Monday, 29 July 2013

If its old its old.....................

I have spent the better part of the week painting our house a job I love..I'm outside.. the swallows are flying high and its warm..
This front door is staying just like this !...its been sanded, wire woolled varnished and protected...it told me it was fed up with pretending to be a new door, that it is over 160 years old and it wanted the same honesty as the rest of the house, so who am I to deny a door its wishes...............



so now she opens up onto a limed vestibule , with an equally old door door that opens into our hallway....



she is a much happier door........


So I hung my new textured linen shopper behind her to keep her company.

It felt really good to change the door, I felt a shift in my perception of life somehow in this most simple of actions. I have a rather strong feeling there is a change coming...Lammas always brings it casualties  as the Goddess becomes single minded.
With love to you all
Lynn xxxx

Friday, 19 July 2013

Happy Grey Days...........................


 As you know I more or less try to make everything I wear now so I wanted to share with you  my new linen dress... I dyed the vintage linen sheet with logwood chips, then using a Merchant and Mills pattern the' Factory Dress' I made myself the most easy to wear dress ever!!! I have left the linen crumpled to add to the vintage look I like and I wore it with some T bar sandals, I stayed cool  all day!........



Washing line with various samples of linen samples being dyed the right shade of ..you guessed it grey!


My  obsession over grey continues through the week so when I found a large tin of Farrow and Ball Paint (Grey) at the car boot Tuesday  I painted my hall wall grey and popped a picture up and added a cushion I had printed and made...

they look really nice together summery and simple and look lovely with grey......
Hope your enjoying the lovely sunshine xxxx

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Rose Petals everywhere.......


Who can resist cutting roses this time of year?
 I love to scatter their beautiful petals across the stone steps to the gate, a waste I know but sunny days and warm breezes make me feel carefree and wistful. 



I put them all on the little table in my  reading room the fragrance is just divine, I found this fabulous recipe and I just love rose Petal jam............








1 litre roses (just fill a jug loosely with the petals)
340 g granulated sugar
340 g sugar with pectin
300 ml water
Juice of 1 lemon
Snip the petals from the flowers, leaving the bitter base behind, so that you have a bowlful of rose petals. Add the granulated sugar, stir well and leave to infuse for 24 hours. I put mine in my fermenting bucket and put the lid on, if using a bowl, cover with a cloth or cling film, you don’t want any bugs!
Put everything into a preserving pan, stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and then turn the heat up and bring to a rolling boil.
Set the timer for 4 minutes and keep the jam boiling hard. When the four minutes are up, take the pan off the heat and leave the jam to cool for ten minutes before potting into small sterilised jars.
I removed the petals from the jam with a slotted spoon, this is purely my preference, you can just as easily leave them in.
This should make about 1 kg of jam.
(I would leave them in ha ha )

Hugs Lynn xxxxxx

Monday, 1 July 2013

So what have I been sewing.........

    I was lovely working with Jessie.. I took with me this blouse front that I had dyed  with logwood and iron mordents and other home dyed fabrics .. I find that dyeing my own vintage fabrics allows me to give them an even more aged look, Jessie helped me assemble the background layers, using my blouse front, it was a huge amount of hand sewing, and lots of sandwiches and cake were involved..... I still hadn't decided on what I would put onto this lovely prepared   patched panel....
On the train on the way home, I was thinking of country fairs and I love jam making especially curds I
 thought!  I will use my patchwork panel to make a recipe holder for my jams, so last week I embroidered the jam pots into pockets to hold the recipes...see below......


but then inspired by Jessies lovely brooches in her shop.. I thought to make my own small brooches and follow my Jam making theme.....



This lead to price labels...and jam pots and hanging tags....



Ha I haven't stopped sewing all week..... see my recipe pockets hidden in the jars when the flap is opened....




This still isn't finished but I am loving the sewing so much xxx
I just had to share it with you even though I have bits left to do ha ha  xxxx



If you like me have been searching for the most fabulous inspiring magazine...Jessie has them!!
They are called' Little thing' and they are amazing and full of fab artists like Jessie Chorley and Julie Arkel and Mr Finch, they are on her online shop xx
Have a great week...Ive got more sewing to do xx
Hugs Lynn xxx