Staying in our friends' house last week, I collected some new photographic images to use as backgrounds for my quilling.
Their home is a lovely Victorian house which was built in the 19th century, and there is an elegant fireplace in every room. It's hard for us to imagine now, but open coal fires would have been the only source of winter warmth at the time the house was built, long before the invention of domestic central heating! Of course, our friends have no need for the fireplaces now, but have retained them in the house for their architectural beauty. Rather than lying empty, each grate is filled with fir cones, foliage and flowers - a lovely decorative feature, with vibrant colours set against a black background where the fires would once have burned.
Well, I just had to take some pictures ... and these quilled cards are the result: