Monday, 8 February 2010

Dandelions, dreams, desires and

D is for disappearing act! You may have noticed that I disappeared from blogland last week. I sneaked off on holiday with hubby! He was in need of some winter sun and I jumped at the chance of a week stitching in the sunshine! I will post some photos and tell you all about it in my next post because the place we went to begins with "E" so that will get you guessing ...

As usual, after a little holiday, there is always a lot to catch up with at home, work, blogs, emails and flickr mails so I shall do my best to visit everyone over the next few days

D is for dandelions, daisies, dreams and desires

This is my belated calendar for February. The photo I've used is one that my sister took of a dandelion seed head

Dandelion dreams
Watch the seeds fly, make a wish
Whisper your desires

Dandelion dreams

1. Shots from the archives #62 raindrops in dandelion clock 2. 3. dandelion clock IV (version) 4. ~ 5. Wishes 6. Dandelion 7. 8. Dandelions/spring rain 9. Shadow garden

All credit goes to the wonderful and talented artists and photographers whose work is included here. Please click on the links to go to the artists' work

Mosaic Monday
Haikus - Week 5 I love dandelion seedheads for their natural colouring, umbel shape seeds and nostalgic association with childhood summers ... summer meadows, parched lawns, water sprinklers, skipping ropes, daisy chains, fairies, telling the time and making wishes ...

Make a wish

1. Dreams are made of these 2. Falling away 3. Make me a wish 4. Garden in my head

All credit goes to the wonderful and talented artists and photographers whose work is included here. Please click on the links to go to the artists' work

D is for dreaming and desire
My inchie for the letter "D" has Valentine's Day in mind

D is for delightful GIVEAWAY ending on Valentine's Day

.. and Valentine's Day brings me to the giveaway I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I won the "Pass the Book" giveaway organised by Emma. The book is called "Time Remembered" by Mrs. Dora Saint (part of the Miss Read series). In Time Remembered Miss Read writes about her family's move from London to the idyllic countryside of a charming little village in Kent, while she is still a very young girl, her discovery of and love of nature and her introduction to life in the small village school

The book is delightful and charming! I loved reading it on holiday. Now, it's my turn to pass it on for someone else to enjoy. As well as the book, there will be other prizes. I will include one of my "rockpool hearts", some of my hand made tags and some lovely Valentine's Day treats. I will show you the whole package later in the week before the draw. You pass the book on, but you get to keep the other goodies!

If you have a blog and would like a chance of winning the "Pass the Book Giveaway" please leave me a comment here on this post telling me about YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK
I will pull the winner's name on Valentine's Day ♥

I would also like to thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my posts while I've been away. I really love to hear from you and I'll be round to visit very soon

Good luck in the giveaway!

Carolyn ♥


Gez said...

Welcome Home Carolyn ♥

Looking forward to seeing your holiday photos. :) Love your sister's photograph it is stunning. Take care. Gez.xx

Julie said...

Welcome back Carolyn, I hope you had a lovely time. The dandelion photos are beautiful, they're so delicate. I'll speak to you soon :o)

Deborah said...

Welcome back! Lovely dandelion photos. Looking forward to seeing the photographs of your trip.

La Dolce Vita said...

so nice to see dandelions in the heart of winter! lots more snow today!!!

Ticking stripes said...

Gorgeous pictures Carolyn - hope you're well rested. Egypt, Espana, Eastbourne? I cantrecall my favourite as a child but I love the Mousehole Cat by Nicola Bayley now!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Welcome home!!! I hope you feel refreshed and relaxed.
I love dandelion seedheads, they are so dainty. I have taken lots of photos of them, but nothing as good as the one taken by your sister.
As a child, I used to love the Milly Molly Mandy stories, and now as a teacher reading to three year olds there is quite a few we read over and over again. The Hairy Toe, Owl Babies, The Gruffalo to name just a few.

jan said...

lovely post, my favourite childrens book was The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon which is a collection of short stories. I've still got the book now so it must be over 30 years old and it's very ragged! but I still love it!

