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Su Trindle is a British designer and maker of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery. My favourite place to be is my small workshop in my garden. I work alone, singing along to the radio striving to create beautiful well-designed, contemporary jewellery and make a living at it. This last is important, not just to my creativity and ego but to help feed by boys and the dog.

Friday, October 30, 2009

BBB is for buttons

I have a secret passion for buttons. My mother's button tin was a source of stories and wonder when I was little. There were army buttons leftover from my Dad's uniform, beautiful crystal buttons from my grandmother's flapper dresses and big bold Bakelite buttons from Mum's old suits and edge to edge coats. It  all seemed so glamorous and exotic,The button box itself was covered in faded, gilded images of the Taj Mahal. It made me yearn for travel and the grown up world.
Well, now I have added to that collection and every new cardigan that I own has it's buttons replaced with something more interesting. My favourites are hand-crafted Dorset buttons from Alix at Big Blue Bed (BBB). They're beautifully made, colourful and I even have a hair clip to match! If you visit her Etsy shop you're sure to find more delights and complete adventures for girls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The other "C" word

Now, in my family, no-one is allowed to mention the "C" word til after October. If my boys even so much as hum a carol or "ho-ho-ho" before November they're in big trouble. However, in the spirit of parental hypocrisy, I have been doing a little preparation on the quiet. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. There, I've said it.
I think buying jewellery is very intimate and beautiful wrapping is an important part of the occasion. My husband also thinks all shops should gift-wrap his gifts for him and, come to think of it, that would be good. So, my Christmas wrapping takes a little time and planning.

I started making my little hand stitched bags a couple of weeks ago, because they always take me longer than I think. I love dawdling through our local  quilting shop looking for the perfect festive-but-not-too-obvious fabric. These designs have just enough subtle gold, I think and I've lined them in a contrasting fabric. Hopefully, they'll be re-used and re-cycled.
I found these beautiful handmade papers from India in rich warm shades of green and gold and crimson. Once they're tied with ribbon, it will all come together, all ready to give and to receive.
Let the festive season commence, but please don't tell my boys I used the "C" word.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Conkers, Yeah! It rhymes with bonkers

Conker Originally uploaded by Quercus Silver
Why do the English collect conkers? Why did my eldest son collect 4, yes 4, kilos of them this week, leaping about under the trees in delight at every treasure found? In October, our parks are overrun by a scrabbling of children (and parents) under the trees, And for why? To collect the smooth brown wonders of the horse chestnut tree - conkers. The tourists here in Bath look on, perplexed. The Brit is usually so quiet, sedate and unexcitable. They must wonder "They must eat them, surely? Sell them for vast sums? Use them to make beer? Fuel their fires with them?" Oh no. We drill holes in them, our chidren hang them on a piece of string and do battle with them . Bashing and smashing all comers until they own the last vistorious "Champion Conker" . Now you know , so don't say we don't have a frivolous, competitive side. Why isn't "Conkers" in the London Olympics?