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Liberte – a new collection of jewellery

Posted on May 17th, 2018 Liberte is a new collection of jewellery by Helen Clarence Designs. Inspired by the concept of 'liberte', but what is Liberte? It's freedom to choose, it's individuality, it's confidence. The colours in this collection are bold and vivid, there are no soft pinks or blues or pastels shades. The patterns are geometric and the jewellery... Read more

Premier May

Posted on May 1st, 2016 Well, the sun may be shining but its freezing outside and its the 1st of May. That's a big holiday here in France, the start of good times to be had with summer just around the cornier and indeed the weather forecast is promising summery temperatures by the end of the week. 'Premier mai' is... Read more

faux shibori bracelet

Posted on July 31st, 2014

I was intrigued recently when trawling the internet looking at jewellery to find that one of the latest crazes in bead embroidery is incorporating shibori silk ribbon with the beads to create some wonderful jewellery. Now, bead embroidery, for some reason that escapes me, is not something that I have done a great deal –… Read more

Dog-Rose Necklace

Posted on May 7th, 2014

Finally! I have been working on this necklace for nearly a year. I was inspired to make a necklace with blooms from a dog rose that was winding its way through a hedge in the grounds of my gite (see www.gitesdefrance; 23G1302). However it took me simply ages to get the roses right; either they… Read more

The Wonder of Christmas Markets

Posted on December 29th, 2013

I have had the wonderful opportunity of visitingĀ  various Christmas markets over the festive season, two in France (although one was in the Alsace and is as near to Germany as you can get without actually being there!) and two in Scotland. It was interesting looking at the way in which different countries tackle markets… Read more

Life in France

Posted on November 22nd, 2013

I have had a love affair with France for many years now and finally got to move the Limousin two years ago. Limousin is right bang in the middle of the country. We have cold winters with snow but hot summers and four very definite seasons which I love and find excitement with each changing… Read more