Friday, February 05, 2016

A Short Break to Northumbria

Rob, Brock and I enjoyed an overnight stay in Northumbria during the week.

We stayed at the beautiful Chillingham Manor House, where we had the best breakfast ever at a hotel: Rob had muesli, orange juice, vegetarian sausages, eggy bread, toast and homemade preserves, and coffee. I had excellent fresh fruit salad, apple juice, bubble & squeak with poached egg (laid by one of the chickens I could see out of the window!), gluten free toast with Seville orange marmalade and lemon curd, with coffee. Absolutely superb! We bought a jar of the wonderful marmalade to take home with us. Ros and David who run this small hotel are so friendly and welcoming, I would definitely recommend a stay with them if you are in the area.

[Image from The Manor House's website]

Our day had started with a walk around Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, followed by lunch at the Damascus Drum cafe.

Next stop was at Melrose. The weather was beautiful for this time of year. Here is a view of Melrose Abbey.

Then Kelso (above), before we drove to Chillingham.

The following day, on the recommendation of our host, we went to Bamburgh beach to walk Brock.



A slightly cooler day, we took a bracing walk along the beach, taking in the views out to sea and of Bamburgh Castle.

Then it was on to Alnmouth for another beach walk, followed by coffee and cake.




Our final stop before driving home, was at the fantastic second hand book store at Alnwick Station, Barter Books. It is a really wonderful book shop, with model railway running around the tops of the shelves in one room, an open fire with sofas and free coffee in another room. There is a nice cafe, the Station Buffet, there, but it was full even at this time of year. They operate a number system for getting a table. We were lucky enough to get the table in the centre of the bookshop, where we had a jacket potato with cheese, and the day's special, Kitchari (a curried lentil and rice dish). Tasty food, but we were still a little full from breakfast so didn't do it justice.

A very nice change of scene for us all!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Gift Ideas For Valentine's Day - Embroidered Heart Pendants

Here are a selection of my embroidered heart pendants.

These are made using a hand tool called a punch needle, which makes a single loop of embroidery thread on the backing fabric with each 'punch'. The resulting embroidery is like a miniature 'rug' with lots of surface texture.

The price quoted includes a gift box and UK postage & packaging (small charges apply for worldwide shipping).

Variegated Lilac with Green Sparkle, £25

 Yellow and Teal Star Pattern, £25

 Pink & Purple Swirl Pattern, £25

Shades of Red, £25

Pink Swirl Pattern (minor imperfection to mount), £23

My items are split between my Folksy and Etsy shops. I can list any item on your preferred platform - just contact me with your requirements.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Mixed Media Miniature Art Works

Here are some of my latest pieces. They are made from a punch needle centre, set in a painted, papier mȃché frame. 
The punch needle embroidery is worked by punching each loop through the backing fabric using a hand tool to form a textured surface: just like making a miniature rug!

This is the frame and tool I use for working with. The picture above shows the front of the work, with the tool and embroidery threads.

This close-up shows the reverse, 'working side' of the fabric that you punch from. There is a very clear description of the technique on Wikihow called "How To Needle Punch".

Punch Needle and Papier Mache Hanging Decoration - Yellow and Grey Abstract 

Punch Needle and Wooden Brooch - Sunrise [item not yet listed for sale]


More items will be listed in my Folksy and Etsy shops as they become available.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

We've Got Snow!

For only the second time this winter, we have had a few inches of snow. Here are a few scenes from Brock's morning walk, starting with sunrise this morning:-





Me in my new hat (thank you, Juliet!) with Brockie Boy.


It was only when I was looking at the photos when I got home that I noticed the 'ghost' finials on the gateposts.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

New Buttons!

Some new buttons can be found in my Etsy and Folksy shops. Please click the link beneath the photo to go to the item for sale:-

Woodland Friends Buttons / Embellishments £3.00 for the set, from Folksy or Etsy

25mm Flapper Girl Buttons - Striped Hat Variation £3.00 per pair, from Folksy or Etsy

12 x 25mm Green Marbled Buttons £3.60 for the set, from Folksy

25mm Flapper Girl Buttons - Black Hat Variation £3.00 per pair, from Folksy or Etsy


11 x 25mm Green Marbled Buttons £3.30 for the set, from Etsy

To see my full range of buttons available, please visit my Etsy and Folksy shops.

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