Friday, June 22, 2012

Felting Class in Portugal--Our "Digs"

A beautiful, rustic bedroom in our Quinta (granite house).

 
A lovely rough-hewn dining table in the common room.

 
A hand-crafted wooden and leather armchair.

 
A beautiful tapestry graces the granite wall.

 
A pair of wooden heads take pride of place on the fireplace mantel.

 
Our decorative front door...

...and check out the view!!

 
Small, special objets d'art were found throughout the Quinta...



...like this ornate terracotta box.
 
For those of you who didn't already know...

...I recently spent an amazing 9 days in Portugal.

For the majority of my time there, I was in the company of wonderful feltmakers from all over the world...

...under the tutelage of my friend, Nicola Brown.

I have so many projects and finished felt pieces to show you...

...but first, I wanted to share these images of the beautiful decor in our guest house...

...which certainly rivaled (if not quite equaled) the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

It's obvious that much love and care went into the furnishing of this living space...

...and the five of us who were lucky enough to stay there, greatly enjoyed the ambiance.

One funny thing...

...our first morning there, I awoke to the sound of someone's cell phone or travel alarm...

...making a "cuckoo-clock" sound.

Except, of course, it wasn't an alarm clock at all...

...but a real, live Cuckoo waking me at daybreak!! (Wow!)

Next time: more photos of the farm...

...and animals!

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25 comments:

Andria said...

Those are some gorgeous pictures. I love that table, I want one like it for my kitchen. Can't wait to see your creations!

Heather Woollove said...

Oh, Andria--I adore that table, too! :)

WonderWhyGal said...

ooooh, I want to go visit!
That must be the most peaceful inspiring place to be.

AllyB said...

Looks awesome. Can't wait to see what you did there.

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--It really is!!
Ally--Yes...I have lots to share!

Melissa Plank said...

Oh WOW, that must have been so cool! I am loving the pictures you posted already, can't wait to see more!

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

WOW! Looks and sounds brilliant! can't wait to see what you made : )
Heard a Cuckoo at our campsite in Oban at the start of June too. Husband and kids wouldn't believe me but then they heard it too so I knew I wasn't imagining it.

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--I have lots more, so stay tuned! :)
Aileen--I'm told that they are quite 'unassuming-looking' birds...but that sound is something, isn't it?!?!

Terrie said...

Oh girl you captured all the pretty things. I love the house very much and truly all are delicate and thoughtfulness. Still good in my memory.

Kathryn Ray said...

Wow! It sounds like an amazing trip. Looking forward to your felted magic.

MarmePurl said...

I want to go!

Rachel said...

What a beautiful place to stay - you lucky people!

Kelly said...

Beautiful! I don't think I would have wanted to leave!

Vivian said...

LOVE these pictures from Portugal! Keep them coming, I want to live vicariously through your trip.

Melissa said...

Wow, how awesome for you. Can't wait to see more pics.

Voie de Vie said...

Wow! How did you ever drag yourself back on the plane home? I love those walls, that table, the view - woot!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks for the lovely outpouring of comments!!
Yes...it WAS hard to come home again and I'm still trying to come out of the 'creative fog' that I'm in and get back to my 'real' life!!
Vivian--I promise that there will be many more photos!
Terrie--My memory of meeting you is an especially happy one. I miss you!!

Sandy said...

Very cool, looks quite cozy. All sounds good except being awaken by a bird daily. Dogs here wake me long before I want to be awake, annoys the H out of me.

Heather Woollove said...

Sandy--Hahaha...luckily, I'm an early riser! :)

Carrie Duvall said...

What a gorgeouse place to be inspired.

With All That I Am
Carrie "The Handmade Homemaker"

Heather Woollove said...

Carrie--Thanks! It was, wasn't it?!

FeltersJourney said...

It looks beautiful and sounds idyllic! Can't wait to see and hear more about it xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--You MUST come next year!! :)

Clasheen said...

Oh Heather, I miss you already!!! What a fantastic time we all had and it was just extra special you making to journey to participate!!!!! I'm trying to catch up on emails, paperwork and blogging today but couldn't resist a quick look at your blog, I'm off to check out Terriea's now! XXXXX

Heather Woollove said...

Nicola--I really miss you, too! I've had a hard time getting my head 'back in the game' here at home. I feel like something has shifted in my life in a profound way since Portugal. THANK-YOU for making it all possible!! XXO-