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Our latest Tree Charm designs.

Here are a selection of our latest Tree Charms. They are handmade from natural local wood and have Scottish Highland themed designs burnt into them. Where would you hang yours? They also make lovely little gifts. We are selling them at £3.50 each or we have sets of 4 for £10.00 Please email us to order your favourite designs. We will make to order if possible. Postage will be at cost. A small parcel is £2.90 this will hold quite a few.We estimate that you could get about 6 in a large letter which is only £1.00.

You can also find them for sale in The BarnOwl Bothy Art and craft shop opposite Dornoch Cathedral along with many other unique one off pieces of art from local artists and crafters.

Melness food and craft fair

What a lovely community day it was on Saturday at Melness food and craft fair. There was such a great vibe all afternoon.

So much hard work and community spirit goes on in getting an event like this together, which is so rewarding when you see the buzz of everyone enjoying the day.
The hall was packed all afternoon, Steve was great behind our Stall, (The Woodlife way handmade wood crafts), not least because he was actually tall enough to see over the stand! and Bruiser was not so much keeping a watchful eye on the stall as sleeping right in the way so that you had to stand astride him! 

A selection of our new hooks and toilet roll holders

Jumping goats dairy were there with their amazing hand made artisan cheeses from their free range goat herd. Click on the cheese to go their Facebook page.

Jumpin goats dairy cheeses

Jumpin goats dairy cheeses

Jumpin goats dairy cheeses

Fiona Macfarlanes brought her Lighthouse Crafts from Strathy point lighthouse, what an incredible workplace.

Lighthouse Crafts

The old shop at Melness. Brought some beautiful crafts tweeds and throws etc. Don’t forget to call in when you are in the area, next door to Tommy’s (Melness post office and shop)

The old shop at Melness.

The old shop at Melness.

The old shop at Melness.

Karen and Vince homegrown Skinnet gardens fruit, veg and Jams (mostly sold out by the time I took the Photo).

Skinnet gardens fruit, veg

Skinnet gardens jam

Multi talented Riona was painting faces, not just of the children!

Riona  painting faces.

As always the baking table was a great hit, you just cant beat all those home baked cakes. Sadly my photo’s started late into the event and so many of the cakes had already been sold! We did manage to secure an amazing apricot cake though just in time.

Kirsteen has been Riona’d

Kirsteen on duty at the cake stall

This is just a snippet of a great event, there were also cards, knitting, tom bola, raffle and what with fresh strawberries and cream teas too, who could ask for more. A great day was had by all. Well done everyone.x

 

A productive period, an unusually wordy blog!

We have both rooms full at the moment, (a lovely family, with family connections from Talmine)  they are leaving today for Skye. We hope that they have a fantastic trip along the best part of the North coast 5oo route.
Breakfast room set for four people. With home made bread, home made bread pudding and flapjacks. 5 cereals, 2 fruit juices, yoghurts, cereal bars, fresh fruit. Cheese and crackers. Coffee and Tea. All by a log fire with views from the windows of snowy mountains and the sea. Not so bad.

Breakfast room set for 4

We then have sat sun mon free (from B&B) for crofting and crafting, I think!
We have been very productive though, as well as having the rooms booked, we have added some new products to our crafts and made lots of new stock, we sold so many items that we had to replenish, we only had 1 board of buttons left and had sold out of Knitting Jennies.
We now have some of our key rings for sale in Tommy’s Talmine Stores and post Office in….. yep you guessed it Talmine. Which must be the most picturesque location for a post office ever. I am happy for you to challenge my claim if you have one that you think could knock it off of our top spot and  we can put it to a vote? .Although even if you did find a competitor you would still need to compete with Tommy’s legendary sense of humour which we think makes the posting of a simple letter an event.
We spent a couple of nights away in a beautiful airbnb in rural Nairnshire, which was absolutely perfect.
This is a view from the door. Click on the photo for more information and booking site.

This was our weekend away view.

Back home,we have put some shelving in my shed which has enabled me to tidy and organise it into a productive workspace, Jobs like that are so rewarding because they make everyday life easier when you can just get at the tools you need without having to move all the tools from the day before etc.
We (Steve) has put 2 new wheels on the Buggy (croft tractor), with a tractor style tread which we hope will cope with our terrain as the golf grass tyres would definitely have had a melt down.
We laid some more track and gateway stone reinforcement. Now the prancing pony doesn’t need to get her feet muddy when changing fields. We have repaired (to a fashion) the fences in the Bull pen as this is where we will be introducing Gucci (She will be latest addition to our little clan) to Saffy. Gucci is a beautiful 14.2 coloured cob and Saffy is to date unmeasured assumed 15.2 ish coloured cob. Gucci is Piebald and Saffy is Skewbald.  Fingers crossed they will like each other and settle quickly, or at the very least not hate each other and get hurt. I am so nervous about it! same field or adjoining fields???  Both are barefoot so that is a bonus and about the same height and size. Happy horse photos for the next post I hope.! We made 50 personalised key rings for a beautiful holiday accommodation site in Germany, our first major pyrography job.
Here is Steve’s drawing of a Highland coo which we are using for a Highland keepsake keyring.

Steve’s Highland Coo

Very first Hairy coo keyring.

Very first Hairy Coo Keyring taking pride of place on our buggy Keys. On a very lovely little Beech piece Thank you Daniel

Daniel has been brilliant supplying us with some lovely pieces of wood please phone him 07771403961 for firewood Logs if you don’t have a Facebook page. Alternatively you could pop into The Altnaharra Hotel for a meal cooked by Daniel. We looked at many and this was the style we found that worked best with pyrography.

Then my Scotish thistle.

Scottish Thistle, Pyrography styleNo, we won’t give up our day jobs yet!

 

Tomorrow we have Tess coming (black lab) for a visit which will amuse Bruiser. More croft work and hopefully some cutting and sanding of wood in the garden for new stock. There is some beautifully marked Laburnham that we are very exited about which is currentl dark bark edge, very green and creamy stripped with a dark brown heart. I have cut a few from the very small button sized pieces and they are stable so I will attempt some of the larger branches this week.

Laburnham

Then a bit of roofing to make safe, and some walling to attend to. Oh and some trees need some extra protection as the deer have found and started on them. I had planned to make some paper this week for the feature button backing as we are running very low on them. But I am adopting the very Highland term of  “do it tomorrow”. There are some more photo’s but we haven’t got them into the computer yet so this is a very unusually wordy blog!
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