Sweet Williams brought from A Cornwall roadside by my own sweet William.
A 1950s tray found in a junk shop and a pottery cat made by my Grandad many years ago. A pretty pair.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to do a leatherwork course with the wonderful leatherworker, green woodworker and all round crafty chap Rob Exton. I learned SO much (30+ skills and techniques) and produced some lovely leather items including a purse, knife sheath and moulded blessing bowl. It was genuinly one of the best things I have ever done and I have well and truly got the leather bug, I loved all the processes from tanning to moulding and most of all the glorious sadle stitch. I am currently making a simple over the shoulder bag which is Very exciting.
Practicing sadle stitch
Bag – WIP
In June I am going on a basketmaking course, which I am also VERY excited about. Traditional crafts like basketmaking and leatherwork have always been intrinsically linked with rural living and they are being kept alive by a small core of skilled passionate craftspeople. I feel extremely lucky to be learning these skills and I hope to perfect them over the coming months and hopefully become a leather working, basket making ninja. Watch this space!
*For more information on Rob’s courses and projects visit his website
We are currently planning with military precision what furniture/ stuff will fit into our new 12ft home, I have been relishing in the downsize, ruthlessly editing my possessions and donating bag after bag to the local Oxfam, However I cannot quash my nesting tendencies, whatever size the nest may be. The other day I found myself buying some pretty green stemmed wine glasses from a charity shop (even though we have some perfectly functional ones already) and, inexplicably, three embroidered linen tablecloths have made the cut (THREE? In a forest?) These tendencies can also lead to painting furniture with little tester pots of paint. For our tiny new home I decided to brighten up some of the bits of furniture we’ll be taking;
This little wicker beauty was picked up in a charity shop and painted by my Mum, I spruced it up further by painting the inside with ‘Southbank’ Orange by Fired Earth and adding a vintage place mat.
Marit Lissdaniels and Angelica Utterberg set up Little Studio in 2010, their playful designs are intended for adults and children alike and they take inspiration from children’s ability to see things for more than they really are, a triangle becomes a mountain for example, a concept I love. Their charming products include prints, cushions and cutting boards all produced in Sweden, they smack of that intrinsic elegance that comes with genuine Scandinavian cool. On my wishlist: The landscape tray.
I wanted to tell you…
Me, Mr W and Luna the cat are off on an adventure… to live in the forest, in a yurt!
The forest is close to where we live now and has views over a beatiful valley, It is a sustainable woodland management project that runs courses in bushcraft, green woodworking, coppicing etc and I have the role of cooking up a yummy lunch for the course attendees and volunteers in the outdoor kitchen.
Living a low impact, off grid life close to nature is something we’ve always dreamed of and we cant quite beleive how lucky we are to have this amazing opportunity. You can follow our adventure and yurt ramblings on this blog:
This weekend was full of sunshine; my little sister came to visit, we strolled in our t -shirts and remembered what summer was like, we climbed a spiral staircase to the top of a tower, we hatched plans for a new adventure, we bought new books and we ate good food.
“For the first time in my life I was out of the sight of humans. For the first time in my life I was alone in a world whose behaviour I could neither predict nor fathom: a world of birds that squealed, of plants that stank, of insects that sprang about without warning. I was lost and I did not expect to be found again. I put my head back and howled, and the sun hit me smartly on the face, like a bully.”
Laurie lee – Cider with Rosie
I’ve been eyeing up some little affordable gems, you know, the bringer’s of joy that cost the same as a bottle of wine and feel like finding treasure :
I need this singer sewing machine necklace in my life… From That Kate Creates on Etsy ~ £7
This new tape from the wonderous emporium Seventy tree is simply joyous ~ £5
Cute little rubber stamps from eatpraycreate on Etsy, this moustache is under £5
More washi tape, its amazing how much joy tape can bring, this Argyle design is surely an investment in your stationery stocks. From Cute tape and less than £3.
State your allegiance with the cat world by wearing one of these sweet badges from Amy Blackwell, available on Etsy ~ £4
Or indeed show your love for Canadian forest animals, with these beautiful badges from Natures my friend ~ £3.50
I’ve made these two little hoop frame beauties for the SHOP, they are hand screen printed and appliqued and perfect to hang in your nest, I love the circular shape, good for mixing things up amongst all your rectangular frames and the words are good to live by. They are also extra special because they are original one-off pieces: