Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cold Again!


What to do when the weather turns dreary and cold again? Pore over those spring issues of our favorite magazines! I think it really does help a grey day along. Of course, one has to have a cup of tea or coffee as she reads, even if only instant coffee.


The Cottage Journal is the only magazine to which I subscribe. It is fairly typical Hoffman Media material, but higher quality with very little advertising.


You will seek me and find me
when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

I think window boxes are so charming.

Stoke your faith ... we will be basking in warmth yet!
Bess

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Finished: A Warm and Cozy Hat


Hello Everyone!

Here is the link to the pattern from Sandra at Everyday Elegance, formerly Ravenhill Cottage. She whips these up in no time, and the pattern is lovely and simple. My version, however, took me ages and was fraught with problems: a miscalculation on my first color change, then beginning the hat again because my gauge was too large, then dropped stitches (one requiring the ripping out of four rows). I think I had my mind on other things and wasn't paying enough attention (yeah, let's go with that). But I plan to make another one for myself next winter, all in one color. Thank you, Sandra, for sharing the pattern!

That's all I have for today, except the following quote which spoke to me:

"The more of His Word you learn, the easier it is for God to remind you of a Scripture that convicts your heart to repent of some reaction to life that is not Christlike." Joyce Meyer in her book Knowing God Intimately

Therefore, since we have these promises,
dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything
that contaminates body and spirit,
perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1

Carry on, 
Bess

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Mother's Paperdoll

Sorry for the flash, but this photo of her red coat turned out the best.
Someone should have made her some red boots!

Hello Dear Ones, and Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you are enjoying a pleasant day, whatever the weather. Today our foot of snow has been rapidly melting, and one could wear a spring jacket. Luckily, this paper dolly has multiple wraps to choose from:


I first gave you a glimpse of my mother's paperdoll in this post. Mom was born in 1927, so I'm guessing the little paper dolly is from the early to mid-1930s. Today I'll share the paperdoll clothes that were made to go with it, including the only two items that were printed in a newspaper and cut out:


The rest were completely homemade/hand-drawn, possibly by my grandmother but most likely by my "artistic aunt." You can learn more about her by checking out my Popular Posts on my sidebar. 


Don't know if the little number in the top row is a coat or a dress: perhaps a coatdress!

Made from plain paper; most of the others look to be made from
wallpaper, construction paper, or wrapping paper.

These have slits to fit on her head.


The little sweetie can stand on her own two feet. Well, with a little help:


Here she is in her little box house. (She doesn't take up much space):


I spread her clothing out on an old embroidered, cutwork cloth that I used to display on my one-foot square, twisted leg table. The stitching may be machine-worked (can't tell), but either way, sadly the cloth is deteriorating.



My grandmother's fruit bowl.

I hope you enjoyed this "viewing" of my mother's paperdoll and her fashionable wardrobe!

Therefore, as God's chosen people,
holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility,
gentleness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12


Hope on because Spring is coming! Have a great weekend,
Bess

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Slow Mornings


I've been enjoying some slow mornings, spending sometimes three hours or more sitting up in bed, with a pile of books by my side, immersed in reading. I know they won't last, so I'm going to enjoy these restful and blissful mornings while I can.


I like to read books on writing. I haven't read any of her novels
and don't know that I will, but this book is interesting so far.

Oftentimes I'm surrounded by kitties. I try to anticipate all the books and paraphernalia I'll want before I settle in because Kallie snuggles by my side, and if I lean over at all, she complains! During this reading time I also eat a light breakfast (lately graham crackers with peanut butter) and sip a cup of tea.

I haven't read Addition by Toni Jordan, but I came across this quote from the book:

"Many people miss their whole lives you know. Listen, life isn't when you are standing on top of a mountain looking at the sunset. Life isn't waiting at the altar or the moment your child is born or that time you were swimming in deep water and a dolphin came up alongside you. These are fragments. Ten or twelve grains of sand spread throughout your entire existence. These are not life. Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for the bus. Or walking. Every day, thousands of tiny events happen and if you're not watching, if you're not careful, if you don't capture them and make them count, you could miss it. You could miss your whole life."

Love it.


A glass ring bought on sale ... just for fun!

... you are to rejoice before the Lord your God
in everything you put your hand to.
Deuteronomy 12:18

Linking to How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday! Please go by for a visit!

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy your weekend,
Bess

Monday, February 3, 2014

Wire Baskets


As my job was coming to a close, the administrator kept asking me if I wanted anything. And I didn't think I did. But one day I spotted an old wire basket and thought it would be great for putting my Victoria magazines in each month, keeping them safe from the kitties. So I asked for the basket, and not only did I receive that one, but another was found and given to me as well. They are nice mementos from the office.

Pardon any dust!

I searched Google Images and at the time only found one basket exactly like these. The site said the basket dated from the 1920s to the 1940s, so really vintage! The ribbon was just for fun; I will replace it with grosgrain or gingham ribbon one of these days. The other basket is holding some books for now. They seem to show up under Industrial Chic or Junk Chic, neither of which is my decorating style. (Well, I don't think I have a style anymore!) But I will have fun putting items in them for display.

This one looks rather "sterile" until I play with it some more.
The whale is another item my family made years ago.

I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred ... 
the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

... put off your old self ... to be made new in the attitude of your minds
... put on the new self, created to be like God
in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24

May your day be sacred, loaded, and fragrant,
Bess