Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Back to the Primitive Past



With the Easter holidays upon us we decided to visit the Ulster folk Museum and take a step back in time to see how life was lived over a hundred years ago in rural villages and farms.


Ir was full of primitive delights for me!  Oh the simplicity of their lifestyle - but undoubtedly full of hardship.

The windows were all so small in the cottages.



Loved the lacework window dressing.

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This was a fantastic piece of cross stitch.


I'm not convinced about the bedding though the quilts were amazing!


Loved the old churn and butter crocks


It was a great visit and I will share  some more in my next post.

Linking with Tuesday's Treasures HERE


Have a great day!

Friday, 25 March 2016

Easter Blessings



Dear blogging friends, I wanted to wish you all a very blessed Easter.  I am so blessed to know the Saviour lived, died and rose again for me, ''all for my sake, my peace to make, Hallelujah! What a Saviour!"

I have made a little spring/Easter table centre piece with a sweet little bird cloche I found for a bargain price!

I was given a real robin's nest and put in a little homespun chick.


Just finished for today is this little pin keep of a darling white bunny cross stitched in a heart. I love it!


The hanging cord is some vintage ric-rac.



Blessings and thanks dear friends for your visits and comments!


HAPPY EASTER!


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Free Spring Blessings Candle Mat Pattern

 To welcome the arrival of spring and just to thank you for following my blog and being such great blogging companions, I have created this free Spring Blessings candle mat pattern for you to copy and use as you like!  I love blue so thats what I went with but you can go with the colour of your choice!

I used a stone coloured wool felt for the base and cut a pretty scalloped edge and back stitched the letters.

I also finished the edge using blanket stitch.

Here is is with a candle

This is the template I used though rather than cutting individual petals for the tulips, I cut out one flower head in that shape to make it easier to appliqué.


Thank you so much for your friendship and hope you can share your finished mat with me!

I am linking with Stephanie's very last Roses of Inspiration party and have to say a special word of thanks to her for hosting all this time and being so sweet and lovely.

Do check out others.
The Enchanting Rose


Also excited to link with The Really crafty Link Party


Best wishes!


Friday, 18 March 2016

Five from Springhill Costume Collection


Welcome back to my Five for Friday and today as promised I have five pictures from the Costume collection in Springhill, the National Trust property I featured yesterday.

There is a fairly small collection of period dresses and accessories from past historical eras, though I'm sorry to say I found little information about the dresses.

There were several doll dresses



A delicate and very pretty evening gown


Low cut with fichu around the neckline


Lovely blue day dress
 And even a Royal footman's coat with GR on the front and back and another lady's traveling suit dress.


Sorry about the glare as the dresses were all behind glass.
I am still amazed by the tiny waists on all the dresses and just can't imagine wearing a tight corset all day in order to fit into one!


Hope you enjoyed and thanks for your visit!

Thanks to Amy for hosting and click image below to visit!



Thursday, 17 March 2016

Springhill visit


This is Springhill, a Plantation House built in 1660's by the Coyningham family from Scotland.

It is now owned by the National Trust and we visited it recently.

This is the drawing room



The dining room
 Mrs Charlotte Lenox-Coyningham who followed the fashion of the day avidly


 and purchased this rare basalt Wedgwood pottery in black


Tomorrow I'll share some more of the photos I took at the Costume museum at Springhill.

But for now, i leave you with best wishes for the day

Friday, 11 March 2016

Five For Friday

 Happy Friday!

Time for Five this Friday and it was definitely more of a spring like week here so my five are all related to the beautiful blues and yellows that shout Spring is in the Air!


What can be more glorious for spring than to behold a host of daffodils?  Wordsworth was right!  I saw these out on my walk, nodding in the sun.


So it was high time to put something more spring like on my chalkboards.

This first one is a small child's board on a shelf,



and this is my bigger wall mounted board,


Under that chalkboard I put together this spring arrangement and made a new blue gingham homespun dress for a prim doll I made years ago.  She is holding two little spring chicks!

  The forsythia made from tissue paper tutorial from last year can be found HERE



Beside the doll is one of my favourite baskets in blue with homespun eggs in it.


On another cubby shelf I placed my blue hen pinkeep.



And lastly here are my new papier mache eggs all the way from Michigan where my niece now lives and these were a gift from her.




So that's my Five and hope you enjoyed!

Visit Amy at Love Made My Home for more.
Wishing everyone a happy weekend!