Monday, 7 May 2018

finishing a weaving project

After going to Wonderwool Wales last weekend, I felt inspired to dig out some weaving that has been on a frame loom for (cough) probably years!! (head in hands!)

I had planned on doing an owl in a tree picture ... you can see here, 2 posts of work in progress ... planning my project and working on the project ... however, I wasn't happy with how it was working out so I undid a lot and just decided to do a pattern. Unfortunately in undoing a chunk of it, it thinned the warp threads on the loom and some of them broke ... this meant that I just had to finish where it was up to and take it off the loom ... so here it is!!

I managed to find a stick in the hen pen that was pretty straight and the right size to use at the top.

My favourite bit is the maroon stripes at the top as the colours are so lovely together.

I did a few macrame knots at the bottom and added some beads ...


It is a funny little bit of weaving and not at all how I had originally planned, but the colours go nicely in our living room and I like it! :)

Friday, 4 May 2018

birthday offer

It's my birthday and to celebrate I have a giveaway for you!!

Everyone who places an order today will get a sweet diffuser necklace and bottle of Citrus Fresh essential oil from me!!

This is open to new members and those already on my team!


I am also offering £5 off the postage of your first order! (refunded by PayPal)

You can sign up here ... www.youngliving.com
Remember to select 'member' to get 24% off all your purchases!!

If you have any questions, please just ask :)

Monday, 30 April 2018

a tiny bit of weaving

Yesterday we went to Wonderwool Wales. I have been a few times now over the years and have loved it each time!!

Here is my stash of goodies ...


I spent more than I had planned ;)

I bought a new pin loom and some weaving sticks. Some lovely olive green rope for Macrame, some gorgeous rainbow wool and a tiny weaving frame!

This morning I decided to put off starting the week by doing a little bit of weaving on the tiny frame!


It came with some merino yarn, but I have also added some odd bits of wool that went well.


You can keep the weaving on the frame, but I decided to take it so I can use it again.


I have hung it in my hall, where I have a few odd bits and bobs hanging  :)




These lovely little frames are available from The Wool Couture Company, check out their website as they have some lovely bits! The Macrame cord was from there too!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

try an essential oil roller

Have you been wondering what I'm going on about when I talk about using essential oils??

Well if you would like to try some, I would love to send you some rollers to try!!



I would love you to try some Thieves Household Cleaner too ... this great cleaner works wonders, smells like Christmas and can replace all your different cleaners under your sink leaving you with more room and less nasty chemicals!


If there is anything specific you would like to try, please just let me know!


Just comment below, or message me ... I would love to connect with you!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

then and now

I thought it would be a fun 'get to know you post' to do some then and now questions ...
so here goes ...

1. When you were a child, what was your favourite colour? pink
2. What is your favourite colour now? dark maroon and soft green
3. When you were a child what was your favourite animal/bird? elephants
4 What is your favourite animal/bird now? dogs
5. What did you want to be when you grew up? zoo keeper (looking after elephants)
6 What's your dream job? being a Royal Crown Diamond with Young Living Essential Oils
7. What was your favourite book as a child? Beauty and the Beast
8. What is your favourite book/series now? this is hard ... too many ...
9. What did you collect as a child? elephants and fun novelty erasers 
10. Do you have any collections now? essential oils and too much wool!
11. Who was your best friend as a child? Melanie
12. Who is your best friend? I have a couple of best friends but I would have to say Steve now
13. What were you scared of as a child? lots of things
14. What are your fears now? for my family
15. What did you think your life would be like when you were a child? I thought I would get married young, have lots of kids, travel the world teaching them as we went!
16. Is your life how you imagined? no! But what I have now is very precious
17. What was your favourite thing to do on a Saturday when you were little? probably be making something.
18. How do you like to spend your weekends? as quietly as possible!
19. Was your hair long or short for most of your childhood? mostly long
20. How long is your hair now? long



If you would like to answer these questions yourself, please tag me @mariainthewood on instagram or Facebook as I would love to see yours!!

Here are the questions without my answers ...

1. When you were a child, what was your favourite colour?
2. What is your favourite colour now?
3. When you were a child what was your favourite animal/bird?
4 What is your favourite animal/bird now?
5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
6 What's your dream job?
7. What was your favourite book as a child?
8. What is your favourite book/series now?
9. What did you collect as a child?
10. Do you have any collections now?
11. Who was your best friend as a child?
12. Who is your best friend?
13. What were you scared of as a child?
14. What are your fears now?
15. What did you think your life would be like when you were a child?
16. Is your life how you imagined?
17. What was your favourite thing to do on a Saturday when you were little?
18. How do you like to spend your weekends?
19. Was your hair long or short for most of your childhood?
20. How long is your hair now?

Saturday, 10 March 2018

March snow drifts

I am sure you are sick of snow photos by now, but I wanted to share a few of ours. I meant to post them earlier, but my dad's been ill in hospital so this week seems to have got away from me!

These were taken on Friday 2nd March, when we woke up to some pretty crazy snow drifts. We get a lot of snow and often when others don't, but these drifts were crazy! There were patches of not much snow, then drifts as high and deep as a house!

We braved it out into the blizzard like winds ...



Timber of course loved it!

This is actually a lane. There are some houses further down there and I don't think they were dug out for over a week. This lane is where my mother-in-law grew up. When she was about 15 they were snowed in for 16 weeks! It's quite romantic as it's how her and my father-in-law met. He was working for the council and spent weeks digging them out! He often talks about hanging their coats on the top of the telegraph poles!! I can believe it now :)

The gate thing sticking up on the left hand side is actually the back of a tractor trailer that was buried. Opposite that, we climbed over the fence ... our legs sinking in all the way, and we rolled down the other side to get into the field to see the pool!

This is the same lane only in the other direction.

The pool was frozen apart from a little patch in the middle where the swans and ducks were all facing the howling winds, poor things.

This photo doesn't even begin to express how cold and biting the snow and wind was on our faces!

Timber loved every minute though ... he was born for it!



This photo was taken a couple of days later when we snuck down the main road (that was still closed as they hadn't finished clearing it) and this was how deep one of the snow drifts was that they had to dig through.


Thursday, 8 March 2018

woodland junk journal by hummingbird tales

Have you ever received a gift that made you cry??

I received one yesterday ... It was made for my by my best friend who started making beautiful junk journals about a year ago.

This is the most precious gift and I am still shocked at the time she must have spent on me!














Isn't it perfect for me! Full of lace and woodland loveliness!! I have always loved The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Elizabeth Holden. I inherited the books from my Nanny when I was a teenager and its always inspired my book making and journaling!


Tina has a YouTube channel where she shares what she makes. She has done a couple of videos about this journal which I have only watched this morning as I didn't want to spoil the surprise!




If you would like to follow her, she has a Facebook page that she has just started, and if you would like to commission one, every journal is unique and beautiful!
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