Tuesday, 15 December 2009
December got underway and as usual, we had an hour of family fun building a gingerbread house. I say 'we' - what I really mean is, I sit back on my hands and let them get on with it, resisting the temptation to step in and 'neaten it all up a bit'. We all sat back and admired it. Then little fingers wanted to get in there and break bits off and....eat them!! Pardon? I think not! This little house I like to think will outlast Christmas and will be the final thing to dismantle on twelfth night. First in, last out. Why? I have no idea. But I like it that way. So, as every year, they had to make do with polishing off the leftover icing and glittery sweets.
Now, when I was a child, my family had its own traditions - my mum would pop me on the back of her bike on the last day of the school term and we'd go and pick up a tree. It would get lashed to the saddle and handlebars and we would walk slowly back singing 'Bringing home the tree, bringing home the tree....'. Such a fond memory for me. Not until Christmas Eve was it brought into the house and the decorating commenced. I wish, wish, wish I followed on with that tradition. But I don't. We went out in the pick-up for our tree this weekend - drove all the way to the farm shop, hoiked it in the back and drove home again. But it was a fun afternoon, picking and choosing as the woodcutter held each one at arms length for us to walk slowly around and measure up - Father Christmas himself brought the freshly cut trees down from the field on his tractor. Who could ask for more?
Our tree, the one that had our name on it, is waiting outside, preparing for its moment of glory...
Sunday, 6 December 2009
1)La Reine Maria Leszczynska bracelet cuff/ hypericumfragile
2)Midnight Clusters Scarf/ Fabulize
3)Elan-Rosa...Knitted Neckwarmer/ Scarflette - Chartreuse Green-Pink Flowers/ irregularexpressions
4)Hunter Green Ruffle Flower Handbag/ mojospastyle
Thanks for popping in - do check out the lists of fellow Etsians and supporters...please use the linklist in the sidebar. Have a good Sunday!
Friday, 27 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Last week saw the launch of a new blog. Curious Nature is a collaborative venture between myself and the lovely Mariana. For some time we have discussed the possiblities of working together on a photographic project of some description, and this is the result!
We are both excited about this long-term adventure. Curious Nature is a personal interpretation of our world around us - Mariana (florcita) is an Argentinian ceramicist and fibre artist living in the Netherlands who, like me, shares a passion for detail; for colours, textures and patterns. We are taking our first steps right now, but there are great things ahead...
Come and share the journey with us...
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Today, the Elven range arrived back from Stampington in America, following publication in the Autumn edition of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Over the next day or two, these five items will be added to the shop!
Sunday, 11 October 2009
My spot of window shopping may be a little late this weekend, but I hope these lovely items will tickle your fancy nonetheless. Enjoy!
1)Calm - soft wool woven bag/ memake
3)Small Arctic Fox Scarflette/ PilliPillihandmade
4)Verdigris And Rust 11.../ barefootweaver
For more Shopping List inspirations from fellow Etsy sellers and handmade supporters, do click on the links in the sidebar; if you would like to share your weekly window shopping with us, let me know!
Hope you've had a lovely weekend x
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Completely reversible, with red silk one side and latte and old gold shades on the other, there are so many ways to wear it! Button it up, flip it over, wrap it around...you choose! For a closer look, click here.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
At the end of this busy day, here are some of my Etsy favourites this week - as ever, enjoy!
1)Large felt and velvet brooch/ dogdaisy92
2)Siesta cotton canvas cushion in orange and tan/ roddyandginger
3)Marley the Mini-Zaubermausi/ cynicthelamb
4)Purple Metal Flower Wall Sculpture FREE SHIPPING (US)/ merritthyde
For more Shopping List inspirations from fellow Etsians and handmade supporters, do click on the links in the sidebar; if you would like to join in with your own lists just let me know!
Happy weekend x
Saturday, 26 September 2009
It's Saturday, so let the shopping commence!
These are a few of my favourites from browsing Etsy this week. Enjoy!
