Happy Mother's Day! I hope you all had a wonderful day, the weather here was glorious, Spring flowers blooming in all their glory, deep bue skies and warm sunshine, even if it was still a bit nippy in the shade. I was presented with organic smoked salmon croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice by my daughter for breakfast, my favourite, I could eat that every day! My presents were fab and very thoughtful, lovely little bottles and jars of organic luxuries, and the DVD of the recent BBC series 'Victorian Farm', I had so enjoyed watching it, as I am very interested in cultural or domestic history. However, my favourite thing of all was the hand-made collage Morgaine made from cut-outs from Country Living and printed photos of our mad cat Chya! What a lucky mum I am.
We got to begin the gardening this week, the weather has been so good all week, we have achieved a lot in a short space of time. 2 beds are ready to plant, 2 more have been roughly dug, and the last one half done, a lot of the brambles left over from Autumn's blackberry crop have been cut back, still plenty to do though, but a wee bit of work everyday should keep it under control, and get it planted up with lots of lovely vegetables! I will probably plant some of my pototoes soon, I have been chitting them for a while now on the windowsill, and the 'Desires' look ready to go, but I will have to wait a while for the shoots on the 'Pink fir Apples' to grow a little longer. I will risk some salad soon under cloches made from recycled plastic bottles, this is usually adequate to protect the seedlings from frost here in the south of England. I always love the spring, when we can begin to rely on the garden for our salad greens rather than the farmers market!
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!