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Thursday, 19 July 2012

summer sweetness...and some making...

a rose is just summer for me..rain or no...that beautiful sweet haunting deliciousness as you inhale the perfume...



and honeysuckle twining high in the trees but still filling the air with its scent








just put your nose into the deliciously pretty Philadelphus or mock orange...mmmm...just wish this was a scented post so you could have the full effect...and the combination of fresh creamy white, soft pink and primrosey yellow is perfection...



daughter mine collected 25 heads of elderflowers to make some delightful elderflower cordial last week...which captures this particular scent of summer beautifully


not all the flowers in our garden are scented..some earn their keep with their beauty alone...I love clematis and have several...they are so obliging and fit in almost anywhere...


and as for geraniums...we counted them one year...all the different types and shades...all their different names...many forgotten now and just loved for their colours and ability to fill the beds with blowsy summeryness (and not be eaten by our slugs and snails...)


and how quickly things change in the garden...I love to follow the flowers throught their different stages...each with its own beauty...


















and I delight in the detail of each one...isn't it amazing how how the raindrops balance on the stamens of this amazingly coloured potentilla...




and in the studio daughter mine has been cutting fabrics and planning and making and stitching and ...with no rules or much in the way of a pattern has produced a wonderful dress...it is joyful to watch her at work!



she is an inspiration to me in how she just has the idea, organises herself and whatever she needs, sets to and makes...mind you she isn't thinking about the teetering pile...hoovering and what's for tea...tho' she does often have a pile of schoolwork to get through...


instant patchwork...just cut the squares sew in strips and then stitch the strips together...allow them to gather as they will...


no worries about how to put a zip in...ha ha!! easy peasy...just cut it out of something else with the fabric around and stitch in place ta da! genius! and doesn't it look fab?


she even lined the top...and the underskirt was made from an old lacy underskirt attached to more fabric to make it the right size...


and the top was made from some of my Granny's fabric stash...a pretty broderie anglais in blue...creativity continues in how the sleeves were sewn on...finished off with perfect blue buttons and there you have it!


I am amazed and proud...and think how my Mum and Granny would like to see!







4 comments:

Beacee said...

That's marvelous! I especially love the zip idea! Congratulations to your wonderful creative daughter - and to the Mum who produced her.

Barbara x

knittynora said...

I think she'll be teaching dress making soon :) I know I could do with some help with my sewing machine.

Love her approach to making the dress. It's great making things up as you go along. Love the flowers too. I really need to take some pictures of my plants too xxx

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Emmie and Emma said...

thanks for the lovely comments girls! I am so lucky to have a daughter to share these things with, and talented friends too!
xx