For many more inspiring selections, do click on the Shopping List links in the sidebar for other lists from fellow Etsy sellers and handmade supporters. Have a lovely weekend...!
*Late edit...Welcome to Buttons and Lizzy, (a fellow Etsian), who has been posting her Shopping Lists for a week or two already (whilst I was taking a summer break) - it is lovely to have you join us!
Friday, 25 September 2009
De-cluttering: throwing out the old and making way for the new.
So what does the future hold for me? What will be new, and what will be cast out? Well, the woodcutter's empire is growing. That's a good thing! A really, really good thing. Our future's looking eco-friendly, rustic and wooden.
The Log Basket is exceeding all expectations and our energies have to be channelled. I need to develop a sanders' hands and lumberjacks' muscles. I also have to don a secretary's head and get stuck-in to that lurking headache called paperwork. What do they say? A cluttered house is a cluttered mind? I'm taking steps already...
As for de-cluttering, I think really I mean 'paring down'. Stitchery is very important to me - it is something that is truly 'mine'. Stitchery gives me time to think; it provides that creative outlet that I love; it really becomes an extension of 'me'. I hope that I won't have to leave it behind. I hope that there is room in my life for logs, paperwork, taking pictures and textile explorations. I think a work timetable will evolve and some things will give whilst others take my time. And it will be okay....
Thank you for reading! Please take a few minutes now to read about what the future may hold for my fellow merry-go-rounders - just click on their links in the sidebar, but do remember that we are all in different time zones so posts will appear at differing times.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
This issue (like every issue) is gorgeous - packed full of beautifully crafted, highly individual pieces from extremely talented designers...a pleasure to be featured alongside them.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Sorry - do pop back in and come shopping with me tomorrow! In the meantime, why not click on the links in the sidebar and take a peek at fellow Etsy sellers' and handmade supporters' lists? Lots of goodies to tempt you!
Happy Saturday x
Monday, 14 September 2009
These are our decorative logs, installed in an alcove of a gorgeous, beautifully converted barn. I love the contrast of the wood against the chalky white walls, and the gentle colouring of the naturally occuring shaded rings at the ends of the logs (they are not stained or treated in any way) add just that little bit of rustic texture.
Today, a big batch of logs are making their way to their new home - a Zizzi's restaurant. Lucky things....
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Today, the return of the Shopping List to my blog - I've discovered some circular beauties with a nod to Autumn about each of them. I can feel the changing of the seasons in the evenings, as a chill in the air nudges me back inside, to warmth and candlelight. Ever the romantic.
1)Blackberry Wood. Set of 5 paper baubles for decorating your home this Autumn/ TanyaMac
2)Ring Ring 2/ aubeebop
3)ingrid...crotcheted heat pad/ EmmaLamb
4)Recycled paper garland/ wrenhandmade
For more Shopping Lists this Saturday, do click on the links in the sidebar and discover new delights chosen by fellow Etsy sellers and handmade supporters. Have a great weekend x
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Eldest daughter and I armed ourselves with dishes galore and went in search of ripe fruits...what a lot we found. Now, the kitchen surfaces are laden with freshly plucked, ripe fruit.
I was filled with many good intentions earlier this evening, determined to seek out a recipe or two that would do justice to this little cache. Perhaps it will have to wait until morning...for now, it is beautiful to look at - and smells good, too x
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
I thought maybe it was high time I returned to my blog, now that school has started again after its long summer holiday. But what to write about...?
So here I am...and yes, just a little bit older...and a proud owner of a rather fetching timepiece complete with forty - yes, forty (count them!) - bouncing buttons. Thank you, family of mine xx
Friday, 28 August 2009
Friday, 31 July 2009
Well, this is pretty much my inspiration board these days...
I've mentioned before that I am heavily influenced by what lies outside my front door. I live in the middle of a wondrous forest, and I love it. I love watching the changing of the seasons - I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me. The colours that nature provides us with are limitless, and the juxtapostions that occur are inspiring beyond belief.