Jasmine said...

Hello Carolyn. Glad you had a sneaky break away. They really are the best sort :)

The childhood book that instantly springs to mind is Charlottes Web, although I was also rought up on the Owl and the Pussy Cat and the jabbawocky.

Heather said...

I love the idea of a "Pass the Book Giveaway"!! I loved "Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead" by William Pene Du Bois, and "The Three Robbers" by Tomi Ungerer. I wish they would reissue "Lazy Tommy..", because only very used, very expensive copies seem to be available now, alas! :)

martha brown said...

This "pass teh book" idea is a great one! Well, besides The Hundred Dresses (which I have based a project on that will encompass 2010), I think that The Secret Garden is my favourite. Just a bit of earth.... that's all I need....

Joei Rhode Island said...

Delightful Designs
Love the way you work those mosaics..
Can't remember any favorite book...but Shahrazad was played on the 'record player' and I went to sleep with dreams of the Prince and the Princess and waves crashing on cliffs.

Pom Pom said...

Welcome home! I missed you! One of my favorite childhood books was Heidi by Johanna Spyri.

magsramsay said...

Inspiring dandelion clocks!
So many childhood books to choose from but if I had to pick my favourites it would be 'A Country Child' by Alison Uttley and 'A small Pinch of Weather' by Joan Aikin - the idea of a weather witch is very appealing.
I've just been re-reading the 'miss Read' books - I'd forgotten her dry sense of humour.

missy k said...


Nice to have you back.... looking forward to reading all about 'E' !

I love your inchy very romantic and all of the dandelions... nice to see them here and I have to say not in my grass!!!!! I don't mind daisies in my grass though!!!! My nan always said if you picked dandelions then you wet the bed!!!! Sorry to lower the tone!!!!

My favourite book(s) when I was little had to be Enid Blyton... ok so maybe not politically correct now... only yesterday Livi told me that the names of Dick, Fanny and Dame Slap had had to be changed in some editions!!!!!

I had one very special book (I wish I still had it) it was a big book, red, hardback with lots of different stories, sort of one a day... with things to make and do... it was by Enid Blyton. It had one story in I remember even now about how the blackbirds got their gold beaks! I have all my other Enid Blyton books!!!

I also loved the Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair, Famous Five......

I also know she wasn't meant to be very 'motherly' - I don't know about that but she did bring lots of pleasure to me.

Missed you! Have a got catch up week. ps we had a smattering of snow yesterday!

Love Karenx

Lisa said...

Holiday in the sun sounds idyllic just now!
One favourite book was Baby Island about 2 girls who get marooned on an island with lots of babies and young children to look after. I thought that sounded like fun, but as a mother now I'm not so sure it would have been quite such an adventure!
Lisa x

lemonade kitty said...

Can't wait to hear all about your holiday, lucky you.My favourite book was a ladybird book "the elves and the shoemaker" and I spent many happy hours reading it,(I've just done a post on ladybird books) Love the pics of the dandelions if only I could take pictures like that...Lucey xx

fibrefrolics said...

The seedheads are just beautiful! Hope you enjoyed some sunshine on your holiday. "Pass the book on" sounds exciting. My favourite childhood book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I still love the idea of discovering a long forgotten walled garden and bringing it back to life. Our handcraft teacher used to read it to us at school as we did our sewing and I associate the book with those happy memories.

Jacky said...

Welcome back Carolyn and thanks for the lovely "D" post - those dandelions are just beautiful. Always a favourite from my childhood too. I love blowing on them and watching the seed heads float away like little fairies.

The first book I remember as a little girl being my absolute favourite was "Lassie come Home". I think I cried every time I read it, but I just loved the story (and of course dogs).

Jacky xox

Gina said...

Dee... lightful! Love the dandelion images. Isn't it awful that I can't remember one favourite book. I just loved to read anything I could get my hands on!

bad penny said...

hello Carolyn - I can't wait to hear about your holiday in E !

