Thursday, July 21, 2011

Prettiest Of Weeds And A Sprinkle Of Harry Potter Magic

This week the sun and rain seem to be playing games with each other. Neither one can make their mind up to stay. The Sun has been fickle with her golden rays, likewise has the rain, showering short bursts here and there with her diamond droplets of precious water.I suppose the rhyme does say...

"Hot July brings cooling showers, apricots and gilly flowers" 

Well I don't have apricots growing here, but I do have flowers.
Talking of flowers I want to share with you this pretty one that has popped up in the garden and down near our vegetable patch. Most people would consider it a weed but seeing as there is no such thing as a weed really, it's all personal choice, we decided to let it thrive. After all who are we to judge that this  plant with it's delicate sweet scent has no place in a garden? It's called Hawkweed, but is also known as other names my favourite being 'Fox And Cubs'. :-)

 In between watching the showers and looking for rainbows I've been gradually making way through my pile of work.
Various birds, hares and pendants. There is also another whale, a couple more toadstools and another Narwhal that are still on the desk not quite ready yet.

These will all be listed over the course of today in my Etsy shop if you are interested in any of them.
I also just had to create this snowy owl. What with the last film being released, Harry Potter magic is in the air again!
(He'll also be listed in the shop)

I haven't seen the film yet, but will be this weekend. I must remember to take plenty of tissues as I know there will be tears. It's an end of an era and I'd like to thank JK Rowling for the Magic and all those clever film people for bringing it to life on screen. I loved each and every book and every film too. If like me you are yet to see it here's a taster. ;-)

                             Giveaway Time!

Last time I was here I said I'd be be back with a summer giveaway.  A little celebration as this is my 200th post! When I began this blog I'm not sure I thought I'd get to 100 posts let alone 200!  So, because I have Harry Potter on the brain at the moment, I thought it would be fun to include a little HP in the giveaway.
Below I've collected together a few items that have a 'magical' feel to them. There are some HP postcards, a candle, a couple of moon scented incense sticks, some sparkly stones that you could use for craft or jewellery making and a couple of other stones, one which looks a little like the philosophers stone I thought? I will also throw in a couple of my postcards too! ;-)

Just leave me a comment if you'd like to be included. If you can't comment due to blogger access etc, as I know it plays up sometimes. You can also comment on my facebook page or if you are on Twitter, Tweet this post on and then let me know and I'll enter you in the draw too.  I will choose a winner in a couple of weeks time.
Happy Harry Potter watching! x


  1. I LOVE that snowy owl.... beautiful!!!! I have a similar "weeds" in my forest garden, some of them with wonderful healing properties.... it is all a matter of perspective, isn't it?

    Lovely giveaway, and I look forward to seeing the Harry Potter flim, goodness, where have I been, I'm afraid I didn't even realize the release date was upon us!

  2. Hi Karen, I love those weeds and I didn't know what they were called. So thank you, hawkweed it is. I too let them run wild.

    I really like your hare pendants, so dreamy.

    Would love to enter your giveaway.

    Waking the Ghosts is in a frame and on the wall, it's just so atmospheric.

    Have a good day.

    Lesley x

  3. I love that owl that you've created, just beautiful. I have to admit I love those weeds too.

    What a generous giveaway, I just love your work.

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  5. I wish we had some of that hawkweed in our garden, it looks lovely.

    Your Etsy shop has some gorgeous things in it, I think I will have to treat myself come payday. :-)

  6. A friend who stitches and dyes sent me woad seeds. They have sprouted and I can hardly wait for them to be ready to transplant in the church garden I maintain nearby. It is a public space and small, so I will need to be very careful about where I place them, and may sink a container to mitigate their habit, as I do with mints there. I plan a post about woad over at my blog soon. Oh for a meadow in which to let them roam free, and a snowy owl to light the nights, and a family of dear for the birches (story will have to do it for me since my circumstance is otherwise). Thank you for the delightful sound track at your site, it makes the viewing hard to leave.

  7. Oh, I do so love your owl! One of my very favorite parts of the HP books were the magical portraits, so I very much enjoy seeing HP inspired art.

    And your "weed" was very impressive! I would have let it stay as well.

