There have been flocks of sheep packing their bags and heading off all over the world from here this week.
It's funny but I hardly ever used to get orders from Australia but recently I've had about six! I love to think of my sheep going off to bask in the sun. The Scottish weather is certainly enough to send anyone packing. 2nd of September and the thermostat here in the cottage says 'Cool-Turn Heating Up'. The heating isn't actually on yet so it's extra jumpers for me today...... and plenty of comforting cups of tea!
So here are some new sheepy makes available now in my online shops. Most of my items have been going into my Etsy shop but I will be restocking my Folksy shop this month as well. I think I have said that a few times recently but life is just so busy!
I'll be continuing to make more sheep pendants including ones with green apple trees and maybe a few in Autumn shades.
The bookmarks sold out both online and through my stockists so I have been busy making more. A few will be heading up to Starfish Studio in time for the North East Open Studios which runs from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th September.
Perthshire Open Studios starts tomorrow with a vast array of Artists and Makers participating. You can find my new printed cards at An Cnoc, a lovely little shop in Crieff. (Links to websites at the end of this post.)
I'm not sure how many studios we will get round but I really hope to visit Eileen at It's Only Natural, Balhornie Cottage, Cargill.
Eileen makes the most delectable Organic Soaps and Creams as well as other crafts. I LOVE her patchouli soap. Not only can you see around Eileen's workshop but you can blend your own unique oils, make a gift box, or ribbon wreath. It all sounds like good fun to me!
I've had a few commissions to work on recently too.
This is a pendant piece to go with a cuff I sold a few months ago.
I also had a commission to make a cuff. Woodland browns and greens was the brief.
I put a shade chart together for the customer and she chose the combination she preferred.
And here is the result. Woodland greens on a deep earth brown background.
The button is carved wood and came from my own collection of vintage and second hand buttons. There was only one of it so this cuff is even more unique.
I liked the piece middle top on the chart so I made it up and found this toning button in a rich chestnut brown to finish it off.
available in my Etsy Shop.
More news is that I will be exhibiting at The Handmade Show in Perth Concert Hall on Sunday November the 6th.
The Handmade Show showcases the talent of designer-makers from Scotland and beyond in a wide range of arts and crafts disciplines.
I will have a full range of textile art and craft with me and hopefully some brand new designs as well.
And on a completely different note, look what my lovely husband made!
He has been making bread using the bread machine for a while now but while I was looking through a book called 'Super Foods For Kids', racking my brains for good ideas for healthy packed lunches and snacks, I found a quick recipe for bread made by hand.
David had a go but it came out rather heavy and a bit on the damp side within. The crust was delicious though.
For his second attempt we dug out an old Delia Smith book and the result was fantastic!
Our bread tin was a bit small for her recipe so he just cut a bit off the dough and baked it separately. He is so pleased with himself and we are all delighted with him too.
Only problem is that fresh baked bread is irresistible!
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