Monday, 6 October 2014

October Update


What a busy month so far and it's only the 6th!
Falkland Craft Market on Saturday was a great success, really busy with lots of people coming from afar just for the fair.
I was pleased with my stall as although I had just as much stock as usual, it all seemed to fit better and I sold some of everything so nothing was being over looked or not seen.

I spent last week making, making, making with the result that although I sold a lot, I have plenty left over to stock up my Etsy shop.






I have three of these cuffs for sale at £12 each. They are made using my own handmade felt. Lots of rich texture and colour make each one unique. They are also comfortable to wear and light weight too.


I made this Trinket Box from the same panel of felt. It measures 10 x 0 x 6 cm. The big heart charm helps keep the lid closed.
£38


I love these Felt Heart Pendants and wear one myself at every opportunity.
£24 each complete with chain and voile gift bag.



My Treble Clef Tweed Heart Brooches have been very popular and are great fun to make. I love choosing the colours and seeing them all together like this.
I only have one of each colour above available this week. £12 each. I will be making more for my next events though.

I have lots of new printed cards in stock. All are available individually and some in sets of four or six.


Set of six printed cards £12


Set of Four Printed Cards £8


One thing I am really short of just now is original felt pictures. I sold quite a few last month and have only had time to make a couple recently.

This picture below is a composition I have been wanting to try for a long time. I had the frame left over from Open Studios and I'm really pleased with the way it has turned out.
I'm planning to have Bookmarks made from prints of the design.


'Ard Beag' meaning Small Rise
£95 Framed

All of the above are available in my Etsy shop here 

Below is a new line that I am hoping to make available soon. It's a printed cushion featuring one of my felt landscapes. As with all my printed products, the quality of the print shows up the fibres and stitches used in the original picture, making it hard to tell that it is a print.
If I go ahead with this idea, the cushions will be available to order online only. I won't actually have any cushions in stock. You will be able to choose your design for the back and front, choose the size and fabric and have them sent directly to you from the company that makes them. You can also have them sent as a gift which is a great idea.


My next events are 

Saturday 25th October
Ptcairngreen Village Hall
Craft Fair
Pitcairngreen near Almondbank
by Perth
10.30 - 3pm

Sunday 2nd November 
Morningside Makers Market
2 Newbattle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH10 4RT
11-4pm

Sunday 16th November 2014
The Handmade Show
Perth Concert Hall
10.30-4.30pm

Saturday 22nd November 2014
Winter Makers Market
The Steeple
Newburgh
10-4pm



Saturday, 13 September 2014

Upcoming Events

Here is a quick rundown of all my upcoming events.

Saturday 4th October
Falkland Craft market
Falkland Village Hall
Fife
10-4pm

Saturday 25th October
Ptcairngreen Village Hall
Craft Fair
Pitcairngreen near Almondbank
by Perth
10.30 - 3pm

Sunday 2nd November 
Morningside Makers Market
2 Newbattle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH10 4RT
11-4pm

Sunday 16th November 2014
The Handmade Show
Perth Concert Hall
10.30-4.30pm

Saturday 22nd November 2014
Winter Makers Market
The Steeple
Newburgh
10-4pm

I will have my full range of items with me at all events and will be busy making over the next few weeks to bring you some new takes on existing designs.


Pendants £24
Earrings £18






Bracelets £20



Rings £18



Brooches £12

I'm looking forward to making more Ivy Leaf Brooches in different colours this week.


It's becoming more difficult every year to fit everything on one table at Craft Fairs but I will of course have all my printed items with me.


Mugs £8.50
Notebooks £5.95
Cards £2.50
Mousemats £6.95

I will of course have my 2015 Calendars with me.
This is what the pages look like opened out.


There are different images for each month.



Calendar 
£10


 This was my stand at last weeks fair in Edinburgh. I was given a second table for free which was wonderful. It made such a difference being able to spread everything out.


Hope to see some of you somewhere along the line!





Monday, 1 September 2014

Morningside Makers Market Saturday 6th September

I will have a stall at 
The Morningside Makers Market 
this Saturday the 6th September 11 - 4pm.
Colmcille Centre
2 Newbattle Terrace
Morningside
Edinburgh
EH10 4RT



I'll be bringing along all my printed items including Notebooks, Mouse Mats, Mugs and Calendars.





 I have two new felt landscape pictures that I made last week.


Carnoch Beag
and
Lunasa Cottage


Both of these will be mounted and framed at £75

Some other new makes include these Textile and Glass Pendants.



Felt Brooches


And I have some pretty new boxes for my Bracelets as well.


Still got lots that I want to make this week including a few Textile Trinket Boxes and Sheep Pendants.
Hope to see some of you there. Be sure to say hello if you make it along!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Back To Work.

It's definitely time to get back to work now even though our children are still on holiday. They seem to have had seven weeks this year and aren't back until Wednesday!
My creativity is bursting and my fingers itching to get making again so today is the day.
I spent a bit of time over the weekend tweaking my Etsy shop, adding a few new things and re listing some that had sold out.


This 'Washing Day' Printed Card is now available in the square format. This is a lovely vibrant card with the quality of the print showing up the textures of the fibres and tweeds used in the original picture.

My cards cost £2.50 each but some are available in sets.

