Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Woodland

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Handmade Festive Stamp Cards

I resolved fairly early on this year that I would not be spending money on Yule/Christmas/insert winter festival here. Or, at least, as little as possible. I already own so much stuff which could be turned into cards, presents and decorations, it seemed ridiculous to go out and buy more. I also strongly dislike the commercialism which seems to have become synonymous with the season, and I dislike shopping at the best of times, let alone during the December rush.

Therefore, I sent a combination of cards I had been given, cards I had leftover from previous years, and some handmade cards using materials I already had. I had bought several packs of used Christmas stamps several years ago at a car boot sale-I think they were about 30p for about 30 stamps in a pack. I gave quite a few of them to my grandmother for her incredible collaged cards (which I will show at a later date!), but I still had some left over.

I also had some tiny mini postcards which I had, again, bought several years ago and never got round to using. They came with matching tiny envelopes and I was just itching to find a special use for them. So the two seemed like a natural pairing. The stamps made a perfectly sized centrepiece on the mini cards, and there were some really beautiful images with interesting postmarks over them.

Once they were glued onto the cards, it was easy to embellish them with little glittery hearts, metallic gel pens and coloured pens. I tried to pick out colours and patterns used in the stamps and echo them in the drawn designs around the edge.

Although simple, I think they were really rather effective, and they are quite quirky, which I love.

It was really lovely to make these, I haven't been doing much drawing recently and it was good to have a small scale project to work on to get back into it.

My favourites are the angels and the Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim card-I went a bit crazy with colours on that one and it was fun to make.

I just hope the recipients like them as much as I do!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

American Museum Christmas-So Steampunk!

Last weekend I made my annual trip to the American Museum Christmas opening. I always enjoy visiting, but in the winter certain parts of the museum, like the Conkey's Kitchen section, seem extra cosy.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Radstock Museum

After looking at the Stitches In Time exhibition, I decided to have a look around the permanent exhibits at Radstock Museum. It is a fairly small museum, housed in the former Radstock Market Hall, and run almost entirely by volunteers. It focuses on local history, especially that of the local mining community.

One of the main attractions is the Victorian style schoolroom, which is very popular with visiting school groups.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Back Into The Woods...

Different ones this time. I've been trying to go for more walks, especially while there are still a few leaves on the trees.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Stitches In Time Exhibition

I was lucky enough to catch the last day of the "Stitches In Time" Exhibition at Radstock Museum-a display of work by local needlecraft groups, interspersed with some comparable items from the museum's collection. It was incredible. I will let the photos speak for themselves, but if you are interested to look at more of these artist's work, I have put a list of credits at the bottom of the post.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Into The Woods

Monday, November 04, 2013

Rainy Fireworks

Last night I went over to my mum's house for the annual Bonfire Night celebrations, which have become somewhat of a tradition. There was just one was pouring with rain. We ate lots of pizza, soup and various chocolate-y treats while praying it would end, but it was still raining stair rods by the time we'd eaten.

My boyfriend and brother were undeterred and managed to light a tiny bonfire, sheltered from the elements by an upturned wheel barrow. 

Then it was time for the fireworks. Or at least, the fireworks which had not been reduced to literal damp squibs. The ones which did ignite were very pretty! As there are a lot of pets around, including ducks in a hutch in the garden, my family only has the small Roman candle type of fireworks, but they are still exhilarating.

My favourite thing of all was, as always, the sparklers!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Falconry Day

On Wednesday I went to the American Museum for their annual falconry day. 

I also went last year, but I think this year was even better! For one thing, it didn't rain, so watching the falconry was much more enjoyable and the birds were able to display better. 

Chilean eagle

Harris hawk

And, I got to hold a barn owl! It was rather appropriate as I was wearing a dress with owls on.

After looking at the birds we went for a little walk through the grounds.

It was a really lovely day, I can't wait for the Christmas events at the Museum now. Thank you to Harry for all the photos of me and the photo of the Harris hawk. All of the birds we saw were from Ray Prior Falconry.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Felt Foxes

As a quick little project I made these felt fox brooches from Mollie Makes issue 32. I think they are rather sweet! I like to have interesting brooches to put on my coat lapels during autumn and winter, so these will be perfect. I changed them slightly from the original design by adding some padding to them-I had some kapok to hand and I think the 3D effect just adds something to their overall look. 

All the materials to make these (other than the kapok, which wasn't called for in the pattern) came in a little kit with Mollie Makes issue 32. If you would like to make them yourself and don't have that issue of Mollie makes you could just buy some felt and embroidery thread and use the downloadable pattern from the Mollie Makes website (it's on page 2).

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

By The Lake

Tuesday, July 02, 2013


Monday, July 01, 2013

At The Lake