hello, my name is jennie, and i’m a crafty mutha. feel a bit self conscious posting a ‘spotlight’ special on myself so i’m just going to stick to a good old fashioned blog post.
i love spring, i almost shiver with delight when i see a bank of bright yellow daffodils. blossom, to me, is the ultimate – it means spring is here and for the brief few weeks that the harsh winds allow the delicate little flowers to remain on the branch i’m happy to bore my poor children silly with the constant “oh look at that blossom tree” and “don’t you just love all the blossom” when all they want to hear is “do you want an ice-cream?”. my husband gave me this small cherry tree for my birthday when i was pregnant with my son and it is the only thing in my garden that flowers and thrives year after year and, well, i just love it.
sooo…have i convinced you that i love spring? because most of my stock for “i heart bearwood in the springtime” is distinctly un-springlike. i haven’t really gone with the easter theme, mainly because i think it was january when i started making stuff and also because, well, i just make what pleases me i suppose and if no-one buys it i’m left with stuff i at least like! my one concession to the colour and spirit of spring has been garlands. i’ve used felt in the spotty and flower garlands but i wanted to try something a little different too. something environmentally sound, repurposing something everyday into something beautiful. somewhere in the blogosphere i read about fusing plastic bags. i don’t know where or when to be honest but it triggered a thought that stayed with me. i’ve seen purses and wallets made from fused plastic but i wanted to make something purely decorative and so first up i tried with some white swing bin liners we had. two whole packs that didn’t fit our bin. one mad evening ironing bags between baking paper and inhaling dodgy fumes later i had an amazing material, partly lace-like and delicate, partly bubbled and strong like the crisp packets we used to shrink in the oven as children.
then i rounded up a whole load of plastic bags in different colours and made some really juicy hearts, the colours totally pop and if hung in a window they are a little translucent so the light shines right through them. i’ve been restricted on how many i can make because the fumes are a worry – ideally i’d be outside or inside with a mask and the windows and doors open wide – but so far we haven’t had the weather for that. but i’m sure i’ll be out there over the next few months, it’ll be the most use our iron has ever had.