Finishing last pre-Christmas orders...clearing up after some major redecoration....realising how soon Christmas is....more miniatures can wait until next year and I'll share a few of my favourite things instead....
Lots of pictures - so I've kept them small - click on the image if you'd like the bigger version. I hope you'll enjoy them.
Wonderful miniatures, of course, and too many talented artisans I admire to choose from, so I include this simple, tiny nativity scene, only 1 1/2 "x 1 1/2". I bought it many years ago; it cost very little and don't remember who made it, but it isn't just for Christmas and I see it every day.
....and pieces of glass from tiny sea-washed fragments collected from the beach to old domestic and artisan glass.
Birds and butterflies - I paint both and collect old butterfly brooches.
This beautiful old piece of embroidered silk panel and a doll I've had for years.....the book is Larkrise to Candleford.
Pots - I wish I could throw a pot! As all efforts failed I enjoy the work of skilled potters - both 'ancient' and modern. I love this one although I know nothing about it at all.
I could just list flowers and plants and fill a dozen blogs, but will limit myself to this 'arty' close up of Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) petals for their form and sheer intensity of colour. The plant's about 25 years old and was grown from a seed.
Beads - I LOVE beads. My Granny was a skilled bead-worker in 1920s and 30s and I've inherited lots of bits and pieces.Her beads were stored in cotton bags. Sadly I haven't inherited her skill.
Stone jars - I have far too many - these old ones are from my home town and a nearby village.
Scavenging interesting plant material from the garden all year long. I also love these glittery feather butterflies - they went up one Christmas and stayed !!
Sky......glorious skies.....even our very ordinary street is touched with magic!
...and this tiny china doll with a wobbly head given to me by my father.
Of course I could go on and on (as you know only too well) so I'll just thank you all for looking again and extend a very warm welcome to recent new Followers.