It has been easy to buy handmade in the south of France. Yesterday we visited a wonderful pottery studio where four potters had their wares. I found this:
A bird wearing red boots! Perfect.
Today in the local market an artisan finished a red leather strap for me–it is destined for a new bag.
Branac is a village filled with flowers. We spent the day painting–here is the turquoise bag I made for wallet, camera etc. and my favourite carry-all from Skinny Laminx.
Two of my favourite things. We went to an evening market and I bought some fabric from Benin, Africa. It is 100% cotton and has, of, course birds on it! The second photo is of lemon verbena–we had dinner at a local farm and it was growing in the garden. What a scent!
Thank you for your response to my post selling the pouches. They are all gone!
Tomorrow I leave for two weeks in the south of France. I hope to post from there, so please do check once and a while. In the meantime here are a couple of things I have made for the trip.
< A while ago I got some wool felt from Germany. It is thick and durable and very nice to handle--not to mention that it is red! I made a case for my ipad, camera and ipod. They should be great for travelling!
On October 15, I will be giving a hooking workshop at Bookhou in Toronto. We will be making a small trivet so I have been experimenting using different colourways. Above you see two samples of the same simple pattern. (The topmost one is Arounna’s lovely photo.) Below is the pattern again, not quite finished, this time with a light background and dark flowers. For fun, I added a wavy ground and a sun. Each time I hook it, something different happens!
Arounna will have all the details posted on her blog before too long. So if you are interested, circle the date!
I also needed a new wallet to take on my holiday. I had a piece of rejected leather with the cattle brand on it. Since it was 313, the luckiest of numbers for me, I decided to incorporate it into a wallet. I had to attach a heart to cover a hole from the brand. The first photo is truer to the colour.
For now Fireworks resides at the cottage. We spent a few wonderful days there this past week and I managed to finish one side of the border. It is a BIG rug. However, sitting by an open window with a view of the water is the best.
There was also time for other activities including picking blueberries which are amazingly abundant this year. While we do eat them now (best with Kawartha Dairy ice cream) I love to freeze them for a taste of summer warmth in the darkness of winter.