Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter!

Hello gorgeous fairy folk – how are you all? We’ve had a wonderfully mild September, October and most of November which has resulted in some wonderful colours in the glades. Here are a few of my favourites! A little dandelion poking it’s head out amongst the grass and fallen Autumn leaves.IMG_6922.JPG

The stunning red of a sycamore tree.IMG_6943.JPG

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But now Winter has arrived … brrrrrr!! It’s chilly today and my thoughts have turned to hoods, robins and cups of hot chocolate (with the obligatory marshmallows!)

So here are a few makes to make you smile!IMG_6850.JPG

One foxie hood and a big blue bear hood. Oh how I love the foxie hoods – I think they’re my favourite (but don’t tell the bears!). Different designs in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled!

Recently I’ve been making these little chaps. Cute huh? I’m loving the dangly legs!! If you visit my facebook page (click here to visit!) you may have a chance of winning one of these little fellows.IMG_6955.JPG

I’ve also been making garlands, toadstools and I’m working on a happy daisy scarf which should be ready soon. Really I should be thinking about Christmas (it’s 21st November … I’m allowed to say that word really I am!) but fairy things keep distracting me!

My last piccie of the day is to prove that there are still some flowers left in the glade if you look hard enough.IMG_6947

Ah, doesn’t that little bright flower make you smile?

Until next time, I’ll be trying to focus and not get distracted!!

Emma x


Absences and Opportunities

Hello everyone – many apologies for my long absence. I would like to say that I’m travelling around the world or having an amazing time at an artists retreat but the honest truth is I just don’t seem to have had any time to post. I know – rubbish! Anyway now I’m back and here is some of what I have been up to.

Firstly, just before Christmas Little Miss H and I were trying to wrack our brains for a ‘different’ present for her gorgeous teacher. This is what we came up with – personalised notepad number one. This is the very beginning rainbow stage. We then stuck on some silver alphabet stickers to spell out her name and stuck some sticky back plastic over the top of it all. We were very pleased with our labours and I think that her teacher liked it too.



Next there was more animal hood creating.


Another bear hood with button. Please excuse the messy table!


Funny light in this one! Little bunny hood – it had a pink button added to the top and a pom-pom for the tail! This one was for Little Miss H – she was delighted. And just in time for the wintry weather.


And just because I’d experimented with one pom-pom I thought that I’d add them the next bear hood I made – I delivered it today and the lovely lady was thrilled.


Now I didn’t actually make this – I ordered it from a very talented lady in Jersey for Christmas. I loved it so much that it is still in situ (as are the fairy lights! – couldn’t bear to take them down – we all need a little sparkle in our lives and this is mine!)

Now for the opportunities. I have always loved history and pay regular visits to our magnificent castles and other historical sites (Hamptonne Country Life Museum where ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ was filmed and a dolmen called La Hougue Bie being among my favourites). I was given the opportunity back in September to join a medieval reenactment group in Jersey and jumped at the chance. My role was as a spinner – now I have never properly spun anything before but my Mum used to and I thought that I could always ask her for tips. Well it turns out that I am spinning on a ‘Great Spinning Wheel’, also known as the ‘Walking Wheel’ which is actually bigger than I am! Instead of sitting spinning you turn the wheel by hand and feed the wool at the same time. Now I didn’t have time to get any photos at the end of last year as the season had finished but when the new season starts I’ll post some pictures. How could I refuse this fantastic opportunity – two of my loves (history and yarn) at the same time! Since then I have been driven to find out more about traditional crafts and so for Christmas asked for a lace making kit.


Here are my bobbins all ready to be ‘spangled’ – I think that is the right term! This gives weight to the bobbins and stops them moving around too much when you are lace-making. I am using the bobbins and the wire and beads from the pack – all of which are plastic. In time and when I have practised with these maybe I’ll invest in some wooden ones – especially if I am using it in reenactment – plastic is not really the look I want!

The only thing that I have made from scratch is my bolster or pillow. The pack came with a cardboard thing and a bit of polystyrene and I didn’t think that I could pass that off as anything like traditional so I searched, and I searched and eventually I came up with something that I am happier with. This is my bolster pillow (stuffed with woollen felt). The research that I did revealed that there is a huge amount of pillows and bobbins that have been used through the ages but that the bolster may (I’m not claiming to be an expert on this!) have been the one that was used from the earliest date. I have stuck to the pattern that I was given with the kit – we’ll see how I get on!


I’ll keep you posted with details of my progress. My first job is to attach the spangles to the bobbins – very tricky – trying to do this with my bare hands did not go well!! So I will raid hubby’s tool kit for an appropriate implement!

I love it when life throws you something unexpected! (well most of the time anyway!!) and new opportunities open up that previously you would not have thought possible.

