Writing a thesis has taught me several things: that having the freedom to choose your own subject is both thrilling and unsettling (I understand now why children crave structure and limitations), to love a (vast) subject with a passion whilst remaining concise and precise (the latter did not come so easily to me), and finally, that attention to detail is a marvellous thing but that one must know when to stand back and curb the desire to give too much detail.
I love detail. One needs, however, to balance out embellishment with simplicity. Details matter but simple pleasures are wonderful too, right?
Our walk this morning married the simple pleasures of being with loved ones in the sunny autumnal countryside and relishing nature's ornaments.
Wild cyclamen. In spring I hear tales of carpets of dainty bluebells in the British Isles which I have yet to hear in France. While I miss that marvellous sight I know that come autumn the woodlands here are covered in heavenly pink and white cyclamen.The pleasure is just as intense.
The cyclamen's Greek name grew from encircling like the Cyclades which encircle Delos. Their old English name 'sowbread', however, is much less poetic.
Today these little flowers wove their magic on our children and the woods around us.
As always it was the children who first spotted the gifts lying in the dappled sunlight.
Why should we find a cupcake dress and an apron lying among the ivy and cyclamen?
Who put the dress on the tree? Some benevolent woodland sprites perhaps?
Oh my goodness! Sugared almonds? Such kindness!
A sugared-almond blue cardigan made from the finest fairy gossamer.
One finds the lovliest little people in these woodland glades.
Whoever made these clothes loves giving attention to detail.
Yes indeed. There was magic in the woods today.
Magic of the sweetest kind.
And now please tell me; do you prefer making things on a small or large scale? Do you too love weaving details into your creations or, on the contrary, do you find embellishments too fussy? Please share your preferences with me.
A warm welcome to my lovely new readers and a big thank you to my loyal ones.
I cannot wait for dear Vanessa to return and discover she has won the giveaway gifts.
Don't forget the Nursery Rhyme winner will be announced soon... very soon.
Have a beautiful week.
ps I made these doll's clothes for a wonderful friend, Zara, who claims they will be for her daughter Lucy's doll. I wonder who will play with them the most? ;-)