Raw Amethyst rings in a nutshell

Raw Amethyst Rings in a nutshell

I love these Raw Amethyst Rings mostly because of their natural witchy look.

It took me some time to discover that wire wrapping rings are not only about round beads.  I’ve always known that this technique has some limitations, therefor using round beads with holes was the easiest way. But when you work with wires long enough, you start searching for other ways, other materials. Using more rough gemstones was an obvious next step. I was searching for a more natural and wild outcome and this match of copper and raw beads was exactly what I wanted.

The only thing which would be a bit challenging when I use this type of stone is the hole which is usually smaller than I would wish and demands from me using a small gauge wire. I always try to attach the beads as firmly as possible and with thin wire, there is always a danger of breaking it if the stones move too much. Yet, with the right wrapping stone is set very steady.

Lately, I’m starting to combine the crystals to have more magic in them (you can see two stone ring here) and although wire wrapping has its limitations, and it’s not so direct as other types of art, it gives also a lot of possibilities which I still have to explore.

Frydlant Castle

Frydland Castle
Frydland Castle

Visiting Frydlant castle was a quite charming experience. Beautifully situated, surrounded by high walls and old trees. Standing in a stunning rural surrounding.

Outside was as charming as the inside (but you can take photos only outside!) I think we didn’t visit even half of the castle, yet it was enough. Believe me, you can get really tired by walking slowly even through part of the rooms. I can imagine that those types of places are “usually” huge. Living in such castle had to be kind of difficult thing, even just taking the distances into consideration. On the other hand, I assume it was difficult mostly for the help, and not the privileged owners.

I have to admit, that I take a strange pleasure to look at those decorated old interiors. Filled with beautiful furniture (sometimes quite strange looking) and charming decorations. I always try to realize that there were real people living there in the past. That portraits which hang on the walls are not only pretty pictures but they presenting real people, long gone now. I was never interested in them, as they usually picture strange-looking old guys in out-of-date clothes. But just imagine, how fun would it be if they would be your family. Looking at the paintings and seeing uncle Fredrik here, auntie Katerina there… Visiting old castles is like going back to the past, just for an hour or two. 

Frydlant Castle is a beautiful place, a place with a rich history, so definitely a great place to visit if you have few hours to spend while driving nearby.

Frydland Castle

Alice from Wonderland favourite quote

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
“What do you mean by that?” said the Caterpillar, sternly. “Explain yourself!”
“I ca’n’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,” said Alice, “because I am not myself, you see.” 

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I guess it’s one of my favourite quotes from Alice but then, is it truly possible to chose only one? I definitely have to read this book again, and maybe than, I will chose another one, because I will be a different person then…

Not today.

I don’t have much time to make jewelry lately but when I do, I try to make it outside. In my small garden. It is surrounded by buildigs but it is still a garden filled with life. There is a colony of snails, small lavender plants trying to grow and those strange flowers without names. I tell myself that I have to discover them one day . But not today. I have a feeling that not knowing is sometimes a good thing.

something by Virginia Woolf

somethig by Virginia Woolf

I wanted to read something by Virginia Woolf for a long time but till recently I haven’t had such chance. I tried once to read Mrs. Dalloway in English (and not  in Polish) but I failed tremendously. This gave me a  valuable lesson.  So I guessl learned from my own mistakes.  I bought myself a polish copy of “A Room of One’s Own” which was next on my list.

Reading this essay was quite surprising experience. Mostely because of the way it was written. I was expecting anger and yet, it is in some moments almost serene. The injustuice is pointed out so is inequality. But yet again, everything is written without this expected anger… There is this, almost preverbial, message that money and peace is necessary for artist to make art. But for me, this essay was about something more. It almost worn us, that anger can lead to bitterness. That even women are injust to each other. And that living the world fully and truthfully is the most important thing for an artist. Because it is world around us , which teaches and shapes up. And pretending someone else is just not an option. For those who wants to have a good life. Who wants to create a good art.

My polish version had a wonderful addition. There are 5 short stories about well known women: artists, writers or reporters. I was a bit sceptic in the beginning. Mostly because half of them I haven’t known. Those who I know, I haven’t liked. Yet those short stories shown the path of these women to the place were they are right now. To the place where they are free, independent, and I think, happy. Those stories shown that some things have changed, some have not. But still, they give hope. Even if overcoming stereotypse is still dificult, there is hope for the better

                                                                                                                   **** Something by Virginia Woolf in polish:)****

Od dawna chciałam przeczytać coś Virgini Woolf. Na początku sięgnęłam po Panią Dalloway – niestety po angielsku i to był mój błąd. Poległam całkowicie! Ale dało mi to do myślenia, i następną pozycję, esej “Mój własny pokój” zakupiłam już po polsku.

Oczekiwałam złości , jednak styl Virginii jest prawie pogodny i słoneczny. Niesprawiedliwości, nierówności były wytknięte, jednak cały ton jest spokojny, stonowany, przenikliwy. Dla mnie najważniejszym przekazem eseju nie był jednak przysłowiowy pokój, i pieniądze na utrzymanie a to, że gniew może prowadzić do zgorzknienia. Że kobiety same dla siebie nie są często sprawiedliwe. A także to, że najważniejsze jest przeżyć jak najwięcej, doświadczyć świata, być uczciwym i szczerym w stosunku do siebie jak i innych. Myślę, że to rady dobre nie tylko dla artystek i feministek.

Polska edycja książki ma cudowny dodatek jakim są historię znanych i lubianych polek. Artystek, pisarek, podróżniczek… Przyznam, że na początku byłam sceptyczna. Połowę z nich nie lubiłam, a drugą połowę znałam jedynie ze słyszenia. Jednak te historie pokazały jak znane kobiety poradziły sobie z przeciwnościami i trudnościami. By dotrzeć tam gdzie są. Pokazały że pewne rzeczy się zmieniły, część kompletnie nie. Jednak wydaje mi się, że te historie pokazały, że jest nadzieja. Na lepsze. W całkiem niedalekiej przyszłości.