Friday, 2 December 2016

Trees are wonderful!

During National Tree Week we celebrate trees in all their diversity and value. They are an important part of our landscapes, both rural and urban and are important homes for other species.

Many trees are host to fungi, like this impressive oyster mushroom on a tree in Parr Fold Park, near where my parents live

Established in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual celebration of trees, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. Organised by the Tree Council, the week offers a great opportunity to help your local trees.

You can find out about your local events here.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Etsy update

Over the past month the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop had fewer views and fewer favourites than in any month for more than a year. On the other hand paradoxically it had more sales than any month since I opened the shop! I will never understand the vagaries of Etsy statistics, but am very happy with the recent sales!

I've just added this necklace to the shop

You can see it here.

This bracelet and earrings set (which I first blogged about here) are also now in the shop

You can see them here.

And finally these earrings

are in the shop here.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Mute swans

It was a bank holiday today (St Andrews Day) so we walked along the Union Canal in Edinburgh and met these two beautiful mute swans




Tuesday, 29 November 2016

National Tree Week



Established in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual celebration of trees, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. Organised by the Tree Council, the week offers a great opportunity to help your local trees.

You can find out about your local events here.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Latest Adventures in Jewellery Making

I was browsing my bead stash the other day and these large pink beads struck me as ideal for earrings so I made three pairs using all the large pink beads I had and matching them with some small pink beads.

This pair of earrings is available in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop here. (The other items below will also be in the Etsy shop soon!)

 I also made these long earrings using chains and beads reclaimed from a vintage necklace


I also recently made this bracelet and earring set, featuring the same brown and white beads as I used in the necklace in this post. Each of the brown and white beads is different in pattern and shape!



Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Frosty patterns

It's a lovely day today, freezing cold but with clear blue skies and wonderful light. The frost is amazing:





Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Secondhand First Week

Secondhand First Week,  organised by fashion reuse charity TRAID, is a chance to celebrate all things secondhand and commit to re-using and appreciating what we already have rather than buying new.

Some things are much better new, such as underwear and shoes but for most other items of clothing then second hand shops have a great selection and sometimes they even sell new shoes and underwear that's never been taken out of it's packaging.

Second hand shops are where I buy most of my clothes and books as well as the bags of unsaleable jewellery that I then make into new items that I sell in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop. (And I've just made several new pairs of earrings that I'll blog about here in the near future.)

If you want to make your clothes last longer then you may find there are mending workshops in your area (there certainly are in Edinburgh) or you may want to organise a clothing swap party, so you can exchange your good quality clothing that you're tired of for the good quality clothes that your friends are tired of.... If this sounds like too much to organise then parcel up your unwanted clothes and take them to your local second hand shop or thrift store.

If your clothes are worn out beyond repair then you can use them to make new items!

You can find out more on the Secondhand First website.