Tuesday, 25 August 2015

New Work

Hi guys

It's been a while since I've shared any of the new items I've been making with you so I thought I'd do that today.

I've really been getting into jewellery making and loved coming up with these pieces.

Woodland Crown

I used bronze toned branches to look like antlers.

This piece of raw citrine is so gorgeous.

I also made a couple of necklaces.  The first is called King of the Oak

It features a Green Man pendent that I made out of polymer clay, painted with acrylics, aged and varnished.

I was so pleased with how it came out. :-)

The second necklace was inspired by Sherwood Forest.

It has a terrarium bottle that is filled with moss that I collected from Sherwood Forest and then I made glow in the dark fungi to go with it.

It also has the bronze toned branches and verdigris brass leaf charms.

Really hope that you like my new makes.  Looking forward to making more and sharing them with you. :-)

ps All are available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TitaniasTeaParty

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

I've been wanting to write a blog post about this for a few weeks now but thought I would wait until the first episode had been shown in America (I think here in the UK we are on episode 5).  I won't say anything about future episodes though as I don't want to spoil it for people.  If you haven't heard about it at all here is the little blurb from the BBC:

"With magic long since lost to England, two men are destined to bring it back; the reclusive Mr Norrell and daring novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between two great minds."

I love this show so much!!!!  I remember reading the book while I was on holiday in Turkey.  I was sat on the beach while a waiter brought me cups of turkish tea (which is gorgeous btw) and I just read and read and read.  When they announced that they were going to be making a tv adaptation I was a bit dubious, how could they bring such a World alive?  I needn't have worried, I was hooked right from the very begining.

There is a certain point in York Minster that sets the standard for the special effects that only gets more impressive the further into the series you go.

The sets are amazing, Norrell's library is gorgeous, and I think most of the readers of my blog (who I know love books and libraries) will also think so.

The characters are also wonderful, The Gentleman with the Thistledown hair is one of my favourites.

Well I'll leave it there before I give away too much but if you have seen it, I would love to know what you think.

Thursday, 16 April 2015


I am here, back blogging after such along time.  I can't believe that October was the last time I blogged.  I'm not entirely sure what happened, I was super busy before Christmas doing all kinds of things and then I ended up being really ill until well into the New Year.  After that I just really felt the need to go into hibernation and didn't do much at all, which of course means nothing to blog about and also no energy to do it.  The funk is passed now though and I'm back and fully embracing the Spring!

Easter weekend was the first time in ages that I'd been out for a walk in the woods, oh how I had missed it.  I went to Sherwood Forest for inspiration on a new project I'm working on for Titania's Tea Party (more to be revealed soon).  I was also hoping to capture some signs of Spring awakening to share with you but, for Sherwood at least, Spring still seemed to be hiding.  While it hasn't been an unusually cold Winter it has been extremely windy and a few days before had been no exception with pretty much the whole country experiencing gale force winds.

It was unsurprising that this had led to casualties.  In certain parts of the forest, trees lay strewn across the forest floor like soldiers on a battle field, this battle had been against Mother Nature and that is one fight that many lose.  All is in balance though as the fallen trees will provide homes for many insects and animals over the coming months and the spaces they have left means more sunlight can reach the forest floor, leading to new growth.

Here I am wandering around, taking in the carnage.  This photo almost makes me look like a pink haired yeti! :-)

Luckily The Major Oak (said to be home to Robin Hood) had survived, although it does get extra help.

The Major Oak wasn't my favourite tree though.  No, this is the tree I fell in love with, all gnarled and old, with a few less branches and a lot less support.

I picked up a few bits of moss while I was there for future projects and whenever I take anything from the woods (bits of moss, fallen twigs etc) I always make sure I take the time to thank the trees and the Earth for their generosity.

Even without signs of Spring Sherwood Forest is still a wonderful place to visit, full of history, folklore and quirky little features.

At certain times of the year this little shelter is occupied by a storyteller.

Oh and fungi!  It wouldn't be a visit to the woods without at least one fungi picture.

I hope you enjoyed visiting Sherwood with me.  It's so good to be back blogging and hopefully I won't leave it quite so long to the next blog post!

Now I am off to visit you all and find out what I've missed. :-)

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Haunted Tea Party

Oh, hello there.  Are you here for my party?

  I feel like I've been waiting forever and yet no one else has arrived.

Do come in and sit down, can I interest you in a drink?  I have some lovely sherry.

No?  How about a piece of cake.

OH NO!  Coco do get down, our guest was just about to have that cake.

You are such a naughty dog.

Come on, back to mama.

