Monday, 4 March 2013

Instagram Monday

Here's a little selection of my instant snaps for all you non-Instagrammers...

Yummy vintage Liberty Tana Lawn from Stag and Bow.


A finished granny blanket, hooray!  Only about four years in the making!


Drafted in an extra chair for visitors but it turned out to be a favourite with a certain cheeky ginger tom!  The throw is one of two I bought in Bridport a few months ago, loving those bright 1950's dress cottons.


That delicious vintage Liberty Tana Lawn again, in the frankly super duper local Stag and Bow.


Awwww, furry love!  There's nothing they like more than an afternoon sunbathe.


Pretty made-over sewing basket, happily rehomed with the very lovely Dorothy.


Guest room looking pretty.


Goodies unearthed during thrifty mooching in Exeter.


A Friday "fabric therapy" trip to Ray Stitch in Islington. 


Starting something new with my vintage embroidered cutters.


My prize Exeter find!  This brooch was handmade from skiver (a type of leather common to the period) and then painted, with a bell wire hanging loop.  So very make do and mend, dating to the early 1940's era.


A double ta-dah!


The Munchkin's new big boy wardrobe.  The reverse bears the coveted CC41 mark, showing it is a piece of utility furniture dating to around the time of the Second World War.  Only £30.  Who needs flat pack?


The lace dress at Southernhay House, Exeter.



Thanks for looking today, I hope you enjoyed the snaps.  Why not leave me a comment, too?  I must confess, I'm finding it ever harder to motivate myself to blog, hence the longer gaps emerging between posts, I guess.  Hundreds of readers per post but just a handful of comments.  Sad face :(  
xxx

85 comments:

  1. Love the bag you found! For some reason I never thought about re-doing the inside of my vintage sewing baskets - now I have a new project inspired by you! Your headboard in your guest room is also quite lovely something I have been wanting to do myself also! Thanks for a fun bunch of pics. Isn't Instagram just the most fun? So easy and you can add that retro look!

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  2. Well, I totally know how you are feeling. It's nice to share your Instagram snaps.
    I'll try to leave more comments :)

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  3. OI HEN,LINDOS TECIDOS AMIGA.E A CAIXA DE COSTURA,MUITO FOFA,PARABÉNS PELAS IMAGENS.BOA SEMANA.BEIJOS.VALÉRIA.

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  4. You look stunning in that gorgeous lace dress xx

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  5. I LOVE your blog but don't comment because it always sounds stupid.but if I have to, to keep you posting, I will! Your projects are an inspiration...I have been collecting feedsacks and linens for years (I am in the US), but can't bear tocut the rwhole ones up..but I am (almost )ready!
    The lace dress is beautiful and you look terrific in it!
    Actually looks like spring here today..the pony will be shedding! The hens are laying again!

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  6. Lovely finds Hen, love the 40's brooch. You look stunning in your lace dress. Have a great week.
    Jo xx

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  7. Oh Hen, we adore your posts!! I'm not on instagram so have really enjoyed the catch up - thanks!! Wow - that guest room is ultra pretty!! And you in that lace dress - beautiful! It's lovely to read posts with places I know too - went to Uni in Exeter, sign... Anyhow, thanks so much for the beautiful CIF - yet to blog about it since receiving it as I'm behind on my blogging! Hope the sun is shining in London and you get to the west country again soon for a retreat from the big smoke! J9 x

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  8. Hi There,

    I am one of those people that reads but rarely comments. I love every post. It just always seems like on the very popular blogs I am not sure if all the comments are looked at. Now that I know you are looking for comments I will make an effort to leave ore of them. I love the photos. My 2 favorites in this post are your lovely new brooch and your lace dress. You look gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing.

    ~Jan

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  9. I'm not that old (honest!) but I remember us having a similar wardrobe when I was growing up - it was so practical (and can't find anything similar today - sadly DH just doesn't do vintage, sigh) You look very glam in your lace dress - it was a fab buy.

