Yes, two years ago today I started this blog. It began as a record of textile makes a friend and I were preparing for craft fairs. As it happens, that particular venture didn't come to fruition, but I found I was enjoying taking photographs and writing a bit about this and that. So although the blog changed in content over time, I'm still enjoying putting my posts together and keeping in touch with other bloggers, and those of you who so kindly and regularly leave a comment.
With better techno skills I might have made a better job of organising this post into a nice chronological story, but I'm afraid despite spending hours trying upload from various sources the photographs are all higgledy-piggledy. But I hope you get the drift. Here then are some high-spots in the last two years of Textile Treasury. First up, some photos, including the one above, taken in June 2012 when our son Kit and his family came home from New Zealand for a long holiday. We all squeezed into our cottage, and the weather was dreadful most of the time, but we had some fun. You can find the relevant posts in the archive.
Krissie's 40th birthday party held at our local because there were so many of us! Dylan and Fraser.
Beccie, Krissie and Kit THe Birthday.
January February 2013 - Jim and I flew out of a snow-bound Britain to sun-soaked New Zealand. This was our trip to Hobbiton, a scorcher of a day with some wonderful photographs to remember it by.
JIm and I on a day out with Kit and Krissie to a wonderful winery. Great scenery and lovely meal.
The day we all went ot the Sky Tower in Auckland. Standing on the glass floor was a challenge!
While we were there I made some small repairs to the Bible Quilt I had made for Dylan about five years earlier. Well loved and well worn!
Back home again, finishing off the quilt I made for Krissie.
One of the cushions I made with the vintage Sufolk Puffs purchased from A Mermaid's Tale.
A seaside cushion made, and sold. The craft fairs didn't work out but somehow things manage to get themselves sold!
Another cushion, made with vintage and re-purposed fabrics. I'm rather pleased with this one.
And who can forget the ongoing story of the Wild Garlic! I picked it, I wrote about it, I cooked with it, I froze it, and by gum we certainly ate a lot of it! Again, stories in the archive if you like.
Stopping to dance in Ely. It was a very hot day and there was much more to come!
Very late one night at the Burwell Bash, just managing to keep up with the session. This is my annual music fix. More stories and incriminating pictures archived!
On our way out to dinner for Jane's birthday, during the Burwell Bash 2013
Oh! Back to Ely, this is the Ouse Washes up at the Ely Festival site. In the middle of a field in temperatures of around 34 centigrade!
A well deserved breather at Ely.
Ouse Washes at Welbourne Festival. Much cooler and wetter than Ely!
This was Folk at The Forge, hosted by the Harmonious Blacksmith Nigel - a great time was had by all!
My first forays into lino- printing, following a workshop by Amanda Colville. You can read about it - yes, you guessed it, in the ARCHIVE!
OH! Slipped back twelve months to a collection of items I made for the craft fair.
Here is the original "One Bird upon a Hill beneath a Star. I've now made and sold three of these, but this is my favourite still.
A spate of furniture painting! I painted them OUTSIDE, by the way, just photographed them here as it began to rain. Eventually I will finish the other chairs!
There was much bread making over the past two years, plain strong bread flour, spelt and rye, sour-dough, wholemeal, you name it, I baked it!
This spice corner of my kitchen references the Great Clear Out and Re-Organisation which took place in 2012. This extended to freezer sorting and recording, and menu planning posts and frugal food posts ....... habits which astoundingly have lasted into 2014!
Wild Garlic Pesto!
Wild Garlic Oil. I still have wild garlic butter in the freezer! It won't be too long before I start picking fresh supplies!
Lots of music making, dancing, festival going, family gathering, garden-photographing, textile viewing, caravanning, quilt making, bangle making, felt loving, friends gathering, food enjoying, and of course - BLOGGING! Sorry the photos aren't in order, and are woefully short of the whole story, but I hope you've enjoyed the memories. Two years isn't all that long in blogging circles, but it's been long enough to find some really good blogs which I enjoy regularly keeping in touch with, and some super bloggers, some of whom I have made friends with. Sorry, blogging does not confer upon you the inability to end a sentence with a preposition!
So however this blog evolves, I do hope those of you who have stuck it out so far will stick around for what's to come - I couldn't do it without you!