Author Archives: Iwona

Spring is here!

Lots to do in the polytunnel with pricking out and sowing more seeds. Lovely fresh scent of growth and greenery. Seems odd to be having a glut of green leaves in April.

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On my doorstep

This is what we woke up to this morning – it is stunning and makes me feel so happy – I should go and live in Alaska!       

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New paints

Had to try my new handmade paints from Greenleaf & Blueberry, only bought 5 but don’t need many more for landscapes. Little (5 x 8 inch) test piece on crappy paper, but I do like the colours.

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Graphite and paints

Just completed a graphite exercise from my botanical art course. We were asked to draw a simple leaf or flower and use the stippling technique for the shading. I had to attack my african violet plant with a knife to … Continue reading

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New Challenge

Well January has passed and its nearly spring (haha), with newly germinated leek, viola, celeriac and calendula seeds in the polytunnel. The sheep and chickens are not enjoying the weather or the mud but the goats are thriving – they … Continue reading

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Merry Croftmas!

Last weekend saw assorted members of the family make the winter journey up to North Roe – some flying, some on the overnight ferry and some just 45 miles away in Lerwick. Thank you everyone for making the effort of … Continue reading

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Croft house cards

Some little cards I’ve been working on, this is the background which I’ve already felted and stitched on the machine. I’ve needle felted a little Shetland croft house onto each one, attached that to a felt backing and then glued … Continue reading

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Goodbye and hello

Its been a difficult summer/autumn from me as my neck/shoulder injury (damn those thistles) proved to be more awkward and incapacitating for me than I knew at the time. I couldn’t do anything without experiencing pain and pins and needles … Continue reading

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Out of action

I’ve hurt my neck and am struggling to do what I normally do without pain, numbness and pins and needles in my right arm. It seems to be taking an age to clear up and is leaving me somewhat museless, … Continue reading

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Pate, Vodka and IBS

Well they’re not really related I just thought I’d bunch them together for the sake of this post. But I do suffer with IBS and have an issue with insoluble fibre, you know wholegrains. So I wanted to be able … Continue reading

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