Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Fairy Shoes Pattern Giveaway!

This is my 99th blog post and to celebrate I'm going to give a gift of my Fairy Shoes Pattern !
Winner to be announced on my (can't believe it!) 100th post.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will do the ' pick a name from the hat' thing .

In the meantime, I've found an intriguing poetry book.

I was working at the Court Barn Museum and spotted this little gem in the shop.

'Walking the Block' is a poetic biography of the lives and work of Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher.
They met after the 1st World War and worked together making the most wonderful handblock printed textiles using mainly natural dyes.
The book has lots of pictures of their work.
Here's a sample of the goodies inside. . . .
'Natural Dye Colours' by Jane Weir
After reading and re reading
Bancroft's descriptions -
he reads like Tolstoy -
for the use and application
of iron rust, I took my chance,
experimented with recipes
for iron black, powdered oak galls,
cutch brown. Haven't you guessed?
Delved even deeper into Indigo.
I signed up to natural linen cloth,
short lengths and colour combinations
which gave me courage and strength -
like a frontier family - to carry on.
And the result? I turned a corner
into infinity, and it was like something
you'd dreamed, seeing
wild flowers in a field far outstrip rapeseed.


Jasmine said...

That poem is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

If I am lucky enough to win, everyone on my Christmas list will be receiving fairy shoes!!

Love the poem.

Heather said...

That book sounds fascinating. Congrats on your 99th/100th post and what a generous giveaway prize. I just love your fairy shoes.

Cathy K said...

I love your blog and can't get enough! I've already purchased your fairy shoes pattern, so just count me as a friendly commenter only (darn!). And do keep up your lovely posts! Hugs, Cathy (Utah, USA)

Helen said...

What a wonderful place to work, so many interesting items and histories to explore - I'd never get any work done.

Clare Wassermann said...

Lovely post - I would love to make the shoes!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Congrats on the blog milestone!
Would love to win the pattern so Please pop my name in the hat too:)

rurumom said...

"and it was like something
you'd dreamed,"
That's how I feel about your lovely things

Thimble Fingers said...

I think your fairy shoes are just beautiful and conjour up memories of childhood books ... like the Magic Faraway tree ... a time of life when all you needed was imagination and friends, no need to worry about bills, food, cleaning, stress etc.

The Feathered Nest said...

Happy 100th Post Annette!!!! I wish you many more posts ahead as well!! I would so love to win your wonderful pattern, your fairy shoes are just beautiful ~ hugs and love, Dawn

La Dolce Vita said...

congratulations on your 100th post! just wonderful!!!

Over the Garden Wall said...

I have stumbled into fairyland in my size ten shoes.I dare not move.
I might tread on something. I want to buy a fairy shoe pattern. Do I need fairy gold?

Candace said...

I always especially enjoy your wonderful photographs. Your fairy shoes are, of course, fantastic.
Candace in Michigan

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Congratulations! I love to browse amongst previously enjoyed books, it is surprising what you can find. Love your fairy shoes.

Chris said...

Did I make it in time. I'd love a chance to win your fairy shoes pattern!!

Robin Mac said...

I love the cover of the poetry book as well as the sample of poetry you have printed. I think your fairy shoes are just gorgeous. Cheers, Robin

writerwomen1964 said...

Having had the dream of a life time to spend some time in England and Ireland,only fueled the fire for the romance of fairy lore.
This lovely tiny pattern fits so perfectly with the tales I have been working on.

Sandy said...

Congratulations on your 100th Posting. I think your fairy shoe designs are exquisite. I would love to win the patter, so please put my name on the list. I live on the edge of a desert, so perhaps I could create some desert fairy shoes :)

Many thanks for the opportunity to view your lovely website.