Its been a long while.
I want to wish everyone a mostly lovely and beneficent year this year, its been rough for too long.
I have some pretties I'd like to share, including my love of linen. Over the years I've bought linen fabric and made some things to wear. I simply love the fabric and plant, the entire process from planting to fabric. For me, linen is the closest thing to natural we can find in fabrics.
I finally was able to acquire some bedding in pure linen thanks to those eastern European farmers who grow the fabric, weave it and make bedding from it, all from a common locale.
I love my linens and would never go back to anything else, even cotton, or maybe I should say especially cotton since that plant is grown in such harsh conditions and harvested in harsh conditions including slavery.
Linen however, is lovingly grown by individual family farmers who love their crops, harvest the plants and then weave it themselves, all a labor of love. And I'd rather sleep and wear fabric cultivated with love. Here is a link that speaks of the healing qualities of linen. Its amazing.
Some information from here:
''Linen is used to reduce stress and provides better sleeping conditions; while resisting dirt, linen naturally repels bacteria and soothes skin conditions.From this site:
Linen is a wonderfully soft - but strong - fabric. Created from a meticulous process, it is derived from the fibres found inside the stalks of the ‘pianta di lino’ or flax plants. The finest linens must be harvested by hand as machine harvesting is unable to preserve the root system of the plants. This labor intensive process results in a finer, more supple fabric. This is due to the strength and quality of the fabric as well as to its breathing and absorbancy properties.
Linen breathes, much like the human skin, and can rapidly absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture; however it feels naturally dry!
These properties enable bed products to provide extraordinary comfort in both cool and hot weather.
In hot weather, linen absorbs moisture and excess heat, while in cool weather it retains body heat because of its high air permeability and heat conductivity properties.''
- It is considered to be able to regulate body temperature by regulating skin-air heat exchange.
Linen absorbs moister well and at the same time releases it quickly, dries out, so linen fabric doesn’t "stick" to the body. Air can pass through linen fabric easily, so the skin is "breathing".
''- Linen creates a feeling of freshness in hot weather and comfort warmth in winter. It is due to high thermo insulation qualities of the linen. When the weather is hot, the temperature between the body and linen is 3-4 degree below the air. When it is cold, the linen fabric carefully saves the body’s heat.
- Linen possesses high air permeability and heat conductivity properties. Heat conductivity of linen is five times as high as that of wool and 19 times as that of silk. In hot weather those dressed in linen clothes are found to show the skin temperature 3°-4°C below that of their silk or cotton-wearing friends. According to some studies, a person wearing linen clothes perspires 1.5 times less than when dressed in cotton clothes and twice less than when dressed in viscose clothes. Meanwhile in cold weather linen is an ideal warmth-keeper;
- Linen fabric don’t create static (in fact, even having small amount of linen in the fabric, up to 10%, removes possibility of static on the fabric).
- Linen fabric possesses rare bacteriological properties. Linen fabric is a natural antiseptic, it kills bacteria, so neither bacteria nor fungus can live on it. It also reduces inflammation. These qualities were noted by people long time ago when it was noted that wounds under linen dressing healed faster than under the cotton ones. Wearing linen clothes helps to get rid of some skin diseases - from common rash to chronic eczema. ''
I can tell you when I went into my bed of linens, I felt loved. The plant still has a vibration and frequency that is retained from its loving cultivation into a fabric that is felt. This is why it is healing.
I just have a few pictures, nothing professional, I'm still old school, and as long as the picture is not blurry, up it goes.... :D wanting to share this cozy, comfy White Bohemian Beauty today.
There is nothing like the texture of linen, soft, hearty, pliable, durable, ages well, and strong all at the same time.....like a woman.
I love my lilies.....these are so wonderful there are no words. They release their scent at night as I lay on the sofa.
My white linen covered lamp got a scarf over it, it warms up the light and adds soft floral tones, and the dried lavender flowers at its base give off their scent all the time.
I believe every room needs some flora and fauna, fresh plant beauty to keep ones spirit in touch with nature. Even if no flowers are available one can find greenery from outdoors or any market and make a lush statement. Here I have a fresh greens arrangement of leftover Christmas cedar, magnolia, coleus, philodendron and one hydrangea.
My White Bohemian Style, of elegant white dress, Indian Necklace and straw cowboy hat with lace scarf.....I'm ready for my Bohemian High Tea.
Out of the window, looking through softening tulle.....gorgeous calla lily, and trailing pansy, chimes.
Blessings of good things to you all this coming year.