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Lavender Hearts … love is in the air?

Wth the garden off limits due to frozen ground, and the planting season no more than a faint hope, I’ve started my spring cleaning early. And as I was turning over the idea of freshening up rooms and realising Valentine’s Day was sneaking up on me, it occurred to me that some little hanging lavender hearts might be just the thing to tick off both boxes …

Natural linen …. perfect in a neutral bathroom.

With three children, I’m bound to think that all good things come in threes … so a little trio – one plain, with a little embellishment at the base, one overlaid with a spotted tulle and a strip of vintage broderie trim, and another plain one, with ‘love’ written all over it – in a vintage chain couched on with embroidery thread.

And I liked them so much, I went on to make some more ….

A little more contemporary, these, in a neutral grey with a little pop of yellow …

This time, we say yes! I like these for an entrance or landing … and yes, that is a Lana Jansdotter fabric … I finally made myself part with some of my stash, just for you. Much as I adore that fabric, this lavender heart with the vintage grey and pale yellow braid overlaid on the cotton shirting is my favourite ….

Which one is your favourite?

And finally ….

A little shabby chic? Dreamy white and blue … perfect in a bedroom, I think, where the French Grosso lavender – long, long lasting and heavenly – will help create a tranquil and relaxing environment. I think antique white damask linen has got to be my all-time favourite fabric, so it was such a treat to use it here … in the plain heart with little wooden embellishment and hand-embroidery, and in the lavender heart with the strips of blue and white vintage broderie.

But I do love this one too … it’s linen, handprinted by another of my favourites –  the talented designer-maker Maramiki.

Where would you hang yours?

These little lovelies are heading off to my Etsy shop … but if you wanted a custom set in *your* colours, you could always get in touch to get something extra-special and uniquely your own.

Fabric Floral Corsages

I do like a bit of a fabric floral corsage … as those who know me well will confirm – I almost always have one somewhere in my outfit, either in my hair or pinned to my jacket. I think they’re perfect everyday, and they do add a dash of glamour for an evening out.

I’m so happy that they remain a big style note this season … it’s given me the perfect excuse to play with fabric and make some corsages of my own, for you.

Here’s a selection for you … something for everyone, I hope … a range of colours, perfect with this season’s fashion palette, and a range of sizes, from a tiny little rosebud corsage to a big, bold black-lace hellebore. You can see these and more in my Etsy shop

Now I know you can get them from Accessorize, or Claire’s, or Top Shop, and even Primark, but these are different … completely handmade, totally unique, each is a one-off – so no-one will have one just like yours.

And I’ve used vintage fabrics, and embellished them with vintage buttons, beads and elements of costume jewellery … so the materials are great quality, and durable, and, as a total bonus, are about as eco-friendly and ethical as an accessory can get – without the ethical fashion price tag, too.

Looks like a win to me ….

How do you like to wear yours?