inspired by illustrator Abbie Paulhus, it seemed like a great idea to look back on 2018 and catalogue what I feel are the best bits for me.
This isn't about likes, this is about what I feel proud of or have happy memories of, and it's a fantastic exercise to do.
Celebrate your own 2018, not what other people liked about the photogenic parts.
In no particular order other than how I decided to draw them: