I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 24, 2015


Hi! It's Friday again. 42*/ windchill 37* winds NNW at 34 mph
Time for the beach.

I love this bench.
 I plan to spend many summer evenings here.

pleasantly empty

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the blue is the reflection of the sky
a horseshoe crab coming ashore to lay her eggs.

she's about the size of a soccer ball


Coming home: nothing says Happy like forsythia in bloom. Maybe it's mundane---but so wonderful to me.

I used the outtake blocks of the antique quilt top to make a small crib quilt [or large doll quilt?]. The little bits of fabric were too special to just fold away, unused. 

Have a great weekend. Wish me good luck / good karma for the flea [s].



gone to the beach

evening - a squall out over the ocean.
See the ribbons of rain, unfurling grey.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Tiny

Hi! Oh my goodness, a big ''summer'' storm just blew in, barely made it home before the first lightning began. Safe!

My friend L and I sometimes run errands together. It's not real glam, not ''ladies who lunch'' but it makes everyday chores a bit more fun. (If you buy from my etsy shop, you know my friend L as she is the person who does the hand sewing shut of all the sachets in my shop. She does the most beautiful handwork.) The past few days we've been working through our To Do lists. We took my Jeep to the dealer for its recall repair. That falls in the ''bad'' column, not thrilled about a recall, especially since it's about airbags and off road driving, like I ever drive off road. C'mon. But I could just see hitting a pothole and BOOM, the airbags explode. Sometimes the streets seem off-road-ish especially after all the snow and ice. The good news is the guys at the Jeep place were pretty nice and they also changed my oil, so tick off two things on the List.

While we waited for the car we went to Target, mostly to do returns. A Good Thing---Target has The Best return system and nicest return helpers. Snap! Done. Then we went to look for Target's new Lily Pulitzer line of clothes and home goods. I love Lilly P and have designed entire quilts Beach Umbrellas Quilt around a tiny scrap of Lilly fabric found online or brought back from Key West by my mom.
However there was no Lilly stuff in that Target store. Nada. Well, okay---they had cellphone cases. That's it.

If I want LP flipflops or eyelet shorts or pink and lime tropical plates and napkins [oh! napkins = quilt fabrics? ] Or a Lilly  starfish cuff bracelet...well I 'll have to order online. That was disappointing.
Lilly Pulitzer for Target

BB&B was full of fun beachy stuff. Very cool signs. Loved because of local beaches, how cool is that?

Cute summery dinnerware and so many new Yankee Candles  with beach scents: Pink Sand, Driftwood, Beach Walk, Blue Skies, Blustery Day. I want one of each! Giant sized.

On the home front: I've been redoing a space in my cottage to make it into a sewing and craft room.

Bad news is, it has no view and I like to look at the beach and ocean while I sew. But good that my mess would/ will be hidden. Bad---see the cabinets with the blue doors, below. I went to look for my antique fabrics for Lori of Humble Quilt's new doll quilt swap. Good! So fun and so energizing, at the end of wintery doldrums. Bad: one of those 8 foot high heavy wooden doors fell off! as I opened it, smacked me in the nose and then fell on my shin and finally hit my foot, before slamming to my just-redone-by-me floors. Barely missed poor Mo, who has taken over the bin of plaids. Not the red fabrics bin, not the blue...he only favors in the plaid bin, sprawling there with his giant rawhide bone, puppy heaven.

Is this my new room, mommy?
Where's my cozy plaid stuff?

No my nose is fine and I didn't end up with a black eye or broken foot. But I was, well, scared. Discombobulated? Surprised? How often does a door attack , you know?

I must show you this adorable and sooooo useful tiny gift from my friend Mel.

See the little blue hand?

It's a magnet, a lightweight and very strong magnet, what Mel says is a ''rare earth magnet". The back has a MOP button. The hand and button allow me to pull the magnets apart and affix them to my sewing, to corral my needle. [I'm notorious for losing favorite needles].
It is so strong that it also holds onto the metal ribs of my wicker patio table and keeps the fabric secure in the wind. Great invention, originally inspired by Lori of Notforgotten Farm, refined by Mel when we found that regular craft magnets are too heavy for use on cotton fabric. I love it. ***Do note that rare earth magnets are so powerful that they are hazardous to use and must be handled and stored with great caution!****

Pretty flowers all around.

These are tiny flowers.

