Well, it's another beautiful day here in Manchester. It has been particularly lovely all weekend. On Saturday we visited the lovely Arley Hall for the Garden Festival. I couldn't resist buying some (more) poppies for my garden which we planted on Saturday evening when we got home. There were some wonderful stalls at the show and we even had a quick whizz around the crafts marquee which was pretty crowded so we didn't manage to get much of a look. All in all we were very impressed......one for the list next year I think.
Yesterday morning was spent in the garden with my cats and my camera. I only intended to pop out for a morning coffee on my bench, but before I knew it, it was lunchtime! I am only really learning how to use my camera. It was a birthday present a few years ago and to be honest it is far too complicated for me, I don't really understand how to use it properly at all and most of my photos have been cats or jewellery! I decided to have a go at flowers and here are some of the results.
I had to take quite a lot of photos of the bee and the poppy, it was really hard to catch the bee without getting him out of focus.
The little ladybird was really cute. I had to save him from Maisie (my tortoiseshell tabby). I saw her intensely interested in something and before I realised what was going on she was whacking the poor little creature with her paw. I managed to save him and set him
free. I do wish cats wouldn't hurt the wildlife! I suppose it is their nature but I really don't like it. My three cats all have little bells on their collars and are only allowed out under supervision - we live next to a really busy road and I am worried about one of them getting run over. So far they have stayed in the garden, thank goodness.
One thing I haven't done much of lately is make jewellery! I have just found out that we have been accepted to do the ICHF fairs at Stonor Park and Penshurst Place this August and September! I have been waiting years to get in to do these fairs and finally they have had a cancellation and I have a place! I am literally bursting with excitement. I have heard such wonderful things about these fairs and I cannot wait to take part. I am doing three more fairs with them later in the year, the Christmas ones, so I need to get busy making stock. I have loads of ideas for nature and animal related themes (one of the reasons I was out with my camera yesterday) so I need to get busy bringing my ideas to life.
I suppose on that note I should get on with some work! I will leave you with some more garden photos and some pictures of my latest creations and pop by Handmade Monday
.....then get on with some creating!
|Blue flower bracelet with matching earrings|
|Little bird necklace|
|Dexter in the garden.|
|Maisie in the shade.|
|Poppy on the prowl. |