Sunday, 5 April 2015

Gifts of Springtime

Now when I run especially in the spring, I run as a mindful gatherer. The plants on the bottom left are Ramsoms wild garlic the new leaves are wonderful in home made muffins and omelets, and pesto, in a few weeks the white flowers will appear, you can put those into your salads, the plant smells very strongly of garlic. On the right at the bottom are the new leaves of comfrey  when it grows  a little more its leaves  are a bonus in the compost heap and will increase the compost heap nitrogen value. My favourite is the nettle, pluck them now and revel in them, the young shoots cooked taste delicate and delicious, make a herb tea, or add to an quiche or omelette, make sure you cook nettle thoroughly  though..even the young shoots can sting !! they are popped into my backpack with care, not too many from each place..the land smells sweet and fresh.

The skies this morning are moody and grey, the ploughed fields ready for planting, everywhere is bird song and buds that are showing green. In the lakes on Thursday the hills still showed a mantle of snowy peaks, but the sun was warm, and the hills without the ferns good to climb, scatterings of primroses and daffodils whispered in woody clearings... Spring I hope is not to far away.

Good Friday goodies

Lovely new eggs

A huge welcome to Spring xx

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Satisfaction for the soul..............

I really recommend this lovely magazine....quote
Within are tales of warriors, vagabonds and battle-ready clans; of artisans gourmands and monsters from the deep.............
This magazine gives me the same satisfaction as making bread or watching seagulls soar across a deserted beach, or looking at hand sew stitches across a piece of linen, this magazine is good for the soul.
You can buy the mag here

Our kitchen looking more springlike, I found some lovely fresh garlic on Islington Market... and I have been painting some buttons for my Etsy shop. Easter soon xxx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Textile much more than that .......... last..........

I want to say today was amazing,  not because of the Textile Fair, not because of the wonderful fabulous finds. But because of the special ladies that introduced themselves to me. Lovely ladies that I have only known across my glass pages, you made my day so much more than a visit to a textile fair, you made my day special , full of warmth and smiles, you made it rich with your presence and I was thrilled to meet you, so thrilled.
Thank you so much for saying hello xxx
Lynn xxx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Jessie Chorley Tea Towel.......

I really love Jessie Chorleys work, and when I saw she was selling tea towels I had to have a go at making a bag with one. I had to chop the towel up a bit to make it shorter and get all the special print bits in.   They are lovely quality so easy to sew you can buy them here

The Front using the tea towel and some french Linen and ticking and I embroidered the words.

The back I embroidered some and appliquéd  a Jessie clock cut out of her tea towel

I used some more tea towel for a pocket, and made the handles from some ticking.
I thought it would go a treat with my jeans this summer.

I reckon you could make a lovely bag with vintage unused tea towels too, but this one has the most lovely Print by Jessie so is extra nice.

Have fun making xx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Imbolc, new Beginnings, new dreams, the start of something special............

I love this time of the year, today is Imbolc we are halfway between the Winter solstice and Spring equinox. It is a Fire festival for Bride, for the hearth and home, a time to let go of the past and to look to the future an awakening of life once more. 

                        To Our Lady of Springtime,
                        Bringer of all fruitfulness,
                        By the steady measure of the Timeless Dance;
                        By the Pulse of Light and Darkness.
                        By the Seed hidden under the ice,
                        By seed and root, by stem and bud;
                        By leaf and flower and fruit;
                        By life and love do I ask for your guidance,
                        your breath of newness.
                        That I might welcome back the light  into my life
                        and the life of all those that share my path.

The Winner of the bag is

                                                         Victoria Vollam
                                                     Congratulations xxxx

I had to deduct a couple of numbers as they had printed the replies twice so that is why I generated 1-49... Please  contact me Victoria so I can send off your lovely bag, and thank you so much to everyone else for entering xxx
Happy Imbolc
Lynn xx

Thursday, 22 January 2015

A New Year Give Away xxxxx

I am excited to give away an embroidered  oversize French Hand Loomed Bag. That I have made it is
21inches  x 18 inches
Strong enough for laundry, shopping, small pets, and sleeping boyfriends or husbands (if you can carry them).
The draw will be on  Ist Febuary I am happy to post this to anywhere in the world.
Just leave me your name and email.
I love January xxxxx
Happy Days
Lynn xxx