That's better my darling boy, what am I going to do with you?

Oh our guest, I'd completely forgotten you were there, do excuse me.  Are you sure you wouldn't still like the cake? Me?  Oh no dear, I'm more than happy with my tea, thank you.

I don't suppose you could help me with something?  It seems like I've been waiting so long for people to arrive I've forgotten what the party was for.  Could you help me to remember?

Which parts can I recall?

The cook was busy in the kitchen preparing the cake.

She'd worked so hard on it, and practiced it so many times.

   I remember her telling me it was going to be the best cake she had ever made.

I remember all the people rushing around setting up the table, arranging the flowers.

I can still smell the roses.

It was all looking so beautiful and glistening in the candlelight.

It doesn't appear to be the same anymore, why is that?

What happened to the people, why does everything look so old?  I'm confused?

What else can I remember?  I think there was a man, but his name escapes me.  Do you know it?

Oh it's all so hazy.  There was excitement and joy but then anger, such rage and then pain and blood.  Why is there so much blood?  What....... Who...........

Oh, hello there, are you here for my party?


Hello!  I hope you enjoyed my little haunted tea party story.  It goes without saying but a huge thank you to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist.

Really looking forward to visiting all your parties.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Crafting Blooming Howls - Witches in Fiction 2014

For at Midnight when good girls depart, that is when the witches' ball starts.

The night is clear and the stars shine bright in the sky, a cold frost has settled on the ground.

Looking out into the distance she smiles to herself as her ears catch the soft strain of the music starting to play.  A shiver of excitement runs through her body as she grips her broom ready to launch into the night.

The witches' ball is starting.


Pheweee!  Talk about last minute, I wasn't sure I was going to be ready for Magaly's blog hop Witches in Fiction 2014.  When she first announced a blog party for people to create and share their fiction, crafts, art etc which included witches and magic I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I've had this painting unfinished and just hanging around for over a year now and it was time to get it finished.  I have to admit though life was full of distractions.  Work, illness, playing Shadow of Mordor all got in the way of me finishing but I finally got it finished at around 3pm today, just in time!  Of course that meant that the light was really starting to fade and I haven't been able to take any decent photos but hey ho.

Just want to say a big thank you to Magaly as I've really enjoyed myself painting my little witch and I probably would have never started again if it hadn't have been for her motivation. :-)

Really looking forward to seeing all the other posts.  Hope you are enjoying the season!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Halloween Party 2014

Forgive my tardiness and lack of blog posts recently, it's been a busy couple of weeks.  I have loads of things that I want to share with you but most importantly...............................................................

Ta da!!!!

A Fanciful Twist is having one of her wonderful Halloween blog parties and I for one cannot wait!  I can't remember why but I missed last years so I'm very excited to be taking part this year!

Wooooohooooooo! :-)

See you soon.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Violets and Wild Girls

Don't you think that books are magical things?  Find the right one and you are drawn totally into another World, unknowingly devouring page after page as you live, breath and feel along with the character and once the last page has been read there is a certain sense of loss as the magic fades and you are brought back to reality.

I was lucky enough to find two such books recently.  The first was The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

The Wild Girl tells the story of Dortchen Wild who lived next door to the Grimm Brothers and helped to provide them with the stories that would eventually make them famous.  It is a beautifully written book and one I recommend for anybody who is a lover of fairytales.

One of the things that stuck with me long after the book was finished was the description of the herbs that Dortchen would collect from the woodland and her garden to be made into medicines, teas and sometimes even spells.

So, barefoot I pottered around my own garden and gathered the herbs I grow there.  Lavender, Rosemary, Chammomile and Lemonbalm bundled together in a sweet smelling bouquet.

Warmed by the summer sun and the heady scent of lavender in the air I'm able to cling on to the magic for just a little bit longer.

The second book that swept me away was also beautifully written.

An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey is a mystery novel set in the eighteenth century.  The heroine is Biddy Leigh who is an undercook that finds herself on a journey with her new mistress from her kitchen in Lancashire through Europe to Italy.  As we travel with Biddy towards Italy we are given gorgeous descriptions of the food and recipes she discovers on the way.  I won't give away to much though as it is a mystery and I wouldn't want to spoil it. :-)

To evoke the magic of this book I turned to my favourite dessert, meringue.

Piled high with cream and tart raspberries to balance the sweetness it provides decadent joy with every mouthful.  In keeping with the title of the book I also had a glass of sparkling water with violet syrup.

Such a wonderful treat that definitely filled the longing for something tasty that the book had left me with.

Have you read any books recently that have swept you away?  I'd love to hear about them.