Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Following our hearts.....

Beautiful faded drawers to store my threads and papers

I'm always adding to my textile collection for my art work

Making bird bunting

THANK YOU for all your comments...and book recommendations, they will keep us ALL happily reading this summer xx I will be posting the winner this evening.......have a lovely day
Love Lynn xxx


Yoli said...

You live surrounded by beauty. It is always a pleasure to come here.

Lyn said...

I love your photos, they look so serene.
Well summer reading, has to be The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill. It actually goes right through the seasons but the summer bit is my favourite, oh and the autumn bit, and I love the Spring section too and of course Winter is pretty magical...

Josie said...

I love the embroidered picture, it's just perfect.

Favourite reading - Down Our Street by Lena Kennedy
Josie x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Dreamily beautiful photographs again Lynn. I love your textile collection and the vintage embroidered picture - a treasure indeed.

My favourite summertime book wouldn't be a novel...so many words and not enough time! I would choose my copy of 'The New Flower Expert' by Dr. D.G. Hessayon. I take it out each year to view all the lovely flowers I would like to fill my garden with. Some even make it into the soil!

Have a lovely sunny week,
Niki x

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I simply adore the colours in that second photograph. Sublime.

One of my favourite summertime books is My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. It's good anytime of the year of course, but I read it for the first time in summer and it always seems like a holiday to me.


Wonderful dreamy photos! I just love the dainty little dresses.
I'm back to reading Lady Chatterley's Lover - I can't get enough of the Keeper Mellors!!!

x Vicky x

Terri said...

Greetings from San Clemente, CA! Love all your posts. Your blog has a wonderful sense of place that I so enjoy. Favorite summer reading: Dusting off an old Rosamunde Pilcher book, like the Shell Seekers.

sabrina said...

love your photos! summer books would be anything by jane austen.

cocoa and blankets said...

Wonderful pictures as always, well this years summer reading is researching the industrial schools in Ireland in the 1950's ...summer reading well I always love a Joanne Harris and a Ladies detective as they are light and I can always escape in their work along with a Tracey Chavallier and a Sally Vickers for good measure....until last year I always looked forward to a Harry Potter on the first day of the holidays...but that has come to an end ....I have a huge stack of books in the window to read this summer as I have spent all my spare time either blogging, sewing or knitting...evey day I look at my pile and sy I must read a book... only three weeks to go....then those pages wil be opened

Greedy Nan said...

Reading 'Wife in the North' at the moment as well as biography of 'Grayson Perry' and have borrowed also 'Homemade' from library which has the most wonderful, do-able ideas in it. Not sure what my reading plan will be after this.
Loving that embroidery and the bunting.
Have a great summer [it's arrived!]

Kay said...

Hi Lynn..another giveaway..what fun!!!! My summer reading was and is...Footprints in the Sand by Sarah Challis..I have loved all her books, but the characters in this one were fab!!....Leotas Garden by Francine Rivers recommended to me by someone who follows my 'Nancys Garden'blog also good but a bit preaching...and am reading 'Little Big' by John Crowley also recommended by another blogger...just started it..fantasy fiction and not what I usually read but seems good fun!!..my bedside table is groaning under the wieght of books at the moment...loved your photos...beautiful as always..happy summer reading to you xx

Jema Rose said...

Such lovely things you have Lynn..!

: )

I don´t read much books actually, but I still love reading Nancy Drew Mysteries...

Hugs, Jenny


Lyn said...

You won't be disappointed in Susan Hills The Magic Apple Tree, I read it over and over.

Gina Cuff said...

Beautiful images Lyn. I love your faded drawers. :) I've been looking for something similar to store my jewelry supplies in.

My very most favorite book to read during the summer is the Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I've read it every summer for the last five years or so....~Gina

Jackie said...

Mapp and Lucia. The most perfect summer reading.

Mo'a said...

I adore the little dresses and sweater...such lovely things to surround yourself with.
Your little birds are adorable.

Mo'a said...