Back in my college days sketchbooks were an absolute must, and I diligently filled mine in...often with pen and ink drawings of flowers or vegetables, and the odd sketch of someone sitting in an armchair thrown in for good measure. Journals - or scrapbooks - were also kept, crammed full of images torn from magazines, postcards and packaging snippets pasted in until the covers would almost burst.
Nowadays, I rarely sketch. I should; I would like to draw again...but it has been a long time! I sketch now simply to work out a template for a piece that I am working on, to refine the pattern before I progress to snipping fabrics. Instead, my sketchbook and journal has been replaced by my camera. What would I do without it? In an instant, I have a record of intricate details, colour combinations and textures. I know I should sit and draw the sepals and stamens that fascinate me so much, but I thoroughly enjoy taking photographs - it feels like a huge reward to sit back and scroll through the images that I have snapped. This way, details are crystal clear and the colours pop...how could I not be inspired?!
Now that you have kindly read about my inspiration 'folder', do please pop in on my fellow merry-go-rounders (click on the links in the sidebar) - they are sharing theirs with us too, although at differing times...many of us are in different time zones!
Thursday, 16 July 2009
The time has nearly come - tomorrow is our last day of getting up and ready for school...'one more get-up', as a dear friend would say...until September.
Today will be my last post for a while. I love the summer holidays - lazy mornings, happy children running carefree and barefoot, a spot of castle-roaming, beach dwelling here and there, tree climbing (them, not me), seeing friends for loooong afternoons, camping....ah, the good life! I'm looking forward to spending some time with my little girls, but I'll be in and out I'm sure.
Until next time - a very happy, sunny summer to you! xx
Saturday, 11 July 2009
This week's Shopping List is for all little girls out there...and of course, grown up ones too! Enjoy...
1)A Winter's Tale/ artandghosts
2)Radish - sterling silver and fabric necklace/ 3squares
3)NEW Lilla Lotta GladBag/ lillalotta
4)Seduction - Print 16x11 inches/ HidenSeek *
It's a rainy Saturday here in the UK - perfect weather for Etsy shopping! Shop handmade this weekend - let my fellow Shoppers inspire you with their lists (check them out via the links in the sidebar)...and if you'd like to join us with your own Shopping List each weekend, let me know!
*This week, I purchased a stationery set, pin button and stickers from HidenSeek - I have to say that it was the most beautifully packaged parcel I've ever received through the post! Simply gorgeous - thank you, Eloise xx
Friday, 10 July 2009
So lovely to spend some time with snippets of beautiful fabrics again, sewing away with my machine. I tend to sew in quite a rhythmic fashion - snip the fabric, place the fabric, stitch the fabric; needle in; snip the fabric, place the fabric, stitch the fabric; needle in; snip the fabric .... and it seems to work for me.
I don't think it's efficient (I probably should cut out all fabric pieces first and have them to hand so that I simply reach out and select a piece, sew it on and repeat), but it certainly feels indulgent! I end up surrounded by and burrowed in to mounds of silky, sparkly textiles and I love it. There's no monotony, just sheer enjoyment.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Saturday, 4 July 2009
1)Lovely Glass Ring In A Lace Edge Setting/ UldeYrth
2)Linen Heart Keychain/ makeyourpresentsfelt
3)Handmade Petite Purse Seed Head Stems Lilac/ meplusmolly
4)Soiree Necklace/ mamaslittlebabies
I hope you too love my coveted items this week. If you would like to join us with your own weekly list of Etsy discoveries of handmade beauty, please just let me know!
I can hardly believe it's been a week since my last posting. I can feel already that I'm winding down in preparation for the long school summer holiday ahead, but there's plenty to be done over the next two weeks. Here's to a productive few days!
Sunday, 28 June 2009
1)handmade RETRO STORY BOOK sundress from LOVER DOVERS green and white polka dots with cherry print and red ric rac trim great birthday party dress or special occasion custom boutique for baby infant toddler or girls/ loverdoversclothing - will you look at this!! How cute?? Just gorgeous...and take a peek in the store for the sweetest little doll dresses with matching accessories too.
