Monday, 27 October 2008


A little over a year ago, I went to a zoo, and while sitting in the outdoor cafe with a lemonade, this fellow nonchalantly walked by, two metres away from where I sat. He kindly posed while I took his photograph, before strutting on.

Peacocks have always been one of my favourite birds - such wonderful colours. I'm always a little amazed when I see them flying and can't help feeling a little envious of those who live in warmer climes where you can find these creatures in the wild. It's a treat to see one in the zoo (especially if he shows off his tail for you) but to have them out and about in everyday life from time to time must make life feel that little bit more special, more glamorous...

Inspired by the opulence of peacocks, I'm working on some brooches based on the 'eyes' of their tail feathers. We all need a little glamour sometimes don't we?

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Fall for you

I've had one of those frustrating days of doing errands, where all the errand-locations are far apart and require scurrying in drizzly rain for hours on end. It's been a grey weather day, but it's also that lovely time of year when all the leaves fall off the trees. So, my scurryings were brightened up by carpets of golden yellow, rich brown and vibrant red. Nothing better to get me in the mood for making more autumn leaf brooches!

I'm pleased to say I've also completed my tree rings scarf. Stitching the semi-circles on by hand took quite a long time but I'm pleased with the effect - I know it wouldn't have been the same with machine stitching.

Home at last after my errands, I made my favourite autumn drink to give me a little boost. I call it a hot apple toddy - though since it doesn't have any alcohol in it I'm not sure toddy is the right word! It is very warming and comforting all the same.

Take one big mug...fill to about half way with chilled apple juice (the real kind is best, though this time I had to settle for 'from concentrate') ... sprinkle on a teaspoon of ground cinnamon... and fill to the top of the mug with hot (not quite boiling) water. Oooh lovely :D