The inspiring coast of Cornwall

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

Cornwall had been on my wish list for a long time before we made it there. I grew up in a coastal town myself and really longed to visit the south west end of the UK. And I was not disappointed. Now I really long to go back there again and again.

beachcombing by AppleApricot Wen

It's that's feeling of really being on vacation, that I also always have when we drive to our local coast and pass the sand dunes. On these coasts the trees are lower than inland. There's more bushes than trees, really. You hear the seagulls and smell the salt of the sea in the refreshing breeze. And of course there's the sea. The waves splashing on the beach over and over again.

It's the hours spent beachcombing.
Finding treasures in shells, stones, sea glass and pottery pieces.

textile art embroidery coast study by AppleApricot Wen

It's a place so inspiring, I take loads and loads of photos to bring back home some of the beauty and memories. At home I wish to capture it all, studying in threads, fabrics, paints, and so on.

And I don't mind the weather on coasts like this.
I want to stay outdoors for as long as possible. You really have to drag me home then.

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

The hills and cliffs, the beaches and sea, they inspired me to experiment with crochet. I used a version of the so called wave stitch, and varied with working in back loop, front loop and both loops, to add some depth to the piece. I also started adding some tiny flowers in embroidery. Where this will lead me, I have no idea, but I'm having a whole lot of fun anyway :)

painting and crochet by AppleApricot Wen

And the colours also inspired me to get some paint going as well, as you can see.

I love paintings worked in detail and abstracts equally. It's just like nature. Nature paints in wild landscapes, flora and fauna, magical small worlds in details, and abstracts and patterns.

Here's an abstract painting by nature:

Cornwall coast textures by AppleApricot Wen

Isn't it just gorgeous? Plant life holding on to ancient coastal rocks, washed by the tidal waves. 
Waves that bring little treasures to the coast: sea glasses, pottery, shells.

beachcombing pottery sea glass and shells by AppleApricot Wen

Found in rock pools and harbours.

Here the ocean has withdrawn. But only for a little while. You have plenty of time to do some beachcombing, but make sure to keep an eye on the tide and go back to dry land in time. I didn't, and got wet feet. Luckily I was close enough to the beach. Others had gone a little further and had to swim back. They had fun though, and got back safely.

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

I can see why so many artists are inspired by the Cornish coast.
Here are some of my favourite Cornwall inspired artists (in alphabetic order):

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

The only thing that I regret, is that I didn't shoot more video on this trip.
Oh well, next time!

Is there a particular coast you have fond memories of or which you would love to visit?
Do you love beachcombing?

xx Wen

Fabric journals pinterest inspiration

fabric journals pinterest inspiration

Hello sweet friends,

You might remember me saying many moons ago that I had to clean up my pinterest boards. Getting rid of bad links, giving proper credit to the artists and photographers, etc. In the meantime I have made them all invisible (secret) until they're finished.

Today I'm happy to announce that the last couple of days I've been working through my boards on fabric books and I have finished them. So, three boards on fabric books are again back online on my pinterest profile.

The three boards are:

1) Fabric books ♥ romantic (see some examples in photo collage above)

fabric journals pinterest inspiration


fabric journals pinterest inspiration

So, if you, like me, are in desperate need of some delicious inspiration, then please hop over to my refreshed boards and drool over the gorgeous projects, made by some of my favourite artists. (But not all of them, I noticed! There are several missing here...)

Featured in the photo collages above are
(in alphabetic order, I hope I haven't forgotten anyone):

Well, looking at all these gorgeous projects, I certainly got inspired again to do some crafting! And if you're in a mojo-rut like me, I hope they will do the same job for you!


xx Wen

Glacier valley floor

I love exploring nature. The big, wild, grand landscapes as well as the small, hidden worlds in nooks and crannies. And I love to watch what's on the ground. When traveling, you'll often find me laying or sitting on the ground, trying to capture the beauty there with my camera. (This can give funny comments and looks from passers-by.)

I'm truly fascinated by what you can find on nature's floors. I'm flabbergasted by the idea that beneath our feet, in a small handful of soil, live millions of tiny creatures. I love it when I'm working in the soil of the garden, and worms and other creatures appear. Each of them has its own value to the fertility of the soil.

The floor of this glacier valley looks dry. But there's life, everywhere you look. I love to take photos of the structures and little plants and animals. Tiny little worlds of their own.

And I would love to capture these little worlds with threads and fabrics and papers and beads and whatnots. I did give it a go before. Here's an example: where land and sea meet.

The project I'm sharing today is a little WIP hand stitched sample, inspired by the beautiful valley of the Ried (pronounce as "Reed") glacier in Switzerland.

The glacier itself has drastically shrunk. It used to be so much bigger, which you can tell by looking at the walls of the valley, when you're there.

(The text overlay I used for this photo above, is part of one of my French antique postcards. You can find it for your own personal use in the blog post HERE on AppleApricot's Freebies.)

Wishing you a beautiful sunny day!

xx Wen

Pins and Prunus

Hello dear friends,

When I shared my thoughts about the evolving in art style versus the blog, I got such sweet messages from you! Some of you say you have wandered away from the shabby romantic lace style as well. Some say a blog doesn't have to be one particular style or should not necessarily stick to one - a blog can evolve with your change of style. That it's important to listen where your heart leads you, and just see where that will bring you.

And I know there are also some of you that will miss the shabby romantic lace style here on AppleApricot. Well, I will always be a romantic at heart, so there will always be some kind of that in my arts and crafts I suppose. But probably with less lace and less vintage photos, if there will be any.

Pinterest investigation

Seen in this light, I got curious as to what exactly from this blog got the most repins on Pinterest. I mean, I had an idea about what might be liked about AppleApricot, but I could be so wrong! So I did a little investigation.

Turns out, in part I was right, but in part I definitely was wrong, haha! So the results somewhat surprised me. I thought you might be interested in the result of my little investigation as well. So here they are, the most repinned AppleApricot creations on Pinterest - in order of amount of repins:

By the way, I left out the DIYs and the freebies. From top left (first place) to bottom right:

Just a fun investigation to do for your own blog. I can highly recommend it!

But one thing is good to remember:
The outcome of an analysis as this doesn't necessarily mean you have to do something with it. I know that it is been said that it would be good to do more of what works best. But if that's not where your heart leads you, then please don't.

Well, this was a fun and clarifying thing to do.

Did you ever try something similar?

Wishing you a beautiful day!

xx Wen

PS: the Prunus photos... those beautiful branches are remnants of a drastic pruning of a tree a few streets from here. I couldn't help but take some with me and put them in a vase :) I shared the photos and the story earlier (in Dutch) on my blog AppelAbrikoos.