Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Spend Free Window Shopping!
That's what I did yesterday - my only piece of retail therapy over the holiday break. With the kids and Mr Lovelygrey, testing his new handbuilt bike in tow, I cycled the couple of miles to the Devon Guild of Crafts at Bovey Tracey for a session of covetousness . Total spend: £8.50 because Abi needed a drink when we arrived so we visited the coffee shop. I really must remember to bring those water bottles in future.
Double Elephant Print Workshop in Exeter which one of the other exhibitors mentioned in the blurb beside her work. It looks like this is another to add to my list which threatens to clutter up a minimalist 2012!
To allow myself some peaceful browsing time I shoved the kids in craft corner and they were happy to beaver away there with bits and bobs, paper, glue and scissors making their own creation to suspend from the rather lovely 'mobile in progress' you can see here.
Charis Jones a blacksmith who, after looking up the unusual name, I am excited to confirm is a girl! Go and have a lot at her website and be inspired by her beautiful work. What's more buy from her if you like what you see and can afford it! If you're strapped for cash but feeling creative yourself many of her designs would lend themselves to being interpreted in all sorts of materials included those from nature and found objects. Me - I'm thinking polymer clay flowers mounted on a frame of sprayed silver twigs - when I get round to it that is.
How about this gorgeous, gorgeous wall cabinet by Matthew Burt. Now normally I'd think that £395 is pretty pricey for somewhere to put your keys. Ours hang on the coat hooks in the hall which came gratis with the house when we bought it. Maybe nigh on four hundred smackaroonies doesn't sound half so bad if you say it quickly and of course, in return you'd get a piece of skilled crafted heirloom for roughly the same price as an I-Pod which, as a device for key storage, would be absolutely useless. And of course, you might actually remember to hang your keys where they're supposed to go.
I so admired in Bristol Cathedral a couple of weeks ago!