Category: Arts & Crafts

Snowdrop in Summer!

By Helen, 15/08/2010 11:13 am

Well I’d like to say we are enjoying lovely long August  days dipping our toes into the water and drinking Pina Coladas but this being Devon and the school holidays, summer is doing what it normally does and its either raining or really windy here!  But we are not discouraged its still beautiful in Cove whatever the weather!  I hate to mention autumn but the leaves are definitely starting to change colour here,  so with that in mind if you are thinking of the new term ahead and are wondering whether to join a class at night school or learn a new skill I will be offering 1 to 1 tuition in copper foiling this autumn.  If you’ve fancied having a go I will show you how to cut glass and then assemble a panel or large sun catcher to take home with you.  Get in touch for a chat or email for details.

Talking of copper foiling I recently made a snowdrop for a shepherds hut.  The very nice people I made it for have sent me the images of it fitted in and it looks fantastic.  They are a company called ‘Dods of London’ and they will have a stand at the National Gardening Show at the Bath and West Showground in September if you want to have a look at it.   They restore shepherds huts and gypsy caravans to a very high standard and I want one!   Will link onto their site when its up and running but here is what they look like below!

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Easter Weekend!

By Helen, 01/04/2010 3:25 pm

Well we have been preparing for this Easter Weekend by putting up a tea tent on the lawn.   We have ordered in scones and cakes, Westons clotted cream and a beautiful sunny weekend.  Unfortunately we will probably only be able to deliver on some  of those orders as the forcast is set to be wet and windy!  I am sure that there will be some blue skys between the showers but a Devon Cream Tea can be savoured whatever the weather and there is room in the tent to shelter!  We will be open 10 till 4 Easter Sunday.

Tea Tent

Tea Tent

Festive Bunting!

Festive Bunting!

Ever wondered what happened to all those missing socks that you knew were a pair when they went in the washing machine but one always vanishes?   Well these little fellows appeared on our doorstep yesterday looking for a home!  These little ‘Sock Buddies’ have been rescued courtesy of ‘eckel and noo’ who are Torbay based crafters.  Each have there own little personalities and you can come along and adopt one of them from us and give them a loving home.
Please look after me!

Please look after me!

                              
We need a good home!

We need a good home!

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Devon Fairies and Gargoyles at Cove

By Helen, 23/03/2010 2:11 pm
Deep in thought!

Deep in thought!

Knock Knock!
Knock Knock!

Devon piskies and fairies, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of them so we now have ‘Fairy Doors’ from Nicky Chapman of  Goblin Dreams on sale.  Think of them like a cat flap but for fairies and easier to install!  Let the fairies in and you are sure to have good luck!

For those who want something a bit bigger for the garden we have a small selection of Devon made statues.  Big dogs, little cherubs and scary gargoyles, sure there is something for everyone.  I particularly like this big fella, he looks how we all feel sometimes!

 

Its currently raining but we have had a good run of fine weather which is bringing out the bulbs.  We are waiting for it all to explode into colour just in time for Easter.  We have lots planned for the long weekend, we will have a Tea Tent on the lawn serving simple Devon Cream Teas and our own savoury Cove version.  (Not a Hot Cross Bun in sight for those who have been eating them since New Year  when they went on sale in the shops!)  Wicked Willows will be here on Easter Saturday working on something wonderful (probably not an Easter bunnie!) and we will be open on Easter Sunday 10 till 4.   Will keep you updated!

Spring at Cove

Spring at Cove

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Going potty again!

By Helen, 15/03/2010 9:56 am

We have just taken delivery of pots from Pot Porrium who travelled from East Anglia and made a wonderful display for us.  We are the only stockists in the South West so you are sure to find something different.

Pots

 

We are also adding to our plant stock on a weekly basis so now have climbers such as clematis and wisteria and favourites such as rhododendron and azaleas.  For those who are still waiting for the bulbs to come out we have daffs, crocus and primroses to name a few to add a bit of instant colour. 

We now have our new road signs up so anyone who doesn’t know we are here has no excuse now! 

Sign!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we are lucky to have on sale a selection of beautiful and original hand made tiles by Exmoor based ceramicist Jacqueline Leighton Boyce.  Our photos don’t do the work justice but they feature an iridescent glaze which sparkles in the sunlight!  Inspired by nature each is carefully observed and delicately executed.   If you are after a unique piece of art and reasonably priced then come and see us!

tiles

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Spring around the corner?

By Helen, 06/03/2010 4:06 pm

primrosesWell the last few days have been Spring like here in Cove and we have all been feeling very positive!  Nothing like the sun to get you out into the garden, and discover what has survived the frost and beginning to shoot up.  If you need a bit of instant colour and can’t wait we have some lovely primroses in an array or colours!  We also have a selection of iris and crocus as seen in the photos below.

 

iris 

 

We are also now selling lovely ceramic hearts made by Devon artist Nicky Harland who presses  fresh flowers into the clay to make a print.  Very pretty and ideal for Mothers Day!

 

ceramic heart

I have recently finished a private commission with the brief of  ’do whatever you like’ so I designed this simple piece inspired by the rolling hills of Devon I can see from my window which I had been thinking of recreating in glass for a while.  I actually used all lead instead of copper foil this time seeing as it is quite big, something I haven’t done for a while. If anyone would like something similar get in touch!!

