Updating the shop.

The shop is now up and running – you can have a look at it here, or browse individual categories through the menu on the left. It is still not fully stocked, but it’s slowly getting there – I’ve added the sock creatures, a few bags, some pyrography..

Latest products to be added have been the wooden magnets, perfect for those extra stocking fillers!

All available to buy directly from the website, through Paypal πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

As always, pics are clickable to view them fullsize.

Another Sockmonkey finds a new home

So we set off to the Post Office in the rain, wellies on ready for puddle jumping, to send the little stripey sockmonkey on the left to his new home – he is to be a birthday present for a little girl, and I hope he makes her very happy!

On the way we called into a local exhibition space, to enquire about having my pyrography on show/for sale there. It’s a lovely space, and has some brilliant works of art in there, amongst those were some bizarre/macabre dolls and horses – wish I’d got photos and the name of the artist, they were amazing! Had a lovely chat with the lady in there, while the Boy tested his voice in the echoey surroundings πŸ˜€

Also booked an exhibition space in the local library for next year, so should give me plenty of time to build up some more work!

So, off little monkey went.. His friend, on the right, is a little lonely now though, hopefully he’ll find a new home soon πŸ˜€

Other available creatures can be found on my Facebook page: >Here<

Edit: I have found out the creator of the dolls/horses is an artist called Badge πŸ˜€

You can see more of Badges work >Here<

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.

..And the Winner is..

Thank you to everyone who entered my competition over at my Meg&Millie FB page, we have just picked a winner..

We decided to make use of our lovely pumpkin to draw the names out of, and the winner is…

Congratulations Eleanor! Please send me your details and the plaque will be with you soon.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and look out for more giveaways in the future πŸ˜€

10 Nov 09 – A quick shot of the plaque that Eleanor requested as her prize, it’s on its way to you now! πŸ˜€