My name is Lucy and I am the face behind Greenwood Adorned.
I make jewellery from a variety of mediums including sterling and fine silver, enamel and semi-precious gemstones to name a few. I love the variety that working with different materials gives me and allows me to create styles to suit a variety of people and a variety of budgets.
Why do you craft / make?
For me it is a creative outlet, I enjoy creating beautiful pieces that make people happy. Anyone creative knows that creativity is a way of being, you need to have an outlet for your creativity and making things makes me happy, it makes my soul sing, being creative is good for your emotional health.
What are your favourite projects?
I enjoy working with a variety of materials from sterling and fine silver to enamel and semi-precious gemstones.
I have been making a lot of macrame wrap bracelets recently, they are so fun to make and each one is totally unique, I enjoy making those special one-of-a-kind pieces for people too.
What do you do to keep yourself, space and time organised?
I have recently fitted out a new place in my house, so I have a great studio for my creative space, it is light and airy and everything has a place with labelled drawers and boxes so it is much easier to find things. However like a lot of creative people, I find it hard to keep organised, when you have a million ideas in your head and lots of projects on the go all at once! I have a pin board to keep ideas and to do lists to hand and have an in tray to organise projects that I need to complete.
What are your can’t live without craft essentials?
Hmmm, I make quite a variety of jewellery so it is very hard to narrow it down!
Well, I couldn’t be without my kiln for enamelling, my butane torch is really important for my silver work, I like to use texture in a lot of my designs so a selection of hammers and definitely a notebook, I keep one by the side of my bed as I am always thinking of new designs and styles and need to sketch out ideas.
How would you describe your style?
Hearts appear in a lot of my designs and I have been making a lot of celestial themed pieces lately. I would say magical, romantic, pretty, feminine and colourful!
Are there any crafters / designers that you look up to?
There are so many talented people out there, I am in awe of the variety and complexity of the things people make.
Where do you look for inspiration?
My home! I am lucky enough to live in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, the garden and the surrounding countryside, woodland, plants and wildlife are ever changing and I draw my inspiration from this, I also take regular trips to the coast where again, I draw inspiration from the environment.
We live in such a mass-produced society, why should people continue to
make things by hand?
Handmade things have a certain feel to them that mass produced pieces just do not have. Someone has put their heart and soul into making something from hand so much thought has gone into its creation and many hours of work and I think that when someone has dedicated that time and talent into making something it makes it even more special to wear, use, value and treasure. When something is handmade there is always a story behind it.
What is your advice for people who want to start crafting / selling?
In terms of crafting I would say just get started, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it is how we learn, often mistakes can turn into something beautiful. Have a go at different things, it can take a while to find your niche. Also don’t feel you have to stick to one particular thing, make what you enjoy making.
When it comes to selling, I would say get your skills up and make sure you are able to finish things to a really good standard, once you feel confident, give it a try and then, be patient, these things can take time.
Do you take custom request?
I do, I love taking custom orders as I can really tailor a piece to an individual’s style and requirements.
I am able to adapt current designs; changing colours, styles and sizes and make them slightly different or create something completely unique.
I created a beautiful custom-made sterling silver ring for a client’s silver wedding anniversary recently and I felt very privileged to have been involved in this process. It is something that is going to be cherished for years to come and that is a really lovely feeling.
You can follow me on social media