Friday, 31 December 2010

The cusp of magic ..... our past and our future...............

Our stairs............... a place in between........... a place to sit and to think.
The past year with its pages full and brimming a book well read...  the unknown year..it's pages new, unmarked, unfolded..........
This very eve we dance with both, we toast a future with hope, and salute the past with respect....... 
Now let your dreams and wishes unfold...............................................
With Love and Bright Blessings
Lynn xxxx

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Kissing under the Mistletoe............



Early this morning


Do you think it's a good hint......................

 

Just some last minute finishes........ and I thought you might like to see my cosy cushion that I printed onto fur...I have never done this before and it worked! hurray........ no stopping me now ha ha...
Most of all I wanted to say a big thank you to you all  so very much for being so supportive this year. With your kind , and lovely thoughts, with your fabulous and funny messages and most of all for letting me share a little in your worlds, and your lives be they near or far across rivers or Continents, it has been a real privilege for me to see into your homes and ideas, and I feel truly blessed thank you. Happy Christmas xxxxxxx

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Happy Wedding Anniversary................

 Like most couples we had no money, no furniture, but oh what a day........................and we celebrated Yule that night as we will tomorrow and pray that the Blessings of the Goddess are with all of us this Yultide and remember our lovely friend Sandy xxx.
A few words for yule...............


 This is the season of the White Goddess,
And the time of the Divine Child.
It is a time for entering the wilderness,
And seeking the calmness of solitary locales.
This is a time to know the endurance of the hills,
For standing alone and godlike,
And seeing all things clearly.
So let us call forth the Old Ones,
And celebrate with joy the return of the Light!


At this time do we know the dark of the year.
The season of life is past, and all is cold.
Emptiness and blackness are all about.
Let us now give honour to the Goddess,
That the wheel of the year may turn on
Through the birth of the Divine Child,
The Golden Newborn Solstice Sun.
Bright Blessings my beloved
Lynn xxxx

Monday, 20 December 2010

Squeaking Mice......................


                                                                              Make your own Sugar Mice
450 Gram Granulated Sugar
225 ml water
2 tbsp of golden syrup
ribbon for tails
icing for eyes
Marble slap or very smooth surface

Put the sugar and water into a strong saucepan over a very gentle heat until ALL the sugar has melted, it will look cloudy white, only then bring it quickly to the boil and it will go clear, don't stir it and as soon as the temperature reaches 240 remove from the heat, if you let it go too much over you will get toffee brittle instead!!
Allow to cool in pan occasionally and  very gently stirring as it cools, as it gets stiff tip out onto slab and with a palette knife move the outside cool sugar into the center eventually you can handle it like pastry.
Then either press into moulds( Lakeland sell mice moulds ) or you can model by hand. This recipe makes 8-12 squeaky mice for about 60 pence.......Don't forget to add the tails and keep an eye on the sugar I left my first lot for2 minutes to long and ended up with hard toffee! ha ha






                
We are having Mr Sea-Angels mom for Christmas FIRST time ever! so I  have just started to get her room ready I want it to be a special magical Christmas (don't we all) and I liked the stillness and peace in there and the way the light is reflected from the snow outside, so I shall try to preserve that little peaceful place for her and not clutter it up toooo much ha ha...
Lots of hugs
Lynn

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Last few days at work...................




We don't normally put up decorations at work, but how could I resist sewing a few French Vintage paper stars
and some Festive Bunting together this morning........ it brightened my day up loads.... might even put some on my tree......
Hugs Lynn xxx

Monday, 13 December 2010

Playing with snow..................


                                                                                                  

Yesterday I put our Yule Wreath on the front door..I'm getting kind of worn out but in a pleasant
amiable sort of way .......you know what I mean..present wrapping's and glitter everywhere, unfinished projects begging to have a final button stitched on....and food ingredients accumulating in groaning cupboards...with icing sugar adding a touch of silent stickiness to everything..........I just want to finish work and throw myself into those final mad days before I finally pass out with a glass of bubbly...
Oh but I do love it sooo much
Hugs Lynn xxxx
PS look up Snow effect on this link it gives you quite a nice speckly look like my top picture

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Rescue mode..........................

                  
 What do you do when it all gets too much? 
I thought I would share my running with you today,
Glamorous.............. No
Stylish.....................No
Sexy.......................No

but give me the sky and the river, and an i pod full of music,  a few hours of solitude, lots of fresh air and I'm ready for anything..............now where did  I put my chocolate buttons....
Lots of hugs
Lynn xxxxxx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The Winner..............................with the help of my chums at the Vintage Fair


collecting yule time berries

on the way to the fair


                                                Vicky's lovely things

                                          my fabulous car booting chum Anne she makes the most gorgeous jewelry 


more lovely things....
Vicky Draws the winner Hurrah!



