Friday, February 2, 2018

Second on the Second - 2/2/18

On the second of the month Elizabeth hosts "The Second on the Second" on her blog.  It is a great reason to look back through some of our posts and find one we'd like to bring back for a second view.  Here's mine for February.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth and find out what others are offering a second time

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014


I was recently discussing aprons with some friends.  How we do or do not wear them.  Someone sent me the following "History of Aprons" and it brought back lots of memories.  My GGM lived with us until I was in my teens.  I don't remember ever seeing her without her apron unless she was going to church.

apron I sent to my cousin last year

The History of APRONS

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. 
But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.  And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Do you wear and apron?  I have several but the languish in a drawer.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 1/30/18

Today my tea party contribution is about roses.  I seem to have developed a fondness for the image of a rose.  

A recent lucky find at the thrift shop.  The two pieces were on  different shelves marked 75 cents each.  I now have a lovely cup and saucer for the grand sum of $1.50.

I thought I'd show you some things I've created using the rose as inspiration.  You may have seen some of them before.

A card with a rose done in colored pencil.

This is a rose stencil that I drew and cut myself.  I used it on a lampshade that is in my bedroom.

This is a night light I made using a glass bowl, parts of artificial flowers and a battery operated tea light.  That's in the bedroom as well.

Now it is time to join everyone for tea at the Altered Book Lover blog.  Maybe we will find some more roses there.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 1/23/18

Happy Tea Tuesday.  Hope everyone is keeping warm and dry.  I went walking yesterday morning.  

The first thing I spotted going out the door was our lemon tree.  It is a Meyer lemon and as you can see it is doing well this year.  I need to pick lemons and make lemon bars.

My walk took me to Whole Foods to pick up a loaf of bread.  I like their bakery and early in the morning everything is fresh and warm.  In one aisle I spotted these tea cups.  Very Tea Tuesday.  At $15.49 each none of them came home with me.  Yes, nice graphics on the cups and boxes but... really?  So I'm drinking my coffee in my ordinary white cup this morning.

I'm off to visit the Altered Book Lover blog and find out what my friends there have been doing.  Click the link and you can join me.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday 1/16/18

Trying to post from my phone. 
I don't seem able to add a picture of my tea. 
Nor can I add link to Elizabeth blog

This cowl is long so it can double up.  The pattern uses a slip stitch and was available free on the Purl Soho site.  It was really easy once I got going.  The yarn was soft and the whole project was enjoyable.

The top section in the above picture is the "wrong" side of the knitting, the lower section is the "right" side.  I like both sides and that's important to me when knitting a scarf.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Second on the Second - 1/2/18

Good morning friends.  I'm missing Tea Stands for Tuesday and doing the Second on the Second instead.  You can find out more about both at the Altered Art Lovers blog.  There is always something interesting there.

You can see these were created nearly 6 years ago.  I came across the post when looking for a quote to use on a card.  I didn't choose one of these but I got a chuckle out of them.  I don't think the site that had the challenges exists any longer.  Enjoy!


Artist's Play Room 8/1/12

This time Jenn at the Artist's Play Room has challenged us to do a SERIES.  I decided to do a series of Sketchy Ladies with quotes.

3x5 cards, pen, paper scraps. dabs of glue

Here they are individually so you can read the quote written on each one.

I don't remember where I got this list of quotes, I just found them to be amusing.  Sorry the pictures have shadows, unless I can go outside in the full sun I don't seem to be able to take photo's without this happening.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the new year.

8x8 mixed media
wrapped canvas

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 12/19/17

Time to gather at the Altered Book Lover blog for the last Tea Party before Christmas.  

I broke out the Holiday Blend from our favorite coffee shop.  I haven't decorated because we will be at the river for Christmas. There are lots of windows decorated in the shops along my usual morning walk though.

I liked the plate for Santa's cookies.

This paper star was impressive.  Taking photo's through glass can have interesting results.  In this case it caught the reflections of the street and buildings behind me.  Happy accident.


There are roses still blooming in December here.

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays.