Saturday, 23 January 2010

Berries and birdies

B is for ...

blackberry picking
best buddies
beautiful bird

B ... is this week's letter for the alphabet inchie challenge and these are my inchies. I then noticed everything else in my post today is connected to the letter B in some way

B ... is for blackbirds ... my favourite garden birds with their cheeky personalities

B ... is for birdie brooch. I was so incredibly lucky to win this beautiful birdie brooch made by lovely friend Viv of Hen's Teeth in her recent giveaway. It's so cute and gorgeous and I love it! Thank you so much Viv - I shall treasure my birdie forever

B ... is for book, bird ornament, blackbird (pie bird), beads, button, baking and bits

I also won a gorgeous giveaway from the lovely Emma of Silver Pebble. Lucky me! Emma had the inspired idea of starting a "Pass the Book" giveaway. She chose a recent find called "Miss Read" and made a lovely cover for it. Emma read the book and then passed it to me to read, then I will pass it on to someone in blogland in a giveaway (with some other prizes) ... soon as I can!

In my giveaway parcel I received lots of lovely things: some pretty tags illustrated by Emma, a gorgeous hand made silver heart button and a ceramic bird ornament both made by Emma, a blackbird pie bird, some hand made magnets, some beads in a little wooden pot and a cd of "Bridal Lullaby" and "Elizabethan Serenade" all in a fabulous vintage tin

B ... is for beads. I made these beads last week from recycling sweet wrappers, curling ribbon, plastic carrier bags, chiffon fabrics, Tyvek and angelina fibres wrapped with metallic threads and then heated with a heat gun. The heat melts and bonds the materials together making them rock hard when they cool down. If you are interested in having a go at these, I posted some tutorials on my textile blog

Sparkly beads

Our weather is all over the place again. My sister had more snow. This is a photo she took of a beautiful frozen rosehip. I love my sister's photos

B ... is for boots! It's still boots weather in St. Ives even though we didn't get any more snow. We've had very strong winds, storms and lots of rain. Everything is very soggy!

I was looking at my kitchen calendar for January and the furry boots below look nice and snuggly! Usually, I find my CH&I calendar inspiring but I had to laugh at January's offering of "brighten up outside with snug accessories and twinkling lights". All very well in theory ... but how does this work exactly ... with the inconsistent, unpredictable, inclement weather we have in the UK?

B ... is for bundles! It's been raining on my bundles and I peeped at them this week. There are already signs that something is happening. The one I buried has come more to the surface and the calico has gone pink

This bundle is hanging in the ivy and is showing signs of life!

B ... is for berries. I love red berries ... they are one of favourite themes and blogs should be full of favourite things. I made an inchie with bittersweet berries picked back in November

Haiku week 3

Berries of ruby
treasures of scarlet and red
Autumn's precious gems

Berries drying, withered, still beautiful

I took these photos in late November/early December time. I like the contrast of the scarlet and red berries against the pale, neutral and almost vintage coloured backgrounds

Berries from the St. John's Wort plant

Holly berries in abundance during October and November usually mean a harsh and bitterly cold winter! This old saying was proved right this winter!

The Woody Nightshade berries in the picture below are also known as "Bittersweet"

B ... is for bittersweet. I picked these Bittersweet berries last November to try some natural dyeing and never got round to putting the pictures on the blog

Great care should be taken when handling the berries of the Woody Nightshade (Bittersweet) plant as they are poisonous if eaten

The berries didn't produce much dye so I was only able to soak some small pieces of cotton and calico in a tiny little jar. The berries produced an orangey/red dye ... very pretty on my windowsill last November

Bittersweet and "Sweetness"

B ... is for blogging! Thank you for the fun tags and awards received over the last couple of weeks. I will try to work through them as soon as I can and I will be announcing the book giveaway at the end of next week, I think!

Bye for now from me and the blackbirds
Have a lovely weekend

Carolyn ♥


Menopausal musing said...

"B" is for B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L Blog post! Just lovely.

daisy said...

Oh Carolyn I don't know how you do it. Your blog posts are so full of such wonderful imagery & inspiring thoughts. You are so delightfully creative.

Wonderful inchies too xx

Cerejeira said...

Beautiful post!!!!
Stunning colours!

ArtPropelled said...

B is for Bountiful Blog. Your posts are filled to the Brim with Bounty. I always leave feeling inspired.

Andi's English Attic said...

When is it not boot weather? I have to confess, boots are my thing and I'd wear them all year round if I could. Have you had a look at the Celtic Sheepskin site? Cheaper than Uggs and SO snuggly. Right there in Cornwall. (apologies if you don't agree with using animal skin).
I do love visiting your blog. You make all those berries and leaves look so beautiful. xx

Wipso said...

Brilliant B blogging. You are a very talented lady. Really love reading your blogs.
Don't forget to pop over to our blog shop to have a chance of winning our Gift draw.
A x

konnykards .. Musings of a Senior Citizen said...

B ...ubbling over again!
"Brightening my day,
As you always seem to do,
So glad I dropped by!"
PS I haven't forgotten your bits and pieces - just my usually slow sorting going on!
Connie, xx

Maria Dent said...

Loved this post Carolyn.
Iv awarded you a Kreativ Blogger Award, Please collect it from my blog xx

*jean* said...

a bee-uuutiful post, indeed!!

fibrefrolics said...

I always look forward to your gorgeous posts. You usually manage to sum up what I am thinking about life and they are always so full of nostalgia and lovely little pieces of nature. Thank you!

bad penny said...

yes I agree with Cathy - BEAUTIFUL
Blog post.
I admire Viv's work & had seen the Silverpebble book pass it on ( I'm doing similar with a little hen named Ernest & now in the first of his destinations ! )

I have already popped over to look at your bead making & think they are great.

I love how you make an already lovely berry even more beautiful

Hens Teeth said...

A richly inspiring post C. You have a wonderful way of combining nature's beauty with inspiring textures, text and art etc.
Thank you too for lovely words. x said...

Carolyn! What a gorgeous post this is! Love your beads! suzie. xxx

Lynn said...

What a Beautiful Blog post!

silverpebble said...

Oof, a feast for the eyes here Carolyn - such exquisite photos of berries. Glad you liked your little parcel. Your beads are wonderful! I'm off to find out more xx

Diane said...

Fabulous post - How I widh the outside of my house looked like that photo!! I have some lovely friendly blackbirds in my back garden - they are quite tame around humans - I think they mest in next doors conifers.

Jasmine said...

Blackirds are wonderful. When my daughter was born, i bought her a blackbird soft toy from the RSPB shop. We used to squeeze its belly so that it would play the recording of a blackbird in song. The lackbirds in the garden would answer.

How did you get on with the natural dyeing? Dying with natural dyes is something I want to do much more of this year.

Pom Pom said...

Oh, thank you for the blackbird! I'm smitten! You are my favorite poetic artist!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

B can be for 'beauteous' too, which is exactly what this blog post is!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

What a lovely post. Carolyn, those inchies are gorgeous, as is the birdie brooch from Viv, Emma's bird and your sister's berry in the snow. A real pleasure to read. Bfn. Lesley

JP said...

what a super post - I so enjoyed it

Guzzisue said...

bbbbbbbrilliant :-)

Jo said...

Brilliant blog post as usual.

libbyquilter said...

hi Carolyn~!!~

love the inchie and the haiku as well as all of the gorgeous photos~!~ including the one your sister took of the frosty hips~!!

and those delicious beads~!~ i was fondling the ones that you made for me just this morning . . . i may be using one in a tidepool themed postcard that i'm currently working on . . .

and the little blackbird vid at the end was a fun farewell~!~


mimilove forever said...

I've said it once before but it bears repeating...I cannot wait to see the rest of the alphabet!
Just Bl**dy Beautiful!!
(And well done on scoring the brooch!)

Elizabeth Armstrong said...

B is for a Blog Award!

Carolyn I would like to nominate you a Sunshine Blog Award - it is always such a pleasure to read what you are up to.

Happy creating

Anni's Art said...

Carolyn what a brilliant post, love all your B things/photos, you are so creativ and I love visiting your blog, will you work through the entire alphabet ?,exciting to see how your bundle is when you get it dug up.

Fiona Whitehead said...

B is also for Brilliant Blogger - fabulous inchies and such a lovely post - you have a way with words and photographs that is just so inspiring x

Dianne said...

Just a beautiful post. Thanks for all the inspiration!

A bird in the hand said...

Bundles, berries and birdies, oh yes!
I looked away for a moment and my eye caught one of the books I bought from the libraries discontinued pile. It's: Miss Read: Affairs at Thrush Green...


La Dolce Vita said...

B is for brilliant post stunning color and fun.... keeping my mind off all the snow cold and wind! thank you so much!

missy k said...


I'll say it again .... your posts are better than a magazine.... (no ads for one thing!) You could do a regular article in Country Living!

Keep them coming.... I love them:)


ps great inchies!!!! I have a few of the Miss Read books they are such sweet fun.

Gina said...

What a treat it is to read through your posts and feast the eyes on your glorious photographs.

Jacky said...

Berry nice post.... loved all of the "B" imagery.
Always fun and inspirational to visit your lovely blog.
Wonderful, wonderful gifties too...thanks for sharing all them with us all.
Dont worry...spring is coming!

Jacky xox

Mary said...

Hi Carolyn! Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog about my beadwork disaster. Those beads were a mess, but I LOVE the beads you made and your B post was so much fun to read.

Kerrie said...

lovely post Carolyn. my erosion bundles are simmering away in the hot Aussie sun but they do get some moisture when I water the garden! I can see some changes in just one at present although two others are buried. love the balckbird video - very sweet!

Dot said...

Your blog posts bring me SO much joy Carolyn! They brim over with goodness and color and love and inspire all of us.
Sending lots of love your way.
Dot x

jackie said...

A nice warming post, even if a bit soggy round the outer edges.

Deborah said...

Beautiful post! I always enjoy reading your blog and looking at the lovely images.

Heloise said...

Such an interesting read and wonderful photographs.
Thank you so much for the your kind comments on my blog.
Have a good week.

blueberries in the fields said...

Awww, this is such a sweet post.I don't know how you do i, but you amaze me everytime i come here. reading your posts is always such a sweet pleasure and your photos always beautiful. love your blackbird Carolyn...and your beads and everything you do. ♥ you are so creative.
B is for Bravo Carolyn ♥

imac said...

Berry nice post, my little Cornish pixie.
Thanks for your visits and kind comments.Let me know when you have planned to dance around Lanyon Quoit and I'll come and take your photo.LOL

Kickcan and Conkers said...

What a beautiful, inspiring post!
Love the frozen rosehip!

Renee Howell said...

My goodness! What a lovely B and red post! Thank you for sharing the light!

mimilove forever said...

...I'll get the kettle bring the Cornish clotted cream (and any left over sweeties from the GORGEOUS beads!)x;0)

manon 21 said...

j'aime beaucoup!!