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About Wild Daffodil

hoarder of creative goodies that will someday come in useful, enabler and supporter of creativity, lifelong knitter, artist and fabulous Granny!

Moving to a New Blog

Life has been more than a bit crazy, busy, stressful etc etc for a while! I have still been making things every day – a MUST for me in stressful times – but there has been no time or head-space … Continue reading

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July Studio Day – Part 2

there is nothing more companionable than sitting in a beautiful spot, chatting, crafting and sketching together sharing photos and tiny tendrilly stone and wire sculptures  and seeing how our different items sit together perched on 200 year old juniper still … Continue reading

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July Studio Day – part 1

Glorious day to sit and create with a wonderful bunch of artists and and a perky little terrier ……..

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Cushions galore!

Making yet another cushion in order to try out a pattern – well you can never have enough… can you? I always have to have an easy project on the go to pick up in any odd moment and this … Continue reading

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Crochet calm

When life gives you lemons – crochet! Life has been a bit stressful recently, blogland is one of my glorious escapes, and so is sitting in a colourful corner of my garden next to drying poppy heads, whilst taking a … Continue reading

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Throw.n

Nearly finished …. There is always a mini feeling of sadness when a big project is coming to an end, like when you arrive at the last chapter in a great novel and you don’t want to leave the world … Continue reading

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Grass 2014

I have been playing with a bit of grass art again this time in grids last year we had a spiral, followed by waves I particularly like the patterns in the evening light Happy gardening!

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Wild Daffodil at Society6

I have tried to hold back until a few things are sorted out before sharing a new online shop with you all – but it’s no good, I just can’t wait any more! Society6 is an online shop based in America. … Continue reading

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Imagine ….

After two days immersed in digging and delving in my garden, my body aches and creaks and groans, but what joy at the end of the day to peer deep into these gorgeous flowers and imagine……. I just want to … Continue reading

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Crochet cross country

aaaaaaaah – that view!!! On Monday a friend and I went off to meander around West Dorset and take in some ozone packed Art on display through Dorset Arts Weeks . We drove to Abbotsbury and visited Dansel Wood Gallery. We … Continue reading

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Throw Progress

I took the beginnings of the throw on the train when I went to stay with my son and his family in London, setting off from our little country station Started the night before just to set the pattern, I … Continue reading

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Flowers inside

My granny used to grow streptocarpus and I have tried before failing miserably, but now… I seem to have got the hang of it …. Maybe it helps to be a Granny.   And here are some flowers I picked … Continue reading

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Day on the beach

beach-combing sitting in the shade with Granny a glorious day   picnic   home time  

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Local Village Shop

Swapping little gems of art from across the world is a joy each Spring and Autumn and they start their journey from our wonderful local village Post Office, run by Pascal. The postcards had to be weighed as with all … Continue reading

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Charles Clary

Check this out!! Fascinating paper sculpture. Scroll down for a great video of the process. Found on the blog Picdit where you will see many other amazing artists

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May Post Cards

I always look forward to iHanna’s Post Card Swap, I think this is the fourth I have been part of. You make 10 postcards, Hanna gives you 10 addresses from around the world and then, when she fires the starting … Continue reading

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Zing!

  I just could not wait to try out this zingy colour combination.  

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Clay play

After the slow business and concentration of learning the new skill of stone carving, Miss E thoroughly enjoyed working with clay and made this delightful leaping dolphin Exploring a familiar medium in  a different way The dolphin was left to … Continue reading

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Summer Flight Throw

Have been wanting to start a new big crochet project and inspired by Lucy at Attic 24 who has put together a palette of colours on the Wool Warehouse and Deramores websites, I wanted to have a go at putting … Continue reading

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Sculpture Hut

Miss E (my 6 year old granddaughter) asked me if she could ‘do some art’ with Sarah at the Sculpture Hut and so I booked a session and off we went with our packed lunch and warm coats. E just … Continue reading

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Amelanchier

Hurray for Spring sunshine! and the Amelanchier in full bloom! Don’t you just love that word – Amel …… anch …… eeeee …….errrrr. I’m not even sure that’s how to say it, and I can never remember it, but it … Continue reading

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Let’s doodle outside

With stacks of black plastic pots stored in the garage, I was looking on Pinterest for ways of using them and came across living walls. DIY is not my thing, or I would have made 3 or 5 shelves to go … Continue reading

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Sprinnnnng!

Loving the white Narcissi the most, their scent ….. the scent of spring, caught here in the early morning light. But there are other stars in the garden too.. just look at that powder puff centre And seedlings in waiting. … Continue reading

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Urban Art

Let’s have bit more of this in the world …. as posted by Buttonsy Jewellry, today.

