It feels like spring is finally here and it’s nice to bring a bit of it indoors. I love Tulips, they’re my favourite flower (I had them in my bridal bouquet and, in a moment of madness that I now blame on hormones, I briefly considered naming my daughter Tulip!).
It’s also been half term this week (for those of us that have kids). Except it feels like my four year old son Charlie has been on holiday for the last month as he has been laid up with a broken leg. He’s nearly better though and eager for some excitement. This week we decorated his plaster cast by drawing animals on it (at his behest) and took him to the park to blow away the cobwebs.
This week I was kindly sent a book from British Crafts called The Book of Forgotten Crafts, published by David & Charles Ltd. Written by Paul Felix, Sian Ellis and Tom Quinn, the book seeks to keep the old craft traditions alive and as well as some of the well-known crafts there’s also some more obscure ones including skep-making, clog-making and rhubarb forcer-making. It’s a book that I think would appeal to both men and women as there’s a few crafts in there that I reckon blokes would love to get into – bagpipe-making anyone??
On Thursday, we decided to be home tourists and go to Ilkley for the day. It’s a lovely town with vibrant streets and plenty of independent shops, restaurants and bars as well as some well-known names such as Betty’s tearooms. The charity shops in Ilkley are also mighty fine and I really wanted to check out a great shop called Cakewalk which sells vintage and retro pieces while also showcasing designer-makers from all around the region.
|Victorian Arcade, Ilkley|
|Clocks on display in White Stuff, Ilkley|
We had a gorgeous walk down by the river and a great lunch at a place called Smooth. I managed to pick up some craft supplies so that I can get creative and carry on with some of the jewellery-making techniques I learned last week. I also bought some lovely wool in a great Parma Violet colour, which will be knitted into something very cute by my talented mum (she’s a ferocious knitter and creates the most amazing garments for my kids – see below).
This afternoon we were invited with the kids to have a play and some tea at a friend’s house. The kids played and the adults drank tea and ate cake. Earlier today I got my button stash out and decided to make a brooch in my friend’s favourite colours by way of a small thank you for the invite. Here’s the result. I think everyone I know is now going to end up with a button brooch! Bye for now, Kathryn x