In a vase on Monday: looking for a hook




It was far too cold to linger in the garden on my way back from the compost bin this morning so no snippets from the garden today. But from the top there is a glimpse of snowdrops picked from the garden last week in front of another charity shop find for the cottage. I really like this painting by Malk, I like the colours, the loose brush strokes and the composition and the fact that whoever framed it (Malk him/herself) chose the finest linen weave mounting board from Daler Rowney. But I didn’t like the orange of the frame so I gave it a quick wash using Farrow &Ball’s Charleston Grey, waxed it and we now have a piece of artwork for the cottage walls.

The hooks are a bit out of place in a vase on Monday post but I wanted to share a piece of hand forged Welsh iron that I found in Dorking last week. We have a little recess in the hall of the cottage and these will be fixed there for an odd coat or anything else that needs hanging up.

Ah yes, my dried flowers. This was all picked from the garden last year and includes Hydrangea Heinrich Seidel, Allium Christophii, Panicum, poppies and Nigella seedheads. The vase, sadly no longer water tight, was the very first present I gave to my husband In the 1980s and was bought from a florist in Hampton Hill. It was made at Perran Porth in Cornwall (scratched into the clay on the base) and I liked it so much I went back and bought myself a similar vase in the shape of a ginger jar, also no longer water tight alas.

Finally there is a little posy of anemones from the allotment (don’t look too closely they are very tatty and I’ve just removed the worst), another pretty watercolour this time of a pelargonium bought on Saturday for one of the cottage bedrooms, and some ongoing brain-calming therapy in the form of English Paper Piecing. I started piecing over a year ago using my grandmother’s templates (I have no recollection of my mother ever doing patchwork so I’m assuming they belonged to my grandmother) but I’ve decided it’s quicker and more accurate to print one inch hexagons from the Internet and carefully cut out the paper shapes.

I’m joining in with Cathy on this freezing February Monday with my vases and paintings and hooks. Let’s go over to Cathy’s blog Rambling in the garden to see what she has found to surprise us with this week.

It’s 10 to five and just look at the sky. 



16 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: looking for a hook

  1. Being the nosy person that I am I have enjoyed looking at all your bits and pieces but I especially noticed your curvy clock – I have the same one but in green, a present from my brother about 22 years ago! I am seriously impressed that you have the patience to do tiny patchwork. It looks fiendishly complicated. And, what a sky! It’s now 20 minutes later and still quite light here. It’s brilliant that the days are getting noticeably longer. Hooray.


    1. The clock is really my son’s and I’ve borrowed it from his room (I was going to add the young have no use for time pieces but he wears a very cool watch from Shore) because the wind-up ticking clock is broken and my clockmender dad is no longer around. I bought this in Heal’s when Tom was about five so 17 years ago now. The sunset was beautiful wasn’t it. My husband even sent me a photo during his bike ride home!

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  2. What a lovely compendium of displays – vases and hooks and paper pieces and pictures. Props and a half! Do tell me, how do you actually ‘piece’ your paper hexagons?


    1. I simply tack the fabric to the paper overlapping the edges as I go and then I whip stitch the hexagons together using the tiniest stitches. I usually make a flower of seven hexagons and then join these together. The important thing I believe is not to remove the papers until the patchwork piece is finished. It is very calming work requiring just enough concentration.


      1. Oh yes, of course – I had forgotten that’s what it was called. Some of the vintage quilts I have still have the (vintage!) paper pieces in them. Just think, yours will be vintage in years to come!


  3. I had to look up English paper piecing as that was new to me. I admire your patience! It looks as though you’re making good progress on decoration for the cottage – I love both paintings and the hooks.


  4. Lovely compositions, full of interesting details. What a beautiful sunset, thank goodness the days are getting longer and brighter. I like the dried flower arrangements and (of course) I’m wondering what the grass on the first mantelpiece image might be. Looks like panicum possibly …?


  5. I enjoyed seeing the art work you are collecting for your new cottage, and the heart shaped hooks really are very nice. I like coats on hooks in halls and behind doors, it makes a house feel cosy I think x


  6. I just love to look at other people’s special things and the mundane, everyday ones too. The painting is beautiful and I love what you did with the frame. It looks terrific. I hope you’re having a good week so far.


  7. Lovely finds, and a nice job on the frame. I love to do English paper piecing as well, it’s so very soothing. Slow sewing! I have a handful of quilts I’ve made like this, with all of the tops hand sewn. I’m very impressed that you have flowers from the allotment, tatty or not, they’re lovely to have at this time of year. It will be a while before there are any at mine I think! CJ xx


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