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Added later: I finally got to identify this plant, it just didn't appear in any of my wildflower books - it would appear that it's Water Avens (Geum rivale) a member of the rose family - I was wrongly thinking it was a geranium/cranesbill variety.
My husband and I did the same walk last Saturday and then it was bitterly cold in a very brisk wind (and we were jolly glad of hats, scarves and gloves) and was threatening rain the entire time and did in fact make good on that threat as we walked the last 20 yards to the front door. We'd commented that there were likely to be a lot of bluebells and that they were only just starting to flower.
After a week of sunny spells and lots of rain, they've positively romped away this week, along with several other woodland pretties; there were splashes of blue, pink and yellow amongst the gorgeous vibrant spring green emerging foliage and unfurling fern fronds. It was significantly more colourful than a mere 8 days ago.
It's one of my very favourite things, to see woodland flowers at this time of year, before the greenery has really taken off and hides some of the more delicate ground-hugging species.
The walk was pretty dark initially, but as we returned, the sun came out again and I was able to grab a few photographs toward the end of the walk. If we get a nice spell this week, I'll walk that way on my own and spend more time getting some closer shots, there are some side paths that meander through the trees, so I can get deeper into the woodland and closer to the patches of bluebells.
The primroses are a slight cheat in that I took these photographs earlier in the week. I especially like this patch as they're growing on top of a wall, so I don't need to grovel in the mud to photograph them and I also get to smell them too - they have a lovely delicate fragrance, which we don't always get to appreciate as they grow so low.
My work this week:
I've finished several pieces - and that's the fun part - getting them all photographed and listed isn't quite as much fun - but something I will have to face in the next few days. I was in the mood for making something with beads - after I'd bought some very pretty colours on Etsy for use with copper. Although, as luck would have it, I didn't use as may of those as I started out expecting to - I veered off on a tangent somewhat.
I was looking for some components in my box of assorted things that didn't quite make it into a finished piece yet and a combination of shapes falling together in front of me gave me the idea for this wrapped wire loop bail - allowing me to combine a spiralled wire bail loop with a large eye to decorate with beaded dangles. The central focal bead is an odd colour, it looks very orange in daylight (and my daylight photography light) and yet quite a buttery yellow in artificial light - and in which light, the greens I accented with the faceted Czech glass donuts are rather more prominent too. I topped it with a copper clay bead cap and matched it with a pair of delicate green beads on some matching chain links.
These eye links are a shape I made often, early in my jewellery making career, as fancy headpins, but I was trying to fashion an art deco/nouveau stylised rose for a particular idea and these came back to mind. So I've put together 3 hammered links in these antiqued copper earrings.
Another variant of the wrapped loop bail eye, adorned with assorted purple glass and amethyst beads and a single flower-imprinted dangle, made in copper clay.
I used the same 'eye' links in these feature earwires for these copper clay spiral oval earrings.
My next blog . . .
. . . will be a work in progress (WIP) report on this necklace and earring set. They're made with copper clay and wire, then antiqued and coloured. I've taken a series of photographs as I made them and want to show the amount of work and processes involved in creating pieces like this.