Well done Gaby xxxxx

This was so magical again today and so full of giggles and laughter being with friends at our local Vintage Fair. Drawing the winner, then collecting winter foliage...it was so icy we both (Mr Sea-angels)and me kind of skated along the roads to the fair, holding on to each other to stay upright... hence the rather strange photo of me trying to stand upright on a slippy downhill slope ha ha..No! I had not been drinking mulled wine ...honestly....
'We wish you a merry Christmas', tr la la la la laaaa....
Thank you so much for entering this little give away ...it really pulled at my heart strings to see all your names on my blog I wanted to be able to pass something nice to all of you thankyou so much for your support always xxx
Love Lynn xxxxx



Sunday, 28 November 2010

Christmas Advent ........give-away.........




                                                                                    
 
                    I do hope you will enter my Christmas  give away...............  a parcel of hand  printed goody's
on Vintage French Linens printed and made by me . Hoping that this give's you a magical start to this enchanted season....just leave your name and favorite Christmas food... I will make the draw next Sunday , good luck xxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Wintery images , cinnamon smells ...............

                                             In our home and on my run xxx
                                          Fun on the wall xx
My Cushion that I made

  I had the most awful migraine yesterday, but it seems to have brought on a spurt of creativity.  I printed the small tags for this cushion a few weeks ago but just got round to finishing it this morning after my frosty (rather cold I might add) run, I stopped to capture a few frosty pictures too......everywhere is so very beautiful today and icy fingers snapped at my cheeks when I was out......
See you soon .. give away at the weekend xxx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Toast................


  This gorgeous picture from' Toast' makes me want to find some snow to dance in  and  to wrap up warm and go outside with a flask of mulled wine on a frosty evening...it's just so magical......................don't you just LOVE this time of year xxxxx

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Country Living Fair and getting ready for Yule......................


                                                  Fantastic Soap ' Caurnie Soaperie' at the Fair

   Christmas Trees and a sprout tree at the Farmers Market ha ha !!


                                         Waiting patiently at the Country Living Fair to go in......




The journey up on the train was fabulous, passing through the snow topped hills..we sped along to the fair..what a super day.................. all the stands are beautiful at this gorgeous place but I must just tell you about this fabulous soap maker at the Country Living Fair 'Caurnie Soaperie' was not only the most beautifully decorated Stand by far (for me) but the products clear honey coloured soaps are drop dead fabulous, all natural oils are used to fragrance them, like lavender or Geranium, or Nettle  and they are so gorgeous and gentle I can wash my face with them...and I have sensitive skin, I shall be putting some in my give away next week for the lucky winner to sample.


I had to pose in my new Top Shop .... cover every lump and bump jumper ha ha!! and just to remind you all that Christmas is on its way...  a picture of two little pot grow trees that found their way  into our shopping at the Farmers market today together with lots of lovely veggies.. 
I have made the Christmas cakes and I am now feeding them with lots of brandy to keep them nice and moist and just before I pop off I  must remember to tell you that I am having a Christmas give away next week so be SURE to look in........
Happy days xxxxx
Lynn xxxx

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Inspiration for Yule..........From Jeanne d'arc Living at Camel & Yak.....





Jeanne d'arc Living Magazine at Camel and Yak
Just a small taster of this gorgeous  and original magazine if you love Christmas, and you want pages of French and Scandinavian scrummyness you will find it here.....I have put lots more pictures on my sea-angels inspiration pages please take a look and enjoy xxxx
Have a lovely week, I am getting all excited already, I know you think I am mad but I do love it so much 
Lynn xxx

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Vintage Tart Tin Cupcakes......





Just had to share this lovely idea  from Becky Shander in Somerset Life, I have put pin cushions in cups but these in tins are so very pretty and so easy to make isn't she a very clever lady and very kind to share with us.
beckyshander.com have a look at her lovely things.
Love Lynn xxx

Saturday, 30 October 2010

To my beloved friend.........



