Last week I showed you that Chips and I were trying to make our overgrown garden at The Stencil Library into a venue worthy of a wedding.
The bride was Rachel Morris. Rachel is the manager at The Stencil Library, my cousin and co author of this blog. The guests met on the lawn for champagne and photos then made their way through the garden and orchard to the wedding marquee for afternoon tea.
Rachel and her bridegroom decorated the marquee with an abundance of painted silk lanterns from China which looked fab. However, news and pics of her special day are for her to share and I will just concentrate on taking you around the garden which used the same lanterns to form a link between indoor and outdoor spaces.
The guests had use of the garden all evening and so electric, solar and battery lamps were used to keep the paths iluminated and low branches visible. The evening pics were taken around 9.45.
We were so lucky to have two weeks of warm sun leading up to the day because our winter was long and spring eluded us so flowers that would have been finished by mid June were shimmering in their finery along side the guests.
Russian Doll was one of the stencils given away in the book 'Stencil It by Helen Morris'. The stencil was cut from laminated cardstock and there were three sizes of Russian Doll for the reader to use.
The project from Stencil It showed how to decorate a cylindrical lamp base and lampshade.
Here are some other projects that I made with the stencil.
Card stencils have only a limited lifespan. I would reccommend buying the plastic version of the Russian Doll stencil for projects where repeated use is desired. It is available in many sizes, just type Russian Doll into The Stencil Library search box to see the variety.
My husband designed this stencil for the book 'Stencil It' originally he drew Twiggy's face onto the doll but the design had to be simplified and widened so that the printers could cut it. It bears little or no resemblance to Twiggy now but people still tell me that the face looks familiar. Who do you think it looks like?
Colin the horse was lifted from his bed of nettles to have a new suit of gold fitted.
The bench on the winter lawn was gilded with copper leaf and the wood glazed with layers of green, blue and black.
The colors are a perfect match for the pheasants that share our garden.
Tomorrow the bench will be stencilled and varnished.
The wooden tent frame which served us well for the past twelve years has been replaced with a sturdy new one. I am sad that I will have no time to make a new canvas cover for it this week. I may have to drape the structure with sheets and I am hoping that I will have a stencilled floorcloth that fits.
We have unwrapped the awnings for the daybed and dressed the dilapidated frame with stencilled chrysanthemums.
This is one of my favourite spots in the garden and I am hoping that I am hoping that the seat will not collapse.
The plastic garden pots have been painted blue and planted with booty from a local plant sale.
Flowers have been transplanted, gravel weeded, lawns mowed and paths carved through the nettles and around fruit trees. We had the most productive weekend with friends and family preparing the garden for Rachel and Stephen's wedding on Saturday.
We hope that the clematis, paeonies and honeysuckle keep hold of their blooms for the weekend
Every year I try to visit the Lavender Farm near Malton, North Yorkshire. Few of my friends had heard of the place so I am alerting anyone that may be in the North East of England this summer. It is minutes away from Castle Howard and fourteen miles from York.
Combine both gardens for a sweet smelling grand day out.
Every year I intend to lavender jelly to my arsenal of floral foods, anyone got a favourite lavender recipe?
Stencil of lavender and pots from The Stencil Library's Garden Room Collection.
Apparantly, our own Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has had a pregnancy craving for lavender shortbread. Here are some links to some lavender recipes.
Last week I was in Japan with a fabulous group of decorative painters from all over the world.
We were attending SALON 2013 Tokyo and had nine days of the most wonderful hospitality from our Japanese hosts. I will tell you more about it once I have edited my nine hundred photographs and checked the names of people and places that I encountered. I would have done that on return but have had a lousy cold and done nothing since returning..except sniff and cough.
All participating artists at Salon paint a panel to be displayed at the venue. The work was outstanding, I was a little nervous because it was the first Salon that I had contributed to, stencil artists are rare at Salon and I was the only visitor from the UK. Here are two of the team from Faux Arts Design displaying my panel.
A similar panel is created on site during the Salon, contempories and visitors watch the process. I took several painted 'backgrounds' rolled up in my case because I expected to stencil a panel a day.
However, there were so many interesting distractions such as kabuki makeup, Japanese guitar, slideshows and demonstrations from artists and vendors, a group mural, massage, delicious lunches, old friends to catch up with, new friends to meet and so much more that it took me four days to complete my panel.