Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Few of My Favourite Things...

Goodness, it's high time I did an Etsy treasury!  Here is a varied little collection of things that one might take on an adventure and things that one might see whilst on said adventure (no responsibility is assumed by Hybrid Handmade should you decide to go on an adventure furnished with articles from the below collection, adventuring should be carried out with caution at all times, other brands are available).

I say, it's February tomorrow!

'Never Stop Exploring' by hybridhandmade

Never Stop Exploring - ...

Washi Tape - Vintage Bi...

Large Desk Organizer Wo...

30% OFF, Winter Decor, ...

A Day at the Lake Minia...

Vintage French Paris Ro...

Ohlala / Cotton tote ba...

SALE Larger NOS Vintage...

Acrylic semi-abstract l...

Feather Art - Watercolo...

Ready to Ship Size XS ...

Valentines Ceramic Hear...

New iPhone 5 Case, Niko...

Life on a paper 15X7

Jenny / Tiny canvas pri...

Of God or Man Linda Dac...

Click here to see the above treasury on the Etsy site or just click the pictures above to find out more about the featured sellers.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Weekend Fishing Trip - here is what I caught

It's a good weekend when you feel like you've spent more time outside than in.  Oh, the pickings were plentiful, varied and just rather marvellous.  See for yourself!  A grand haul, my friends, a grand haul.

Ice Catchers, 26 January 2013

Seed Constellation, 26 January 2013
Winter Honeycomb, 26 January 2013

A New Seaside in the North, 27th January 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Few Rather Fabulous Things For a Friday

Firstly, this beautiful print arrived in the post.  I have had my eye on it for some time and the occasion of my birthday seemed like a good time to acquire it.  The piece is by Lauren Gray (you can find out more about her here).  Her pyrography is like nothing I have ever seen.  This woman draws like an angel.  I'm so happy to have one of her prints in my home.
Woman Reading by Lauren Gray on Etsy
Other wonderful things have been turning up in the post round these parts.  Dauvit Alexander, a fellow jeweller who hails from my home town of Glasgow in Scotland, sent me a pair of silver antlers which were left over from some projects he has been working on.  Behold, the fierceness of his creation below!

Spoon Skull pendant with Antlers by Dauvit Alexander
Dauvit's work has a real majestical quality to it.  Every piece he produces always surprises me - dark gothic humour in a head on collision with 'reduce, reuse, recycle' (to quote 'Bob the Builder).  I am honoured to have a set of these antlers to incorporate into my work.  They will provide the perfect jump start to the stalled 'Into The Wild' series which is STILL waiting to be soldered together.

'Into The Wild' prototype pendant, Cari-Jane Hakes
You can find out more about Dauvit's work here.

Elsewhere this week I've enjoyed watching this:

Oliver Jeffers Author Film 2013 from Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo.

and have been giggling over this by Arran Moffat:

And yes, you would be right in detecting a somewhat celtic air to the proceedings here - well, it is Burn's Night after all!  For all other displaced Scots the world over, slap Caledonia on by Dougie MacLean and join me in toasting the Haggis!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pearl and Pebble

I've been rather busy scaling several mountains of paperwork.  Phew, the air is rather thin on the top of those peaks so I've come back to sea level (well, almost) for a small break.  I made this rather beautiful ring over the last two days with some minor interference from the aforementioned paperwork.

I was contacted by a client on Etsy who had seen this ring in my shop and was wondering if it could be made in her size?  Well, bien sur, as we say in France!  After all, this little ring is the perfect Anglo-French alliance - the pebble coming from England and the botanical imprint on the back coming from a plant that grows in the forests next to the beaches I used to roam on the west coast of France.

I sent my client a photograph of a selection of these fabulous chalky pebbles - she picked out her favourite and I then proceeded to craft a tiny silver boat, of sorts, to house this perfect little specimen.

I couldn't be more pleased with the leaf texture on the back.  The deep cut of the main steam and the fragile lesser indentations of the leaf skeletons are just perfect.

I took as many photographs of the back as I did of the front.

A little bit of careful drilling and burring later  and the pearl was installed in its new home.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get my crampons back on.  I have a few more peaks to scale.  I think I may need to take some oxygen tanks with me for this expedition!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Landscape as Drawing

Against the winter sky, which is a muted gathering of blues and cool greys, the landscape looks drawn.   The fine graphite lines; some scribbled and others rendered in sweeping gentle arcs caused me to catch my breath and left me fumbling, numb handed, for my camera.

Winter makes the landscape elemental.  The structure and bones of the place are laid bare, open to scrutiny.  There is no fluff or frolic of leaves and petals, instead, there is just pure line, tone, weight and rhythm.

With the snow I can clearly see the lie of the land, the subtle shifts of gradient and camber up here on the tops of the dales.  Behind me the hum and twinkle of habitation but before me just purity and line.

