Friday, 18 June 2010
The weeds have grown like crazy but luckily so have the things that have been planted.
I think we will be eating salad leaves for a while!
Sunday, 16 May 2010
There were certainly some head turning cars.
Including this Boden print Figaro which won the car of the show award!
Sunday, 25 April 2010
No, we weren't brave enough to cross the stepping stones but we did watch a few people get their feet soggy!
After our walk there was just enough time for coffee and cake so we headed for nearby Ilam Park, a National Trust owned property (with a lovely tea shop)
A latte and a slice of carrot cake later we just had time to soak up some more fantastic views before heading home.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
On the way we did a slight detour and had a look around Tissington village. Tissington is a very pretty estate village with the rather grand Tissington Hall as its centerpiece.
Another item from the mills that we sell are used as part of the Cobblers Last Door Stops.
Distaffs are a tool used in the weaving industry used to hold fibres prior to spinning and here they had them by the bucket load.
It truly was a fascinating visit and to round the day off we had time for another of Arkwright's mills, this time Cromford Mill.
Here we just had time to walk along the canal and feed the ducks,
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
I love the patina of old wood and have had a pair of vintage lasts displayed in my home for many years so I was really happy to source some for the shop.
They were made at a shoe machinery manufactures in Kettering and rescued from disused shoe factories some have been reworked to make doorstops.
The up stand of the doorstops is a vintage distaff. Distaffs were used in textile mills as a tool used in spinning. It is designed to hold the unspun fibers, keeping them untangled and thus easing the spinning process. It is most commonly used to hold flax, and sometimes wool, but can be used for any type of fiber. Fiber is wrapped around the distaff, and tied in place with a piece of ribbon or string.
Another vintage find has been these string and scissor holders.
These string holders are hand made from bobbins which were used in the textile mills of the Calder Valley near Manchester to hold thread prior to weaving. They are around 100 years old and have been reworked to make these individual string holders and come complete with string and scissors.
I have to confess that one of these has made its way into my kitchen as I can never find my string and scissors.
All of these are now available at http://www.homesanddreams.co.uk/
Monday, 15 February 2010
We've been busy here working for the past couple of weeks as we've been ordering, processing and photographing the new Spring ranges for the Homes & Dreams shop. There has been a definite theme to the new ranges as hearts and love feature quite a lot - must be something to do with Valentines Day.
I have to admit that a few of the new things like this wooden 'Love' Sign and the 'Love' Letters have found their way into my house. One of the signs now graces the shelf in my kitchen and a set of the 'Love' letters stand on the window sill in my bedroom.
As the house is nearing completion my thoughts are now on the garden. We have approximately 1/2 acre here and for over 15 years before we moved in no one had set foot in it.
It is a very long thin plot - over 500ft long. All of the houses along our road originally had gardens like this however one by one they have all been built on and ours is the only one left with its original size garden. We are lucky to be the last house in the village as to one side of us is open countryside.
When we moved in we were faced with 8ft of brambles, great for jam making but not for my hands - ouch! Most of these have now been kept in check however at the top end of the garden we have done very little else than keep these thugs at bay
As the weather was fine on Sunday we decided to make a start on clearing the ground. Eventually this will be where we grow our veggies however I think it may be some time before that happens!
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Christmas seems such a distant memory now. This was the wintry scene that we woke up to on Christmas morning.
Just before the New Year we spent a few days in Norfolk. I really love this part of the country and we have spent some very happy family holidays here.
While we were there we decided to travel down the coast and over the border into Suffolk. I had never been to Suffolk before so it was lovely to visit somewhere new for the first time.
We decided to go to Southwold and although it was bitterly cold we had a lovely afternoon there.
Not surprisingly there weren't many people on the beach!
The snow is still abundant here in Yorkshire. Last week my son's school was closed all week and so we made the most of it and went sledging!
Although he is nearly 10 years old he has never experienced this amount of snow and has never been sledging. needless to say me and Hubbie were ready to go home long before he was!
The end of season sale is now well under way at the Homes & Dreams shop and I've been busy planning the new ranges for Spring. They'll be introduced to the site over the next few weeks.
Hope the bad weather isn't causing you too many problems!