Saturday, 25 January 2014

GROW YOUR BLOG!

Hello, welcome to my blog. I am Jackie or sometimes Jacqui and I really look forward to meeting new people and hopefully making some new friends.

This Grow Your Blog Event is hosted by Vicki Boster of 2 Bags Full blog it is in its second year and this is the first time I have participated you can see the full list of blogs on the link to Vicki above. So here we go!

I live in England by the sea in a tall old house high above the harbour with my husband and daughter. I have always loved the country, fields, woods, moors and high places too, I love animals and enjoy gardening, I used to ride horses years ago and helped out at the local stables when I was still at school!

We have always had animals around us and dogs this is the first time the family have been without a dog or two but we do have a dear cat called Borris, as a kitten he was bought up with our last dog and has a lot of dog like ways bless him.

I was born in London and enjoy returning to visit friends and relatives when I can, my daughter and I usually go up each year to gallery exhibitions, visit museums, markets and maybe if funds will stretch go to the theatre. I take a camera with me when I travel even for local trips you never know what you will see and its a good way to find inspiration I love to travel!

I enjoy painting in either water colour or mixed media these days, though I have used acrylic and oils in the past.

I was a soft sculpture artist till I hurt my wrist some years ago and had to stop, I never got back into it somehow, but I do love fibre and needlefelt little animals when the mood takes me, I also make scarves from kimono silk or wool, I also like to embellish clothing and upcycle.

But mostly I enjoy designing and making jewellery in coloured gemstones and pearls and I have really got into Polymer as it is so hands on, I really like that! I combine it with gemstones etc and often use appliqu√© techniques. My daughter Lara is an artist too she makes amazing Polymer sculptures.

If you have read this far you will know a little bit about who I am and what makes me tick. As you have been kind enough to read to the end there is a surprise, I am going to do two giveaways, one will be for a bracelet and the other earrings, if you would like to be included in the draw please let me know in your comment and make your email address available or I won't know how to get in touch with you.

Thank you
~Jackie~

Length 81/4 inches
 
Little sterling silver Aventurine earrings
 

The heather and gorse on Holdstone Down, a place of natural beauty just a few miles from where we live.

54 comments:

macmillanmarie said...

I can imagine walking through the fields in your last photo. So very lovely. It is nice to meet you here.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Jackie,


I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. You are very talented! I have seen quite a few jewelery blogs during the party. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

averyclaire.org said...

Hi Jackie...lovely blog...lovely jewelry!

Claire said...

Lovely to meet you, Jackie, and thank for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment :)
I'd love to be in the draw for the earrings - I can't wear bracelets :(
Wishing you a blessed weekend x
PS I've become a follower ;)

Elizabeth Braun said...

Your blog looks great! Welcome to the GYB Party from the volunteer helper team!

Hope you have a great time with it!=)

Anitha said...

Hi Jackie! So glad to know you through GYB event.. Love your blog and you make lovely jewelry! Thanks for visiting my blog.. Cheers:)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i am a lover of natural beauty. that last shot is just amazing!! thank you for sharing with us. hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

jinxxxygirl said...

'in England by the sea...' sounds lovely. So nice to meet you Jackie. I'am here from the GYB blog hop and am now one of your followers. I hope you'll pop over for a visit. Hugs! deb

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Hi again, Jacqui... what fun to get to know a little more about you. Your bracelet and earrings are lovely! Hope you are enjoying GYB... I know I will be days or weeks visiting!

Nan Smith said...

Nice to meet you and read your blog. I'm having so much fun getting to know other artists through the GYB party. I'm your latest follower.Your photos are stunning and your jewelry is beautiful.I'm at wirednan.blogspot.ca

thepurplesweater.com said...

So glad to meet you Jackie! I'm visiting as part of Vicki's GYB...and delighted to discover your blog. Your photos are lovely...Thanks for sharing them.

Berina RGA said...

lovely blog.... love your creations... I'm a new follower...
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.
petitearmoire2@gmail.com

Greetings.

Bernadett

cristi wuenschel said...

found/followed you from the gyb party. love your jewelry!

I make some jewelry as well. hope you'll stop and visit me as well!

Cache-Mire said...

So nice to meet you at this GYB party! Your work is just lovely. I look forward to hearing more from you. Hugs, Terri

Shaiha said...

Not too sure if I am your target audience Jackie as I have been a follower of your blog for quite a while and also know you through Marilyn's group. If I am eligible though I would love to be added to to the drawing as I love your jewelry.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Lovely jewelry. Great blog hop

kathyinozarks said...

So nice to meet you, and sounds like you live in such a lovely place. I love beautiful handmade jewelry I think it is such an awesome art form. It is one of the things I treat myself with.
I live very rural in Missouri and am retired. I do allot with natural fibers-quilting, weaving, rug hooking, plus make soap and dye fabric. Please stop by for a visit when you have the chance Kathy

cmoh said...

Wow you do do a little bit of it all. And your house sounds lovely. How nice it is that you share a love of art with your daughter. It was so nice to meet you.

Hugs
Caroline

Tisha Dolton said...

Thanks for sharing your story & blog. I'm working my way through the Grow Your Blog list... I am in the 1st batch if you want to visit my embroidery blog.

aprilsongstress

Kathy H said...

Very pretty jewelry. Nice to have found your blog.

deborah lyn said...

Hi Jackie, I'm participating in the GYB party! Love your blog and artistry! looking forward to following your posts. best, deborah I'm at: http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/

Sarah and Dan said...

Thanks for sharing more about yourself- your earrings are lovely!

Christine said...

Hi, I found you through the GYB party and have enjoyed looking through your blog. I'm in North Cornwall, so not too far away from you

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and you live in a lovely part of the world, it's very beautiful. Your jewelry is beautiful as well; love the work of your hands and heart.

hula-la said...