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  10. I have thoroughly enjoyed this post. I always love seeing your beautiful vintage things! I understand your lack of motivation to do blog posts. I have a crochet blog, and rarely get much in the line of comments. There are a faithful few who leave them on a regular basis, and I am thankful for them. :)

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  11. What a beautiful find that brooch was - I bet that will cheer up any outfit. Also the utility cupboard - I love the fact that at one time a gentleman about town could fit all of his clothes in one of these ( I know I certainly couldn't!) x Jane

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  12. I also don't have Instagram so I truly enjoyed all of your pictures. The comfy coziness of your home is beautiful. I'd love to snuggle up in that bed on a cold winters night.
    Blessings,
    Betsy
    http://www.betsy-thesimplelifeofaqueen.blogspot.com

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  13. I admit it...I'm a lurker! Don't be sad -- there are so many of us out there that love your blog but like me are too shy to post :) But such great photos! That lovely granny blanket! Love, love, love.

    Amy

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  14. Hi! I admit I am a lurker on so many blogs. I love to read them and am so inspired by the photos but since I'm in Google reader I don't often post comments (lazy jane that I am). But here I am, to tell you that we lurkers are out there truly enjoying your lovely photos (that granny blanket! Precious!!! And your kitties! Love them) :) Thanks for such a sweet blog.

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  15. Hi there
    I love your blog to bits - being a fan of all things crafty and vintage, particularly the 1940s and 50s. Your photos are brilliant and you look awesome in your new dress. I know how difficult it is to keep on blogging when no one seems to be out there caring enough to answer, so I will try hard to answer. :-)

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  16. Lace dress= stunning. Guest bedroom= likewise and I'm packing my bags to move in. Stag sewing shop= wish it was round the corner. Skiver- I remember reading an advert years ago for something that boasted it was made from "genuine skivertex".
    This has been a grim Winter, February has dragged by, I know what you eman about the comments- know you are all reading, just SAY something!
    Don't stop blogging Hen- you are such an encouragement to sew, always look forward to your posts.

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  17. I was hoping for a pic of the lace dress and there it is ! Beautiful !!!!

    I must admit: I never comment, but I love to read your blog !!!

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  18. We ARE reading Hen - honest! I love that workbasket - must have a go when I get back home...

    Penny
    x

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  19. Your lace dress looks gorgeous and the pretty brooch too.
    What a lovely guest room ... I wouldn't want to get out of bed it looks so cosy!

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  20. Loving the brooch actually I'm lusting after the brooch....
    Your spare room looks delicious.
    Ray stitch is divine!
    Daisy J

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  21. Beautaiful pictures and gorgeous makes.
    iarene
    xxxx

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  22. Beautiful guest bedroom. I also love the munchkin's new wardrobe. I remember my Nan having one just like it. Sue x

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  23. Loving your pictures and lusting after the beautiful items in every one. That dress looks absolutely fantastic and the light fitting is nice as well.

    Definitely like that brooch. I shall have to do a little research on Skiver as I've never heard of it before.

    Also loving the Munchkin's new 'old' wardrobe. Much better quality than flatpack tat.

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  24. I am loving your instagram pics - so many happy colours. And your guest room - boy I wish that was my bedroom.
    Claire

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  25. Helen you look absolutely STUNNING!
    Love the blanket and and absolutely love your brooch.
    My grandfather used to make the CC41 utility furniture.
    Julie xxxxxx

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  26. Gahhhh - I am so, so, so sorry Hen - I haven't been a great commenter of late and it is not fair to you as you put so much time into your beautiful posts. Your blanket is absolutely sublime and has me so inspired! Love evertyhing you are doing and as ever I am going into my day with a glow from hanging out at your place!
    Lots of love,
    Kate xxooxx. (from greedyforcolour)

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  27. Your guest bedroom looks super inviting Hen. The boys do look like they are enjoying the sun.

