January has been a cold month and February has started just as cold. I've not had much snow in my part of the world but this last weekend the skies opened and were full with it, for an hour anyway. Photographic proof above.
The sun may be out now, as I type this, but I'm still having to resist the urge to retreat into hibernation and emerge again when the daffs do. Or sometime after that, just to be sure.
Here's some of what I've been reading lately, and some things I've found and bookmarked to read later this month.
Such beautiful and romantic colours and designs, for this month especially, from Samantha Braund ...
Not many insects to be found outside right now, but for a colourful fix take a look at this page of jewelled delights.
Ancient jewellery techniques on video.
If you've ever wondered how to make your own jewellery stamps, this this post is very helpful.
Those exquisite curved triangular stones are officially called a trillion cut and this shows you how to create a setting for them.
Confused about the difference between rolled gold and gold vermeil? Check this out for some guidance.
Slightly tongue in cheek, but it's always handy to know your soldering torch has a multitude of uses ;)
The Design Seeds website is full of beautiful images and colours - this is one of my (latest) favourites, but to be honest, I can't find many I don't like...
Everyone must have some kind of morning routine - this site allows you to look at how other people wake and get going each day.
How not to lose things in your computer. Wise words. Just need to follow them now...
Underwater photography as you've never seen it before.
A fascinating review of one of the books in the School of Life series - how to be alone.
I adore seeing how creative people work so this series of studio tours is a wonderful indulgence.
Keep warm and keep looking for signs of spring!