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Behind the sparkly scenes… βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨

✨ The evenings are sneaking in closer & the air is creeping cooler meaning I’m becoming a busier blanket builder. It feels slightly odd starting Florafairweather jobs on a dark evening at the moment so with Dylan’s shifts working well last week I’ve been able to grab an hour of sparkling early light every single morning this week. 

Monday. Come 6.45am, the light starts to seep in through our Velux roof windows & the toddler wakes up like a tornado. Flora & Dylan bundle up & charge down the fields with the one out of our two dogs racing in front. The number two dog decided to have a lie in with me. I get my wool out while my hair dries & the kettle boils… The sun rises then around 7.50am it has made its way to the window directly above our bed.

I could pretend this was part of our design plan for the new bedroom space at Rose Cottage, but actually, it was by pure chance & has uniquely changed the way I work on a morning & early evening. Having the natural light right overhead is beyond compare to lamplight. It’s far far better for my (**always tired Mama) eyes & means the photos I can take of my blankets rarely need any tweaking or editing. 


Tuesday, only a set of Pom poms needed this morning so I whip them up without getting dressed & wait for the gang to get back in! 15 minutes spare to drink my coffee & flick through some colour charts for another blanket I’m starting this week.


Wednesday, Even Velux can’t brighten our room this morning. A faint glow of sunrise hasn’t woken Flora Bee yet so without spoken words, Dylan & me chose to stay in bed. Sometimes wool waits & sometimes looking up is good for the soul, good for the rest of the day & good for your tired husband! **Especially when you catch a glimpse of the neighbours overhead…


Thursday, An hour seems to go so quick this morning when most of it was spent untangling a ball of pink wool!!! By the time Flora & Dylan come back in bringing gifts of pink Anemones & the last of my Chinese lanterns the sun is now dancing on the walls & I’ve opened the Velux to hear some birdsong. 



Friday, expecting the sky to be a blaze of beauty I wake up happily to this… ​​

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Even my three year old finds it calming & it’s just not a noise you get to enjoy with usual vertical glass.

We’re taking it slow until it brightens up this morning as all I need to do it take some snaps of a blanket later. 


Saturday, finally Mother Nature has cheered up for the weekend & I have another sacred hour to catch up on a couple of my Mama blankets. It’s so so pretty this morning I can even get my snaps AND post on Insta pretty much in the same breath! Perfect reason to take Sunday off & enjoy the skies from the opposite side of my Velux!


Sunday afternoon, time to note down some thoughts on our roof windows for a blog I’m working on…


I’ve trawled through the thesaurus hunting for pretty adjectives to describe the way they enhance our life, 

Radiant, refreshing, luminous, sunlit, dreamy… They all describe what I see, but I’ll leave you with this stunner should you need an extra nudge… 

To explore your Velux potential, click here ✨ or on Instagram here ✨ #florafairweather #veluxpotential πŸŒˆπŸ™‹πŸΌβ€οΈ

The Happiest of Valleys…

Yesterday was spent at Happy Valley’s Wedding Festival in Norfolk, a camping/glamping & wedding venue where numerous little hideaways are tucked between the Pines. It’s created & owned by my super creative & hardworking friends Katy & Scottie, they’re like the real life version of Ben & Holly & here is their little kingdom…









It’s ALWAYS a pleasure Katy Babe, thank you for having us, now please give me your dress and puppy.  πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†βœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ•ŠπŸ’— (you can visit their Instagram here or have a peep online here.

Elderberry & Honey…Β 

I mean, technically this is a booster for if you’re feeling like a poorly pants… but I’m currently having a spoonful over some gin, ice & tonic sooooooo….. πŸ˜¬πŸ’πŸΌπŸ’• 

Here’s what you do… (*flower crown is essential.)


Pick a whole load of Elderberries, the really black ones are best as they just fall of the bunches easily & are at their sweetest.


You need the same amount of water as berries so if you pick a whole cup of berries, you’ll need a whole cup of water. 


I always add a teaspoon of lavender, but just for it’s relaxing properties rather than taste as the honey & elderberries will drown it out in the cordial!


(No I’m STILL not bored of lavender!!!) πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ


Or Chinese lanterns! Which I’m so so pleased I have some growing this year!!! Last year for some reason I only got ONE stem where as every year before that I’ve had hundreds! **anyone know why??! Anyway-I digress… 


Back to the cordial…


Add the same amount of water as your pickings… one cup of water for one cup of berries & half a cup of honey! (I know it’s a lot but it’s cordial so you will be diluting it don’t panic!)

Simmer for 45 mins on the hob then strain & cool…


It will last 2/3 months in the fridge & is mega for a cold if you’re unlucky enough to get them… or if like me, you just want to drink it with alcohol… go ahead! It’s YUMMO!!! 


Enjoy!!! πŸ’•πŸŒΏ

Botanical beauty…

On a dreary rain showered day we are playing with petals & making pretty faces with some of my fave cosmetics & homemade potions!


Fading hydrangers & roses mean soaking the petals in warm water to make a beautiful toner, safe for sensitive babes & Mama…because Flora obviously joins in too! 


Some left over raspberry & apricot scrub made with porridge oats & almond milk followed by some ‘stick petals to your face Mama…’ 

Then Rose toner & my only splurge, Cath Kidston Flora Geranium hand cream (on my face!) & matching lip balm! 


All enjoyed with a cup of Kew Gardens & Taylors collaboration, Rose & Lemonade… my current fave tea. 


Hopefully you can imagine the glorious scent of our blustery afternoon indoors & you’re inspired to play with petals this weekend! 

Kim & me are going on a friends Hen weekend tomorrow so I’m now feeling pre-pampered & ready to have a pretty couple of days on the Norfolk coast! Wish us luck!!!! 

Happy Friday Florabundas! 🌸

Handmade happiness…

Is there anything better than a petal picnic on a handmade blanket??! (Except maybe cakes rather than petals??? πŸ€”) 

Anyway, I have a couple more of my Cottage Collection knitted picnic blankets finished, they’re 2 rows smaller than the last bunch, because you know, mum life etc etc… so they’re only Β£40 each+Β£4.99pp I also have a couple of mix n match grannies ready which are only Β£15, I usually use up old scraps of wool on them & use them in a big patchwork of picnic blankets like the second pic  πŸ‘†πŸ»πŸ‘†πŸ»πŸ‘†πŸ» so if you want more than one, I can pop them into the same parcel to save pp! 

Oh & I also STILL have my rainbow & pastel rainbow MAMA size blankies here, they’re Β£50 with huge Pom poms (obvs!) 

Let me know on Instagram if you’d like anything pretty! 

In the meantime, happy summer days from Rose Cottage 🌸🌸🌸

Florafairweather Heirlooms…

My newest blanket might seem expensive to begin, but if you divide the years I hope you will keep it plus the years it will be passed down for, by the time it takes to make, I’m hoping it works out pretty flippin cheap…that’s why I’ve decided it’s an Florafairweather heirloom. 

Totally different to my usual blankets, it has crocheted Pom poms all the way round & 3D flower granny squares in my usual bonkers colour palette! 

They’re Β£70, approx a 2/3wk turnaround & im about to put the first one for sale in my Shop. I reeeeeeaLLy hope you love them so I can get some pretty boxes & tags made up to package it as a new airloom range! FINALLY something new for Florafairweather that’s not adverts I hear you cry!!! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† Please leave me your thoughts, as long as they’re kind…you know I’m emotional!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸŒˆπŸ’—πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