Monday, 6 November 2017

Follow Your Dream at Calico Craft Parts Blog

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! I'm over at Calico Craft Parts blog with a chunky box canvas for a friend who lives far away.


Please flutter across if you would like to find out the story behind it and how I made it. Have a lovely creative week.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Birds of the Night at Calico Craft Parts Blog

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I am over at Calico Craft Parts blog with 3 little stacking boxes, which I have wood-burned with owls. If you would like to see more, please hop across here



 I hope you're  enjoying the Autumn, which is possibly my favourite season! I'm a great fan of Autumn colours; the scent of wood smoke and long walks through crisp leaves. The other evening when walking home from my mother's flat I heard the plaintive cry of an owl in the twilight. It provided the perfect soundtrack to the fallen leaves and skeleton trees around me and inspired a doodle that I thought would be fun to re-create as a wood-burned design.



Halloween parties when our children were small, with dressing up, traditional games and spooky surprises are some of my best Autumn memories. We live in a quiet little street of Victorian cottages and every October 31st we're visited by new troupes of tiny ghouls, witches, cats, vampires and - inexplicably - a fair smattering of Disney princesses - all excited to be out after dark, with parents keeping an eye out in the shadows! There are more treats than tricks, and peels of excited laughter as our visitors wait on the doorstep!


I've turned my hand to spooky projects since I started creating a few years back, but - much as I've enjoyed making them - I've never felt they were that scary! The Mexican Day of the Dead has always fascinated me too because it seems to be far more about life and laughter and remembering those who lived and loved life to the full than about grim and menacing visitations.


  Owls are more beautiful than creepy to me... and there's always the temptation to giggle rather than scream when the lights go down! 


Maybe that is - after all - what Halloween is all about. As the days shorten and the dark nights draw in, let's dance among the shadows and chase fear away!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Adventure Awaits at Calico Craft Parts!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. How has the Autumn been progressing where you are? In my part of the world the trees are turning to gold and red and the apples and pears in the garden are ripe. Due to a total lack of planning in the family, Autumn is the birthday season around here with first my brother-in-law then me and then our son and daughter all celebrating birthdays! Over at Calico Craft Parts I have an ATC I created for my daughter, Matilda's birthday.


Please hop across here if you would like to see how I created it. If you need some seasonal inspiration for craft projects then Calico Craft Parts shop is definitely the place to go. They have the loveliest selection of finely detailed leaves, fruits, birds and beasts and lots of Halloween themed wood shapes too. The shop is well worth a browse. If you are interested click here. Until the next time, have a lovely, creative Autumn.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Autumn Flight - Printers Tray at Calico Craft Parts.

Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven. I have been very remiss with blogging again despite my New Year Resolutions! This week I have a very Autumnal project over at Calico Craft Parts blog here. I do hope you will have a few minutes to pop across and check it out.


The Autumn is a little more advanced in my project than it is in my garden...


where the Michaelmas daisies and the fennel and even the petunias are still flourishing...


along with the daisies...


.and my favourite Aurora roses! I hope your Autumn is full of joy and blessings.



Friday, 8 September 2017

The Spirit of Autumn

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I do hope you've had a wonderful summer and that you have been able to enjoy some autumn colour and fruitfulness.


 These are such troubled times with natural disasters and political turmoil world-wide and my heart goes out to all those affected by tragedy at this time. It can be difficult to stay hopeful, yet the seasons roll round and this month offers up its bounty of apples, pears and other good things. Autumn is such a beautiful season, rich in the most wonderful colours and with everything bathed in such a lovely light. Like the spring it is a time of promise and new beginnings in many ways.


 I just wanted to blog today about a miniature diptych I just created and added to my Etsy shop, Magpiehaven, to celebrate the magic of Autumn.



In the Land of Autumn sprites peep out from behind the acorns and secretly feast on wild blackberries. Quick as the lightning of an autumn storm, they can shape-shift into a cheeky robin, or a spooky raven! As mischievous as any child trick-or-treating, autumn sprites like to dress up as clowns and witches and tap against your window pane.


They mean no harm, though. They just want you to look at the beauty and the kindness all around you and let your heart be light for a moment.


As you might have noticed, my diptych is resting on a collection of John Keats' poetry. His beautiful ode to Autumn can be found here https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44484/to-autumn. I hope that the Autumn Season will bring you some joy and some fun and that you will be able to dance among the shadows.


I think the Autumn Sprites would be in agreement with Shelley in his ode To the West Wind that 'If winter comes can spring be far behind?' I'm hoping to add more diptychs and some Christmas ornaments to the shop over the coming weeks and I'd be delighted if you have the time to stop by. Thank You for stopping by my blog today. Have a creative and peaceful Autumn.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Not all who Wander are Lost - ATB at Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I'm over at Calico Craft Parts with this ATB cube featuring one of the great word elements and a miniature canvas. The full project can be found here.


Once again, I have been neglecting my poor blog! I have been creating whenever I can and posting on Facebook. I've discovered the joy of painting garden stones with PaperArtsy Fresco paints -


and used some vintage dominoes; Calico Craft Parts; bottle tops and broken jewellery to create a wooden peg doll.


Here is her reverse side - a far happier mood! Perhaps the Princess has learned to accept and love who she is?


Thank You so much for dropping by Magpieheaven today. I apologise for being such a poor blogger these days. I hope that your late summer days will be happen and full of creative fun.

Monday, 31 July 2017

All who wander are not lost - Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I'm over at the wonderful Calico Craft Parts Blog today with 2 miniature canvasses that have a story to tell.


I do hope you will be able to pop across to find out more. Meanwhile have a great week! xx