    Julie and Poppy Q
    xxx

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  28. Wow Hen can't believe that I got a mention on your wonderful blog - I am loving my little work basket and it is with me every time I sew. Your pictures are just wonderful as always, I have just finished a couple of cushions having taught myself to crochet so I may, one day, try a blanket. I look every day at your blog and haven't had the confidence to put a lot of comments but I sure will now. I just love your dress, was going to ask you to share a photo and glad you did. It is just lovely and suits you so well. Keep on blogging Hen - the sun shines when you so.
    Dorothy :) xx

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  29. I love your site and always marvel at your beautiful pictures. I have not left a comment before...sorry... I will do better in the future.I have been inspired by your use of fabrics and colors.Happy quilting to you and your wonderful furry friends.

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  30. You can't complain about the amount of comments this time!! I always catch up on everyones posts each evening but don't always feel the need to leave a comment. Its a shame there is not a like button like on facebook - just to acknowledge the post!!
    I must motivate myself to actually put on a post - I havent since June!!
    -x-

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  31. Hello! - I love, love, LOVE your blog posts. I reside in Seaside, Oregon and enjoy reading everything you post. Please don't give it up since I would miss it so.

    Colleen
    heathcliffwhitman@gmail.com

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  32. Hello....I love your blog :) Your fabric is so pretty! Tahat you for the snappy show ;) I really adore that sewingbox makeover....aDorable!!!!
    Have a great Day!

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  33. Amazing finds, Hen!! so much eye candy.. i love it all!! must say my faves are the 50s fabrics, the brooch & the made over sewing basket.. all very yummy!! reading your blog always brings a smile to my face, you're a great inspiration :))) cheers...Marian

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  34. I'd just like to answer Pretty at Heart and say I didn't intend what I wrote to be a complaint, more a plea for help! I noted what she said, that a reader might not feel the "need" to comment.
    My motivation for writing my blog is to allow me, a stay-at home-on-her-own mum, to interact with other people and that's why my blog is free and publicly open to all. But it's a sad fact that if there is no interaction, there is no motivation and that's what I have been really missing.
    Thanks for all these lovely comments today, I'm going to get back to everyone in time. X

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  35. Hi Hen, you motivated me to get more active on my Instagram and I've added the click on icon onto my blog now and took 2 new photos! Thanks!

    Now - to the commenting. I think I comment on each and every post you do. One thing I've found is that you have to "give to get" as far as comments. I also appreciate comments... You have commented on mine a few times, but I'd love to know you visited me each time I post.. like I do yours. :-)

    Your faithful reader AND commenter.. Teresa from Oregon, USA ((hugs))

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  36. Lovely pics, the lace dress is gorgeous

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  37. Hi Hen, I really enjoy your posts and pinning your lovely images. Always such lovely colours, fabrics, interiors, cats etc. I too am inspired by your sewing basket revamp. My father had a manrobe like that. Please keep posting cos even if I don't comment I love them!

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  38. P.S. Love the pink cardy and dress fabric in the skiver brooch pic.

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  39. Dear Hen,
    I read your lovely blog, but rarely comment as I don't feel I have anything original to say other than I so much enjoy your world! Your sense of humor, amazing skill and craft are so unique. A visit to the Henhouse always makes me feel cheery.
    Thanks much for that.
    Mary

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  40. ahh, guilty!! I love reading your posts and always get excited when you post a new one. I stopped blogging well over a year ago now, totally lost my mojo..wish I hadn't though, as it now feels harder than ever to get back into it, and I feel like I am missing out on so much. I have read posts today from ladies I used to communicate with regularly and they are all meeting up and doing lovely things together-I feel really left out but it's my own daft fault.Keep up the good work Hen, you're an inspiration!x

