Sunday, 26 April 2015

100 Shades of Grey???

One of the builders gave me some of the nails he'd collected so I could use them to rust. I soaked a large piece of cotton some habotai silk and some silk chiffon in some salted white vinegar water, layered them up and put the nails in before rolling up fairly tight. At the end there was a bit of cotton without nails so I popped in some of my keys. The roll was put in a couple of carrier bags and left in the sunshine for a few days. Yesterday I washed them out and was really pleased.

The cotton is to the top, with the keys on the left, the silk chiffon down the right and the habotai along the bottom. Another little bit of the old house immortalised


I will add them to this bag which has been my 'not sure what to do with it yet' bag for some time. Its one of those clear fronted ones that had a kingsize duvet in so fairly roomy and becoming a bit full! As well as the natural dyed I have some bits from experimenting with Brusho powder and other items like teabag papers.

I'm just beginning to have a few thought wandering through my head about what to do with them. Other things have to be finished first though!! I'm trying to be strict!

One of the must be finished items had a house added on Friday.


So it's coming together. You would not believe the amount of interruptions this build creates! I think very soon I will be shutting the studio door and turning the key with me on the inside.

Yesterday we took Elsa and Olivia to the Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta. I managed to say hello to quite a few people and buy quite a bit. It maybe small but it's packed and on the doorstep of course. Even Art Van Go, Mulberry Silks and The Silk Route make the effort of being there.

A couple of months ago I finally stopped umming and ahing about whether to stop colouring my hair or not. I've been thinking about it for quite some time and had a good talk with my hairdresser and colourist. It's not all about the chemical thing, though I do think as I'm growing older there are better ways I could be treating my skin, but more to do with the absolute annoyance I have every 5 weeks having to go and sit still for four hours. It makes me so up tight I can feel the anger building! Does going grey = grumpy old woman?? Lol Well so far trying not to be grey has made me grumpy!

Of course I could have chosen a better time to do this, my hair is now down to my bra strap and I know I will probably have to have a short cut again at some point but it will grow again, I like having it long. But I am 50 in a couple of years and I'm going to try and embrace it rather than scream like I did when I was 40. Anyway so far I have 1 inch of grey and it looks like the standard mid salt and pepper that my mother had, the 100 shades, oh joy. I can always colour it again but for now I'm sticking with it. If you see me and I look a little stripy you'll know why!

Have a great week ahead.


  1. The house looks wonderful!
    And as to the hair thing, I went au naturel a while back, and am glad to have all that stress behind me. Good luck!

  2. I'm older than dirt, but I made the decision years ago that I didn't want to go gray, so I color it, in fact I'm due to do it tomorrow.
    Turning 50 didn't bother me, turning 30 about killed me, I refused to celebrate it at all.

  3. I've accepted grey - in fact since I was early 40s! It's a sort of silver now, but to ease the transition I had grey highlights for a while! Mine is also bra strap length, but I have to confess stopping the regular colouring means I've also got really lazy about the trims too - last summer I think!!!!

  4. But I love the rust, what a well trained builder!!

  5. Hair never does what we want it to, does it? I'm 62 and have no grey except for a stupid band around my hairline at the front. Looks ridiculous. So I must keep visiting the hairdressers for some time yet....
    Gorgeous house btw - you must have endless patience.

  6. I stopped having hair colour about six months ago. Best decision I've made in a long while, partly the waste of time having it done, partly the chemicals, but mainly because (for me) it's better to just accept "this is who I am, this is what I look like" and celebrate it.


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