Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Brightening up Boston ... and a brooch

A lovely lady who is a favourite and faithful Etsy customer needed something to brighten up her Valentine's Day.   Now there's a girl who plans ahead - me, I've only just got the Christmas tree down!   

I usually send her Etsy parcels in a muslin bag, tied up with a pair of stringed hearts. 

So, at the lovely lady's request, I made a bundle of heartstrings and sent her a photo, which she somehow managed to access on the train into work in a cold and gloomy Boston, (that's Massachusetts, not Lincolnshire).   Isn't technology wonderful?

I'm also experimenting with some new ideas for brooches and playing with merino that I 'drizzled' flax and silk fibres on to and wet-felted some sausages.   The ones below are a bit short and sturdy to bend into petal shapes, so something else will become of them, but the longer ones worked quite well and made a big 6" daisy brooch.

And I've now got a commission to make 12 different coloured egg cosies with contrasting bobbles, so the kitchen is about to be invaded by big bags of bright merino wool in every shade under the sun.   And since we've got rain and lowering skies (it's 'dreich', where I come from..) for the next few days, I shall welcome the invasion of some cheery colours.

I've also been asked to make a couple of corsage brooches which can be worn on Burns Night in a couple of weeks, so I can be mulling over some ideas for them while I'm rub-a-dub-dubbing at the sink with those cosies.   Don't worry, there's sure to be some photos in due course!

If you want to brighten up a grey day, click on the link on the right to go to Emma's Silverpebble Splash of Colour page - lots to cheer there!

Lots of love


Magic Cochin said...

Heart Strings - what a great idea!

I like the felt 'sausages'


Jane said...

Certainly brightened my day, Chrissie. Love the heart strings.

ELK said...

bright and such fun here ..i love seeing your ideas and work!!

Gina said...

Lovely bright colours for this dreich weather (my husband says that too)

Printed Material said...

Lovely daisy brooches Chrissie. That is such a good idea, as are the heart strings. Great to see an infusion of colour everywhere on these grey days. Lesley xx

JP said...

just love all that colour!

Jill said...

Egg cosies? Surely some pixies have sent you an order for new hats.

Anonymous said...

ooooohhh! what a delight to read Chrissie!
I can't wait for the heart strings to arrive.....and must know what Burns Night is....wouldn't I love to wear your gorgeous corsage brooch to that-they are just fabulous!!!
Greetings from the lady in Boston

Menopausal musing said...

Oh my! What a COLOURFUL post! Loving the drizzling and the egg cosies are a delight, so cute! "Dreich" seems to sum up the weather here too....................

Anonymous said...

What a lovely bright and cheerful blog Chrissie - just what we need on a grey, wet winter's day. Love the effect of the fibres on the felt sausages, it really adds interest and texture. Looking forward to seeing what you produce for Burns' Night!