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I listed the writers of the comments on my 300th post (for which I thank you all), not including duplicates and there were 11. So I numbered each one and then fetched one of my trusty d12s (that’s a polyhedral 12 sided die numbered 1-12 for non RPGers) to choose the winner.

It rolled:

A d12 in the limelight at last!


And as you can see from my hastily scribbled list, number 9 is…

Scribbly list


Congratulations, Karen. If you could let me have your snail mail address and an idea of whether you would like a hammered blue, impressed blue, hammered red or impressed red pendant, I’ll pop it in the post for you.

Brass and silk cocoon pendants 1

The rest will shortly go into my Etsy shop. 

Edited to say: they’re now all listed here on Etsy.

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I missed Under A Topaz Sky’s third anniversary in May so decided that since I was relatively close to 300 posts, I’d have a giveaway to celebrate that milestone instead.

I’ve been finishing more of the projects I started last year on my silversmithing course, including the plans I had for these brass domes. Hammered…

Hammered brass domes


…and impressed with embroidered fabric.

Impressed brass domes

They have finally been pierced and attached to silk cocoons to make unusual and quirky pendants.

Brass and silk cocoon pendants 1

There are two colours: red and ultramarine blue, and two types of finish on the domes, hammered and impressed.

To celebrate my 300th post, I’m going to give away one of these unique little pendants. The winner can choose from: crimson red with a hammered dome or vermillion with an impressed dome…

Brass and silk cocoon pendants 2

…or ultramarine blue with a hammered dome…

Brass and silk cocoon pendants 3

…or ultramarine with an impressed dome.

Brass and silk cocoon pendants 4

They have brass jump rings attached as a bale and I’ll include a ribbon or thong or something similar as well.

If you would like to enter the giveaway then just leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner out of something suitable next Thursday, October 2nd 2014. Good luck!

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Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to leave such lovely comments for my Second Anniversary Giveaway.


I’m delighted to announce that the winner is… Jody, from Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches.

Jody, if you contact me via email (bottom bar of the blog on the right hand side) with your snail mail address I’ll send Sea Glass: Lilac Swirl on its way to you!

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The fabric part of the fire pendant is complete.

Fire pendant 1a

I made a couple of brass bales from scratch which will be stitched to the fabric. The one I want to use is on the right and as you can see, I didn’t quite get the bottom folded over properly before I soldered it, so that will need to be rectified next week.

Fire pendant bales

But this should give some idea of how the finished piece will look – it’ll be so nice to get some of these pieces actually finished!

Fire pendant 2a

The blue spirals piece was too big for a pendant so I finished it as a brooch. The top is gathered up with running stitch and laced over two thicknesses of pelmet vilene and then I cut, gathered and laced some more blue silk over a smaller single circle and stitched a long brooch pin to it for the back.

Blue spirals brooch with back

Then I used ladder stitch to more or less invisibly attach the back to the front.

Blue spirals brooch

A whole piece completely finished!!

Sea glass - lilac swirl 1

And if you’d like the chance to win this sea glass and embroidery canvas in  my second Blog anniversary giveaway, you still can by leaving a comment here.

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Two years ago today, on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday, I decided to dip my toe into the blogging world in order to document the creative part of my life, which makes today Under A Topaz Sky’s second birthday.
Birthday pavlova

So I’m marking it with a giveaway. Not for the lovely strawberry pavlova pictured above, which just might not make it through the postal system, but for one of my sea glass canvases: Sea Glass – Lilac Swirl.

It’s English sea glass on hand dyed calico, hand embroidered with threaded chain stitch in silk and stranded cotton and measures 7″ by 5″ and three quarters of an inch thick.

Sea glass - lilac swirl 1

Sea glass - lilac swirl 2

Sea glass - lilac swirl 3

Sea glass - lilac swirl 4

So as a thank you to all the bloggers, lurkers and other visitors worldwide who end up under a topaz sky with me,  here is my second birthday present to you. And I’m happy to post worldwide.

In order to enter, just leave me a comment before Wednesday the 8th of May and I’ll draw the winner on the 9th.

Good luck and thank you all for your support over the last two years. 🙂

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I was delighted to be the winner of Penny’s Valentine’s Day giveaway for one of her wonderful art dolls and a couple of days ago Valentine arrived, beautifully wrapped and snug in his box.

He’s taken up residence on the top shelf of my reference bookcase which sits next to the computer and holds all my most used reference books, ceramics and other treasured items, where he can keep an eye on the comings and goings of the household.


He’s a joy. Thanks so much once again, Penny.

I’ve been working on one or two things that aren’t coming together quite as I envisaged so it’s been slow progress as I feel my way through. The first is another one of the fused angelina shapes that I ironed over a rubber stamp. It started off like this:

Angelina flower 1

I added back stitch around the edge in very fine dark purple silk thread…

Angelina flower 2

…and then whipped the back stitch with a metallic purple and green thread.

Angelina flower 3

I’m going to fill the middle with beads or possibly something like gold chip work.

Then there’s the next rusting block. I’d got as far as this, with eyelets in a variegated cotton thread and french knots in stranded silk:

Eyelets block 1 

And then I’d stopped, which usually means that my sub-conscious knows it isn’t right somehow. When I picked it up again, I decided to put in all the eyelets first…

Eyelets block 2

…and at that point realised that what I wasn’t happy about was the way the eyelets and french knots obscured each other. Far too messy. The small patches of french knots were removed and it’s definitely better.

Eyelets block 3

As with the angelina flower, I’m not 100% satisfied, but it’s getting there.

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First of all, thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment – they were wonderful and I genuinely wish I’d had more than one book to give away. I even thought about trying to rustle up a second one but time and other commitments got the better of me.

My lovely Julia Land salt pig was pressed into service again, names written on pieces of paper and placed inside and the one that came out first was…


…vivjm of Live. Grow. Nourish. Create .


So, once I have a snail mail address, the wintry book will be on its way to you.

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