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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Keeping On


Hi guys! Just because I have a new ''baby'' in the house doesn't mean life  can just stop entirely while we all adjust to our new routine.

Mo was a big help today during my photo shoot!

I finished a custom order and also made just a few new pretties with the rest of the linen pieces I used for an etsy order. (baby shower! For party favors I made 40 white vintage hearts with pink and blue antique buttons. Really adorable.)

 These are large lavender sachets.


I picture them hanging with your/ their/ whoever's favorite winter coat when you store it until next winter.


I keep the lavender scent light on these, adding some polyfil for plumpness. You can also add a spritz of your favorite perfume, if you'd like.


Last week on the beach I finished sewing the binding on this crib quilt, made from c.1830-1860 fabrics. A good wash plumped it up without ruining the aging or old dyes.

 I love looking at the prints in the stars.

And on Sunday, as we waited endlessly for time to go to the airport for Mo, such a long day!---I finished sewing all the d-#-%-n  leaves on this Mr. Sunshine block. It isn't well-pressed because it's very humid today, but the tree is supposed to be very symetrical, a notion that didn't dawn on me til about a week ago. [a year too late!] Oh well.

Mo thinks it looks okay....

I am treating myself to the whale and rainbow block next, hope to get it prepped tomorrow for the beach weekend.

And I haven't been neglecting my beach birds.

These are plover nests/ cages. The plovers are there, but highly camouflaged and sand colored.

There are three plover cages in this photo, one to the right, and one waaaaay back in the dunes. click any image to view large photos

This is/ was the oystercatchers' nest. In the flotsam just above the piece of driftwood.

She was on her nest on Sunday the 8th, gone, with her chicks, by Tuesday 10th. The babies stay only till all the eggs hatch, then the parents hide their little families back in the high dunes, coming down to the shore only at sunrise and dusk to teach the babies how to feed on the tideline's tiny organisms. I was sad that I didn't see the babies hatch this year....
 My wild kitties are finding Mo off-putting,lol. Stripey looked so supercilious when we met him earlier today on our walk. The twin here just wants her dinner!

Have a great weekend! Any special plans?

gone to the beach





  1. The sachets are so pretty. If I hadn't just stocked up, I'd be tempted. When we were in MD, our eight year old niece wanted to make her own sachet--she had recently read about them in a book. She used a plastic baggie, some random dried leaves, fresh impatiens and dandelions. Once she had everything in the bag, she proceeded to stomp the c**p out of it because she read that crushing the filling helped to release the aromas. She's quite sweet and soft spoken, so the stomping was pretty funny to witness.

    It's nice that Mo is so helpful around the house, earning his keep I guess.

    The kitty looks good, nice and healthy. And the beach is looking very inviting.

    Birthday weekend for me. We Usually go to Palm Springs for a few days, but as we were just away and our wonderful neighbors took care of all of our four legged friends, we didn't want to impose again. I'm thinking a cookout at the beach in Laguna instead and if someone gives me some peonies, I'll be a happy girl!

    Have a great weekend with your family and the new baby. So happy for you all.


  2. Hi Kel! Happy birthday! The beach cookout and peonies sounds like just about the perfect way to celebrate.

    The story about your little niece wanting to make a sachet is just adorable! So smart! And her stomping is hliarious.

    If she is still interested a fun easy way to make sachets is to tie uo squares of fabric, or old hankies, in a hobo bundle, with pretty ribbons. Maybe there s some lavender out in the garden or raid the fridge/ spice rak: basil, oregano, cinnamon, cloves etc. [her mom needs fresh bottles of herbs anyway right?] I love doing crafts with kids, one of my dreams once upon a time was to do that as a career----but I hated school too much to actually be a teacher...

    Always more hearts in my shop, when you need them ''someday''.


    ps tell me how your kitties are doing, you can email me if you don t want to write it here.

    1. I'll pass along the tips on sachet making. Wonderful ideas. I bet there's still a way you can teach crafts to kids--think outside the box.

      Kitties are doing well, just put together an email for one of them, I'll send it to you so you can see photos.

      Thanks for the b-day wishes! --Kel


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