This set of six below are all in the square format. The set costs £12, that's a saving of £3!


I also have a limited number of this set of four below at £8.
You can find all my cards in my Etsy shop here 


My 2015 Calendar has also arrived. Many thanks to everyone who pre ordered it. All pre orders have now been posted and should be with those in the UK tomorrow.


The Calendar is A4 in size, opening up to A3 with a different picture for each month and plenty of room to write.


This image below gives you an idea of the pictures featured.



Calendars are available here priced £1o

I have some new Sheep Jewellery available now.



Earrings £18



Small Pendants £12



Brooches £18
I'm a bit short of everything sheepy and will have to work hard to restock as my next event is in less than three weeks!

You can find me at The Morningside Makers Market in Edinburgh on Saturday 6th September.
It is held in the Columcille Centre on Newbattle Road, EH10 4RT.
I did my first fair there back in April and had a really great time.

I will have a good range of Textile Jewellery with me.
New pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings and maybe some brooches in this style as well.



Pendants £24


Rings £18


Earrings £18


Pendants £24



So here's to a productive week and hopefully some new things to share by the end of it.
I hope you enjoyed my two previous posts about our holiday. It's starting to feel like a distant memory already especially as the weather was a bit wet and windy and we actually put our wood burning stove on over the weekend! We need some sunny evenings to go for walks so that we can spin summer out for a bit longer I think.






Friday, 15 August 2014

Hiking The Three Sisters

We enjoyed this view of the Dingle Peninsula every day on holiday (see previous post) and decided that we would definitely hike along the Three Sisters at some point during our stay. The Three Sisters are those three little peaks you can see slightly left of centre. Their Gaelic names are from right to left, Binn Diarmada, Binn Meanach and Binn Hanrai.

The first time I ever came around the Slea Head Drive I remember marveling at the landscape and thinking that the land looked like waves that had solidified into rock just as they were cresting. I thought that the walk would involve hiking along the base of the peaks, seeing over the edge at the areas in between. 
How wrong was I!


The day we chose to hike them was a bit dull to say the least.We had been going swimming at Coumeenole first thing every day so a dull day seemed like a good day for a hike. We drove to the foot of the furthest away hill and set off over moorland and heather just as it started to rain. My 9 year old daughter was less than impressed with this and huffed about it so much that I thought the whole expedition was going to be a disaster.
I decided that we would take a short cut up to the shoulder of land between the first and second peak and let David go the long way round the path.

The landscape was pretty bleak. Boggy with heather and bare patches in between. My daughter soon perked up when we realised that the bare patches were scattered with quartz and there was the possibility of finding crystals like we had found at the beach the day before.


A poor old sheep's skull was a source of fascination as well.


So we got to the ridge in a better humour than we had set out in and I was quite happy to sit here and wait for David but Ciara was so enthusiastic by now that she wanted to climb higher.



I was a bit nervous at this point as there was a sheer drop to the side of us so I didn't take many photos. 




We met David coming down and he encouraged us to go higher and low and behold we ended up sitting right up here on top of the peak!



I feel a bit giddy looking at this photo now. We were sitting right up there on the rocks and I did turn round and peek over the edge but I didn't dare fumble with my camera for fear of it or me going over the edge.



This is looking from the first peak south across the other two with Sybil Head in the distance and the Blasket Island beyond that.

We stopped for a shivery bite on the lower area between the peaks. This is not as precarious as it looks, there is actually grass and sheep in front of us here.


So my notion that the hike would take us along the base of the peaks was completely wrong. We actually walked up and over all three of the sisters!




Looking back along to Binn Diarmada.
I'm thinking these peaks must have had much older names as this one is named after the Spanish Armada, some of which were wrecked around here in the 1580's.


Lovely colours and textures in the rocks.


I little hitch hiker on Ciara's jacket.


I was not close to the edge on purpose here, this was where the path took us!





Looking back over Smerwick Harbour Bay.


The view from Binn Meanach.


The vegetation changed to thick bracken, heather and gorse on Binn Hanrai.







We saw this tiny boat below hauling in creels.



I wasn't sure I'd make it to the top of Binn Hanrai as my knees were aching but having already decided that I'd do a blog post about it, I made the effort to get a photo from the very top looking out across the wild Atlantic.


And one looking down as well!


And one looking along to Sybil Head, Clogher Head and Great Blasket Island.




We passed more precarious drops on our way down. 




I find it fascinating to see this coastline up close. There are so many tour buses taking people around the Slea Head Drive from morning to night every day and I really feel for the people on the buses that are doing a whistle stop tour of the country and not getting a chance to really experience the wonder of the place. Everyone can take a quick photo and move on to the next beauty spot but I really enjoy getting to know a place. This area has a special 'feeling'about it that has kept us coming back year after year and never tiring of it.


We lost the path after a while as it seemed to go on up to Sybil Head with no option of coming off the hill and as we had been up to Sybil Head before we just headed off down to where we could see a road. 
I stopped to take a photo of this little bothy and the man who owned it came out to talk to us. He was a great character called Patrick who said we were lucky not to have met the wrath of the farmer who's field we'd come through when trying to find the road. We talked at length with him and he ended up giving us a lift back to our car! What a great guy! 



The sun came out later that day and we got our swim at Coumeenole after all.





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