This month started with these beautiful blooms arriving in the post!
Word has got out that I do love my flowers and I was very grateful to receive this amazing bunch from Beards and Daisies, which had been picked from a Cornish farm. My own garden offered slip pickings this summer, so it was extra nice to have these to play with whilst also knowing their providence is from the UK.
I wasn't able to do a great deal of making over the summer, but loved displaying my blooms in some recently fired work, including this leaf vase and some commissioned vintage style 'milk' bottles.
I did manage to squeeze in some studio time to create these vintage style floral pieces which will eventually be made into brooches after being fired in the kiln.
I'm glad to see that other people did manage more making than me. And the #wipsandblooms gallery has flourished. What started as a mainly knitting tag from @aplayfulday now stretches to include a wide variety of crafts and makes from baking to wreath making, drawing and dying to pottery and pen-work.
The tag has really challenged me to be creative about how I style my own work-in-progress - and more often I am making videos, using my tripod and timer. Simple things which have made a big difference to my gallery and how I document my process.
Here are a few favourites from other makers from last month.
I loved the colours going on in these images. On Instagram these ladies are:
Why not check out their accounts for some more inspiration?
Kate from @aplayfulday and I both fell in love with our competition winner, Marion from @rekersdressdesign who creates stunning designs based on nature, flowers and plants.
Marion wins the Botanical Style book, written by Selina Lake and supplied/published by Ryland, Peters & Small, and I know she will love all the inspirational green styling.
For September we have a prize from a fabulous independent shop which is local to me here in Birmingham. @allison_sadler_ from The People Shop has donated this beautiful glass black frame which is great to display all sorts of things, from postcards to pressed flowers or leaves or even a feather! I have one already and they look so good styled together.
And as autumn really is round the corner now, this will be our theme for the month ahead. What does fall mean to you? Preserving some of our summer memories, gathering and harvest, or just preparing to snuggle down for the months ahead. Whatever it is we'd love to see your makes styled or in-the-moment with a seasonal hint of autumn.