I did find one tiny scrap of vibrant colour.  A discarded pheasant feather (I think) tangled up in the undergrowth.  He must have been in a hurry, looking in vain for a place to hide.

There is more snow on the way.  I for one, can't wait for a further dusting down of this most marvellous stuff.

I hope you are all loving your weather - whatever weather it may be.  And remember, there is no such thing as bad weather....only bad clothing!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Some introspective musings on the passing of time

I am glad to report that I did indeed RUN into my forties.  I left the village where I now live, a 39 year old and returned some time later just a fraction older, but significantly so.

I thought about why I did this.  I wondered about its significance and mused on it for a while.

40 years ago, 40 miles almost exactly due south from where I am now, I was born in a Royal Air Force hospital.  The hospital as it stands now, is a ruin.  Ravaged by neglect, misuse and abuse (you can find out more about this building here).

RAF Nocton Hall by Ched Cheedles on flickr
RAF Nocton Hall Hospital by Matt Smith on flickr
Vacant by Chris Hughes on flickr
Having never lived longer than 5 years at any one address and now, finding myself almost back where I started, it just seemed appropriate to keep moving, to run, to not be stationary at the appointed hour.  And so I ran, the aim, perhaps, a vain attempt not to end up looking like Nocton Hall, a place that has indeed seen better days.

Coming back up the hill, to my new home full to the brim with gathered family from far north and south I listened to Laura Marling's 'Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)' and wondered if in the accumulated dark and the growing cold that had begun to nip at my nose and finger tips if indeed snow clouds were forming.  The lyrics seemed personal and pertinent, working their magic on my restless demeanour.

Carefully and considerately after all our gathered guests and family had dispersed back to their own homes it did indeed begin to snow.  It was a beautiful thing to behold.  I bet even Nocton Hall looked good with its make over of white and frost!

January 14, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The big 4-Oh!

It's my birthday! I'm embracing a new decade.  Goodness, the last one was just packed with all sorts of good things. Life, like some whiskey and wine, obviously gets better with time.

I have an idea, that at the exact time I was born 40 years ago, I will try to be running, out and about somewhere, in the Yorkshire Dales - so I will literary RUN into my fabulous forties.  That said, the forecast is for snow so if I take my sledge or snowboard perhaps I can slide into my forties.  Which ever way I like it as a metaphor for what it to come.

Source: via Cari-Jane on Pinterest

And so, I give you all permission to do the above in honour of my special day.  Go on, you know you want to!

Also, a 'Happy Birthday' shout out to Andrea of Strong Southerly who is my birthday twin.  Right, I'm off to find some cake....

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Fabulous Friday Feeling

A really rather remarkable thing happened this week.  A little parcel arrived, all the way from Australia (it still amazes me that one can deposit things into the international mail system on one side of the world, and hey presto, they arrive on the other side of the world).

Inside, some lovely Australian pebbles!  Thank you Andrea of Strong Southerly!

Oh, there are some good ones in here (well, they are ALL good, I don't really want to single any particular one out for specific praise as they all have their own special qualities, and I wouldn't want to upset them, they have come an awfully long way after all).

These ones are now resting in with my French pebbles.  I wonder what they make of each other?  I'm guessing quite a lot will be lost in translation between them - but I'm sure that somehow they will be able to exchange their travelling tales.

Each one is a rather fascinating little microcosm of delicate details, subtle gradations of hue or can just be appreciated for its simple pleasing shape.  All of which adds up to a really rather remarkable thing.

Which one is your favourite?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

More beautiful houses

I must say, I am rather happily tucked up in my house.  There is swirling fog and all manner of mist rolling in from all over the place today.  And even though my hunt for a place to call 'home' is over, I keep seeing houses everywhere on my daily roam through the beautiful pages of the internet!

For starters - how about these rather fabulous little driftwood creations by Kirsty Elson.

Cottages On The Beach by Kirsty Elson (click here for details)
If you want to find out more about Kirsty's work click on the links above to visit her website or watch this short vimeo film by Studio Wallop.

Kirsty Elson Designs from Stephen Tolfrey on Vimeo.

Elsewhere, I found these delicate little bird houses by Studio Ditte from Netherlands.

They have a totally darling webshop (I don't normally use this word, ever, but in this case 'darling' is so totally appropriate, I just HAD to use it, please forgive me) which you can find here where you will find all manner of lovely things.

And finally, I have this little offering from La Maison de Pompon.  Oh, I have a thing for porcelain. I do declare that this may very well be 'darling' too.  It's the gold stars that do it.  'Tis most beautiful, mais non?

I hope you too are having a lovely restful housy sort of Sunday too.  I think it's going to get rather busy soon, don't you think?  We are going to need all the rest we can get.  So don't feel guilty, just put the kettle on and have another cup of tea, and some cake.
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