Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Monday 13 April 2015

Celestine and the Hare needlefelting workshop at blue ginger gallery, Cradley


Totally utterly fabulous day last Saturday at blue-ginger gallery in Cradley attending a needle felting workshop with the very lovely and oh so wonderful Karin of  Celestine and the Hare. Karin took 11 of us through the process of turning woolly stuff into fabulous needle felted creatures using sharp pointy bits of metal :)

Having a fabulous time at felting workshop with Karin and a group of Norty Chokliteers.

We went from this

 Taking shape ...

I took Harriet Bear along to meet her sister Emily :) Harriet, Tiger Tim, Victoria Weasel and Betty Sloth Bear were all made by Karin :) As was Hector Weasel, but he stayed at home with Compostman

 Karin showing us how to make a tomten  and telling us stories while needle felting at the same time!

Part made creature - still no idea what it will be ...

I wonder what I am making?

Lunch break :) The food at blue ginger is excellent, as were the cakes

This is one of Karin's creations :) How fabulous ! A sheepdog :)

 Meet Cyril Squizzer :) I made him, I did!

Tiger Tim, Victoria Weasel, Betty Sloth Bear and Harriet hug their newest friend.

We all made such lovely creatures at this workshop

Here are our results after less than 6 hours of work

(whispers -we would have done them faster, but we had to chat to each other and laugh a lot and eat delicious food made by Sue and the lovely people at blue ginger gallery  and chat and giggle and eat choklit - did I mention I had the most enormous fun day with lovely Karin and the other people attending? )

If you get the chance to go on one of Karin's workshops or to see her demonstrate her art, do go. She is wonderful, as are her creations. And if you have not yet joined us at the most marvellous Tribe of Celestiner Chokliteers  go and have a look at her Facebook page  :)

and the Hare insisted and so we were not allowed to spend all the time needle felting. ell you, cruel! )

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