I went to collect oak leaves for natural printing and found oak marble galls – this is the first time I have seen them growing on a tree, they are rich in tannins, good for natural dyeing and besides so decorative! And while charity shopping for small metal objects made of brass, tin or zink – to use as mordants in natural dyeing/printing I found this small bowl – hand carved in Italy from alabaster. There was another, brown one, both slightly chipped but I still treasure them. I love having handmade objects in our house, I feel there is much more life in them than in mass produced.
ps: I am feeling very crafty – I alwasy do before Christmas. Handmade and Christmas is for me as two sides of one coin, I would like to make many presents this year. Will you? What will you make?