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  41. Hi Hen. I don't blog but love love love the handful of blogs I follow. Yours was the first blog I ever read and I'm so delighted that you are now on IG. this is sarah from @thepitts here. I find the camaraderie on there so lovely. A real community. I love the chatting element to it too. when you first talked to me i nearly fainted! ig starstruck or what?! i still cant believe you and your furry trio turn up in my feed! �� Also, Like one of your readers above I tend to read henhouse in google reader these days and you can't see the comments or comment from there. I suppose I hadn't really thought how important commenting would be to popular bloggers like you. Of course it is though. Hope you're enjoying the blog love xxx Sarah

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  42. You have had me hyperventilating again Hen.....now stop it!!! Beautiful fabric, beautiful crochet and beautiful cats, what more could a girl need! :) x

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  43. Your blog is a delight to visit and a treat for which I should have thanked you long before now. Please do continue sharing such delicious eye candy!
    natalie jo

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  44. I'm guilty of lurking, so sorry...but, you've inspired me purchase my first sewing machine, start stashing fabrics and attempt my first quilt. One down, the first of many, I'm sure.

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  45. Helen, I am amazed that you don't have more commenters here. I've been reading your blog faithfully for almost a year and I wait with baited breath for a new post. I only started commenting with regularity recently when I realized how easy it is to do with my blogger account; before that I was doing it some other way and it was harder so I didn't do it much. I will say that when I found your blog, I read the entire thing, all the way back to the very first post, over the course of a few days. Whenever I had computer time, it was solely used to read your archives. You've inspired me a lot with my own crafting and you are one of a handful of bloggers who helped me bite the bullet and start my own blog late last year. Please don't get discouraged; I love your blog so much and I always find inspiration here. Plus I feel like I know your little boy; he's a little older than my own son but they look a bit alike and seem like they would get along. Keep blogging, please...I will be here! :)

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  46. Plessers keep om blogging! I love these glimpses in your world. The lace dress looks stunning om you.

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  47. I am not good about leaving a comment but I will be better! I love your blog, and all the wonderful places you and your family travel to.

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  48. A comment from little old me down in Dorset to say please get back to regular blogging! Love that ginger pair enjoying the sun. We've had a bit here today, at last. Ellie x

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  49. A lovely visit as always, everything is beautiful especially the Liberty prints. Looking forward to seeing what you make with them.

    Peg x

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  50. Don't you even talk about it! I love every thing that you create and love your trip photos I wish also I was born during the 1930's 1940's its such a romantic times, maybe hard times also but oh so elegant. wish people still care like they did back then. Love your blog.

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  51. What a can of worms you've opened Hen? Some lovely goodies you have there :) xx

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  52. Sometimes it is hard to find things to say that keep it all interesting but you manage it with apparent ease. Please keep blogging. You really brighten up the day. You look fabulous in your lace dress and I adore your patchwork wall.

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  53. Beautiful pretties and photos!! Love those embroidered cutters and your granny afghan!! Happy week to you! xo Heather

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  54. Dear Hen,
    I am a lurker too - too shy to comment but I will change that! Please dont stop blogging!!!!When I found your blog I read everything, from the start to finish. I often go back an read older posts just to get inspired and to enjoy the lovely pictures. If I should thoose only one blog to read I would l thoose yours! I would be really sad if you stopped blogging:-( And you inspired me to cut up my vintage feedsacks and make something pretty - you are so inspiring. I would miss seing your pretty smiling face on the blog (more of that, please!!)too and I would miss your dear little boy (I have a boy same age) if you stopped blogging.! You look so pretty in your lace dress - please post more photos with your lovely vintage outfits!
    Best wishes from Christine in Denmark

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  55. Had to laugh at your 'handful of comments'. I only have a couple of dozen followers on my blogs, and rarely get more than ten comments. But it doesn't bother me. I know lots of other people read who don't have the capability to leave comments. So what? I just blog for the fun of it, and as long as my 'old faithfuls' comment, and they always do, then that's enough for me. So rejoice in your 'handful', it's a much bigger one than many get!

