here, here and here so I dug out this book...
Which has lots of useful styles of calligraphy in chart form for cross stitching like this
and a short while later I came up with this
I explained to my husband I was aiming for the style of vintage French grain sacks and his little eyes glazed over. Bless him.
I'm really pleased I left the bottom of the mannequin cover loose so I could take it off by undoing the lacing!
Wow! That stuff stinks! The kitchen smelled like 20 rotting cabbages and my poor husband was threatening to leave as his office is next to the kitchen.
And here is the result
An epic fail. Looks like the yellow is there to stay. And I still get a whiff of cabbage every time I use the washing machine...
In other vintage linen news I got a lovely old mangle cloth from Hitchins Friday flea market in the more unusual blue colourway. If you don't know, these are what you wrapped your clothes in before you'd put them through the mangle and they're about 3 metres long and make lovely table runners. If I ever unearth the dining table I'll show you how it looks!
The only other cool thing I got this week was this globe lamp for my daughter from a charity shop in town
Yeah, it's wrecking the whole French country vibe I was going for with her room but hopefully it will put a stop to questions like, ''Is England in London?''
And we shall call the room vintage eclectic.
But the most exciting thing of all is that I have finally mastered getting photos and text on my blog exactly where I want them! Finally! ;)
Delighted to be linking with The Rose Garden In Malevik saturday show off.
And Magpie Monday
And Ta-dah Tuesday at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping
(My big ta-dah is managing to load the Christmas swap thingy onto my side bar. It only took me 24 hours and invoved me emailing the image to myself, not sure if there's an easier way!?)
And Coastal Charm