The Fairy Shoemaker

  • Childhood Summer revisited...


    Straight back to age 6 when the great drought of 1976 happened...


    The grass is tinder dry and we are rather feared of fire. Fires in various parts of the country already :( so we are being extra vigilant.


    Late evening trip down to the river to swim. Well... they did, I didnt... Im a terrible wuss about water ;) 


    Youngest had little fish nibbling her toes which was tickly....
  • On being squat and the Queen does a spot of flossing...


    My goodness, who knew leaving the house for 3 hours could be such an adventure. An adventure that included; indecision, fear, shock, joy, disbelief, disgust, then more shock... and they wonder why I like staying home ;)

    We rarely go out for meals. Years of scrimping to buy home etc have instilled almost miser like tendencies in me. Except for giving to charity or family, I like doing that :)...
  • Running, ink and tinkers...


    November has most certainly been a month of boots.


    Lots to report for November, get comfy. Most notably, new tall boots have just started being added to the shop. Only a couple of Moonshine boots, but, happy to say that we have made lots of Tinker boots in various sizes. I'm fast reaching 'boot out' so its a small batch by manufacturing standards, but a marathon when its a cottage...
  • What a week half term was...


    Esther vintage fairy shoes in dove grey.

    I've had such a busy week, but then half term always is for parents is'nt it. I am very aware though that these times will pass, and that for me in fact, this is most probably my last half term with my youngest. This time next year she will already have turned 18, and so the luxury of outings mid week etc will be gone forever, never to return. So I...
  • Summer is sulking, and Morris Minor ramble...


    Summer is sulking. Really sulking. We have gone from warm days full of sun to wet, windy misery. Its quite a shock. We all know it happens but nothing prepares you for when the weather decides a week of Summer is quite enough to be going on with.

    Note: extremely long, over enthusiastic, boring ramble about cars will follow (where I pretend I know what Im talking about, and don't, but continue...
  • Bristol, Nerves aplenty and the Molly Weasley coat...


    Just finished making this knee length jacket (aran weight) 2 nights ago. Its been my ‘in between’ project since finishing the last double blanket a couple of weeks ago. Pure 70s! I love it. I made another one in turquoise / grey last year but forgot to share it. The children seem to snaffle it about the house when its chilly of an evening. Self drafted pattern, crocheted on the wing ;)


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  • January 2016 catch up...


    January involved oodles of shoes and a few boots for stock, so all in all it was a busy month in the studio. It was good to get back to work after Christmas.


    Home involved lots of knitting, birthdays, bottle feeding lambs, fire appreciation and general life.


    I found some lovely customer pictures on Instagram. Its so wonderful to find shares! Thank you so much x Please tag shares as...
  • Bike ride, peaches and unpicking...




    I ended the week with a lovely bike ride nearby. Only about 6 miles but with fairly consistent hills it felt like double that! Saw this lovely ruin on the way. The quality of the stonework was amazing.



    Passed a gateway with so little gate left in it that I wondered why they had even left the bits. Typical Devon gate lash up with baler cord and barbed wire!



    We bought a tray of peaches...
  • Seaside skies...


    What a sky! Ran away to the seaside for fish and chips for tea. On way home to teapot.



    A mile closer to home. Its getting better and better. The moon tonight will be stunning.



    Here she is just pale in the distance :)
  • Leafy lanes and apples...



    Happy Sunday morning to all x I’m off for a walk while its dry.



    North Bovey ford.



    Gateways are another weakness. I think I read too many Narnian tales while I was growing up.


    I love narrow lanes.



    So many green tunnels today! Home for much needed tea replenishment now and a quiet evening knitting :)

    Fresh for shoemaking tomorrow x
  • Thistledown lane...



    Thistledown for bedding...


  • Ikea-d...



    This is the shocking effect that Ikea can have on a person after just one hour…


    Goodness… all the way from home to bristol with middlest. Interview with the Bristol college of Art to enter in September to study textiles. Fingers crossed for her x
    Ps. Sat in the car knitting… :)