Forgot about the Summer reading part.
I am reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and Seal Woman by Solveig Eggerz. Both are excelent Seal Woman is written by an Icelandic woman who lives in the US.


Hi Lynn, hope you are feeling well... everything you do is always so special & dreamy.... mmmm summer reading I like to read inspirational books to feed the soul.. I am enjoying The Golden key to happiness Masani Saionji... xoxo Laura

Anonymous said...

I so love looking at your blog. So dreamy!
Every summer I make it a point to read at least one of the classics. Right now it is The Arabian Nights. It is such a enjoyable tale of old.
Reni in AZ

fairmaiden said...

I would have to say that my favorite summer read is "A Basket Of Flowers" by Hmmm, I can't remember. I also enjoy the "Flower Fairies of Summer" by Cicely Mary Barker. And this summer I am reading "Nights in Rodanthe" by Nicholas Sparks. ox~Fairmaiden

Debs said...

Another lovely blog Lynn, the embroidered picture is stunning. My favourite summer books are The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, a beautiful book about a grandmother and her six year old grand-daughter. I also love Miss Garnet's Angel by Sally Vickers. Enjoy the sun!
Love Debs x

Gemma Mortlock said...

My favourite summertime read has to be "Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume, it's the story of two unlikely childhood friends who for the space of 6 short weeks in the summer get to be what ever they want to be, the story follows them growing into adults and the difficulties they find along the way, a tear jerker but definately a great summer read. P.s you have such beautiful imagery in your blog it's like closing your eyes and daydreaming when flicking through your posts.
Have a great week....

Gigi said...

Lovely lovely photos - such soft pleasant colors.
A favorite summer book is "The Enchanted Barn" by Grace Livingston Hill. It's about a poor family who make their summer home in an old barn -- sweet reading.

manon21 said...

tu sais que j'adore!!!
les petits habits d'enfants j'aime en trouver pour le plaisir.


Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Oh Lynn,
I so enjoy visiting you. Your images and your words just put me in such a lovely place everytime. I have to admit I don't get much reading in the summer. Winter is my time. Meanwhile if I had my way I would read cover to cover some of my Somerset magazines. Don't know if you get them in the U.K.? They are so inspiring.
Hope life finds you well,

LillaFlisan said...

Your pictures are allways so amazing!
I just love the vintage dresses hanging together. Their colours in perfect harmony......

Since I'm a teacher the summer is the (endless) time of year when I'm going to do everything I love to do but haven't had the time to do......It's kind of stressful :-)

(fortunaly I never find the time to do all the things I set up to do.
Usually I find myself lying in the hamock in my garden reading instead!

I read several books every week and my favourite "easy reading" author is Ken Follet.
Unfortunally I've allready read everything he wrote exept his lates book:
"World without end"
which I'm reading now (and it's sooo good!)

have a great summer, dear Lynn!



Martine said...

Would love to have something from you! And if you want, I make you an appliqué, tell me what you would like. I love your photos, beautiful things, amitié martine

Henna said...

I want those drawers! Love them! I´m so sorry your trip was cancelled, I guess there will be plenty of new chances...if you´ll be patient enough ;-)
It´s strange to be back at work, I did have almost two months at home thinking about new career choices...I´ll try to find something else to do for a living,
hopefully something creative or something that´s not so weary for the hands and rest of this body.

The weather is pleasent, sunny and summerlike, temperature above 20 degrees...longing for some vacation..;-)

I wish I had some reading tips for you..but Í don´t read that many books, nowadays it´s mostly of interior and "true life" stories...finnish crosswords for me is a good brain workout ha ha..

Are you going to have some vacation this summer and do you have any special plans for summer?

Have a fabulous day my friend!

hugs and love/ anne

alison said...

Hello Lynn.

Have to say that the embroidered picture really is something special.

You came up in conversation the other day as I was being interviewed on the phone by Hazel who wrote the Period Living article about you. She said that she often logs into your blog to see how you are doing.

