Welcome to the land of Clootielugs where squirrels, rabbits and their like rule the roost. I love to make and sew and find inspiration from many sources although nature in its many forms tends to be the thing that fires my imagination most often!

You can see and purchase many of my creations on Folksy:

Friday, 24 June 2011

Cornish Treats

Counting down to holidays here in Scotland....kids break-up from school on the 1st July, I've an arts market in Edinburgh on the 2nd (Out of the Blue, Drill Hall if anyone is nearby!) and then we're off and away. 10 days camping in Cornwall - bit risky I know (weather-wise) and possibly a little uncomfotable (but we have purchased new double inflatable mattresses for everyone - so here's hoping!) and maybe a little lacking home comforts (but hey! I can live without telly if there's a pack of cards to hand!)and the best bit is.....the dog can come too!- (you have no idea the emotional rollercoaster I embark upon if I have to leave my Lucy behind!). So...today's Folksy Friday is a small selection of Cornish and Cornwall related goodies I have found in Folksy shops this week.

This gorgeous work by Cornish artist and maker Kirsty Elson has surely whet my appetite for the beautiful cornish coast. And Kirsty now has her wonderful collage work for sale as greeting cards too!

This super cute jug with bobbing boats, turquoise sea and silver slivers of sun are a perfect evocation of everything I am longing to find on holiday!Made by Julia Davey you can find it in her glorious ceramics shop at Folksy.

Cornwall is not all about the seaside however, as this exquisite woooden bowl by Trenithick Crafts proves. Made from a lovey chunk (I'm certain that's not the correct wood-turner term!) of ash it's the perfect size to be both practical and gorgeous!

Even in Cornwall little ones might need a woolly bonnet for chillier days. Cornwall is full of 'the little people' I believe, so it would seem fitting to choose this adorable crocheted pixie hat to keep little heads warm! I love the plain creamy white wool selected by maker Mooncat Dream Designs and I think Britain has just found it next top supermodel too!

I can't resist a little subverting of tradition and this ring by Cutie Pies is just wonderful! I think as far as 'statement' pieces go this is a little gem!

My final Cornish treat has to be food related again - the wonderful Cornish tea, scones, jam and mmmmmm....clotted cream. Captured perfectly by the fantastically named Poochie Freak Photography and Hidden Cottage Cards this image makes a greeting card destined to cheer anyone up...except perhaps those on a diet - a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips - but OMG!! It's SOOOO worth it!

Friday, 10 June 2011

"Pieces of eight,...pieces of eight..."

So said Captain Flint in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'.
I am planning a bird installation in some local woodland in a week or so and have been madly creating birds of all feathers. I have made this rather fine fellow(ess) for sale in my Folksy shop.

Named Polly, of course!

I think she looks rather resplendent with her trailing tail-feathers and, since birds of feather must flock together...here a few more parrot-themed Folksy finds....

First up this lovely bright fabric brooch from Teasemade. Made using gorgeous Liberty print cotton and 'made rather dapper' with the addition of a silver bow tie! I approve!

I love the colours on this parrot pendant from Folksy seller Raddington. The iridescence of the paintwork really gives this necklace a wonderful shimmer and finish. A lovely and unique piece for summer!

Listening for the tell-tale squawks I was led to NOfkantsCurios to this yarn and felt parrot picture. I love the feathers which Natalie has captured so well with her skilful embroidery!

Who's a pretty boy then?....ah ha! It must be you...Mr Tote!
This bag is bang on trend for the season. Made by Duddy and Day, from an upcycled tea-towel it's right up my street and is the perfect bag for the beach and beyond!

Well, since parrots are notoriously the friend of pirates I had to include some buried treasure in this post! Luckily for us this particular treasure is not really buried...with some careful searching and with X marking the spot I found it without too much trouble amongst the wonderful works for sale at Corvus Chainmaille. Made with sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and parrot feathers gathered as natural molt from pet birds, this necklace is a real find!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my finds this week - and maybe feel inspired to go on your own treasure hunt round Folksy!