Big House, Little House

What a strange title, I hear you ask.... well, yesterday was one of the glorious sunny autumn days with a clear blue sky and a magnificent colour palette before your eyes, with the gently fading summer foliage and the tall trees, tinged with hues of gold and orange and copper.   We drove to Ulriksdal, just a few kilometres from our home.  Its an old swedish palace set in wonderful gardens, beside the lake, known as Edsviken.

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I love the simplicity and elegance of it.   Originally built in the years 1643-1645, it came into Royal hands when Queen Hedvig Eleonora purchased it in 1669.  

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French influences are all around with the Orangery and the formal gardens.

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The flowers and the colours were just stunning.

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A little chapel sits prettily in the grounds.

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If you walk around the side of the palace, the view across the sapphire blue water was just wonderful.

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Even the ducks were friendly....

So after the 'Big House', I wanted to tell you about 'Little House'.  I saw on several sewing blogs and websites absolutely rave reviews of these little glass house pins.  I decided to see what all the fuss was about and within minutes of opening the parcel, I was totally converted.  They are a joy to work with.  Perhaps because they are japanese and reflect their search for perfection, but they are beautifully made and are so fine that they glide through your fabric like silk.  I used them in piecing the next blocks in my Winter Solstice quilt and they somehow made everything more precise. 

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  They are a revelation to me and I cannot recommend them enough.  They do seem to be quite hard to find, but if you are interested they have them at www.figtreequilts.com and at www.thimbleblossoms.com .  Check them out, they are a real find.   Ruby x