Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Moving into March

I always assume that I will have lots of time to play and experiment with new ideas throughout January and February but things have remained really busy here for me so far this year with commissioned pictures and requests for various other items.
 I'm trying my best to make plenty of original felt landscape pictures available but so far only have one up for sale.

Aubrieta Cottage came from inspiration gathered last summer. A cottage behind a wall that I saw on Kerrera combined with cascades of aubrieta along a wall I saw in Dunkeld. 
I have always loved the sight of aubrieta tumbling down a dry stone wall so here is my first attempt to depict it in felt.

Aubrieta Cottage
Measures 19 x 21 cm and comes with 32.5 x 34 cm Mount, Wrapped in Cellophane
Available here

I took a mad notion to move my whole work space to a completely different part of the cottage last week. My efforts to contain my sprawling piles of felt and boxes of fibre, fabric, wool, tweed etc etc to one corner of our open plan kitchen/sitting room were in vain so I moved the lot to another room.
This room was originally a smiddy many moons ago but had already been converted into a spacious room before we moved in. We have used it as a sitting room in the summer in the past but as we had no summer to speak of last year, we just stayed through in the warm by the fire and hardly used this area so I've taken it over for now.


I must say I am loving having all this space! I've been working here for a week now and have even managed to keep it tidy.

The best thing is that the area I used to work in is so tidy now and I have my favourite windowsill back.
I have since hung a beautiful trailing ivy up here and rearranged the bits and pieces. I think it will change according to the season and what happens to be my favourite object at any given time.

 Another fantastic advantage of moving room is that I can now see right out into the garden and watch the birds at the feeders.
We have a pair of woodpeckers frequenting the nuts and hope that they will produce young ones as they did last year. They give me a little 7.15 am alarm call each morning with one drumming and the other responding. It's just so great to glance up and see their black and white plumage and that flash of red among the branches.

I bought these wee heart peg clips up in Perth at Whispers of The Past, a gift shop on George Street. This card is by Carolyn Saxby and won't be alone on the string for long as the 'to do' lists will be going up beside it!

This is not where I will be doing Open Studios North Fife from. I will move everything down to Ladybank for that weekend only. The premises I use in Ladybank is owned by family and I could use it all the time if I wanted to but I much prefer working from home. There is much more light and I like being able to work in the evenings as well as do other jobs around the house throughout the day 

This week also sees a batch of Sheep Brooches and Earrings going off to a new stockist in America! Lupine Blossoms Fiber Arts in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire already use my cards as Gift Certificates and one of my little felt landscapes as the business logo. 
It's lovely to have a stockist overseas and this little flock will be available there as of next week.

A new batch of stock will also be heading off to Room 15 in Oban soon but in the meantime you can find Sheep Jewellery and other items available in mt Etsy Shop

 The Notebooks, Sketchbooks and Prints are also available in my Folksy Shop
Guest checkout is available with Folksy and remember that I am always happy to send direct to the recipient if your item is a gift and will include a little card with a note from you at no extra cost.

 Notebooks £5.95 Sketchbooks £8.95

Sets of Six Cards £12

Small Prints £12

Brooches £12


  1. Lovely new cottage landscape!

    And it's great that you now have a bigger and better space! Maybe it'll even help with your creativity and make you more productive!

    And as always, gotta love the sheep goodies!

  2. Wow - I love your new workspace! I am hoping to move to a different room soon, can't wait! I am so jealous of the woodpeckers - I've only ever seen one in our garden. The aubretia picture is just lovely, I'm very fond of aubretia on a dry stone wall, you've captured it so well.

  3. I can quite understand why that might be your favourite windowsill - it's very pretty - as is your new room. But it won't be big enough. Annie and I were working together in my craft room yesterday and as we tripped over each other, we kept saying 'we need more space!' Crafter's never have enough room.


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