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  56. Oh, Dear Hen, I must confess, I have been peeking in your window without leaving a comment every time :(
    Time has been getting the better of me this early part of the year, but hopefully things will pick up, and I can make sure I make more of an effort lovely lady :)

    Thankyou so much for sharing these wonderful photos my dear, they have cheered me up at the start of my day!

    I especially have an eye on your new brooch, and that gorgeous eidy on your spare bed ;)

    Have a most wonderful week dear Hen, and take care,
    Love n hugs,
    Donna xx

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  57. I love reading your blog, always have done. It's also great you have joined instagram too, even more chance to peer into your pretty life!
    Ali
    x

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  58. Dear Hen,
    Its me again - Christine from Denmark. I have promised myself to leave a little comment everytime I read one of your posts, mayby just a silly little one but I promise I leave one. I have noticed a little longer between your post and was affraid you were going to stop blogging - so you really scared me there!!I am a stay at home mom with one little boy too (have 3 cats) and I feel we have so much in common. I would miss you like a friend.

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  59. I take your point Hen, re comment left on my blog... the ratio of those who comment on yours to the number of followers isn't what you would expect. There are always going to be those people who just add a blog to their list, just for the sake of it. Many people maybe don't have time. I always read your blog, but never comment simply because usually by the time I see it, there are, like today, dozens before me, or it will be a few days old and I assume you won't still be looking. And there is also, dare I say it, a bit of tit for tat. If you followed my blog(s) regularly and commented, then I would do the same. And often I just don't feel the need to make a comment. Sorry. But you are appreciated, and your work is gorgeous.

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  60. Hi Hen,
    I read your blog every time, but I have found that to make comments on some blogs is frustrating. I type it out and find the blog won't accept it. Not even sure if this will get accepted. I try to not get disapointed by low comments at my blog. I know people just love to look.
    Know that Thousands love your blog and are inspired by you.

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  61. Thank you for posting for us non-Instgrammers! (and comment-wise- ask and ye shall receive! I think Facebook and the ability to just click a like button has made everyone a bit lazy about commenting.)

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  62. I love your blog and check in a lot to see a new post. I do understand that it is difficult to keep posting. I have thought about starting a blog but then I wonder if I could keep up the posting. It could turn into an overwhelming "job". Even if your posts are few and far between, they are so lovely when they do pop up. If you posted more often you would never get all the wonderful projects done to post! Do what you can and I will be happy. I know some bloggers are finding facebook much easier to handle. I will follow you wherever you decide to post.

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  63. Hen, I am in awe of your beautiful granny blanket. You have such an eye for colour! I have really similar taste to yours (which is why I turn to you for quilts and cribs!) but I just wouldn't have thought to put together the colours you have - yet it's utterly beautiful and I want to make one just the same! Could we possibly have more info about the pattern, yarns used etc.? Ooo and more gratuitous shots of it too, please!

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  64. Oh my lord! Please don't stop blogging. I love tuning in for your weekly updates. I'm hoping to bump into you at Cowslip or some such place and say "hello lovely vintage lady!" Sue xxxxx

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  65. Another one guilty of lurking and not posting, I love the things that you make even though (or perhaps more so) I am a complete klutz with a needle or sewing machine, although I can knit quite well. I have a sewing basket aged about 40 years that my gran gave me, it is in a terrible condition and I need to pluck up courage to try and renovate it. Also 15 months ago I moved to beautiful Ludlow from near Bridport and love seeing your photos and learning what treasures you find there. Ali.

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  66. I have been a very bad commenter lately. I seem to click through blogs and see all your beautiful creations and treasures and also be thinking of what I should be working on myself, so I rush off. But I do try and stop when you post something new because it is all so precious. Love the afghan, beautiful! Love the fabrics! Well what am I saying, I love it all! As always, one of your bloggy followers!

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  67. I am the same way. I blog and blog and no one replies, but I know they are reading. Just know I look for you almost every day and am disappointed when there is no new post. Hope you will come comment on my blog sometime, Snicklefritz.net It would thrill me to no end. We are kindred spirits when it comes to quilting.

