Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker’s back!!

Have you read this article on the BBC Website, well if you haven’t someone has taken a photo and video of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker (see the photo below.)


I know in this story the weasel is trying to take on the woodpecker, but I am sure there have been cases where the woodland animals take a trip on another animals as friends. Maybe there’s even a woodpecker bus which has scheduled pick up times, maybe sunset and sunrise. I think this is a lovely thought an inspiring maybe l will draw a new illustration of a bird taxi and fellow passenger!

Let me know what you think the woodland animals get up to.

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Magical Bridges

I just had to share this post with you by Earth Porn, about the most beautiful bridges. There is something so magical about bridges like a gateway into another world and I just had to share this with you.

1 and 4 our my favourite and I just image them taking me into the Hobbit world, I just love them!

“Some bridges are big and beautiful, while other bridges play it simple and humble. These 20 bridges are incredibly mystical, for more reasons than one. Enjoy the view, and let your imagination run wild!

Huangshan, Anhui, China 


Mullerthal, Luxembourg


Ronda, Malaga Spain

This 16th century convent is now transformed into an educational art museum. The amazing bridge that spans between the rio Guadalven was built in the 18th century and offers stunning views of the Serrania de Ronda mountains. Here, bullfighting got its start and continues to stampede the culture today.


Gorge De L’areuse in Switzerland 

This beautiful Swiss Grand Canyon is open to all with the physical endurance and know-how to make it through the trying elements. Those that venture through these parts are rewarded with beautiful scenes straight out of a fairytale.


Hermitage Bridge, Scotland


Ponte Gobbo, Italy 

Also known as the Hunchback Bridge and the Devil’s Bridge, the Ponte Gobbo serves as an important landmark of northern Italy in the small town of Bobbio. Here, much of the historical charm remains intact, including this bridge made of ancient stone straight from the Roman era. It was here in Bobbio that historians hypothesize Leonardo da Vinci created the Mona Lisa masterpiece.


Devil’s Bridge In Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria 

Arching over the Arda River, the Devil’s Bridge belongs to an ancient road that connects the lowlands to the north Aegean Sea. It is believed that this bridge was built around 1515 by the Ottoman. It is one of the best of its time and in the entire area. In 1984 this bridge was declared a monument of culture.


Glenfinnan Viduct, Scotland 


See the top 10 train routes in Europe. 

Bridge leading across the Merced River, Yosemite, USA 


Tollymore, UK


Carrbridge, Scotland

This 18th century packhorse bridge is part of the reason the town of Carrbridge is known for having such rich historical charm.


Gaztelugatxe, Spain

The municipality of Bermeo owns the Gaztelugatze islet located off of the coast of Biscay. The islet is connected by a man made bridge of king and queen proportions.


Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA


See how this picturesque scenery changes each fall. 

Root Bridge in India 

Sometimes the roots of tree branches form together into amazing natural bridges, often strong enough for humans to walk across. This tree root bridge in India serves as a double decker!


Moon Bridge in Taipei, Taiwan 

There are different moon bridges found throughout China and Japan, they were made with a high arch as an attempt to reflect the notion of a circle, emphasizing the importance and beauty of the moon.


Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina 

The Stari Most bridge is a recreation of an Ottoman built bridge from the 16th-century. The bridge spans over Neretva river, connecting two parts of the city together.


Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA 

Located along the Columbia River Highway, this historic bridge spans before the incredible Multnomah Falls waterfall.


Pindos Mountains, Greece 


Latefossen Waterfall, Norway


Rakotiz Brucke, Germany 


Photo Credits:   Kilian Schönberger Evgeni Dinev KM CHeng Christina Fryle Max Rive  Alexandra Cazac,    Kilian Schonberger,   Zu Sanchez  Putt Sakdhnagool Vincent Bourrut  Daniel Korzhonov  John Taggart  Pedro Jarque Krebs,   Mikel HS  Andy Holt,    Daniel Korzhonov  Michael Nebuloni  Stephen Emerson  Larry Marshall  Nor Wati ” more details at www.earthporm.com/20-mystical-bridges-will-take-another-world/ 

I just find the images so inspiring let me know your favourites and why an any amazing bridges that have been missed!

