I loved seeing people joining in with #wipsandblooms during the month of December, from cosy knitting projects to beautiful illustrations, sewing and baking. It's great to see such a wide variety of makes. Here are four of my favourites.
I also really liked this super 'hygge' image from @kimothyd with the twinkly fair-lights and and sweet woollen snowflakes which feels so nice and wintery.
Getting through the long months of January and February can be a bit of a slog so it's nice to have a creative project or two to keep us on the go. This month we (Kate from @aplayfulday and I) have a bit of an extra incentive for you to join in with our hashtag. We've teamed up with @bloomandwild, who deliver fresh flowers through to your letterbox, to offer a 3 month supply of flowers for our favourite #wipsandblooms image. I was so excited when Bloom and Wild agreed to this competition as I had already worked with their beautiful flowers during the styling spring at mine competition.
Bloom and Wild kindly sent me their 'Eliza' bouquet before Christmas featuring my favourite fantastic smelling Euculayptus, as well as Lisanthius, Alstromeria and roses to have a little play with... The tones in those roses are quite something....
January for me will be about experimenting a little and trying a few new designs and ideas. So I'll be doing some glaze tests, and will try to incorporate this beautiful leaf texture into some new planter designs. It's a long, slow process working with clay. Even to just do a few glaze tests requires careful measuring of powders - a bit like following a recipe for a cake - but there are no guarantees it will turn out as expected. So then you have to make a new test tile, wait for it to dry, fire it once, then glaze and fire again. When you get it right the results are worth the wait. I've also got some new shapes to play with too. It's going to be a busy couple of months.
The beautiful combination of yellow and pink flowers also made it into an arrangement which brightened up my home pre-Christmas (though I added my own pussy willows as they always remind me of the promise of Spring).
We can't wait to see what you come up with for #wipsandblooms. Feel free to use any seasonal bloom or greenery that you can get your hands on. I have a feeling the gallery is going to be full of bulb shots soon.
And best wishes for the new year.
Katie aka @ceramicmagpie
ps The vase I used in this shoot has now been sold, but if you like my work, there are still other items in the coastal collection remaining in my etsy shop.