Colour in the garden, and crafting on the go

celtic knotwork designs

This is the latest ‘in progress’ piece – a celtic knotwork design on a long tray/dish/thingy.

I used to do a lot of knotwork designs, on strangely shaped things like guitars, and could whip up pieces of celtic to fit the curvy shapes fairly quickly, so although it’s been a while since I did a guitar, I figured a piece to fit the simple shape of this tray would be very quick and easy to do..

Wrong..

I’m so rusty at this knotwork lark, it took 3 attempts and numerous hours, and a bit of flouncing before I was finally happy with it, but here it is in progress at last!

It still needs a thicker ‘finishing’ outline added, and shading on the knotwork, but it should be done within the next couple of days.

Once finished it will be available to buy through my FB page.

And a few shots of the colour in my garden – as the majority of it is filled with vegetables, it’s nice to see these few brightly coloured flowers appear.

There is also an enormous poppy growing, at the last count there were 30+ buds on it, looking forward to seeing them start opening up 😀

As always, pics are clickable to view them fullsize.

New things on the go.. and bugs!

caterpillar eggs, maybug, garden, vegetables Sunny today, so working in the garden. Pots are running short, so as soon as anything gets slightly bigger than weedy seedling I bung it in the ground and cross my fingers, today the tomatoes got a chance to progress on, well, 29 of them did, the other variety will have to wait a while 😀

While we were happily getting all composty, we spotted a strange – rather large – creature we had never seen before. Off to trusty Facebook to upload the photo and within minutes lovely friends had informed me it was a cockchafer, also known as a Maybug. The Boy has been enthralled with it, but very sad that they apparently live for only one day.

We then noticed a little group of eggs on one of our plants (cabbage/sprout or cauli – I’d obviously run out of sticks to tag them). We will sacrifice this plant, and keep it somewhere safe so that we can watch the caterpillars emerge, did I mention the extreme bug love that goes on at our house..?!

purse, poppy, brooch And here’s a quick look at a couple of new things I’ve been working on, the poppy piece on green and cream will become a clutch, and the other is a brooch 😀

After mainly doing pyrography for the last couple of weeks, it appears my sewing mojo is returning.

Phew. 😀

Edit: After reading a bit more, it seems that it’s Mayflies that only live a day, and the beastie we found can live a month or more. The Boy is going to think it’s a miracle if it’s still going strong tomorrow! Yay!

Vegging and craftiness

So, the last post was all excitement and anticipation – planting the seeds and waiting for the veg to start growing.

Look at it now!

In the foreground we have sprouts, and around those we have a tub of lettuce, lots of different varieties, we also have beetroot, and lots of cabbage, and radish (the dandelions you can see have been the bane of my life recently, but I may attempt to make wine with them – seems a shame to waste something that grows so prolifically in my garden!)

Oh, and the strawberries! How could I forget those?! (Not that you can see them in this pic..) They have lots of flowers, and there are even the beginnings of fruit. Ripe strawberries, front doorstep, early morning, heat and sunshine. Can’t wait!

We haven’t grown much veg before, so this year is all about learning what works best, and where. I over-did the cabbage seeds slightly, so have been giving away a lot of the seedlings, but we have some growing indoors, some in the ground with mini cloches (used plastic bottles) and some in the ground left to fend for themselves. The ones in pots are doing really well, the others a little smaller, but they also have slugs to contend with, ah well, we’ll see..

Currently waiting for new pots to become available are my peppers (still residing on the bedroom windowsill) and we’ve just sown carrots into a large planter, and tomatoes are just sprouting. Don’t like tomatoes on their own, but am looking forward to being able to make sauces for pasta etc from them.

Am becoming slightly addicted to this veg growing lark!

The mystery seeds from the last post turned out to be sweet peas btw!

Burning, wood, vase, flowers

And on a crafty note, this is the latest piece I’m working on. Have been getting back into my pyrography lately, and have lots of ideas for new items to be put in the shop – one of which will be a large ‘Green Man’ burn, looking forward to getting started on that.

I may be exhibiting my burnings at a local gallery at some point in the future – Gallery 36 – but this is still to be arranged. There is some beautiful photography to be seen there, by Ray Worsnop, the Facebook group can be found here.

Self-sufficient-ish

seeds, self-sufficiency, veg, rocket, lettuce, planting, growing

Rocket, living up to it’s name!

Today we woke up to see that our Rocket was already miles ahead of our other seeds! This afternoon, on checking again, we see that our radish is also pushing above the soil! All good stuff!

We started sowing our seeds two days ago – my bedroom windowsill is now looking like a mini greenhouse 😀

We sowed cabbage, cauliflower, beetroot, onions, sprouts, radish, lovage, cress, various lettuce, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (sing along..) We need more compost, but as soon as we do we’ll be sowing ‘cut and come again’ lettuce, carrots, and beans.

I won’t have enough room to plant all of the seedlings, so they will be shared amongst my neighbours, community spirit at it’s best.. Now if I can barter them for some joinery work, even better!

We may even have room left for some flowers – we have scattered the poppy seeds Mum gave us, along with Sweet William, and we’ve got Alium and a ‘mystery’ seed (which she didn’t mark – can’t wait to see what it is!) in trays on the kitchen windowsill.

Roll on self-sufficient ish 😀

Rain, hail, finally a bit of sun..

daffodils, springbeautiful white drops of winter
It’s been really cold here lately, with plenty of rain and a touch of hail, and although it’s doing my new plants the world of good, it’s also stopping me from getting out in the garden and doing more. I thought I’d put up a couple of photos I took a few weeks ago, photos that make me smile to look at them, and make me long for a bit more sun!
We’re looking forward to get started on planting the vegetables. Last year we planted potatoes, onions and tomatoes, but only really had any luck with the tomatoes – I think I put the others in too shady a place, so we’ve moved things around, and the semi-shaded area is now being dug to create a wildlife pond, to hopefully accomodate the frogs we always see in the garden, and we’ve put up window boxes for kitchen herbs, and will be doing hanging baskets for strawberries, and containers for everything else. Hopefully it’ll all work out!

In the meantime, we’ve been doing a lot of reading, drawing, sewing and baking. I love this photo of the cakes, though I can’t take any of the credit for them, from stirring, to spooning, to decorating and finally to eating, they are all the work of a very proud little one 😀

And would you look at our new book stash that was delivered today! 😀

tasty hey?!books, learning, sore throat