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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Nostalgia of Tablecloths

Not only are the brightly printed tablecloths of the era around the 1950s full of memory for those of us who grew up back then.... the quality of the fabrics is superior.  Consequently I am drawn to these for my sewing and creating.  Here are pics of a few of the items I make from these old pretties... and I've included a photo of my tablecloth collection.  Most are cutters... otherwise I could not possibly cut into them.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Having downsized from a nearly acre yard which I'd been planting and landscaping for almost twenty years... to a little 50 ft. wide city lot with established border gardens, I am finding surprises this spring.  I knew there were some day lilies but that's about all I was aware of.  So spring is a delight here as one thing after another pops up along the driveway or against the south side of the house.  And I am not overwhelmed by the work of raking and hauling branches and can spend a few moments looking for new sprouts.  For the first time in all these years there are tulips in my yard.  It's the first time there hasn't been a herd of hungry deer seeking them out.  Oh, how the deer love tulips! Here I also have white primroses... they are beautiful.  What a delightful surprise!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Radishes, Peas and Swiss Chard, Oh, My!

Such an off again, on again spring we have had.  Sixty degrees, twenty degrees, back and forth and everything in between.  But at long last I bought seeds for early planting. Thought I'd prop the packets up yesterday and begin thinking about planting in earnest, but alas we got 2" of snow so far this morning, so will not get over-anxious.  Patience!