Saturday, July 30, 2016

Climbing To The Top Of Blaise Castle



Perched on a hilltop in the Blaise Castle Estate is Blaise Castle, a gothic sham castle built in 1766. It looks like something straight from the pages of a fairy tale, and I love it, especially as I adore things which play with scale and gothic architecture. So I was very excited when I finally managed to coordinate a visit on one of the dates that the castle was being opened up by volunteers, and had the opportunity to climb to the top of the castle!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

#CreativeKickstart June


#CreativeKickstart is a hashtag to share what we've been making and being inspired by each month, created by my merfriend Cuttlefishlove. I kept up with it for a few months last year but then lost track. This year I want to post a photo for each month. I think it will be really interesting to look back at the end of the year and see my creative journey!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Briswool


Back in June I made a quick visit to the amazing Briswool exhibit at Mshed. Briswool is a miniature, knitted and crocheted model of Bristol, thought up by Vicky Harrison (who runs the craft shop Paper Village) and made by her and some crafty volunteers.


Seeing a city so familiar to me replicated in wool was a strange experience! 


It was fun spotting all the different landmarks, which were easily recognisable but also took on a new dimension in their wooly forms!


I was surprised and impressed by the level of detail, and some of the wonderful knitted effects. There was even a tiny knitted Banksy on one of the buildings.


I was particularly taken with the patchwork of knitted fields and the multi coloured, rippled water.


My favourite wooly buildings were the incredibly intricate re-creation of St Mary Redcliffe, and the brightly coloured Cabot Tower, constructed from crocheted granny squares.


Bristol is a brilliantly colourful city, so it was perfectly fitting that it was all crowned with a big, beautiful rainbow. This was a little delight of an exhibit, and I'm really glad I got to see it.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Creative 365

Friday, July 01, 2016

#30DaysWild


Throughout June I took part in The Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild challenge. The aim of the challenge is to take a little bit of time every day for a month to engage with wildlife and nature. They don't have to be huge things, as the point is to bring the wild into your everyday. Here is what I got up to each day of the challenge.