Tuesday, July 27, 2010

mist + moss + magic

Roman gardens in Chester

Edinburgh, Scotland

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle window

Llangollen, Wales

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Feathering my Nest

Recently finished. Heraldic motif pillow is wool/cotton tapestry from France bought at a local Ren Faire. The other — fabric gifted by a friend embellished with olive ball fringe.

Friday, July 16, 2010

White Deer

The White Hart (14century wood panel)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lanhydrock House

Watching Twelfth Night (1996) last night, I was mesmerized by the stunning Gothic Victorian estate and interiors. At first, I mistakenly thought it was Strawberry Hill, but the credits listed Lanhydrock House in Cornwall. A bit of goggle searching ensued. Images+info here and here.

Twelfth Night and Lanhydrock House

While watching Twelfth Night (1996)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Plum

One down, 2,545 to go.

New vow to finish old sewing projects (heaped up and tucked away) before beginning anything new. This dress was something I made about 5 years ago of sanded rayon with a metallic sleeve - sort of “everyday faire wear”. Not only was the metallic fabric scratchy, but the dry-cleaning process ruined it, so I replaced with leftover fabric, added bits of plum velvet + trim I had on hand.

Amethyst Cross necklace by Parrish Relics.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ellis Peters: medieval mysteries

Sir Derek Jacobi as Brother Cadfael.

Have been enjoying BBC’s Cadfael mystery series for some time. I think I've watched nearly all 13 episodes filmed back in the mid-late 90s. Available in a fantastic DVD boxset from Amazon (which I long to own), you can check them out on Netflix. Many personal websites share insight and information about the main character, Brother Cadfael, and the Shrewsbury setting.

I recognized guest actors from other shows I've enjoyed like Anna Friel (Timeline, Bathory, Pushing Daisies), Natasha McElhone (The Secret of Moonacre), Hermione Morris (BBC Spooks) to name a few. Coincidentally, it was filmed in Budapest on a set used by BBC's Robin Hood - another show I watched with great enthusiasm. Ellis Peters also writes under the pen name Edith Pargeter, whose The Brothers Gwynedd series I enjoyed about 10 years ago. Love Welsh historic fiction!

Monday, July 5, 2010

verdant beauty

Divine vines.

The path to faerie?

St. George battles the ivy

Stone-faced solitude.