Very excited to have been accepted to exhibit at the Design and Craft Fair being held at West Dean later this year. Slightly nervous too, as there's a chance I may also be running a workshop or two while I'm there! More information about that to come over the coming weeks, in the mean time you can find out more about the event at https://www.westdean.org.uk/Events/Outdoorevents/DesignandCraftFair.aspx
Thought it was about time I shared some pictures of my current work in progress. This one has been on hold for a little while - the wording was pretty straightforward once I'd chosen the colours and layout, but the border has had me stumped for some time.
Lots of playing with flowers and leaves, and finally I have a border I'm happy with. The next step is my favourite bit - adding detail using hand embroidery, sequins and beads so that it sparkles and shines once it reaches its final destination in the festival office at Worthy Farm.
At the moment I'm on a bit of a mission to add products to the shiny new shop page on this website. I've been trying to work out the best way to take some decent shots of my work, and was digging around on the internet last for ideas when I found this: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/640799395/lightcase
It arrived yesterday, and has been put to good use already....
This project began with some absent minded fiddling with discarded string from a Christmas present (far too nice to just throw in the bin, but that is why my house looks the way it does, full of things that I can't bear to get rid of....)
After some initial experiments the string was abandoned in favour of a large reel of telephone wire, given to me at least a decade ago. It's been sitting in the house ever since, just waiting for the right project (see comments above, re state of the house....)
Several evenings (and lots of loops) later, I have a finished necklace, a lot of wire still to get through, and a head full of ideas for more necklaces and a bracelet. Watch this space.....
...but I will try and be better in 2015. The good news is that I am still here, and still stitching away! Pics of some recent commissions in the gallery below:
After what felt like weeks of endless flower making, the big day finally came. And, once the bunting was up and the flowers were in place, it was time for my smallest helpers to go off and have some fun.
I really enjoyed working on all the different decorations for this wedding, and felt very honoured that the bride and groom trusted me with their big day.
You can find more images of my work in the Flowers and Weddings pages of my website.
It's nearly the end of the summer holidays and this time of year always feels like a good time for a new start. The eldest daughter is halfway through junior school, the middle daughter is about to start junior school, and the littlest daughter is only days away from beginning her school career. Little does she know what lies ahead...
And me? I'm wobbling between sadness and a momentous end-of-an-era feeling, as I prepare to send them all off in their uniforms next week, and excitement at the prospect of a new chapter for me. Lord only know what lies ahead. New job possibilities? Longer dog walks? The chance to get to grips with the chaotic state of the house?
To get the ball rolling, I've decided to get myself going on a shiny new website and blog. It's very much a work in progress at the moment, but hopefully I'll get the hang of it soon enough, and will be able to start filling it with all sorts of new work.