We're very lucky to have friends with a static caravan at Findhorn Sands and have been invited to stay quite a few times now. It's such a relaxing place with the endless beach and quaint harbour area that on a nice day we just stay put and potter about between the two.
The weather was not great on this visit but it made for some interesting skies.
And a rainbow is always nice, especially when reflected in the bay.
Despite the low temperatures and heavy showers, we still enjoyed a sunset. Could have done with some gloves though! I'm really pleased that we managed to camp and spend two nights in our tent. I thought that maybe last year's holiday cottage for our main summer holiday had spoiled us forever but I still love my tent! Looking forward to using it again in a few months time.
We stayed another two nights in the caravan which was great fun with 4 children......I fell asleep the minute I got home to my own bed! haha
On Monday we went to visit Logie Steading near Forres. I've been keeping up with Diva Designs for years online but hadn't met them in person or been to their studio before.
What a beautiful place! It was lovely to see their felt work up close and to chat with Kirsty.
Hellygog next door were having their grand opening day. Artists Jude and Steve make a variety of wall art and textile pieces and also stock local handmade gifts. Very child friendly and welcoming.
Within the Steading there is a lovely cafe, bookshop, whisky/wine shop and art gallery and across the road is a really nice park for children. There are also river walks which I would have loved to explore but the weather was against us.
Kirsty let me raid her stash and I also treated myself to a little felt flower kit.
All these years that I have been making felt and I have never tried making a flower!
This was my first attempt.
The individual layers are like little petunias.
I tried a second one with some shaped petals and the petunia on top. The colour combinations and textural possibilities are endless! They are quite time consuming to make though.
An alternative way to wear it would be as a necklace. I had some space dyed pencil rovings that I quickly felted to make the cord.
I'll enjoy wearing these myself and might make some for my next fair at Falkland on Saturday 11th July.
What I will be working on this week are these new long rectangular pendants below. They measure 2.7 x 5.2 cm and come with a lovely 18 inch chain that has an extender making it wearable up to 21 inches.
I'll be making them in various colours with square earrings to match.
Last week I added lots of new Felted Sheep Jewellery to my Etsy shop as well as some felt leaf brooches.
I'm expecting a delivery of new printed cards and mouse mats this week as well as my 2016 Calendar possibly next week. I know, I know, it's only June but I have to be organised with these things. Having it all ordered already leaves me free to make new things :)