Late Summer Picnic

As you might have figured out by now, I collect all kinds of old household management books – books on cooking, sewing, cleaning, entertaining, and etiquette.  One of my favorite finds (for which… Continue reading

Getting the Hang of It

I’m almost done with the sea glass quilt.  I quilted the second half today, and joined the two halves together.  Now all I have to do is quilt across the middle seam, and… Continue reading

Pollinator Quilt

The state forest where I volunteer asked me to speak about their pollinator garden at a teacher workshop there. Most of the pollinators are very fast-moving, and so small – even if the… Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

So much growth is thanks to pollinators!

Henhouse Surprise

[Warning:  Reptiles Ahead.  For those of you who are herpetologically challenged (that’s you, Mom), I will not put my best picture at the start of this post.  I will kind of ease into… Continue reading

Woolen Baby Belly Bands

My title today (say it three times fast!) is  from the lovely 1914 book,  Household Discoveries and Mrs. Curtis’s Cookbook. Published by the Success Company, this 1205-page compendium of housekeeping advice is printed… Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

When I read this week’s challenge, I immediately thought of the American beautyberries ripening in out woods. My lambs and goat had other plans for them! I’m sorry, I don’t know how to… Continue reading

Aloha from 1961

Cousin Martha was legendary in our family.  I never met her but her presence hovered over us, checking on us to see if we would be worthy of the money she promised to… Continue reading

Cotton Harvest

My lovely green cotton bolls are ready to pick! This is Erlene’s Green Cotton from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.  Even if you aren’t planning to order any seed from them, you might want… Continue reading

Decluttering – very, very, slowly

Last week we did a lot of projects, and the next one on my list is painting the walls of my studio.  But before I can do that, I should declutter it! My… Continue reading