Saturday, 7 May 2011

Books and Flowers

We picked you some flowers from Bertha's garden. We have been so delighted that every week a new jewel has appeared. Bertha lived here for most of her long life and her garden is a gift she has left for us to enjoy. We have had Snowdrops, Aconites, Bluebells, Tulips, Forget-me-not, Lilac and the blossom snow from the Cherry trees was breath-taking.
We are gradually bringing in our own belongings and flowers inside too making it feel a little more like home every week.
 The beautiful boy has a quiet corner for homework..
 Books, the substance of a home, are quickly filling what few shelves we have available...
 And here are flowers and a book for you! At last a giveaway! Conran Octopus sent me a copy of this feast of a book all about Orla Kiely - both autobiographical and a visual delight - page after page of her delicious designs, sources and all in all an inspirational peek into the work and life of one of my favourite ladies of design.
 I could look at it for hour upon hour, her use of colour and the deceptive simplicity in her work is, in the truest sense, awe inspiring.
 So, for this giveaway - finally kicking off the year in May!!! Tell me your favourite flower and the reason why. I can't wait to hear! For me it is, of course Lavender as I have said before, the scent of my beloved Grandma on warm summer afternoons.
I shall be back before June to choose a winner so take some time to think about it!
Meanwhile work is becoming rather over-whelming. The first events of the year have been and gone and there is much excitement around two Embroidery Workshops I have been invited to run in the centre of Norwich. If you are interested in receiving details drop me an email (link in my profile) and I shall ask for you to receive the mailing when it is printed.
And there has been a vintage haberdashery bonanza! I shall be selling some of the hundreds of packs of rainbow coloured bias binding somewhere soon, let me know if you would like to know more.
We are getting there. Slowly. In our own way.