Back to front.

I decided to try something I hadn’t done before.

With a coral fossil, similar to this one, which wasn’t particularly inspiring me.


It’s very round and very flat.

So I saw a photograph of a back to front setting and thought I’d have a go.

It’s a little bit boring, but next time I might jazz it up a bit.


Also I’m going to have to work on the back a little more because I didn’t quite get the rim as perfect as I would like.


But at least I’m excited to have another go, which is good as I’ve not been that excited just recently.

I’ve also been working on my large embroidery pattern.


This, or something like this, will be the top part as I want to make a long skinny one.

I’ve almost finished my second practice one, but forgot to take a photo for you.

Nothing much else happening.

I did wake up this morning thinking I might like to learn Japanese as the characters look so beautiful.

I mean look at this.


It’s talking about ceramics, and someone who died in 1995 I think.

I google translated it.

So I found a website that explained how to pronounce the characters to me.

I watched all five videos.

It didn’t much help because I still don’t know what it all means, but I might go back and try again as the man made it seem so simple. It’s a lot of remembering though, and I’m not that good at remembering.

I might not bother with it, but what if I’m stranded in Japan one day, in the countryside where no one speaks English and I haven’t eaten in weeks and am close to death.

I suppose I could draw pictures, but, I mean, it might come in handy then.


So I can feel it in my bones that today is going to be a battle between making another piece of jewelry, or cleaning the bathroom – again!

Man the whole bathroom thing is getting old.

But don’t worry, I’ll be o.k….


So I wish you all a happy Sunday, unless you live in Singapore (Hi Soo), where it’s Monday, then I wish you a happy Monday or any other day that it happens to be where you live.


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  1. Diane

    I’ve been following you for a while but never commented. I adore your jewelry and now your embroidery. Each time your blog post arrives in my inbox I get excited, not only to see what you are working on but to read your words as they always bring a smile to my face and often a giggle. Thank you for being you.

    • Thank you Diane, that’s really nice of you to say. It made me smile as I thought I was getting a tad boring just recently 🙂

      Well, I probably am a tad boring, but …

  2. Soo

    Hi there , yea, its Monday morning here and started work at office already. Like Diane, I get excited whenever I see your blog arrives . I have just cleared all my other mails and now enjoying your post.
    Its always motivating and full of fun, not boring at all….. so please continue to do what you are doing.

    btw in doing so varied crafts, I wonder if you have a room for each craft you undertakes. It will be great to see your studio someday !


    • I sometimes struggle with which craft I really want to concentrate on. For instance, the pottery is really burning a hole in my mind right now, but that takes more time and isn’t as instantly gratifying as the jewelry or painting. I tend to concentrate more on the jewelry at the moment as this is where I can see results and improvement instead of having to wait for every kiln load to finish, etc.

      My studio looks like a bomb has hit it – always. I imagine it’s a bit like how my brain would look if you could take the top of my head off 😉

  3. I couldn’t agree more with Soo & Dianne as I think I’ve already told you the same thing! You and you’re blog are a delight! As far as different crafts goes, I love everything! I want to dabble in all of it! I’ve got tons of crates packed full of art supplies & things that I want to get into! Now I have a hard time trying to decide what I am actually going to work on, so much so that sometimes I just walk away from all of it because I can’t decide! Too many options! Yesterday I realized that I belong to about 50 or more groups on fb because when I see something pop up I can’t help myself! I guess what I really need is some impulse control! Maybe fb has a group for that! Thanks for sharing your many talents with us!

  4. Soo

    It’s so happening ! – your life and your studio ! and you are managing them so well ! I wish I could multi-task like you.
    Hope you getting along well with your Japanese !

    • I only multitask the things I want to do, the rest of my life is in shambles 😉 I’m not holding my breath on the Japanese…

  5. Hello from Colorado.
    I’m an immigrant from Japan, and have been following you after I found your beautiful handy works about a month ago.
    I’m a gardener, knitter and beads stringer.
    Visiting your blog made me want to finish my quilt-tops, needle works and a few unfinished paintings. Thanks for inspiration.
    My English and Japanese are both shaky, but please let me know if I can help you. ^ ^

    • Oh you should finish them, although I have loads of unfinished projects 🙂 I love Yoko Saito’s quilts, she is very inspirational. As for learning Japanese, I’m not sure that it’s really in my stars. Too hard for me I think 😉

  6. That is a beautiful piece! The front to back setting is lovely, and once again you have inspired me to push my own boundaries.

  7. Konnichiwa. (You can get an amusing primer on Japanese here–; and that’s about it for my range of Japanese.) I like what you did with the coral fossil–it lets the woggly little fossils be their woggly little selves (which I love). I have a piece just like it, and round and flat it has remained, so yours has definitely moved up in the world.

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