My sister (the one of the three who likes all the fabric, sewing, crafting and stuff just like I do) and I often write to each other and we usually do so in a pretty card which we're always looking out for on our travels. We also have a penchant for decorating the envelope rather gaily; the post room at my old office used to think this was hysterical (especially when she stuck a photo of my head atop a wonderbra model! A girl can dream.) Here is this week's particularly lovely card. We usually include some interesting magazine clippings and bits 'n' pieces. As you can see, flowers and particularly roses, play a big part.
She had included this cutting for me on all things flowery.
Talking of all things flowery, whilst I was uploading photographs from my mobile 'phone today, this one popped up and I want to share it with you because it's sooooo gorgeous. On our usual rambling to the cider farm in Somerset, some time ago now, we happened across a sign for home grown asparagus at a little farm. We pulled in to purchase some and found that the farmer has a love for peonies (what a man!) Aren't they just beautiful and where else have you seen 7 stunning peony stems for sale at just £3? For those of you who attended the V&H Fair (and have good memories) the peonies I bought (after much anguished choosing between the various divine bunches) were on my table there.
Now, onto the "let loose" element of this post. Today, I was let loose in...
Oh no, I can hear Mr HenHouse slapping his forehead in anguish and wondering why he didn't confiscate my purse this morning!
Want to come along to Liberty with me?
Tweet tweet! I'm going to be making myself one of those, oh yes indeedy.
Beautiful millinery flowers and ribbons galore.
Cute little birdies. I imagine they are papier mache inside but they have fabric on the outside. (£75 each.)
My purchases eventually made, I always venture downstairs to the chocolate shop because that Mr HH of mine is in love with the Chocolate Society's Hokey Pokey (the chocolate coated honeycomb) they sell there and I do find that presenting him with a bag of the same tends to deflect attention from the other purchases in the infamous purple bag.
Anyone for (choccy) cake?
Maybe Mr Cath K will buy his missus a choccy Stanley?!
Back in the cool airy safety of the HenHouse and the den, want to look inside the bag?
Ooooh, eeeek, it's tooooo exciting. Today, I enjoyed myself in the Liberty fabric section, amongst the totally tantalising tana lawns. To be fair, I have hardly any Liberty fabric so I bought a little selection, so I would have some choice you understand, when I actually come to cutting into it and making something. Some flower-shaped buttons jumped in too, to keep them company.
I love getting home and "playing" with my fabric purchases. I know you share this love, dear readers!
As I heaved rolls of tana around like a demented woman, I realised there was a fair bit of pink going on. Ok, it was all pink. So, I was very good and chose a few blues, purples and a few other shades. I know: selfless.
I only made it to one other shop which was John Lewis. There I treated myself to a new cookery book, just couldn't help it once I'd looked inside. It is from the famous Hummingbird Bakery and is full of the most delicious looking cakes, muffins and cookies. The Munchkin whiled away a good half hour looking at this when he got home from school. Let's just say, the list of requests is long!
Not only do the recipes look great, but all the other pages do too. I could almost eat them!
I'll let you know how I'm getting on with the recipes soon (the diet starts next week - AGAIN)!