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    Witchy Poo
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    The Wizard made us this post box out of some wood scraps and I finally got around to decorating it so thought I would share on here. I know that some of you are crafty so thought it would be nice to have a thread to share what we make :rose:

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    Nice one Wizz.
    And in my best French WP, Tres Arty. Love it.

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    Fantastic Wiz & WP, you should team up with Gleaner ,  great business potential for you all!      :rose:

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    Good idea WP! It does look lovely, have you a photo of the other side of it to show us?  :-)

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    socks in process. with helper  :yes:

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    épine apéritif infusing  :whistle:

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    14/06/18

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    I tried posting a photo but obviously done something wrong.

    Koat what is it you are making?☺

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    Hi Flowergirl, I use this link to put on images:

    https://postimages.org

    choose image ~ copy entire ‘direct link’ link ~ insert image icon (on this site) and paste in ‘source’ box

    it’s a blackthorn leaf infusion, here’s the (hopefully clear enough to read) recipe:

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    Will do @barjan. Great socks @koat! Does Spike do the casting on?! That recipe looks good. @deedee what were you trying to post? If you get stuck then email the photo to Wizard and he will put it on for you.

    Yes @bluevelvet, I hoped @gleaner may put some of his crafty projects on here.

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    Love that post box WP……..I want B to do similar for the filtration unit for our pond.  It would be perfect

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    @Witchy Poo and @bluevelvet, here are a few things I have made out of barrels and such at our place. BTW, the smokercome bbq at the back left was recently used to cook several racks of lamb. Turned out delicious.Smokers, bbq's, wine cabinet, plant pots n  sink and pump

    Candle  and tooth pick holder

    Plant holders

    Seats n stuff

    Hammocks

    Japanese lanterns

     

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    Superb Gleaner!  :rose:

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    I thought “feeling crafty” was the natural state of a witch :D

     

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    Missed this thread for some reason, love the post box, WP, I didn’t know you were such a good artist and as for Gleaner, well, as always brilliant, love the Gecko bracket, but, and there is a but, I think  Spike could have the edge!

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    Some very talented people on here! My favourites of Gleaner’s are the candle holder and the Gekko. But what a clever dog Spike is! How he looks so relaxed when concentrating on that knitting is an art in itself!  :yes:

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    Thanks everyone :rose:

    Brilliant @gleaner, it’s all wonderful but that hammock is fantastic, must have taken ages!

    @gilly I hope B gets round to it but if not then Wizard said he would do it for you.

    @bartyb spells yes, postboxes not quite so much B-)

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    The hammock took about  three days to make WP. The Japanese lamp considerably longer. Had to make all the moulds first.

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    I went on a “wild weaving day” last week not far from Gourin. Firstly we went foraging in the woods to pick stuff to weave with then went and sat in the shade of the trees and learnt to make a basket. Mine had willow, bramble, ivy and holly in it. It was a fantastic day, I would highly recommend it if you are interested in crafts.

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    That’s one skill which has always been something I admire WP. Bravo, lovely wee basket.

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    Having a couple of dozen staves still available, I decided what we need, is 2 flower holders for infront of the windows.

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    I went on a “wild weaving day” last week not far from Gourin. Firstly we went foraging in the woods to pick stuff to weave with then went and sat in the shade of the trees and learnt to make a basket. Mine had willow, bramble, ivy and holly in it. It was a fantastic day, I would highly recommend it if you are interested in crafts.

    Great effort WP. My family did it professionally (me for about ten years), employing about 20 people and I can tell you it’s physically  a hard way to make a living. You should continue the craft, you seem to have the knack.

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    That’s praise indeed WP! And very well deserved I’d say, well done you!  :rose:

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    Blimey that is praise indeed, I feel like I have been given a medal, thanks Pete! How wonderful that it was done professionally in your family and by you, I would never have imagined you doing something like that, a big lesson in never assuming anything! Do you miss it? I should imagine it was pretty hard work and a lot of effort for not much return, more a labour of love than anything? I really enjoyed it but think my fingers would fall off if I had to do it day in day out.  I shall be picking bits out the hedgerow and trying for myself at some point but think I will struggle a bit doing it without a teacher next to me.

    @gleaner love the flower boxes, get them filled up!! :yahoo:

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    I can’t even draw a straight line! :cry:   Well done all you arty crafty folk!

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    WP – It was the family firm and I started working there in my early teens for pocket money. I returned to the firm after spending many years at sea before moving permanently to France in the ’80s. It was the largest private company of it’s kind in the UK, probably Europe and served the fishing trade (trawlers etc) plus oodles of other domaines like theatrical hampers and hot-air balloons  very much more. The company was founded in about 1840 and finished when my brother decided to retire about five years ago tho’ he still works on his own for some extra cash. The majority of the workforce worked on ‘peace-work’ so the more they made the more they earned and that was hard work, believe me. I made various types of baskets but spent most of my time either in the office or the finishing-off dept, or in  the willow fields harvesting and processing the willow & osier etc. A lot of the cane was imported from  Malaysia.

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    That is so interesting Pete, what a piece of history to have been involved in. I have to say that I will be looking at basket work with much greater respect from now on, anything that is created by hand has taken a lot of time, effort and care. Were the willow fields in the UK? The lady that taught us was talking about cane and how expensive it is but then of course it is being imported. That was the thing I really liked about using the brambles, a very sustainable resource. Just need to work out if we can use Stinky’s @stinky bindweed to weave things!

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    Well I alway say everyone is good at something!   What a lot of talent!  Fruits could have a cake shop in her spare time! ( I can hear her splutter from here!) WP and Pete could have the French Basket Company, Gleaner has all his wooden delights from the barrels. Koat with her wines assisted by Spike! Actually there is enough talents to fill a Craft Centre when you think of it!  I bet there is loads more out there too, knitting, crochet, jam making etc!  :rose:

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    Your very fascinating story Pete took me back to our Norfolk holidays when a trip to Hovells in Norwich was always a must, just loved the smell in that shop and it’s creaky floorboards.

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    We used to supply Hovells f/c, they were just down the road from us. We also supplied stores in London and overseas though most of the products were more ‘industrial’ and heavy duty. We produced quite a varied mix of things when I think about it.

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