Monday, 1 September 2014

Seasonal Sadness

As the sun goes down on the first day of September I am in a reflective mood.  I am not alone, but I guess I am in the minority of people who dislike summer time.  For me the summer is full of promise but fails to deliver.  There is always a big build up to summer; hopes of holiday's, Barbeque's, days at the beach, picnics etc.  For me none of this materialises and it is just like any other time of year apart from being hot and sticky with sleepless nights and an ongoing lethargy. 

Thank goodness for the onset of autumn.  Autumn doesn't show off.  Autumn is mellow and beautiful.  The sun is soft and not glaringly obtuse bleaching everything in sight like the summer sun does.  So, farewell to the summer season and hello to my familiar friend the autumn.  You are most welcome.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Bag of Tags

Newer blog readers may not know that I used to feature paper 'tags' on my blog quite a lot. I used to draw them and cut them out by hand - a time consuming but enjoyable task. I recently rediscovered my tags tucked away in a drawer and I have now re quenched my thirst for making them again.

I think I may take some packs along to the craft fair to add a bit of interest to the table.  Do you think bags of mixed tags would be preferable or themed packs such as cats and dogs or toads and wellies?  If you were buying what tags would you want in your pack? 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fabric Flowers - Variation

A variation on a theme: fabric flower brooches with covered button centres.  I really like using the same fabric used in the brooches to cover the buttons.  I think it gives a more 'polished' look.  I still like the look of the original fabric flower brooches too using up vintage buttons for the centres.

Do you have a favourite?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


This lovely, plump toad was found amongst a pile of rotting wood and leaves at the bottom of the garden. It was probably feasting on the slugs and snails that had accumulated there.  Although I had once dreamt of it, I don't think I am ever destined to have an organised veg patch but it is highly likely that my garden will become a nature reserve with the amount of wildlife that come to visit!

There is a distinctly autumn flavour to the air today.  I can't say that I will be sorry to see summer go as it never really got started for me.  My OH (a teacher) has had whooping cough since the end of June and now with just two weeks to go before the new term starts he is just getting over it.  It has been so distressing to see him choking and gasping for breath knowing that there is nothing I can do.  Hopefully we can move onwards and upwards towards the latter part of the year.  Thank goodness I have had my crafting to keep me sane and help me to hold things together!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

A Return to Fabric Flower Brooches

I have started to make some fabric flower brooches for the craft fair.  The first time I made these I used brightly coloured floral fabrics.  I think the more sedate neutral tones will be more fitting for the autumn.  I have no idea of how many to make or even if people will want to buy them!  If you have a favourite , which one is it?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Vintage Engelbert

I found this clip on Youtube.  I adored how Engelbert looked back then - the dusky complexion and dark eyes.  If only we could retain youthful good looks! 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Pimping up Pine Cones

It is a great time for picking up fallen pine cones in the UK.  I picked up a few handfuls at Capel Manor last week that had fallen from a giant Scots pine tree.

Unadorned the pine cones were lovely but I wanted to add a little extra to them .  I melted down some old candles that were too short to use and some wax that was left in the bottom of tea lights.  I did this in a heatproof bowl over some simmering water until just melted.  I then removed any wicks from the melted wax.  I had prepared a tray to use and had a packet of glitter to hand.  I carefully dipped the cones, pointy end down into the wax, placed them upright on the tray and sprinkled with glitter.  I did this for each cone and then left them until the wax had hardened.

I now have some very pretty bowl fillers (ssshh - for C*******s).  I guess you can hang them in garlands or as hanging decorations but you would have to keep them away from heat in case the wax started melting.

Don't forget to collect pine cones as soon as possible - everything is so early this year!  If you plan ahead you will have the materials you need for your festive projects!