Monday, 10 October 2016

Time flies!


Oops! I can't believe it's a year since I posted on this blog! I was just thinking about my holiday memories from this year's trip to Scilly and logged on to post a few pics only to find myself looking at those from last year... Still, it's great to be reminded of that holiday too!

This year we were lucky enough to see the Red Arrows for the first time flying over the islands at the first Islands Regatta...




Another first was seeing the new Pot Buoys Gallery (formerly the Bulb Shop) on St Agnes and getting to meet the lovely Emma who took over from Mandy Pearce. Emma has done an amazing job in revamping the shop into a gorgeous gallery and I'm very proud to have my jewellery there amongst so many talented artists and makers. Here are a few photos to give you a taste of the new gallery.



So many gorgeous things to buy!



My jewellery is hanging in the window in that lovely bauble! Emma is a very talented artist herself (you can buy her work at the gallery) and it really shows in how beautifully everything has been displayed! 

Below: Just a couple of the items I sell at Pot Buoys:


Crystal Starfish earrings (other colours available)


Handmade mesh wire brooches 


Hand woven wire, crystal and pearl bracelets

Don't forget to pop into the gallery when you visit Scilly. Alternatively my pieces can be purchased by emailing inspiredscilly@hotmail.co.uk or at www.etsy.com/shop/inspiredscilly.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Holiday Memories (Part 2)


          Island Hopping...


St Martins - first stop, the bakery! ...followed by a picnic on the beach and a little sunbathing. I get a bit closer to my goal of actual swimming in the sea and manage a few seconds of doggy paddle before the cold is just too much... So I settle for paddling and a spontaneous fish pedicure, instead.


Later that evening... warming up with Spanish tapas at Dibs!



Keeping on the food theme...
a trip to Tresco and a lovely lunch at Ruin Beach Cafe.



Exploring Tresco Abbey Gardens...







Another day, another island... This time the beautiful rugged coastline of St Agnes.

 

A quick stop at The Bulb Shop to say hello to Mandy and drop off some more of my jewellery. It's been selling well so I'll have earned my glass of wine at the Turks later! 




Admiring the beautful stained glass windows at St Agnes church by the very talented Oriel Hicks.



On to the Turks for that glass of wine (and a quick change in the loos!) 
Not a bad view! 



Then a delicious meal at the fabulous High Tide.


 The perfect end to another lovely day...




Thursday, 8 October 2015

Holiday Memories... (Part One!)


Getting there... on the tiny 8-seater Islander... We were at the front of the plane this time - it was such a clear day we could see the islands shortly after take-off.















Drinks at Dibbles...
A walk round Peninnis Head...














...and the Garrison.


 Cream Tea at Carn Vean and wine tasting at Holy Vale Vineyard (and very nice it was too!)


 

Beautiful aeonims...

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

3 Weeks and Counting...

Just three weeks to go and I'll be in Scilly again. I can't wait! In the meantime, I'm keeping busy with an exhibition at RHS Harlow Carr which is right up my street... It's called 'Harlow By The Sea' and yes, you guessed it - it's dedicated to all things coastal. I'll be working there on Friday so will hopefully update the blog with some photos very soon! The exhibition is on until 2nd August so there is still plenty of time to pop along and see everyone's wonderful work. In the meantime, here's a few of the pieces that have been on display.


Our wavy crochet bracelets with crystals and freshwater pearls lend a touch of elegance.


Our starfish jewellery is simple, yet stunning!


Mesh wire brooches take some time to make but are so worth it, especially in these beautiful seaside shades.


This sparkling shell pendant caught someone's eye! I think the crab likes it too..!



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

On Sale in Scilly


This year I am delighted to once again have my jewellery for sale at The Bulb Shop on St Agnes in Scilly. Sadly for me, Adrian and Amanda Pearce who run the little shop are retiring after this season, but I'm quite sure that they have earned a happy retirement on the beautiful island that is their home. In the meantime, do pop in to The Bulb Shop if you are lucky enough to be visiting Scilly. St Agnes is utterly unspoilt and the shop is a real treasure trove!

Here are a few of my pieces that are currently on sale in Scilly...



Green and Gold Scilly Flora crochet wire bracelet
(inspired by Bermuda Buttercups!)


Starfish Earrings in Crystal Copper



Scilly Night Sky mesh wire & crystal brooch



Crystal Cockle Shell pendant in Gold



Silver Sea mesh wire & crystal brooch


And here are a couple that have recently sold! (Don't worry, you can still get them via our website!)


Starfish Earrings in Teal Blue



Starfish Pendant in Iridescent Crystal


To see more and purchase your own, please go to www.etsy.com/shop/inspiredscilly.



Monday, 20 April 2015

Spring in Full Swing

At last, Spring is well and truly here and that means the start of a new season in Scilly is already underway. I am delighted to say that my jewellery is now available to purchase from The Bulb Shop on St Agnes with some of the same popular pieces as last year as well as a few new ones. More on that later, because right now I'm slightly distracted by the garden! Here's what's been popping up over recent weeks...

My Scilly scented narcissi have been a joy to behold as always. Every time I pass them in the garden, I can't resist taking in a good lung-full of their gorgeous scent!


Not sure of the variety of this beauty, possibly Scilly Valentine or Golden Dawn and almost certainly from Farmer Brown's Sunnyside Farm on St Mary's. I have often ducked into his bulb shed, sometimes to escape a downpour and happily picked out a few varieties for my garden while listening to the rain drumming on the roof. There are usually a couple of dusty plant books to peruse through and it always has that nice 'old shed' feel about it. Read more about Farmer Brown and all the different varieties of narcissi grown on the islands at Scilly Scented Narcissi.



The above are Paper Whites from The Bulb Shop on St Agnes where I am delighted to have my work on display for another year. Sadly for the rest of us, Mandy Pearce and her husband will be retiring at the end of this season but we wish them a very happy retirement!


I have a weakness for hellebores... I think you can see why!


A couple of different varieties of violets seem to have found their way into the garden and I'm thrilled to have them. My grandma was extremely fond of violets so they are a lovely reminder of her. 


Euphorbia - with a stunning contrast of lime and maroon flowers 
- one of my favourite colour combinations. 


Auriculas flowering now in April.


Fritillaria Camchatcensis - a bit of mouthful to pronounce and not strictly in flower yet (this is a photo from last Spring) but I await in anticipation! A truly seductive variety of Fritillary.

A few links for the keen gardeners amongst you...

Harrogate Flower Show - on from Thursday to Sunday this week (23rd-26th). http://www.flowershow.org.uk  https://twitter.com/harrogateflower #harrogateflowershow

Discover more about Scilly Scented Narcissi including a description of their sumptuous scents: http://bit.ly/1P5oW1M. Which is your favourite?

Our very own flower rings come in a choice of dahlias or roses and a great range of colours. Purchase from www.etsy.com/shop/inspiredscilly