Until next time, I’ll be grabbing opportunities with both hands!

Emma x

Robin Rescue and a growing blanket

Well hello all! We have had some exciting goings on at the Toadstool recently. Firstly, and most excitingly, we have had four teeny baby robins hatch out of our eggs … At first they are basically all beak but then after only a very few days they turn into sweet bundles of feathers like this … It’s getting a little crowded in the nest now.


Then when we got home tonight one of the small chicks was hopping round the garden, so we scooped him up in a bucket and popped him back into the nest. Mr and Mrs Robin looked on worriedly. However this little chick was not to be beaten … I have named it ‘Persistence’. The use of tea towels and buckets to scoop him up with was hugely impressive but as fast as we deposited him back in the nest he would hop back out again ( for hop read fall). After the fifth time we built a little bridge on the floor so he could at least get back into the shed. I fear for his safety but really, save hand rearing him, there us little we can do. Anyway, all evening we have been on robin rescue high alert.

Surprisingly, this little robin seems to be doing very well. Mr and Mrs Robin are taking their parenting role extremely seriously and are seeking him out to feed him whilst he explores the garden. Doesn’t he look sweet perched on this plant pot with the bridge into the hole in the shed visible in the background. Really we do need to get a new shiny shed, one without gaping holes in it and a proper roof! I’d love a chalet for the bottom of the garden to use as a studio, although once all my glorious yarn was in there you may not see me again, I may just move in! Anyway, don’t you just love the tufts of baby hair still on his head – sweet!



Moving on to other things now – The flowers in my garden are glorious at other moment and I have enjoyed taking ants eye views of them. Here are a few of my faves.

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And finally, the pastel bobbly blanket is nearly nearly finished so I thought you might like to see how its shaping up. I do so love those bobbles!


The round balls in the background are owls – they just need their eyes and beaks sewn on but the bobbly blanket is thwarting my attempts to finish them! I just would love to have the blanket completed! Never mind, four more squares to go and then I can sew them all together and add the border … then done!

Until next time, I’ll be on Robin Alert and finishing bobbles – what will you be doing?



Flowery Ta-dah and half-term madness!

Hello all,

Let’s start with half-term madness shall we?

It all started last Saturday with a one night cub sleepover. Lots of busy children chariot racing, pot making, mosaic games and camp fires … Oh and marshmallows!

Plus one dreamy cup of latte for me and another tired cub scout leader, yum yum.


Then we had a week entertaining Little Miss H, as well as Number 1 Son. This involved …. You ready? … bowling, walking in very muddy woods (sorry no photos, was using all my concentration just staying upright!), cinema trip, playing with friends, two cycle rides and a girly shopping trip … Phew! But along with this I did manage to finish my flowery surprise.

Just to remind you it started like this


Then grew, and grew some more


And finally got made into this


A flowery waistcoat!

I am so very pleased with how it looks and have already had requests for mini ones. The original puffed flower pattern came from Meladora 1 on You Tube who created a beautiful purple scarf with it. I joined the flowers as I went along using her instructions which created a gloriously random pattern. I had to be really careful to choose the colours to do next and I think I managed to avoid clumping too much of the same colour together although now I look at the photos there are a few small gaps that need sewing together.

The flower theme seems to be continuing … Maybe the gorgeous weather has made me long for the spring. Either way I am now drawn to making more flowery bits. A garland inspired by the latest Mollie Makes is on it’s way … stay tuned!

Til the next time, have fun!



Sunrise, flowers and the hope of snow.

Oooh the possibility of snow = two very excited children and I will admit a very excited me too. The lead up to the hope of snow has been decidedly chilly but the plus side is that we have had some absolutely stunning sunrises.

Here comes one now ….

It started like this



Then went to this breathtaking shade of fiery red



And finished like this with beautiful shades of blue and pink thrown into the mix


It was so beautiful that I took time out of sandwich making, hair brushing and wrestling Little Miss H into her clothes before school to stand in wonder for a few moments. Truly awe inspiring.

For my hooky project this week I have started making these quick flowers.  They are hooked up in no time and are a great stash buster. I was very lucky to have a whole basket of wool donated to me so I went through and picked out some gorgeous, slightly clashing colours and hey presto! 

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Once I start I can’t seem to stop. I wonder what they might end up as?

My beautiful day ended up standing under the light of this silvery moon.


Even better, when we woke this morning we were delighted to see a snowy wonderland in our garden. We don’t get snow very often so even a smidge sends us a little crazy! There has been snowman building, snowball fights with our lovely neighbours, sledge riding and sledge pulling and lots of running about making footprints in the snow. Although no snow angels so far! Photos may follow if my hands can defrost enough outside to work the camera!

Until the next time, keep warm and toasty.


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