Thursday, 2 December 2010

Extreme Make Believe

Emma and I sat like mad gypsies outside the Round Barn, Firle last Saturday. In flurries of snow, we lit a bold fire, brought out wooden lanterns and blankets that we could have sold for a small fortune.

We had visitors.

Little fingers in the button box.
And David from the Dutch House came to stand by the brasier and chat. He brought warmth and spirit with him from the other open houses in the village and taught us how to make 3 D Christmas stars.  I found these instructions this morning and tried again. Watch the video clip just for the tune.  Then take a look at the Firle artists website   for a glimpse of this creative community at the foot of The Downs.  Behind every green wooden door or low flint wall there seems to be an artist at work. And David's bread is as good as it gets. There are open house events at least twice a year. The Tiny Tulips site will inspire and invite you to make time to visit Firle soon or get out your sewing machine.
Do you remember Vanessa, our crochet genius from Pimp Your Wardrobe?  Her house, Little Talland, was open too. Her other site Kissysuzuki would be a perfect place to shop for those of you who missed the mulled cider, red wine and warmth there last weekend.
Local Jewelry maker Louise ran a pop up vintage shop.  Behind the heavy wooden doors of the village hall was a canvas tent full of old fashioned toys, embroidered textiles, a rosary, glass plates and other lovely vintage flotsam.  There was home made cake and tea. Each table was decorated with crocheted doilies, fresh flowers and candles.  I went back the following day, just because.
Lou x

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