Hello everyone, I hope this new year is off to a good start for you! I am so happy to be sitting here writing to you with a hot cup of tea nearby. This handcrafted cup and saucer was a Christmas present. Our 'green' Christmas was a very good one, and with three grandchildren aged 3 and under there was never a dull moment. In those quiet days between Christmas and New Year's I was able to get a few pictures to share.
Before Christmas, was filled with the usual rush to bake, clean, buy and make presents and decorate, besides babysitting the grandchildren. I sewed a leather tote bag and crocheted dishcloths to gift.
My hopes for the new year, as always, are to complete many of the projects I have in progress...a sweater and scarf to finish knitting, my embroidered tablecloth to catch up on, a needlepoint project, a blouse and skirt to finish sewing, and several zipper pouches and tote bags I have all cut out and ready to sew. There are actually more works in progress I am afraid to say....
As always, I am looking forward to a new year in the garden. Last year I was able to can and freeze the most food yet, since we've been in our new home here. We were able to harvest some peaches off one of our trees, and hope for apples and cherries to start producing soon.
Last summer, we also put in a stone patio ~ my husband, I should say ~ and it was a lot of back breaking work for him. It wasn't completed until late summer, so we look forward to using it more this year. There are also steps from the house to be built and some trellis/arbors to be added.
And, what I am most excited about is our plan to build a small greenhouse using recycled windows. It will be so good to have a warm place to get plants off to an early start!
Recently I have been overhauling the living room...some deep cleaning, moving furniture around and hanging pictures. It seems that time of year to purge the excess and get organized. In the kitchen I hung a small pot rail to hold my thrifted copper cookware.
In the background below, is a thrifted wicker bottle that I finally made into a lamp...
I hope you are all well, and thank you for stopping by to visit. I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Here in Western NY we are in the frosty, snowy depths of winter. Yesterday morning it was 7 F, and we are covered in a thick blanket of snow. Fine flakes are swirling to the ground as I type. Perfect weather for cleaning and organizing the basement, working on some furniture projects, knitting, reading and watching old episodes of Gardener's World.
Browsing the thrift and antique shops is also a favorite pastime this time of year. This past week I found a demilune table, something I have been searching for for some time. It seems that good things do come to those who wait. It is not the finest of antiques, but I think some sanding and a couple coats of paint will do wonders...I will let you know.
Another thrift store find is this unused, vintage Waverly fabric I found, called Blackberry Thief. I have been hanging on to it for a bit, and then decided to use it for a tablecloth...
It is really barely enough to cover the table, so rather than hem the edges, I just sewed on some bias binding tape. The bold floral seems perfect for this gloomy time of year.
Thank you for stopping by!