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Something wicked this way comes

On Tuesday I published some images and thoughts about Frances Hodgson Burnett's book The Secret Garden and Englishness.
I keep meaning to post some photographs of the notebooks that I keep all my ideas and inspiration in, but it occured to me that I also save a lot of pictures that I find onto my computer.
Here's just a selection that I think illustrate what's going on in my head at the moment and might give you some hints what the new jewellery's going to look like...




Clockwise from top left: swallow and flower sillhouettes, Victorian carnival poster, black and white photograph of Tom Waits by Anton Corbijn, Brian Dettmer book autopsy, image from The Wizard Of Oz, Image from Opera North's production of Mercy and Grand, a Venetian masked ball, image from Alice In Wonderland, promotional image for The Lowry's production of Something Wicked This Way Comes.

On another note, I had my fastest sale ever this week - I completed a matching necklace and bracelet based around an emerald green vintage glass earring, a brass swallow and green and black Swarovski crystals at 1am on Thursday morning. By 2pm Thursday afternoon it was sold - I hadn't even had time to list it on the websites.

I have, however, managed to list some gorgeous Swarovski crystal and pearl bead earrings - just £4! They're here and here.

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