2)Follow Me There/ artandghosts - a girl guide in the most beautiful leg attire stands with her curious companion, a print from the Fairytale Silhouette series. Fabulous, just like everything in the store.
3)Put On Your Dancing Shoes - Signed Fine Art Photograph/ starrybluesky - from a dream, aren't they? Yes, I dream of owning gorgeous shoes just like these. So why not have them on my wall?!
4)Alice In Wonderland - Big-version two(light)/ Champignons - stripey legs, ruffled underskirt to die for...terrific image.
For more Shopping Lists packed full of covetable handmade items, do click on the links in the sidebar. Would you like to join in? Let me know - the more the merrier!
I'll be Shopping later today, but I just wanted to use this post to welcome a new blogger to our team of Shopping Listers. Welcome to Ivy, from EderaFairie and the gorgeous Etsy store EderaJewelry. Ivy has posted her first Shopping List this weekend, so do pop over and take a peek at her coveted items!
See you later...
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Don't you just love polka dots? And on the insides of your shoes...?!! Lucky daughter...
Things seem to be a-changing here...slowly, but changing nonetheless. Sounds exciting? I think it could be - but for now, whilst we tinker and play about a bit and find our way, things continue to mosey along the same as always, so I'm here - sanding and stitching and completing custom orders just as before.
Hope you're all having a good week. Where's the sunshine today? x
Saturday, 20 June 2009
These fabulous items have won me over this week...take a peek and see what you think.
1)Summer - Collaged Brooch/ zoeest-coming from the wonderful Zoe Woods, this layered plywood collage brooch is sold in her new etsy shop. Do take a look - everything's so pretty.
2)Poetry art doll - Bramble/ The7thMagpie - I'm a fan of this magpie's work...lovely embroidered textiles, decorated with beads and stitches. Her latest doll series is quite charming.
3)THE BUNNY n ITS TREASURE (Bracelet) Limited Edition/ OpusMuse - I just adore this, not merely because of the cute little vintage bunny charm; the deep cherry red lampwork glass is good enough to eat!
4)Orange/ TimothyAdamDesigns - I'm going to quote the item description now: ' are you looking for a little modern for your jewelry collection? Here is a great orange pendant hand cut, painted and drilled from recycled steel.' Yes, please!! I love it!
Hope these little beauties have made your day x
For more Shopping Lists handmade style, do check out the blogs listed in the sidebar...if you would like to join us with your own weekly list, just let me know!
Thursday, 18 June 2009
images from my flora flickr set; mosaic created via picnik.
...and I have a slight tendency to get a little...bored.
I've found a solution. Have my camera to hand, take a few minutes' break with some fresh air that isn't filled with sawdust, wander about a bit, snap snap - ready to start sanding again. Works every time. Logs, anyone???
Not much stitching going on in these parts.....
Sunday, 14 June 2009
I'm a bit late again this weekend with my Shopping List. Oh dear. Let's hope no-one noticed...
This week, a small list again, but it contains my most recent Etsy favourites. Little gems indeed. Here they are - see what you think (and you must check out their stores...packed full of loveliness, all of them):
1)To the skyline pendant/ flightpathdesigns
2)Bathtub - 5x7 Fine Art Print/ janeheller
3)Underwater revelry.../ barefootweaver
4)The Romance -- original illustration --/ fricdementol
I just love all of these...hope you do too.
For many more Shopping Lists from fellow Etsy sellers, do click on the links in the sidebar. If you would like to join us, just let me know! Hope you all have a happy week ahead xx
Friday, 12 June 2009
Two kind ladies have given me a Lovely Blog Award - the lovely lady from Bags and Buds, and Theresia from Minori Design . How sweet - thank you both.
Now, I need to pass this on to 5 blogs that I have recently discovered and enjoyed. (Girls, please feel free to accept this award and pass it on to 5 more blogs). Here goes...
blossom - a feast for the eyes, every visit
vadjutka - I love her fabric jewellery...!
fleurfatale - again, lovely jewellery!