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Jewellery Table Update

Since my last post showing how to create a Jewellery table from an old table, I have been shopping shopping and more shopping. Which I’m loving but I’m not sure my bank account feels the same way :(. Anyway I didn’t want to go to over board buying jewellery bits and bobs so I wrote two lists. One including all the items I actually need and the other of things I REALLY want but can live without. As my sales aren’t going through the roof I needed to be aware of how much I’m actually spend without getting too carried away. I have steered clear of all kits and just brought things I need and know I will use. I looked on a range of online shops and even went to a few car boot sales as you never know what your find! My favourite shopping destination is Cookson’s,  if you are like me and are setting up a little jewellery studio I have listed my purchases below:

Soldering Tools

–          Hand torch (Proxxon Microflame Burner)

–          Solder probe

–          Pickling salts

–          Liquid flux

–          Flux brush

–          Silver easy solder

–          Silver hard solder

–          Slow cooker –(Amazon/  Tesco’s)

–          Soldering Block

–          Tweezers (plastic & metal)

–          Shears

Work Bench Tools

–          Saw / blades

–          Bench Peg And Anvil

–          Looping pliers

–          Rawhide Mallet Size 3

–          Jobbing hammer

–          Emery sticks

–          Metal mandrel  (ring & bangle)

–          Ring sizer

–          Needle files

–          Scales

–          Bangle measurer

Most things were brought online but I did pick up a few bits from car boots and a lot looking around my dad’s garage. I have another free table lined up which I will use it as a soldering table and I am sure I will blog about it once its finished :)

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Silver Bangle Cuff Commission

This is the silver version of the same copper style I did a few weeks ago, this lovely silver oval bangle was a commission for a Christmas gift.

The lovely lady it was made for had very teeny tiny wrists, I measured her and made a little bangle to fit her delicate wrists.

I was asked to make a sterling silver, wide, curved hammered bangle and of course to make it very shiny (a women after my own heart.)

Having a perfect fitting, one of a kind bangle is another great reason to buy hand made.

The bangle was a joy to make and even better when I found it fitted well, see the photos below.

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Amazing work by Erik Johansson

“Erik Johansson is a photographer and retoucher from Sweden based in Berlin, Germany. Working both on personal and commissioned projects. He doesn’t capture moments, he capture ideas. To Erik photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in his mind with a problem solving approach. Although one photo can consist hundreds of different images he always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and the goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.” Taken from http://erikjohanssonphoto.com/

I absolutely love this artist and the strong messages he creates, I thought I would share my favorite images of many, just to share Erik’s great work.

Don’t Look Back


Fishy island


Set them free


Walk a way


Work at sea


Let me know if you have seen any inspiring artists lately?

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Soap Bubbles + Freezing Weather = Instant Art





If you blow soap bubbles in freezing cold weather, amazing crystals of ice form on their surface (actually in the middle as the water is between two thin layers of soapy film); starting at the bottom and expanding upwards until the entire bubble is covered. Each bubble and pattern created is unique making for some terrific photo opportunities.

Artist and photographer Cheryl Johnson has been experimenting with different sized soap bubbles, getting beautiful close-ups of the crystallizing soap bubbles. Johnson has been sharing her updates on Facebook where you can find an entire album of the beautiful bubbles.

Johnson is also an accomplished, self-taught watercolor painter and you can see many of her paintings at cheryljohnsonart.com.

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Diana Beltran Herrera – Amazing paper Artist.

Inspired by Longwood Gardens which consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States. It is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States, open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as take part in educational lectures, courses, and workshops.

Diana Beltran Herrera created 6 garden bird species that were exhibited at the Webb Farm House display at Longwood Gardens in June 2014.

Diana created the most beautiful paper birds, if you like to see more of her work click here.





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