Beautiful dreamy post - do you remember blowing dandelion seed heads to tell the time ?

My favourite book was A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Mum read it out loud to me and I was in that cold attic with her and the little maid who was so very cold all the time.

Fenland Textile Studio said...

Hi. I love your dandelion images. Glad you enjoyed your holiday, stitching in the sunshine sounds fantastic at the moment. My favorite childhood books (and I still have them) were the Little House on the Praire books by Laura Ingalls. I use to dream of living with Ma and Pa. There were also quilt references which I didn't realsie at the time.
It's a great idea to pass on the book. Looking forwards to seeign photos of your trip. Take care, Angela

Cathy said...

Hope you had a lovely restful time away and got some serious stitching accomplished Carolyn. Dandelions are my favourites too. They always hold a hint of mystery and magic and little fairy people.

My favourite childhood book was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Love the idea of reading a book and passing it on.

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Andi's English Attic said...

Whenever Dad took me to the library, it was always either The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Go Dog, Go (Eastman) that came home with me. However the book I remember the most (and still have a battered copy I picked up for my kids) was A Story a Day (Richard Scarry). I had no reason to be afraid but even so, the stories made me feel safe and cozy. I was also fascinated by American words such as 'pitcher' and what on earth was 'Halloween' and Harvest Moon? Never heard of them before. Even now when I occasionlly dip in, I still get the warm, safe cozy feeling from when I was small. xx

Murgelchen94 said...

Hi Carolyn, welcome back, I miss you.
No, I don´t like to read, but I love to read with my children.
I love Petterson and Findus.


ginny said...

hello : )
I adore this post and all the dandelion seedheads... the images are just gorgeous.
i have recently discovered your blog and your work and really enjoy visiting your space here...
now my favorite childhood book would have to be alice in wonderland and your holiday destination, maybe eygpt ?
happy tuesday
warm wishes

Steve McIntosh said...

Hi Carolyn - good that you had a good holiday and enjoyed some sunshine. My favourite childhood books were The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Have read them again many times since.

liZZie said...

For the child that is still in me and for the pleasure it gave to my daughters, Tyger Voyage by Nicola Bayley. Also Dogger by Shirley Hughes. Long, long ago I spent many happy hours reading Rupert Bear.

Kristopher K said...

just came across from twitter ... what a lovely blog - not had time to check it all out yet, but most definitely will be - I have so many favourite books from my childhood ... The first book to become a favourite would have to be the first book I could actually read all by myself .... "Frog and Toad are friends by Arnold Lobel" which I still have today :) I also loved any and all of the Beatrix Potter books, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle" and "The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack" when i was older books among my favourites were "The Secret Garden" "Anne of Green Gables" "The Endless Steppe" "To Kill a Mockingbird" "The Outsiders" and "Little Women"

Alexandra Mason said...

Beautiful photographs! My favourite books as a child were The magic faraway tree, The magic finger, and Ned the lonely donkey :) xx

Diane said...

Lucky you!! A sunny holiday! My favorite books as a child were the Milly Molly Mandy books (I loved the maps!) and of course Famous Five books - all of them.

daisy said...

Luv your inchie xx

Elizabeth said...

I love the idea of Pass the Book!! One fo my favortie books as a young girl was Island Of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, then there was THe incredible Journey about the cat and two dogs finding their way back home, and so many others. I adore childrens books and one that I fell that every fiber and stitchartist should have is The Quilt Makers Gift by Jeff Brumbeau. I still collect children's books and the art and story line in this new publication is masterful and incredible.

Good for you to get away for aholiday!!! I would love to do just that however we have yet another storm coming in that is expected to give us sleet, ice and snow- 5-12 inces on top of the 24 inches that we got last Saturday!!! The kids are having quite the vacation from school, not the MUM!!

