Life at pink's barn

Jane's Jottings

Welcome to my everyday treasures…

The dictionary would have it that ‘jottings’ are brief notes, very possibly
thoughts and ideas that need to be written down before they escape. That’s
exactly what you will find here with notes on my travels, the things I’m
making, what I’m up to in the garden and even the odd recipe.

And down came the trellis

And down came the trellis

Over the last week, Bill and I have tidied up after the chaos. My reward was a visit to Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.

The excitement of an auction

The excitement of an auction

I joined the bidding trying to look like I did this all the time until the auctioneer pointed out that I was attempting to bid against myself.

Becoming an author

Becoming an author

I cannot describe the puffed-out chest and butterflies when my first book was published.

Buying my first antique sampler

Buying my first antique sampler

“This would be a special purchase for me, my first genuine antique sampler and I happily agreed that it could be instead of an eternity ring.”

Silk winders – vintage & modern

Silk winders – vintage & modern

Silk winders are now very collectable, particularly the mother-of-pearl varieties. The most famous and sought-after are come from Palais Royal sewing boxes.

Time for something sweete

Time for something sweete

“These extremely collectable objects originally date from Tudor times – I have been lucky enough to hold and examine Elizabethan examples”

The Current Bead Rack

The Current Bead Rack

“I like wearing chunky and interesting jewellery. I feel it can distract the eye from all else!”

The Colours of India

The Colours of India

“You will see the piece of printed silk fabric and will understand why I could not resist buying all they had!”

A sampler book

A sampler book

This child’s sample book was created in 1890 as a careful record of what she had learned at school.

Playing with Paints

Playing with Paints

Once I had discovered that if you make a mistake with a paint colour you can just cover it up again, there was no stopping me.