Friday, 26 February 2016

Five On Friday

Thank you all so much for making last weeks anniversary Five On Friday such a great success!!! It was so wonderful of so many of you to take part!!  I think that you were kind enough to leave the most comments on any of my Five On Friday posts ever, and it was most certainly the highest number of linked up posts!

The success is all down to you all taking part and I do thank you so very much!!  Here's to another great year ahead of us all linking up, joining in, having fun and getting to know each other more and make new friends.  I want you all to know that you are very special people!!!

I have drawn for the giveaway and the winners will be announced further down the post.  For now though, on with todays five things!

One

Do you remember that last year I was asked to make some shawls to go into Lady Iliffe's bedroom at Basildon Park to protect some of the soft furnishings?  The room has been closed over the winter for conservation work and deep cleaning and has just reopened.  The shawls are now in place, doing their furniture protection job and I thought you might like to see them.


This is a dark green, and goes well I think with the colours in the tapestry cushion.


The other shawl - which is really hard to photograph! - is on the arm of the chaise.



You might remember that I showed you this last year when I finished it.  It is lovely to see it in place.  I will be working on making the pattern available in due course.




I think that both shawls look lovely - of course I am biased! - and quite natural and relaxed, but will hopefully do their job of protecting the furniture at the same time.



Isn't the bed fabulous!  It is in a lovely alcove.  I mentioned some conservation work that was done.  You can see in the picture below that there is a stripe of brighter pink wallpaper.  Last year there was a leak in the gutter and some water got in and caused some damage.  Luckily there are some spare pieces of paper and this one has now been hung.  Although the colour is different, it is the same paper and in time it will blend in more.  Also it tells the story of the continuing conservation of the house.


Two

I have tried on several occasions before to photograph this and never got a good shot, but this week on my way to photograph the shawls I managed to get a good picture.


Last year the Iliffe family donated some of Lady Charlotte Iliffe's collection of textiles.  She was the mother in law of our Lady Iliffe.  These are some of the pieces which are on display.  They are so delicate and beautiful!

Three.


It was a busy week at Basildon Park this week.  When I arrived for work on Wednesday there was a great big crane outside with a big cherry picker coming out of the top.  They were checking the roof and gutters and so on.  One of the other jobs they were going to do was to try and remove this birds nest which is way up high and cannot be reached.

You can just see the nest below.  It is tucked up high under the portico in a place where there are wires to stop birds nesting.  It seems that these ones were not deterred though.  The nest isn't used, but needs to be taken down.

The cherry picker couldn't get in to get it so they will have to try something else!


Four

All of my tulips from valentines have sadly had to go to flower heaven and everywhere looked very bereft!  So I decided to sort that out.  I picked a few snowdrops from the garden.  Only a little display but still very beautiful.




They also make a beautiful subject for photographing.  The markings and veins in the petals are so beautiful and delicate aren't they.



Five

I didn't know if I would have the finished garlands made for this weeks posts, but I do!  This is what they look like.  I do hope you will like them.  Pattern available here.


Last night I put all the names into my big teacup, and after some checking to make sure that the right comments had been made and links joined up correctly, two winners were drawn.

For the post link up the winner is Chel from Sweetbriar Dreams whose post you can find here if you haven't already read it.

For the comments the winner is Jan from Jan's Ramblings who went visiting and commenting and who also added her own post which you can find here.

Please contact me within one week ladies with your name and address and I will send your garlands to you!

Thank you all again for taking part, joining in, linking up, visiting and commenting and all of the other lovely things that you all do.  I do so appreciate it and I know that the people who take part really appreciate you visiting their posts too.

I hope that you all have great plans for your weekend.  I am not sure what I will be doing, but I definitely plan on getting out for a walk if I can.  I also think that I might need to do some crocheting as apart from the garlands that I made for the giveaway I haven't really done any for a while and I am missing it.

Whatever we do will depend on Hubby feeling better - or not!  Thank for the good wishes for him from yesterday, we both appreciated them.  He does seem to have passed it on to me now...  such a charming fellow to have shared!!!

