Well, having boasted about updating the blog regularly, I then have a long spell of silence... There have been various things going on, and I have been working on commissions - one of which, hopefully, I will be able to post soon.
In the meantime, I have been wondering what to buy people for Christmas. I should be able to buy all my presents at the Art & Craft Centre. Unfortunately, I think most of the people I know well enough to buy presents for are either non-collecting-type people (i.e. nothing ornamental), or non-dusting-type people (ditto), or they have small children (nothing fragile or breakable).
It's no fun buying for that lot!
So it's socks for everyone - except that I have found a gift that I'd love to give to anyone (and receive from anyone). They are little pottery candle mats!
How sweet are they! They are from the Art & Craft Centre - made by Embar Pottery (click here) - and they are tiny, not expensive, and hand-made locally.
I love the style of them - what do you call that? Primitive style? Folk art? I would love to make bears in that style. Unfortunately, whenever I do make such bears, they remind me of my amateurish efforts when I first started out - so I don't let them hang around for long.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you also about a visitor to our garden recently. We put a bowl of cat food outside our back door for the hedgehogs (although it's a bit cold for them to be out now). It always disappears quickly, and we have recently discovered the culprit.
We are worried that he is not being fed/cared for by anyone. He doesn't exactly look skinny and under-fed, but then that could be because his coat is particularly thick at this time of year.
Another door-to-door round the neighbourhood is required. I'm not sure what we'll do if we can't find the owners. Our own two cats are rather territorial - even with regard to each other - so adopting him would prove extremely difficult! Anyway, I'll let you know if we find anything.