Autumn has definitely arrived, although after such a wet summer the change hasn’t been very noticeable. The leaves here are starting to turn gold and brown, and the last of the berries and fruits are just clinging on.
Looking at the fir cones I have started thinking about Christmas decorations already- I’m torn between using some real cones, or replicating the shape of the pine cones in another material.
If I decide to use real pine cones in my decorations I will have to start collecting perfect-looking ones soon as the birds and squirrels have been stripping them of their seeds, leaving funny-looking husks behind.
The dogs seem to be enjoying the change of season and one of them even managed to stay still long enough to have her picture taken!
A recent museum trip provided lots of inspiration- I particularly enjoyed looking at the textiles and natural history exhibits. As you can see here, there were some interesting bird displays, with a wide variety of species from all over the world displayed together.
After some rough seas over the winter there seems to be more pottery fragments on the beach than usual- or maybe the (rare) sunshine has just made them easier to spot!
I particularly like the piece with an anthropomorphic lion face painted on it.
I have used the pieces in small mosaics before, and would like to use some to make a mural on a section of the garden wall at some point in the future (when I have collected enough pieces!). In the meantime I just enjoy admiring all of the different patterns.
I have made a start on a few of the smaller presents that I am making for Christmas with these crochet amigurumi. The rabbit is for a work colleague, and the alien and elephant were requests from two small children I know, who were intrigued to see me crocheting!
The patterns are my own designs; using a few basic shapes/forms it is amazing how many different animals/creatures/aliens you can make! The elephant is only just over three inches tall, making these quick projects too (always a bonus in the run up to Christmas!).
It is difficult to avoid being inspired by the sea and the countryside around here, especially in spring and summer.
With the longer days I’ve been spending even more time outside, and the sunshine and brighter colours after winter are so cheerful. It’s also very nice to be able to sit in the garden when undertaking craft projects.
We’ve been enjoying some lovely warm weather in Devon this month, and it even stayed dry (and sunny) on the day that all of the boats were craned back into the water. The craning-in starts very early in the morning (it has to fit in with a very high high-tide) and takes a few hours, and usually seems to be a guarantee that it will both rain on that date, and be 10 degrees C colder than the day before!