Monday, 26 July 2010

The Lavender Collection

Show and Tell Monday with Make Mine Pink

The Lavender Collection

A timeless classic, lavender has been much maligned as being old fashioned but I think due for a big revival, with memories of summer and the sound of bees, what could be more perfect. This poem by Nancy Ellen Crossland sums up a true picture of Lavender


The sun winks between the valley's horizon
Ending its day;
Now twilight replaces golden skies
With its lavender array,

Before purple veils cover the ending day
With its lingering stay,
Lavender whispers in valleys of grey;
Nature's paintbrush with each stroke
A glorious scene
It will evoke,

To linger within this lavender valley;
To inhale the scents of evening,
I will release every thought of the day
Oh yes,
I would gladly stay!

Nancy Ellen Crossland
7/01/2010 USA

Picture courtesy of the BBC Lavender field in Provence

which leads me to my latest designs:

The Lavender Collection

A door stop, door sachet and clothes sachet, all scented with lavender

Monday, 19 July 2010

What is a Friend?

What is a definition of a Friend to you?

This is the definition from the English Oxford Dictionary:




  • 1 a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations
  • (used as a polite form of address or in ironic reference) an acquaintance or a stranger one comes across:my friends, let me introduce myself
  • (one's friends) archaicone's close relatives
  • a person who supports a cause, organization, or country by giving financial or other help:the Friends of the Welsh National Opera
  • a person who is not an enemy or opponent; an ally:she was unsure whether he was friend or foe
  • 2 (Friend)a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker


[with object] archaic
  • befriend (someone)
  • [no object] (friend with) black Englishhave a sexual relationship with:the woman got married and you still used to friend with she?
  • add (someone) to a list of contacts associated with a social networking website:I am friended by 29 people who I have not friended back

  • Phrases
  • be (or make) friends with

    be (or become) on good or affectionate terms with

    be no friend of (or to)

    show no support or sympathy for

    a friend at court

    a person in a position to use their influence on one's behalf

    a friend in need is a friend indeed

    proverba person who helps at a difficult time is a person who you can really rely on

    friends in high places

    people in senior positions who are able and willing to use their influence on one's behalf

    my honourable friend

    Britishused to address or refer to another member of one's own party in the House of Commons

    my learned friend

    used by a barrister or solicitor in court to address or refer to another barrister or solicitor

    my noble friend

    Britishused to address or refer to another member of one's own party in the House of Lords

    my Right Honourable friend

    Britishused to address or refer to another member of one's own party in the House of Commons who is also a privy counsellor

Old English frēond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriend and German Freund, from an Indo-European root meaning 'to love', shared by free

I was thinking, in a quiet moment, what does a Friend mean to me and what type of Friend am I? I must admit to not having many friend's, I have a lot of acquaintances (slight knowledge of friendship) but a few very good friends whom I can rely on in times of need, are always there to listen and help. These good friends are online, from school (many moons ago) an ex work colleague (BFF) and of course my DH, Lee, the latter I consider a best friend.

What do I expect from a friend, nothing, just to be there and support me.

What am I like as a friend, fiercely loyal, always there to listen or lend a helping hand. I have learned through the years that friends come and friends go, the ones that remain are the true friends, accept your foibles with grace as you accept theirs. Found this poem and thinks it sums up a friend to a tee:

The Beauty of Friendship

Friendship is a Priceless Gift,
It cannot be bought or sold;
But its value is far greater,

Than a mountain made of Gold.
For gold is cold and lifeless,

It can neither see nor hear;
And in the time of trouble,
It is powerless to cheer.
It has no ears to listen,
Nor heart to understand.
It cannot bring you comfort,
Or reach out a helping hand.

So when you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful if He sends.......
Not diamonds, pearls or riches,

But the Love of Real True Friends.

by Helen Steiner Rice

Have a good week Pink Friends
Caroline x

Monday, 12 July 2010

Show and Tell Monday

Boy has it been hot

The weather here in sunny, very hot Southern England, has at times been too much, thank goodness for cars with air con, just need to sort out the houses now!

CHIC Tote Bag

Depicting a Vintage French Boutique print on the pocket, available in either Brown with a pink pocket or Pink with a Brown pocket, ideal for the summer days, browsing the chic boutiques both home and away.

Personalised Tidy Bag

Fun for a child's bedroom or to take to school, the name is stitched onto a pocket for extra storage

Check out the other blogs for Make Mine Pink Show and Tell Monday

Monday, 5 July 2010

Show and Tell Monday

It is that time again, show and Tell Monday with Make Mine Pink,
where does the time go only 173 days until Christmas, July already, I am sure the days and weeks are getting shorter, maybe an age thing. I can remember as a child at school , each term seemed to be endless and the summer holidays over in a flash,
back to school to wait for half tern and Christmas.

Back to this week, as some of you know I love Joanna Sheens CD's with a passion, she sources such beautiful images that lend themselves to a variety of projects. Saw this one of a beautiful baby sleeping on a clourd and thought what a perfect gift for a New Mother, in neutral shades of ivory. white and cream would suit any nursery decor, Ssh! embroidered for good measure.

Love chef check fabric, so full length aprons ideal for the chef in your family

and a matching pot holder, with a handy loop for hanging.

check out the other blogs at MMP and explore what my Pink Sisters have been up to last week.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Creating the Hive

Come and joins us in The Hive a cool place to be this summer

About the Hive

The Hive is a dynamic social community designed to help provide a connection between everyone in the arts, crafts and hobby industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, professional artist, hobbiest, retailer or consumer, you have a voice. By providing a place for everyone to grow, build a community of like inspired enthusiasts and connect creators to consumers our hope is that we continue to strengthen and grow the industry as a whole. Everyone is welcome at The Hive. If you don't find your art, craft or hobby listed, we've given you the power to create your own communities.

My own experience of The Hive:

I have been made to feel very welcome at The Hive and it is good to talk to others as passionate about arts, crafts and hobbies as myself, come and join in.