Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Unit 12 in Stafford are running a charity art auction on July 16th, in support of the Compton Hospice. There's lots of beautiful art to bid on for a very worthy cause. Work will be available to view from July 9th, and if you can't make it to the auction, you can place a sealed bid on any pieces that take you fancy by visiting the facebook event page here
Thursday, 23 June 2011
These are the little wooden bowls and boards that I painted for the 'Magic' show in Solihull. The show has finished now, so I'm considering adding to this group, and including them in some of the forthcoming shows. A few of them will be available at Moseley Arts Market this Saturday (25th) Prices start at £25 for the smaller pieces.
The RHS marquee is always great. Lots of nurseries making a spectacular effort to show their plants to their very, very best. I was really impressed with the Pennards plant display, laid out like a traditional veg patch, with recipe suggestions for each variety. I also liked this tin can idea on one of the outdoor showgardens:
Fibrex Nursery (a firm favourite, I have a soft spot for species and scented leaf pels). Also Cephalaria Gigantea, (a huge lanky scabious type flower), Mathiasella 'Green Dream', and a lovely, twisty veronicastrum (I walked past Linda Barker, she said my veronicastrum was nice!).
The new plants got me thinking about the garden layout. I haven't really got to grips with this garden yet, despite being in this 'new' house for a good 18 months now. Stan has been leaping around and generally dashing about in the area that was to be my 'long border', so my ideas are changing rapidly.
Thursday, 9 June 2011
I cut myself a bouquet from the allotment border- the Nigella and Knautia look lovely, and I adore the parsnip flowers which I allow to go to seed for next years crop. Parsnip flowers make me sneeze like crazy, but the almost coconut scent is worth it!
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
A couple of weeks ago I made a little trip over to Varberg in Sweden, to visit my old pal Emma.It was great to catch up again, and meet Freja, the newest addition to the family. We spent the week making a new veg patch, and touring some of Emma's favourite second hand shops.
Here's some pictures of the lovely embroidered cushion I found, some old soda bottles with beautiful vintage labels and a vintage tea towell. Treasure!