Lobster and Swan - beautiful, beautiful blog.
Dropes de Mentol - art I love.
Do pop in on them ... with a cup of tea and a spare few minutes ... and enjoy xx
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Can you believe it? I'm posting about my desk, on the correct day for a change!!
On my desk today - a couple of w.i.p's, as I begin to make sense of the dollmaking process. They're lurking in my head (dolls), as they have been for quite some time now; I'm wondering if maybe now's the time to see them come to fruition...?
For more desk activity, pop over to kootoyoo - why not join in??
Monday, 8 June 2009
I love this time of year, when I can feel the summer holidays are just around the corner...the clue? Eldest joyously seeking out these little beauties from my mother's garden. Joy indeed.
My garden (unlike my mother's) is desperately in need of some TLC to prevent the weeds from choking everything in sight - guess what I'm up to for a few days?! At least there's a silver lining...the ideal opportunity to go mad with the macro function!
Have a lovely day, weeding or otherwise x
Saturday, 6 June 2009
1)Eco Toes. Sunshine Linen. Size 7-8 / infusion - aren't these gorgeous? Treat your toes and look super-cute at the same time!
2)Soft Rocks Paper Chain Party Streamer Crocheted Scarf/ Toggle - such a lot of fun, don't you think? I'm thinking I'd like to festoon my house with some too. Gorgeous.
3)Outsider art textile sculpted dolls - freestanding figures - The Masked Pair / The7thMagpie - I love these, in fact all of the embroidered pieces available in the store - do check them out. Lovely use of colour and stitch.
4)Bow - textile doll / novembermoon - if you read my blog regularly, I think you'll already know how much I love Cathy Cullis' work...if, like me, you've fallen for this little beauty, snap her up now. Cathy sells out very quickly!
This week, I'm pleased to welcome not one, but several new players to our fold...Catania from etsy store chococatania; Claire from etsy store sewsewcrafty; Karen from etsy store blossomnbird; Gemma from etsy store gemmipop designs...and finally Stephanie from etsy store Stephanie Levy. I wonder, have I missed anyone??
Wonderful to have you join us, ladies. I know some of you have played along for a little while already. Thank you - I hope you're having fun!
Have a great weekend - it's raining here, so take it easy...put your feet up and shop handmade!
Friday, 5 June 2009
This is another yoke for a salwar kameez which is on its way to America right now. It's heavily decorated and reminds me of a walk through a wildflower meadow. Ever the romantic...
Thank you so, so much for all of your kind words - left for me here, some via flickr and many via email. Families are so important, aren't they? Things are slowly getting back to normal...and I have a lot of catching up to do!!
Sunday, 24 May 2009
I hope you're all enjoying this wonderful sunshine that we have at the moment!
I'll catch up again soon xx
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
We've delivered tipi poles today, in the rain and mist, in Hay-on-Wye. Such a different day yesterday...the garden was bathed in glorious sunshine, and the rhododendrons took centre stage.
So lovely to come home to these blooms - a splash of colour on a grey and dismal day.
For more desk activity (I know...mine was a windowsill today), do pop over to kootoyoo's blog...maybe join in with the meme yourself?
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
From one texture to another...
Mmmn. I just love the bark peelings from our tipi poles. I want to pick them up and make something out of them... The peelings are normally kept clean and dry, and we use them to pack our gift-boxed candleholders. It looks great, and creates a wonderful woody scent when you open the box. Waste not, want not!!
Here's a w.i.p (bottom pic) that I'm completing at the moment. Another yoke, this one needs its sparkles...beads and buttons are at the ready!
Saturday, 9 May 2009
I've been a bit quiet this week...tipi poles have taken over our lives. If you're buying a tipi, you know where to come for the poles!!
So - the good bit about Saturday...the shopping! Let's get on with it...