Poppin' in along the blog party route and I really love your jewelry. I made a needle felted owl once for a friend. I think I might try it again! Enjoy the party! Aloha

EvalinaMaria said...

Hello from the Yukon. I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do :)
Evalina, This and that...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi there, it is so nice to meet you. You do such lovely work. It's been fun to meet everyone from the GYB hop.

Mokki said...

It sounds like you live in a very beautiful part of the country. I really like soft sculpture, I really like jewellery too. You make some lovely things.

Cindy said...

Hi Jackie,
I'm visiting from grow your blog today and imagined looking out over the hourbour as you describedit. I live in aplace that looks a lot like yourlovely spot so I am told by guests who visit our bed and breakfast. I also make jewellery and I believe my email is attachedto my signiture. I enjoyed looking through your blog. I don't make clay.
take care I hope you visit.

Gill said...

Hi Jackie
Good to meet you - you live in a beautiful part of the country!
I'm in Gloucestershire!

Busy Lizzie said...

thanks for visiting my blog. You make beautiful jewelry ♥

Angela Welch said...

Your jewelry is so beautiful! And I really enjoyed the pictures of your garden and surrounding areas.

judith said...

Hello, from USA, England is a place I would like to visit but not stay. I need sunshine all the time. I would love to wear either of your pieces, so Thank you for the chance to win. Nice to meet you thru GYB. Enjoy the party.

Sara said...

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for visiting my blog! Your new look is gorgeous. I know how it can be difficult to choose only a few pictures when you have so many. Nice to meet you!

asri wahyuningsih said...

Hi Jackie...it is lovely visiting your blog, looking forward to see more stories in the future.

asri

creations.1 said...

Hi Jackie - have enjoyed my visit - I am also enjoying the GYB party - so many talented and creative bloggers around the world!! Thanks for visiting my blog and your give away sounds lovely!!

ACBeads said...

Hi Jackie. Your jewellery is beautiful and elegant. I'm your latest follower.

Neena Shilvock said...

Hi jackie, I live in the Midlands - you live in a beautiful part of the world - fab blog, love the jewellery

Patty Antle said...

Your jewelry is lovely. It's so nice to meet you!

Karen M said...

Hi, stopping by from the GYB blog hop. I've enjoyed looking through your posts and seeing your jewelry designs.

I'm anxiously awaiting the Bead Soup Blog Hop too!!! I'll be back to see what you create with your soup mix.

Jennifer LaVite said...

Oooh! Love your jewelry. If you get a chance, please hop over and visit my other blog at drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot. I hope you enjoy the jewelry we make too. It was nice to meet you at the BYG hop.

lynn cockrell said...

A big hello from a blogging friend in the USA! My, but your home setting sounds so very romantic. It must be wonderful to be living in such a place, high up, especially if your house overlooks the sea.

The piece you are giving away is beautiful and who would not want a chance to be in the running for it?!

I am going to check out things a little more, here on your blog. It has been a bit of a slow process for me as things have been hectic on the home front.

Can't wait to see what things you will be doing in future posts. I will be following you on Google Friend Connect. Please visit me when you can find the time.

Dawn Williams said...

Hi Jackie. visiting from the GYB party. It's been lovely meeting other jewelry and other types of bloggers. love your jewelry and i'm jealous that i don't live in England by the sea! have fun hopping.

Sharmayne said...

Hi Jackie, well I'm over enjoying that cuppa with you! So nice to be travelling to England to visit with you and see your lovely jewellery! Thanks for stopping by my blog also. My email address is. sharmshere@yahoo.com
www.countryfragrance.blogspot.com
www.the7pillarshome.blogspot.com

Dawn Castrova said...

Wow I love my visit. Didn't realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio. Your my 534 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.

Lija Broka said...

Well you are coping very well with finding new passions. Well done! Is that a hammer at work I see in the jewellery? to flatten the earrings. I really need to get into polymer clay. Oh, I wish I had tonnes of time ... and more importantly money.

Enjoy the party!

Lija
http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/

Teresa Young said...

We are oceans apart but blogging makes us always seem closer. So nice reading your blog and your jewelry is absolutely beautiful. You are quite talented artist. Thank you for stopping by my blog and that is what makes this blog hop so enjoyable discovering new blogs. Hope to come back soon.

Teresa
www.foxhollowstudio.com

Mara Paz said...

Hi, it's lovely to meet you and thank you for visiting my blog. I love your jewelry and you flowers even more.

RedSetter said...

Hi Jackie, I'm a late visitor from GYB. You have a lovely blog and I look forward to following you.
Love and best
RedSetter
Craft blog http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/
Cat blog http://pepsimaxaddict.blogspot.co.uk/

Tricia said...

Wow I can almost the smell the heather in the last photo.

And yes I would love to be part of the drawing for either piece as they are soooo beatuiful.

Thank you for the chance to win. I'm will be following to see what you come up with. I enjoyed the visit during the GYB Party.

Sincerely,
Tricia

Marti said...

Hi, I'm visiting from the GYB hop. It sounds like you live in a lovely place. I'm looking forward to reading more about it. I already love your jewelry.

KarmasJourney said...

Hi Jackie! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I truly appreciate it. :) I love your blog and jewelry! You and your daughter are very talented. You definitely have a new follower. :) Have a great day!
Jennifer
www.karmas-journey.blogspot.com

Louise said...

Hello, Jackie and nice to meet you. I loved reading your GYB Party post and hearing about your jewelry making and other craftyness. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. You are very kind to compliment me on my quilt, I am only just getting back into playing with fabric. I had given up on it for a while since my sewing machine was so old and unpredictable. I have new toy now so have set the beads on the back-burner!