Anyway, here in New Zealand it's the middle of winter so being English I'm feeling Christmasy and am spending the dark evenings curled up by the log burner reading stories that I can disappear into. I love to read anytime of the year but through the summer months I like to have something on the go that doesn't require too much thought.

However, since moving here I find myself turning again to some old favourites that remind me of home. The Mapp and Lucia books by E.F Benson are firm favourites. Set in Rye, it's where we honeymooned. I read Jane Eyre (also a book that holds memories for me) every other year so that's often on the go during summer. Not adverse to a little chic lit either in small doses. A good yarn that numbs the mind.

Anyway, hope that the sun is shining on you.
Bye for now, Alison

Mia said...

I just love, love that photo of the pretty clothes for your textile collection. As for my favourite summer read, would you believe it, but I am really enjoying Rosamunde Pilcher´s book "Winter Solstice" at the moment. I do not know what is wrong (?) with me, but all winter I dream of summer, and come summer I long for winter... or at least enjoy reading about the snow, Christmas celebrations and all the fun to be had during the darker months of the year. Odd, is it not...?

andrea v said...

I've been a regular visitor to your blog for some time now, and I admire your skills so now's the time to comment.
I'm Australian but I'll take a chance anyway. I love reading about local Melbourne artist Mirka Mora....two of my favourite books-
* Love and Clutter
* Wicked But Virtuous
Heavenly blog, you have a peaceful color palette.

LiLi M. said...
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LiLi M. said...

Sorry, sorry sorry...I forgot to add my favorite Summer book, so I deleted my previous comment (yes I am too honest!) which was something like:

Your photos are so beautiful again, who could resist a give away from you? I don't :-D

My favorite Summer book would be 'Zomerzotheid' by Cisssy van Marxveld, but you couldn't read it as it is in dutch :-(. It's roaring 20ties, some handsome man are trading places and a group of girls just falls for the 'wrong' guys of course everything ends well and we learned an important lesson; never judge a book by its cover. Very funny too, a bit like Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, that I can read over and over again.
Have a lovely summer, reading under the fruit trees in all those fav books, must be heaven!

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

A giveaway by you! How could I resist. I am afraid that my favorite summer book would be the same book the rest of the year. You can wake me up (or to put it more acurately, I stay awake for) a good thriller/detective novel. Elizabeht George is one of my all time favorites but I have many more.

Jennifer P said...

Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Wicked, and my guilty pleasure....the Twilight series!

suesueb said...

i love to read books from my childhood, louisia may alcott, what katy did, betsey books. they fill me with a sense of nostalgia and peace and bring back slower sweet times. such a sweet giveaway-thanks!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi there Lynn...now can I resist, please count me in!!! My favourite summertime books would have to be Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance...every December/January I flick through the year just to remind me some of her wise words...Another would have to be Ann Morrow Lindberg's Gift From the Sea...enjoy your Mid Summer and the wonderful warm days...Hugs Dzintra♥x
And I would not have been able to resist that embroidery either!!!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Gorgeous photos...so peaceful! As for summer reading...I just finished reading The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette A Novel, and really enjoyed it. I also wanted to thank you for stopping by blog today.

Liz said...

I love Sarah Ravens Garden Cookbook. Makes me wish I had the garden to grow it all in. Your blog is delightful.

Modern Country said...

Hi Lynn!

I hope all is well with you!! Missed you!
Isn`t it wonderful with this summer weather?!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

How fun to have a give away, and I of course I want to participate!
Owning to the fact that I do not read "real" books a lot,( mostly Interior/decorating books + magazines) I have to go with my new cookbook that I recently bought. It is not very new, but for me it is the ultimate laying in the grass, drawling over good food, dreaming about the country life and learn have to make a super delicious dinner for two a late summer night with wine, laughter and candlelights outside on our veranda, BOOK. ( wow, what a long sentence! Haha..)

