Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pot Fest In The Park 2014

Rob, Brock and I enjoyed our annual trip to Hutton-in-the-Forest for Pot Fest on Friday.
[Click on any photo to see a larger version.]

 First, we had a walk around the grounds and the walled garden.



The theme of the exhibitors' competition this year was "Out of This World". I picked the three pieces below as my favourites.


 "Let us boldly go and see if there is intelligent life on earth" by Meri Wells.

 "Rocket Dog" by Paul Smith.


"Leading paleontologist Professor Jardine's ideas on the disappearance of the dinosaurs were quickly ridiculed by his peers" by Professor J Jardine.

Then it was on to the exhibition tents to browse.



We bought some more bowls and side plates from Charlotte and Sigi Böhmer to add to our collection.

 Rob's choice (above) ...
and mine.

The smallest bowls cost £12 or £13, the soup bowls are £18 and the side plates are £21.

Pot Fest in the Park is still on today 27/07/14, with Pot Fest in the Pens on 1 - 3 August.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Beach - An Etsy Treasury

A gift guide, inspired by the beach...


The Beach

The best place to be at this time of year...
Rag Rug Denim Striped Cushion
£75.00
blue and yellow variscite and beach pebble sterling silver pendant necklace
$174.00
Beach Wedding Bridal Package (Hinewai Dandy Style). Made to Order Custom Details .DEPOSIT
$205.00
Antique Whale Lapel Pin Enameled Orca Sparkly Iridescent Purple Blue Yellow Gold Metal Bar Pin Vintage 1940's Marine Ocean Beach Jewelry
$29.96
Crochet Rag Bag Blue Green Yellow and White Market Tote Bag Purse Beach Bag Recycled Materials
$69.00
Forget me not Necklace Original Artisan Crochet Jewelry Multi Strand Pastel Blue Yellow Gold Beach Wedding
$54.00
Hair Comb "Kraken" - copper hair asseccories - octopus - beach jewelry - blueyellow hair pin - ocean - sea theme
$64.00
Airborne Beagle -  hound, dog, beagle, beach, animal,  canine, happy Fine Art Photographic Print
$21.00
Coastal Bird Photography White Yellow & Gray Seagull Ocean Water Fine Art Wall print 11x14 Beach Cottage Chic decor Nautical Home decor
$45.00
Straw hat , Unisex fedora hat , Vintage style , decorated with a stunning ribbon.
$44.00
Pennants fabric flag banner, Fabric Bunting, Flags in Summer beach blue, yellow, Aqua Wave
$34.95
Blue, Orange or Yellow 15" w/ White Straps / Life ring preserver - Nautical Home Decor / Beach House Decoration / Coastal Living
$29.49
ocean beach polymer necklace blue gold handmade cotton string
$22.00
beach photograph, beach hut photograph, blue, triangle, beach hut, architecture photography, yellow, beach decor, rainbow, seaside
$35.00
abstract watercolor painting print, indigo blue, yellow, aqua, brown
$15.00
Colorful Beach Glass Earrings, Sea Glass Earrings, Green Beach Glass Earrings, Blue Beach Glass Earrings, Yellow Sea Glass Earrings,
$12.00

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stripes! Folksy Front Page

My Pinterest Board featuring lots of stripy items from sellers on Folksy.com has made the front page today:-




If you would like to see the orginal board, please click here. From Pinterest, you can click through to the original items for sale.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vintage-Style, Stripy Scrap Patchwork Quilt

This colourful lap quilt or throw is made from 1090 individual pieces of fabric. I aimed to achieve a 'scrappy' vintage look with the eclectic mix of fabrics used.

Included are precious snippets of 1970s Summer dresses, vegetable-dyed fabrics, fabrics dyed by me, repurposed clothing, right up to modern day batiks and Kaffe Fasset shot cottons and colourful flower fabrics.

 The colour scheme goes from light to dark in the columns and from red to orange/yellow, green, brown, blue, purples/lilacs to pinks across the rows.

 The quilt is made in a freely adapted rail fence pattern, with stripes of differing widths, (each stripe may be made from one to three different fabrics), and these are made into 144 five inch squares, and finished off with a yellow and mint binding, inspired by an antique quilt.

 The quilting is machine sewn at 2.5 inch intervals using a cream to beige shaded thread. The wadding is 80% cotton/20% polyester and gives a good combination of warmth and drape to the piece.

 The finished size is approximately:-
5 feet square
(60 inches square)
(152.5 cm square)

 The quilt has been pre-laundered to give it the softness and puckering cherished in vintage quilts.

This quilt is currently for sale in my Fire Horse Textiles on Folksy shop, priced at £300.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ennerdale Water Walk

Rob, Brock and I headed to the most Westerly lake in the Lake District yesterday: Ennerdale Water.

You can walk all around the Lake (7 miles), but we just did a two mile section and then walked back, giving about four miles in total.






It is an easy walk, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and isolated houses and farms.

Afterwards, we headed into Cockermouth (a 20 minute drive from Ennerdale Water) for lunch.

We went to The Coffee Kitchen, a small coffee shop and bakery. Dogs can be taken to the two tables available on the ground floor. (There is a much larger seating area upstairs). The coffee is excellent, as are the cakes and bread, baked on the premises.

Since I require gluten free, vegetarian food, the choices are often limited, and so it was here. I could only eat the cheese salad (£6), and a coconut traybake. Both of which were tasty and good quality. The lunch menu items are pretty tiny portions, though, - more of a snack - but the cakes are a generous size. Rob ate the 'hummus platter' (£5): a small ramekin of hummus with a handful each of salad and crackers, followed by a seeded flapjack. We also had an Americano, a Macchiato and a small bottle of sparkling spring water. Rob bought two small loaves of bread and two packs of crisps to take away and the bill came to £26.20.

In summary, I would highly recommend the coffee and cakes, but would eat lunch elsewhere if you expect a generous portion, especially if you need gluten free food.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Blossom, Wildflowers and Other Plants

Here are some of the plants, blossom and wildflowers in our garden today. We have encouraged lots of wildflowers to set up home and we make a few small areas to grow fruit and veg in the wildness.
(Please click on the collage to see a full-size version.)


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