Spring Cleaning

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful ” …….William Morris

As we say goodbye to winter, and usher in Spring,

it’s the perfect time to clean and organize and perhaps purge as

Mr Morris suggests!

One of our favourite ways to start, is to banish all heavy drapes and dark pillows to the linen closet, and hang simple light reflecting fabrics and lace at the windows.

Bring wildflowers indoors, and force branches of flowering trees by simply placing in water filled vases. Within a week you will have flowering blooms!

Spring Primula’s
Budding Magnolia
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Self Love on Valentines Day !

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every  relationship you have.”

This sets the tone for 2019, and inhabits our home, & gives our decor sparkle!

Chocolates & Roses for One      xoxo

Cupid Loves You xoxo

Always set a beautiful table, no matter who is dining!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Lacy Summer Elderflower Cordial

elderflowers

Mid to late July is when the beautiful Elderflower shows her lacy skirts, and I fill a basket with these blossoms, steep them in a honey and lemon water, reap the benefits (good for the sinuses), and reward my family with a bubbly Prosecco cocktail. Simply fill a champagne glass with ice; pour cordial over top, and add Prosecco; stir gently to combine, garnish with raspberries (in season), and thin sliced lemon.

A beautiful species, the shrub’s flowers and berries have long been used in European households as a homemade medicinal staple, and a refreshing Summer drink with sparking wine or mineral water.

Steeping Instructions as follows:

15 to 20 heads of elderflower, picking off any bugs etc. and making sure that the flowers are open with no brown bits.

5 cups of water
4 cups sugar
4 tablespoons local honey
1 unwaxed organic lemon

Place the sugar and honey in a large stainless saucepan with the water and bring to a gentle boil to dissolve the sugars, then take from the heat.

Grate the lemon and add the zest to your mixture. Place the flower heads in the liquid with the heads down, and make sure the flowers are completely covered in liquid so the pollen can steep. Squeeze the lemon for the juice, put the saucepan in a cool place with the lid on, and leave to steep and infuse for up to 48 hrs.

Strain the liquid with a fine sieve, and pour into a clean jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 month. Use as desired!

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Sicily curtain featured on Houzz

Our black lace curtain, Sicily, is featured in an Ideabook by Krita Raut, Houzz India Contributor.

Go look: Soft Furnishing Maintenance 101

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Mothers Apron

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bringing in the eggsIt Brought in Eggs & Vegetables……………..

apron3apron2apron4That Apron Dusted Tabletops, & Shooed Away the Flies

I wish I knew the author of this poem! It brought back so many memories of my mother, and both Grandmothers who lived with us all through my childhood.

We, at Highland Lace Company, have these available to purchase if you would like one. Just tell us the colour you would like and the style ( bib front or half apron )

Happy Cooking!

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