Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Birthday and Emmetts

Hello everyone and thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post.

I've been busy out and about these last couple of weeks and the highlight was my daughters 20th Birthday and a day out which included a trip to Emmetts, a National Trust garden high up in the  Weald of Kent near Chartwell, Churchill's former home.

It was a gloriously sunny day with blue sky, and even though the bluebells were barely out there were plenty of colourful blooms. The magnolias and camellias were beautiful and in full flower, and other blossom trees were flowering as were a few early rhodedendrons and azaleas.

The Birthday Girl!

Since our sunny day out the bluebells have come on and are now almost fully out in the woods nearby.

I've been very busy with The Loft Room since I last posted, and have been making a few new things for my space there.

I've made some vintage floral linen bags which I've lined with red polka dot fabric.

 I've hand embroidered some little key fobs

And I've hand stitched some little lavender sachets..... this one from vintage feedsacks

This one hand embroidered with a little Kensitas silk flower on it sent to me by a lovely FB friend Jayne. Between 1933 and 1934 Kensitas included a silk flower with each pack of cigarettes and they are now very collectable. Jayne thought of me as she had one with a Gillyflower on it, the old fashioned name for pinks, which is where I got my name from (as well as being a Gilly!) and she very kindly sent me that flower along with some others. I made this for her as a thankyou.

Vintage barkcloth lavender sachet....

And another vintage feedsack lavender filled sachet.

 I've also set up a Blog for The Loft Room where we can post about our courses, fairs, events and new makes, so do pop over and check it out here and if you'd like to follow what we're up to then you can follow us on Bloglovin' or by email notification.

We are also on Facebook here, so please come and check out our page and give us a like!

It's in its infancy at the moment so a bit short on photos and a bit rough around the edges, but it would be lovely to have some familiar and friendly faces as followers!

I still haven't got round to catching up with you all on your blogs so please forgive me for my absence.

Hope this horrible weather clears up for the Bank Holiday weekend, its pouring with rain here as I type, and dark, cold and miserable.

 Have a great weekend whatever the weather!


  1. Lovely photo's, it looks like a great day out xxx

  2. Schöne Blumentaschen! Zauberhafte Blütenpracht auf Deinen Bildern!
    LG lykka

  3. What a lovely place to visit, and how beautiful your daughter is. I hope she had a lovely birthday. You've made gorgeous things as ever, I shall go and have a look at the Loft Room blog. Enjoy the rest of the week Gilly. CJ xx

  4. Happy Birthday to your daughter!! The flowers and your photos are beautiful, it must have been a lovely place to visit! All of the things you made are beautiful too!! xx

  5. It looks like a lovely place to visit, it sounds like you both had a great day x

  6. I keep forgetting this is going to be the bank holiday weekend. It doesn't seem possible that the year has gone past so quickly already. I love all the little things you've made and the bags too. Happy birthday to your daughter.

  7. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter, Gill! What a beautiful garden filled with spring blossom! Love all your pretty makes have been so busy.
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  8. Happy birthday to your beautiful twenty your old daughter Gill. How fast they grow. My youngest will turn 21 next week..... Emmets looks like a lovely place to celebrate.

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

    * Forgot to see how pretty your bags and pincushions look!

  9. What a wonderful post, so full of love and gorgeousness!

  10. Hi Gill, a bit late with my comments, sorry! Your daughter looks so pretty I hope she enjoyed her birthday outing. Everything looks lovely in your little corner. Love Linda xx

  11. I was really interested to see the Kensitas silk flower as I bought a box of these recently. I had never come across them before and thought they would be great to applique onto things. How coincidental!
    I didn't know gillyflowers were pinks either. x


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