3.31.12 fresh milk

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Mmmmmmmm….fresh milk.  Wouldn’t this be nice?

3.30.12 Objects of Use, Oxford

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Objects of Use
No. 6 Lincoln House
Market Street
Oxford
OX1 3EQ
United Kindgom

Telephone:
++44 (0)1865 241705

goat hair high duster, cobweb duster, and carpet beater

garden goods and brooms

lovely garden goods

Wandering around Oxford – some may call it lost, we like to call it exploring – we stumbled upon THE most amazing shop.  And I do not say that lightly.  Objects of Use is quite simply the loveliest shop I have ever stepped foot inside.  Filled with a vast array of usable items of the most exquisite workmanship and quality.  The time the proprietor must have spent in choosing each piece is impressive, to say the least.  What was most refreshing and touching, really, was the lack of slick brand goods.  This is not a design store.  Although it is, in my opinion, exquisitely designed.  It is a store filled with Objects for Use.  Simple in its function.  Stunning in its execution.  Again, the loveliest shop.  My heart leapt when I spotted a selection scissors lovingly hung from wooden pegs along the wall.  I may have to take a trip back for the little gold stork handled embroidery ones.  At only 15 pounds, I would be a fool to pass them up.

the lovely lady of the shop

the very gracious owner – a supremely brilliant human being who is – in his own words – ‘against throwawayism’

cooking and kitchen

3.28.12 filkins

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Some of the lovely woolen fabrics I found at Cotswold Woollen Weavers in Filkins.  They weave wool grown in the area.  Very sustainable – which makes me feel good about using it.  They will make fantastic big market bags.  The plain brown is speckled with very delicate flecks of almost pastel colors – so faint you can just see it.  And it is so soft to the touch it feels like cashmere.  I will be turning that into really big, squishy pillows.  Perfect for cuddling up with on the couch – or on a nice sheepskin rug in front of the fire!

I have also reserved my booth for the upcoming Fall Urban Air Market in Hayes Valley.  You can check out a list of other designers on their website.  There are some beautiful goodies!  Hope I don’t shop too much.

Thank you to all my wonderful friends and family for the birthday wishes.  Such a special day.  It always feels good to feel loved.  I do.  I hope you do, too.  Because you are.

Off to explore Woodstock some more – and hopefully keeps the kiddos out of trouble.  xoxo

3.24.12 England

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Strolling through the countryside near my Mum’s house in the Cotswolds.

I love washing hanging on the line.  This was taken in a little town in Wales.  I think when I get home I will put up some washing lines in our field.  It would be a nice way to dry all the dyed fabric.

We play “would you rather” in the car which usually goes something like “would you rather eat rotten scallops or rotten clams?”  Every once in a while I try to get it on a more pleasant track – would you rather stroll through the English countryside or the California country side?  My husband says, “no question…California.”  I say, “no question…English.”  Hmmm…wonder where that will lead?

So…what have we been up to?  Mostly walking.  And going to really, really old pubs which you have to bend down to enter – because the doorways are so little.  Seeing the baby – which is the main reason we are here.  It is amazingly warm and sunny so we packed all wrong.  Rain coats and heavy sweaters.  But, as you can see from the photos, we don’t really need any.  Next week we are going to Filkin’s fabrics to look at remnants of some super beautiful woolen fabric.  I am hoping to purchase enough to make an entire line of pillow covers and hopefully some smaller patchwork throws.  At home, I have been busy making a stash of larger, plain pillows as an accompaniment to the modern rustic ones.  They look great together.  I felt the more detailed pieces needed to be balanced out.  Otherwise it feels too cramped and messy.  I will put some in the shop when I get home.

My daughter’s busy work.  She has been keeping herself occupied by picking flowers from the neighbor’s yards and then selling them back for 1P.  Budding young capitalist.

Off for another walk!  Enjoy your days.  xoxo

3.10.12

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Pretty music.  xoxo

3.8.12 New goodies in Penngrove.

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20″x26″ shams.

A little collection of new goodies I have been working on.  I am especially fond of the shams.  Everything has lots of hand stitching on it and, as always, everything is naturally hand dyed.  I am trying to move away from the straight blue/gray…which I have been obsessed with but now am a little weary of.  I am not sure if I will put any of these in the shop, or just amass a large pile in the hopes that I will get into one of the craft shows I have applied to.  Gulp!  Juried.  Scary.

We are off to England in a couple of weeks to spend some time with the family.  My sister is having her first baby.  So I will get to spend three weeks holding my little niece or nephew.  Yeah!!  I can’t wait!  I am giddy.  My daughter is excited about the plane flight – gack – and my son and husband are excited about the pubs and the food.  Mum lives in a tiny – and I mean tiny, tiny, tiny – town in Gloucestershire and my sis lives just outside Oxford in another tiny town called Woodstock.  Both come with their own older-than-anything-we-have-in-this-country houses and pubs.  My sister’s home looks like it belongs in the Shire from The Hobbit.  Really.  I kid you not.  Complete with tiny front door that you would absolutely miss if you did not know it was there.  I am hoping to visit some fabric shops.  Mum brought over some gorgeous French linen last time she visited.  So hopefully I can sneak out of the house for a while and pick up some lovely fabrics to bring home.  So…that leaves me two weeks to bust out as much stuff as I can.

Until next time…be well.  Enjoy the sun if you have it.  Or the rain.  Or your warm home.  Or…  xoxo

3.6.12 spring

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Working on some new things for spring.  I knew my jar of scraps would come in handy…one day!

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