Yesterday I made a Yule vase arrangement using things I’d collected from the garden. I used bare twigs and small pieces of Fir and Spruce branches, I applied gold artist paint (from my craft box) to the twigs using a brush then rolled the twigs in glitter before the paint dried. I gave the cones a touch of sparkle too by painting the edges of the cones with PVA glue and sprinkling with glitter (all from my craft box). Make sure you cover your work surface with lots of newspaper for the glittering, otherwise you’ll be cleaning it up for weeks.
This Yule arrangement was very simple to do and best of all it was free!
The Fir, Pine and Spruce trees in our garden were planted many years ago by the previous owners, starting off as potted Christmas trees. Now they are huge specimen trees with interesting foliage and fruit (cones). They provide privacy in the garden, screen the Koi pond, create shade for our chickens and are home to many different species of wildlife.
My arrangement is pretty simple (themed to go with other decorations in our dining room), experiment by arranging greenery and berries from the garden and perhaps try other colour schemes. There are many things that can be used such as dried flowers / fruit, seed heads, sections of evergreen shrubs, old favourites holly and ivy, twigs, ribbon, twine and raffia. Use glitter, artist paint or spray paint to add a touch of festive sparkle. Go foraging for things to use or ask a friend or neighbour. You can use any vase or container that you like, take a look at this lovely watering can arrangement by Lottie Land Girl and this pretty vintage teacup arrangement by The Dorset Finca for more inspiration.
Have fun creating and making!
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on December 5, 2013
I started using polymer clay for the first time recently, I wanted to try my hand at making beads. Being naturally drawn to woodland and nature themes I made these beads and pendants. I have to say that I know some amazing polymer clay and ceramic clay artists and their work knocks spots off of my little creations, but I really enjoyed seeing what I could create and I had fun doing so.
Each piece you see was formed by hand, if I make more than one of the same they’re all a little different. After baking hard there’s sanding to be done to make each piece smooth, then I applied artist paint to bring the pieces to life. I guess my style is a little rustic, I’m generally not one for perfection but neither is mother nature.
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on March 19, 2013
Apart from my obvious love of kitchen gardening, occasionally I like to pull out my craft stash and play around with beads, metal and wire. I adore beads and wire wrapping but I also like to work with mixed media for my creations, from beautiful Czech glass beads to rustic pearls and gemstones, ceramics, polymer clay, chain, wood, fabrics and silk, paints and inks, buttons, vintage finds and my recent found love of Vintaj brass and copper metal work.
I source beads and findings from artisan owned bead shops and directly from artisans from the UK and all over the world. I’m self-taught and really enjoying where my craft journey is taking me - although I haven’t had much time to make anything of late! Someday I would love to learn to make some of my own beads, I think polymer clay would be a great place to start but for now I shall stick to expressing myself through design.
Do you craft?
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on January 17, 2013
The rain is back. I thought the roof of our house was going to cave in on us last night, from the sheer volume and speed of which the rain came down. I really miss my veg garden and allotment, I haven’t been able to get much done out there, or at my plot. There’s not much point trying to either, part of my veg garden has flooded with water sloshing up to the sides of some of the raised beds. Thankfully, these beds are empty of crops or seeds. Once it finally stops raining it will take a while for the soil to dry out enough for anything to go in these beds. I’m so glad I didn’t plant the potatoes there.
Once I’ve done my rounds of watering seedlings in the greenhouse, potting a few on and sowing a few seeds here and there, it leaves little for my itchy fingers to be getting on with, creatively speaking. You may be wondering why I have photos of jewellery on my blog, perhaps you thought you’d come to the wrong blog for a moment? Well, let me explain. Every now and then I get the urge or time to make something, be creative or just mellow in the art of being crafty. Making things by hand is a wonderful hobby. Yes, I actually do something other than gardening and collecting chicken eggs from coops (although there hasn’t been much of either happening lately).
Weather like this is perfect for staying indoors, warm and dry with beads, jewellery making tools and lots of ideas floating around in my mind.
I love beads, crystals, buttons and craft wire.
Sometimes, I love to make things.
But I love gardening more!
Posted by The Garden Smallholder on May 1, 2012