Well, I was going to have a week off as I haven’t done much this week. Then I heard a lot of noise round the back of the house and discovered that some neighbours have finally had the roofers arrive to replace their roof. I’d chatted to Katie a couple of days ago as I’d seen the scaffolding go up and remembered she’d said some months ago that it was going to be done. I popped round this morning to ask if I can have a rummage amongst the slates and she said I could take what I want. This is what I have so far:
These are original, Victorian roof slates and are likely to have come from Penrhyn Quarry or Dinorwic Quarry, maybe as far as Blaenau Ffestiniog. As I was rummaging in the skip, the roofers asked if I wanted full slates and offered to leave some for me when they get to the other side of the roof. If they’re good enough I can make place mats with them. The smaller bits can be used for something like this:
I may have a go at napkin decoupage for some of them. I do have an engraving tool that I’ve used a couple of times but could do with more practice. Lots of free stuff to practice on!
I have a set of placemats that I made previously from seconds that I bought at the National Slate Museum for about £1 each. To buy a perfect set of 6 cost a fortune. Mine are all slightly different sizes but I think that adds to the charm. I bought self-adhesive green felt to stick on the back; et voila! Well, I think that’s me for this week. Yesterday I started blitzing the lounge and need to carry on today. Who knows, I might even start logging how many books we have!! Hwyl fawr am y tro!