  8. My favoutite flowers in my garden are the wild ones that have chosen to be there. I look at the other gardens around me in the winter and see their pristine lawns but its my garden that is covered in birds as they forage for seeds amongst the grass.
    I saw Harry Potter last week and I loved the way that the audience applauded at the end of the film. We all felt that we had experienced something special.

  9. Hello Karen...thankyou for doing the giveaway...always enjoy your

  10. lovely Karen...thankyou for doing this...always good to see your work xx

  11. Oh yes yes yes please i would love to be included in your draw, your work is truly inspiring, i love it all....especially your owls.....
    Pixie :)x

  12. I love wild flowers they are the best kind!
    Your creations are magical...and a magical giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Much love to you.

  13. What a beautiful blog! I am loving your wooden creatures and pendants so much - what a magical energy your artwork has! Thank you for sharing - Please feel free to pop over to my novice attempt at blogging - Best wishes.

  14. Hello, I am a large fan of your website. It seems we have a lot in common. I too am a artist, daydreamer, nature lover and seeker of magic. I love the Harry Potter movies, Enya and children’s books. I strongly recommend: The City of Ember, Miles to Go, Gossamer, Heartbeat and Dork Diaries. Have you read any of those?
    Please Reply, Lily

  15. That owl is só pretty!! Must have it!
    I would like to enter the give away too :-)


  16. I love the combinations of colours in your work, it's always a delight for the eyes.
    The owl is - well, - magical, you've captured the spirit of good magic, and auspicious promice, and fligt in the night. Beautiful.

  17. What a lovely read Karen, i'm always glad i've stopped by to see what you've been up to and your tea pot of flowers has inspired me to collect a tea pot that resides at my mums for that very purpose of housing some flowers. Great giveaway, would love to be included :)

  18. Thanks everyone for your comments xx

    'Weeds' I don't much like that word do you? The best gardens or forests in your case are tangled with all kinds. ;) Yes time has flown by and I can't quite believe myself that HP is upon us and my daughter finishes school for summer holidays tommorow!
    Me and Tilly Too...
    Glad to hear you've framed the print already. You are more organised than myself. I have lots to frame and WILL get round to it one of these days! :)

    Lady of the greenwood...
    I too favour the wild ones.
    Ohh I wonder if they will applaud when I go? I think I'm going to be quite upset but at least tears are hidden behind 3d glasses? :)

    Suzy Parker... Hello suzy! Glad you like my work. Thanks for stopping by. x

    Lou Smith... Thank you Lou! x

    Lily... Hello Lily! Lovely to meet you. :) Thanks so much for your recommendations. I know the city of Ember but all the others are new to me, so I shall have to explore. x

    Fotf... I used to love my teapot, but then I smashed the lid so what else could I do? It was just too pretty to be disgarded. I still love it now, probably even more so with flowers in rather than tea! ;) x

  19. I too love the owl. Will you have more in your shop?
    I haven't seen the movie but I hope to soon.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  20. Your Hedwig (?) is is everything you make.

    Love that you leave the gifts that come to your garden free to grow....they are beautiful aren't they.

    thank you for the Harry Potter trailer...I hadn't seen it and it makes me want to go to the cinema :~)

    Thanks too for a great giveaway.

    Your blog is a joy to visit. xx

  21. It's always a pleasure to be invited into your World!
    Please add me to the List.....

  22. Love your Owl. Love your Blog. Love the magic you create. I want to fly like that owl through the world of Hogwarts...... Just for a while. Promise.

  23. Well hawkweed may be considered a 'weed', but I deliberately planted it in my garden!
    @Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them!' - A.A. Milne

  24. It is funny, I am always drawn to a flower only to have someone sniff at me with a dismissive 'it's a weed'. I guess, as with art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am seeing the new Harry Potter film this weekend, and I am sure I will cry. Love that owl and the fun giveaway :)

  25. You have a wonderful blog! It's magical and relaxing... love it :)

  26. Holly M...
    Yes there will be more owls to come. :)
    Thanks Helen and Rex. :)

    Greensleeves...Good for you it is such a pretty plant. :)

    KdKdKd Enjoy the film. I can't wait. ;)

  27. Thank you Lucas, so glad you like it here. :) x

  28. Snowy owls, I love, My daughter reminds me of one, with her big eyes and her complete and utter cuteness. I love what you are making here and indeed these summer flowers are a beauty unto themselves. x E

  29. Ah, snowy owls...lovely. A wee brown owl from a gift shop in Scotland is watching me type this.
    We saw Harry Potter last week...grateful that Harry has been a part of our lives here as well.

