Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A mini break in Cornwall

At the beginning of the boys holiday we were lucky enough to join the lovely Philippa Stanton of the @5ftinf fame and her son for a few days down in Cornwall.
So with a hop skip and a jump (a long train journey infact!) we were greeted at the end of the line in Penzance by the chirpy Phil!

Spending time here was a real treat, the views from the cottage were breathtaking! 

The beaches were perfect for body boarding and hours were spent beach combing for shells, wood and unusual pebbles, so many types of seaweed in one small area too.
Philippa was in her element creating her beautiful table top scenes! 

I loved the shapes of the rocks too, do you see the whale?

We of course had to complete the walk over to St Michael's Mount whilst the tide was out, quite strange as we joined the like minded pilgrims across the well trodden blocks.

Now of course it would have been rude not to partake in other Cornish traditions!

One of the days we loaded our back packs with rain coats, bags of change and set of to walk to Penzance along the beach. A few showers didn't deter us, especially when one of the party was well dressed in her vintage Quant mac!

Such beautiful light, with clouds reflecting on the damp beach!

Once we had had a good old fashioned Fish 'n' Chip lunch we headed to the arcade with our coppers!
Oh my goodness, lets just say we were lucky to get out of there, we were like crazy wild possessed gamblers ! (It was a giggle though!)

 A great time was had by all and what a stunning area of Cornwall it is indeed, we shall definitely be returning soon!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Button the Needle Felted secret birthday commission and workshop dates!

A few weeks ago I had to be a secret squirrel and make a very special cat for a dear friends partner. They own the most gorgeous cat called Button, what a great name!

When I make to commission I start by looking at all the lovely photos a client will send me, ask questions about the character of the animal and anything special that might be attached to that pet, for instance a toy.

I find it quiet nerve wracking to get the expression of the pet when working to order as they are so personal to the client but from the start, creating Button I knew she has the most sweetest look on her face, as well as a lot of fur!

Button is an extremely lucky cat to have such adoring owners. 
She has a beautiful handmade spotty bow tie and used to have the most amazing cardboard castle to venture into (with bunting) made by her Daddy!

so when it came to make the box for Button it was in the shape of a castle along with bright bunting and her special embroidered name label on the top!

Dear little Button was a pleasure to make and was a lovely surprise for her new owner.
Yet again I found it hard to handover the final piece!

Here she is with her real life muse!

If you fancy having a go at making your own little 'Button' or any other little pet I now have some new workshop dates ready to be booked.
They will be held in Petworth by the lovely Charlotte of The Cotton Wool Store, either email her or visit the website to book one of the dates!

Needle Felting Animal Workshops
Monday 15th September 2014
Tuesday 7th October 2014

Needle Felting 2D Landscape Workshops
Wednesday 15th October 2014

Christmas Needle Felting Workshop
Monday 17th November 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Enjoying the sun before it rains....

The British Summer can be, well....unpredictable. 
So when the sun shines you make the most of it!

A trip to Bexhill-on-Sea to swim in its beautiful quiet sea...

...eating fish and chips with a splendid view!

Visiting museums that not only have fabulous exhibitions but have the most amazing architecture too!

Watching the flowers unfold in the heat of the sun.

Picking the first of hopefully many dahlias.

Watching the evening sun set over the horizon.


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