Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Flower Power

Well, it really is looking blooming marvellous in the garden these days, isn't it? The view from my den through two large sash windows is of the gardens to the rear of our and next door's house. Next door are rather keen on their gardening, it has to be said. The first thing I see (and indeed smell) is the gorgeous wisteria which is draped over our side wall. Next door have a very big conservatory on the back of their house so the poor wisteria is shoved into a corner and is more in our garden now than theirs. No complaints from me!






Even more stunning, is the display in next door's front garden of  divine tree peonies.  I look forward to these each year and admire them four times a day, going to and from school.  They do not last very long and really suffer if there's a bout of wind or rain but oh, aren't they just divine?








Turning to the paltry efforts at the HenHouse(!), the peonies are still blooming although these later flowers are a little more petite.




Even the roses are flowering.






Last week, I also picked a lovely bunch of lilac from the back garden.  Such a heady scent.  I love lilacs, they are so quintessentially old fashioned and English to me.  Our cottage bears the same name and indeed our village is awash with lilac at the moment.



Well, all this flowery action has spurred me on to a spot of creativity.  I've been trying to reign in my crafting compulsion since returning from holiday and indeed, have been quite successful and have managed to make more time for things other than sewing.  (Oooh, but its been hard!)  I have however, finally managed to make inroads into my alarmingly large stash of vintage embroidered cloths.  And the result...




A selection of covered notebooks; patchworked pretty sections of vintage embroidery and lovely contemporary fabrics.










Let's hope the good people at the Vintage and Handmade Fair approve!

32 comments:

  1. Best of luck at the craft fair, with such lovely books on offer I’m sure you will sell out in no time. I am still impatiently waiting for the arrival of our first rose of the year; there have been plenty of buds just not petals as yet. Your peonies really are lovely.

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  2. Oh I love wisteria - my Grannie had a huge archway swathed in wisteria - makes me very happy! Love your vintage notebooks too - very covetable!

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  3. You have some lovely plants, including those 'on loan' from next door! It's great living next to keen gardeners, isn't it? The notebooks are charming, and I should think they'll be snapped up at the fair. That is going to be such a great event! Shame I live in France, really...

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  4. Love the notebooks - I'll be snapping up one of those when I come and visit the fair at the end of the month.
    Our roses haven't flowered yet, but are looking really healthy and are growing like mad, maybe it's a good year for roses!?

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  5. The notebooks are just lovely; make sure to take lots of pictures of your table at the fair for us to see!
    Our flowers are just coming around; it will be a while before I see my peonies though.

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  6. I can smell those roses. Mmmm! If you don't mind I might pimp your idea of using old embroidery to cover my note books. They are really very pretty and you have used the patterns well. Cherrie

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  7. Stunning flowers, stunning book covers, stunning everything!!

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  8. Hello,my friend:You live in paradise!!!!!!Can i take some flowers?My favorite...peonias ... and the flowers colors violet,here in my country the name is glisinas.:)

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  9. Lovely hen. I love the mix of vintage and contemporary x

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  10. Here is northwest Colorado our trees barely have buds! No leaves and definitely no flowers. Wisteria fragrance is so wonderful, lucky you to have so much in your yard.

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  11. Love the wisteria. Such a lovely colour.
    We have peonies, shame they only last a short time,
    they are so delicate and pretty to look at, aren't they?
    And your lilac is gorgeous, we had some at our last house,but don't have any here, must sort that out for next year!!
    I'm sure the notebooks will meet with approval at the Fair, they really are lovely.
    Linda O xx

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  12. lovely pictures and the wisteria especially as ive just had my first year of ours flowering so am a big fan :-)
    had limited blog time lately for various reasons but i owe you an email i havent forgotton :-)
    Lxxxxxxxxxxx

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  13. Lovely notebooks :0)

    There's a snicket running behind some houses just up the road that we use as a shortcut. Typical sort of back lane that probably served as a route to deliver coal and rather uninspiring, save for part of it is lined with wild roses and lilac - the smell is amazing and we often dally, just breathing in!

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  14. what beautiful flowers & notebooks!

    Rose XXX

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  15. Stunning blooms! What amazing pictures of wisteria you got - we had a similar display nearby, but I couldn't get my camera to do them justice, so I gave up! Those peonies are incredible - my grandma used to grow them, and these look JUST like hers! They always remind me of spring. Lilacs are my sister's favorite flowers, but you can't get them often here...

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  16. Stunning flowers and wonderful notebooks!xx

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  17. My goodness you must live in a hot spot! My peony is still in bud and I live in the south!!

    Clare

    must be a good year for wisteria, mine is good too!

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  18. Lovely colourful flowers your neighbours have - no wonder you are inspired!

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  19. Lovely, lovely, lovely - you clever thing!
    Julia xx

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  20. The note books are FAB! I love them, I am sure they will all go.
    Love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  21. The pictures are stunning!!
    I love lilacs..miss the trees we had in our yard when I was little.
    I love those notebooks!!!!!!

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  22. The notesbooks are so pretty and you are so talented, Hen! x

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  23. What wonderful notebooks and your flowers are gorgeous!

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  24. Gorgeous eye candy Hen. I love Wisteria (unfortunately it doesn't grow well here) My great Grandmother lived in a little cottage, near Coventry, called "Wisteria Cottage" so it has special meaning to me. It's so lovely to see it growing so beautifully over your fence!!

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  25. This one approves Hen!

    Talking of Wisteria...We are thinking of having a go at planting one to smother the back of our house...hope they are easy to grow.

    Michele x

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  26. Beautiful photos. I especially like the pictures of the roses. I bet they smell gorgeous. Cor, you have been busy with all those fabric covered notebooks. I think your stall will look wonderful at the Vintage and Handmade Fair. x

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  27. Lovely pictures Hen, my soil is so rubbish nothing ever grows. I also know things take time but I can't wait!!!
    Notebooks are great, I'm coming to the fair so looking forward to seeing your goodies :) x

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  28. What wonderful pictures. I love the lilac..notebooks look fab!

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  29. Lovely! Just lovely! And your owls are oh-so-cute.

    Kristina
    Sweetfern Handmade

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  30. Such fantastic flowers! Both real and on the notebooks, I love the idea, it is fab! Take loads of pictures at the craft fair so that we can all see your stand!

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  31. I am sure you will have no problem at the fair - oh those notebooks are so adorable and cheerful :)

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  32. Hello Hen,
    your notebooks are gorgeous!So different and unusual, you'll have no problems selling those at the fair. I love your work, I really do, but I think you know that!
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

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