Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Finding some countryside in town......................


I had to take this picture, its a reflection in my mirror opposite, just as I was doing this post, whilst listening to the patter of rain.
I think its chilly today but I have a  lovely( new to me) very heavy hemp apron, all patched and darned (just how I love them)  wrapped over the top of my long skirt, and its as warm as toast. I love aprons especially old plain ones this one came from a convent in France...I wonder what jobs it was utilized for ?
I digress! 
I wanted to show you my little bit of country at home xxx



I found some really pretty pictures... faded vintage prints of wild flowers at the car boot, I was so thrilled , I have put them on my kitchen wall, so now I feel closer to the outside, I work a lot in the basement and sometimes really miss the trees and flowers waving in the breeze so this is a great improvement, and a change is nice.


I have been imprinting leaves onto some spare linen pieces,by treating them with alum and iron and wrapping them into bundles and soaking them for days  so the dye somehow transfers onto the cloth and I am thrilled with my first results
It is fairly easy to do, and I had seen it on an India Flint post and I just wanted some of my own leafy printed fabrics for summer cushions to go with my Vintage flower prints...

I havn't made the covers yet.. just laid the fabric across.

  I always so wanted to live right in the middle of the countryside, to be honest...middle of nowhere really, total isolation would suit the best, but could never afford it.  I am so very grateful though to live near our huge park and the river, also doing creative projects like this within our home really connects me with nature, the seasons, and the magic of outside.
Hope you find your bit of countryside this week xxx

Lots of Hugs
Lynn xxx  


27 comments:

Maria said...

~ Dear Lynn....LOVE your little bit of country in this post..A little retreat and hide away...From all the bustle...YOUR work is beautiful, so peace full....Have a lovely rest of week! I have just popped Blue bells in a vase, very much like yours...Isn't nature just enchanting! with kindest thoughts...Maria x

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Lynn,
What lovely things .... you look the perfect country lady in your 'pinny' ! It looks gorgeous with your white skirt and shoes.
Lots of rain here too but we must be happy that the Bank holiday weekend was beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine. I wonder when it will come back !!!! haha. One never knows in this lovely country of ours. XXXX

humphreycumfycushion said...

Gorgeous aprom - gorgeous mirror - love old mirrors with all the worn away bits - amazing finds of the country prints too ... always envious of such finds ...

Lisa said...

I always love seeing your home! I have been thinking about printing leaves on fabric. Yours turned out beautifully!
have a great week
Lisa

Jess said...

Your pictures transport me to the countryside to a byegone age, a lovely piece of escapism! The apron sounds intriguing, what stories it would have to tell!xx

Jayne said...

A lovely glimpse of the country in your post Lynn, I love you prints with leaves. I was lucky enough to receive India Flint's book, in itself a beautiful thing and I am slowly reading it. I love the image of you through your mirror. Your linen apron sounds perfect, I love to think who owned vintage and antique pieces I buy, especially if they have identification marks on them, I do love that.

Thea said...

How beautiful so simple and full of nature, I love your prints
Rain drops here in the Moorlands today too..
Bless your days
Thea x

Karen said...

You have really captured the spirit of the countryside in your home. It looks lovely. Makes me want to give my poor neglected home some much needed decorating and TLC. x

Merlesworld said...

I like the printed leaves, your pillows will look wonderful when finished.
Merle......

manon 21 said...

Comme toujours j'aime tes ambiances.

Belle journée

Manon

Ellen said...

It all looks beautiful Lynn.
I love India Flint's work and have her books on loan from the Library at the moment....I also want some leaf prints of my own.
I'm in-between projects at the moment, so have just been enjoying the garden.
Hugs, Ellen x

Deb said...

Hello Lynn,
Such a lovely post. The first photo of your reflection in the mirror is gorgeous as is your hemp apron (and shoes)!!
What a pretty pillow covering your stamped leaf fabric will become. I did this last Christmas with leaves I had pressed from the Canadian Maple in my garden & turned into Christmas tree ornaments ♥

Hannapat said...

