Saturday 26 September 2009


Tea Towel by Poppy Treffry
I managed to escape to the beach for a couple of hours yesterday - bliss! Unfortunately there was little driftwood there, but the birds...! Cormorants, oyster catchers, even a heron - just amazing! Typically I didn't have my camera with me (and I was pretty close to them,damn!) but it got me thinking about making some stuffed fabric oyster catchers - I can just see them with their long bright orange bills, maybe in polka dot? There's no way I can do these until after Chrimbo but will give it a go afterwards when things go quiet. I'm also thinking about adapting my robins and doing some chicks or chickens for Spring/Easter. I'm not sure where this bird fetish has come from, I can only assume I've been influenced by the work I've been looking at lately...

Aren't they great? The top two are by Ann Wood, the bottom two by Tamar Mogendorff. Inspirational!

Sunday 20 September 2009

Rockin' robins

So, have a guess what I've been making today!

I've had an order for 50 of these for a gallery so I think I may get fed up with them very soon!

Available now on Folksy.

Thursday 17 September 2009

Childrens cushions

They've taken me a long time to complete as I've had loads of shop orders lately, but the final two commissioned cushions are finished (see previous post for others) These are for the customer's grandsons.

PS Don't they look nice with our star bedding?!Posted by Picasa

Sunday 13 September 2009

Pass it on...

So, I've been commissioned to make a series of 4 cushions for a friend and am halfway through! I quite like the fabric covered buttons I made for the back...

I was rather chuffed to be given this award last week by Rebecca (Daydreams in Lace)- the idea is the recipient can then pass it on to 3 of their favourites.

Of course there are so many fabulous blogs out there and it's taken me nearly a week to make a decision, but here goes...
Firstly to Jill Wignall for her simple but brilliant Today I Saw - I just love it and look forward to her daily postcard postings.

Next up, Belle and Boo have just introduced some beautiful, organic soaps to their range of goodies. I will definitely be buying some as I think they will make fantastic stocking fillers!

And thirdly for her truly wonderful stitched pieces, Cathy Cullis, you inspire me! You can see her blog here.

So ladies, now it's your turn to make some tough decisions - who will you pass on your award to?

Tuesday 8 September 2009

Happy Birthday... dear Steve who turned 40 on Saturday (we've been having far too much fun at Center Parcs to post about it until now!) Anyway, I thought I would share with you a picture of his present. I first saw Hannah Louise Lamb's coast rings in Country Living nearly a year ago, and was struck by their original design and the fact that they are so personal. The rings come in two interlocking parts, (brushed and polished finishes) and are handmade to order, so you can choose a coastline that is special to you - how amazing is that?!

Naturally I chose the stretch of coast around Whitsand Bay, as we go there with the boys as often as we can. It's a gorgeous beach with fine sand and shallow pools when the tide is out, but as it is south west facing, it is also a great place to find driftwood (although extremely hard work lugging it back up the cliff path!)

I was a little worried about how the gift would be received as Steve's not usually a jewellery kind of guy, but he seemed a bit overwhelmed and even had a little cry (this did not come as a huge surprise from a man who cries at The Sound Of Music!)

I think that means he likes it!

Wednesday 2 September 2009

Bon Voyage... twelve of these little vessels which are about to be boxed up and sent off to the Janet Bell Gallery in Beaumaris. Of course it's always lovely when you make a sale but the house looks really bare now they are not cluttering up the shelves and windowsills! Still, with strong winds forecast, there should be more wood washed up on the beach soon and I can start building up a new collection! Posted by Picasa