And here it is: "Jamie at home", written by Jamie Oliver.
I love his way of looking on life, his down to earth attitude, his ecological conviction and how he creates easy, well flavoured, good looking and delicious recipes!! They are perfect for me and my friend. And the Images in the book are so Inspiring!

So there you have it :)

I also wnat to mention your images, oh they are so very dreamy. Beautiful with textiles in different colours, shapes and sizes hanging next to each other. You Inspire me so much!!

Have a lovely weekend friend, a warm summer hug from me to you!


Wish on a Whisker said...

Hi Lynn~ I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Your pictures are lovely. Love the birds on the lanterns. I'm reading a few books by Dr. Northrup and some lovely magazines. Happy Summer! ~Mandy

Maureen said...

Hi Lyn,
Beautiful pictures, so dreamy.

One of my favourite books to read in summer, would be Jill's Gymkhana by Ruby Ferguson, reminds me of the long summer holidays from school when I read this book dream of being able to ride and own a horse!!

Have a lovely week.
Best wishes

Take care

Emma said...

I love your workroom...one day i will have a gorgeous set of drawers like that!!

Summer reads.... well one of my favorite is 'The tea rose' by Jennifer Donnelly

A amazing book, which has been lent to many a friend and not one of them didnt like it!

She has also written a follow up book called 'the winter rose', which is also wonderfully brilliant.

Much love, Emma

The Weekend Bohemian said...

Hey Lynn,

Long time no see. Happy belated Solstice. My favourite summer read is probably 'Notes on a Small Island' by Bill Bryson. It really makes me chuckle.

Hope you are well.


vintagepaintings said...

Dear Lynn,
Such a long time since I have left a trace after me - times flies...! But today it is time for summerholiday - 4 lovely weeks off with my familiy. Since I have small children I really don`t get to read much... unfortunately... but last summer I acutally read "The Secret" -and it "made my summer" . Have you read it?
I hope you will have a wonderful summer and get lots of inspiration for your wonderful creations!
Hugs from Solveig:)

maminka girl- Loribeth Robare said...

Hi Lynn,

Oh I just love that embroidered picture..it is so about summer. My favorite summer read is Rosamunde Pilcher's "Coming Home" because it takes place in Cornwall and I have always wanted to see that area. Maybe someday. Fun to see everyone's favorite books and get some good recommendations...what a lovely idea.

Happy Summer to you! Loribeth

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Greetings Lynn from across the sea.
The images you share are delightful and evoke emotion within us.In the stillness of the morning I imagine one can hear the giggles of the wee tots that wore the delicate frocks hanging from the pegs. Their lives and
laughter are woven in the very threads
sewn together, making them all the more endearing.
My favourite novel is Frenchman's Creek by Daphne DuMaurier. A perfect summertime read.
Enjoy your Summer my dear.
xo Susan

Sondra said...

I always love visiting your blog.. it is so restful and peaceful! Thanks for making it such a joy to read!


Duften av erteblomster-Vibeke said...

Maybe i am a little bit to late....anyway, here is some of my favourite readings :)

*Friday knittingclub by Kate Jacobs
*The secret life of the bees by Sue Monk Kidd
*The orange girl by Jostein Gaarder (norvegian author)

Love your post (as always)!

Christelle said...

Quelle jolie ambiance ici ! Les photos y sont douces et l'atmosphère toute tendre !

Regina said...

dear lynn,

i hope you are okay.i missed you!!!
here is the weather wonderfull,sunny
and hot.i hope you enjoy it as much
i do. i love, love all your photos,
especially that from the clothes.
my favorit reading summer books
friday knittingclub by kate jacobs
wintersun by rosamunde pilcher
out of love by victoria clayton
and all my christmasbooks.
thank you so much for those shoppingbag.i used the bags each day.
i wish you a very nice summerday and a lot of hugs.

Snøstorm said...

OMG - your blog is amazing! Delicate, beautiful and peaceful. I love your artwork.

Found you through Duften av Erteblomster who won the contest at your blog. Will come back for sure. :)