The weather feels distinctly Autumnal today and it marks the first day I've worn a jumper since the summer, so the timing felt perfect when Chloe Liddel, the creative behind the Misty Cashmere label, drove up to the gate earlier with a new collection of cashmere under her arm.
These are supersoft jumpers in lovely, rich tones from jewel like brights to more muted shades and are perfect for everyday. Made in Outer Mongolia, from cashmere, merino and yak, these are easy pieces to wear forever.
Taking advantage of the dry weather we set to work this weekend, harvesting our annual crops of flowers in readiness for the Autumn season. We have a few workshops coming up later in the year and we're preparing our studio for the busy months ahead.
We are so excited about the Limonium this summer. Like all our flowers, we've grown these from seed in our little cutting garden and they've done so well. The colours range from a soft, sandy pink, through to a deeper more rose-pink, but we also have a very vibrant yellow which just sings when put together with more neutral seed heads and foliage.
The delicate flowers have an almost paper like quality to them and provided they're not left in direct sun, they should retain their beautiful colour for years.
It's hard to choose a favourite but I do especially adore this sandy pink.. I have stolen a small bunch for my hallway at home and it looks incredibly pretty against my limewashed wall.
Over the coming days, we'll be uploading these and more to our Preserved Flowers webpage but if you'd like more info or would like to place an order now, please just drop us an email.
They'll be available to purchase in bunches, just enough to create a beautiful display. And don't forget, if you're a fellow retailer or florist and would like to sell them in your shop, we are soon offering them to trade customers. Again, just send me an email to learn more - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our paper flowers seem to have garnered fans from all over the world and we're always fascinated to see how they're are put to use. We were absolutely delighted to receive a commission for some flowers to adorn a summer hat for a very special occasion.
Julia really went to town and created these wonderful, blowsy peonies in shades of coral pink and peach, tied together with a bespoke silk ribbon that we dyed from onion skins.
We experimented with size and shape using an old battered straw hat of mine. Not quite good enough for Ascot but perfectly acceptable for gardening duties...I might just order some!
This summer's 2022 issue of Wildflower Magazine, hot off the press, features a lovely interview with us, written by Kathryn Conway. Together with images by photographer Natasa Leoni, it's lovely to see our story told and published in this wonderful magazine. If you're intruigued and would like to buy a copy, click here.
We have been working on several exciting commissions lately, including some larger pressings of flowers and plants that grow in and around Sussex. Our signature handmade paper which is coloured with a sepia ink wash, is now being made in larger sheets to accomodate much larger specimens.
We love how these simple, often overlooked flowers, are somehow elevated when preserved carefully and framed in this way. This example shown here is of the humble forget-me-not and this wonderful frame with its shabby white paint, seems to complement the beauty of this lovely flower.
Each of these frames is totally unique, made using upcycled scraps of wood. We sold almost all of them during a recent pop up event but we have one or two left. Please click the images to learn more..
Our workshop has been taken over by these new herbarium collections as we've had many enquiries recently. They are a joy to work on but take a while as each plant has to be harvested and dried and then mounted carefully onto our paper..
We are selling these individual sheets for £15.00 each, for you to frame or leave as you like. Either way, they make charming images and beautiful records of the flowers and plants we are lucky enough to have growing in our Sussex area.
The morning sun is streaming in whilst I sit at my desk in the studio. What a beautiful Spring day! We've been busy lately, having had several large orders for Julia's paper flowers and the table is strewn with ribbons, bits of tape and bolts of crepe paper in beautiful natural hues. Her new collection of seasonal flowers gathered into posies are so lifelike and make such sweet everlasting gifts.
We just love receiving the lovely messages from customers all over the world that have fallen for the exquisite flowers Julia makes, it really is a ray of sun during these terrible news events.
On that note, I'll leave you with some more images of her latest collection, that are available to order now. We hope they make you smile..
Mothers come in many guises.. but however you choose to interpret the name, Sunday, 27th March is a day worth celebrating with her. A well chosen gift and handwritten card can make someone's day so take a look through our little gift guide below, for some inspiration. Any gift you choose will be carefully gift wrapped in our signature paper and tied with a bow and we can write a gift note to go with it, just choose that option at the checkout. We hope however you spend the day, it is a happy one. We're of the opinion that we all need to shine the light wherever we can in these difficult times. With love, Heidi and Julia xx