Just keep stitching.......
Big hugs you generous wonder!!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Carolyn, glad you were able to seek out the sun (I was on the point of emailing to see if all was well).

Love this post and the wonderful Flikr mosaic. Count me in for the giveaway! Bfn, Lesley x

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Glad you were able to get away! I love watching dandelions floating on the breeze.

I can't remember a specific book name, but I loved (still do) absolutely anything Winnie the Pooh.

AeFondKis said...

Welcome Carolyn,
My favourite book is 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.'By C.S.Lewis. This book constantly bewitches me even now decades later, but the idea that another world was in the back of a wardrobe fuelled my imagination!
Linda x

Lynn said...

Love all these dandilion photos.
Your calendar is lovely too.
My fav childhood book was Winnie The Pooh, NOT the Disney version, not out yet, the original English version...The more it goes tiddly pom, the more it goes tiddly pom on snowing...etc.
Loved the cadence of those poems. Still do. Now I can read them to my grand children.

Amanda Sheridan said...

Has to be Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Think I read it a hundred times and still loved it. When my son was little, he loved Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake. Bought it for my granddaughter for Christmas and it's always the one she gets from her bookcase for Nanamanda to read to her.

Amanda said...

Hello...good to have you back! Thank you for such beautiful, delicate photos.
My favorite childhood book was Pookie Puts the World Right. It was about a flying rabbit. The illustrations were divine. I was lucky enough to find a copy on Ebay!
Much love, Amanda xxx

Mrs Moen said...

Hello! This is my first visit at your blog. It was recommened by one of my readers and then I saw it on one of the blogs I read - both today. I guess I was supposed to find your blog, and I'm glad I did.
I loved Anne of Green Gables growing up.

Monica@The White Bench said...

Welcome back Carolyn!
Hope you had fun!!! Can't wait to see your pictures!
My favourite books when a young girl were Little Women and Jane Eyre, (even if I loved to read and liked many books I still have in my bookcase! I definitely am a book hoarder ;)).

vintagerockchick said...

I loved lots of those that were already mentioned - the Famous Five, and Mallory Towers series by Enid Blyton, The Secret Garden, What Katie Did, but I think my all time favourite was Heidi, by Johanna Spyri. I still have it, together with Heidi Grows Up and Heidi's Children on my bookshelf now!

Claire said...

Lovely photos of the dandelion Carolyn. How nice to escape the cold and have a break somewhere sunny.
One of my favourite books as a 3 y.o. was "How Does Your Garden Grow" picture book. It's an English picture book and starts off in winter showing birds at the feeder table and a garden covered in snow.
It then goes through the seasons, with beautifully illustrated pictures. Crocuses in Spring, sunshowers, tulips, potato planting.
Hollyhocks, Lupins and Delphiniums in summer, as well as all the veggies.
It finishes off in Autumn with raking up the leaves. It was educational as well and I still have it. Very special indeed.

Claire said...

Lovely photos of the dandelion Carolyn. How nice to escape the cold and have a break somewhere sunny.
One of my favourite books as a 3 y.o. was "How Does Your Garden Grow" picture book. It's an English picture book and starts off in winter showing birds at the feeder table and a garden covered in snow.
It then goes through the seasons, with beautifully illustrated pictures. Crocuses in Spring, sunshowers, tulips, potato planting.
Hollyhocks, Lupins and Delphiniums in summer, as well as all the veggies.
It finishes off in Autumn with raking up the leaves. It was educational as well and I still have it. Very special indeed.

Claire said...

Oops got a bit excited and posted my comment twice.

Sorry 'bout that folks!

Sea said...

Nice to see you back.
My favourite is Alice in childhood opy fell apart because I read it so much. Even now I re-read, and find new things. I just love it. I am looking forward to the film being released in April?

libbyquilter said...

hi Carolyn~!~ that was a D-vine post~!!~

i love to read and when i was a kid i would literally read anything . . . once i was discovered in one of my mother's friends basements reading old newspapers while they had tea and a chat. i'm familiar with many of the books mentioned here but remember enjoying the Pippi Longstocking books a great deal.

love the idea of a read and pass along giveaway~!~


A bird in the hand said...

