Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Freezer Cleaning

It's time, once again, to clean out the freezer.  I'm grateful for what little freezer space I have.  One look at this 1948 advertisement for a GE Refrigerator/freezer and you can see that freezers could be fairly small back-in-the-day. I remember my Grandmother's refrigerator/freezer being about the size of the one in the ad below.  Of course she also had 2 deep freezers, in which she stored her garden produce.
Therefore, I will no longer complain about the size of my freezer.
Time to get cleaning!
Until another time, have a happy vintage day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More Blackwork Stitching

Here are a few things I've been working on in what little spare time I have.  April was a crazy month and May isn't looking much better.  So, if I'm away from blogging for awhile it's only because I am supper busy with my job, stitching, gardening, rummage sales, and family life! 
But anyways, this is the blackwork I've been working on these past few months.  This first piece, I started way back in October of 2014.

I used a small element of a larger pattern from the book Blackwork Made Easy by Lesley Wilkins

Here it is turned on the diagonal...
And here it is turned to create more of a square look.
I was going to add a boarder around the edge or that ran through the flowers.  But, I made a really big mistake and will have to leave it just the way it is.  One of the larger flowers on the stem is one stitch too short!  Such a small mistake, but noticeable.
And, I finished the project show below.  It was a pattern I found on Pinterest. (I need to take a better photo of it someday).

That's all for now.  Until another time, have a happy stitching day!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Children's Book Week 2015

Happy Children's Book Week!  Here is the poster for this year's book week, designed by Grace Lee.

We are super busy with book activities in the daycare today, so I'll have to write again another day!
Have a happy reading day!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Trapped in a TV Show?

The question above was on a friend of mine's facebook page the other day.  It makes for a fun, conversational question, don't you think? 
My daughter thought Leave It to Beaver or Bewitched would be a fun time.  I agreed.  I'd make a great Mrs. Kravitz from Bewitched. Ha!

Abner!  That Mrs. Stephens is up to something!
My husband just laughed, then continued watching The Walking Dead.  He wouldn't want to be trapped in any of his shows.  That would be too stressful.

The answer, for me, was easy!  I'd like to be trapped on Walton's Mountain with the Walton family.

Wouldn't it be fun to be welcomed into the Walton family for a spell?  It's not that I don't like MY own family, I do, but it would be entertaining to sit at that long, dinner table and talk about Jason's music, John Boy's writing or the day's happenings.  I could learn to make biscuits, and help Olivia make supper. 
 Maybe I could do some laundry and ironing with Grandma, learn to milk Chance the cow and learn to collect eggs from the chickens.  I'd have to draw the line at killing anything or plucking feathers off of anything though.  I'd help hoe weeds out of the garden instead, I don't mind killing weeds.  That would be back breaking work for a somewhat spoiled, city gal like me, with all of my "fancy gadgets" that do most of the work for me.   
The living would be harder then present time, but in the evenings we could all relax and sit out on the porch swing or listen to the radio in the warm, cozy living room.  I wonder if the Waltons were bothered by mosquitos in the 1930s the way we are bothered by the nasty little buggers here in the 2000s?

 Oh! And we can't forget a stroll down the lane over to Ike's store, for the mail, some corn meal and maybe some penny candy. 
Even though I realize the TV show was just a studio set, and those tree covered, gravel roads didn't REALLY lead to Ike's store or the church or the school, I still wonder how far the Waltons had to walk to all of those places, if they had been real.

 Yup.  Being trapped on Walton's mountain for a month would take some getting used to, and it would involve much more work than modern life.  But I still think it would be fun, and a little hard to say goodbye to when it was all said and done.

That's all for today!  Until another time, have a happy vintage day!