Follow Friday – Harvest Festival

I had a stand at the Malvern Autumn Show last weekend and, while I was up in the Arts and Crafts hall, I did get a chance to have a quick stroll around the rest of the event – and these inventive displays amazed me.

Malvern Autumn Show 2010

It took me back to the Craft and Produce Shows that my village ran when I was a child. My Dad would spend days hunting for the most perfect, bruise free cooking apples on our apple tree and the whole village would smell of the WI making jam. The children would all get involved with a craft entry or two and, while I don’t think I ever really won anything, I was sad when the event stopped running a few years ago.

So, here’s a Harvest collection, in memory of the good old days:

Top Left: Tomato Tote by Tessa Thomas

Top Right: Go Veggie Apron by Total Radness

Lower Left: Green Apple Pincushion by Woolly Duck

Lower Right: Tomato Slice Studs by Foundlings Jewellery

Follow Friday : The Night Sky

I woke up yesterday morning at 4.30am.

There was no particular reason for this, I guess that sometimes your brain can just decide ‘yep, you’ve had enough sleep now’ and wakefullness is forced upon you. It’s all terribly unfair.
But, as I lay in bed, slightly frustrated that I’d beaten the alarm by 3 hours, I noticed the stars.

I used to stare at the night sky a lot as a child. It seems that I’ve just been too busy lately. Isn’t that sad?

Right now I can’t recall what was so important that I couldn’t just take a minute to see something as big and beautiful as the sky.

So this collection is all about the stars in the hope that you’ll find a minute or two just to stare for a while …

Top Left: Constellation Earrings by Lolariera

Top Right: Constellation Earrings by Grace Handmade Jewelry

Lower Left: Leo Contellation Necklace by MiniCyn

Lower Right: Cassiopeia’s Crown by COGnitivecreations

Follow Friday: Lets go Fly A Kite!

Mr Williams flying the kite

In a suprising spell of August sunshine last week Mr Williams and I dusted off our kite and took it out to the Lickey Hills to play. I always forget how much fun it is to fly the kite and regret that I didn;t get it out of it’s bag a little sooner. It’s peaceful to be standing on the ground, hanging on to such a little scrap of material that looks so free up there in the big wide blue. And you really did have to hang on that day – it was astonishingly windy!

So this weeks Follow Friday (and my first)  features kites, in all their many shapes and forms as bringers of simple joy:

Top Left: Hello, Girl with Kite from Happy Day Studio

Top Right: Kite Pillow Cover from Sukan

Lower Left: Anyone Can Fly … a Kite from Birdland Creations

Lower Right: Parent with Child by Longarms