2014: Makes and Moments

Ah, it’s that time here in the Blogosphere, when the hols are over, the New Year has arrived, and we look back fondly (or not so!) over our favourite stuff from the past twelve months.  I’m not much of one for making resolutions (apart from resolving to hibernate during January!), but I do enjoy reading the ‘annual reviews’ on people’s blogs so I thought I’d do one of my own, with just my favourite Makes and Moments from each month…

All in all I’d say it was a pretty colourful year!  And despite the ups and downs of my health, I still managed to do a lot of making and get out and about a fair bit, and share a lot of laughs with good friends and family.  And I’ve loved posting here, sharing all the highs and lows of my year’s creative adventures with all of you!

Thank you so much for reading – here’s to a Big Fat Funky 2015! 🙂

 

September Magic

campingteaWOW, what a gorgeous, Indian-summer-of-a-September it’s been!  After a fairly dreary August of wet weather and being a bit poorly, I’ve SO enjoyed being out and about this month…

…harvesting a bumper crop of parasol mushrooms at my friend Annie’s land and cooking up a delicious mushroom risotto…mushrooms…going on one of my favourite walks, where the path becomes an enchanted tunnel of overgrown hedges and long grass at this time of year…glaspwllpath…visiting some wonderful open studios and exhibitions during H.Art week with Jas, and being inspired by willow weaver Jenny Crisp‘s beautiful house and garden…willowgarden...starting AND finishing the border print tunic in the same month!fullwithwool…and managing to fit in one last camping trip, chilling out in the beautiful orchard campsite at Lower Porthamel Farm again, complete with armloads of the most delicious apples and pears you’ve EVER tasted…tent&pearsI hope you managed to enjoy your September as much as I did!  The leaves are beginning to change colour here in Mid-Wales now, and I’ve been to get my first load of firewood today: time to welcome in the autumn proper…

wishing you all a very lovely weekend! 🙂 xx

The Joys of July!

avalonsunsetIt’s been a glorious July here, with lots of long sunny days (and a few wet ones, too!) that have been perfect for….

…hiking up to Llyn Barfog (Bearded Lake) a few miles from my house for a Sunday picnic and watching the dragonflies flitting amongst the lily pads…LlynBarfog

…spending a wet weekend making my BALCONY BUNTING! and watching the local birdlife’s reaction to it (completely indifferent, as you can see)…birds&bunting

…another ‘glamping’ trip to my beloved Glastonbury, where I spent a wonderful afternoon cooling down at the Chalice Well gardens…

chalice well

…hanging a little wish on the remains of the old Glastonbury Thorn tree (can you guess which one is mine??)…

GlastonburyPeaceFlower…visiting one of my best friends and having a day out at The Lowland Games, the highlight of which was, beyond doubt, the ferret racing!  Oh yeah…ferrets

…and my spectacular lillies, that flower for just two weeks in July and send their heavenly perfume wafting in through the balcony door on warm evenings…

Lillies

I hope your July has been full of joys as well!

June Delights

towerhouseCrickWell I wished for a sunny solstice month, and for once we really did get one, didn’t we?!  I don’t know about you, but I do find that my energy increases when there’s plenty of sunshine around, so it’s been a good month for me…

…finally cutting into some of my vintage fabric stash to make myself a summer dress (more soon!)…70sSundressWIP …NEW SHOES!!!  OK, not that exciting for most people, I know, but the last time I had anything other than replacing-essentials-that-have-worn-out shoes (ie winter boots & wellies) was THREE YEARS ago, so excuse me for getting just a little bit excited! newshoes …just THE most magical, wonderful solstice weekend party at my lovely friend Jas’s place…solsticeparty …followed by a couple of days ‘glamping’ near the Usk Valley…cwmduglamping1mandala madness!mandalamadness   …which inspired a funky new house number for my front door, finally, after losing the outside one to the big storm back in February…4ontheDoor Lovely, sunshiney, energising June.  Now for a glorious July!