just an old-fashioned girl

Hello and welcome. I'm glad you dropped by. If you´re looking for something a little nostalgic of bygone eras with a timeless elegance and a little modern twist – in other words, something slightly “retro” – then you should feel right at home here in my shabby chic room. Month by month, there will always be something new to see so I hope you´ll enjoy your stay and come back again soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Season Of What?

John Keats called it the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” but to me it´s always been the season of colds and chills and cough syrup and a plentiful supply of Kleenex. In case you haven´t already guessed, we both mean autumn but either Keats was immune to the dreaded virus or he was using poetic licence. As for me, only the first line of verse 3 rings true, namely “Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?” I know exactly where they are. They´re six months into the future, that´s where, and the way I feel at present they can´t come fast enough!

Still, all isn´t doom and gloom. At least I´ve got my autumn blog header to cheer me up while I write this though that open fire and cup of tea look so inviting I could nod off in the process. But not until I´ve announced the release of Nature Notes which, with it´s subtle greens and browns, seems to me to reflect the more appealing side of autumn with a few glittering little reminders of summer thrown in. The sight of it gives me hope that once I´ve recovered from this beastly cold I may again take pleasure from walking through the forest crunching autumn leaves beneath my feet “While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue.” 

Ah. I´m beginning to feel better already.

Here´s Nature Notes.

There will be a few freebies to go with it once I´ve fully recovered.

Thanks for looking.

PS If you´re interested, you´ll find Ode To Autumn here


  1. Lovely kit! The fairies in your garden are hiding in the mists ;)

  2. Oh Helen, It's a beautiful kit! I love it! So many lovely little treasures! I really love the colors! Fabulous job!

    ps. check your email, I sent you a couple photos.

    pss. I hope you feel better soon. I'm finally getting over my yearly autumn cold... you know, the one Matthew brings home from school every year when classes start up again! ;)

  3. What beautiful stencils and items. Everything is gorgeous.

  4. Nature Notes has my favorite color combination... just beautiful. I'm sorry you've got another cold and hope you'll force yourself to relax with a book or your iPod and get better quick!

  5. Hoping that cold is going away fast! The kit is so soft and gentle making me feel comforted despite the chill rainy day. You know I love all the birds.

  6. Hot black tea, tablespoon of honey, book and a kitty-on-lap is my prescription for a quick recovery. Or in your case a pooch-on-feet. LOL.
    Get well soon. Love the kit, by the way :-)