Have a great time whatever you are doing and I hope that the sun shines on you!

Amy

p.s. just a reminder, the link up time returns to normal this week and the link will close at 7pm tomorrow evening - Saturday.  Also, all posts must include a link back to this post.
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If you want to grab a Five On Friday Button or get more information about how to join in the All About Five On Friday page will tell you all that you need to know.

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61 comments:

  1. Greetings Amy. Your shawls are so beautiful and look perfect in the stately setting of that beautiful home. How lucky you are to get to work in such a lovely, historical place. Your photos of the snowdrops are amazing. I so enjoyed seeing them. I hope you feel better soon. Hugs, Pat

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  2. Gorgeous photos of snow drops ♥♥

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  3. Amy your crochet is so beautiful And Basildon House looks lovely. I am adding it to my long list of places to visit in the UK. How sweet are those snowdrops.

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  4. The shawls look great in situ Amy. You should rightly feel proud. Have a great week. Selma x

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  5. Hi Amy
    I always enjoy your posts on Basildon Park - the shawls look beautiful!
    I think Snowdrops are my favourite Spring flowers - I love their simplicity.
    Congrats to Chel and Jan!
    Happy weekend and thank you for hosting.

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  6. Sorry I missed your anniversary post, it certainly was a huge success. The shawls are beautiful and look amazing in their stunning home. Hope you feel better soon.

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  7. Lovely post Amy and the shawls look beautiful on the chairs. I do love the lacy one. Your snowdrops are gorgeous, but I can't find anyone here in Oz, that sells them. I often look at photos in magazines and love the one called Blewberry Tart which is very double with pretty markings. Your heart bunting is lovely and may have to get the pattern from you. We'll see how I'm travelling with all that I want to do. Have a good weekend and take care.

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  8. Another great 5 on Friday post, We are going to have to visit Basildon Park when the weather cheers up a bit, make the most of our NT membership

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  9. Snowdrops are fabulous wee flowers, in my opinion. So interesting for something so tiny! :o)

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  10. Beautiful shawls Amy, they look so right in that setting. Your snowdrops have done so well. Fab photos. B x

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  11. The shawls are lovely and add a personal touch of a charming 'lived-in' look to that beautiful room. Loved hearing about the goings-on at Basildon Park. The snowdrops are so pretty and I hope your husband and now you soon get better from the cold/'flu - hope it's not 'flu - and you can do some walking and crocheting over the weekend. Thank you for the Five on Friday link-up and congrats to the winners of last week's anniversary edition.

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  12. I especially like the green/ blue shawl, the colour is beautiful and it's a fabulous contrast to the sugary pink. It is a wonderful bedroom and I can just imagine flopping onto the sofa after a busy day. Beautiful snowdrop photos too. Hope you both feel better soon. My husband has had a cold for weeks now and this week I succumbed too. My get well strategy is to drink honey and lemon and to re-make a crochet shawl as a cowl.

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  13. The shawls look wonderful on display Amy, you must be thrilled every time you see them there. Your snowdrop photos are lovely such a pretty, delicate flower which is so hard to capture with a camera and you have. I hope you both soon feel well again - seeing a bit of sunshine helps. Congratulations to the winners from last week's anniversary post:)

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  14. Those shawls are beautiful and fit their environment perfectly. You must be very pleased with them. When I first scrolled down I thought that it was your house. Snowdrops photos are lovely too.
    Enjoy your week
    Jill

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  15. Dear Amy
    Your shawls look lovely in their new home - you must feel very proud! Your snowdrop photos are beautiful too.
    Have a good weekend
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  16. Love those snowdrop photos. Thanks for hosting.
    Liz

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  17. Beautiful shawls Amy and how lovely that they can be seen in such wonderful surroundings.

    I was amazed to be picked as one of the lucky recipients of your Anniversary Five On Friday, thank you so much, I will email you my address. xx

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  18. You must be so chuffed that your crochet is gracing a stately home...well done you.

