Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Spring wishing..not long now

My garden is everything to inspiration,my saviour and most of all overgrown with lush childhood memories.BUT I have to admit during the winter it's stillness and silence makes me wish for the spring to come.
I noticed a while ago that flowers seemed to be creeping into my daydreams and my makes..I've been yearning the burst of flora that  begins in Spring and gallops through the Summer months...not long now!

Flowers have always carried special meanings and the 'Language of Flowers' which was wholeheartedly embraced by the Victorian folk provides a endless feast of possible silent conversations and secret messages!
I have a weakness for the twisty creeping Clematis.I was overjoyed to discover it's secret meaning - 'I have beautiful thoughts of you, and admire your mind' Bel Espirit as my grandmother would say.

What free thinking maiden wouldn't want to be told her mind was admired..? Imagine receiving a gift containing clematis,
Evening Primrose(quiet devotion)
and of course a red rose(love)How lovely!(sorry; I might have got a bit carried away there)
Well,inspired by the well meaning Clematis I got to work creating this necklace made of felt,pearls,leather and my well loved hoard of vintage fabrics.I hand embroidered the bib section with Bel Espirit(a beautiful mind)and the leaves and the petals.The necklace and a matching brooch are available to purchase in my little Folksy nook.

Just before I say ta ta, I thought I'd show you my all time favourite variety of clematis that grows in the garden.It's called Purpurea Plena Elegans and has masses of double magenta/purple flowers which look like they're dried and have lived an age even though they have just bloomed!
love Gracie xx 

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A fun departure...

I love a challenge and was presented with one this valentines. The lovely Lisa from Noodlebubble organised a fun Valentines swap in which Folksy makers made a handmade heart for their assigned partners.
The recipient of my make was to be Giraffecraft; a seller who makes a wonderful selection of colourful soft toys.
It is not very often that I'm completely stumped but I have to admit I WAS. I wanted to make something she would really love and so it had to be a plush of some sort and colourful.

And so this is what I came up with.I love owls myself and felt he would lend himself to being a heart shape.I stitched it all by hand and have to admit I really enjoyed making the little fella in the end!
I might even make some little friends for HOOT HOOT!
love Gracie x

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Pretty Blue...

Although I love pink and purple shades; I have to say I really do love BLUE. Blue is misunderstood, often dismissed as being cold and dare I say masculine.I see blue as a confident maiden, not too obvious with an air of otherworldliness about her.(Don't even get me started on numbers!I have my heroes and villains)

Take the Galilena sisters for instance.These lofty maidens only ever wear shades of blue and green and both have flame red hair. They truly are a vision to behold and have had no less than a thousand proposals of marriage between them!
Blue is very complimentary and easy to live with.It seems to rub along nicely next to so many colours.

What colours do you love? do you feel they are misunderstood?.. looking forward to hearing from you, love Gracie xx

Monday, 1 February 2010

Adornments for Lovely Locks...

Sorry I haven't popped in a while but I have been feeling a little under the weather lately.The making never ceased of course but now I'm feeling fine and dandy and ready to chat.
I have mentioned my fondness of thick dusty volumes filled with fairy tales and so I have been dipping into the imagination's of the Brothers Grimm this time.Rapunzel just like Prezzemolina suffers for her mother's insatiable need of the green stuff(salad!)
I giggle now when I remember how my mother would conveniently read Rapunzel to me when I was being particularly fussy about eating my greens.She knew I would become lost in the story and actually beg for the magic green stuff! 
I'll go with the assumption you know Rapunzel's tale.I painted her portrait on a box canvas with acrylics and highlighted areas with silver leaf so they sparkle.I wanted a moody moonlight feel and of course Rapunzel's gorgeous locks are central.
Being a long haired lass myself I'm always looking for beautiful adornments for my when I was perusing the Folksy bazaar I was delighted to find the most perfect shop Wychbury.
Midnight Blue Pansy bobby pin,Wychbury
The talented maidens behind Wychbury make Textile Art and Jewellery inspired by nature, ancient sites, the elements, gothic and renaissance design and pagan and mediaeval imagery.Any Rapunzel wannabes would be in heaven!Check out their gorgeous corner of Folksy.Well cheerio for now. love Gracie xx
Royal and Rhinestone Tudor Bobby Pins,Wychbury