I experienced mixed emotions at being invited to join the Earrings Everyday Team. It's an inspirational blog, with fabulous work by a group of women I admire very much, many of whom have become good friends over time.
Honoured? Of course.
Scared to death of not making the grade? YES!!!
Aside from anything else, I'm not particularly techy and have steered clear of writing a blog before. Not that I can't write, but........about myself? Not so much.
But I can make earrings. And I can take a half decent photo. So how hard can it be? And it's good for all of us to venture out of our comfort zone. So here goes.
Here's me, on the left. I don't do selfies as a rule - too old! But I gave in to Kimberly Rogers on her recent European trip to celebrate her 60th birthday. She and Dave slept over with us and we had a great time feeding them such Lancashire delicacies as Eccles cakes and Butter Pie. Not only is Kim a good friend but as well as her own lampwork, polymer clay and enamel work, she always has some very interesting and unusual finds in her Etsy supply shop Numinosity .
Which brings me nicely to the point. The earrings. I've had a bit of a thing lately for geometric shapes and these raku finish ceramic chunky squares I got from Kim just fit the bill. So rustic you can still see the fingerprints in the clay. I love the juxtaposition of grungy with sparkly and in the first pair the swarowski faceted octagons echo the shape nicely. A sprinkle of ruby crystals, faceted labradorite (who doesn't love labradorite?) and dark lever back earwires to hold them close to the ear.
The second pair I placed with chunky roman glass on dark rustic studs. Lucky to have the perfectly shaped and sized pieces in my roman glass stash. Isn't that why we need large stashes?
So there you have my first post. If I haven't been sacked, I'll see you in two weeks time!