Tag: leaves

The Leaf Hunting Sock Head

This November has been unseasonably warm in Toronto (not that I’m complaining). Before the cold weather comes in, I took advantage of the weather to collect some leaves for a batch of resin jewellery (yes, we’re still making it!) and to get some FO shots of a hat that I actually finished some time ago, and promptly forgot about. The November evening light was magical.


The hat is the sockhead hat by Kelly McClure (Bohoknits). 8500 Ravelers can’t be wrong, right? This hat was an amazing, relaxing knit, totally mindless. It’s great for showing off beautiful yarns, I think I’ll need to work one up in ‘Kim’s Barn’ for myself.


It’s worked up in Madelinetosh sock yarn, in the colour ‘Whiskey Barrel’. It’s a perfect, tonal brown/grey with tiny hits of deep blue that are like treats when you come across one in your knitting.


The slouch is just right :)


For those of you who wondered whether resin jewellery had permanently taken a back seat to hand dyed yarn, we’ve definitely got plans for the winter. Plans that involve autumn leaves and sterling silver.


It is our hope to have both a batch of jewellery and a batch of handprinted yarns on our Etsy site soon enough that we can guarantee delivery before Christmas (to Canadian and US customers, at least).


Stay tuned for updates on both! We are also setting up our studio, and it’s just about ready to go. We’ve only been back in town a week, talk about hitting the ground running.


In all that craziness it’s nice to go for a walk on a leaf hunt. And just look at those colours! Inspiration is everywhere :)

Harvesting Kit

’Tis the season for all kinds of great things, if you happen to be a resin artist


Autumn leaves, for a start. Queen Anne’s Lace, Chicory, New England Astor, Goldenrod, and all those gorgeous flowers that grow in the scrubby bits on the side of the highway are in full bloom. Late season red clover, bright red sumach, touch-me-not orchids and even a strange little flower called the bursting heart plant. All kinds of gorgeous stuff, just growing wild and waiting to be turned into stunning jewelry. Isn’t autumn great?

But how to go about gathering all this goodness? I have what I call my ‘harvesting kit’.


This small box contains 12 little metal canisters, great for keeping delicate blooms (like this New England Astor) separate from each other, nice and flat until I can get them home and start preserving them. I bought this one at Lee valley, but you can use anything that is small, and has a lid.


Some of my sphere molds from Resin Sun. I like to carry these with me, because you never know when you’re going to find that perfect dandelion, and you want to be able to put it in a spherical mold right away to protect the fluff from falling apart..


My leaf press, of course! Gorgeous leaves and Queen Anne’s Lace, which I know I’ll be drying flat, go into a leaf press right away. As a bonus I don’t need to move them at all until I’m ready to resin.


A pocket set of garden shears, so I can clip flowers with minimal disturbance to the surrounding flowers, and without damaging the bloom of the flower itself.


A mason jar – this is great for items that I plan to preserve in a form that isn’t flat, or a form where I want to take the flower and stems. Chicory, for example, wilts really quickly. By taking the flower and a portion of stem I buy myself a little extra time to get the flower home.


A simple ziplock bag is a really great addition. I use it when I’m hiking, and I want to carry a lightweight ‘just in case I see something awesome’ bag without having to haul the whole kit around. I pretty well always have one in my purse, even when I’m not out harvesting, because you never know when you’ll find that perfect leaf.


Finally, a dedicated bag to keep it all in. I like always having this bag ready to go, so I can be spontaneous, and it’s easy to just throw it in the car if we’re going for a ride. I keep one other helpful item in the bag that isn’t pictured here: a visual guide to the wildflowers of Ontario. It helps me identify flowers I’m unfamiliar with, and gives me advice on which ones are prickly, and which ones are rare, protected, or endangered, so I know to leave them alone.


For the next month or so the world will be full of beautiful things to preserve, get yourself a harvesting kit to make the most of it :)

Prepping for my Holiday Sale – the Three Sisters

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Yesterday was a massive resin-fest at the house.  I was up to my elbows in the stuff literally all day and I’ve got to say, the results are lovely :) Every day this week I’ll show off some of the pieces created yesterday, all of which are going to be on sale on my Etsy page, starting at noon on Sunday November 24th. The sale will run for exactly one week, until noon the following Sunday.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

I will also be featuring a contest giveaway for a very special piece I’ve been working on, details on the piece, and how to win it, coming soon! Here are some of yesterdays pieces – the ‘three sisters’.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Three Sisters were special because, believe it or not, they all come from one, massive maple leaf. I couldn’t believe how many colour variations were present in that one gorgeous leaf, so I divided it into three silver plated bezels.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Here they are with the resin 12 hours cured – the colours are so bright and saturated and the resin cured to a glossy, mirror shine.

Resin Jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2013


The three sisters will be part of the holiday sale starting on Sunday, and will include a 16 inch, silver plated snake chain. More goodies coming soon!

Every time I think I’m done….

…I get some idea that I simply must try. New items on the Etsy shop – check it out!

Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne's Lace

Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne’s Lace

A friend's Hibiscus - I love how the colour shifted green!

A friend’s Hibiscus – I love how the colour shifted green!

A friend's Hibiscus with Queen Anne's Lace

A friend’s Hibiscus with Queen Anne’s Lace

Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne's Lace

Real Autumn Leaves and Queen Anne’s Lace

An Etsy update at last

I’ve finally updated my Etsy site with jewellery made from the leaves collected on our road trip. If you followed my travels around North Ontario you might have seen this picture:

autumn leaves ©Shireen Nadir 2012

During the trip I made sure to be collecting leaves along the way – looking for anything that caught my eye including small ferns, and strips of birch bark. We didn’t hurt any trees though ;) everything I used was collected from the ground. We slowly dried  and preserved the leaves over the trip so when I got home I had all kinds of beautiful material to work with.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Every necklace is made with jeweller’s grade resin; it will never yellow and it won’t scratch easily. Little compositions of leaves and bark have been created in each 1″ bezel.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

They come in a variety of finishes; copper, bronze, hematite and silver. Each one comes on a matching 18″ball chain.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

If you like what you see then head on over to my Etsy site to see more :) These one of a kind pieces are crafted with love and are a great way to celebrate this beautiful time of year.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012


I know, it’s been all jewellery lately, but I do have knitting to share – I’ve just been having so much trouble getting it photographed in these short, dark days!

Today I just wanted to show off 2 necklaces that were worked in sterling silver. I don’t normally work in this medium, but these two ladies were special so I went all out :)

lariat necklace

Both of these are lariat style necklaces with clasps in the back. This one features a 6mm square cut swarovski wrapped in a sterling silver band.

lariat necklace

And this one was a replacement for a friend who’s home was broken into recently. Among the things that were taken was a necklace she had purchased from me. As she pointed out, while the break in was annoying – the theft choices were oddly flattering.

lariat necklace

For this one I used sterling silver elements with brushed silver finishes. The small ring at the bottom contains a circle of maple leaf preserved in resin.

lariat necklace

I’ve already given this one to it’s recipient and she loves it :) Lariat necklaces fall so beautifully when you wear them – such a cute, classy look.

I love gift giving, and gift making – best part of the holidays!

Autumn and silver equal love…

Ah! The last of my leaves. From here on it’s all flowers for me… but in the meantime here are 2 gorgeous new autumn jewellery pieces in silver bezel settings:

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery

Autumn Jewellery



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