Oh my love that mirror!!!!! The apron looks really lovely. I love thinking about what clothes and aprons were uses for in years gone if makes me enjoy using it so much more and from a convent in France, wow!! I love the sweet flower pictures. I couldn't agree more with getting as much of outside inside is good for the soul. I am amazed at the leaf prints and I am going to have to give it a go. Did you just use linen or did you use cotton?? I love the end result it looks fab, thanks for sharing. Lovely post xoxo

A time to dance said...

Hello my love....I have just done my first post in years and it feels great.....I keep seeing you on pinterest and thought I would catch up with old friends....Hope you are well....

Kay said...

what a beautiful home you have Lynn..the photo is inspired, many thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.....one day the writing may get longer!!!.. by the way, my bag always gets lots of admiring comments! love Kay

lynn cockrell said...

You did a beautiful job on the leaf prints. So aged looking and wonderful! You are so right. There is something about a clean and crisp white apron. Your apron reminds me of the days when I was a young resident student at Catholic boarding school. The nuns wore those aprons over their habits while working around the residents hall or in their quarters behind the residents hall. Good memories!

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Just love that picture through the mirror, and that Apron! Wow I am green with envy. The leaf prints look very interesting, I love the faded soft look. Will have to take a peek at that post.

Gail said...

Hello Lynn, I too always wanted to live out in the sticks but could never afford it ...so I make the most of my garden and allotment ... what a great idea with those leaves ... gives a very subtle result.... love the prints you found too !! have a nice weekend ..Gail x

The Cloth Shed said...

Great picture of you in the mirror... Is your skirt cabbages and roses fabric? Love that big apron!
Delighted with my two cushions from your Etsy shop.... So beautifully made and the printing is superb.
Thank you Lynn...
Julie x

Madelief said...

Dear Lynn,

What a enchanting country house your have! It looks light and airy with an old feel to it.

What a great find your prints on the wall are!

Your apron looks very you! Great shoes to match it.

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

flowers on my table said...

Hello Lynn, I do apologize...I have been busy of late, and have missed out on what you have been doing. Your work is just exquisite, I love the printing on the fabric. I saw the beautiful bag you made for Julie. I must go and look at your shop. I wish you every success, you are such a creative person, I am sure you will make a success of whatever you do.
I so relate to your words, my heart is very much in the country too, but you are quite right, you can bring the countryside in, in the way you decorate your home. I find my garden is more and more important to me also.
Your fist photo is great, it looks like a painting.
Much love to you Lynn xx.

flowers on my table said...

Lynne, I would love to buy your teacup panel. Could I send you a cheque? You can e-mail me at linda-okane@hotmail.co.uk, love Linda x

Vicki Boster said...

Lynn-- you do look "a little bit country" in your hemp apron-- it's beautiful---- and so are the linen pieces you've imprinted with the leaves. Oh my gosh- so beautifully clever.

I'm totally jealous of your flower picture- you've displayed them in such a lovely way-- just perfect for your wall. I know you love to create-- but it's just so wonderful to be able to work in a space that you love:)

Vicki

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I knew I would feel right at home here and I do. Its lovely and creative and your framed botanicals look perfect in those thin black frames. Your bags too are gorgeous. How wonderful to see 'our' pillow too!
xx
julie

thriftwood said...

No-one would ever guess that you home wasn't n the middle of the countryside Lynn ... It looks so beautiful, calm and serene, just looking a your pictures has made me spring clean and have a bit of a change around today!

Hope you're enjoying the weekend

Love Claire xx

Home and Garden said...

dear lyn
lovely photos from your home. love your finds from car boat sale.
raindrops here in germany ,too.
have a lovely time,
hugs regina

flowers on my table said...

Hello Lynn,so glad you liked my pics. I thought your linens looked so pretty in the garden too.Have a lovely weekend, love Linda x