Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Perfectly Peachy Personalised Presents

Oh my, I am rather pleased with THAT alliteration!

My little boys have been invited to some birthday parties.  Not knowing what to get the birthday girls in question (being a mother of boys, and only boys, puts you at a distinct disadvantage) I decided jewellery would be the way to go.  Handy eh?

And I have to say, I'm rather charmed with these little butterfly necklaces.  The pink cord, instead of a chain, makes it feel less formal, less grown-up and keeps the whole thing a bit more playful.


I've added a little flick of glimmering gold on the flip side of each butterfly by soldering the silver sheet to some brass.

'Fly Free' Butterfly Necklaces, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2013
I love the simplicity of this design and will probably make a few more for the Etsy shop.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March, In like a Lion, out like a Lamb

Over the past few days it was as if someone had taken a tap and drained all the colour out of the landscape.  I personally loved the graphic monochrome scenes.  The deciduous trees all resembled very fine charcoal drawings. March still obviously has a lot of 'Lion' left in it yet!

I don't do 'complaining about the weather'.  All weather, in my humble opinion, is necessary and essential.  Each kind of weather just gives you a different lens through which to see your surroundings.

Today, the lens shifted and the colours began to flood back in.




4 Frames From Round These Parts, March 2013
Work on the bench was slow,  I'm finding my feet, limbering up after a long absence.  I cut, soldered and filed.  It was the warm up.  Perhaps I'll be ready for a sprint or two tomorrow.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Homage to Yeats

Do you have lines of poetry that stay with you?  I have a few; stanzas and words from these poems seem to lock in, deep, somewhere in my cortex and can be called to mind no matter the time or the place.

This poem by W.B. Yeats is fastened tight in my memory. Sometimes I like to spread the words out to see them again in black and white, rather than flashes in my mind.

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

As I made this Etsy treasury (which can be found here on the Etsy site) the words of this poem sifted and rose through my thoughts.

The rush and the bustle is done and dusted.  I'm looking forward to some time in the workshop this week.  I'm hoping these words might weave their way into something metallic and precious.

"I have spread my dreams under your feet" W.B. Yeats' by hybridhandmade

From the poem He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven by W.B.Yeats


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NO.63 Deep Teal Cotton-...
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Women scarf, Hand paint...
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Full Moon - Large Hand-...
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Fabulous Friday Feeling

A little bubble of enthusiastic optimism has been following me around today.  Maybe it was something to do with the 'mix tape' my dear friend Helen sent me (who can be found hanging out on her Facebook page here or her blog here) or the ideas I have for 2 new pendants.  There were quick scribbled sketches snatched in-between essential book-keeping paperwork and a glancing up periodically to examine the line of the hills that surround this home.

Or perhaps it might have something to do with Easter travels to France.  In any case, I shall leave you to your weekend wanderings with this little film that features one of the tracks from Helen's mix tape (it was a cd actually, but 'mix cd' doesn't have the same ring to it).


Le Flâneur (music by The XX) from Luke Shepard on Vimeo.

Bon Weekend mes amis!

(video link can also be found here on Vimeo's site if for some reason the above insert fails to work in your country)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hybrid Handmade Home - Mother's Day

I took some time out and made my mum a card.  It's not your usual Mother's day card but I know she will like it.

Work in Progress, March 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
The colours and the shapes reminded me of the pendants I was busy making this time last year; some of which are still for sale in the Etsy shop.

Peach Blossom and Turquoise faceted pendant, Cari-Jane Hakes, 2012
Inspired by my recent purchase from Becky Kemp's Etsy shop (see here) I set off on an internet expedition to find out where the recent fascination with the facet originated.  After a bit of research into Delaunay triangulation (see here) and this film showing how the cover for the a recent issue of Novum magazine was created - well, I just simply had to have a go myself.


Novum 11/11 – Making Of Cover from Paperlux on Vimeo.

It was quite difficult changing medium from copper and silver to paper and paint.  Choosing which colours to use required some careful planning but once I'd decided to introduce some fluorescent pink I was on my way.



 Now I'm dreaming of large canvases filled with brightly coloured facets.  It may well become my 'on the side' project.  In the meantime, here is the finished card!

Hand painted Mother's Day card by Cari-Jane Hakes,  March 2013


Monday, March 4, 2013

Before Pinterest....

Before there was Pinterest there were pinboards.  I still use mine, I'm old fashioned like that.  Here they are in their current incarnation.



Workspace and pinboards, March 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
Here's to the start of a new week!
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