Wednesday, 29 June 2011

....And That Was June.

June has been a very productive month for me and it was rounded off nicely with the street fair at Falkland last weekend. Here is the view over to the Lomond Hills from near Freuchie.

Funnily enough, I made this picture from my imagination the day before I took the photo!


A cottage, some sheep and a bit of artistic license with the size of the poppies and you'd think I'd used that scene as inspiration.

 Me and my wee stall.

The street fair went well and was very enjoyable to do. 
My Mum supplied us with the tartan bunting.

 Mum, Fynn and Kirsty

I shared a stall with Kirsty of Falkland Felts. We had great fun doing a stall together. It is something we day dreamed about doing 15 years ago when we were young, free and single. We were going to get a van and travel all summer doing stalls at festivals then head for the sun in the winter. Then life and children took over and this is the first of us actually doing a stall together!

Kirsty's on-the-spot workshop making felt soap rocks was a great success.

Children and adults alike had a go and went away delighted with their creations.

 For anyone unfamiliar with the process, you take a bit of soap, in this case a piece shaped like a big pebble, and cover it with felt. 

You wrap some dry felting fibres around it to the point where you can't see any soap anymore. Holding the fluff and soap carefully in both hands, you dip it into warm water and start to squeeze gently.
 Keep squeezing until the fibres start to stick together, then start rubbing the ball of soap and fibres around in your hands.
It gets all sudsy as the fibres felt together and once you are done you have a soap wearing a woolly jumper that you can use as a normal hand soap or a bathroom ornament.

Here are some of Kirsty's along side some real rocks. You can make them any colour you want. The children made some fantastic rainbow ones.

 I have made a lot of new pieces this month from brooches and pendants to landscapes and bookmarks. I have a constant supply of my work going out to four main stockists as well as keeping a variety of work available through my online shops.

 These new sheep cards and mixed media pendants are going into production in between doing stuff with the children during the holidays and going camping.

One of my favourite things about June is the flowers.
It's probably the only time in the year when I miss my job as a florist. 
Although you can generally buy most flowers all year round now, my favourites are at their peak at this time of year as this is their natural growing season.

My Mum and Hugh had their 5th wedding anniversary this month and we gave them these. My husband is great at buying flowers. He chooses and few bunches of this and that then I get some greenery from the garden, my trusty roll of cellophane, a big piece of ribbon and transform them into a presentable bouquet.

Just look at those scented stock! Absolutely heavenly! Mum was delighted with them and they looked even better in her big Azteca glass jug.

Hope everyone has great plans for the summer holidays. I was looking at video footage from our trip to Ireland last year. I felt a pang of regret that we are not going this year when I saw all the sunny shots, then felt glad we have decided not to go when I watched a clip taken in the porch of the tent with the rain pouring and low cloud as far as the eye can see. I'm sure we will get just as rained on this year but we won't have gone so far for the privilege!


  1. What a lovely post! I really enjoyed reading about what you've been up to. That pendant is particularly lovely and I love the flowers. We used to holiday in Ireland every year, and I miss it very much, but as you say, it's a long way to go to sit and watch the rain from your tent! I hope you get lovely weather wherever you are off to.

  2. You have had a busy and productive month, creating beautiful things. The stall looked lovely and I bet the felting was fun to do-wish I'd been near enough to visit!

  3. How lovely to read about your June experiences! Your stall looks so tempting, I just want to dive in to explore all those gorgeous creations - every time I see your felted landscapes I fall in love with them. Beautiful work :)

  4. What an eventful month! You make gorgeous things, I fall in love with practically every item you display on your blog...

    Thank you for your kind comment, I'm happy for you! I actually like clothes shopping, but I realise many people don't so well done! Shall we see an outfit or two appear on your blog in the future, perhaps? :)

    Have a lovely day,

    Mojca XXXX.

  5. Gorgeous work as ever :)
    Hope you have a great summer with the kids, wherever you may go!
    Kate x
    PS. I didn't know you were a florist in a previous life!

  6. What a wonderful post! Your flowers are amazing, and it was lovely to finally see a photo of are just beautiful!!! time, don't hide in the stall shadows...put yourself front and center!! Grin. XXO-

  7. What a busy time! You're stall looked lovely :) Congrats on finally getting together after all this time to have a stall together, I would love to do something like that.

    The soap-felting demonstration sounded fab - I know my 'little one' would have loved it!


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