Monday, October 05, 2015

October - promise of a golden harvest

You make my heart beat,
the food you deliver to my plate fills my belly with comfort,
the flowers you provide supply the vessels of my table,
the sun with its golden colours set my evening walks,
the smells you release envelope the air I inhale..... 

.....October, my heart belongs to you.

Monday, September 14, 2015

New Needle Felting Workshop dates!

After what seemed a very quick Summer break its full steam ahead into needle felting workshops.
Last week I was back at the fabulous Upper Lodge just outside Lewes in East Sussex teaching a group of lovely ladies.

We always have a photo line up at the end of the day which is so lovely to see and share, its a great opportunity to step back and praise all the students at there amazing efforts!

One of the regular questions I get asked is whether I teach other needle felting workshops and a popular request is for a landscape one, so Corina (Upper Lodge) and I have come up with a few new workshops over the next three months that will tempt anyone wishing to dip into the very addictive craft of needle felting!


Past students work



All of the workshops are suitable for the complete novice, its a fun and friendly workshop set in the most beautiful surroundings, so why not have a go!

Monday, August 10, 2015

VSCO Cam app - a photographers dream






Occasionally I like to use an app to adjust photos on my phone and the VSCO Cam app is a true delight.
You can keep it as simple as you like or use filters to enhance a moment you are trying to capture which in a way is a bit like going back to the darkroom.
Above are a few of my favourite pictures I have taken and played with using the VSCO app but you can view my VSCO Grid too, enjoy! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Crafting with children

When your child begs to be creative and have a go at a making their own version of their favourite character what can you say?

So on a rainy Sunday we set too at making a needle felted Totoro each whilst watching one of many Studio Ghibli films.  My son is addicted to these films at the moment, I found them rather irritating years ago but watching them with a child I have started to understand them in a different light.

Between us we managed to create two very different fluffy little Totoros, each with their own unique cuddly cuteness. Mine was smaller, plumper and has a rather worried look, his oozed happiness and innocence and stood taller, prouder!

There were times when both of us could have given up, points when it was just not going right, even moments where I was the student being taught on the exactness, the shape of the ears. Although needle felting is a craft I have taught many times, I love that I can come away having learnt something new but what made this mini workshop special was to spend some quality time with my youngest, both of us doing something we enjoy. 

Coming from a very creative background seems to run in the family and that in its self is a joy and a comfort that you are doing ok. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

A good read - Meadowland by John Lewis-Stemple

I don't often get the chance to read anymore, I struggle to stay awake at night and there just never seems to be the right time in the day but when I do it has to be a book that I can't put down, one that grabs my attention and tempts me into another world.

Meadowland by John Lewis-Stemple is just that book!

So beautifully written I find myself transported to the edge of a Welsh meadow, lying on the grass looking, smelling and listening to a wildlife microcosm,  forever changing through the seasons. 

It has opened my eyes to a my surroundings, to slow down a bit and look closely, unfortunately the book is so good I am trying to not devour it too quickly!

Looking back at the books I have read, the ones that I  have been immersed in seem to be following a similar path so here are my favourite reads on nature :

Four Hedges - Clare Leighton
Deep Country - Neil Ansell
Red Sky At Night - Jane Strutters

and of course ...


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