How wonderful!

Please enter me in your giveaway.

I had a lot of favourite childhood books (What Katy Did, What Katy Did Next come to get the drift), but I'll name one: "The Wind in the Willows", by Kenneth Grahame. It enchanted me, and it also frightened me (Toad and his shenanigans).

Lisa Martin said...

hi, i like your blog, and your work. my favorite childhood book was when we were very young by a.a.milne.
Bless you.
Lisa M.

ewa-christine said...

Hi Carolyn and thanks again for your generosity (spelling? but you understand). My best childbook was a book that my granmother have make herself, in USA and she come back to Sweden with 3 small girls and dyed (gone away) and tre small girls dont have a mother. So when my mother had a girl (me) she always read her mothers selfmade book about small and big things, and how to do diffrent things. And also words as kindness how to be, or how to make a great childrenparty....I love this book, and today I dont know were it is, but I have told my children and granchildren about this important book of my mind! That was my bookstory. Hope you get it!!

Emma said...

Hi, my favorite was Harriet the Spy. Can't remember the author. Looking forward to Valentine's Day :)

Laura said...

Hi Carolyn - from snowy New York State!
I first found your site as I was looking through some embroidered textiles on FLICKR, and have enjoyed your writings and images ever since.
Growing up in NY City during the fifties, I often dreamed of places far away - especially when we had some of the 'big snowfalls' during much colder winters. One such winter, my mom bought the children's book 'Heidi,' and would read it aloud to us before my younger sister and I could actually read! Johanna Spyri's story tells us about a young girl who is orphaned and is subsequently taken to her grandfather (in the Swiss Alps) to be raised. Heidi's adventures and friendships are the focus of the book - and the book not only was a good read - but had a happy ending! My much worn copy of the paper bound book disappeared in a move many years later. I often think of Heidi and the Swiss Alps - especially on a winter's day!

jackie said...

I did read your giveaway/dandelion post yesterday, but didn't feel well enough to enter. I'm here today. My favourite book was 'What Katy Did', I don't know who wrote it and it was probably a series. I loved her boxes packed with presents when she went off to school.I read it over and over again.

Chris Gray said...

I deleted the last comment because I hadn't mentioned my favourite childhood reading book!

I read a lot, but mostly the Arthur Mee Childrens' Encyclopaedia...which had been my Dad's when he was a child. Lots of lovely stories and interesting facts...

I also loved Enid Blyton...especially "Island of Adventure" and "Valley of Adventure" - with Jack, Philip, Lucy-Ann and Dinah...and, of course, Kiki the parrot :-)))

Glad to have you back after your "mystery" holiday ;-)

x Chris

Carol said...

The first book I thought of as a favourite was Heidi, also loved Little Women, Jane Eyre
Enid Blytons The Secret Seven and Famous Five,
I had a book of short stories and my favourite in that was about an old lady who had collected broken toys and dolls to fix for some children for Christmas, she was so tired doing the work she fell asleep, but the fairies came and finished everything for her, wish I knew what the book was called, I was only small when I read this one, this trip down memory lane is bringing lots more favourites to mind.

Auvery Eva said...

I looked at your list and realised it was very similar to my own...I didn't read 101 dalmations though. Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh are very strong memories (not really memories as I still dip into them). And Alison Uttley's Little Grey rabbit books especially the May Day story. Secret Garden... Bernard Cribbens reading Arabella and Mortimer on Jackanory!!
The Marsh Princess by G Lodge - the princess who wanted to live in the castle by the sea not at court. The natural world definitely a strong theme through out. Mustn't forget Heidi!

