Monday, 30 March 2009

postcard from sunny wales

Hello! How is everyone? Thanks for all the lovely comments you've been writing. I love to read them. I really didn't think anyone would realise that I'd started the blog back up so I'm really thrilled!

I don't think I've ever posted a picture of Mr P on here before... well he said it was ok... this was us this weekend on the beach at Abersoch. Ahhhh the beach huts! Look at the lovely textures.

In contrast, the freshly painted huts at Llanbedrog which are all waiting patiently at the top of the hill to be put back on the beach again. They look strange on the grass, like something out of a kid's tv programme. Even more so when Mr P was hiding, sticking his head out from behind different ones and running around to make me laugh. But those colours! So pretty.

A good time was had and I found a few lovely pebbles that will probably be turned into necklaces. I have more photos to show you later in the week.

I'm so happy that British Summertime has begun here as now we have lighter evenings to look forward to! Yay!! It makes such a difference to life in general. So happy Monday everyone! Hope you all have a good start to the week.

Monday, 23 March 2009

all about books

This lovely little wren, happily perched on my shelf reminds me of a weekend we spent in Hay-on-Wye a couple of months ago.

Whenever I visit somewhere new it's always a joy to discover a new art or craft gallery and I was delighted to find The Hay Makers. Exactly my kind of place! Full of lino prints and etchings and some totally gorgeous wire sculpture work of birds and animals. We bought the little wren because it had so much character but there were also beautiful hens and hares. Unfortunately I can't find the name of the maker.

Have you ever been to Hay-on-Wye? It's a unique little place on the England/Wales border famous for it's secondhand bookshops... For it's small size there are 30 bookshops to browse your way through!! That's a lot of browsing.

I think it drove Mr P a bit mad when we spent the weekend there a couple of months ago! He seemed a bit happier with a steaming hot chocolate in his hand!

Wishing you a lovely start to the week!

*Edit* A bit of digging around on the internet has revealed the maker of the wren to be
Helen Kahan from Cardiff. I wish she had a website.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

here i am...

Hello people!!!

I have finally returned to this place which I used to love so much and it's about time I showed it some attention I think! I have missed all my blogging pals so much! My cunning plan was to leave it until the beginning of May and then it might have looked like there was no break given a short glance!!! Except for all that has happened in the space of a year... things that now seem as though I could have dreamt them. But that's for another time.

I had the best day yesterday.

The sun was shining and it felt so warm against my skin. I wasn't the only one enjoying it, the birds were singing and a lovely friend sat with me for a while and we had a cup of tea and shared some chocolate. I spent part of the day in the garden painting some old bookshelves a nice new colour for my workroom. I'll show you a before and after sometime soon.

Major excitement!!!
I found out that one of my necklaces had been featured on the front page of etsy!!! That's never happened to me before and it was so exciting. It was this one.

Anyway, I will leave you with a link to a program on the bbc iplayer which had me totally engrossed yesterday. Oh how I'd love to go to Japan on a quest to find the meaning of wabi sabi... it's available for the next 4 days... take a look if you have chance.

Bye for now :-)