Sunday, 5 March 2017

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

I can remember this when it first came out.  In fact I bought some wallpaper the poppy design for my kitchen.  It got left behind when I split from my ex husband.  However I do have several other things that I do have.  The intention is to have my bedroom decorated with the honeysuckle rose design eventually.  I have all the bedding I bought it brand new but at the time they did not do the bedding in king size.  We have a super king quilt on the bed and so I thought I would extend the quilt covers with long strips/panels of fabric finished off with some broderie anglais lace frill trim.

Why on earth am I talking about this at the moment.  Well truth is I found my Country Diary book of crafts by Annette Mitchell when sorting out earlier on. There are lits of lovely projects in there and in due course I am going to make some of them to go with and compliment those items already to hand. I had also thought that I will buy some new bedlinen and embroider it with roses. There is a big heavy cotton heirloom crochet bedspread in the book which I am also hoping to make.  Will have to stockpile the cotton for that.

I have also been buying the wallpaper where I can as well.

My hope is to eventually have a country style bedroom erring more on the side of Victorian styling.  I already have two very large pine wardrobes two bedside cabinets a pine chest of drawers (I a also have a big pine blanket box that used to belong to my Dad.  Its an old one having previously belonged to my Dad's friend. I am hoping to get another chest of drawers in due course) i also have a big cream metal bedstead and I am after a pine dressing table which will probably be the last item of furniture.

I also have the curtains those being brand new also.

There are several Royal Winton pottery bits and bobs as well.

I have also obtained further cross stitch kits and charts.  I have already started on my hexie quilt.  So a lot in hand and a lit of plans.  However realistically it is going to take me a little while to achieve.  Wish me luck.

This is what I am hoping to achieve.  Pretty isn't it.

Catch  you soon.

Pattypan xx


  1. I remember getting that craft book from the library back in the 1980s. I planned and dreamed... But never created anything from it. Hope your room turns out beautifully!!

    1. Hi Angela it is a beautiful book. When the Country Diary range first came out I was not able to afford very much but over the years I have managed to collect a bit here and there and gradually built things up. With the help of the book and some ideas I have had for other things I am trying to make the best of what I have without spending an absolute fortune. The country cottage theme tends to be the sort of thing I aim for it is very forgiving and timeless in its own way. Besides I am a country village kid and I love all things natural. Will probably post some of my makes up as I go along. Take care. Pattypan xx

  2. I think I have it too. I still love the books, the designs, the fabrics - very "me". I look forward to seeing your projects.

    I have a double duvet cover here (unused I think - gotten from a car boot sale). If it's any good to you for making up your king size duvet, as fabric, give me a shout and I will get it in the post to you.

    1. Hi BB I think our tastes are very similar. I will pop the projects up as I make/complete them.

      Yes please to the duvet cover. Will contact you by email re this. Thank you. I am back at work tomorrow and have got myself in a good routine with the medication but my later nights are having to be curtailed a little and I have to get my sleeping pattern sorted. Drs Orders. Will contact you by email tomorrow evening. Take care Pattypan xx

  3. I ordered the book because it looked so lovely.
    Thanks for a great blog.

    1. Glad you are enjoying. The book is indeed a beautiful one and there are lits of projects in there that I am goibg to try. I taught myself ribbon weaving from this book and so far have woven 4 panels to be used in bed cushions although I have not made them up yet. They are on the list to do. I have found over the years that buying craft books over the years I have made some of the things but then go on to adapt things or put something of myself in and change things as I go along. I have quite a few of the other books as well as the Country Diary books. I also have the craft cd rom as well. Will pop up the projects as I go along. Take care. Pattypan xxx


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