About Me

I am a mother of two very energetic young boys, my first job is raising my family but I am addicted to sewing and have an online shop thelinencat.com where I sell my home made goods.  I started drawing and sewing at a very young age learning embroidery from my Gran and sewing from my Mother and the slightly scary Mrs Price at primary school who helped me make a child’s smocked dress when I was ten.  As I grew older I also became obsessed with hats and period clothing and the natural progression was Art Foundation followed by a degree in Theatre Design, specialising in costume.

I am a keen gardener (I grow vegetables and cut flowers) and love to cook.  When I’m not busy sewing, gardening or cooking, I enjoy a good read or watching a movie.  I have a slight obsession with vintage clothing and really, REALLY enjoy an excuse to get dressed up, paint my nails red and set my hair.

I lived for nine years in London which was great but as I have grown older, I find that I am a country girl at heart and love to visit my family in the Yorkshire Dales.  I moved out of London five years ago and now enjoy a quieter life in a lovely Kent village so I can still get a city fix when needed.

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32 thoughts on “About Me

    • Thank you, I am really glad you like my work. I see you have a very lovely blog and shop, I have lots to go and look at!

    • Hi Bethan, thanks for dropping by and for leaving a comment, I’m really glad you have enjoyed my blog, it’s a bit of a ramble sometimes but I do enjoy myself. I have just nipped over to GYOG and see I have a lot of back-reading to do! I look forward to sitting down later and having a good catch-up on your wonderful blog. All the best, Beth

  1. Hello dear

    I wanted to drop you a line (and have been meaning too for ages to say I love the blog and esp to see how the new house (though not so new for you!) and the boys are!

    Felix is so grown up now and so handsome and little Mr C is just georgeous too…. Its been ages since I have seen you and havent even ever met Mr C in person. boo hoo.

    Hope to see you soon and the shop looks great – Im always tempted to buy a linen cat for myself…

    Say hi to M

    Well done you! x

  2. just came across your blog, your item are just dellightful, i so wish i could do just one of the things you have made, but i just wouldnt know where to start. well done.
    Helen x

  3. This morning, before going to my office, I was searching the web for a lavender bag to make some souvenirs for my niece. We are expecting her to be born on march. The “google world” threw me an image of one of your birds… and since i came back from work I could not stop looking your entire blog. I am amazed with your lovely and perfect work. Congrats for your imagination, dedication and beauty of your work. I´m a mother of two too, and can´t imagine how you manage to do so many things as you describe. By the way, I´m from Argentina, that´s why my english it´s not that good.
    I´ll Mark your page on my my explorer and will always visit it. See you soon and keep doing such beautifull things.
    Carolina.

    • Hello Carolina, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I’m thrilled you enjoy reading my blog and like my work (your English is great, by the way). I’m also pleased you found me through Google, it means I’m getting something right. Believe me, my poor house suffers slightly for my work, it’s not quite as clean and tidy as it should be 😉 All the best, Beth

  4. hello!!! MY NAME IS IRENE .I LIVE IN ARGENTINA.MY DAUGHTER CAROLINA COTTA TOLD ME ABOUT YOUR BLOG.IT´S BEAUTIFUL.I ALWAYS TAKE A LOOK ON IT.YOU HAVE VERY INTERESTING IDEAS ,YOUR WORKS LOOK PERFECT AND I ENJOY YOUR COMMENTS VERY MUCH! I´M A DECORATIVE PAINTER AND SINCE 2010 I BEGUN LEARNING PATCHWORK. I REALLY ENJOY IT VERY MUCH.I HAVE A BLOG TOO.IF YOU HAVE TIME I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SEE IT ,SO YOU CAN KNOW WHAT I DO. THANKS A LOT FOR SHOWING SO WONDERFUL WORKS. MY BEST WISHES FOR YOU,IRENE.MY BLOG IS:www.tallerdeirenedom.blogspot.com

    • Thank you for your lovely comment Irene, so nice to meet you! I will be making time to come over and have a visit of your blog as I always like to read what other people are up to. Thanks again for dropping by and taking the time to comment, it’s much appreciated. Beth 🙂

  5. Hi – just wanted to let you know that your blog has been nominated in the Best MAD Small Business Blog category in the MAD Blog Awards – congratulations!

    The MADs are the UK’s biggest awards for parent bloggers and around 1,500 blogs take part in our awards each year. Our finalists – the blogs with most nominations – are invited to a fantastic awards ceremony later in the year. To find out more about the awards and the prizes visit our website at http://www.the–mads.com. You can also download badges to let your readers know about the awards.

  6. Hello,
    Sorry, this may be a bit random but I have a lamp similar to yours that was at the side of my bed as a child. Unfortunately, my little light no longer works, although I’m sure it’s something that could be fixed, we now live in Australia so something may have come dislodged in the move. Anyway, I’m looking forward to looking at your blog but had to contact you re the lamp. Can you remember what the makers name was? I’m trying to find out more about them online. Thank you for your help.

    • You’re welcome – I actually found your lovely blog because you kindly ‘liked’ one of the posts on my gardening blog (Rock Cottage Year) so thank you for that 🙂

    • Thanks 🙂 I am slightly shocked by the length of the skirt! We wore the same in winter, with snow around us and no tights, what were my parents thinking, but then it was the 1970’s. I used to LOVE dressing up in all my Gran’s old clothes. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment on the birdie giveaway 🙂

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