Let our dear one's that have gone before us.
Return this night and make merry with us
And when our time comes as it must,
Oh thou the Comforter the Consoler'
The Giver of peace and rest.
We will enter thy realms gladly and unafraid
For we know that ,
When rested and refreshed amongst our dear ones
We will be reborn again, by thy grace,
And the grace of the Great Mother.
Let it be in the same place, and at the same time'
As our beloved ones.
And may we meet, and know, and remember, and love them again.
May we all be blessed with happy memories on this eve
.
With much love for all those we have lost and still have in our hearts
Lynnxxx

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Christmas Embroiderys


Thank you, so much for all of your comments last week, you really cheered me up with your kind words of support xxx
 I was so lost without the computer....and jam supplies were being threatened! fortunately wonderful husband Adrian came to the rescue and has patched me together xxxx for the moment ..
However gifted with lots of free evenings I have managed to have fun sewing, the above pictures are small snippets of what I have been up to...Top Shop have a fashion theme going called the Ice Princess.. I loved the sound of it so I am using fur and sequins and faded old silk glittery net and images from what I would imagine an Ice Princess would have lying around her cold and beautiful palace, I shall show you some more glistening, twinkly  bits later in the week.
I have booked for the Christmas Country Living Fair in Glasgow next month I thought it would make a lovely change from London, hope I bump into some of you there.  There are bound to be lots of wonderful Christmas ideas to share let me know if you are going xxxxx

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Computers!!

 I am darned if I know why our computer is  giving us hell! but for a week now I can't post, so I have hijacked my next door neighbors lovely friendly machine with the promise of jam (as you know I have a lot of that) and cake to put round it.... ha ha.
 No the bra is NOT my personal one !!  but I do love the darns on it.... see you all soon (I  hope) xxxxxx

Thank you so much for your lovely and caring replys xxxx....I'm at work and writing this but I should be fixed Saturday...fingers crossed I feel so very lost without all of you and my computor
Big Hugs Lynn xxxxx

Thursday, 30 September 2010

My day off................

Me and Myvanwy

A  growing obsession 


Darning an Edwardian underskirt

Practise makes perfect

                                                                    Lavender Hearts for my Christmas Tree




Lovely Car Boot Finds

I ride a bike...not a lovely Pashley or  Smart Town  wheels with a basket,  but a very old ordinary second hand bike called Myvanwy (after the Betjeman poem)...I can't drive I'm totally useless... but me and Myvanwy we  can do anything, she is a  magic carpet, sweeping me wherever I wish to go..she can carry cupboards! strapped to my back..shopping and me and we go faster than the wind blows....only on the country tracks though ha ha..so I set out on my bike today... really to stop myself making anymore jams and pickles.....(.though I will be making mincemeat the sweet vegetarian kind, it needs two months to mature....so I just have enough time)... and set off for the car boot.
 Well as you can see I am also busy  embroidering and making for Christmas and buying far too many things,  lovely things from the car boot just lately...... anyway back to work tommorow..the students came back Monday and we have the First Years for their first Embroidery Lesson.. I leave the rest to your imagination...
Lots of laughter, lots of love....... this is the poem I so like.........





Kind o’er the kinderbank leans my Myfanwy,
White o’er the playpen the sheen of her dress,
Fresh from the bathroom and soft in the nursery
Soap scented fingers I long to caress.

Were you a prefect and head of your dormit'ry?
Were you a hockey girl, tennis or gym?
Who was your favourite? Who had a crush on you?
Which were the baths where they taught you to swim?

Smooth down the Avenue glitters the bicycle,
Black-stockinged legs under navy blue serge,
Home and Colonial, Star, International,
Balancing bicycle leant on the verge.

Trace me your wheel-tracks, you fortunate bicycle,
Out of the shopping and into the dark,
Back down the avenue, back to the pottingshed,
Back to the house on the fringe of the park.

Golden the light on the locks of Myfanwy,
Golden the light on the book on her knee,
Finger marked pages of Rackham's Hans Anderson,
Time for the children to come down to tea.

Oh! Fullers angel-cake, Robertson’s marmalade,
Liberty lampshade, come shine on us all,
My! what a spread for the friends of Myfanwy,
Some in the alcove and some in the hall.

Then what sardines in half-lighted passages!
Locking of fingers in long hide-and-seek.
You will protect me, my silken Myfanwy,
Ring leader, tom-boy, and chum to the weak.


                                                                                  







                                                                             












         















Monday, 20 September 2010

thinking ahead.......................

Starting to prepare for Yule




I bought these lovely letters from  French Larkspur, with the intention of using them for backgrounds for my Christmas drawings and prints....but when I opened them up and started to read the contents written from one sister to another in the 20's/30's the joy... the heartache...the children..I could not bare to use them, well not just yet, they have been such a pleasure and joy to read and such an unexpected treat we never really know what is round the corner do we?
Back to my Christmas pudding drawings.......with love to you xxxxx