Animals, Birds, Nature, Portugal, Scotland, Shop Update

Jewellery to bring you back to the seaside

Summer at the seaside

Come warmer days and I dream of the seaside. Of the seagulls flying over the ocean, of coastal wildlife, of bare feet walking over the warm sand. And when I bring these features into Creatureshire, I play with them to bring you a joyful experience of discovery and serenity.

None of these pieces of jewellery are entirely new. The lighthouses have been around for some time as well as the seals. They were both created while I lived in Scotland, just by the North Sea. The seals were inspired by a large colony of grey seals and common seals that lives in Fife.

Seals chilling out on the beach

The lighthouses came from the many lovely lighthouses that sit on Portuguese and Scottish shores. I have always seen them as guiding lights not just for ships, but also a place of safety for humans.

The seagulls were created earlier this year, and their design was inspired by the common seagull (larus canus). I took particular joy in their soft grey wings and their bright yellow beak.

On the rocks sharing ocean stories
On the rocks sharing ocean stories

Seals, lighthouses and seagulls are all available to buy at the shop.

What about you? What brings you joy by the seaside? Share it in the comments bellow!

Animals, Birds, Inspiration, Portugal

The Montado collection

The montado collection revolves around a Portuguese landscape known by its vast expanses of open forests of cork oak and pine trees. In these areas you can find large areas of meadow but also wetlands.


The journey to this collection started when I learnt about the Iberian magpie. This was an unknown species to me although it is native to my country. It struck me because of its beautiful colours. However they are also smart, gregarious birds, living in large flocks of up to 70 individuals. They feed on acorns, berries and small invertebrates so I included acorns and mushrooms in the collection.

Iberian magpie, brooch and earrings

Robins also shine in this collection!

Robins, earrings

In the montado you can also find the Iberian Lynx and this was the biggest challenge for the collection. It is a stunning animal and they are a highly endangered species due to loss of habitat, poaching and diseases. They are a protected species not just in Portugal but also in Spain.

Iberian lynx, earrings and brooch

The montado collection also features wetlands’ creatures such as mallards, European tree frogs and dippers. 

Wetlands creatures. European tree frogs, brooch and earrings, dippers, earrings, and mallards, brooch and earrings

I wanted to celebrate my return to Portugal which species that are unique to this region and are also exceptionally beautiful. I hope that you enjoy this journey with me!

All the items from the collection are now available at the shop.

Animals, Birds

Hummingbird :: Beija-flor

Humming birds are quite fascinating birds. Some, like the bee hummingbird are as small as 5 cm, weight less than 2 grams, and could easily fit in your hand. Can you imagine it hovering over your hand beating its wings 70 times per second? They are able to hoover and to fly both forward and backwards: that is one of the characteristics that gives them the ability to feed from flower nectar. Adding to that, most species are beautifully coloured, with iridescent accents that make them stand out in their tropical habitats.

Choosing a single humming bird to work on was really hard… I confess that I spent a lot of time looking at different species on the Encyclopedia of Life.

The white necked jacobin captivated me with its blue and green tones and the characteristic agility of the species. Working on it was a real challenge: it was the first time I made a bird with open wings, and getting the colours right proved to be another endeavour. However it also presented me with the chance to work with the embossing powders I brought from Boston.

Looking at the finished humming bird I feel there is still room for improvement. I will probably use that as a good excuse to work on another species.


Os beija-flor são pássaros fascinantes. Alguns, como o beija-flor abelha têm apenas 5 cm, pesam menos de 2 gramas, e poderiam facilmente caber na vossa mão. Conseguem imaginá-lo a flutuar sobre as vossas mãos e a bater as asas 70 vezes por segundo? Eles são capazes de pairar e de voar para trás e para a frente: essa é uma das características que lhes dá a capacidade de se alimentarem do nectar de flores. A acrescentar a isso, a maior parte das espécies têm cores fantásticas, com toques de irisdiscência que os fazem sobressair nos seus habitats tropicais.

Escolher apenas uma espécie não foi fácil… confesso que passei muito tempo a ver diferentes espécies na Encyclopedia of Life.

O beija-flor Florisuga mellivora cativou-me pelos seus tons de verde e azul e pela característica agilidade da espécie. Trabalhar nesta peça foi formidável: foi a primeira vez que fiz um pássaro de asas abertas, e a paleta de cores foi um esforço extra. No entanto foi também uma oportunidade para trabalhar com os pós de relevo que trouxe de Boston.

Olhando para o beija-flor já terminado sinto que há coisas que poderia ter feito melhor. Provavelmente usarei isso como um bom motivo para trabalhar noutra espécie.

The mock up for the humming bird
The mock up for the humming bird

Work in progress
Work in progress

Work in progress... some more feathers on its way
Work in progress… some more feathers on its way

The finished white necked jacobin
The finished white necked jacobin

Birds, Shop Update

African Red-eyed bulbul :: Pycnonotus nigricans

There is a new habitant in Creatureshire’s Savannah, the African Red eyed bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans). I first saw it on the home page of Encyclopaedia of Life and my curiosity led me to find out more. They are a species of songbird living in the southern part of the African continent and seem to be very common.

I was delighted by their plumage colours and I couldn’t resist bringing them into Creatureshire. The post earrings are now wandering alongside with other birds in the shop. I hope you like them!

Há um novo habitante na Savana de Creatureshire, o pycnonotus nigricans. A primeira vez que o vi foi na página de entrada da Encyclopaedia of Life e a minha curiosidade levou-me a querer descobrir mais. São uma espécie de ave canora que vive no sul do continente Africano e parecem ser muito comuns.

