Monday, December 27, 2010
This lovely stack of reclaimed vintage fabrics from rope.etsy.com. An 8 pack of 12" square pieces costs $6.
Dragon House of Yuen.
Wild Olive. This botanical collection includes Lemongrass & Chamomile, Patchouli & Sandalwood, Oatmeal & Vanilla and six more. You also get a voucher for a complimentary full-sized bar when you've picked your favourite!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
EtsyVeg's vegan and vegetarian artisans are celebrating Halloween with special treats abound, from discounts to free shipping to free gifts! Shop the participating shops listed below to save big!
* 3 AM Art Productions- BOGO on all art prints/photography
* Au clair de la lune
* Blackbird and Peacock
* Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves- $5 off anything tagged "Halloween"
* Gardenia's Garb- 10% off any item tagged "Halloween"
* Jen O'Connell Paintings and Original Artwork- free shipping
* JFIllustrations- free shipping
* Kimbas Critters
* Lalu Jewelry- 15% off
* Maple Ash and Oak- 15% off
* M's Knits and Things- 15% off all scarves
* Mumbot Shop
* Palafox Studio 23- free shipping
* SilentLotus Creations- 15% off entire shop, plus free shipping over $25 and free gift over $40
* Starfirewire- Free Shipping and Free gift
As part of our ghostly event, EtsyVeg is hosting a giveaway in which lucky shoppers will receive scarily fabulous handmade prizes from our ghostly talented artisans! All shoppers who make purchases from EtsyVeg member shops participating in the Spooktacular (see list above) are invited to comment on the EtsyVeg Blog. Include the link to the item(s) you purchased and your Etsy shop name or email address so we can contact you if you're name is drawn, and you will be entered to win an incredible prizes ( a random number generator will be used to choose winners). Winners will be announced on November 3rd!
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Throughout the Spooktacular, check the blog daily for updates, featured artisans and their screamingly awesome handmade creations, and more! Please email us with questions at etsy...@gmail.com . And Happy Halloween!
The car park for the gardens and Alnwick Castle is quite a walk from the attractions, and costs £2. We had forgotten that it was half-term school holidays in England, but we were soon reminded when we had to queue for over half an hour to get tickets for entry to the garden! Adult tickets cost £9.50 each, and you can pay an extra £1 towards The Alnwick Garden Trust, which carries out charitable projects and programmes.
You pass this huge tree house on the way to the main entrance...
The cafe was in a scenic position, overlooking "The Grand Cascade" (a section of which is shown in the photo below). There is a clear roof over the terrace which lets the sun shine in, and lots of bamboo plants in pots give some privacy, but it was busy and noisy, being bi-sected by the main walk way to the Garden.
The Garden was a lot smaller than we had imagined. It was divided into areas, such as The Serpent Garden - a sort of maze with water features; The Rose Garden; The Ornamental Garden (bordered throughout with huge, trained crab apple trees, which looked very impressive with masses of red fruits at this time of year.) Training trees over structures seems to be the Head Gardener's speciality. Here is an example of a covered walkway below.
After a look round the town, we made our way back to the Alnwick Garden gift shop and plant centre. There were lots of plants on offer at the end of the season, and 90 rose varieties available.
The tree house is the grand finale. Again it was very busy, and the cafe and restaurant situated inside the main building would probably need to be booked in advance to be sure of a seat. There is a short tree top walk including two wood and rope bridges. The children were having a high old time jumping up and down and getting the whole structure to sway like a giant swing, so we staggered around the walk like drunken sailors.
I think Alnwick garden would certainly appeal to families with young children (who may also like to visit nearby Alnwick Castle - where part of the Harry Potter films was shot). I enjoyed seeing the vegetable garden and the tree house, but would have liked to see a greater variety of plants, and styles of planting. My main tips would be to avoid busy times of year and to take a packed lunch!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
These would make perfect bag closures, or decorative accents for quilts, wall hangings or chunky knitwear.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I am delighted to have my workspace featured on the UK Handmade blog today. There are some photos and a short interview. Please drop by and say hello!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The packs contain a mixture of new, second-hand and vintage buttons.
