Thursday, April 17, 2014

what to wear, what to wear

Yesterday's post about the boot cuffs, and the photo I took of myself wearing them, was my first step into the fashion/personal style blogging world.  I'm sneaky, aren't I?

For years, the only fashion-type blog I ever followed was Advanced Style.  I have followed art bloggers who make their own clothes and/or upcycle.  Most notably Rice of Notes from the Voodoo Cafe and it was through her and her blog that I have done a few upcycled and hand-stitched articles of clothing. - my crappy ratty gauze skirt (click here to see the finished product) and an upcycled denim jumper/dress with some embellishments.

And of course, Katwise.  I have washed and set aside the sweaters to attempt to make a pull-over Katwise-style.  But I have a feeling I won't get to that project until the fall.

But only very recently have I been obsessed with the fashion/personal style blogs that mostly deal with vintage and 'gently-used' clothing.  Plus some of these folks make their own clothes, too! And I have Jayne from Thrifty, Crafty Things to thank for that!! I need to think a little bit more about what I wear; I have become much too dull lately.

Here are a few links to some more personal style blogs I started following recently:

Helga Von Trollop!

Vintage Vixen

Pull Your Socks Up

Fashion and Pho

For your entertainment: 1982 art school film - I wish I still had that outfit, especially that headpiece!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

boot cuffs

As you all know, I cannot watch TV without knitting, so I had to come up with something new to knit as I have about a zillion caps and I really don't need to knit many more than that.

What is simple and cute? And something I can sell at the markets in the late summer/early fall.   I decided to knit some boot cuffs.  They're kind of like dickeys for your legs.

Now that they're done, I'm thinking...what the heck?  Do people actually wear these?  I would wear long socks or leggings or something in the winter for warmth. Won't they fall down?  I should wear them around today.

Hmmmm.  Okay so I did wear them around today.  But I was thinking about them too much - are they riding up?  Is the cable still in the middle?

But I can see why some people might like them, especially in the summer if you're wearing boots and don't want the added bulk of a heavy sock/legging.  Maybe I'll make some out of cotton.

men at work

The new water main project reached our house this morning.

photo taken from our front porch
looking east from the sidewalk - the white truck is our in driveway
No photos of actual men at work - I was a bit shy to take their photo - so I guess I should have titled this 'machines at work'.  Asked the guys if our water will be affected.  They said not yet, but will notify us when it does.

Sephora is doing pretty good - she's not barking too much.  Pheww!

And yes, that's snow.  Hopefully the last until next Winter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

national library week

Getting your first library card was a rite-of-passage in our family.  I remember the thrill of being old enough to get one (was it in kindergarten or first grade?)*, and the freedom of being allowed to go there, on my own or with my siblings. The closest library to the home where we grew up was 1/2 mile away, walking through the tree-lined neighborhood streets.

Caledonia Library
I was looking on-line for a photograph of Caledonia Library and when I finally found this one I was a bit shocked to see how tiny the library was!

My favorite memories of that library:

- I saw the film The Red Balloon for the first time there
- Determined to read all the books, alphabetically (I have no idea how far I got in this endeavor)
- During the summer months, after getting back home from the library, I would read on the front porch of our house. The chair scooted up close to the front porch railing, my feet propped against it.  A glass of lemonade would rest on the railing, along with a stack of saltine crackers. I was all set.
- The walk to the library - the streets were quiet and pretty, and at one point someone's yard had a little cement wall and we would climb it and walk on top.

In the early 1980s, I lived in downtown Cleveland, and spent a lot of time at the Cleveland Public Library.  I would cut through the Arcade, and then cross Superior Avenue, and head up the stairs into the building.

The Old Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Public Library
When my son and I went to NYC to celebrate my 40th birthday in 1999, one of the places in Manhattan we had to visit was the New York Public Library.  We tried to get library cards, though I should have been bolder and just used my friend's NY address.

I love libraries. And I must admit that I am a bit envious that my sister M is a librarian.

Here's some links to book blogs I follow:

Kriti (daughter-in-law)




Now go read a book! Or better yet, go to your library this week.

*I need to thank my Mom for taking us to get our library cards.  Must not have been easy with the younger kids in tow, and she didn't drive back back.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

when the cat is away, the mouse watches her shows

The husband was out with his buddies last night, so I relaxed and knitted and started watching "Coal House." I have seen most of the House series - my favorite so far is  "The 1940s House".  I absolutely love the historical reality genre, especially "Tales from the Green Valley" and the rest of that series.

After I watch these shows, a few things happen.  One is that I feel I am really really lazy.  Another is that I am in awe of what our ancestors had to go through. And thankful that through their gumption I'm here in this world. Thirdly, why can't American television do a decent series?

I paused one of the episodes in the middle, wracked with guilt, and washed the dishes.

a random photo of some of our clean dishes

Friday, April 11, 2014

back at the nursery

I started back at the nursery yesterday!  We raked tons of leaves from around the nursery stock and dumped them in the compost pile, but we only completed a small part of what needs to be done. This morning it was too rainy to do any raking, so I started cleaning up the store and the greenhouse. I love this job, and so glad to be back again this season.

cleaning up the greenhouse
Even though yesterday wasn't super physical work, my body was screaming last night!  Today so far, it is only whimpering, and I was glad for the rain.

Let's see, what else? Oh - another shout out - this time to Beth, who after I posted this (about burning beans all the time), she called me up and suggested that I use a crock pot/slow cooker.  I have used this method twice now as the husband likes to have cooked beans on hand, especially for rice and beans.  And I heartily recommend this method. (You don't even need to soak the beans. Rinse them, put them in the crock pot, cover with water - I make sure there is at least an inch on top - and let it cook on low for about six hours or so.  Midway through, check the water level and add more water if necessary.) Thank you, Beth!!  You have saved me countless burnt pots.

thank goodness for friends and crock pots
Hmm, maybe I'll have some rice and beans for lunch!

After lunch, I'm off to the pottery room, then to check on my friends' seedlings and garden.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

words are cool

I'm currently reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume 1.

In the story "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez", Holmes is "...engaged with a powerful lens,  deciphering the remains of the original inscription upon a palimpsest."

Of course I had no idea what this word meant, so I checked the dictionary (an actual dictionary - yes I still have one or two of those)

  1. 1.
    a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.

What a great word.  And more interesting to me, amazing that it is a word. And I wonder if it has been used in any recent novels.

I love words, but am one of the most lazy word users in regular speech (and writing) that I know - I should work on that.  Oh, and while I'm thinking about it, a shout out to A Word a Day - sign up for their email subscription.

bow ties are cool, too


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