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Fun with Felt

Yumsk! Those colours just make my heart sing! After a taxing week I was SO looking forward to Saturday’s Felt Making Workshop led by, local artist, Di Pattinson. There is something soothing and wonderful about a group of women crafting … Continue reading

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Hod Hill walk

Still savouring Sunday, with more pictures from Sunday’s wonderful walk in the crisp, clear Spring sunshine. the track leading to Hod Hill We had to take a diversion to get to the hill fort as the path was blocked because … Continue reading

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Stourpaine Walk

Sunny Sunday! A walk around Stourpaine, a friend and I were walking the paths of our ancestors. The larks were singing the sun was bright … First we stopped off at Compton Abbas a peaceful spot this rhododendron was showing … Continue reading

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Bright colours to greet the Sun!!!

The sun is out and I’m wanting to wear bright colours and have them all around me! it was iHanna who inspired me to wear turquoise nail varnish, and then I found all these other gorgeous colours too – yummy! … Continue reading

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Sunset

from the bottom of my garden and reflected in my bedroom window Glorious!

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First Day of Spring

What a glorious day of sunshine we had yesterday. I planted some gifted rhubarb plants, autumn fruiting raspberry canes, and managed to finish planting the snowdrops (over 200 altogether!). The neighbours were out in their garden too – chatting over … Continue reading

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A Good Day

Some days go by and I feel I have done very little and then other days – like today, I feel full of energy having achieved much – it is no coincidence that the sun has been shining ALL day: … Continue reading

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Dancing

A little sea sprite danced into the Abu Dhabi creative meanderings a frolic of shells! In emails from home I knew my daughter was having a challenging time with her amazingly creative, energetic, frolicsome, imaginative, demanding, mischievous trio of joyful … Continue reading

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Shells

Some more shell mandalas – they make me feel calm and creative, just looking at them – hope you like them too … this one is simple but one of my favourites   it became the centre of a few … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi Days

Escaping from the relentless rain here in the south of England, I go over my pictures of the glorious sunshine of Abu Dhabi. I can take my self back there with this view from my bedroom   Join me in … Continue reading

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Fun Chemo Caps, Hats, wigs

A couple of years ago, I was hopping around the internet looking for knitting inspiration when I saw a picture of a knitted wig. I couldn’t find a pattern for it so I made one up myself. To get the … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi

This blog had been a bit quiet recently due to a little bit of hibernation followed by a self styled knitting retreat in Abu Dhabi – oh boy was it WONDERFUL to get some sun on my bones this winter: … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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A walk near Toller Porcorum

Stormy weather leading up to Christmas with lashings of wind and rain, fallen tress, power cuts and flooded roads … would we all be able to gather together as planned?Thankfully things calmed and on Christmas Eve my son, daughter-in-law, their … Continue reading

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Happy Winter Solstice!

A time of shifts and changes – the longest night, the shortest day – from now on the days get longer, the light returns. I am feeling such a sense of celebration and wonder –  of the seasons turning in … Continue reading

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Creativity and Knitted Pigs

Sometimes I get obsessively fixed on a ‘thing’ and can’t let it go until it has worked itself out. It’s a WONDERFUL feeling! There have been the doodle weaves, (actually loads of different sorts of doodling), and the machine embroidered … Continue reading

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Fun way to keep your ears warm this Winter

Wigs and patterns have been flying off the shelves of my Etsy shop, so I am busy making more and improving the patterns as I go. I’ve had some fun requests too which I can’t share with you yet – … Continue reading

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Fun with Tyvek

Looking forward to having a go at this!! Using metallic paint on Tyvek and then an iron to distress it, you can get some great effects for Christmassy crafts or textile projects. Here is the link to the You Tube … Continue reading

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Woodland Hoodie, free pattern.

Ravelry.com is an amazing source of all things knitting and crochet. You can find all manner of patterns on the site for free and to buy. I have a few patterns for sale on Ravelry and Etsy – and gosh it … Continue reading

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Eeek Exciting! we have some flags on our Map!

THANK YOU!!!! to all of you who have put yourself on our MAP. North America, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Australia ……… Click on word MAP above to see who has taken the time to put themselves on the Stonechat Visitors map. … Continue reading

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November walk

I met up with some old school friends for a nostalgic wander down memory lane, a walk in the wilds of West Dorset and a delicious pub lunch at The Three Horseshoes, Powerstock. we came across some acorn art a … Continue reading

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Post Card Swap! Nov 13

This is my third iHanna Post Card Swap. I LOVE making all these wonderful creative connections across the world. During your visit to this blog, it would be fabulous if you would be able to take the time to put … Continue reading

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Party Time!

It was my birthday on Monday! I had SUCH a wonderful time. Friends and family gathered for a disco in the village hall – just like the ’70s. And I danced all night to all the old favourites – PERFECT!!! … Continue reading

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A quote from Daisy Yellow’s blog

  “I recognize that knitting can improve my mood in trying circumstances.” Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

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Iceland!

We had a visitor to the blog from Iceland today! Since 2.Oct.13 we have visitors from: Sri Lanka, US, Australia, Denmark, Canada, Philippines, Sweden, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Portugal, Brazil and Cambodia. Fabulous to be making these wonderful creative links … Continue reading

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Weekend in London

On Thursday I went to London, setting off from our little local station A grey day turned into a glorious warm sunbathing sort of day – so I sat in Green Park on one of the painted deck chairs with … Continue reading

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Contagious

My 6 year old granddaughter has caught the doodle-bug fabulous aren’t they!

