Friday, 22 August 2008

A Flurry of activity

Browsing favourite blogs this week I noticed Helen Suzanne had put some little stash bags of goodies in her etsy shop - including some of her hand made felts, lovely fibres and other treasures. Being a fan of her work this seemed too good to miss so I treated myself... and what a treat it was when this little lot arrived in the post!

I was immediately inspired to use some of the fibres and make some felt of my own - out came the bubble wrap, hot water and soap...

and after some vigorous rolling and bashing... some felt. I was planning to stitch into this but got a little sidetracked...

and decided to make a felt background for a commission I've got to work on. I was planning to start stitching on this too but then I got completely carried away...

and I made some red cobweb felt...

and some blue felt....

which looked fabulous in the sunshine (yes... sunshine!!!) while it was hanging out to dry.

And finally some green felt too!

The plan is to stitch into all of these pieces eventually so I might have something to show next week. And lest you think this is turning into some kind of craft blog, there has been baking too.

Apple and cinnamon muffins

for breakfast.

And I make no apologies for another Nigel Slater recipe,
frosted marmalade cake...

for afternoon tea.

And the reason for this flurry of activity - I got the first draft of my Opus essay handed in on Tuesday, had a tutorial last night and apart from some minor tweaking it is finished! Two weeks before assessment day... Yippee! Expect to see some more flurrying in the next couple of weeks!
Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. How lovely it would be if I lived next dor to you art/craft and cake, Mmmmmm.

  2. Sorry about the unreadable comment above......
    How lovely it would be if we were and cake!

  3. That all looks so scrummy Gina!


  4. Congratulations on beating your Assessment deadline! :o)

    I received a beautiful package from Helen today too. Aren't we lucky! The beads and buttons are beautiful.

    You've been very good using the fibres already - the felts are lovely especially the blue - my weakness.

  5. Ooh, lovely post - lots of magic here. What a lovely ministash in that parcel and I love that felt you've made, especially the green. Well done on the essay - it was obviously helped by the outstanding baking going on.

    Enjoying all the magic FMF posts at the moment!!!

  6. What great felting - such gorgeous colours - can't wait to see what you are going to do with them! the muffins look great and so does the cake - any chance of the receipe - for the cake?!!
    well done on the assignment, isn't it a great feeling when you get ahead of yourself instead of always trying to catch up!

  7. What a great stash you bought from Helen Suzanne's shop! As soon as she lists some more I will be one of her first customers. Lots of goodness there.

    And I love the felt you have made too. Always beautiful work Gina.

    MMm...can I come and live at your place and eat your cakes? Think I might need to up my walking though...

    Sounds like you are a busy bee - and I am sure you will do wonderfully well in your assessment my friend.

    Sally and Raymond wave hello!

  8. I love the red piece. It took my breath away!

  9. I love those felts! I've been meaning to try it for a long time. Oh there are too many things to do in life!! And that cake looks so scrummy, I might have to make one myself!! x

  10. I love the felting that you have done, the treasures are great.
    Thank you for your comments on my blog, I am behind in responding. Well done too on your essay! Hurray for finished essays and stuff!

  11. Oh the feeling of release when a project is done..and the luxury of just making felt. Its great and I'm looking forward to seeing all your projects with it.

  12. Congrats on getting that essay in early, well done! That does deserve a muffin or two for breakfast and a cake for tea - delicious! Love the look of your felting too, hope you find time to do some stitching

  13. Hi Gina, Many congratulations on getting your assignment in early. I know how that feels! Best wishes Lesley

  14. Lovely goodies, great felting and scrummy cake.........why don't you live closer????? Lucy x

  15. Oh how I love making felt. I have no idea what to do with it once I've made it, but I love the whole process!

  16. What a lot of treats! Your baked goods look marvelous and are making my mouth water. What beautiful felts you are making and I look forward to seeing more...

  17. Hey! well done on the essay. It's amazing to meet a deadline never mind beat a deadline by two weeks! Give yourself a pat on the back!

  18. I make that marmalade cake too - yummy isn't it. I can almost convince myself it's health food - sure there's a lot of vitamin C in the oranges.

    Amazing felt.

  19. Lovely bits and pieces and delicious looking cakes. Love Pirate Joe's costume. Congratulations on finishing your assigment early. I have nominated you for an award please visit my blog to collect your award Jane x

  20. I love the buttons and beads in that parcel and the felt pieces you've made are beautiful.

    Of course I now desperately need to make felt again!

    Well done on getting your Opus work done - worth a celebratory cake or two!!



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