Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Little Christmas Tree and Blessings.
It has been a difficult and worrying November and December so far because of ill health in my family. I have not been feeling at all Christmassy and we were not going to have a tree this year but I could not resist buying one when I found a real tree growing in a pot, it has little battery lights, plus a few decorations. The little tree is sweet, it cheers me up on these cold Winter evenings, sparkling in the corner of the living room and it can be planted in the garden in the New Year so the wildlife can enjoy it as well in the Spring.
For years I have been collecting Christmas decorations and I do have a large imitation tree for them all. The decorations are from all over the place and each one has their own story to tell. Some are from far away countries like New Zealand and Australia. 
I'm glad I managed to design a charity Christmas card, even though there has been a lot going on lately and there were a few problems with the design, but all turned out well in the end!
The illustration is of Oreo the badger giving Christmas blessings to his woodland friends. I mentioned in my last blog post that Oreo is a rescue badger at the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital... I'm pleased to say that both sets of limited edition cards sold out quite quickly at the Weird Fox shop and we have raised £62 for the charity. 
I wanted to create and sell more things in the shop this year but the time has been limited to make the stock. In some ways it has been good to opt out of the craziness of Christmas shopping. 
Ziggy is ready for Xmas though! Here he is modelling his red scarf, he likes his knitwear, he purrs when I put his jumpers and scarves on him. Just because he has fur does not mean that he does not feel the cold, especially as he is mostly an indoor cat, he loves creature comforts, being cosy and warm... 
I'm only doing one small blog post for December so we would just like to say... 
Have a Peaceful and Lovely Christmas with your family and friends. 
Best Wishes for the New Year and may all your dreams come true in 2019. 
Love, Jo and Zigsa. XX 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

My Favourite Time of year. Autumn and Halloween are here!

I think Autumn and Halloween are the most magical times of year with the red and gold leaves scattered everywhere. The sun is low which creates a golden light through the trees. The apples are really red this year because of the very hot summer. We have had a great harvest, apples are all over the ground in the woodland garden. I have left some for the foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and birds to feast on. I also gave loads away to friends who like to make apple crumble and pickle...

Zig loves rustling around in the coppery Beach leaves. He was looking for woodland mice but he never catches anything!

This spooky Jack-o'-lantern is ready to ward off evil spirits in Avebury. Carving turnip faces was originally an Irish Celtic tradition that has become very popular in America who started to make the pumpkin lanterns.
I also found some blood red skeleton type leaves in the garden. They are a wonderful colour and pattern. 
I have been making the most of my National Trust membership and visiting as many grand houses and gardens as I can before winter. 
The gardens in Avebury had a sculpture exhibition. Bronze and Resin head by Kay Singla. Stone sculpture by Martin Cash...

The places I seem to visit the most are Lacock, Avebury, Buscot Park and Kelmscot Manner.They have beautiful grounds for autumn walks. I always collect the leaves and take them home to press them in heavy old books. Here is an autumn leaf fan made from maple leaves.

There is always a creative project on the go during autumn. Usually I'm crocheting something like a waistcoat, scarves, hats or a Ziggy jumper. He loves wearing his jumpers when he goes out on frosty walks around the garden. 
Some people think that animals should not wear clothes but some animals love the extra warmth. Zig does because he's really an indoor cat and only goes for walks with us. 
Here is Ziggy modelling one of his colourful autumn jumpers... 
Badger Cards for the Wiltshire Wildlife Charity...
My blog posts have been very late because I have been busy working on several creative projects. One project is a secret that will be revealed in the future and the other bits of work have been creating stock for my online Fox Shop, and also designing greeting cards for the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital 
I first contacted them to ask their advice about an injured fox that was visiting my garden. We have a night camera set up so we can film the night-time wildlife. Fortunately the fox was fine in the end. The charity were very helpful and gave us some good advice, so I asked if they would like me to illustrate some cards of one of their badgers that they rescued. Oreo the badger is quite famous on Facebook. The cards are still available in the Weird Fox Shop. Some money is donated when cards are sold.
Happy Halloween Everyone. We hope you have Spooky Time! xx

Sunday, 5 August 2018

July to August are passing by so quickly!
I don't know where the time has gone! Summer has been a haze of sunshine and it is still very warm here in the West country. It has been too hot to do blog posts and I was busy having a birthday at the end of June. We went to the seaside. Holidaying in beautiful Dorset. The Jurassic Coast at Durdle Door.
I found a magical dog stone on the beach at Lulworth Cove which is walking distance to Durdle Door. The stone is all natural but it does look like somebody has painted a dog's head. 
Lulworth Cove which is also stunning, reminds me of Cornwall and the light is very similar as well. It was busy there although my photos do not show many people on the beaches.
I was annoyed to find that people leave so much rubbish around along the walkways. We all need to look after these places of natural beauty and should always make sure to take our rubbish home after visiting.
We will be going back towards the end of summer when it is less busy. I'm looking forward to a more peaceful visit.
I Have a Weird Shop! 
I have a newish shop that I opened late last year called Weird Fox I decided to move away from Etsy and try out Bigcartel instead. It was a lot easier to set up and is less complicated than Etsy with it's layout. I have been busy making new stock ready for Christmas although progress is slow at the moment what with the heat and holidays. I've already sold out of these velvet cushions and dream pillows that have my designs printed on them. Some of the cards and Zigsa cat jewellery pieces have sold as well. 

Zigsa and Ollie cat @myleftfang are on Twitter. The cats have been an inspiration for my new designs. Ollie is Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon's beautiful cat. 
They have an Ollie velvet cushion, an original illustration, and cards too. Cards and postcards have been popular with customers. They send me photos of them framed and they put them up on their walls to decorate their homes which is really great to see.
These Ziggy earrings are listed in the shop at the moment and there is a matching necklace too. Also available are some mixed cards. Weird Fox Shop
We hope you are all enjoying the summer. It is best to make the most of it because it will be Winter soon. If you are on Twitter, feel free to follow me CLICK HERE and I will follow back!