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Friday, September 4, 2015

Soft Looks For Fall




So many of you commented that you enjoyed a softer look for fall that I thought I would show you a few of my recent choices.




I'm in my work room/nursery/guest room getting ready for ironing, so come right in! It's a rare cloudy day, and I have too many reflections to work with, but this is what we got! You have already seen my dish choices if you have been visiting the blog, but I am also incorporating more deep linen colors this time of year. By "deep" I mean natural undyed linen and off white threads and fabrics.





I'm loving the sepia color of this pair of French prints I found. The white frame with just a touch of gold is perfect for them!




Lots of silver casting light around makes me happy in the cooler months.




I actually went hunting for floral prints, and was lucky enough to find  a couple of them in perfect muted tones and colors.




And these are the new pieces that I'm ironing! I want to say that I do love a rumpled look every bit as much as a smooth ironed finish, and so you should see them before. . . .








The larger item is an over sized towel of the type one would hang on a nice washstand to show it off. (Or actually use!)




Just look at that fantastic inset!




And yummy trim to finish it off. . . . (it's a good three inches!)




Pressing will really make the details show better, and I would only hang it for use if it was ironed.




I am showing this small runner on a dark background to show you the rose detail that the iron will bring out.




Battenburg lace is always lovely. . .




but only after pressing will you be more able to see the heart motif! This is not an especially old piece, and it has a small dark stain that did not soak out. But it is a very long valance that I will use as a shelf runner, or turn into a basket liner. Five bucks!




These spring flowers have colors more suited for fall in my estimation. (My selfie is dimly reflected in the background!)




Russet and yellow, with a softness. . . .










Deep color mixed with lots of white keeps things light. But I will always have soft gowns and garments hanging in here anyway!




Check out that billowy drape!




And sweet hand-worked details. . . .















Now back to work!

I hope it's a fantastic weekend for you!

Jacqueline





Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gathering Up The Threads









I'm back home again among my own things and finding myself surprised once more about how little it takes to turn toward a new season. Merely a change in color can do the trick, as nature herself demonstrates.




Most of what shows here is always within arms reach in my own dining room year round. It's all in what I choose to emphasize. But that's true in all aspects of life isn't it? (Even my chairs are always ready for fall!)




But there are a few new things to celebrate another September, and this delightful embroidered vintage tablecloth is one of them! Can you see that gorgeous crocheted edge all around??




Someone valued this cloth at ten dollars. But really how can you put a price on such a thing? The heft is wonderful, as is the stitching.




Individually, the colors are not what I would choose, but scattered thinly across the table they are understated, and a perfect reflection of gently falling leaves. I can't tell you how much they cheer me!










All in perfect condition.









Another newcomer is this entertaining jar in rustic colors with a nod to all things French. No doubt it is a reproduction, as its lack of crazing and age proves it cannot possibly be as old as 1892. Love it anyway!













I did manage to come across this old ironstone bowl in my travels, all mottled and crackled as it should be.









I love the interesting rim details on top and bottom. A keeper!









Everything settles in together as though it had always been there. Gathered up snug and cozy like a few more strands of nesting material woven into place.




Isn't that what we all start to do in September?










I hope you are enjoying gathering up all the threads of summer too!

I so much enjoyed all of your supportive comments on my last post! Thank you so much! It was just so heartwarming to me. I'm looking forward to getting back to you, and celebrating another new season together!

Jacqueline






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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our Talented Friends




It has been an especially active summer for us, with lots of travel, not all strictly for pleasure. For the second time in recent weeks we will have visiting family in the house while we ourselves are not able to be here! When you already feel that you want to see the grandchildren as often as possible, that can be a bit painful.

It is also a challenge to keep a good connection with the blog. As so much has been said around Blogland recently, there are notable changes with blogging in general. Other social media can be so much easier and less time consuming. Fresher faces, with so much more exciting to share, can seem to take up all the air left in the room. And worst of all, my dearest blogging pal has just thrown in the towel for a while! I hope and pray that it is just temporary. But while I completely understand, I miss her presence terribly!

All that said, I just had to share with you one of the most lovely things that has ever happened to me in or outside of my blogging experience. 



Waiting for me at the return of one of our trips was a mysterious package whose return address I recognized. It was from Patricia Eaton (Pat), from Arkansas, who is immensely talented with a blog of her own, Bird Nest On the Ground. Pat has now and then over the years taken the time to write lovely emails of praise and support for my blog, assuring me that though she did not often comment, she was a regular reader. She has also sent lovely things by post that she knew I would love.




But this time she has outdone herself! Pat saw a beautiful vintage towel that I had posted on the blog a while back and decided to copy the design and make a special gift for me!




I can't tell you how humbling it is to received such an exquisitely worked object of beauty, custom made especially for me. It leaves me utterly speechless at the lovely gesture.




Pat meant it as a thank you in appreciation for my blog. And I know that she would not mind my sharing her impeccably elegant work and beautifully written note with you.




I was so thrilled to see that she had even signed her delicate work of art on the back. Isn't that just the loveliest handwriting? That alone is becoming a lost art!






The finishing details with the lustrous bead work is just breathtaking.
















This magnificent little pin cushion will always be the loveliest memento of my blogging days. I love the personal monogram. And isn't that adorable pale pink heart pin just the perfect finishing touch?










Pat's beautiful letter says so much more about her wonderful talents than it could ever say about mine.

























Thank you Pat for your beautiful heart and your wonderful talent! I am overwhelmed.

There are many of you who visit and leave a sweet comment now and then whom I can never reach either because you are not a blogger, and have not left a return address, or you have a Google plus profile page (or Blogger page) with inadequate email or blog address information. Please check if this is the case for you. But thank you so much for leaving a good word for me! I also have many non-blogger and shop friends and family who read regularly, but do not have a way of commenting (or just don't! haha!), since my settings do not allow "anonymous" comments. Thanks to all of you too for stopping by now and then! I love sharing my small world with you!

Happy days to you!
 We are still summering on. . . .

Jacqueline




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