The shop is now stocked up for Christmas!


It may appear as such, but I assure you I have not been resting as of late. I and my little helpers here at the flavour factory (furry, feathered and bare alike) have been very busy bees indeed; kitchening and planting, scheeming and crafting…

Wreath making with the Baronesse

The Baronesse was out of her radiator bed for several hours in order to help out with the wreaths that we made from assorted forest and allotment acquisitions. One for our door and one for the hen pen. I have made mincemeat and mince pies with hazelnuts, brandy, cranberries and my favourite Russet apples that are so wonderfully coarse, sweet and aromatic. I have brought out forced bulbs of all shapes and sizes; crocus to amaryllis, hyacinth to narcissus, that we had kept up in the attic until now.

Winter clearing the last tomato plants

The last of the summer vegetables are safe indoors. Some days ago I cleared the last tomato plants and a few days later Johan cleared the tomatillo patch, bringing in our huge colander brimful. We have made several large bottles of mulled wine on the delicious blackberry wine that J made earlier this year. Perfect to alternate with my ordinary chai tea when stranded in the sofa, mulling and crafting, these stormy evenings we’ve had lately in Old Blighty. I also recently made a batch of failed kumquat marmelade that got far too runny. Fortunately I discovered it is absolutely delicious as a sauce with sponge and chocolate cakes, so the very difficult to eat Mr. Kumquat Marmelade has now obediently had its name changed reappearing as the exceedingly successful Mr Kumquat Sauce!

Holiday Shop Update!

Oh, and I will be stocking up the shop for the holiday season during the following three days. There will be many an original that I have not been able to bear to part with until now, as well as recycled bowls, new embroideries and of course, pillowcases and tea towels etc etc and I am making sure that the SALE section shall be very well stocked this year. Have a good day!



I am currently coveting these His ‘n’ Hers crazy-beautiful vegan shoes from the charming made-to-order shoe company of greenshoes.


And even in my dreams I couldn’t get very much closer to autumnal perfection than this! The mallard (yes, mallard!) skirt can be acquired here from allencompanyinc at etsy, isn’t it just lovely?



Plus this year’s (scarf) knitting fest has begun chez moi. I am no whiz when it comes to knitting but scarves are just so foolproof. Repeat row after row, continue for as long as you want and get something useable at the end of it and you can compose eternal variations all to your own taste. Above: autumn’s first two scarf projects. I’m into stripes right now; brown-turquoise and peppermint-red.

macaroonsabound“On the Subject of Macaroons”

Pencil and marker on cream paper stock.

A new drawing that shall be in the shop on the next update. Whith the darker months ahead baking and food seems to be creeping into my mind an awful lot, or could it have something to do with my recent silly obsession with the old TV series Pie in the Sky? Either way, I’m sure this lovely company also has a stake in this particular drawing. Now, I am soon off to snuggle up in bed with a good book so I shall leave you here. The rain is absolutely pooring down outside in the dark and I am thinking about my only part feathered ex-battery ladies out in their coop and hoping they are keeping dry and warm. It is strange having other-creature-companions that are not living with you in the house. Good Night!


Meet Cat Girl and Poirot. These wary little darlings will be available on fabric later this season. They are part of my next etsy project which is brewing as we speak. I hope you weekend will be a treat!

I have a new silhouette to share:

twinstars“Little Star Twins” looking to the night sky with great expectations…or maybe longings to be somewhere else.


They may share a lot in life, but each has their own star that holds their destiny within and leads them on their way through life.

In the shop later today!

Oh, have I told you that this week every order gets a free pack of monster fridge magnets?! This offer has been in the shop for a while now so will end on Sunday, but since I forgot to tell you here, it is only fair that I give you lovely bloggies a bit of a prolongment. Mention it with your order and I will throw in a pack for you even a week after the offer’s ended in the shop and that’s a promise!


A little peek into the future. I am almost ready with the awaited new site and I am really excited about it! It will be a bona fide-dly minimalist creation I hope (there’s a clause I’ld never thought I’ld exhale!) compared to the last. Easy to navigate and easy to maintain! There is still some fine tuning to adhere to, but it is soon there.. I think.

Have a lovely weekend!

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