Art, craft fair, Crafts, Polymer Clay, Shops, Uncategorized

the cabinet of dr. planetaye

Here we are inhabiting the craft cabinet at the Brindley Arts Centre (www.thebrindley.org.uk). Lots of cute wee things from the fabulous Replic’elfs and planetaye-ayes! Goan have a nosey, we’ll be there for the next few weeks. 😉

Books, Crafts, crochet, decoupage, Knitting, wool

knitting, crochet and decoupage

After treating myself to a nice book (100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet) I found it difficult to stop. But I also had to get a wee encyclopedia of crochet  since I’m still a novice with the single needle. I have tied the primroses into a wee posy that sits neatly inside a new Ikea shot glass, the shamrock and thistle are single testers and I did already have some appropriate colours handy. Overall pretty pleased with making flowers and can sit watching telly whilst getting on with a few leaves.
The hinged frame is covered with a set of floral stamps, I really should give it an other coat or two of varnish but one will do for now I think. Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to watching paint dry!

primrosesknitted thistle and shamrockfloral stamp frame
floral stamp frame back

cards, Crafts, Folksy, Polymer Clay, Shops, shops

hearts ‘n’ flowery season

sweet heart Card

Yup, the next card and pressie time of year is nearly upon us so… I though I should make good use of a valentinie replicake photy by turning it into a card.

It is available to buy at Redbubble.

Some of the matching heartshaped cakes are still available in the wee planetaye Folksy shop.

Folksy

Christmas Is Coming! – from Folksy

A seasonal selection of festive Folksy’ness, chosen to reflect decoration rather than gifts for ME! (don’t say I never give you anything!)
So lookee here for wee helpers, wintery characters, mini mouthfulls, stars, holly, misletoe, conifers, seasonal sentiments and all the  colours of the xmassie rainbow! …and a wee dog under the misletoe
click a pic to see more on the item!

Santa Gnome
Santa Gnome
"Bumble & Cosmos"
wee green ninja
Green Ninja with Throwing Star
"Lilley's"
treesCharms
Tree Charms"KarenJoanna 3"
decoration
Origami Paper Flower Ball
"Little Green Caravan"
cone
Fir Cone Firelighters
*rAiNbOw*fAiRy*dUsT*
Winter Evergreen Fir Tree Soap
Evergreen Fir Tree Soap
"Fraoch Highland Inspiration "
canes
Fimo Cany Canes
"Vintage & Original"
Fused glass snowflake
Fused glass snowflake
"Caro Fusion"
O'Cruel is the snow that sweeps Glencoe
O'Cruel Is The Snow That Sweeps Glencoe "Hole in My Pocket"
robin
Reversible Lavender Robin
"Blanketstitch"
Geometric Paper
Geometric Paper"
Hand printed by David"
weesnowMan
Snowman Cake Topper
"Amys Clay Critters"
santa and rudolph ring
Santa and Rudolph Ring
"CutiePies"
Edith the Festive 'Dave'
Edith the Festive 'Dave'
"Dalemune"
star
Copper Star Decoration
"The Owl and the Pussycat"
Holly
Christmas Holly Wreath
"Diomo Glass"
Misletoe Mutt
Misletoe Mutt
"Millicent"
Nick-the-Santa-Snail
Nick the Santa Snail
"The Snail Emporium"
Art, christmas, Crafts, fairies, Folksy, peg dolls, pens, Polymer Clay, Shops, shops, Uncategorized

my wee seasonal selection

Here are the latest six goodies planetaye has put onto the wee Folksy shop. Pretty peg faeries all got up in their party wings and lotsa jolly pens to practise the old snail-mail thank-you letters, hope you like…

pegFaeriespinkyPensdottyredsblueyPensfloweryPenleafyPens

Folksy, pens, Polymer Clay, Shops

polymer clay covered pens – first go

After a couple of false starts with melting and “exploding” varieties of pen I finally found that the local Pound Shop had the right stuff. So all the back to school displays can be worth having a look through!
And I have to say I am now hooked. Yes, I know every new method or technique that I master (or at the very least enjoy and have a little success with) become my obsession, for a while.
These are my first 9 plain Bic stick pens, finished. Jolly! Now I am off to get some more done in a more organised fashion and hopefully they will be in my online shop(s) soon. 😉
pens 1
pens 2
pens 3

animals, birds, fancy dress, Garden, oystercatcher, Personal, Uncategorized

bird tales

My middle of June was busy. A visit to the Borders Book Festival followed by the first few days of the Melrose Festival. In all I managed four events at the first and saw a couple of the second. All my summer socialising stuffed into 5 days!author as an oystercatcher

But back to the birds…  oystercatchers in particuler.
One of the smaller flat roofs in the town has, for a few years now in the spring and summer, played host to a visiting pair of oystercatchers. Therefore what better than to dress up as one of the black and white birdies for the Melrose Festival fancydress parade. I have a wardrobe full of black/white/red clothes so sewing on paper feathers and a few modifications to make  wings and creating a big beak was all it took. On Tuesday this big bird fluttered off down the street to join a growing crowd of children and some couples and groups of adults, all dressed up and ready to go. We were duly judged in our respective groups and set off to parade round the town following the pipe band! And very jolly we looked too. (p.s. guess who came first in her class? mind there was only one entry)

oystercatcher chickA few days after this giant oystercatcher posed in the garden a funny thing happened… the real thing appeared. Tiny and fairly helpless a chick made its way from the relative safety of the nest on a neighbouring flat roof. It seemed to have wandered over the edge and across our flat roof and dropped unscathed into our garden. Spotted in the morning running and calling to attract a parent, around the bergenia and hosta plants.

Eventually the adults found him and flew down to comfort and feed the noisy toddler. A worm was deposited in front of the wee yin and was gone the next time I looked, the parents performed the same ritual all day – not sure if another chick remains on the roof, mibbe? because they went between the two places all the time. The mother would also sit in the flowerbed and the chick would climb into her feathers. So the garden oystercatcherwas more or less out of bounds, the birds got a bit more used to us being close as the day wore on.

Nightime was quieter and only punctuated with the chicks’ peeping call when left alone.
Unfortunately around dawn either jackdaws or crows found and attacked the little chap. I found him near a small shrub later, he had been far too small to defend himself and sadly the parents had been out the way.

On a lighter note, we have found that a blackbird is sitting on a nest (a second clutch?) of  tiny babies in another corner, here’s hoping they all make it.

animals, flowers, Garden, Personal, Photys, wild flowers

this mornings creature – II

Speckled Wood butterfly, behaving exactly as described here.
Very fluttery and quick but I stalked them till they sat still for a moment. The male could be chasing another male or a female, either way they make a wee walk more fun., ‘specially the bit where you lean too far over the edge of the path and nearly slide downhill into the undergrowth… eek!

Speckled Wood Butterfly Speckled Wood Butterfly
May Blossom Bluebells