Felicity Taylor Eclectic Handmade

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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Port Eliot and the Obby Oss

We recently visited Port Eliot in St Germans thanks to Murgatroyd at Serge & Tweed , who showed links about the travelling folk museum. The exhibits for this were rather small and they are wanting any donations for the folk museum or a possible venue visit museum of british folklore  for more details. We saw this obby oss headress below, (I loved the curtains behind!)
So having visited for the exhibition, we had no pre-concieved ideas about the house. So it was a lovely surprise to look round a lived in house full of treasures, flaking paint and beautiful paintings  (and some not) I'm not a great fan of Lenkiewicz and there is a beautiful round room (but it is) covered in his work.The house left me wanting to look at many more rooms as only a few are open. On the way out we met the Earl and countess of St Germans who were very friendly and 'roo' their gorgeous whippet dog- very civilised. 
The other place we visited there was St Germans church where we took some picture of the embroideries and stained glass. Here are some which may inspire!

In case you are thinking I am either shopping or visiting somewhere I have been doing some work. Some felt ladies based on the images I've developed about the garden, water growth etc.
I have explored images about these for a while now. My first pieces were mosaics (excuse the awful picture)

So I'll say bye for now. 

Monday, 10 May 2010

Found bits and bobs.

Just a quick post as I promised Shevie over at paperdolly that I would show my 'tat' that I bought recently.

A little bit tatty, but very useful (!?)

I feel like the shop on 'Bagpuss' giving homes to unwanted things (unwanted for a reason?)

A rather lovely box by the metal box company, full of old haberdashery labels and bits and bobs.

And lastly a saintly bracelet for 25p which shines like shell so it said "buy me".
So I am guilty of compulsive buying, and I don't want it to stop or life would be rather dull!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

catching up.

Here are a few of the things I've been up to recently on the creative front. I have tried to just enjoy experimenting with different techniques. I usually have to have some starting inspiration, so as I said in my last post I looked at the  work of Janet Bolton and Ann Rothenstein. I love their simplicity - which as I know is really difficult to achieve!

I'm not too sure about my choice of fabrics, but I enjoyed the simplicity of handstitching and will try and finish them soon. The applique at the top was inspired by a painting (below) I started a while ago and didn't finish!- typical

I also experimented with some machine embroidery which was quite difficult to control!

I was quite happy with my garden fairy though!
My next bit of creativity is to make some more shaped dolls with felt, I'll keep you posted!

Monday, 3 May 2010


I can't believe it's been over a month since I wrote anything. I remember Easter, garden, kids, it's all a bit of a blur! I thought I'd post a couple of pics of the garden that will hopefully inspire something creative!

I loved the sun shining through the leaves.

My favourite thing has to be seeds when they first grow.

I have been watching the 'Edible Garden' with Alys Fowler on BBC 2 which has been nice and basic just right for me! It has rekindled my interest in chickens so I'll keep you posted.
On the creative front, I have been doing some embroidery/ applique I'll take some pics soon, I like the work of Janet Bolton for its simplicity, and I have also looked at the work of the painter Ann Rothenstein which is fab.
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