I am finally a graduate of the Diploma in Metal Clay from the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery. I passed grade one in January and decided, after a bit of thought, to do grade two and three together in five days. I decided this because the jewellery school is so far from home and the travelling takes about five hours each way and of course, costs a lot. So I returned to Cornwall in March for both levels. It was very intensive and I think if I was to do it again I would do one and two together and three and four together.
I ended up not completing either level 2 or 3 in March. I had a few earring wires to make for level 2 but a lot to do for level 3. So, I decided to try to do what I could at home before returning this week. Even though I had seven months to make the pieces at a leisurely pace I didn't of course! Although I also didn't leave it to the last weekend either which was good. One of the things that hadn't passed was my box bead (above). I was very disappointed at …
In early 2009, in an effort to fight depression, Hailey Bartholomew started a year long photographic project which involved taking one polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. I thought this was such a fabulous idea I would do it as well.
I have used blipfoto as an online photo journal since October 2009. Blipfoto is a free online photo journal where you can post one photo per day. I have been a bit on and off recently as I was feeling that every day I went to the same place (work!) and I didn't always have anything interesting to photograph. However, the idea of documenting gratitude has reignited my energy and I really think it's brilliant. Spending time in gratitude is recommended by so many wise people whose work has influenced me including Robin Sharma and Anthony Robbins. I do believe thinking daily about what you are grateful for does affect your wellbeing and state of mind.