Friday, 23 December 2011

Happy Christmas

These are little hearts I made with some Christmas fabric from my stash. The tree is a cheap one I bought for a display a couple of years ago. I came across it again while looking for something else. The pot is from the shed (I gave it a good clean), the ribbons are also from my stash.

I hope you all have a happy Christmas and New Year. I'll see you in 2012.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Flowers in the Holiday House - part 2

I wrote about this arrangement in my last post. I only had time to take a couple of photographs before the clouds gathered and the light became too poor for photography. I took advantage of some bright conditions at the weekend to take some close-ups.

I didn't know what effect the glycerine I used as a preservative would have on the berries and hips.

I very pleased with the Rowan berries which kept their colour.

Some of the rose hips turned this dark red while other hips stayed a bright red. The poppy appeared in my garden one year. I leave them to self seed so that I can have these lovely seed heads.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Flowers in the Holiday House

I'm visiting Jane at smallbutcharming for Flowers in the  Holiday House.

Except I don't have any flowers. But I do have these.

This pot contains the glycerined rowan leaves and berries I did in September; dried poppy heads and rose hips (also preserved in glycerine), all from my garden. I have also added cones I've collected elsewhere. The berries, hips and cones have all been wired.

Both the charity shop bottles below contain grasses from my garden.

 This is Calamagrostis brachytricha

 This is Molinia caerulea subsp. arundincea 'Transparent'.

Christmas tree and decorations not up yet, I'll be putting them up on Wednesday. 

Sunday, 11 December 2011

A bowl of cones

I have these cones in a cream bowl during the autumn and winter months. I collected them on a favourite walk whilst on holiday in the Lake District two years ago. Every time I look at them I remember that walk.

We left the car and walked through the Hope Park...

... we paused to admire the trees outside the theatre....

...before continuing along the shore of Derwentwater...

...passing Derwent Isle in the centre of the lake..

....before reaching Friar's Crag... sit and admire the view before turning back.