July 14, 2014

Birthday's & Birth Trees.

 I been "un-plugged" for a while to re~charge and rest and to refresh my muse, and have been finding inspiration in Mother Nature during a run of glorious summery days here in South West Scotland.
The flowers are blooming all about, in the garden, in the hedgerows and even down amongst the pebbles on the beach. Tiny rays of sunshine, such rich, glowing colour.  They tempt me outside when I ought to be working in the studio!

 We have traveled into the hills to find the wild places, and sat drinking tea by the bubbling steam whilst bees hummed past and golden beetles clambered onto our knees.  I found a tiny set of wings left beside the path, like minature pieces of stained glass reflecting the blue of skies above. I think I might just have to work them into a faerie design!
We have had precious family time; grandaughter cuddling, trips to the beach, the farm, museums, picnics, crazy go cart riding, sunny day walks, lots of laughter & catching up.  We celebrated my lasses 30th Birthday too, it seems only a wee while ago I held her in my arms for the very first time! 

This lass of mine just happens to be a wood turner and as you can see my eldest lass & I took on a challenge. We decided to tackle a feat of engineering & create a completely edible cake for our birthday girl. It took us a whole week to work out and make, we were rather proud of our efforts but it may be some time before we feel up to making another cake!I 'm so lucky to have such a lovely family & spending time with them makes my heart sing.
Thinking of Birthdays ~ I am fascinated by family trees and our personal stories and with this in mind I have designed the first of my new blessing trees range
"The Birth Announcement tree".
 The design can be personalised and makes a perfect gift for birth, christening or naming ceremonies. I also do cards and postcards of the design.

The design was inspired by the Apple tree which signifies health, happiness, youth & good fortune.
The Birth Trees are now available to order here my Etsy shop.
I have lots of exciting new happenings coming up, workshops and exhibitions, and will be back very soon to tell you all about them.


  1. Oh my goodness you found fairy wings, how absolutely special - be careful, they will be loaded with fairy dust! The cake is amazing, so clever and so thoughtful. I have been meaning to do something with my family photos for ages, I just haven't had time, I don't know who half the people are! Your album idea is very pretty. Betty

  2. Wonderful, Ruthie! I especially love the photos of the dragonfly wings -- what incredible detail and light! Be well, my friend...

  3. What a fabulous heartwarming post Ruthie. That cake is brilliant. Granddaughter cuddling sounds great.
    I got to be the first family member apart from a very close aunt (twin sister) to get to cuddle my newest gorgeous granddaughter. I must get her on Skype, she should be able to handle that at seven weeks old !

  4. Love this beautiful post! Being a Grandmother is the most wonderful thing EVER! Can't wait to show my granddaughter those fairy wings...

    1. Thank you, I agree, I adore being Grannie x

  5. That cake is unbelievable, Ruthie. What a feat of engineering! Glad to see, you have fairies at the bottom of your garden.
    Jacqui x

    1. Thank you Jacqui, my grandad always did tell me they were there if you looked hard enough ;)

  6. Anonymous15/7/14 14:18

    This is just gorgeous in every way! Love the wings, they're so beautiful but also sad as I assume their previous owner is no more :-( I love how you find joy in the small things, that's what life is about I think xx

  7. Ahhh ... looks like you just had the most wonderful FAMILY time !!!

    (those wings ..... a-ma-zing !)


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