Monday, December 01, 2014

Arm Knitting


I had a go at arm knitting and made these lovely scarves, you can soon knock one up in an hour, including sewing it together and they are super snuggly!  Just google arm knitting and you will see loads of posts about them.
You can use loads of different strands, like the grey and purple, or 2 strands of super chunky.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Little buckets

I have been shopping in Poundland as usual :) and I happened upon these little metal buckets, they also has them in bright colours, but chose the cream to go with the arbour.  So have potted them up with a couple of lavender, and also some pinks - which have been left in a small pot for too long so need to catch up with the others, sure they will soon be there.

You can see the buckets next to the watering can - which was also a bargain from the market - I can't decide whether to make holes in it and plant it - or use as a watering can what do you think?

Will have to take picture of the buckets only, one for another day.







I took the photo on the phone and downloaded straight to google+ and it 'made' this moody photo - what do you think?


The pinks should look like these below (I think) I raised them from seed, and they are lovely in pots.  Or I have some paler pink ones - will show you when they are out.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Picking flowers

I have grown some marigolds (seeds originally from Kath on the forum), cornflower and rudbeckia from seed, and have been picking them.




The Rudbeckia is the large yellow flower in the centre, and is the first out - but can see that there are many more to follow.



The white flower in the centre is a phlox - lovely and scented, I do sell them on the market when I have some available, they are just all coming into bloom now and stand up nice and strong a good plant for the back of the flower beds, or I also have a plant in the veg patch just so that I can pick some.























Unfortunately the cornflowers fell over whilst I was on holiday so are a bit bent, I have now staked them and they are starting to sort themselves out, so hopefully will be looking better picked in a vase soon.  I love the these little flowers, and although they don't last that long I will be putting some seeds in next year.

so maybe if I have some left there will be some for sale on the Ampthill country Market.



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cards

I made some cards last weekend and thought I would share them with you....I bought some new stamps from Lili of the Valley, as yet not finished any cards with them, so will get on with them.  So in the meantime here are a few that I have made with some stamps that have been in my possession for some time.

So on the first one just decided to get out a red stamp pad that has not seen the light of day for some time!

I love the simplicity of this hat stamp.











My cards are always a bit plainer than some, and I use watercolours.  Still trying to improve my technique, lots of things I could do better - but enjoy having a go!  Any advice would be great, and some suggestions of where to look for new stamps would always be good :)


and got out a watermark pad to do the background on this one, to make a change.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Birdhouse

Years ago Owen had a kit for Christmas to make a birdhouse.  It has been in the garden for years,  and it suddenly fell off the fence.  Sadly it has never been a home for anyone.

I realised that it needed some tlc, so as I have a big tin of the green and cream that I painted the garden furniture last year to match the arbour, I set to work to making it a smart des res for the birds.  So here it is, do you reckon, the birds might like it now.



I have put it in a different place in the garden now, it is just beside the arbour, this is last years picture just before I planted up the flower bed, need to take another pic when the sun comes out!.




Friday, June 06, 2014

Garden

I love this time of the year when the garden is coming to life, I have decided to change a flowerbed in front of the shed, so will have to get some pictures of that.  In the mean time I thought I would share my new planter:



I have been meaning to do something like this for a while and finally saw a simple wooden box that I thought would fit the bill.  I bought a sack of alpine grit from B&M stores which at £4.00 was a good price, and the box was from Hexton - I think I paid £5.

I mixed the grit with the compost and once planted added a layer on the top.  I am hoping it won't want much watering :).

Here are a few more flowers around the garden.

Oriental poppies


Rose - Pretty Polly



Perennial Wallflower - Bowles Mauve, it just want to flower and flower :)


The first Cosmos out today



Osteospermum - loves to flower in the sun



Friday, May 30, 2014

Put the flags out







Don't you just love flags on cards, I have been playing with my silhouette and made this card, sorry the photo wasn't the best.











The flag cutting file is linked on here http://www.craftsbycarolyn.co.uk/craftforum - you do need to join the forum I think to access the files, but it is free to join, and it would be lovely to see you there.  I did the bike using a font - how fantastic is that, I can look out the name of the font if anyone is interested.

I also have a flag stamp and made this quick card the other day, somehow the flags seem summery - we just need some weather to match:


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A bit of red

Last month we had a challenge on the forum for cards with red, I managed a couple as I have been on a bit of a roll!

The bike was sent by melis from the forum and the bus was part of a set from Papermania Urban stamps I think - was pleasantly surprised with the stamps - they are rubber cling ones, also includes a VW camper van that I will show later.





Sunday, May 25, 2014

Plants

Pretty pink Weigela at the front



I have been busy selling plants that my son raised from cuttings last year, and also from seedlings/plug plants that he did at Easter.  I have taken some to Hexton - Country Matters and have been taking them to Ampthill Country Market stall on Thursdays.











There are a lot of hardy perennials, ones that come up every year, penstemons and phlox to name a few. Some hardy shrubs such as - hebes and weigela.  At the moment the most expensive plant is £3, and many are £2 or £2.50, and some of the smaller ones are only £1.  There are some herbs too.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Afternoon Tea

I like the idea of afternoon tea at the moment and have made some cards recently using some stamps I bought from the Range, not a place I had been to before, but we have had one open in Bedford just before Christmas.


Interestingly we have a Hobbycraft opening this weekend too - so with Stamp Addicts the place will be overrun with crafts!



Post on the Country Market blog

Where I am featuring my own things on the blog I will add CAW to the post label so that you can pop by and see what I have been making on there.

My things

I have added some cards on there and my knitting, the plants are from 4 of us, but a lot of them are from me - well Owen is doing them, I am sales and marketing, and chief waterer now that he is away.

I am putting all of my days out on there also as they are all within easy driving distance from Ampthill, so might be worth taking a look if you are local.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Just been browsing through

I have started a blog for the Ampthill country Markets and thought I would look through here for some ideas. I didn't realise I had posted so much, and have got lost flicking through the pages and pictures that I have posted. Kind of regretting that I didn't continue as it is a lovely record of a few years. I realised a lot of the older images didn't work as I moved the gallery years ago, I have fixed quite a few - still more to do been back to 2008!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Flower arranging

I had a lovely morning in Flitwick with Jane a flower arranger, who put on a workshop, with some home made cake and tea included.  Thought I would share my efforts with you.

The Gerbera arrangement in the terracotta pot was an after thought by Jane but was my favourite.