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  19. What a lovely collection of textiles, and your shawls are fantastic. I particularly like the contrast of the green one with the pink chair. I think my absolute favourites are the snowdrops though. They are so pretty and you have photographed them well.

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  20. The shawls look beautiful in that gorgeous room at Basildon Park. Lovely photos, particularly of the snowdrops. The birds nest made me smile, those birds knew what they were doing building up there!

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  21. Such a lively post. I've been away from blogging for a while so it's lovely to see your beautiful pictures and insights into your week. X

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  22. The shawls are gorgeous and look 'natural' in that room. Well done, Amy!You also did a wonderful job photographing those snow drops - they're gorgeous.
    Have a lovely weekend and congratulations to the winners! X

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  23. Your shawls look beautiful and fit the bedroom setting perfectly Amy. You must be so happy to have made your contribution to the preservation of this lovely home.
    I'm so glad your anniversary post was such a success! Congratulations to the winners! Since it was a special anniversary, I visited & commented on everyone's blog who joined in. I have to say, I don't know how you make the time to do the visiting and commenting every single week Amy, but well done! Sorry to hear you are now under the weather, but a little crochet this weekend might give you the relaxing time that you need to recover. Take care,
    Wendy

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  24. Your shawls look wonderful Amy, how proud you must feel to have them displayed. I love your photos from Basildon Park, makes me feel like I am right there visiting. Have a lovely weekend.

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  25. I know you said the shawl was hard to photograph, but that is my favourite as its so natural in colours. Love the snowdrop photo too, so clear. Have a super duper weekend, I hope its not raining - last week we stayed in, hoping this week to go further afield.

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  26. Great post, the shawls are so pretty and the snow drop photo's are amazing.xx

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  27. Your shawls look fantastic and fit beautifully into that gorgeous setting. Beautiful snowdrop photos too. I must add Basildon Park to our 'summer manifesto' list of things to do. Have a great weekend. xx

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  28. The shawls look lovely, very natural as if Lady Iliffe had left them there herself. How pretty those snowdrops are, I do think that small simple displays can often be the most striking.

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  29. I'm so proud of your shawls, Amy! I love the bedroom with the pink walls.

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  30. I think that both shawls look lovely as well :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  31. Oh I hope your hubby feels better soon. The shawls do look very natural there, it is such a pretty bedroom. I love your snowdrops, I never would have thought to bring them in like that. Have a lovely weekend Amy xx

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  32. Your shawls are lovely and what a nice project. Snowdrops are so sweet. I love seeing them. I added some yarn bombs to my post today that I hope all you knitters/crocheters will enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  33. The snowdrops look wonderful. Beautiful photos.

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  34. What beautiful shawls you've made, the colors are perfect for the room, and oh my, what a beautiful bedroom. Love how the bed is in the alcove. I usually say I don't like pink, but there's something about this room that really calls to me.

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  35. Oh the rooms are just lovely - and the snowdrops are beautiful. I must get some this year.

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  36. Oh my goodness, your shawls are so lovely! I love the one on the couch. Those soft, muted colors...so pretty. Gorgeous snowdrop pictures too! Happy Weekend!

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  37. Your shawls are lovely and your snowdrop photos are gorgeous.

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  38. I never thought to pick my snowdrops!

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  39. Thank you for hosting Amy, you are the BEST!
    Meredith

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  40. Gorgeous snowdrop photos, absolutely stunning. How lovely to see your shawls in place, they look just right. It's the little touches like that that make rooms so inviting. Wishing you a good weekend Amy. CJ xx

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  41. Thank you so much for including the patter for the little garland - so generous!!
    What a beautiful old house. The shawls are perfect. How I'd love to visit!

