Come on in to this home for my jewellery and other stuff. I hope it will continue to grow as I hope to continue to grow in myself.
I do love a good bit of salty language, and encourage all who join me here to express yourselves in your truest forms! Enjoy yourselves xx

Thursday, 8 December 2011

A Walk On The Wild Side

No - not as a transsexual prostitute in New York City, but out on these chilly moors in Devon!!
It was a particularly unfriendly kind of day to go out hunting for snagged sheep's wool - blowing a hooligan, hailing and lots of that sideways rain that manages to creep in everywhere you'd rather it didn't. My lovely friend, Helen, has just been gasping at the thought of it, as I'm not known to have much of a love of walking - or bad weather! I worked as a herdswoman on a farm in deepest, darkest, west-est Wales some years ago, which involved nothing but being out in all weathers, and have since become increasingly fond of the great indoors.
Well, I didn't come back with much in the way of wool - and had no luck at all in finding any stray horse hair, but I did get these pictures of the moors, which I've monkeyed about a bit with for dramatic effect. Well, not the first two - they're pretty much how it was.

 Dramatic stuff, eh.
I came over all Catherine Earnshaw, -  but all zipped up in my red anorak, my resemblance was more akin to that of the odd little creature in 'Don't Look Now'!!


Shame you can't see the wind and rain and hail, so that you can appreciate how I've really suffered for my art!!!!

I've been struggling a bit with my 'stuff'.  Having all sorts of ideas, but can't get them to come together in the physical form, which is really bloody frustrating. As a consequence, I've got all these bits of things, half-started, half-finished ....... 

Bits of local bamboo that I've cut up, and am in the process of decorating with pyrography - oh, and some bits of bones (not the badger - yet)

Hmm, the Polynesian theme - not sure about this really.

Some mixed porcelain and black stoneware,
a fox's head fired with copper ...

These creatures - ????
Ok, let's be kind to myself, and call them a limited edition!

This needs some better pictures, obviously,
but it's more or less what I was after.
Fox, chicken - and - oh dear, a feather

Well, you'd have to be blind not to see my influences!
I'm pretty pleased with my grubbied up collection of body parts. I think this one may take some time to put together, but I'm hoping it'll be an odd piece of something a bit special!
Please note the sheep's wool round the top, and the extreme conditions I had to endure to find it!

-and this is another lot of stuff ready for firing tomorrow. I'm experimenting with bronze art clay, and hoping for some interesting results.

Typical, turn my back for a minute, and he's stolen my seat!
He looks pretty pleased with himself.

Well, I think that's all for now. Good luck with your continued toe recovery, Jackie -  and thank you, Steph (vLaDtHeBaT) for your wise words this week - much appreciated.
Oh, and for the eternal inspiration that is Fanci D, bless her de-hydrated heart!


  1. Thanks so much for stopping by Petra, you have no idea how I would love to walk those ancient moors, totally surrounded by so much history...great find, the skeleton and how cool the use of found sheep's wool in your jewelry, total recycling! Wish I could have a pesky cat around, but my pesky terrier would have it for lunch I'm afraid.

    Those photos are from Pinterest, I while away the hours dreaming of a Bohemian lifestyle, but the shop in the next post is ours.

    Again, thanks for stopping by, Steph is a new found, talented friend as well...talk more later!


  2. Hi Sharon,
    So lovely to see you here!
    Your shop looks such a wonderful place to spend time in. I love the checkered floor - there's something really rather spooky about it!
    There now, another person who doesn't find my attraction to the dead badger to be weird. My man is being a great big jessie about it!!
    I can see I'm going to have to get involved in this Pinterest thingy, but I can see myself losing many, many hours goggling at all manner of things!
    Hope you're keeping warm in that snow. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we won't get any down here in the valley.

  3. Hi Petra,

    Well the foot is getting happier by the week. Doc took the stitches out yesterday...ouch! The pins come out next Wednesday and I'm allowed to take a nice hot two-footed, stand up shower on Thursday!! Ahhhh, just the thought is relaxing.

    Your photos are so gorgeous! I love how you played with the colors. I can't think of any natural place near me that would take my breath away.

    I've also been thinking about this Pinterest, I just can't figure out how to go about it.

    I'm liking the Polynesian theme colors, so pretty and the creatures are adorable. I've thought about playing with bronze clay, but I'm sure a kiln is necessary. Your pieces are so fun. Ahhh, the feather...oh that poor little chicken. LOL Cute necklace.

    I so know what you're talking about, kitty stealing your seat. I have one that has taken a liking to my wheelchair. She will fight me if I try to remove her from it. I'll go into the bathroom and sure enuff when I return I have to battle the cat to get my mode of transportation back!! Silly creatures, gotta love them!

    I'm excited that I've sold two things on Etsy! I need to put more things on. It's a pretty slow process for me. I have such trouble describing things, I'm so dyslexic and right brained that my bag of words is small. I must thank you for admiring my Etsy offerings.

    I'm counting the days till I can get the real shower!! :o)


  4. Jackie, that's fantastic!!! Your sales, I mean - well done!!! Does this mean we'll be seeing some of your own soon?? I do hope so. Oh, and good news about your foot too - that'll feel like the best shower ever!!
    With that Pinterest, you go onto the front page and ask for an invite, then just type your e-mail address in the box. They send you confirmation, and tell you you're on the waiting list. I'm still waiting, but, that seems to be all you need to do.
    Oh - the bronze clay. Yes, well - that didn't quite go as expected!! I basically cremated it all in the kiln, and got all these little black offerings! Having got used to them not being the shiny treasures I was hoping for though, I'm starting to come round to them! I think blowtorching it is maybe a better way to go.
    Thank you for the encouraging feedback on my latest efforts - I rarely know what to make of my own stuff. I'm not going to list anything else in the shop now though till the new year.
    Oh, for a bit of eye candy, you might want to have a gawp at my new treasury on Etsy - it's got all those fave peeps who I know you like too. That was a lovely way to spend time when I should have been making stuff!!!
    Ha - your bad kitty!! They're something else, aren't they! My old lad had a bit of a funny turn yesterday, which was rather upsetting, but he seems fine now, thank God. What a worry.
    Congrats again on your sales - I'm so pleased for you!
    Petra xxx


  6. The lady herself!! I hope she likes her body parts!

  7. Petra, I'm guessing that you haven't been to Fanci's blog yet. Please do! Sparrow was in a terrible, horrible car accident and Fanci is doing a raffle to help raise funds.

    ...Jackie xo

  8. Thank you, Jackie.
    No, I hadn't seen it. I hope my link on here helps, and will go and spread the word on twitter and Facebook now as well.

    Lots of love,
    Petra xxx