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Magical Ancient Ferns

Erica Sharp

Hi everyone, I hope you have had a fun and enjoyable February. Time seems to be flying by at the moment. Little shoots and buds are appearing and the days are getting longer, there's that positive feeling of Spring and all the hope that comes with it. I can't wait to see the tulips grow in the garden and in the late Spring for the buttercup fields to appear in the woods where we walk every day. Talking of flowers, I'm working on some ideas for botanical home accessories, so watch this space!

I found Winter quite a hard season to get inspired but the humble fern was a constant woodland feature during our chilly walks, so I picked quite a few and made some sketches of them. They are so delicate and fine, but I was determined to make one into a necklace design. 

Ferns are one of the most ancient plants that grace our planet; They first appeared about 360 million years ago, and most of the ferns that grow today existed about 45 or 50 million years ago. That's when dinosaurs existed. Isn't that incredible? They have been a real inspiration these last few months where the rest of the botanical world lay dormant. I love their delicate textures and colours, and because of their ancient history I think they symbolise something both magical and resilient.

It took a lot of time and patience to carve a fern in wax, I did it in intervals as it required a magnifier to see what I was doing, and very tiny tools! In the end I was really happy with the result but hadn't ever tried to cast anything this delicate before, so was a little nervous about how it would turn out.

I am really happy with the results and have so many compliments since wearing mine in gold. They are part of our Woodland Wonders collection, and available to buy in sterling silver, gold vermeil and rose gold vermeil, you can see the collection here.

Now I am going to start working on carving some wildflowers... I will post about this sometime soon. Enjoy your weekend!

 

Nest and Make

Erica Sharp

Hi everyone! Have you had a lovely Christmas? We have just got back from staying at my parent's house and now enjoying some quiet time at home. I love these in between Christmas and New Year days, doing a little bit of work here and there but nothing too taxing. A nice few days to slow down, reflect on the year gone, and see a new one in.

 A highlight of staying at my parent's is walking at Nonsuch Park every morning. A beautiful 300 acres of parkland which was once the home of Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace.

A highlight of staying at my parent's is walking at Nonsuch Park every morning. A beautiful 300 acres of parkland which was once the home of Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace.

I find the beginning of winter such a lovely cosy time of year and one that draws me in to spending evenings making things with my hands. There is something comforting, safe and satisfying about it. As the darker nights set in, it is a ritual I look forward to each year.

 An embroidery I've been working on- my "slow art" project.

An embroidery I've been working on- my "slow art" project.

 The immediate and etherial nature of watercolours is something I love. Those smudgy drips of colour have a mind of their own!

The immediate and etherial nature of watercolours is something I love. Those smudgy drips of colour have a mind of their own!

January and February are harder months and I quite often feel less motivated- but I am determined to continue creating my own colour and inspiration as the dark cold nights press on. To challenge myself I have introduced a hashtag on Instagram, #NestandMake, and I'd be delighted if you would like to join in. It can be anything that's created by hand and with love; from baking, to floral arrangements, sketches, or a rustic flat lay. I would love to see the different interpretations of how we nest and make, and discover more about your winter rituals. Instagram is such a wonderful community; so many things catch my eye and fill me with awe and inspiration, I'm looking forward to see how we all capture that magic of cosiness and creativity.

 A little woodland faffing with our acorn necklace.

A little woodland faffing with our acorn necklace.

 Ivy and dried wildflowers collected from the woods made a festive garland for our fireplace.

Ivy and dried wildflowers collected from the woods made a festive garland for our fireplace.

 Our buzzy bumblebee necklace against a little sketch of wildflowers.

Our buzzy bumblebee necklace against a little sketch of wildflowers.

 An illustrated winter's poem.

An illustrated winter's poem.

What are you making this winter? What winter rituals bring you comfort and joy?

 

 

Cosy Winter

Erica Sharp

Hello! I've had a little break from blogging this last month, as this time of year gets so busy with orders! Thankfully I have been organised this year and managed to get all my international orders out on time for Christmas, so only have to worry about the ones for here in the UK. Things are winding down gradually...

Autumn has been wonderful here this year, we have had many sunny days and little rain. I am so lucky to live so close to woodlands and nature, and have loved watching the seasons change. 

I'd like to share some of my photos from walks around where we live, to celebrate the shift from Autumn to Winter.

 Every leaf speak bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree. - Emily Brontë

Every leaf speak bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree. - Emily Brontë

 Nature's silk and lace.

Nature's silk and lace.

 Morning light and the magical sparkle of frost.

Morning light and the magical sparkle of frost.

 Wildflowers in their winter's slumber.

Wildflowers in their winter's slumber.

Winter is such a lovely time for me; it's my birthday in December, and Christmas is soon approaching. One thing I find myself doing a lot now is nesting and making; darker nights are spent cosying up by the fire with my sketchbook and a hot cup of tea, or baking cakes to old Christmas jingles. It's a magical time of year. I am keen to carry this in to January and February as these are drearier months to get through, so all the more reason to create colour and loveliness indoors. I quite like the term "nest and make" and am thinking of starting a hashtag this winter on Instagram. 

 Nesting and making. Cosy wintery bliss.

Nesting and making. Cosy wintery bliss.

What do you love most about winter?