During the hubbub leading up to Christmas I managed to get away for an hour or two to meet Alice C. Our meeting place was Anglesey Abbey, famed for its beautiful winter gardens, full of unexpected colour. It was a very special treat to meet Alice, have a beautiful wintry, sunlit walk and discuss everything from blogging to babies.
Image borrowed from here
We both savoured the walk, and we spotted the signs of approaching spring everywhere - clusters of green spikes promising snowdrops, miniature iris and tiny daffodils. My favourite, though, were already beginning to flower - hellebores or Lenten roses. The very first buds were opening. Foolishly I didn’t take my camera but my own hellebores are now doing the same.
After our meeting, excited by meeting an online friend after so long and at the signs of the next season on its way, I decided to find a way to make some silver hellebores. I wanted a three dimensional five-petalled flower that drooped gently like the real thing and nodded its head slightly as the wearer moved.
This was the result, a simple hellebore necklace with a few little pieces of chain hanging below.
Soon afterwards I came across a rather pretty plain brooch pin that looked perfect for a slightly smaller version. The pin remains exposed when worn and reminds me a little of Roman brooches.
Both pieces are now in my shop, sitting in the little flower bed there. Thankyou Alice for our lovely meeting. (The brooch is now sold).