Welcome to our blog.

..... We craft
..... We garden
..... We explore
..... Nature inspired

Three children *** Two dogs *** Two parents *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That's us!

We've been blogging since January 2010.

Children

Eldest: 12 yo daughter

Middle: 10 yo daughter

Youngest: 7 yo son

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Mission

We strive to be self sufficient. We love living in the countryside and enjoy nature. We'd rather be searching for beetles than shopping for shoes. We take inspiration from the nature all around us. We like to spread happiness and share our skills.

Just a thought….

"A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe."

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Hello World

I love reading your comments

  • sustainablemum Hope you have a lovely holiday with the children. Enjoy your Christmas! 21 Dec
  • se7en Did I ever mention that I just love your dog!!! Wishing you the very best holidays, sounds like a you have fun days ahead!!! 21 Dec
  • Crafting Mother Really fun to have such a selection to play with. Usually I know what I want to make and then sort out supplies. Fun exercise... 19 Dec
  • Crafting Mother And she won a prize for it! So pleased as it was her own creation. Apart from the scarf. 19 Dec
  • Crafting Mother It really didn't occur to me until I stood back and saw the finished jumper. Influences really do creep up. 19 Dec
  • melissa what a fun project!! i like all the little festive bits and bobs! 18 Dec

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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Bug of the moment - Mayfly

Photos

There have been cases when people lifted my photos and words, and used them without credit to me or asking permission first. Using them for their own commercial gain. I have now added a level of security to deter people from doing this. Apologies to people who do play nicely. If you would like to use any of my photos, please contact me.

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All my words and photos are copyrighted to me. They cannot be used for commercial benefit by anyone else. If you would like to use any of them, then please ask me first and don't just take. Written permission only. Don't pass my words, photos or ideas off as your own. It's not nice.

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Puffins and bunting

Regular visitors to this space may have noticed a few puffin items being made recently. T-shirts for the children, a lavender cushion for a niece and the start of a bag.

I just love puffins. They make me smile. Plus, they are so much fun to make. Turns out that my husband had noticed that he was the only one missing out on the puffin theme fun. Oops!

I needed a slightly different design than I had used on the children’s t-shirts. Images of a day out with all my family wearing the same style t-shirt…… not good.

To limit the chance of us arriving somewhere looking like a coach party from the puffin club (“My party, this way”. Unfolded umbrella held high in the air), and as I had more room to play with on an adult t-shirt, I designed a flying puffin this time. Painted blue sky again, but this time I appliqued rocks, using stone textured fabric, instead of the green grass.

Its different, right! If all else fails, I’ll brush up my italian and invest in an umbrella. Tourist attraction venues only though.

Not puffin, but still on a sewing note, I’ve added to my Jubilee Olympic bunting. Another 3 metres completed. I have enough triangles to make another 2 metres and then I’m done. I think 7 metres is enough for our uses without being over the top! I’m sure that this bunting will be brought out at every conceivable celebration in the future.

I wonder if I could just add a little puffin to one of the triangles before I finish. Just a little one.

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