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Posted on: 13.1.12

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did you know...im a big fan of Wales. Not only does it have its own language and some of the worlds best singers...they are also pretty nifty when it comes to blanket making too. I always wanted a Welsh tapestry blanket, but they are always soooo expensive. but...I just sniffed out this little single bed sized one for not as much pennies. As with all Welsh tapestry blankets, it has a different pattern on the reverse which is very pactical me thinks! Oh I love it so much, and another thing...this blanket is a special one because it will be meeting one very special Italian in two weeks...I absolutely CAN'T wait to tell you what I am on about.
Another fact...I lived in Italy for a year when I was 18. Sì, è vero!! {and no, I can't speak Italian, only a few phrases like...'I'm sorry I'm English' and 'large cup of ice cream please'.

another new piece of tapestry... this little Swedish wool mat, which will make a perfect pot rest for our Campervan.

lastly, as I know I have such knowledgeable readers! anyone know the name of these flowers? They have lasted for about two weeks now and I love the wild look, I'd like to grow it in the garden if it's a local specimen.
well, bit of a random post now I've just read it back...sorry about that! Best wishes to everyone and may you all have a safe Friday 13th.

29 comments:

  1. Chamelaucium or Waxflower. Just bought some last weekend at the Columbia Road flower market. Mine haven't bloomed yet.

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  2. I believe they are called waxflower. So pretty!

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  3. waxflower...grows like a weed in NZ apparently. Most good florist will be able to get it for you. It tends to be around most of the year, but better in spring. As for growing it...i think it will need serious heat, which might leave our little chilly England out i'm afraid!!
    Emma x
    Ps it also comes in pink! but white is a firm favorite of ours!

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  4. They look like waxflowers. They are so pretty - I had them in my wedding bouquet.

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  5. I love Welsh things too (I'm a quarter Welsh) and a blanket like yours is something I've been after for a while. So far, too expensive.

    Not so safe Friday 13th. My Sheila Maid clothes airer broke loose from its moorings and fell from the ceiling and onto my head. Ouch! xx

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  6. am a lover of welsh blankets too. No one weaves um quite like the welsh.lovely find x

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  7. You find the most gorgeous things Artemis...love the Welsh blanket!!

    Wax flower is a native plant of Western Australia. They can be pink too. It grows as a shrub and is great as a cut flower as it lasts a long time. :)

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  8. Your blanket looks a good find indeed. I've got one but it's even smaller - just the right size to cover my ugly printer though (not that it needs to be kept warm)!

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  9. This blanket is a dream! You`re a very talented person in finding beautiful things, Artemis...nothing compares to your fine taste!Your blog is so special and I wanna thank you for sharing this with us all the time through the year!

    Beate :)

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  10. I love these flowers. I had been wondering the name myself as I also want them in my wedding bouquet...
    Lovely blanket too :)

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  11. Don't know what they are called but I had them in my wedding bouquet!

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  12. So beautiful, very jealous of your Welsh tapestry blanket x

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  13. Anonymous14.1.12

    Hello Artemis, It would seem you are unknowingly developing a penchant for Australian native flowers. (Yay!) Firstly by happening upon our Banksia and now our Leptospermum. The beauty you have posted is not referred to as waxflower in our parts but more commonly as "Tea Tree". Its botanical name being "Leptospermum" Of its 86 species, 81 are endemic to Australia. If you're keen, I would chance to try growing it in your climes. New Zealand and Australia can be very cold in places after all and Leptospermum are hardy in most soils and aspects. Greatly admire and respect your blog, Artemis. You've such style, such talent, such grace. It's always a thrill when I log on to read your most recent entry. Happy things. Deborah.

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  14. This is so lovely! Welsh wool is crazily expensive now, I managed to buy myself a tiny piece about 50cms for 50p in a charity shop the other day, unfortunately only big enough for a toys blanket.

    Izzx
    www.isabelknowles.com

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  15. Lovely blanket.. its gorgeous. the flowers are indeed called wax flowers and my friend assures me they also grow wild and crazy in south africa, i often buy them for our vases at the studio as they look so pretty and smell gorgeous.

    I am having a giveaway on my blog so if you have a spare minute please pop by.
    Gem
    xxx

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  16. So have you tried Welsh cakes from M&S? very nice with the cup tea. Now I'm curious, are you sending the blanket to Mr. Berlusconi? he will need it in the dog house. Are they the flowers that smell really citrus? I love them too.

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  17. Ha ha! No 'my special Italian' is not Berlusconi thats for sure...

    This one is quite the opposite in fact ;)

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  18. Melanie from Sydney15.1.12

    I grew up with those lovely flowers surrounding my house in the lower Blue Mountains in Sydney Australia, grow anywhere and make the bushland delicious, glad you love them.

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  19. I've been having an Australian native moment this summer (and not because I'm Australian) but because they're so wild and sculptural looking, even when they're dainty like these Geraldton Wax. They're all over my blog today because I can't resist buying them in big (cheap) bunches at markets. I was carrying a bunch of gum leaves the other day and a guy rushed up and ran his hand through them just to get a whiff of the scent before asking if he could crush a leaf to get the full effect. Better than perfume, me thinks...

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  20. those flowers are amazing, they remind me of Manuka trees in NZ. I might get some!

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  21. i am glad too to find out what these little darlings of a wildflower are called...they remind me of heather and foggy welsh landscapes. hope i can find them in colorado!
    i love your fake furry snood photos too!

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  22. Victoria L19.1.12

    I think they are manuka, aren't they? Also known as tea tree in Australia. I have white, pink and deep, dark red manuka in my garden.

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  23. Anonymous20.1.12

    What/who is the opposite of Berlusconi?! Hmmm, I had first guessed that you were getting an Italian breed puppy, but then thought the blanket was too nice for a dog bed... More clues please, I love guessing, and have got bored of speculating about the ending of the Sherlock Holmes series!

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  24. Ha ha! yes very opposite to Berlusconi...

    this italian has done A LOT more for Italy's reputation thats for sure.

    This Italian is unassuming, modest, loved by pretty much all other Italians {that I know of anyway} beautiful, cool and sophisticated, not greedy,...basically opposite in every way you see!

    In fact, its a she!

    all will be revealed next week... x

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  25. Anonymous21.1.12

    Ok, a scooter. Definately. Or pasta

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  26. oh I thought those flowers were Westrigia... but no Geraldton Wax sounds about right... I'm amazed you can buy them over there!! Is there no end to the global marketplace...?

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  27. Oh, how exciting. I cant wait to meet your little italian. I think I have an idea of what she is :) but i might also be wrong....

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  28. Anonymous31.1.12

    You have found some tea-tree, which grows like a weed where I'm from (coastal Victoria).

    It is even more lovely when it grows amongst other plants and brings a sprinkle of colour or white to the landscape.

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  29. Anonymous10.2.12

    These little flowers are available from florists here in Toronto, Canada - they are used as fill-ins for bouquets and vase arrangements. Cool that they come from Australia!
    Love love love your blog - just discovered you.

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