Thursday, 24 November 2011

My creative Space - dragons

I have been making some more dragons.

A Purple Prussian Dragon

A Welsh Dragon

A baby green dragon
To see more creative spaces go to Kirsty's blog

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Name Change - The Greedy Crocodile and friends

Attention Attention Achtung!!!! I am changing names... I've already changed the name of my etsy shop to, now I will get on with changing everything else!!! Including the name of this blog....

Thursday, 10 November 2011

New Wool!!! From ColouritGreen in Devon

Today the postman brought me a present - some wool from ColouritGreen in Devon.

Look at the green envelope!!
I love CiG's wool* because:

-it is lovely wool - little bit coarse, little bit soft, lovely for needle felting, good for spinning - everything you could wish for in your wool;

- CiG dyes it fantastic colours - some are commercial dyes, and some are natural. My mediaevalist's imagination will never ceast to be captured by the idea of woad, and the fact that there are still people living on Dartmoor growing and using their own woad - well, it's just quite exciting;

- the wool comes from CiG's own few Devon Closewool sheep on her smallholding, so it fulfils any kindness to animals issues you might think of (and their are some in wool production), and ticks all sustainability and environmental boxes;

for some reason these curls make me think Morgana... after all, everyone knows the Arthurian legends are based in the South West of England (no matter what the Scottish may claim...)

- CiG and her sheep live on Dartmoor, in Devon, very close to the place I myself come from. And although I have left England and would not choose to live on Dartmoor myself, that doesn't mean I don't value it greatly for its clean winds, beautiful landscapes, soft water, stone age villages, amazing plants, very old twisted trees, extreme weather conditions, interesting geology, myths, monsters, lovely ponies, the sea - the list is endless (in fact, if you haven't been there, you should. Though you should also take a look at Exmoor, which is smaller but in many ways superior...).
Dartmoor: image from Wikipedia

CiG can be found on her own website (well worth a browse)

on Etsy

and on Folksy

And a while ago I wrote about ColouritGreen on this blog as part of a series about wool (a series which I haven't finished... it's having a 'break'...!)

*CiG does have a real name, I believe - but I always think of her as CiG. That's the power of good branding...

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Etsy auf Deutsch! / Etsy in German!

Etsy has just introduced listing in German - French and Dutch are apparently soon to follow. So I have begun the entertaining task of listing in German as well as in English. Entertaining because my German can probably only be understood when accompanied by sign language, and possibly diagrams - although since I have a translator to check what I've written (he's also called a husband sometimes) the comedy value is restricted. But if you'd like to see Etsy in German, there's a handy tab in the top right hand corner of the item listing.

Brown Rat/Braune Ratte
This is my first bilingual listing - more to follow!!

Friday, 4 November 2011

A surprise in the post today!!! from Florigamigirl.

Today I had a lovely surprise in the letterbox - a parcel from Florigamigirl in Singapore. She makes really clever things out of fabric by folding it like origami, hence the clever name of her shop :-) We did a swap, and this is my half!

First there are the interesting foreign stamps....

Then when I opened it there was the lovely packaging inside...

... which of course I had to open straight away

One of these I am planning to use as a Christmas present (shhh it's a secret), and one I plan to keep for me. Though I may change my mind and keep both. And one is still wrapped up in a little tiny package for Pia when she gets back from Kindergarten!

The amazing quality of these lovely clips is even more evident in the flesh than in Flori's lovely photos. The vintage kimono silk that the flowers are made from is even more silky, the clips have a really solid and well-made feel to them, and the packaging is fantastic.

And she makes many more things than hair clips - here is a taster - take a look!!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

My Creative Space - Walnuts

A tiny dragon inside a walnut

A tiny walnut mouse!

For more creative spaces visit Kirsty's blog