Leura is pretty famous among the Blue Mountain residents who consider this village as the most beautiful place in the mountains, yes it is famous than Katoomba. We were planning to visit this place for a while and finally decided to drive around today as the temperature was forecasted to be really warm (12° C). An hour drive from home in the Great Western Highway through some of the beautiful mountain suburbs. There were only a few places marked in the websites as a must see places in Leura but since it is only few minutes away from Katoomba, we have a plenty of lookouts in this village.
We visited the Olympian Rock Lookout near the Toy & Rail museum, Gordon Falls Lookout, the famous shops in Leura like Ainsley fine jewellery, Leura fine Woodwork gallery, Moontree Scented candle shop and a hot fresh baked pie for lunch… You can never imagine walking in this town at this time of the year with no jackets but today was a warm day so we managed it. We have to note that around this time last year it was snowing in these regions.
Renommee – A recycled designer clothing shop with a beautiful Quilt shop in the same campus
Bakehouse on Wentworth – They serve yummy hot pies, coffee, cakes and special sourdough bread…
Ainsley Fine Jewellery – Their Amber collection is from Holland and indeed very beautiful.
Olympian Rock Lookout:
The craft markets, vintage shops and boutique shops sell a lot of beautiful handmade jewellery and warm winter clothing…
These ones are very heavy semi-precious gemstone beads, one of the most expensive ones in my collection. A necklace would be the choice by many artists for the investment but I felt that I should try something simple in earrings at an affordable price with such precious beauties.
Ceramic beads are normally used for making bracelets and necklaces as they have really big threading holes especially the hand painted beads make a good add-on to any statement pieces. It is very rare to make an earring with them and here are a few trials.
Ceramic hand-painted beads:
A random combination of beads…
I still remember how as a kid I wanted to play with beads at grandma’s place. My mum and aunts used to weave with beads and I was not allowed to touch them as mum was afraid that I might loose my concentration on studies if I’m into beading. I think she was correct because I just forget the time whenever I see these cute little beads. To me time actually stops when I’m playing with beads and making jewellery or craft.
It is not White Christmas in Australia so I chose the Green and Gold colours as it is the national colour and also it was pretty easy to correlate it to the theme as it is always bright and bold sunny Christmas in Australia.
My earring display stand has arrived and I am very eager to make more earrings…
I have been practicing a few new methods in jewellery making and this time it is wire wrapping.
It is so much fun that I want to consider this to be style and design all my jewellery with this method.
Note: I am still in the process of identifying my style. All the jewellery that I have listed so far are not my designs but inspired from books and websites.
WOW is Wear Orange Wednesday. I made some Orange earrings for me and my colleagues at work. The bracelet was just a practice piece but it came out well. Very limited supplies, techniques & tools used.