English Countryside Inspiration

I came in from getting the mail today, and there were several parcels of fabric, wallpaper rolls and samples waiting for me.

This fabric is being sent to a new customer in  West Yorkshire, England.
I love England and although my customer only ordered the repeat in yardage, I thought I would include the larger scale fat quarter as a little gift.  

I started to wrap her fabric to send and got lost in daydreams of the English countryside.  I slipped a favorite book from the bookshelf. The Ideal Garden by H.H. Thomas, 1910.  A glorious book filled with garden illustrations.

"A garden without Roses is like a ring without jewels, 
but a garden of Roses is a ring and jewels all in one."

There is something about England that always sets me to daydreaming.

So, I put on some music, poured myself a cup of tea and sat down to read some lovely words about English gardens.  I gave myself permission to follow my muse into a faraway place.

Then I resumed the task of wrapping packages filled with fabrics and treasures to ship.

 How Love Should Be.  The other evening we went to this charming little place called Infinity Bistro. We went for dinner and a concert, in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Dinner was wonderful and the music hall has a stage lit up with a backdrop of tiny stars against a midnight blue sky.  

We went to see Paula Cole perform.  Ever since I have been listening to every song I could find of hers.  She is an amazing performer, what a voice.  This song for this post is performed by Paula Cole and another favorite, the wonderful Chris Botti.

I hope that your creative muse led you to the same place that I visited today.  Give yourself permission to daydream for a while.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen, that fabric is gorgeous. She is going to be so excited!

And I felt like I had escaped right along with you. Thank you for taking us to the concert, too.

You are always thinking of others. One of the many, MANY reasons I love your blog and you.



nancyjean said...

Hi Karen...that fabric is yummy. And what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon...lost in those beautiful daydreams!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a treat your customer is in for, opening that pretty package of fabric! England has always been my dream vacation, (along with Ireland and Scotland!) Some day....

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dear Karen,

I recently sent several Etsy orders to England to dear people...they are just wonderful! I hope to meet some of our British blogger friends one day.

YOUR FABRIC is just magnificent. You work so hard, and I find myself working EVERY DAY, but I am in the discovery stages. It takes EACH DAY to fashion a design, weeks to figure out if it is what people want, and years to make the artist.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Karen, I loved this post. I do need to take some time to daydream.

Vee said...

You must have enjoyed going with Susan Branch to England. It was such a charming journey.

What you did with your artwork and the snippets spaced just so looks so lovely to my eye. I am in awe of anyone who can get the formatting to work that well.

The fabric is so feminine, graceful, and has that bit of a shimmer and a glow about it. Very neat.

Daydream? What is that? I haven't done it in so long.