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Monday, 26 November 2018

NEWS! Pop up Gallery and shop...

well heavens to Betsy, it's nearly that time again! Mr Phil clears out his lovely willow and six artists take over the space to create a fab pop up gallery and Christmas extravaganza...we invite you to Make Christmas Easy! And this year we have a suprise guest maker to add to the loveliness! SO put it in your diary for Fri 30th November, Sat 1st and Sun 2nd December 11am - 5pm at Deanscales Village, near Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0SP ...hope to see you there!  

Here's a before...

and an after...

So for the last 6 weeks or so I have been slowly making and even labelling and pricing - usually I do this in about a week and always need another week to get it all done! But, as my word for this year is SLOW...slow it has been. Here's a taste of of the lovely colourful hearts I have been making, lots of upcycled fabrics layered and emebroidered...a real labour of love but so worth it for the results.

First I get all my boxes of fabrics out with the richest colours and get cutting and choosing...

then out come all my shiny sparkly threads....

then I pin the fabrics and stitch the fabrics quickly to hold them in place...quite a job as they do like to wiggle about!

then it's just lots and lots of free maching stitching, in lots of lovely colours to create a rich luxurious surface...

pin on a heart shaped pattern and stitch round, stuff and stitch up the gap...easy peasy!

and ta da, packed, labelled, priced and ready to go...

AND now to my other news...drum roll please...I have re-opened my Etsy shop!! I have spent many months filling the shelves of my lovely shop with beautiful handmade brooches, handbags, teacosies and artwork, and some printed items such as notebooks and mugs, just in time for some handmade Christmas shopping...do take a look: My Shop

so it's back to my studio to finish off all the last bits and bobs, get everything labelled, packed and priced...and on Wednesday we all get together for the big setting up...now where did I put the Take Six tinsel?

here's to a fun week!  


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

mind the gap! and holidays part 2...

so sorry I haven't been here for a while....central heating now in and TOTALLY blissful!! But it has taken many weeks to get the house back to some kind of order, and in the meantime I have a new computer as my old one was leaked on and that took several weeks to sort out too...so now we are nearly in winter, so how lovely to have a reminder of sunny summer days...my holiday part 2!

You may remember we took a ferry across to Colonsay in the Hebrides for a week of blissful nothingness! 


Big skies and sunshine, lunch outdoors and a view across to Oronsay to lose yourself in...therapy indeed!

most of the islands have wonderful museums marking their history, and Colonsay was no exception, a small heritage centre in the old church was full of fascinating items and stories, including a wonderful tinytelephone exchange!

we had such a beautiful last day on the island, suddenly it was hot and sunny...so of course my daughter went for a swim...and with a seal nearby in the water with her (at a safe distance so as not to disturb)...how magical was that!

we got off the ferry around 9 pm and a short drive took us up a hill just on the outskirts of Oban, into the unknown...to our glamping experience: a wonderful simple shed with THE most comfortable bed and magnificent compost toilet! We were met by Shaun the owner, a really interesting guy, a former forester, now building various sheds/chalets on his hill to let out and give people a taste of the outdoors. We arrived to a candle lit wooden shack and settled down to get some sleep. We awoke to another glorious morning...and breakfast outdoors in the sunshine. You could even have an outdoor shower if you felt brave enough! 

The whole holiday left me feeling calm and relaxed and with a strong desire to simplify my life even more...and this part was especially thought provoking, as there were no mod cons, and yet there was just about everything you might need.

And...I had a hot tip from the lovely lady in 'Christine's Craft Shed' on Colonsay...to visit feltmaker Liz Gaffney of heartfeltbyliz ...seeing as we were to drive almost right past Dalmally Railway Station on our way south from Oban we just had to call in! It was a glorious sunny day, I had a lovely chat with LIz whoo is a talented artist

, saw all her beautiful inspiring work and the fantastic station that is her home and studio. You can even stay there as she does Air B and B, and enjoy a feltmaking workshop too...heaven indeed! 

I could have stayed much, much longer, but travelling home was the name of the game now...so we reluctantly left textile gorgeousness and the highlands and islands, back to beautiful Cumbria.I came home with treasures of many kinds, relaxed and inspired!

And now we are up to date, and starting afresh, as we head into November. Busy in my studio with lots of making for Christmas...yes the festive season is nearly upon us and our annual pop up gallery is at the end of the month!!

so without more ado, I'll love you and leave you and get back to my stitching!

see you soon...