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I received the gift from my secret swap partner on the Etsy European Street Team a few days ago, and on opening the package I was literally overjoyed to find the most perfect gift I could possibly have wished for …
… an incredibly beautiful felted wrap from Inger in my absolutely favourite colours!
I have loved Inger’s work for ages. A free spirit who lives in Norway, she dyes her own wool and makes the most wonderful felted creations, often with silk fibres mixed in. Seeing her work through photos could never have prepared me for what I held in my hands though … warm, super soft and light. A mixture of greens blended into each other on one side of the shawl in cotton wool softness, and on the other side she had applied purple flowers with yellow lined stems and scatterings of shiny yellow fibres playing across the surface. The shawl got “Oooohs” and “Aaaahs” from all the members of my family, with my eldest describing it as “camouflage” and my youngest as “looking like a forest”.
I finally managed a photo-shoot yesterday. The weather was fine and hubby not at work since it was Sunday so he could take the photos while I showed off my new shawl :)
Thank you so much Inger, I LOVE IT!
Thanks also to Judit, our Winter Swap Fairy, for organising our swap once again!
… well THAT’s an understatement! Bucketfuls of rain came pouring down, lightening bolts split the sky open and just when you thought it was all over, it would start again.
The Civil Protection Department issued several warnings for people to stay at home this morning as several roads were flooded, some of them literally turned into fast flowing rivers. In some areas rubble walls broken and debris lay scattered on the roads.
Uncommon sights seen due to the heavy downpours included cars being carried by the water down a valley and coffins floating away after an undertaker’s shop was flooded.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a very wet and stormy moodboard today:
Shopping can be such fun, especially when you’re sitting comfortably at home and really helping someone out when you’re doing it!
I bought some really lovely embroidered buttons handmade by Deep Indigo and donated to the Europe For Charity shop last week, and over the weekend I bought two wonderful prints from an amazing photographer who has just been awarded an artist’s residency with the MIRA foundation in Puglia Italy.
It’s a dream come true for Frances J Melhop, already voted among the top 200 photographers worldwide, but a dream that she needs help to turn into reality, because unless she manages to raise enough money to fly from Earthquake-hit New Zealand to Italy by the end of this week, the dream will slip right through her fingers.
In an effort to rapidly raise funds for her project she is offering a Buy-One-Get-One-Free on images of equivalent value in both her shops. Check out her blogpost for more details and go shopping for something really special at Matchstickgirl and Enchanted Pond.
Once again my picks for the Monday Moodboard are all from the EuropeForCharity shop on Etsy. Lots of beautiful, diverse items to choose from. Have fun shopping and we donate all proceeds (less Etsy fees) to charity. Please visit the shop for full details!
More and more artists and crafters from all over Europe are donating items to the Europe For Charity shop on Etsy. Check out the new link to the charity shop in my sidebar on the right just below my ArtFire shop window, and here’s another selection for my Moodboard today:
Last week I got stung by a jellyfish whilst swimming. I’m normally quite careful and keep a watch out when the wind is blowing in towards the bay as jellyfish will be brought in along with the current, and I have a look into the sea to make sure it’s clear before jumping in. Staying away from the sea when it’s obvious that there are jellyfish about has kept me sting-free for several years, but last week I got it wrong and was pretty surprised when I suddenly felt a burning sensation moving over my foot. I was swimming with my younger son at the time and, as he was wearing goggles, he looked down and saw that there was a jellyfish, one of the common purple ones. At least it was a minor sting but we didn’t fancy meeeting any more jellies so we immediately swam the 50 metres or so back to shore.
The best way to treat a jellyfish sting is to first of all NOT RUB OR SCRATCH the afflicted area, as that will only spread the venom. I used a plastic card I had in my purse, a discount card similar to a credit card and scraped my foot where I had been stung whilst pouring water over it. I would have followed this procedure up by applying vinegar to the sting as this is really soothing, but I didn’t have any and, although it was still burning, the sting wasn’t too bad in this case and it was bearable. The red welts slowly started to reduce and thankfully by evening they had almost disappeared.
Here are my picks for some harmless and totally gorgeous jellyfish by the members of the European Street Team on Etsy, enjoy!