Saturday, 10 March 2012

My apprentice

My angel showing her sewing skills at the age of 4, we have been sewing together all morning and this is a dragon she is making.........

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Christmas market at santuccis

This is a really small artists market that santuccis run about 4 times a year, it is a night market with such a lovely atmosphere, I took along my toadstool houses and scenery play mats......

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Latvian egg dying workshop with the kids

I thought i would share some photos from a workshop that we did with the children just after easter last year, it was a test run  with my children and their little friends from kinder and school to see how i went at running a workshop for children, the turned out well and all the children were so proud of their creations as were all the mums.
The leftover silk and string from the dyepot has been safely held onto, and the plan is to get the mums back together and create something special using embroidary and quilting techniques, maybe a small wall hanging or even a needle case might be a nice idea.

The end result was a very successful workshop, with the hope of doing this workshop again this year just before easter or over the easter holidays! Wish me luck!!!!!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A little bit about.......

As a child i was privileged to have been bought up on a beautiful property, the gardens that surrounded the house truly were amazing, there were so many secret little places we had to play, from swinging out of silver birch trees, climbing fruit trees, cubby houses built in the australian bush out the back, tunnels dug deep in the sand hills and tree houses high up in the fernery, I can still smell the damp mossy scent when running through the fernery. There was also a garden in the middle of the house, the house was built around it so you could walk around inside and see the garden the whole way round, this is where my little friends lived in the mossy damp undergrowth in amongst the baby tears and cascading waterfall under the tree ferns, every autumn i remember running to see whether they had come to dance on our front lawn and sure enough every year two faery rings would appear, one large one and one smaller one, this was always very exciting to me as it proved that i had little people living with me, faeries, elves and gnomes, what could be better than living in a magical realm!
I remember at the age of around 13 when i had got my first job saving my pennies to purchase first, Brian Frouds good faeries, bad faeries and then lady cottingtons pressed fairy book in which Brian Froud had done the illustrations, I was fascinated with this world, and still to this day am.
The Wicked Little Elf & The Bowerbird is a reflection of my nature, I am a collector, sometimes of very old strange things that need some love and a bit of a polish up to bring them back to their former glory, I like to decorate my nest with lovely things, hence 'The Bowerbird' came about and with my fascination of the other realm of little people and also having a bit of a cheeky wicked side to me 'The Wicked Little Elf' was born.
I hope you enjoy my blog and are inspired by what you see,
Warmth, Elfin x

Faeries are seen, not by the eyes, but through the heart.
They are the inner nature of the land and a reflection of the inner nature of our souls.

Brian Froud