I love watching how the seasons subtly change from month to month. As we enter November I feel ready to embrace cosy knits, warming hot chocolate and enjoy the gentle flicker of flame from a candle or our wood burner. I find there is always a new reason to celebrate what each new month has in store.
And, especially so for this month's #wipsandblooms hashtag challenge as Kate from @aplayfulday and I have a gorgeous prize of fresh English blooms from the letterbox florist, Beards & Daisies for UK residents only.
This month I received this stunning bouquet of the perfect autummal mix of blooms and foliage featuring these deep pink anemones, silver grey Eucalyptus and deep russet coloured leaves. The flowers from Beards & Daisies are always seasonal and I have been really impressed by their quality, so am really happy that they will be sending this month's winner a special prize.
If you've not come across our hashtag challenge before, #wipsandblooms is a tag to celebrate process and is not always about the finished item. It's a moment to enjoy any moment of making, styled or unstyled, with a seasonal bloom or greenery.
With my own makes, this month I've been trying to get ahead with some decorative items for the Christmas season, making little snowflake decorations and some tea-light holders, to embrace a little bit of hygge, the Danish term to encompass all things cosy.
Next month sees the start of my Christmas markets. In addition to events I'm attending and hosting in Birmingham, I'm also leading a workshop to make festive decorations at a curated pop-up at West-Elm in London on the 19th and 20th November, which I'm particularly excited about. All the details are on my website on the events page.
Last month we had a gorgeous bundle of prizes from Ioana @moekeyarns. The subtle colours and delicate textures of this image caught the eye of Kate and I, so congratulations @purlalpacagirl for winning October's #wipsandblooms.
Our 'runners-up' ironically this month don't feature flowers heavily- but all have nods to some seasonal foliage.
I always love finding new makers to follow, and be inspired by, so I hope you will check out the feeds of these featured artists.
I know November will be a frenzied month of making for many of us. If you get a moment to reflect do join our hashtag challenge; its always so good to see what people are up to.
The flowers featured in this post are from @BeardsandDaisies who are sponsoring this month's prize.