messing about in boats


The Wind in the Willows is a very nice book to read, or have read to you – especially in the spring, which it almost is. Happy daylight savings time.


  1. Oh Ann! Your work sends me! Thank you for sharing!! How exciting for the birds to take a ride in your ships!

  2. These are lovely. And yes, “The Wind in the Willows” is great. So perfect for the Spring.

  3. How refreshing your boats are!!!!

    I feel like reading your book, and as you say, spring is in the air and just around the corner!!!!

    thank you for sharing with us!!!!

  4. hi
    i add a questions about the ships. do you plan to sell these at some point
    i would love to have some along with a few birds of course

  5. I’ve been trying to buy a bird forever!!! Unfortunately, I have a day job (with super strict internet filters), so I can’t get on line to purchase one during the day. I want a boat, too!! They make me just want to sail away!

  6. “By it and with it and on it and in it,” said the Rat…. “it’s my world and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing”. Ratty on the River.

    It’s my all time favourite book. As soon as my skills are up to it I want to make a picture quilt based on E.H. Shepherd’s illustration of Ratty rowing with the dragonfly above Moley.

    Your birds are so sweet!

  7. boat kit! please! soon!

    i just got a commission to paint and decorate a friend’s nursery with a pirate theme and i SO want to put an Ann Wood style boat mobile in a dormer window!!!!

  8. lovely work. can’t wait til new birds come out. love how you are recycling!

  9. I love that particular line from The Wind in the Willows… so very spring, so very lovely.

  10. Your works are always so beautiful. Makes me just want to sigh and stare at the photos the whole afternoon long.

  11. Hi, Ann!
    I found you blog by some lucky accident and stop to say Hi! Thank you for inviting us in you place – it is lovely! You have a good eye for design and art! And I have gone thru the most of your blog postings and enjoyed it very much, especially your birds! Oh, I love them!

  12. Congratulations on your appearance in ME Home magazine!!!!! Wow!!!

  13. I just wanted to say that I have been a subscriber for some time. I just love your little boats and birds. They are so adorable.
    I also wanted to say that this past weekend my mother and I came across a great vintage tin of scrap fabric. Some of it’s quilted into small hexagon shapes the rest is just pieces. I would love to send it to you if you are interested. You can email me offlist if you like. I’d love for you to have it, a gift from one crafter to another.

  14. I love your work and so will many more after the lovely article about you in the current edition of Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion. So great!

  15. Oh, it’s been so long since I’ve read that book! Your boats and your birds are too sweet. How happy I am that I spied you in the new “Home Companion. Your work is just beautiful!

  16. Catherine

    We live near Henley-on-Thames and often visit the Wind in the Willows museum. And yes, my husband and I always mess about in our boat right on that river where the story took place. I almost gave up working just to be a boat sweeper 🙂 Lovely creations, Ann! Your page is so refreshing.

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