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Books and home-made things for Christmas

January 16, 2014


Each of those watercolour stripes continues onto the back of the jacket and is labelled … sea, sun, line of cypress trees, olive trees, stucco, rose wine, peeling shutters, lavender field, geraniums, more geraniums …

Inside is a sketchbook recording anything and everything in loving detail. What a delight! Warmth and colour and gentle wit, a perfect gift for midwinter. And I love the fact that it was bought from an independent bookshop.

Old Stile013

What a feast this one is! I am consuming it very slowly, page by richly nourishing page.


Sweet and touching stories – ideal bed-time reading!

Some lovely hand-made presents –  here is a hand-felted egg-cosy to enliven the breakfast-table on a dismal January morning.


This brooch was made for me by my very talented step-daughter Rachel using some fragments of sea-urchin shell that I picked up on the beach at Valtos. Have a look at the little movie, to see how she knits, pleats and hammers wire into astonishing pieces of wearable sculpture.

Rachel Reilly Brooch

And a glowing pot of apple and cranberry chutney.


Finally, here are some presents I made for members of the family.

Sari silk front

A rustic top knitted from strips of sari-silk waste. I couldn’t find any patterns so I made it up as I went along.
Among the books I made for Christmas presents were this bee-themed Coptic-sewn blank sketchbook …


… and a sequence  of bear-themed poems called “Of Bears”.

Of Bears

One Comment leave one →
  1. Karen Young permalink
    January 17, 2014 8:45 am

    Oo lovely things – I too have the Sketch Book from the South of France – a delight! And wow what a talented artist Rachel is!, Looking forward to “Sailing” with you.

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