Monday, 17 June 2013

Back to normal...

After all the excitement of the last few weeks things were settling down and getting back to normal and then out of the blue a tummy bug hit.  The best laid plans etc, out of the window.  However, a week on and I am raring to go (well almost)!  Inspiration packs have been selling like hot cakes and Etsy shop opening preparations going well. 

Raspberry Crush
 
Gill P and I are having one of our 'making days' tomorrow to fine tune my Etsy shop.  Chorizo, squash and pasta dish prepared, strawberries washed and hulled, teapot rinsed and at the ready!  Hopefully it will be ready to open by the end of the week. 
 
At Tynemouth flea market yesterday a lady was selling tiny doillies, something I always look out for to use in my work.  I bought twenty five lovely pieces....
 
 some unusual shapes and sizes
 
 
Today some of them ended up in a teal/grey pale dye bath, they have been soaking all day, I am really pleased with the result a very antique looking grey shade.....
 
 
shades of grey in the making
 
 
A fantastic purchase today from my favourite charity shop as it was closing - just in the nick of time to find this box.......
 
 
as you know, I have a bit of a weakness for a battered box, what would this contain I wonder?
 
 
a bolster pillowcase
 
 
pure Irish linen double sheets and pillowcases
 
I own one vintage pure linen sheet which I inherited from my grandmother, and have been looking for another for quite a while.  Imagine my excitement when I realised that this was an unused set, scalloped edged and a little drawn thread work.  The only fly in the ointment is that they are very grubby so will probably require a lot of tender loving care to restore them to their former glory.  I am wondering if they were a unused wedding present.
 
Until next time, so lovely to see the sunshine, Jayne x
 
 

 





21 comments:

  1. Dye them Jayne!
    Lovely grey or rose spring to mind...
    Julie x

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    1. Hi Julie, I will have to get them clean first Julie! They are very grubby in the seams and underneath. Going to soak them in the bath overnight. Hope to see you soon. Jaynex

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  2. ooohhhh, my mouth is watering already Jayne, looking forward to a productive making day. Lovin' the raspberry crush and I'm sure you'll have those sheets ship shape in no time !!

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    1. Thanks Gill, and for making me buy those sheets when I hesitated. Jx

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  3. Hope you are feeling your old self again Jayne - not much fun having tummy bugs!
    Love your latest dyeing results and look forward to the opening of your shop. Let me know if you have any questions - you never know - I just may be able to answer them!
    Beautiful sheet set for you too!
    Hugs,
    Suzy

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    1. Thanks Suzy, I am feeling much better thank you. I will get in touch if I have any questions. Those sheets are definitely a find aren't they, just in the right place at the right time again. Jayne x

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  4. Wow! What great finds, fancy having sheets presented in a beautiful box, it would be a Harrods job these days!

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    1. I know Sharon I am wondering if they were a unused wedding present. There was also a bolster and pillowcase embroidered set but I didn't buy those. They would have been expensive as you say, the drawn thread work and scalloped edges are beautiful. They are very grubby though, hoping I can revive them to use. Jayne

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  5. Why have i not come across your lovely blog before?! I am now a follower and look forward to reading more ...
    Linen sheets are always a fabulous find ... lucky you! I bought a pile of doillies, mats and runners yesterday - very exciting!
    M x

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    1. Hello and welcome and thanks for following my blog. I can not believe I found those sheets, I am just hoping they come clean enough to be able to use them! Oooh what are you going to do with your lovely purchases? Jayne x

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  6. So pleased I stumbled across you Jayne .... I look forward to reading back too x

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    1. Thank you BeOdd, I am glad you stumbled across me too! Jayne x

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  7. Dear Jayne,
    I so hope you are well again,- and back with energy and feeling fine!! Your dyied lovely laces, new and old are so beautiful in that grey tone- and the pillow cases a fantastic find- I love both them and the box!!!
    Take care, ---Hugs from Dorthe

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    1. Thank you Dorthe, I am feeling much better now. I hope you enjoyed your time with your family. Jayne x

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  8. Your plans sound as if they are going brilliantly! Will look out for a link to your Etsy shop.
    Nilly x

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    1. Thanks Nilly, hoping things go well with Etsy. You can only try! x

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  9. The Inspiration packs are... not to put too fine a point on it... inspirational. Love the linen; Jayne are you going to slumber soundly between the wonderful threads? Or maybe create something other than dreams?

    LLX

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    1. Thanks Linda for your lovely comments, always so positive and complimentary. Definitely going to slumber between those sheets!!! - if I can get them clean that is!!!! Jayne x

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  10. What a lovely find,I wonder what stories lay behind it. Hope you are feeling better and continued good luck with the shop.

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