Thursday, 30 June 2011


~ new ~
handprinted and hand sewn lavender pyramids filled with sweet smelling english lavender.
great for popping under your pillow :0)

i've just added them to my folksy and etsy shops today.
mmm..the smell of summer in a bag :0)

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

new finds

the sun was out today which was a good excuse to go off exploring.
we went for a trundle over to hay-on-wye then took a little de-tour on the way home & found a great place to stop off for a brew & a slice of cakey :0)

on the outskirts of builth wells is erwood station, an old railway carriage cafe & gallery set in beautiful countryside right by the river wye.
there's a great selection of arts & crafts made by artists dotted all over wales.

this necklace made by alejandra bernales really caught my eye & i couldn't resist :)
alejandra is a potter & also makes beautiful, delicate porcelain, clay & stoneware jewellery.
after viewing her blog i've seen more 'must haves' already!

there are so many wonderful, inspiring work to see at erwood with demonstations starting up in the next couple of weeks, running throughout july stretching to september time.
click below for more info ~
'the summer of great events'

definitely worth a visit :)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


i managed to squeeze in a bit of sketching & carving last week. i haven't had a day designing in a while as i've been busy printing & making for craft fairs. it actually felt like a day off haha! it was fun to make a new block & re-vamp a lamp with a new shade. i'm now finding myself looking at every shade it the house to put my stamp on it ;0)

the design is my take on the leucospermum flower. i'm sure you'll see this print creep into my web stores sometime soon.

Monday, 20 June 2011


down by the river

a couple of weeks ago we went with some friends for a day out on the river wye.
we merrily paddled all day long launching from hay~on~wye all the way to bredwardine spotting birds & widlife down stream.
the last time i was on the wye was back in '93 when i visited the area with my primary school! i don't know why we hadn't been back before now! funny when things are right on your doorstep ;)

there's something about the riverside which is so calming.

Sunday, 19 June 2011


my online shops have had a little freshen up & a bit of a re-jig of things.

after browsing my web shops recently i found myself wanting to change & update it a little.
i thought it was time to brighten things up with some new images which have more of a collective feel about them.

photographing my work tends to involve a lot of carting things about the house, in & out of rooms in search of that wonderful thing that is bright natural daylight. this can take sometime to hunt out due to the fact that our cottage is full of dark shadows & not much bright light.

the sun gods must have been listening beacuse thankfully we were blessed with a sunny day!
but instead of being out in it i took full advantage of the brighter than normal daylit lounge.
i flung open all the curtains & shifted most of the furniture to clear a space/make an obstacle course for d & smartie ;) so i had a backdrop for taking pictures.

an open, airy loft appartment it was not but my nifty camera helped take the brightest shots it could muster.

so roughly 700 snaps later & too many hours fiddling about on photoshop,
here are my newly decorated shops :)

etsy and folksy

i hope you likey & don't have the urge to utter the words...

"na, rubbish. i liked it the way it was".

happy browsing! :0)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

garden festival snaps

the garden festival, hellens manor, much marcle.

{a pic of my stall minus my head! let's just say i was lucky the wind didn't change ;) }

~ some snaps of a lovely time at the fair ~
{before the heavy rains came ;0) }