...one of which winged its way over to Handmade Monday regular, Alice of the fabulous knitrun4sanity (thank you Alice, its always a special treat to make something for a fellow crafter!)
Wise Owl Bookmarks
I also carried on exploring the reading quote theme with this trio of 'wise owl' bookmarks.
'talk less read more'
'a good book is a friend for life'
'reading is the cheapest way to travel'
I hope that these will appeal to both young and adult readers... what do you think?!
The fabric is a gorgeous natural white linen, the applique owls are machine stitched with a frayed edge and the quotes are hand embroidered.
They will be available from my usual outlets soon! (priced £6.50)
I've wanted to have a go at creating a range of doorstops for a while and this week i got started on creating a basic design for one in the shape of a country cottage.
I'm pretty pleased with how its turned out!
The roof section is stuffed with wool, and the base section can be filled separately with about 2kg of rice or something similar (i used pearl barley).
I wanted to create something that could be send relatively cheaply in the post, so the base section will be left for the customer to fill. I've put a really easy to use filling hole in the 'basement' of the house, so this shouldn't be any hassle!
I'm thinking i'll add a velcro sealed external flap as well as the internal one just to be sure no leakages occur :)
The barley i bought to fill this one cost £3.40 from my local shop and i'm sure the bargain hunters out there could find cheaper! As far as i can work out, sending one filled in the UK would cost over £15, and overseas even more, so i'm convinced that this is the way to go!
I'm thinking about creating some fabric designs to make these out of... country cottage and beach huts are my idea so far... maybe garden sheds... what to you think would work?
Also, do you prefer the idea of patterned fabric like the flowery one above or would you like something with a more realistic design (i.e door, windows, climbing roses etc...) As always, i really look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Mystery Flower Time!
Speaking of how clever you all are... a whopping 6 people guessed the identity of last week's mystery flower!
...its wild garlic! Currently filling the woodlands i regularly walk through with the most heavenly scent, and such a beautiful carpet of star-like white flowers.
In early spring i love to make a pesto from the fresh leaves and now we're enjoying the flowers in salads - they have a mild garlic flavour and deliciously sweet nectar. They look soooooo pretty on the plate too, they always make me smile :)
Speaking of tasty summer salads, despite some decidedly un-summery weather, i've had some delicious ones this week featuring these mystery ingredients...
A high-five goes out across the airwaves to anyone who can correctly identify them... all will be revealed next week!
Thanks for dropping by all, as always it lovely to see you. I'm off over the Handmade Harbour now to find out what the rest of the crafty Handmade Monday crafters have been up to... if you've never visited this fabulous linky party, i recommend you start today!
Have a wonderful weekend! :)