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 mushrooms. She had the huge limb come down in the Spring winds due to rot. It was so sad to see. I will share the little dragon I have from one of the fallen branches next time.
Bracken is bronzing. It covers the floor of the forest, providing cover for baby boar in Spring.
At this time of the year these beetles gather together.
These are some of the oaks at the entrance to the Forest nearest the cottage. They look like they are dancing in the breeze with the shadows fluttering over the ground.
There is a particular place where you can look over some of the Forest to the west.
You can just about see the Brecon Beacons of Wales.
Squeak has joined me on this walk of ours.
This is the entrance to a mineshalf known as Lufty's Tump. it is boarded up now but when the weather was bone dry Son and I had a little explore. Yes I did take my camera so will share.
I love how the sunlight has divided into its colours in this photograph. As a child I would screw my eyes up to see this and try to draw the colours with felt tips.
Now back out through the woods home. The video below is 15 seconds. At the end you can hear the "kiew" of the buzzard.
I hope you liked the little introduction to the Forest. It is a very special place and full of inspiration.
I challenged myself to use all my sock yarn. I managed these pairs this week. There wasn’t enough yarn left for another whole pair so I started making some Leonie Morgan hexagons from all my sock scraps Slowly they are making a blanket.
There are also some charity makes such as more lined bags, a couple of dried rose peal sachets, and 9 cup mats.
My pond has some 30th Anniversary plants now. We bought 4 salvias and a lavender. The others I already had.
A V for Vendetta mask pre- firing. Fingers crossed that it will survive to be a present for son.
It feels like I'm forever catching up here in Blogland. I've only just reclaimed my craft room from Son as he was turfed out of his room for re-boarding the floor, sound insulating it, putting ceiling lights into the room below, adding more sockets to it, and then finally redecorating it. He moved back into his room last night. It is the first room just as we want it, in the cottage. Just to complicate things I had also arranged to paint Hubby's office walls as he was away for a week. No more Barbie pink for him! He has orchid white just like his old office. It is a creamy white, so looks much better.
I am shattered however, so taking some time to sit and share the latest makings. Many are yarn based as son had the craft room sockets.
I've set myself a couple of new crafting challenges for the year. What you see is a bone nalebinding needle and a shuttle and cards for tab…
This week I can share the tree mittens I made last week as my friend has received the pair I was able to make her from the leftovers of my own.
I can also share the cotton drawstring rucksack I’ve just finished. I had to buy an extra ball of white crafting cotton for it.
Most of the time has been spent on a Leonie Morgan 7” hexagon block called Grandma’s Motif. I ran out of dark grey so used up the rest of my dark green. Then I ran out of pale grey, so used up the rest of my white stash. When plain white ran out, I used sparkling white. With only 4 blocks to go I ran out of denim blue, so a scrap of teal blue stepped in. The border used up all the green and sparkling white. A great stash buster! The size and shape means it can go on a table, be a tv blanket, or wrap around as a shawl. Useful!
My wrist is still recovering, these things take far too long now I’m older! I’ll get back to fabric as soon as I can. Am I the only one who has fallen in love with the coat from “The Guernsey Li…