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  68. Love, love your blog and your shared thoughts. You inspire me every time I pop up at your blog to see your news. I will comment more if it means you will continue posting!

    Thank you Hen for your blog.

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  69. Hi There Hen!! Please get your blogger mo-jo back quickly, I love your blog!!!! And I LOVVVVE your cats!!! I also lovve your blanket!!! And your new project looks very interesting, can't wait to see what's gonna come out of that!!! Do you know that you have 1698 bloggy friends!!!! So keep on blogging girl, we are all waiting for your next post!!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  70. I want that pretty sewing basket!! Love your Exeter finds.

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  71. Don't be sad! I love the latering of the quilted fabrics you have in your guest room. If I did that, it would just look a mess! Inspired by your sewing basket too.
    Am waving at you from Cornwall!

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  72. Please don't stop blogging. I have wanted to leave comments previously but have needed to have a google account? (confused face). I have just spent over an hour trying to create an account to enable me to leave a comment and I don't have a clue what I am doing :) Thats my excuse for not leaving comments before.

    What a beautiful brooch. My mum recently passed on some old Ideal Home Mags to me and I was pleasantly surprised to see your home featured quite some time ago. Your blog is one of my top 5 favourites. I will leave comments now that I think I have figured out what to do:)
    Christie

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  73. Hi Hen,
    I have to hold my hand up as a non commenter!!, I have followed your blog for a couple of years now and was a regular commenter, have had problems with the PC for a while now and have just gotten out of the habit of commenting, as it takes this old PC soo long to do anything!!
    I always read your posts which are always inspiring, and I guess you are right in what you say, if you get no interaction there is no motivation for you to post, so sorry.
    I have to admit, have heard of Instagram but have no idea what its about!! Lovely photos though, your cats look cosy, love the sewing box, your guest room does look pretty. I bet The Munchkin is very pleased with his wardrobe, its certainly better than flatpack!! and you look stunning in your lace dress.
    Love Linda O xxx

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  74. Hi Helen,

    Such pretty eye candy! You have such a lovely blog! I just hopped over from Heathers. I know I feel the same way sometimes. It is a lot of work to keep up a blog and it can be discouraging when you have tons of followers but not a lot of comments. In my stats its shows I have 1000 - 1500 visitors per day but it doesn't show in the comments. So know you are not the only one that gets discouraged.

    Hugs,

    Kerri :)

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  75. Hi!
    What you said about hundreds of readers but only a few comments made me realise that I should comment more often... your blog is one of my favourites and I always eagerly await your photos of the beautiful things you make and your lovely home and lifestyle. Please keep the inspirational posts coming :)

    Lauren xoxo

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  76. I've only recently found your blog but I loved looking through the old posts! I've got a red and white plastic sewing basket exactly like yours. I was given it one Christmas when I was about 10. I like the idea of refreshing it with a new innard.

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  77. Oh please please please never stop blogging..your blog is my no. 1 favourite on line treat. You are so very talented and so generous to share so much of your self with people you don't know or will probably never meet....but you are a huge source of inspiration for so many of us and your posts are just plain beautiful...from now on I promise I will leave comments...but please know how special your blog is.

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  78. There you go lovely, we've all been here all along :-) .... love your little blog too hen xx

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  79. Always read-shy to comment. Very enjoyable. From the middle of the US.

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  80. Sorry to say that I never post a comment either. There really is something very sordid about being titled a 'lurker', isn't there? I must do something about that. Anyway, I love your blog. Your productivity amazes me.

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  81. I'll comment on yours if you comment on mine since I'm also finding the same thing at the moment :-s

    Beautiful pics. I just found your blog last week, it's lovely

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  82. Ohh some new places for me to go next time I visit Exeter for my John Lewis Haberdashery pilgrimage! Love the pic of the two furry ginges makes you just want to snuggle up with them.

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