Hope you like the results - these packs (and a few others) are available to buy from my MISI shop.
Love Buttons on MISI.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Cilla's shop has all sorts of styles of contemporary earrings, chokers, necklaces and bracelets. Why not brighten up your autumn and winter wardrobe with a lovely handmade piece of jewellery?
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Crail Pottery is well worth a visit if you like handmade ceramics, earthenware and pottery. It is run by, and features the work of, the Grieve family. There were a number of styles, from terracotta herb planters to ornamental pieces featuring decorative patterns and glazes, to plain, but beautiful, everyday pieces.
Rob chose this cup and saucer.
They cost £12.50 each.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Here are some interior shots of the cottage. Taken a day or so after we arrived, you may observe the unmade beds, chaos and detritus that we have introduced in such a short time.
We paid £335.00 (including £15 for one dog) for the week commencing 4 Sept 2010. The cottage sleeps two and has a small kitchen area, open plan dining/sitting room, small bath/shower room and twin bedded room. (We had to push those together in the end, as we couldn't get used to not sleeping in a double bed!).
There is a village shop and post office nearby, a pub and hotel in the village. The cottage has a TV and DVD, plus books and games. The beds and sofa were comfortable and the decor was quite nice, with the owner's overspill collection of chicken and animal ornaments on a high shelf in the main room. The kitchen has plenty of equipment and crockery, a fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave and washing machine.
A galleried area upstairs was locked up, but visible from below, which was a bit creepy. Rob put four large house spiders out of the door in seven days - unnerving if, like me, you are not keen on arachnids the size of a child's hand. (Might have been the same one getting back in!). Henry had quite a walk to get to the nearest grassed areas, but he did like seeing the neighbour's dog, Keira. She, however, was not so keen on Henry and growled at him every time they met.
All in all, though, it was a comfortable cottage, and a good centre for visiting Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife and the East Neuk coast. The Pillars of Hercules organic cafe and shop, with forest walk nearby, was close enough to go for a great veggie breakfast.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Visit Little Barb's shop here.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Chiu-I Wu of Yorkshire.
Nichola Theakston of Lincolnshire.
Steve Woodhead Studio Ceramics.
The event is well worth a visit. Lunches, teas, cakes, ice creams and other refreshments are served in the main house and in several other places,while a brass trio plays music in the background.
Each year a competition for the ceramicists is set. This year the theme was "Altars, Shrines and Markers". The exhibits are all set out on the lawn and visitors can vote on their top three favourites. Both Rob and I picked a beautiful and funny entry by Christine Hester Smith showing a queue of tiny penguins making offerings of fish to the God of Flight - a huge stylized eagle. Our photo sadly didn't do it justice, but click on the link to see examples of her work.
Finish up with a walk around the beautiful grounds and walled garden - the latter is full of flowers, fruit and bumble bees at this time of year. Highly recommended!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This beautiful cushion cover is made from hand painted silk. Rosemary also makes "wearable art" scarves and accessories and knitted items. Her shop also stocks buttons, photographs and special items sold for charity: well worth a visit!
Rosemary's own website.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Afterwards, you can enjoy a stroll in the award winning Wilton Lodge Park, a visit to the local museum and art gallery and a rootle round the shops.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Marriage In The Movies'. This shows a room full of beautiful period-style wedding dresses that have been used in films and tv series. My favourite one, above, was worn by Helena Bonham Carter in the film 'Frankenstein' from 1994.
The wedding dresses will be on display until the end of October 2010.
After enjoying the exhibition, you can stop for tea and cakes in the Museum's tea room, and buy souvenirs in the gift shop. I managed to get another book about buttons to add to my collection ;o)