How odd it is to write 2015 in the title to this post, a little belatedly too... the last year has dashed by on winged heels... But it's the start of another year and some people are making vague new resolutions, and others are creating detailed plans of how their lives will unfold, and yet others are just winging it, as per usual... I'll leave it to you to figure out which category I'm in and which I'd rather be in sometimes...
I hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations were what you wanted them to be. Mine were that seemingly perpetual combination of quiet and incredibly busy, but I enjoyed them all the same. I'll do a post soon on some of the goodies I received from those I love but, for now, here's what I've been looking at on the net last month (when the online shopping wasn't going so well) and the month to come (when I'm so glad the shopping is done for another year...).
Concrete heart necklaces DIY - so sweet and simple. If you have some concrete handy, of course.
A handy visual guide to different types of chain and their names - not sure the names are identical on this side of the Atlantic but this is a good place to start.
Making a simple toggle clasp in silver - lots of photos to make it easier. I love making my variations on this theme.
If you love to collect jewellery as much as you love to make it then one of these ideas for storing your jewels may come in handy: this idea is great for bracelets; this one is for necklaces; and this one is ideal for rings and earrings.
A neat and simple trick for removing bits of fluff from polymer or precious metal clay when it's still soft.
Simple wire gauge chart, listing the gauges and what size the wire is in mm and inches. V handy and always impossible to find when you need to know.
A new year (and new fashion seasons) are always good hunting ground for inspiration and this visual list of trends for the coming year has some beautiful examples.
I'm not one for 'defacing' books as a rule but these creations are simply works of art, created around the books they're based upon. Beautiful.
Fancy an educational new year's resolution? Try a free course via edx or the OU. Genuine education, included with your internet.
For the first time in over 60 years, a new cloud type has been (nearly) announced...
Some wise words from Zen Habits about fear, overwhelm, and how to get the best out of 2015.
Also about 2015 - if you're trying to plan your life (!) for the next year then this is my favourite free e-guidebook about just that.
Some round-ups of the best book covers of 2014 - yes, I have judged (and bought) a book by its cover and many of these are equally hard to resist.
Some free printable calendars for the next year; this one, this one, and this one are top of my list to print.
Decluttering seems a natural thing to turn to after the excess of Christmas so these articles are on my to-read list - this one, this one, and this one too.
Do hope your January is filled with fun and is a great start to your new year :)