I've been wanting to make a doorstop for ages, but always thought they'd be on the difficult side. Well, they're not, and here it is. No doubt it will be travelling around the house when little hands discover it's portable. But that's ok - that's why it has a handle.
Yesterday was a lovely day in the garden. No, the sun wasn't shining and it was definitely on the damp side, and there was a real chill in the air, but lovely all the same. I managed to do things I was beginning to think were lost to me - clearing winter debris, and getting it all bagged up for the municipal compost scheme. The wonders of strong painkillers which let you forget about sore knees.
It seems the lateness of the Snowdrops this year means that the walk and fair will not happen this year - disappointing, but it has galvanised me into finding other fairs and markets where I can sell hortensia stuff. And all of a sudden I'm signed up for numerous outlets, and sorely need to increase stock levels. I've also updated the Etsy shop, and Folksy, and there's also a new site, coriandr, so have been busy. And now, if I could just work out how to create a mosaic effect of pictures....
Just so we're prepared, when the girls come to visit, there will be mugs and cups and saucers (for the posher moments) all ready. Couldn't resist them yesterday. And the colours remind me of Spring - which is just around the corner, of course.
In fact, there is a general feeling of Spring about this house lately. Who cares if we've woken to ice and frost and whiteness, again? There are definite green shoots out there - winter aconites and snowdrops are sniffing the air, for sure.
Have a lovely weekend,
Yesterday I found these cups, and I knew they'd be perfect for flowering bulbs. They'll be part of hortensia's table at a Snowdrop Fair - part of a snowdrop walk. The shape is just perfect and will go wonderfully with the Chionodoxa which are the same shade of pink. Mmmm.
I've also started on some linen hearts - white this time - and will add green and yellow ribbons to make the stall look really spring-like.
As if that wasn't enough, last night I was looking through the V & A site as recommended by pillarboxred on one of her posts, designing textiles, (as you do) and came across some gorgeous dresses in their collections. Which have started off a whole new design and make idea.
Take a look at a couple of them:
The hazel twigs were brought indoors because of the catkins, but they've rewarded the warmth of a sunny windowsill with this little burst of red.
Although I've not posted for a couple of days, things have still been pretty busy. Lillies and Gladioli were planted into pots in the greenhouse, and the unit in the breakfast room is looking pristine. those of us looking for keys understand such things. Even an old filofax has been sorted, with the discovery of a beautiful pair of black earrings which I thought had been lost forever. Another reward?
Today a rather large parcel arrived with loads of seed packets in from Kings. Bliss in a box.
Beautiful pink tulips in the (very cheap) Ikea vases. They look a little like Tulipa Bellflower, though I'm not sure about the fringed edges. We'll see when they open up properly.
It has been a strange weekend - blue skies, yet so very cold, and this morning - snow. Not the best for gardening, but excellent for meeting up with sisters and friends for lattes, cappucinos and pots of tea. Mmmm. Delicious.
There will be some linen fabric winging its way up to Scotland tomorrow for printing, which is very exciting and will be part of the new ideas for spring.
I haven't forgotten about the tag, but once you start thinking about such things, you kind of get bogged down with so many things you love. Will consolidate the list tomorrow and post.
It was just the right day to go to Ikea; dark, slightly damp, and definitely cold. It was also the right day to think about the summer, when all those beautiful flowers will be in bloom, ready to cut.
So, even though I was dreaming, I knew I needed lots of vases.
The really good part about it all is that I gave myself a budget, with only a 10% margin of error - and I stuck to it. Even to the point of putting something back when I spied something I'd rather have had. Real progress.
The growing notes for dahlias has been added - see the link at the right hand side - please let me know what you think! Photos of each stage will be added as we go along.
Proper post later tonight.
As I've said before, I do love illustrations, which is why looking through artwork like this above is such a pleasure. And also why I spend inordinate amounts of time sitting at this desk, becoming quite boggle eyed, trying to work out just how to add images of different sorts, from different places.
Last night was the flikr dahlias and tonight has been the folksy image. Obviously the dahlias are intended to go with the growing notes (which will be added tomorrow morning), and the folksy image because I've decided to add more stock onto this site. Because folksy offers prices in sterling this may help. Because one sale on etsy is doing nothing for my mental state. I suppose it could just be that no-one likes them, but if that were so why do I get sales away from etsy? Oh well.
Anyhow, writing the dahlia growing notes has been a lovely task and has helped to re-motivate me on the textile front. Quite a few ideas floating around, so want to spend most of tomorrow playing around with them. One of the ideas is to take photos at each stage of construction and add them to the tutorial section on folksy.
As I was trawling through my catalogue of images I came across these bookplates. I'm not a hundred per cent sure of the site they came from, but am positive they are free to download for personal use so I've added a couple if anyone wants to use them. Enjoy.
ps This is what I treated myself to today, Lilium Blackout - can't wait to see them growing in the cutting garden: