It’s been more than a year since I posted here.
There are a couple of good reasons for this.
1) I wrote a book.
2) I co-ran the second Comic Relief Crafternoon project.
These two things coincided. Heck. There was hardly enough noggin space left to remember to eat things. My hair was permanently monstrous.
It’s fitting that I’ve revived my blog today because some good things have happened:
There’s been a very sad change in the hairy pal situation at our house in recent months. I’ll write about this more soon, but today we had a visit from Sue at Norfolk Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue. A smallish lass who has had a tough time and needs a new home is coming to live with us in August. Her name is Annie, she’s 4 months old and is the colour of caramel sauce.
Remember the Making Winter project? It was designed to help folk (including me) through the cold, dreary months with craft, cake and contact with nature. There is increasing scientific evidence that these things can shift the balance of neurotransmitters to fend off the dreich, grey feelings that can accompany a Tuesday afternoon in January.
Making Winter has now become my first book and will be published on 5th October. You can preorder it through the link above and the first copy that I’ll hold in my hands will arrive in the post today. I’m likely to do a cry. It’s taken more then 2 years to make this thing. Here’s the front cover:
The August edition of Mollie Makes (out 20th July) includes a sage leaf imprint earring design by me. Silver clay is one of the crafting zeniths, truly. A tiny lump of grey clay, like blu tac having a depressive moment, is transformed into actual real shiny silver by pressing lovely things into it and then setting it on fire. It’s alchemy of the finest kind. Plus your ears will be WELL FANCY if you make these. Pop down the shops to bag this ever-ace mag.
We saw a vole being v busy behind a plant pot on our patio this morning. There is a small vole village under one of our flower beds. I find this thought very cheering. Here is a picture of the vole by Youngest, who is 9:
We just made spaghetti aglio e olio for lunch and added a sprinkle of dried jalapeño flakes. Absolute game changer.
All these things mean that it’s some sort of amazing wizardy Wednesday. Usually Wednesdays are a bit dull so I’m properly cock-a-hoop. I hope your Wednesday is similarly excellent. Please to tell of good Wednesday things in the comments if you fancy (especially if it involves cheese or crisps or dogs). PS it doesn’t matter if the good things didn’t actually happen on a Wednesday.
Finally, I’m co-running a botanical cyanotype workshop (click this for more information) with my friend Susan Elaine Jones at our cottage on Saturday 19th August. This is her posh profesh name. She’s Sue really.
It’s inspired by the wonderful photography pioneer Anna Atkins, who clambered around the coast of Britain in a crinoline collecting seaweeds and then published a book of her algae cyanotypes. The workshop includes lunch and cake. Crinolines optional.