Something’s happening at the bottom of the garden

I went to visit Helen Hallows’ studio today. She and David Hallows have opened their home to the public as part of Derbyshire Open Arts, three days of artists opening studios and showing… Continue reading

Artist : Jane Bevan

Jane Bevan creates craft from natural materials that she gathers daily in the woods near to her home in Derbyshire. I first met Jane when she was a curator at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and I… Continue reading

NGS Open Garden & Secret Craft Fair 7th & 8th June

  I’m opening our garden on Herrick Road in Loughborough, Leicestershire on the 7th and 8th June for the National Gardens Scheme. Another garden is opening with us on the 8th. There’s loads… Continue reading

Pie – British Pie Awards 2014

I spent the day in Melton Mowbray at St Mary’s Church as one of over 100 judges at the sixth annual British Pie Awards. The awards are organised by the Melton Mowbray Pork… Continue reading

Helen Rhodes : Butterflies and Birds

Helen Rhodes will be exhibiting again in 2014 at the Loughborough NGS Open Gardens & Secret Craft Fair. I went to visit her at her studio for a chat about her new work… Continue reading

Handmade Plant Supports

I spent a happy morning in 2013 with a pile of willow withies, a ball of string and my secateurs making willow plant supports. After a few false starts I made these for… Continue reading

Bridget McVey

Bridget McVey makes textured porcelain and stoneware with layered slips and glazes, often imprinted with plants. Bridget is bringing her work and her potters wheel to the NGS Open Garden & Secret Craft Fair on… Continue reading

NGS Open Gardens 2014 – what’s going on where?

Spring is almost here and it’s time to get outside again. Last year I opened my garden for the first time as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and loved it. The… Continue reading

I had a little rest

I’ve been having a little rest over the Summer from blogging – but have lots of exciting projects to report back on. Watch out for new posts coming soon about basket & quilt… Continue reading

NGS Open Garden & Secret Craft Fair 2013

I opened our garden to the public for the National Gardens Scheme in June 2013 for the first time. However I always try and squeeze as much creativity as I can out of… Continue reading