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Fabric Doodle

Still following the black and white doodle theme (it’s not out of my system yet) I have started on fabric – one metre of unbleached calico This was the result of a day with my housebound 85 year old Mum. … Continue reading

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Black and White

Looking back at photos of my recent stay in Pembrokeshire I found this photo of a wonderfully vibrant lichen   found on rocks at Whitesands beach   where we went for a wonderful paddle one evening when the sun came … Continue reading

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Doodles Black and White

  Now I’ve started on the black and white theme I just want to keep on going and my very talented creative sister, who does exquisite detailed work, has got the bug too – she sent me this work in … Continue reading

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Bingo and Perennial Plants

Back to more Wales tales. One of the conditions for Jude joining me on the trip was that on the Tuesday night,  we would go to Tony’s Bingo at the Harbour Inn, which is right next door to Felingog.   … Continue reading

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Doodle Time

I always find Alisa Burke inspiring. There is a link to her blog in the blogroll on the right. She often posts glimpses into her sketchbook and I just had to have a go at her latest style of doodle which she … Continue reading

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Pembrokeshire Beaches

On our second day in Pembrokeshire, we set off on a drive to visit the little coves and beaches south of Solva. First stop Newgale, where Jude and I had spent many happy summer teenage days with my Grandparents. The … Continue reading

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3rd time this year

I’m back in Solva again for the third time this year – bliss! This time I am here with my dear old friend, Jude. We came here together as children, and stayed with my Welsh Grandparents, it is wonderful to go … Continue reading

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Arty Crafty days continued – Collage

The wonderfully relaxing art of collage …. there is nothing I find more relaxing than spending a couple of hours leafing through magazine pictures gathering pictures for a paper collage I seem to take ages doing it as I go … Continue reading

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Barefoot Mandala Making

Music playing with  iTunes on shuffle added an extra twist at the same time as the central floor mandala was being created – individual ones were also in the making

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Messy Play

  We’ve just had our last of 3 Arty Crafty Workshops in Winfrith. The theme of the afternoon was Messy Play and Sticky Fingers, so lots of paint and glue, tearing and sticking and splodging! As a focus I chose … Continue reading

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Arty Crafty Workshops

We’ve been having fun at our Arty Crafty Workshops in the Village Hall. In the first session we talked about altered books and making our own stamps and stencils: For some it was hard to tear out the pages of … Continue reading

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Knit TV

A knitting programme on the TV! It is on BBC4 at 9pm and is the first of 3 programmes entitled ‘Fabric of Britain’. I do hope it is good – knitted swimwear does not sound very exciting to me!

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Preparation

I have been preparing for an Arty Crafty workshop I am running on Thursday. We’ll be doing some Art Journal style album making and I’m getting some examples ready by Gesso-ing lots of altered books   making up little packs … Continue reading

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Creative Mix

Different forms of creativity often thread their way through my day and yesterday had the usual rich mix: first of all I started to sort, tidy and clear in my garage and came across old electrical cables of long dead … Continue reading

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Caerfai

Great Aunt Sue (my sister) arrived, full of energy and enthusiasm determined to build ‘the biggest sand castle ever!’. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of this magnificent construction as on the evening of her arrival we ordered the very … Continue reading

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Labyrinths and sand dragons

Back to the beach, rock pools, caves and gentle waves   the baby spuddled amongst the masses of black seaweed, E and my daughter went for a swim and R and I  made a labyrinth When looking for a link … Continue reading

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St David’s Cathedral

Last Saturday was a drizzly day, just right for visiting St. David’s Cathedral, and looking at all the different patterns in the stone work   in the stained glass windows, on the painted ceilings and the wonderful use of recycled … Continue reading

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Newgale

Newgale Beach has to be one of the very best beaches for sand sculpture. The sand is fine enough and damp enough to hold its shape. Whilst I sat in the car with my crochet and a sleeping baby the others … Continue reading

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Just back from a week in Solva

I have just returned from a glorious week in Solva with my daughter and her children. We arrived in a storm but thankfully the weather cleared and we had plenty of peachy beachy days. There is something magical about introducing a … Continue reading

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Another one for you Lizi

Look who came to visit today And sat very obligingly on the lily, that is just outside my front door, while I went to get the camera and didn’t seem to mind being photographed at all   I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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These here wigs!!!!!

Who’d-a-thought it! A lovely woman called Sue asked me to be a Guest Blogger on her Crochet Addict site. I have never done anything like that before and it was fun to put together. In the piece I wrote, amongst … Continue reading

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Saturday Link Love

Originally posted on QuinnCreative:
Andrew Hayes has two great loves–pulp books (or at least their pages) and smooth, cool metal. He chose to combine them into sculptures that contrast hard and soft, permanent and easily destroyed. © Andrew Hayes The…

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