I am a big fan of christmas and I love looking out for thoughtful gifts for people. I have a hidden board on pinterest to keep all my ideas! (which you can't see - sorry!).
For christmas this year I spent a couple of months knitting some of my gifts! I knitted five scarves and was still knitting furiously on 23rd December! I got them finished in time though.
I was very fortunate to be given some really thoughtful and useful gifts myself this year including
Gary is a photographer and he also gave me a calendar he had printed with images of our 2013 trip to Venice. It's a lovely daily reminder of our holiday which is hanging right by my desk.
(I took the dodgy photo of the calendar by the way!)
My niece gave me this lovely box of bracelets and hair…
I have been very fortunate to be able to attend masterclasses in metal clay with a number of fantastic artists. I spend a large proportion of my income on doing this as it is my passion and I know that by spending a couple of days with someone you learn so much more than you ever will from a book (although I love books too!)
I am now looking at the masterclasses for 2014 (I'll write about those in a future post!) but I thought I would think over what the artists I have studied with so far have taught me. Not just techniques as there have been too many of those to list, but a general ethos to inspire and inform my work.
I have been very fortunate to just have to work for 11 days in a row! I'm fairly new to working as a jewellery artist and freelance teacher and had found in previous months that not everything I took on happened. So I filled up the beginning of December expecting that something would get cancelled. Except it didn't! And I ended up working a lot of long days in a row. But I am grateful for the work. And that I got through it! And for the back massage I had booked myself as something to look forward to!