yesterday i was distracted by Miss Ethel and Miss Margery,
i do not often speak of Miss Margery
and there are reasons for this.
Miss Margery belongs to Our #1
and on many an occasion i have sat in my studio
hearing the floorboards above shake with her usage.
i feared for Miss Margery and the sewing traumas she endured
at the hands of Our #1
actually, her name isn't Miss Margery,
Our #1 gave her a name quite unsuited to her lovely stitching ways.
so upon discovery of Miss Margery holed up in the back of the closet
after Our #1 left the shed for the bright lights of old blighty,
i took her out,
dusted her down
and called her Miss Margery.
she travelled alongside of Miss Ethel, to the big city
upon returning to the shed,
i have placed Miss Margery in my studio
and yesterday she showed me her coat of many stitches,
let us just say, i was smitten.
together a threesome of the utmost kind,
(not seen since the days of dorothy, mr hook and dr hook)
resulted in handcrafty goodness
soon to be hanging in my little shop window.
but for today, we will continue our grand book week
hip hip hooray!!
Lotta Jansdotter needs no introduction i am quite sure,
she is a crafter, designer and artist extraordinaire.
Lotta appeals to me,
in the way japanese craft books appeal.
in all their pretty, handcrafted, inspiring goodness
combined with the clean lines i look for,
when living with handcrafted.
most of all she appeals to me for a particular reason,
many moons ago,
i read a little bit of blurb
and the blurb told of Lotta being a self taught crafter.
i gasped 'thee gasp'
and knew right then and there,
i wished to hug Lotta on the spot,
thank her for saying it with pride.
it is interesting to look back now, quite a few years on
and see it was a defining moment for me and my crafty soul.
to know Lotta had succeeded with her own crafty soul,
wonderful aesthetics and beautiful self taughtness,
to ramble upon this here shiny place
to continue along the righteous and goodly path of handcrafting.
Lotta's lovely book Handmade Living opens the door to her world,
showing how she creates her signature scandinavian style
within her beautiful home and studio.
allowing the reader to truly get a glimpse into her handmade world,
highlighting her inspirations,
her family traditions
and her decorating style,
page after page of a handmade life is revealed,
it truly is a lovely book indeed
she is trying to muster up some of that same confidence and drive to the big city on her own, gulp! ~ Tif