Posts tagged ‘nature’

May 19, 2014

Some pretty photos…

Ivy outside the Studio Sky Garden Bench

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August 3, 2013

Susan O’Byrne

 

 

July 29, 2013

Shauna Richardson

Crochet animals by Shauna Richardson.

July 22, 2013

Annie Hutchinson – The Little Wren House Factory

June 10, 2013

Kathy Ruttenberg Sculpture

 

Explore the ethereal sculptures of Kathy Ruttenberg… they are utterly beautiful! I love the combination of woodland and human features together, reminiscent of old fairytales and folk lore.

May 1, 2013

Moss

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Taking a closer look at the mossy undergrowth.

March 28, 2013

Giveaway Time: New Hedgehog Tote Bag!

This week we introduced our new Hedgehog design to our range of cotton tote bags, and now you have the chance to nab one of these beauties for yourself! To enter the chance to win a lovely Hedgehog Cotton Tote Bag, head over to our facebook page and click the “like” button on the post about the giveaway and “like” our facebook page – the lucky winner will be announced next Monday 1st April!hedgehog tote bag

In my old house we used to have hedgehogs in the garden, but in the house I live in now we have badgers instead. There is a badger set on the edge of the garden. It sits the other side of a wooden fence in the part we leave to be wild. The ground is sloped and there is a little stream at the bottom, and during the spring bluebells bloom in the shade off the trees; I think all gardens should have a little nature patch, and ours is gradually growing stronger. When we moved in, our lovely neighbours told us about the badgers and we made a hole in the fence for them to come through and explore. It wasn’t long before they started digging little muddy holes in the lawn, but we didn’t mind that because it was lovely to hear them frolicking at night. There have been many times when I’ve been sewing into the early hours, with the patio door open for some fresh air, and I’ve heard the badgers playing in the grass.bedge cotton tote bag

Whilst I love the badger family and the midnight entertainment they provide, I do miss the hedgehogs; there is something undeniably adorable about them, and it was not uncommon to see one or two snuffling in the grass in the evening.  Which is why when I was drawing my Badger illustration, I was compelled to also draw a Hedgehog illustration too. I’ve added these designs to my range of tote bags, and I am working on adapting them for pocket mirrors, badges, lavender bags and zipper pouches in my etsy shop too.

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Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win one of our Hedgehog totes here!

March 11, 2013

Mister Finch

I have utterly fallen in love with the world of Mister Finch, and I am certain you will too.

(I have caught glimpses of his fairytale fabric creations in the past but never knew the maker. I’m sure many readers are familiar with the frustration of finding something wonderful only to be unable to find out more, followed by the delight that comes when you can finally connect the work to the name of a maker, and perhaps even see more of their extraordinary creations.)

Woodland foxes, embroidered moths and elegant beasts lured me into a textile world rich in folklore and storytelling, that oozes fragility, charm and above all, beauty.

January 29, 2013

Ivy and Graves

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A beautifully mysterious ivy covered workshop that joins onto the graveyard. Just oozes olde time charm.

 

 

(I would also like to state that I really don’t hang out in graveyards as much as this blog suggests. It’s just that every time I pass graveyards I seem to have a camera with me, and there just happens to be some great photo opportunities. Honestly.)

January 21, 2013

Snow days

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It’s been snowing recently.

When it was fresh it made an already beautiful landscape look quite picturesque. I get the feeling that as it begins to melt, as it begins to mix with mud and slushy footprints, it will become less so.

What with transportation somewhat delayed during the last couple of days, I have spent a lot of time watching snow fall and huddling in sheltered doorways. It is particularly beautiful at night, as snowflakes dance in the street lights like fireflies, drifting embers in the orange light. That oddly calming sense that overcomes you when you watch air currents billow is ever familiar.

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 A Canadian friend I met at university commented on how we British always seem ill equipped to deal with snow, year on year, and I am inclined to agree with her. Whereas countries that have a lot of snow face the weather donned with chains, ploughs and incredibly warm coats, we grind to a halt. Trains cancelled, schools closed, stocking up on tinned foods in a panic, and all at only a few inches of snow on the ground. My only guess is that we are unused to it, and don’t have the infrastructure in place to continue with our lives as normal. snow 4

For now, I am enjoying the delayed start to my days. Snow brings out the child in me, as it does most people. Snow angels, snow men, snow ball fights, and the steam of a hot cup of tea as you defrost in front of a fire.

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