I've just started giving my god daughter the Flower Fairies. I couldn't stand all the fluffy pink fairies and made up flowers that were so prevelant, So she's getting the real thing, bit by bit! I think the clearly identifiable flowers are perfect.

love all the dandilion imagery.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Carolyn, I also look forward to seeing your sunshine photos. We so need some sunshine here in Michigan too. I have never heard of a pass a book give away. My favorite childhood book was Peter Rabbit by B. Potter. I loved all the photos of nature and the story behind Peter Rabbit. Hugs Judy

The Garden Bell said...

WOW... I'm always pulling those dandies up. They look so much better in your pictures than seeding in my yard. Picture perfect and nice composure.

Jeana Marie said...

Hi Carolyn, what a beautiful post as always!

Some of favourite books as a child (I had so many!) were the Borrowers books, by Mary Norton. I'm choosing this series to tell you about because we just found a copy of The Borrowers at the library yesterday and I'm looking forward beginning to read it to my girls today :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Hi Caroline...glad you had a nice holiday! I have too many favourite books to mention, but the ones I probably remember the most had 365 page-long stories and every year they published a new one. They had great illustrations too. For the life of me I can't remember the name of them though!! Heidi was a favourite. I remember 'The Incredible Journey' as being one I read over and over (but it would have been when I was a little older). When my kids were small we enjoyed absolutely anything by Maurice Sendak, Sidney Sheldon or Robert Munsch (they're still favourites of mine now!!).

Gerry said...

Childhood book - - - -
my very most favorite
my all time favorite
Is a poem book by Robert Louis Stevenson Child's Garden of Verses
Dark brown is the river
Golden is the sand
It flow along forever with trees on either hand
from 'Where Go the Boats'

meplusmolly said...

Gorgeous dandelions, what is it about seeds? love them so wispy........ well I am a reader but I can't remember all the titles and authors I read back then hmmmmmmmmmmmm......... The Elves and the Shoemaker; Tat the Cat a Winters Tale; Flower Fairies and many more ;0 X

lynne h said...

oh carolyn, this is easy - 'charlotte's web'... i related so completely to charlotte and wilbur. it was all the proof i needed that all beings communicate with one another. charlotte and wilbur were like old friends, i remember that clearly, and a sense of great relief.

when i was an adult i read 'wind in the willows' and that is my favorite adult book. oh, i had better not get going on my favorite books... : )

xo (and happy valentine's day to you!)

Heloise said...

Beautiful photographs. Having the chance to sit stitching in some sun sounds wonderful.
My favourite book from when I was very young, given to me by my Grandparents when I was 4 is A Little House of Your Own by Beatrice Schenk de Reginers. It is all about building houses or camps with fantastic illustrations. I still have the book. It reminds me of the many camps I built with my brothers and sisters.

Pomona said...

The Narnia books were my favourites - I read and reread them so many times.

Hope you had a good holiday.

Pomona x

kliaksa said...

Carolyn? I like your dandelions!
so many books ... Neznajka by Russian writer Nosov, Alice in Wonderland, the book about Land of OZ - in rusian its name is different,

Anni's Art said...

Wonderful giveaway Carolyn, love the photos. I can't remember any particular book from my early childhood I liked, but when I learned to read my favorite books was - The Wind In The Willows and Alice In Wonderland

Chris said...

What a great idea! My favourite childhood book was "Snugglepie and Cuddlepot" by May Gibbs. I loved it because of the amazing illustrations, little fairy people who had gumnuts for hats and played among the eucalypt leaves.
What is amazing, is that I now live in a small village and the resident whom I most admire, a spritely almost 80year old, is May Gibbs' last surviving niece, a treasured connection for me.

she dreams big! said...

Love the pass the book idea! I mostly remember reading all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder 'Little House' books and of course, watched all of the shows on TV. Thanks for throwing my name in the hat!

Chrissie said...

I remember thinking as a little girl that learning to read was the best thing to happen to me. I read anything and everything, but End Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven were tops. And I did love my Bunty comics too!


Thank you all so much for your comments!

The "Pass the Book Giveaway" is now closed