Welcome to Briarly Hill!

These are the musings and ponderings of the Artist from Briarly Designs, an online store of unique, handmade, sterling silver jewelry. I invite you to check out some of the pieces I've made and let me know what you think. Go to: www.briarlydesigns.com


P.S. - A lot of people come here looking for the whimsical "Shipping & Returns" policy my husband wrote. If you don't see it below, you'll find it in the archives under July 5, 2007.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My sheltered children

Tonight, I ventured into cuisineland and served my family homemade French Onion soup. A recipe I snatched from Susie at Juniper Moon Farm. (I left out the wine and the cognac.) The comments ranged from A.) son C- " What's in it?" Me - " onions" (duh!) C- "nothing else?" "what am I supposed to eat?" He was frantic! funniest thing ever! B.) daughter D- "This isn't soup" Dad... "why not, it looks like soup." D- "no, soup is water, seasoning and chunkies" I give up. It was delish and I was pleased with how it turned out. Try it if you're up for a yummy soup!

Friday, January 20, 2012

What I did this week

What i did this week...

Took some very old and sticky black wool yarn and put it on my loom...

In a twill pattern...six yards of it...

Put together a Valentine swap package...with pink


and buttons...

I put away more Christmas...

and saved the day, by turning failed pumpkin sludge (ie fudge) into a very yummy pound cake.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Remember the "Push me, Pull me" from Dr. Dolittle? Well, that's kind of how i have felt lately.
Torn between, designing jewelry and my fiber addiction. I have a wonderful opportunity to be in on the "grassroots" development of an art venue in Dayton, Virginia. I love the fact that it is outdoors in a beautiful park-like atmosphere. Probably will regret that when the elements torment me, but for now it seems ideallic. Sigh, I really want my muse to hit me on the head with a 2 x 4. ummm, maybe not. Theoretically, at least. Do I do both? Tell me what you think.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Back in December, (it sounds so long ago) I entered a naming contest for Cladia's hand-panted yarns . Low and behold I won! Their new color-way will be called "Lichen".
Over the holidays i knitted and knitted, completing my first lace knitting project since learning to knit in April. Thought i would share a few pics graciously modeled by my gorgeous red-haired daughter.