Thursday, 31 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Its been a busy few days and keeping our wood-fired heating going in this cold weather has been a fulltime occupation. It is very satisfying though, knowing we are not part of a system relying on multinational companies for our heating and hot water. The constant glow of a real fire is friendly and far more welcoming than a gas fire or boiler could ever be.
Today I dropped off the felt flower garland to Mum and Robyn finally finished her Gingerbread house. Its a log cabin based on the type Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in as a child. We have read all of the little house books as a family and love them. We have called the gingerbread house 'The Little House In The Big Woods'.
As today is the winter Solstice.....may I send you bright Solstice blessings......brighter days are on their way.
Friday, 18 December 2009
Today I finished a holly wreath I'd been working on. It is a mix of dark green and variegated holly leaves threaded on to a wire. The holly is an impressively tough plant and I used secateurs to cut the leaves from the branches. This also helped minimise prickles. there are plenty out of control bushes around Wylam that have benefited from a little pruning. I left the branches with berries on for the birds. I am pleased with the look of this wreath. I made it for my friend Joy, who kindly payed me for it. I am thrilled she is pixie peg crafts first paying customer. Thank you Joy!
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Ive been busy on several projects this week. I bought some lovely ribbon from the craft shop in Blaydon to adorn the new wreaths. As Christmas is almost here, I thought it was safe to put berries on them. The first one is for my friend Claire and the second one is for my Mum and Dad. Hope to churn out a few more.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Having collected some lovely wreath making materials near the birthplace of world famous railway pioneer George Stephenson, I thought it would be nice to make a wreath for the cottage. It is owned by the national trust. The 18th century cottage is furnished as it would have been in 1781, when George Stephenson was born there. It is the smallest national trust property in Northumberland and is open to visitors March 'till November. The cottage is occupied all year round and is situated on the country park footpath, that was once a railway line, on the banks of the River Tyne.
Kindly, Joy, the lady who lives and works there, said she would put my wreath on the front door of the cottage. Sure enough it was there this morning when I walked up there with the dog. It looks a little rustic, but this probably suits the style of the cottage.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
On a walk with the dog this morning we came across a very old beech tree down by the river, quite near George Stephensons cottage. It is certainly over two hundred years old. There were lots of mast cases still on the branches, so I helped myself to a few and made this simple wreath. Some of the cases fell off as I was making it, but enough remain to make it look quite sweet.
Collected lots of other bits and bobs, including some nice holly.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
This year I decided to make my own advent calendar. No tacky choclate and plastic calendars for us this year. Im hoping to reuse the envelopes next year so i've not sealed them down. Each one holds a cute or funny photo of the children and /or our family pets, taken in the year 2009. I may try to add a joke each day as well.