1)DewBerryLime CUFF FreeForm Crochet with Cabochons/ saraaires - I'm in love with crochet. I can't crochet...but when I see items like this, it makes me want to learn. I love the colourful undulations that flow through this. Not to mention the beads!! She also creates gorgeous bags - take a look in her store.
2)Seagulls in the sky - Coffee Clutch/ the wren - this item is full of lovely details; from the hand covered embroidered 'wren' button, the hand drawn and screen printed lining, the recycled fair trade coffee sacks that form the outer part to the simple leather tie. There are alternative variations on this bag available in Wendren's shop. Do take a look.
3)Sing little bird - pretty applique bag/ memake - a girl can never have too many bags, especially when they are as wonderful as this one! Lovely features include beautiful hand stitching, fab colour combination and recycled vintage fabric lining. Wish this was mine!
4)Lulicade Goddess Necklace (2222) - A Collaboration/ SandFibers - to quote the item description: This is the collaborative effort of three Etsy artists: LisaPetersArt made the ceramic button; SandFibers created the bezel and bale, and Scarfitup added the fiber and beads to the crocheted and braided cord necklace! I love the combination of textures; such a great coming-together of skills. Lovely.
This week, we're pleased to welcome the lovely Dana from LeiLiLaLoo to our ever-expanding team of Saturday Shoppers. Dana is soon to give birth...I'm thrilled she's keen to join us, and look forward to looking at her lists - whenever she has the time!! Welcome, Dana.
Welcome, too, to Jan, from the Little Shop of Horus who is joining us today with her first list. Terrific to have you play along with us!
If you would like to join in the fun and windowshop with us for covetable handmade items from Etsy, just let me know!
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
A quick catch up on the stitching front for you...the w.i.p (top pic above) has been completed (lower pic above), and already received...it's going to be attached to a tunic, as part of a salwar kameez. A lovely project to be involved in - lots of fun and colour!
Saturday, 25 April 2009
I'm unable to do my list this week or next...so please click here for the list I made midweek, packed full of gorgeous things to treat yourselves to. Do you need an excuse?
Do take this opportunity to click on the links in the sidebar to take a peek at the wonderful lists of fellow Etsy sellers who play along with the Shopping List Saturday meme. You won't be disappointed, and I guarantee you'll find so many new things to covet! If you would like to join us, and share your shopping lists each week, just let me know.
Enjoy shopping handmade xx Have a great week!
Friday, 24 April 2009
Our question for this month is: What does Springtime Mean to You?
Springtime. Well, it's a busy time for the woodcutter and his wife!
We're now well into our second year of our tipi pole business, and we know from experience that Spring is the time we have to put all our energies into felling, stripping and drying new poles, ready for customers who will want them now, or for those who will leave it until the last minute for their summer holiday...we have to have plenty on offer.
We cater for very small child-size tipis right up to huge, 29ft ones. The woodcutter visits the forest daily to select and fell the trees, which he brings home for us to peel and then dry. We also fell 'to order' if people wish to de-bark their own poles. Many of these sets of poles we also deliver personally, nationwide, so we're busy busy busy!
The log chopping and sanding continues...!
Despite being nicely busy, I'm able to really enjoy the springtime here. It's glorious to be able to wake up in the morning and spot the new shoots in the forest...the beautiful fresh bright green leaves unfurling in the trees around us...wandering amongst the rhododendrons as they flower one after the other...embracing the flashes of colour from balloon-like tulips...watching the flutterings of delicate butterflies wafting through the air...trying to remember the juxtapositions of colour that nature throws together - it's SO inspiring...
Most importantly of all, it's the thankful return of sunlight that I really treasure. It's so lovely to be able to avoid harsh contrasts when taking photographs, and the days are so long I can sew into the night! I have always been a sombre, gothic lover of winter - but nowadays, this is most definitely my favourite time of year.
Please take a moment or two to pop in on my international blogging friends who're spinning on this merry-go-round with me (their links are in the sidebar). See what Springtime means to them!
Girls, I look forward to reading your posts in a week or so!