Here is one of the catch up Crafts posts. The last post was September 2016, on the old blog. This post contains the things made during the rest of the year. Fairy Tales got finished.
I picked up a bowl for 5p at a car boot sale. This 1930s cottage was so sweet on the rim. I wanted to make a stitchery from it.
The Welcome panel was made into a wall hanging.
Blue socks were knitted.
I managed to make a hat from an odd ball of Rowan 100% wool yarn. It was a joy to knit up.
Using air dried clay I made a face. I traced actual leaves from Heywood, then I created my own felt in the colours I was seeing that Autumn there. The result is Heywood Man in the Green Man tradition.
A friend with a couple of salukis needed coats.
Sorry this pic is blurry but it is the only one I took of these slouch socks. The foot is plain red and the ankles are flame colours.
This was a charity make to help dogs in Cyprus.
My new journal cover for the new cottage.
A charity dog coat from left overs. I like those two colours together.
Leads and collars for charity.
52 rainbow leads for a rescue in Cyprus.
These 2 photos show book covers for children's vaccination books. They are for sale at a drs in london.
I used tea bag paper to create a skirt based on Monet's lily pond.
I took a class in soft leather work. This was my first attempt! A Winter themed bag with 3 tomte on either side.
Daughter had a bottle she wanted to make more sea-ish. I had some left over nylon rope which I found in a hedge the very day I needed cord for PE bags years ago. So using my biggest crochet hook I made this mesh to give her the look she wanted, There was only just enough!
On ebay I found a pattern for a jumper I made daughter when she was little. For pure nostalgia I made this one for the One-Day Trunk.
A friend needed a dog coat so I made 2. One there and one in the wash as she liked pale pink so much.
Snood to match the coat above, as the saluki liked to have a warm neck following an old injury. It was lined in the same sherpa fleece as the coat.
A beautiful yarn for a don't get lost in an avalanche hat.
James Brett Marble yarn made this jumper dress and scarf duo. The pattern photo was misleading as the scarf is too narrow to really behave like a snood.
A little mini quilt in Summery fabrics so the butterflies could have flowers. I found the pattern on Craftsy as a freebie but already had some butterflies so used them instead of stitched ones.
Sorry this is such a long read. I think 2 more posts this long will bring crafting up to date. Is that ok with you all?
Welcome to my first blog post here at Rowan Tree Cottage. Google Photos app is still trying to take all the pics from the iPad. We have been at the cottage for a year now so making things has been on a back burner while we tamed the garden and adapted to living in the forest.
I hope to share the forest with you, some gallivanting about the area, a bit of history where I can, the garden and things I am making, in future posts.
To old friends: welcome, have a cup of tea and a slice of cake or some home made lemonade as the sun is shining, and we will have a natter here throughout the year.
Sorry I’m like a bus. Nothing from me for months, then 3 blog posts in a glut!
This is a 5 mins make all from scraps. It’s a bag to keep washed cotton cleaning cloths in, under the kitchen sink. It kind of sums up my current thoughts on how I want this cottage to operate. I’ve been replacing tatty carrier bags with cotton ones I have made, over the last few months. We all know about how bad the plastic waste situation is around the world, and I’m guessing that like me most people feel overwhelmed.
I mentioned in a reply to a comment in my last blog post, the idea of LAST MAKES. This is where we actually use the fabric we have been stroking and saving for a perfect project. If you knew for instance that you could make a last bag (for example) and make it the perfect bag for you, then what is holding you back from creating it today? Why not make something you know will last a decade and that you or a recipient will love it? A LASTING MAKE! With Valentines coming up, why not make a spec…
A baby quilt for my goddaughter's daughter born this month. After making the Splendid Sampler Quilt for a year in pink and greys, this was the last colour combination in the world I wanted to do, but those are the colours her mother said her room will be in. It has blue tit birds and cow parsley and bees on, so it suits August.
A cover for her medical book with cone flowers on. They are in flower in the garden, so again suitable for August.
These are the first wheel turned pots I have made! There was an entire day allowed in the pottery room and boy did I need it to learn the technique. Really proud of them.
Everything survived the biscuit firing. They need painting in glazes next.
Let me show you the Forest nearest the cottage.
Crystal cobwebs with diamond dew drops.
A spider's hole.
Dead Men's Fingers funghi.
So many mushrooms appear overnight after the rain.
This is a special very old beech tree I call the Shroomy Tree as so many knobs on her look like mus…