I love winter, but I am beginning to turn my mind to spring and the prospect of warmer, longer days. Today I've been clearing and preparing my greenhouse for February when I can start to sow the first of the herb, vegetable and flower seeds. By early summer, with a bit if luck, it will be bursting with life and I'll probably be spending a fair bit of time tending my lovely plants.
Last year I made a mosaic for the greenhouse which I think makes an attractive backdrop for all the greenery - here's a photo from last July to help us all dream of those warmer months!
Well, last week was meant to be my first contribution to Folksy Friday, when Folksy makers use their blog or Facebook page to showcase the wonderful work of fellow Folksters. I wanted to feature some of the beautiful bowls that are available in a wide range of styles and materials. Unfortunately, last week was incredibly hectic and I just didn't have time to prepare the feature. This week looks like it's going to be equally busy, so I'm just writing a quick post this week, and my first Folksy Friday will have to wait until things quieten down a bit :)
My main news is that I will be attending my first craft market on Saturday 12th February. Its Fifi's Contemporary Craft Market in Sheffield and I am now feeling very nervous and excited. There's so much to prepare and I keep waking up in the night with yet more things to remember!
I've been working on a new range of felted pods and pebbles to take to the craft market. They're made using traditional wet felting methods, and are inspired by my visit last summer to the lovely coastline of Western Scotland. I've tried to capture the textures and colours of the rock pools and cliffs by incorporating silks and fibres into the felt.
I hope you like them!
Thanks for looking - you're welcome, as always, to leave a comment if you'd like to...
I'd been hoping to make some heart-related items in time for Valentines day, but my trip to Sri Lanka means that I'm a bit short of time so I've decided to plan ahead and focus instead on Easter!
My felt bowls will be perfect for filling with eggs and other Easter treats, and over the weekend I've started to explore a slightly different method which enables me to add greater depth and variety of colour. This new method also allows me to create miniature versions of my bowls - I think they would look lovely displayed as a group and they would also make perfect vessels for holding special little treasures.
Here are my first new-style bowls, available from my Folksy shop
I'm also planning to make some plain nest-like bowls with tiny felt eggs. Watch this space!
Slightly belated best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy 2011!
Tony and I have just returned from a wonderful visit to Sri Lanka. It's been a great experience: we've met some lovely people and the country is beautiful. Ancient rock temples, misty tea-covered mountains, swaying palm trees, amazing wildlife...there's so much much to see and experience.
Unfortunately, Sri Lankans have seen more than their fair share of suffering in recent years - civil war, the devastating impact of the tsunami, and now thousands of people are without shelter or basic provisions due to severe flooding. Between now and March, I will be donating 50% of the income from my Folksy shop to Sarvodaya, an organisation committed to community development and emergency relief throughout Sri Lanka. I'll be adding some new items over the weekend - made from felt, of course :) - so please take a look if you are interested.