Tuesday, December 31, 2013

To a New Year!

 To our old friends, our new friends 
and the friends we haven't met yet,
A very happy New Year! 

Thank you for making 2013 a truly wonderful year!  
Warmly as ever, Nicola and David  

Friday, December 27, 2013

Scotland and Canada ~ Peter and Erica

Peter and Erica ~ 2011 in Banff National Park, snowshoeing.

Peter commissioned his engagement ring for Erica this past summer and David created their ring in August. Erica is Canadian and a Marine Biologist. She and Peter met in Scotland and now call Scotland their home.

Peter designed Erica's Touch Wood engagement ring with Juniper heartwood as the primary wood, Birds Eye Maple interior, a narrow inlay of Bristle-cone Pine with a full moon inlay of Abalone shell.
On October 24th,  Peter wrote with this happy news:
"Hi Nicola and DavidWe've just got back from a walk up Meikle Says Law, the highest point in East Lothian. I proposed to Erica, and she said "yes". She loves the ring! 
Here's a picture of us at the very top (it's only 535m above sea level, but you still get pretty good views out over the Firth of Forth, over to Fife, round to Edinburgh, and to North Berwick and Dunbar.)"
 Peter and Erica Happily Engaged.
Our love to you both and wishing you many happy years ahead!  We hope you are enjoying your  travels this winter.  Warmly as ever, Nicola and David

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve on the meadow

 Touch Wood and a White Winter
 “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Much love, today and every day.
Warmly, Nicola and David

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Live Oak and Lovely People

"Hi Nicola, I thought you would enjoy seeing the wonderful ring you and your husband were so instrumental in creating for Maggie and I.  We were married in September on Edisto Island, South Carolina. Thank you for being a part of that and thank you for the magnificent wedding band. We both love it!  Most sincerely, Andrew"
 David created Andrew's ring from South Carolina Live Oak ~ kindly sent to us by Maggie's parents from their family property.  Teresa; Maggie's mom also sent along this photo of the tree from whence the branch wood came. Her photo is from early Spring when the azaleas were blooming and the oak hadn't yet leafed out.
The center inlay of Andrew's ring is Canadian Quartz ~ sent by Andrew from the area of Eastern Canada where he was born and where his father's family hails from.
It's heartwarming and humbling to see things come full circle.  From Andrew's first email contact in May of this year, to getting to know Andrew and Maggie and Maggie's mom a little through emails, receiving their lovely oak wood and quartz in the mail, creating Andrew's ring ... and then their photos ~ sharing a little of the magic of their wedding day with us.  Bright blessings to you both, Maggie and Andrew.
As a little aside to the story of Andrew's Touch Wood Ring;
 if you are ever in the city of Travelers Rest, South Carolina stop in to
Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom.  Maggie's parents; Teresa and Ben have been renovating the old post office for months as they get ready to open their local craft microbrewery (planned for January 2014) located just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail at 26 South Main Street in TR. 
Not a Swamp Rabbit : ) but it seemed a good opportunity to post a pic of this little bunny. Here, David is snuggling the wee one who had to be moved out of harms way on a warm spring day.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Winter Whites and the Bright Colours of Love

Our first real snowfall of 2013 in the first light of morning.
November 15th.

and from the winter white of the meadow to some beautiful colour ... 
thanks to Melissa for sharing these photos of her wedding with us!

She writes: "We loved the ring you did for Daniel so much - thank you for all the time you spent with us making this unique wedding ring.  I thought i would share some of the photos from our day!

Thank you again for everything - we will definitely recommend you.   Melissa and Daniel"

 Daniel's Touch Wood ring

and at their wedding; Melissa and Daniel's rings nested together.

 ~ Melissa and Daniel ~
May your days always be filled with bright colours and warm smiles!
It was a real pleasure working with you and we are honoured to share in your happiness.
Much love ~ Nicola and David