rainy days

This week I have diversified.

For a few hours I became an informal florist assistant arranging beautiful flowers in a very informal fashion.

Love in a mist,

love in the mist 

Lady’s mantle

lady's mantle

Hydrangea

hrdrangea

alongside  Peonies, Roses and Stocks.

I filled  jugs with wonderful combinations of blues, greens and cream

Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour
Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour

all to be taken to church in the early hours of Sunday morning with bouquets and buttonholes ready for a wedding.  I think it will have been a beautiful event and have heard that the bride loved the flowers.

 

Today I started a leaping hare on linen.

linen hare

I think he may be one of several because sewing on that linen is simply wonderful!

p.s. Apologies for the lack of Blanket Appeal updates. The blanket situation is looking much healthier and this will be illustrated as soon as the rain stops.  My Totaliser is created from chalk on a garden wall and is looking a bit sad.  When the sun shines I promise.

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notes from the A14

A trip to Craftco to top up their supplies.  We plugged in the ipod, turned on the windscreen wipers and headed east.  Whilst driving I reflected on how bad we are at time management; this journey was only necessary because I had missed successive last posts. Osborne Central has been intense of late (I am not the only one with deadlines to meet), sleep patterns disrupted, late late nights, early mornings, extra journeys, odd food and not enough dog walking. I am an eight hours a night person and the strain was starting to show…

In Southwold the sun was shining and the people were smiley, Sue Ryder had two woolly blankets, crayfish sandwiches were being served in The Lord Nelson and there is nowhere better to drink Adnams Spindrift.  Order has been restored.

I am working on new designs.

linen hare

Rather than wait for the UK’s supply of blankets to dry up I have started looking at other background fabrics.  Dustsheets are still in mind but between me and the hardware shop are two fabric shops… and this beautiful, beautiful linen.

linen

I am imagining French seams, covered buttons and hand stitched button holes…

From Life In An English Village:  by Edward Bawden
From Life In An English Village: by Edward Bawden

I may outsource the button holes.

objet trouvé

We set out in search of blankets

and came home with:

One moon map, one hand painted jug from A.E. Gray, Stoke on Trent, three white cotton sheets, one large cotton cushion cover (habitat), one shovel, various soldering tools, bag of assorted stuff (10p, irresistible), one linen dress, one very comfortable twirly chair,

shopping 2

one map – Dacca to Alice, one large white damask tablecloth,

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two 1950’s Shell posters with paintings by John Nash and  Keith Grant,

chair 2

a lot of books and a reel of tickets.

Thank you to the retiring US serviceman having a yard sale; I brought your chair from under you and I am loving it!

blanket appeal…

A weakness for Witney blankets means that for months the long suffering cast and crew have humoured me; never complaining/noticing  that every corner of our home is stuffed with wool. But now I am shocked to find I am down to the last, you know the one with the beautiful mending.  So I am sending elves to all corners of the globe in search of supplies.

And I am offering a swap…

longshot

If you can find and send me a blanket (wool only – I am quite particular), postage should be approx. £8 depending on size, I will send by return a cushion or two depending on your expenses, with beast of your choice. When I say choice I mean a beast we agree on, there are some critters I have no empathy with and therefore rarely work for me.  Blankets in any condition considered, probably best to email me a photo first, even the most distressed items are welcome here. If you are able to deliver in person even better, you will be welcomed with enthusiasm, and served tea and cake on the Moomin tray.

What do you say… up for a challenge?  I hope so because Plan B is vague and involves dust sheets.

blanket appeal
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