Thursday, 10 May 2012

Miscellany



The last few weeks have been a whirlwind: a birthday, chicken pox, a small knitting breakthrough and our village May Fair (washed out I'm afraid). The jewellery-making has been a joy recently, with several special and very lovely commissions and lots of teaching. It's an old story, I've spoken of it before, but as I get a little busier I'm in danger of neglecting the silverpebble blog.



I thought I'd stop worrying about having a particular story to tell and instead log in and simply share snippets of what we've been up to. I hope you'll forgive the mish mash.



I passed *that* landmark birthday last week. The Mr and Eldest bought the most exquisite posy of flowers for me (see above). I'm hoping that my birthday boots (Fly, Let II) defy the onset of middle age, just a little. They are the upside of the dreary weather.



As part of my birthday weekend I went to the Peacocks Tearoom with five good friends. Delicious things were brought out on cake stands. There was a spot of pink champagne and a mahoosive number of scones. It was wonderful.


I was thrilled to be asked by Stephanie from the blog Millefeuilles to make one of her daughter Heloise's sixteenth birthday presents. We settled on a silver bell design: church-style rather than sleigh. They ring, in a tiny silvery way and Stephanie has written a lovely blogpost about the necklace here.



I'd heard over on twitter that the sixteen-year-old Teen Granny was to hold her very first knitting workshop recently. There was no doubt I needed help. I had been flummoxed by the Baktus and had all but given up. I was so glad I was in London that day because the workshop was excellent. I was taught new ways to cast on, re-learned long forgotten casting off skills and came away with confidence I didn't have before. Huge thanks to Scarlett. I promptly knitted one of Julie's teeny tiny rabbits (see top image). I was so excited about this success that I did a small dance. I had to make the bunny a pink swarovski tiara, to celebrate.


In a couple of days my blog reaches its fourth birthday. Here is my first ever post written just weeks before I gave birth to littlest, and this is one of the first images I ever uploaded. So much has happened since then. I will be marking the occasion next week...

40 comments:

Magic Cochin said...

Those flowers are just gorgeous!

A tiny bunny tiara sounds fab too.

Ignoring the boot envy... your milestone birthday means your still a youngster! At the cinema the other night I had to insist I wasn't an 'oldie' - should've shut up and got a concessionary ticket I suppose :-/

Celia
xx

Ali said...

Happy belated birthday - I have boot envy!

Sue said...

Birthday, boots, bunny and bells. All beautiful.

Pennyblossoms said...

I am so behind on your blog; what a wonderful post to pop back on!
A very belated Happy Birthday!
What beautiful flowers, so pretty. And what fun that girlies tea looks. Pink fizz and scones...yummy!
I adore your little pink rabbit and her pretty tiara, so cute. Must try to find a pattern to follow!
Z xx

Rachel said...

Oh, I've been to Peacocks - a great place for a birthday treat!

Anna at the Doll House said...

Pink champagne and a birthday tea with dear friends sounds like a perfect day.

Anna

kristina said...

Happy belated birthday! And I LOVE the boots!

K x

Country Girl said...

Wonderful boots! Belated happy birthday to you.

Jane said...

What a lovely post Emma and a belated very happy birthday to you...good to see that it featured the essential cakes ;0)
Congratulations on nearly 4 years of blogging, that's twice my milestone. It's such fun to look back ins't it? Life moves at a such a pace.
Jane x

Gina said...

Lovely miscellany and especially lovely boots! Having been asked was I a "senior" when I was in NZ I think you are still very young!

Su said...

What lovely flowers!

Gorgeous boots too. I'm lurching towards the next big milestone, which means that, compared to me, you're still a youngster!

Julie said...

Lovely bunny and tiara and I have boot envy too. I will be a senior in July so you have a long way to go ;-)

millefeuilles said...

Happy, joyful, belated birthday to you, Emma! That milestone? I hit it three and a half years ago (spoken through gritted teeth) - so yes, you are younger than me too!v;-)

I LOVE your boots. They certainly seem to have thwarted the grey dismal weather; is it sunny in your part of the world too today? If so I am sure they are magic boots indeed.

I share everybody's enthusiastic thumbs up concerning your teeny tiny pink rabbit. Congratulations on the knitting break-through!

Oh, and thanks you so much for linking to my blog, Emma. Your bells have been so admired at Héloïse's school today now they are back after the spring holidays. Maybe some of her friends will be wanting their own silver necklace? ;-)

Warmest wishes,

Stephanie

Penelope said...

Happy belated birthday, looks like the perfect way to celebrate! I love all the Fly London shoes and have a few pairs myself, I haven't seen those boots before they are rather gorgeous. Enjoy!

I say Stephanie's post about the lovely little bell necklace you made for her daughter's 16th, it's too beautiful for words and I love that it tinkles so. It makes me smile when I see my first blogging post, it's great to chronicle the changes in our lives and be able to access them at a push of a button.

Here's to many more years of happy blogging xox Penelope

Julie said...

Very happy special birthday to you. I'll be there on my next birthday! Lots of gorgeous things.
I do love your bell necklace. Juliex

www.daisyley.co.uk said...

Birthday wishes to you, love the boots and flowers. What a wonderful way to spend a birthday afternoon with friends tea and champagne. And what a gorgeous bell necklace (rather taken with the curtains behind too!).

trash said...

If you can make that bunny then the Wingspan will hold no fear for you.

pebbledash said...

Belated Birthday Wishes! And yes, you're still a youngster frankly!

I also have boot envy and bunny envy (so cute!).

by Teresa said...

Emma.. I just love the bells! I live on Bell Road and so I have an affinity for bells. Good job on those! I also love the bunny and especially the tiara. I crafted a sterling silver wire-wrapped Swaroski crystal tiara for my daughter's wedding. It was so neat to be able to make something like that for her special day.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Menopausalmusing said...

Belated Birthday greetings, oh Booted One......... A great "mixed bag" of a post!

thesnailgarden said...

Happy Birthday. Gorgeous flowers and boots. I love that your cute bunny has a tiara - so pretty!
Best wishes, Pj x

driftwood said...

such loveliness everywhere

julie said...

Belated happy Birthday Emma - so glad to see that you celebrated in style - pink champagne and scones sounds perfect! I think blogging about snippets with your accompanying gorgeous photos is always a good choice and I am so happy that you're officially now a knitter - a flippin good one too by the look of the bunny x

Beth said...

Happy birthday, sounds like you celebrated in style! Love the boots ;)

dottycookie said...

Look at the little eyes on your bunny! Gorgeous!

And didn't we have the most delicious scones? I shall never bake them myself again. Mmmm.

Locket Pocket said...

So lovely to hear from you Emma! I was thinking about you at work today and nearly sent you a text to say hi but then I remembered I was meant to be working!!! ;o)

Your knitted bunny is superb!

Lots of love, Lucy xxx

Madelief said...

Happy birthday Emma! Love your new boots!

Just saw the necklace you made for Héloise on Stephanie's blog. It looks absolutely beautiful!

Happy weekend!

Madelief x

French Knots said...

Happy Birthday, milestones must be well celebrated and it looks like that is just what you did! Oh I have serious boot envy!!

Toffeeapple said...

Oh, I missed your birthday. It does seem that you had a very good time though.

Mish mash is good, very enjoyable.

andamento said...

I just got round to reading my May Country Living. Did I spot you in the June preview? It looked very like you and very like your lovely studio. If so, how exciting - can't wait to see the feature. If not, you've a double out there!
Belated Happy Birthdays, those boots are fab.
Anne.

catkin tales said...

i followed the sound of tinkling bells from mille feuilles and as suspected find myself in a magical place.
your work is so exquisite, so delicate - i feel that i am now going to be frantically saving my pennies, that i might purchase such a treasure.
the pieces in your post below are prettier than i have ever dreamed of.

many congratulations to you on your milestone birthday, i think your boots are lovely and you possess such sweet an youthful spirit that i think you will ever be young on the inside and well preserved on the outside too(for it always shines out).

Amanda said...

Hello from sunny spain and I'm your newest follower.
I've come over from Millefeuilles where I have been admmmiring that lovely bells necklace you have made for her daughter's birthday.
And now I'm going to pop back into your blog to lokk look look and explore.

Amanda

at Crafty in the Med

Ginnie said...

Nicest mish mash ever. Don't hesitate to share future ones! And happy 21st birthday (that must be it, right?) and soon to be 4th anniversary. And, btw, middle age doesn't come until at least 50, and maybe later than that. I dated a guy once who called himself middle-aged when he turned 30. What?! No need to rush into these labels, I say.

Cottage Garden said...

Happy belated birthday wishes Emma and what better way to celebrate with the girls than at Peacocks - funny I just mentioned that very same tea-room in a comment on another blog!

Yep, I passed that milestone a way back too ...

Jeanne
xox

The Coffee Lady said...

Those boots, lady!

Simone said...

Belated Birthday wishes!!! I have not visited here in an age and am happy to have stumbled on to you again via Millfeuille's blog. The silver bells you made were delightful and I can just imagine them tinkling! I love that little knitted bunny and the tiara makes a wonderful finishing touch. I hope you and your family are well. x

Monica said...

happy belated birthday!!!

(nice boots indeed)

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Suse said...

Happy birthday to you and the blog!

I'm slightly in love with that wee rabbit.

Teje said...

Happy belated Birthday! I have passed that 'serious' date - so amazing blue boots would have helpped a lot! Enjoy and have fun! x Teje