In reality I’m now in
at the abode of Mama and Papa Lovelygrey.
However, virtually I haven’t left Wales
and yes, I’m still milking our visit to . There's still a couple more posts to go! Cardiff
Castle as a blogging resource
Today, I’m in the gift shop where, as you would expect from a world class tourist attraction, the locked cabinets contained beautifully crafted, shiny covetable things. Quite rightly pieces from people working in Wales are showcased there. There was lovely Welsh gold for those feeling flush but Kate Hamilton Hunter's jewellery caught my eye. At first sight it seems that her work demonstrates the skill of a very adept enameller indeed. However I was wrong. Her expertise lies in the area of upcycling. For these lovely fripperies have breathed new and useful life into dinky pieces of metal that have been cut from old biscuit, sweet and tobacco tins, some of which have been mounted onto silver like this gorgeous disc necklace.
This lady isn't just running a hobby business either. A look around her website provides inspiration and hope to everyone, like me, who dreams one day of making a proper living from their handcrafted wares. She employs a whole army of people and has stockists aplenty around the United Kingdom. So, if you're taken by her work you should be able to find somewhere near you where you can see it in the flesh. Of course, she's also given me the idea of producing my own work as a homage to her once my new home is straightened up. After all I've been toying with the idea of using a bit of scrap metal as silver prices are forever surging higher. I'm thinking of spurning true vintage though and using my tin snips on empties from the grocery store. Tate and Lyle lion earrings anyone? Or how about something zingy made from a Colman's mustard tin?
Even though I've subconsciously made a resolution not to succumb to buying any house cluttering souvenir's of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, clever Kate may have tempted me to put some pennies towards a small patriotic memento. After all, it would only take up a little bit of space in my jewellery box and it's much nicer than a mug!