Birth Health Life


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Green Baltic Amber knotted on green silk. Looking forward to Spring!

Custom-made 10 inch teething necklace

This photograph is  a close-up of a simple teething necklace  made yesterday for my friend's grandson.

It is a ten inch necklace, made from green amber polished baroque beads, knotted onto German green silk.  The clasp is a traditional Lithuanian baby teething necklace barrel clasp, made to break under pressure, for safety.

The variety of green amber is what makes it probably my favourite colour.  Green also seems to come with the highest number of natural inclusions...ancient bits of insect and plant life from the time before this plant resin was fossilized.

Green amber can be clear or opaque, with tiny dark or large milky butterscotch and white inclusions.  Beautiful!

Sunday, 11 January 2015


New design in the making

This is the design I've been wanting to make for ages, but the problem has been sourcing the sea glass.

I knew as soon as I started working with raw (unpolished) amber, that I wanted to combine it with sea glass, because the texure is almost identical.  I just knew that the combination would be a marriage made in heaven!

Sea glass, as you probably know, is fragments of glass bottles left on the beach and worn evenly by the relentless tide, from jagged broken shiny clear glass, into soft nuggets of opaque, mysterious sea treasures for the taking.

Or the purchasing, when it comes to a beading enthusiast like me, wanting glass nuggets with holes drilled in them.  I've been searching for drilled sea glass beads with much success, but the only part I haven't liked is the price, at around a GB pound a piece.  Too much for a skin-flint like myself, so I was ultra-chuffed to find these pieces in another incarnation, just waiting to be dismantled and bought back to life in one of my amber necklaces.  Bit of a shock to find that they weren't drilled either, but have a groove worn into either side to accommodate jewellery wire.  A very fortuitous find, and I am enjoying creating a unique necklace from a couple of the sea glass beads.  Such a lovely colour too, really perfect contrast to my light cognac raw amber.  Like the sunshine and sand against the blue of the sea and sky of a perfect beach day.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Juicy New Year!

Beet Blood Heart Starter

I've left the apples out of this picture, I realised when I uploaded it!  Apples add sweetness, otherwise this would be a very earthy tasting juice...nothing wrong with that, but I do need a little sweetness!

The ginger gives a real kick, very zingy and healthy-tasting, especially when you balance it with a little lemon or lime, zest still on.  Make sure you buy unwaxed fruit!

I keep everything in the fridge so its nice and cold and refreshing to drink.

Carrot or pineapple would be a great addition instead of apple if you, like me, like a sweeter flavour.  Enjoy!
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