Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Sprinkling the Magic

Some small pictures of home.... the smell of baking.... and beeswax polish...

The sound of carols and laughter....

The joy, the love, the gratitude.
 I cannot say thank you enough for all of these gifts.

Last of all the pleasure of wishing you my fabulous friends and your precious family's
a wonderful and  magical Christmas Holiday.
Lynn xxx

Saturday, 14 December 2013

A personal addiction.......................

You know when you start to decorate for the Winter Festival, you start to make an idea..........and it works, it becomes pleasing it looks ok....and you rush off to work and come home and make tea(rushed snacks..family are wondering what's going on!)  and get out the brushes again and make a little more magic.......and all of a sudden...you begin to realise you got carried away...and then you don't care that you have gone over the top...and all you want to do is this..............

Well  its only Christmas once a year................
Lots of Hugs Lynn xxxx

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Home made marshmallows.....and Gentlemen rabbits

Sorry I have not been visiting just lately, I haven't had a minute to spare, I suppose you are all in the same boat, I hope this small post brings us up to date xxx

 You must try Home made vanilla marshmallows with twinkly glitter, I have been up to my eyes in boiling sugar and egg whites, I have been cutting a tray this morning and dusting them with cooking glitter..... can you just see it in the picture it is so pretty.
I have been making lots for gifts as I wanted to try them out on some friends first xx

What are the rabbits doing with the marshmallows though ?.........

I love the natural themes this year soooo much I have put the sweets in tree bags and I have made card Gentlemen rabbits with real vintage collars to sit on top of them... my Woodland Winter theme....

This is the lovely sparkly sweets in the bags.

When I was out running last night, I nearly fell over this amazing branch, 
 it is full of beautiful moss and lichens, so it inspired me to take it home and use in my Woodland theme, I shall cover it in tiny lights put it in a zink tub and use it as a Christmas tree....

I was so excited yesterday about making and creating I could hardy sleep,all my plans and ideas going round my head I was so tired this morning ha ha serves me right !  But  it is First Advent on Sunday and I am allowed to play some carols then (I drive everyone mad with them if I start to early)
how fabulous is that xxxx

Hope you are loving the cold frost mornings and having lots of joy planing for the holidays..
this home made Christmas is fun but hard work. xxx
Love Lynn xx

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Finding contentment in a simple life............

Low on kindling and a cold front coming in, I  headed  out with my large sturdy bag. The air this morning was very quiet and cool and the colours intense, it didn't take long to collect and bundle up the twigs, better than parting with my hard earned penny's and looks so much prettier than shop bought sticklets in the zinc buckets next to the wood burner. I think they will be used quickly next week...brrrrr

I am so happily and cosy sewing, making my gifts as the days grow shorter. I can find so much peace and contentment in simple home crafts.

 This is a lovely old piece of linen that I have embroidered my winter girls onto, then I bead them and appliqué the net and sequins,  I sit next to the window and watch the leaves fall while listening to old radio recordings from Sunday Irish Miscellany...beautiful.

 I have been trying to make our Christmases more wholesome, trying to make more and buy less from commercial sources, yes its hard, a lot of work, and the marshmallows I made this morning are a tad unusual ha ha ...but oh the satisfaction to make and to give is amazing. I am working 4 days so it is not always easy to fit it all in, though as you can see I can still achieve a good deal.

I want some new plates for Winter so I am transferring images onto some odd and old china that I have here and there, I have lots of ideas of images for this so I will show you more when I have made them. xx 
I don't think they will be perfect but I don't think that matters at all.

I hope you are enjoying this time as much as I am
Hugs Lynn xxx

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Time to bring out the Christmas Fairys

You know I make my sparkly fairy's every year and I love making them soooo much
and thank you for those of you that have bought some of your very own to sparkle in your Christmas home xxx
I thought it was time to start making some more so here are a few I have made for the last few years.
I think I will have to make some winter moths too xx

Lots of fairy kisses
Love Lynn xxxx

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Letting go.............

The leaves have been falling in crunchy handfuls all this windy day, its turbulence disturbed my head and  made me reflect on the year.  This year has been so very dreadful, so much heartbreak and pain..too many tears...but as the leaves blow in the wind I want them to take away the sorrow and hurts of this hard year.   The leaves will fall I know  and leave behind the bare branches of my family tree. My fabulous husband and our supportive family are standing strong against the blue Autumn  sky.

 I have a wild shelf in our lounge to always remind me of the beauty and generosity of  nature and I have at long last a part time job with lovely people kind and caring, so we are not struggling as much thank goodness and I have my sewing that I love doing, but maybe doesn't sell very well ... but keeps us in clothes and comfy furnishings. So I shall watch as the wind blows,  leaves fall and the world changes and the wheel turns and I believe all will be well

Hugs Lynn xxx

I have started to embroider a real wintry cushion for a Christmas present x 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Christmas creations................

Being creative is a real gift from the Goddess, it allows us to explore the things we love.
Last year Linda from Flowers on my table sent me a beautiful mushroom she had made, so inspired by that precious gift I am making lots of my own mushroom designs to embellish my Christmas gifts this year. They are mostly paper mache and velvet fabric with mica and glass glitter for the frost and the most fun to make. I have been spying the real ones everywhere especially when I am running or on our walks, I have been taking lots of pictures to  help inspire me...here are some of my Christmas mushrooms xx

I have also been patch working and printing some huge comfy cushions from old worn hemp and felted cream wool , we really like huge feathered things to sink into on cosy Autumn nights.

Are you starting to make and prepare special gifts for your family and friends ?
Hugs Lynn xxxxx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Stop taking pictures now !!!

           Well it has been the most wonderful warm and sunny weekend so off we went up to the Lakes walking

 Happy husband

Happy me


we found a rather lovely clear deep(very cold) stream full of little fishes .......

off came the clothes, I could not help myself, I think I shocked a couple of rather sweet pensioners who stopped to watch with great interest....you can stop taking pictures now I said

my blogging friends can only take so much... ha ha ...
Hope you had a lovely weekend too
Hugs Lynn xx

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Goddess turns, she blows a kiss and the shadows fall..............


 I find myself stopping to watch the Geese fly south, I look to the sky and the swallows have flow, the nights draw close and the land smells earthy and rich.
I love the hips in the trees and my heart skips a beat to see the colours changing.
The time has come for the equinox  about a week away.
The land is resting its bones
the time has come for change
I can feel it in my blood.

             Now is the time of balance, when day and night face each other as equals.
            At this season the night is waxing and the day is waning;
            For nothing ever remains without change, in the tides of Earth and Sky.
            Know and remember, that whatsoever rises must also set,
            And whatsoever sets must also rise.

            The God has descended into the land
            And now He makes His journey to the Underworld.
            Days grow dim, nights grow long, but we who are wise do not weep,
            For behold He has left behind His seed and His promise of return.
            Blessed be the Great Mother, Blessed be the Harvest God.

                           Blessed Be
                           Lynn xx

Friday, 6 September 2013

The Mill...............

You must have all seen the wonderful series well it left us gasping for more..and more is very much what we found..................

No written words are needed are they?
Go and visit if you can Quarry Bank Mill
Love Lynn xx