It's the coldest month of the year. Okay, that can actually be January or February, chilled as they are without the lights of Christmas to look forward to. But it's so cold this year, icy cold at times, with a harsh wind and an increasingly odd-looking world whichever way you look at it.
So this month I will trying to mostly keep warm but stay cool, to remember to relax and not be stressed, to try and enjoy the people I love who are in my life, and the good things they bring to me, and that I try and bring to them. I'll also try not to get too sentimental...
Some links I've enjoyed over the past month an that I hope to read more carefully before the end of this month. I hope you enjoy perusing them too.
Jewellery made from coins isn't hard to find now but this is the first time I've seen such a delicate adaptation as this design - that's some mean piercing...
A few years back I made some brooches from copper wire and loved doing so - stumbling across this simple (but helpful) tutorial has reminded me that I must make some more...
A tutorial for a wire and thread bracelet.
I'm falling in love with the possibilities of bronze clay - this work is amazing and this bracelet tutorial is fascinating...
Wonderful resources from Kernowcraft on setting stones.
I have a decent amount of copper pipe offcuts collecting in a large cardboard box - these examples of etching on copper are very enticing...
A tutorial for making an ivy copper clay bracelet (pdf).
Utterly beautiful photograph of a white rainbow in Scotland.
If you're looking for an excuse to take lot of photographs this month then this may be worth checking out - a wonderful way to take, and share, images and ideas for this last year.
Non-jewellery ideas for polymer clay...
I don't know about you but I subscribe to things I'm even just half-interested in and I need to stop, and I need to unsubscribe more.
Gift wrap for the dedicated cat lover in your life - we all know at least one, surely...
And these photos will be adored by anyone who loves dogs. In fact, even if you don't love dogs (really? Is that possible?) you'll love them.
Giving a compliment is always nice.
A reminder, if we need one, of the frightening impact of litter on wildlife, everywhere.
~My Own Personal Book Club ~
This month I've started reading Great North Road by Peter F Hamilton - I've got it as an eBook which helps disguise the fact that it's over a 1000 pages long... I'm not expecting to be finishing it this side of, well, next year... but I am enjoying the 14% I've read so far...
Speaking of embarking upon long books, I've also made a start on Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, after realising I've not read anything by him for a few years now, and also realising that if I don't start reading his novels soon then I won't get to read them all... (this is over 800 pages so I must find something a little shorter to read to get me through those spells when a long book just feels too long...suggestions please!)
I've also been leafing through and getting distracted by a Mollie Makes book, this one being Woodland Friends - it just makes you want to create tiny and gorgeous little creatures for no reason other than the fun of doing so.
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I hope your December, your Christmas and New Year are all special and warm.
PS. If you need more links (and sometimes we all need more) then check out this post full of link love.