For a friend’s 40th birthday ….
Pine trees represent a strong character and steadfastness. They cling to rocks where others cannot survive.
Plum blossoms represent beauty and optimism. It flowers in the cold of winter, bringing hope in the face of adversity.
Cranes represent fidelity, longevity and good fortune. They are fabled to mate for 1000 years. A symbol of enduring love.
Red and white for happy and auspicious occasions!
As you all know I was more than a little excited anticipating the arrival of my latest organic cotton sheeting fabric. The search has been a frustrating one. High minimums. High costs. Poor quality. Poor communication. Dodgy eco credentials. And still the holy grail eludes me! On unwrapping my latest arrivals my immediate reaction was not a positive one. That’s important. If mine isn’t yours won’t be either. It was thinner than expected. Not nearly as smooth or substantial as I would have liked. It just didn’t say quality. My sheets will be beautiful, long lasting and eco friendly. So we’re not there yet!
However, two other possibilities have emerged.
Firstly, one of the samples which accompanied my order did feel far more like what I want. I have been focussed on percale and this was poplin (different weave for those not up on such things). A possibility.
Secondly, I changed my search to focus more on quality. It brought new information. Now I’m newly inspired and reading about the organic cotton offerings available from Peru. They did start their production about 6,000 years ago so I’m just a tad behind the times!! I know they’ll be more expensive but should also be more beautiful, much longer lasting, their crop isn’t genetically modified (a rare thing), and their reputation for quality is VERY high.
So perhaps if a search keeps hitting a brick wall yo need to look for something different. My research continues …. you are going to LOVE these sheets!!
I’m pleased to report a little action rather than reflection on the organic front this week.
Firstly, the kids and I planted a whole pile of cherry tomato seeds which we saved from some particularly delicious ones we bought. A few days post planting they were popping up all over the place! Little green sprouts of cheerful, organic defiance. We’re hoping for a grand crop to share with others.
Secondly, I have ordered and am now awaiting the arrival of some new, organic cotton fabric samples. I am SUPER excited. I desperately want the samples to be wonderful because the producer most definitely is. They use traditional techniques such as lime for whitening and herbs for dying. They respond promptly to all my enquiries. Their pricing is good. And their philosophy fits with my own beautifully. Let’s just hope the product is beautiful too! Stayed tuned. Probably about 3 weeks before I will know as delivery is to Australia to be collected by my husband on his next trip back. Delivery to the Philippines unfortunately just doesn’t work. A lesson in patience.
Many years ago I set out to buy my very first set of bed linen. A very grown up moment. I had visions of a calm, clean space and lots of white. Tranquility. Sadly the early 90’s preferred patterns. I had ASSUMED it would be simple. Silly me. A bit like the basic white T-shirt, classic red lipstick or luscious strawberry perhaps ….
Sourcing white, organic cotton, sheeting fabric is similarly proving trickier than I had anticipated. Admittedly my check list is a little longer now …. cotton grown in an appropriate climate, woven in a fair trade environment, available in “boutique” quantities, a supplier I can communicate with …. and of course all at a price that adds up! Several times I thought it was sorted but the search continues ….
Ever searched for something “simple” that turned out to be frustratingly elusive???