Fiquei deliciada com as cores da sua plumagem e não resiti a trazê-los para Creatureshire. Os brincos estão agora a voar com outros pássaros na loja. Espero que gostem!

African Red-Eyed Bulbuls in a quiver tree forest
African Red-Eyed Bulbuls in a quiver tree forest

African red-eyed bulbul post earrings
African red-eyed bulbul post earrings

Animals, Birds

Hawaiian Penguins :: Pinguins Havaianos

The Hawaiian penguins are back! It’s starting to feel like Summer and I couldn’t resist to play with these earrings: they came out dressed in fresh colors and are ready for the Summer holidays. They are now available in their colorful outfits but also in pink and blue. Do you have a favorite?

Os Pinguins Havaianos estão de volta! O Verão já se começa a sentir e não resistir a brincar com estes brincos: vestiram-se de cores frescas e estão prontos para as férias de Verão. Agora estão disponíveis em trajes coloridos, e também em rosa e azul. Qual é o vosso preferido?

Hawaiian penguins at the beach :)
Hawaiian penguins at the beach

 

Birds, Inspiration, Nature

Snowdrops :: Gotas de neve

A couple of weeks ago I started noticing snowdrops peering from the ground here and there. Snowdrops (galanthus nivalis) are usually known as a sign of spring. Seeing their delicate bell shaped flowers brings me the thought of longer days, warmer and coloured by blossoming fields and gardens.

And it isn’t just snowdrops that I have noticed: last weekend I caught sight of a blossoming tree against the blue sky and purple and yellow bulbs appearing timidly on the lawn. I have also spotted a charming robin singing in the nude branches of a tree. Doesn’t it make you smile?

Há umas semanas atrás começei a ver galanthus nos caminhos e nos canteiros. Os galanthus são conhecidos no Reino Unido como “gotas de neve” e como um prenúncio da Primavera. Ver estas flores delicadas trás-me a memória de dias mais longos, mais quentes e coloridos pelas flores dos campos e dos jardins.

E não me apercebi apenas dos galanthus: no fim de semana passado dei por mim a olhar para uma árvore em flor sob o azul do céu, e encontrei pequenos bolbos roxos e amarelos a espreitar timidamente nos relvados. Também encontrei um encantador pisco de peito ruivo a cantar entre os ramos despidos de uma árvore. Não vos faz sorrir?

Delicate snowdrops
Delicate snowdrops

Blossoming under a blue sky
Blossoming under a blue sky

A charming singing robin
A charming singing robin

Birds, Shop Update

On Penguins :: Sobre os Pinguins

The penguin series is one of the oldest I have been working on. In 2005 I made my first penguin, a Christmas penguin with a Santa hat.

Since then I have made many more penguins, many of them with scarves and my favourite ones, the Hawaiian penguins. I really like the peculiarity of placing a creature from the remote and cold Antarctica in a summery context with Hula dancing costumes from Hawaii.

Recently I made a custom order for Hawaiian penguin brooches. I loved working on the details of their costumes and using a lot of colour! And since I was working with penguins, I came up with a new scarf model. What do you think?

A série pinguins é uma das mais antigas com que trabalho. Em 2005 fiz o meu primeiro pinguim, um pinguim Natal.

Desde essa altura fiz muitos mais pinguins, muitos deles com cachecóis, e os meus preferidos, os pinguins Havaianos. Gosto mesmo da contradição de colocar uma criatura de um local frio e remoto como a Antártida num ambiente quente com trajes tradicionais de dança Hula do Havai.

Recentemente fiz uma encomenda para um par de pregadeiras com pinguins Havaianos. Adorei trabalhar nos detalhes dos trajes e usar muita cor! E já que estava a trabalhar com pinguins aproveitei para fazer um novo modelo de cachecol. O que acham?

A couple of penguins in Hawaiian outfits to dance the Hula
A couple of penguins in Hawaiian outfits to dance the Hula

A penguin with a slightly geometrical scarf
A penguin with a slightly geometrical scarf

Scottish penguins brooches, the newest members of the family
Scottish penguins brooches, the newest members of the family

The first penguin I made, a clumsy penguin in a Santa's hat
The first penguin I made, a clumsy penguin in a Santa’s hat (and the original photo)

Birds, Creations, Shop Update

Leaf Birds :: Pássaros com Folhas

I have recently made a new bird series with a more minimal feel. I made them thinking about people who enjoy a more classic style and they can even be worn on formal occasions. For that reason I choose the black and white colors with some gold accents.

However I really couldn’t skip color so I came up with a special edition for the Holidays in glittery green and red. I really enjoyed making these little birds and I think the contrast of the leaves came out nicely. They are currently available in the shop (I think they make a nice gift for mothers).

Recentemente fiz uma nova série de pássaros com um estilo mais minimalista. Fi-los a pensar nas pessoas com um gosto mais clássico e podem ser usados em ocasiões formais. Por essa razão escolhi o preto e o branco, usando um pouco de dourado.

No entanto não podia passar sem cores mais vivas, e fiz uma edição especial de Natal em vermelho e verde brilhantes. Gosto mesmo destes pequenos pássaros e acho que o contraste resultou muito bem. Estão disponíveis na loja (parecem-me um óptimo presente para oferecer a uma mãe).

Leaf Birds earrings in black and white
Leaf Birds earrings in black and white

Leaf birds earrings in black and white with gold accents
Leaf birds earrings in black and white with gold accents

Leaf Birds special edition for the Holidays
Leaf Birds, special edition for the Holidays