 

Devon Hills

And finally if anyone has been wondering about Jack Cat here he is fully exploring his territory at last now he is able to go outside.  He is proving to be a very useful member of staff as he has already caught 3 mice (possibly blind!).

 

Jack in the tunnel

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Stained Glass Kingfisher

By Helen, 20/02/2010 9:10 am

Well its another snow day here in Devon so its time to sit in the warm and update the blog!  Have finally made a kingfisher, its really hard to recreate the amazing flash of blue but I think its worked quite well.  He is hanging in the shop window ready for someone to take him home and enjoy!

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Thinking of our feathered friends during this never ending winter we have just received a delivery of Gardman bird care and sundries.  We have a selection of feeders, seeds and nuts, everything you need to keep them happy.  We also have a selection of sundries to keep the gardener happy including some thermometer’s in case you want to know what the temperature is (freezing I would say!)

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More Valentines Gifts!

By Helen, 07/02/2010 5:06 pm
Blue Heart

Blue Heart

Valentines Day is only a week away so here are some new stained glass hearts for your loved one!  So this year instead of the usual roses and chocolates why not treat them to something that will last for ever!  (Maybe you should still buy the chocolates and perhaps some bubbly just in case?!)  We also have some handmade cards by Sunrise Cards to go with our expanding range of crafts.  These gifts would work equally well for Mothers Day which is 14th March.   Why don’t you suprise the important people in your lives with something unique instead of leaving it to the last minute and popping down the 24 hour garage!!

Nouveau Heart

Nouveau Heart

 

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

 

Have just also finished this latest commission which I thought I would share with you.  If you would like something similar come in and have a chat!  Anyone wondering what has happened to the kingfisher I have seen him daily and  have finally made him in stained glass.  Just waiting for some lead to arrive to frame him and will post it up for all to see and judge!

Commission Piece

Commission Piece

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Arts and Crafts at Cove

By Helen, 29/01/2010 8:44 pm
Craft Shop

Craft Shop

Fen Paintings
Fen Paintings

 We have got to the stage in the craft shop refurbishment when we are ready to put paintings up.  So we are very lucky to have a selection of oil paintings by Cambridge artist Ashley Baldwin Smith.  With these paintings he has given us a reminder of the fens of East Anglia and captured the beautiful sunsets and never ending skys that inspired Constable and Turner.  We feel very lucky that he has given us this chance to show and sell his work.  He has also been inspired by the rolling hills of Devon and the beauty of Exmoor and for anyone wanting a local scene we have his ‘Storm over Exmoor’ oil painting which perfectly captures the drama and atmosphere of the breaking storm.   Go on to our links to click onto his site for more information and better reproductions of his work.

Hilary Butler Pottery

Hilary Butler Pottery

We also have some individual pottery by Hilary Butler who also makes the beautiful (Devon beach collected) sea glass sculptures and hangings as well as dicroic glass pendants.  So all in all feeling that the shop is beginning to look very good (though I must admit we haven’t got the floor tiles yet!)  we still have some amazing jewellery for sale from Glitz’n'Glamour, Vivabeader, KMD , brooches by Lucy’s Designs and Snapdragon and also some stained glass by Helen Fonnereau..(thats me).
Sea Glass Swirl

Sea Glass Swirl

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Valentines Gifts and going Potty!

By Helen, 23/01/2010 8:07 pm
My latest art project!

My latest art project!

Its been quiet here but that doesn’t mean we haven”t been busy.  We’ve had another skip delivered, this time a mega one because we filled the last in no time at all.  So I’ve been sorting pots..lots of them and as you can see I have been going a bit potty.  I had to take a photo and I kind of like it in a random sculptural way!  Paul has been busy along with our friend Mark refurbishing the craft shop.  Its been plastered and painted and is starting to look very fresh.  Just need to put carpet tiles down and we are done.  

 

 

 Which leads me on to Valentines Gifts have received some beautiful necklaces from KMD who makes very delicate and beautiful jewellery, a gift for any occasion (Mothers Day coming soon too!)  and UK handmade.

 

 

Treat your Loved One

Treat your Loved One

 

 

And finally by popular demand meet the newest member of the Cove team…my new lap top or should I say Jack Cat!  We adopted him from the Blue Cross before Christmas and he  is a very laid back cat considering all the guests we have had recently along with their dog!  He is still quite young and is only going outside in small doses but managed to get stuck up a tree today!  Luckily didn’t need to call the fire brigade, just Paul with a ladder!
Just updating the blog!

Just updating the blog!

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Snow Day at Cove

By Helen, 06/01/2010 4:47 pm
moorhen in snow

Where's my food?

Well the snow that has been promised for ages finally arrived (about 2 weeks too late)  with a vengeance last night.  We measured 7 inches on the benches.  We have been shovelling it off the polytunnels to minimise damage but by the look of the forecast we may have to do it again.  Had to shovel it off the bird table too and am more concerned about running out of food for them!  Recent bird visits have been the kingfisher briefly and regularly see bull finches, nuthatch and also buzzards in the valley. 

It has been stunning in the snow and extremely peaceful, as I look out of the window at the birch trees I could imagine myself in Lapland.  Need a deer to come pose for the camera to make our next Christmas cards!  They have been shy of late but saw plenty of prints in the snow this morning.

but we're still open!!

but we're still open!!

We are currently refurbishing the craft studio but are actually open for business but none but the foolish would venture out in this!

Leat at Cove

Leat at Cove

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