  30. What a nice theme for a giveaway and beautiful work as always here. The last Harry Potter film is still sinking in from last week, and I look forward to seeing it again. Thanks for tying it into your world, Karen.

  31. Your wooden art are enchanting as ever, Karen...and the white owl is beyond magical!

    I'm a HUGE Potter fan myself and it really saddens me that everything is really coming to an end...although, I have no doubt that the story will live on forever.

    Wow, you're very generous with your giveaway! The winner is going to be lucky one, indeed. :)

  32. gosh, what a sweet place you have here!

  33. Love all the new work, especially the owl. I am also a huge Harry Potter fan and will be sad when it ends but can always revisit when I read the books.Your giveaway looks wonderful, just a little bit of magic in an ordinary day.

  34. Congrats on your 200th post! And what a way to celebrate - by sharing your beautiful new work and all those lovely garden photos. Hope you enjoy the Harry Potter film - we have not seen in yet, either, but we hope to soon.

  35. I love the owl. What a beauty!
    Looking forward to seeing the final film.
    I have hawkweed too and I always let it grow.
    Count me in for your giveaway.

  36. New and new flowers amaze us every season - don't they? I haven't seen this one, but it's like a fire!
    Lovely pendants, beginning with the mighty owl...
    The giveaway looks quite tempting, so why not try my chance? I missed the Harry Potter movie, but hope to watch it later.
    By the way, did you see a rainbow?:-_
    Have a lovely week!

  37. Hope you enjoyed the final Harry Potter - we did even though it seemed a little rushed towards the end. We are very sad its all over now especially oldest son who at 17 has been Potter mad since the first book. In a wild corner of our garden we have Hawkweed too - thank you for telling me what it is as its very pretty but I didn't know its name. Karen X

  38. Oh I adore anything you make...
    I have all the Harry potter books & most of the DVD's..But your artwork far surpasses anything there. Yours is magical, beautiful, stands alone as if each has their own little soul.
    I am such a fan.

  39. Oooh, please include me in your lovely giveaway! I've been to see the movie, and I sniffled and sobbed through a good portion of it. A tissue is a very wise decision...or a box of them. ;)
    I'm hoping one day I can treat myself to one of your lovely wall-hangings. I love visiting your blog; it has such a peaceful, magical feel to it. I often paint to the lovely music you have playing in the background.
    All the best to you!

  40. My lovely barn owl has arrived today and is hanging from the centre of my dresser top. It looks stunning. Thank you Karen. It was beautifully wrapped too.

  41. Congratulations on your 200th post Karen! Your work and photograpy is stunning as ever. Wildflowers are such a delicate delight. Lovely as always!
    ~ Deb

  42. Hi Karen,
    Beautiful flowers and they look really pretty in the jug on the windowsill.
    I do believe your rhyme has come true too for all i have seen of July has either been fleeting hot days or rainy cloudy ones but hey it is england we live in :D
    Please can you pop my name into the would make my week :)
    Oh and a very happy Wednesday nearly the weekend!!

  43. Duly retweeted... I have a tiny yard, but I've managed to fill it with flowers and light the hares and the owl!

  44. Just stumbled across your blog. Wonderful comes to mind! Love the owl, and the music that popped up. I am sketching owls a lot at the moment.

    If giveaway still open would love to be included. Ruth

  45. Some say 'A weed is just a plant in the wrong place'
    Great post

  46. Thanks for doing the giveaway :)

    Please enter me :)

    Thank you.

  47. I love your work so much! Magical and dreamy, very inspiring. I would love to be included in the giveaway <3

  48. I have those weeds too and love flowers that seed themselves. I have been visiting your blog for a while and admire your work. I love listening to the music too it's so soothing.


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