A quick post whilst I’m sunning myself in Brittany in France! As you might have noticed, my sewing has kind of slipped by the wayside. For no other reason other than I have been lucky to live in a part of the UK that has had glorious sunshine for the past few weeks, hence it seems a shame to be indoors sewing.
Although strictly not handmade, this post still is about me using my creative skills, so I hope you’ll bare with me! We have lived in our house for 6 years now and I’ve never really felt happy with the garden. As we live in a terrace house, it’s more of a yard really, unfortunately with no grass and just concrete. I’ve tried various different things to try and pretty it up, but it’s never felt somewhere where we’ve been able to relax and enjoy the sunshine. So in April I started a 6 week garden design course, taught by Katherine and Cynthia from Fat Grass Garden Designs. We covered things such as drawing a scale drawing of our garden, planning our design and picking suitable plants. It was a fantastic opportunity to use the skills we had been taught to come up with a design that was right for the space and practical for what we needed. I went through several draft designs before deciding on the final design.
I wanted a space that would give us an area to sit in and relax, but still allow my hubby to wash his bikes. With being such a small area, I also wanted to screen the wheelie bins so we weren’t looking at them when having a nice summer evening meal!
So this is what the garden looked like before (complete with dead Christmas tree!)
And this is what it looks like now
I made the raised beds using gravel boards, normally used for fencing. The screening I already had and just reused to better effect. The bench was bought from Wickes. The plants are mainly ones that I had already, so maybe not quite as cohesive as Katherine and Cynthia would have suggested. However I love how the garden looks and delighted that it is still functional for what we need. I love the bench, a place to sit and contemplate. I also added a few fairy lights to brighten up the space as the sun goes down.
I thoroughly enjoyed designing the space, problem solving and getting my hands dirty. We’ve been lucky to have some beautiful days to sit out in the garden and appreciate all my hard work, hopefully they’ll be many more to come!
At the end of June I joined 270 other women in a field for the very first WI camping weekend. The idea of the weekend was to bring like minded women together to camp, have fun and do a bit of crafting. My friend Karen had never been camping before, so I took along all my camping gear and Karen brought the fairy lights and bunting (essential for a weekends camping!)
On a recent summer evening I swapped my tutor hat for my learning hat as I attended one of The Make and Do Studio’s open craft nights. It was a workshop on making beaded wire work jewellery, taught by the lovely Marie from Redstones Jewellery. We had the chance to make 3 beautiful rings and got to choose from the most gorgeous sparkly Swarovski crystals. The first one we made was just from wire, to get us used to working with the wire. The second one was working with the crystals. The last one was a chance to play with the all the techniques we’d learnt in the evening.
Marie was such a fantastic tutor and so patient. I can’t wait to wear my rings on holiday and see the crystals sparkle in the sunshine!
Last month I went to another workshop at Unit Twelve. This was supposed to be my last one, but I’ve since signed up for another one – leather handbag making, can’t wait till September for that one!!
The workshop was led by Samantha Bryan, if you haven’t heard of her before, I’d urge you to visit her website, her work is just stunning! When I heard that she was doing a workshop at Unit Twelve I knew I had to go. The aim of the day was to create our own fairy, with the guidance from Samantha. I was nervous to say the least, whenever I’ve had to make something with a face, it always turns out completely wrong and looks very squiffy! Continue reading
I finally visited the exhibition of Joana Vasconcelos at Manchester Art Gallery and it was certainly worth the wait. For those who would quibble at having to pay for the exhibition, I’d urge you to go and see how fantastic it is. The time and effort gone into arranging the exhibition is obvious. I would defy anyone to go and not squeal with delight at the exhibits! Continue reading
I’ve never really been one to go to art galleries, but when I heard about Thursday Lates at Manchester Art gallery, I was quite tempted. Since starting work in Manchester, it really has opened up so many chances to explore the city. So when I saw that the evening started at 5pm, It was perfect for me to go to after work. It was advertised as a crochet and knit evening, starting with a crochet workshop, followed by a tour around some of the work of Joana Vasconcelos and finished off with a talk by Emma Varnam.
For my birthday one year, hubby got me a subscription to a fabric club. Each month I got lots of different sample size pieces from the Kaffe Fassett collection of fabrics. I’ve looked at them for so long but wanted the right project to use them for. An infinity scarf pattern that I saw on the Internet seemed like the perfect project to try.
I collected together a lot of the purple themed fabrics and joined them up to form 2 lengths of fabric 54″ long Continue reading
What better way to spend a day off with 2 friends by eating cake, drinking tea and doing some knitting, also known as Crafternoon tea! Continue reading