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  42. Sorry to hear hubby has been unwell Amy but glad he's feeling better now and I do hope what you have doesn't get any worse. The shawls look beautiful and very natural in their setting. Congratulations to the winners! I hope you have a lovely weekend. :) xx

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  43. the shawls are beautiful - I could live in a place like that so pretty!! your tulips are gorgeous, I have yet to buy some for my home. I usually buy some kind of bulb around this time...

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  44. Oh those shawls are wonderful! Perfect colors and so delicate, and they will do a wonderful job I am sure protecting the upholstery from grimy hands! I also love your snowdrops. Wonderful post!

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  45. How fantastic to have your work on show in such perfect surroundings! Well done you. And, WOW, what a way to start the weekend by finding out I've been lucky enough to win a giveaway. I'll email you separately. Thanks so much for hosting again Amy xx

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  46. Congratulations to the winners of your giveaway Amy. I really like the shawls you made to protect the furniture at Basildon House. They look very natural and pretty in the setting. X

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  47. congratulations to the winners! your shawls look beautiful at Basildon, Amy, very at home. I hope you and hubby feel better soon. Thanks for hosting Five on Friday! xx

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  48. I always love to see the goings on at your "work". ;) The shawls look so pretty! Great job Lady!

    Those snow drops are gorgeous! I don't know if I ever see those around where I live? I sure like them though.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend sweet Friend! Thanks for always hosting such a fun link up! xoxo

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  49. Your shawls are very pretty, Amy and how nice of you to contribute to the cause! Basildon is certainly a lovely place! Your garland and the snowdrops are just as sweet as can be. Congratulations to the winners and hope that you and hubby are feeling better for the weekend. Thank you for hosting. Hugs xo Karen

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  50. Hello Amy. Your shawls look very at home draped across the chairs of that stately home. Being sick is no fun at all and I hope you are soon entirely better. Your crocheted garland is sweet, and thank you for offering the pattern. Thanks again for hosting Five on Friday (it's still Friday here for a couple of hours!)

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  51. Basildon Park must be thrilled with your shawls they look so good in position. I like the frilly edge on the paler one. The snowdrops look gorgeous close up. Hope you're feeling better, it's so irritating when you don't feel 100%. x

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  52. Love those snowdrops, such happy looking little flowers somehow. Your shawls look very much at home in that room setting. Wishing you and your mister a speedy recovery.

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  53. Hi Amy, Sorry to read you are not well, hope you feel better soon!
    Love the pictures of the shawls at Basildon Park .... that is so exciting to see them there!

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  54. Gosh, as I was admiring your crochet shawls without having read your narrative properly I was thinking, wow, look how spacious and elegant Amys house is, look at her sitting room, look at her bedroom, its like in a National Trust property!!! They look great in their grand setting!
    I hope you feel better quickly Amy, take care!
    Gill xx

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  55. Oh, this is a lovely post, but then I am a sucker for beautiful textiles. I want a bedroom like Lady Iliffe's! Your shawls look very at home there - clever colour choices, well done you. I do hope you feel better soon. x

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  56. Just catching up on my blog reading, and what a sweet post, Amy. It must be a thrill to see your gorgeous shawls in place in Basildon park - I'd be so proud. Your snowdrop photos are wonderful. I have never seen one in reality, and love their delicacy and air of being something rather special. Have a good week. xxx

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  57. Such an interesting post. Love the bed in the alcove, it makes it look very snug and cosy in such a large room. How wonderful to have your work on display at Basildon, a real feather in your cap.
    Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well, hope you're on the mend soon.
    Lisa x

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  58. Hope you are soon feeling better Amy. How super to have your shawls on display in Basildon Park, you must be very proud. I too love snowdrops - I agree they are so delicate and a very welcome sight.
    Caz xx

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  59. Those shawls look great in place, I think they were one of the first posts I read on your blog so it's nice to see that they've made it into the refurbished room. Thanks for hosting and hope you're feeling better soon x PS love the snowdrops too :)

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  60. The shawls look lovely - you must be very proud!
    Hope you feel better soon.
    M x

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  61. Your shawls look perfect in that setting. Hope you are feeling better xx

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