Posts Tagged 'folk festival'

Back from Wales

My family and I enjoyed a lush holiday in West Wales with 2 other families who are old mates from university and we get together every year for a joint holiday. We stayed in a gorgeous old quarry house in a village called Cilgarren. The house was at the foot of a gorge and its sheer rock face was the back wall of our garden with an amazing waterfall when it rained (which it did quite often) and we were right on the river, so I paddled my feet in the water with my kids and saw a King fisher, which was pretty special.

There was a castle in the village, Cigarren Castle, which was a great ruin and we spent ages clambering around it with the kids (5 in total). The children had a great time being a gang for the week and really enjoyed each others company, which was great to watch! Us grown ups drank lots of tea, ate lots of cake and had a bit too much wine! There was so much for families to do and we had some briliant days out at a farm, an iron age fort and of course the stunning coast with clean sandy beaches

We got back on Saturday afternoon and had no time to get back into Devon life as Sunday was Bradninch Music Festival, where I had a craft stall. I had a fantastic day,  sold lots of things, listened to great music, talked to lots of interesting people and our mates came with a picnic (a super high quality picnic with anchovy tart and lemon polenta cake!). I sold so much stock on Sunday that I have gone into a making things frenzy! So here are some of the fruits of my labour so far this week.

The first panel is another of my popular Art Deco Leaves design, in a new colour way and with etched detail on the leaves.

I sold my last Coombe Martin panel on Sunday, so I have replaced it with a slightly different design and a new colour combination.

The third panel is a reworking of Heckwood Tor, the first version of this is on show at Otterton Mill Art Gallery.

These items and my new teeny tiny beach scene panels (only 12 cm high, are they the smallest stained glass panels in the world???) are available for sale with all my other lovely stuff on my  Folksy and Etsy shops.

If you are in Exeter on Saturday 19th June  please come say hi to me on my stall at the Craft Hub fair in the wonderful surroundings of Rougemont Castle.  There is going to be live music, tea and cake and kids activities too, so it should be a really fun day. It is on from 11-4pm

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Bow Music and Craft Festival

My husbands family live in the pretty village of Bow, near Crediton in Devon and this Sunday 31st May,  I will have a stall at their annual music and craft fest! I love a local music festival and Devon does them really well. You are never quite sure who will turn up, I have seen so many cool things from traditional broom dancing (South Zeal) to Seth Lakeman (Dartmouth Music Festival) so I am hoping for some unexpected treats!

My friend and craft co-conspirator Josie-Mary will be with me and it is (on the A3072 between Okehampton and Copplestone. The only info says its:  “a celebration of music, art and crafts. Many local art, craft & produce stalls, refreshments, children’s workshops, licensed bar and live music until 8pm. Headling is ‘Hazaar’ who play traditional Eastern European music. Also performing will be Jonathan Shorland (flutist and pipes), Sleepwalkers (trad & new folk), Tony & Leigh (original folk), The Swamp Gods (folk/punk), Ed & Sherrie (folk & blues) and more. Everything is under cover and entrance is free!”

Local events in Devon are very vibrant and  always a good laugh (think much more music festival and much less twee Church fete), so come along and see us if you are in the depths of Devon this weekend.

The flower photos are just a few I snapped yesterday in the gorgeous spring sunshine!

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Our little stall was not totally washed away in the rain today and we got to listen to some lovely music whilst we sat behind our stall and tried to keep our bored children occupied, this was acheived by the man on the next stall selling bubble swords!

Thanks to all those who brought stuff from us, or just had a look!

Despite the rain and the distractions of a festival I did find the time to take some of my boats and other seaside themed items to the lovely shops in Sidmouth and you can now buy some of my stuff in:

MADE a gorgeous little boutique shop for handmade items in Libra Court, off  Fore  Street in Sidmouth.  Coco is a lovely lady and she is a real supporter of local artisans so please go support her little jem of a shop.  COCOHODGKINSON@YAHOO.CO.UK, 01395 577519

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL a lovely little norticallia shop right on Sidmouth Sea Front, really worth a look for all manner of boat related goodies. www.allthingsbright.co.uk, 01395 513 442

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Had a very enjoyable day on the seafront with my friend Hesta and on a little stall she had made with loving care. It was the first time we have had a whole day without children to sit and chat and people watch and there were lots of people to watch!

We are on Sidmouth seafront all day again on  Thursday 6th August Look out for our little stall on the seafront!


I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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