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Angels, Heirloom and Myths

The Christmas Angels are still flying in our lovely small town of Redruth.

Redruth’s Angels

We’ve been tidying away all the Christmas things today, among them, this beautiful bowl with its matching ladle. We always use it for bread sauce for Christmas dinner. It is the last piece of a dinner service that my Mum and Dad were given as a Wedding present in 1939 so is a very special treasure to me.

Minton bowl and ladle

I have loved myths and legends since I was very young so to be given Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology for Christmas was a real treat. I have so enjoyed reading these tales again and loved this fresh interpretation.

Norse mythology by Neil Gaiman

 

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Glass Class, Leaf and A Gift

Another fabulous creative morning making glass ornaments for Christmas with the lovely Lisa Macfarlane. I made another Angel this time, in Suffragette colours as I did last year. I love the others too – a Father Christmas, a Christmas tree and a VW Beetle! Maybe next time I will attempt one of those!

From today’s Glass Class

VW Beetle in the making

We are going to friends for dinner tonight. M makes her own jam (so I can’t take along homemade jam), flowers make her sneeze (so we can’t take along flowers) so I made her a gift in the Glass Class today.

Quite small, just 2″x2″

 

 

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Glass Class, Golden Leaves and Book No 3

This was my fourth glass class with Lisa Macfarlane. This one was making Christmas decorations. Last year I made an angel and this year, for a very special friend, I made a Nisse. Wikipedia explains – “A nisse, tomte, tomtenisse or ‘tonttu’ is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally described as being no taller than 90 cm, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in red or some other bright colour.” There was no red glass available so I chose bright green and showed the flow of his beard with wires and purple, white and green beads the relevance of which I know my friend will recognise.
The pieces made by other class members were also delightful.

Products of our morning’s work

I know you read the blog, Ti, so it won’t be a surprise when I bring it round for you  but I thought you might like to see it now!

Emerging from the class at The Craft Collective, the wind had been busy and Fore Street was littered with golden leaves.

Autumnal colour

It’s the third day of the Book Challenge that I am doing elsewhere. Today I have put up the cover of The Book Thief, no comment, no review as the rules say. Do tell me books that you have loved in the comments.

The Book Thief

 

 

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Pickled Grapes, Seed Heads and The Bowie Lounge

While we were in Atlanta, my lovely SIL made some Pickled Grapes which looked so beautiful in the jar that I had to give the recipe a try. I did that this morning and they do look amazing. I don’t yet know what they taste like!

Pickled Grapes

The different Clematis plants all have different fluffy seed-heads.

We have just come in from a fabulous musical experience, The Bowie Lounge at our local theatre, The Regal. The whole place was abuzz with excitement and delight at the show, an artistic response to the work of David Bowie with music, word and dance – and all brilliant  local talent. As Mark Kermode said, “A strange and wonderful experience, The Bowie Lounge ….  is joyful, melancholic and really rather moving. I absolutely loved it!”

The Bowie Lounge

 

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Mars, Libraries and Flower Baskets

After three months of clear skies, tonight it is raining and cloudy, just the night when I had hoped to see the Full Moon and the Lunar Eclipse. If the skies clear, I will post photos tomorrow.  However, last night, I did get a picture of the almost full moon and, if you look very carefully in the bottom left hand corner, Mars, the red planet!

Nearly full Moon and Mars

This came my way earlier today.

Libraries

Our town is full of beautiful flowering baskets hanging from  lamp posts and brackets above shops.

Beautiful baskets in Redruth, this one outside our favourite coffee shop, Home Ground.

 

 

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Stained Glass Christmas Decoration Workshop

Months ago I put my name on a waiting list for any one of the Stained Glass Christmas Decoration workshops at The Craft Collective in Redruth and had forgotten all about it until I had a phone call this morning saying there was a place for me! Just look what I made! I am so delighted with my quirky Suffragette Angel!

My Suffragette Angel, about 12 cms tall

We had a brilliant teacher, Lisa Macfarlane, who taught us all the techniques and encouraged us all to make our individual Christmas decorations.  I’ll be looking out for another course to develop these new skills.

All the decorations made today

 

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Welly Dogs, Strange Tree and A Gift Card

Our delightful Tinners’ Hounds by David Kemp, known locally as the Welly Dogs  have been given poppies.

Tinners’ Hounds

One of our neighbours has made what I am calling their Sea side tree, covered as it is with shells, fishing floats and nets, pebbles, rope, flippers and goggles!

Sea side tree

Our Christmas cards have arrived today and along with each pack comes a free gift card. I particularly like this one in purple, white and green. For the last few years we have bought our cards from Sreepur Village. The cards are handcrafted by the women of the village and are a vital supplement to very basic family budgets and all proceeds from the sale go back to the village. You can find out more at www.sreepurcards.org

Sreepur gift card

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in art, Beauty, Cornwall, Photography, Redruth, sculpture

 

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