Tiniest little bouquets to make us smile. 2" blue and white doll pitcher or jug.

Look at this blue. Beautiful.

Near the koi pond, someone has planted hyacinths. White...

And two shades of pink. The pale eggshell pink is my fave hyacinth color.

These are daffs that have naturalized so well. I snuck out many years ago to a common area in my neighborhood and I planted a big bag of daffodil bulbs. No one caught me or complained and though some of the fancier versions are gone the big classic narcissus types have prospered.

Then, the storm and to end the day.--- rainbow.

Welcome summer! (air temp 46* / windchill 37*/ winds 26 mph/ water temp 44*)

Warm or cold? Are you oh so ready for summer days?And what about vehicle recalls--ever have  a car recalled? Did it make you lose trust in the car or it was no big deal? And---did you even do the recall fix? I read that only 20% of recalled cars are ever repaired!



gone to the beach

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Flea Market Flea Market Jiggetty Jig!

Hi guys!

To market, to market to buy a fat pig/ 
home again, home again, jiggetty jig!

That was the motto on a sweet little 19th century child's plate, seen today at the flea. I don't want to start collecting children's plates so I passed it up. It was so cute though..Kate Greenaway-ish children carrying a piglet in a big willow basket, lugging him home. Poor piglet---dinner?
It was sunny! But cold and gale winds. I was dressed too optimistically in cargo pants, tee shirt, cardi and denim jacket. I was glad to find a warm scarf and fingerless gloves in my car! Yes, I know the guy in the photo is wearing shorts, but trust me, someone is always wearing shorts here, even in the dead of winter or on a cold spring day. lol.

The market was fun, so busy! TWO hot dog trucks even. (But who wants a hot dog before noon, eeew.) I see that I am going to have to carry my big tote with me and snap up treasures as I see them, not think they'll be still there when I leave. Missed out on a neat white ironstone mixing bowl, the baby brother of the giant bread bowl I use to mix my lavender buds.
Lucky for me I was wearing cargo pants with roomy pockets for my small treasures.

Thimbles from a young guy selling mostly hardware.

He seemed puzzled that these were what I chose [above] as he was doing a brisk business in hammers and screwdrivers. He finally shrugged and decided, ''One dollar." Yay!

collection so far, one year

My collection is growing nicely.

Of the five thimbles, one is a tiny child's size 6 . It barely fits on my pinky.

Two are size 9, one is an 8, and one is a BIG size 12. Most thimbles are size 8, more or less.
The big thimble had stars.

One thimble said Germany, another Taiwan. And the star thimble says Austria. That was a surprise, who knew Austria once produced thimbles?

One thimble is very worn and had been squashed to make it stay firmly on the woman's hand.

(I'd never know, but isn't it fun to think one of the thimbles I find here at the flea is maybe the thimble of the lady who made the hand-pieced Chimney Sweep quilt I am restoring? Fantasy, I know.)
Another guy had an odd assortment of chandelier prisms and brass stampings/ motifs.

He was expensive! But I really wanted this big prism.

I sold the large prisms I had hanging in my window last winter and I really miss getting up each morning and finding my kitchen filled with rainbows. I hope this one works; the sun is now too far north to hit the windows; I won't know til next winter's solstice if this prism is a success.

And some colored drops, lavender and blues:

I also got just a few stampings.

Some folks love bees---honey bees, bumble bees.

I think they'll be wonderful on natural linen sachets, don't you?

And I love cherubs, so I took two of them too. Maybe for Christmas or Valentines Day on old velvet hearts?

NO silver strawberry handles and NO candlesticks to be found. My pinkeeps are made and await bases still.
This quilt keeps catching my eye.

 It's very definitely modern and machine made, but the grey-tan fabric is such an interesting twill, and the pattern is so good. I love the turkey red wheels. And note the red backing and binding! The main color is a medium taupe with a hint of lavender, but very neutral; the sawtooths on the wheels or gears are just a bit creamier version of the almost-same color.

Horrid machine quilting of the quilted bedspread kind, not hand done longarm fine quilting. And yet---? I love it. This is the dealer who had the tin molds at Easter, all gone now.

When I got home, Mo had been whisked off for a playdate. I was very happy to have a hot cup of tea and share  my finds with you all.
How was your weekend? Yard work, yard sales? Or maybe you went to the flea too? Tell me!



gone to the beach

I can see the boardwalk from my window