Monday, 1 July 2013

New Pendant Designs

These two designs are available to buy from my Not On The High Street shop.
Following the link below to see these and other items

Friday, 14 June 2013

The Big Move And An Early Father's Day

So, I have been terribly lapsed in my blogging and it has been months since my last update and this is due to me moving to Brighton.

I am from Worthing and decided some time that I wished to relocate to the city. This of course required a new job and home which I am happy to say that I found in the same location. I am currently working in a pub in the famous Brighton South Lanes and loving it. The job is only for from March until September and then I will have the next job of figuring out what I am doing after that. This will probably be my last bar job I hope. I think I am ready to move on and gain a career that throws a bit more money at me - I'm thinking of teaching (scary thought).

Here are a few sights that I have seen around Brighton

The old fisherman's arches now turned into boutique shops and an old boot.

Brighton Pier in all its glory

 The burnt down West Pier, now iconic of Brighton 
(and a very cool photo effect that I do not know how I achieved)

 And now onto the Royal Pavilion, built in 1811 as a royal seaside retreat for Prince George.

It's very strange to see the beautiful Taj mahal style building by the sea and it really is a sight to behold. At night it is all lit up, as you can see in the image below.


Father's Day.

So, what with me working in a pub and all, it is mighty tricky to get a weekend off. As predicted I am not having father's day off but I did however (and rather luckily) get last Sunday off. 

The day was sunny and we decided to spend it lounging around the family garden (my favorite place in the whole world). We put on a BBQ (that would be Mother, Father, two Brothers and myself) and then my father and I went up for a walk into the nearby countryside, finding it less windy among the expanse of the fields. Oh and I got a great shot of a windmill.

My old dad and below is the windmill.

 Finally, we participated in a much loved tradition - the cream tea. Mother made scones and we sat around having a jolly good time in the summer house gorging on cake. It was a most excellent day.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Animals And The Children Took to The Street

I went to see the most amazing performance in Brighton Last night called 'The Animals And Children took to the streets. It was a savagely dark and very funny show, seamlessly combining acting, animation and live music. I seriously recommend going. It's created by theater company 1927 and you can go to their website by clicking the image directly below.

Monday, 25 February 2013


I always doodled as a child, I endlessly copied images (for some unknown reason my muse was that cartoon cat, Garfield) Anyway, that continued until my teens and then trailed off, mostly because at school the topics were uninspiring but it was also because I always felt that that my work wasn't any good unless I captured something photo-realistically. I never really understood the idea of stylised work and so feeling despondent about my drawing skills and not wanting to give it up on art altogether, I headed off into the direction of 3D  and subsequently jewellery metal work.

Now, we were meant to draw during my degree, but I didn't, I avoided it and it is only now, some five years later that I am picking up a pencil again. I thought I would share some of my recent drawings with you.

I'm never going to manage photo-realism--I'm to impatient to do all that shading, but i'm pretty happy with these little guys.

This is Fred 

Fred's girlfriend, Audrey.

Fred's second cousin, Clive.

Monday, 4 February 2013

My Cat

My beautiful cat, Sox. She loves lots of attention and is never far from your lap. 
She is the most popular member of our family.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

New Blog Title

I've been struggling recently with the name I have given this blog and my company. This is mostly due to the fact that the name Of tea, lace and sailboats is very suggestive. It creates immediate images of sweet innocent and lovely things and I feel it really boxes me in creatively. Whilst most of the things shown on this blog are jewellery and within the style of 'delightful' (if such a style exists), I actually design lots of different things and my tastes are really varied. In particular I love kitsch things and Formica furniture and shabby chic.

Now I am still quite new to this business lark and I don't think it's to late to have a name change. My shop on Not On The High Street will have to stay the same for now but there is no reason that when I create my own  website I can't somehow link it to the online store. Also for now I will keep my blogspot address the same, just until people become familiar with the new name and know to follow it instead.

So, without further ado, here is the new name it's... 'Of N.ann' 

Now this might seem particularly without creativity, but I think it fits perfectly. It is entirely ambivalent, it means nothing. (actually, it's the initial of my first name next to my second Natalie Ann) but it fits in the sense that as an artist and person I am ambivalent and that I still don't really know who I am.

Which is fine, i'll figure it out eventually, or maybe I wont. But that's fine too.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Unusual Find

I had a few errands to do today. I had a couple of unwanted dresses to return and I needed to post a pair of earrings bought by someone in Australia... yes you heard right--Australia!  (pretty fantastic to know that someone on the other side of the globe will be wearing something that I designed.)

I also had a couple of things to drop off at a charity shop, and this was when the even more fantastic thing happened. I like to poke around charity shops, a joy only discovered in the last few years. Anyway, I tend to be on the look out for a new skirt or a cute teacup. What I do not believe is that I will come across something as cool as what is pictured below.

Now, I'm pretty sure it's broken (it doesn't seem able to weigh anything that's only a couple of grams) but it was just to interesting to leave on the charity shop shelf.
I'm trying to figure out how old it is. The retro design fits something pre 80's but then I'm no expert. The brand is a company called OHAUS which I believe is German and has been around for over 100 years so here's hoping--got to love the retro!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Nach Jewellery

I have just discovered the amazing jewellery of nach through my female friendly Australian magazine Frankie (not that I can afford the magazine, just the facebook posts)

They create amazing kitsch jewellery featuring ceramic animals. Oh I how I want.

Got to love the kitsch!


Adjustable ring foxAdjustable ring brown rabbit