The Christmas cactus is blooming as it should. This sucker is huge with stalks 2" diameter, we have had it about 35 years. My daughter found it abandoned on the curb.
The poinsettias are a super deep rose.
Holly from the neighbors yard. They are away and told me to help myself...honest.
The wreath has been on the door for a month.
The tree is all decorated and smells divine. We still need a topper as the angel, that my son made from a toilet roll tube 35 years ago in Grade 1, has bit the dust.
And the lights are on the tree outside. Actually, they never come off. The tree is now about 30ft, the lights were put on when the tree was about 18 feet high, people wonder how we managed to get them inside the branches.
My new friend Elizabeth is renovating and needed to find a new home for two years worth of World of Interiors, a lavish British decorating magazine. Just up my line, how could I refuse? However, they will not stay long at my house as my son has informed me he 'must have them'. My neighbors, who drop by, swoop like vultures onto the pile in the hall. Must schedule some quality reading/ browsing time soon.
I am still plowing through that huge box of antique Needlecraft magazine that Maryanne gave me last year. They are a never ending source of pleasure and knowledge. This Christmas 1924 issue has a terrific article on how to turn corners in knitted lace. I specially like how the original owner wrote all over, listing what she liked on the front cover and perhaps, an offspring practicing her/his script inside
The only magazine subscription I have is to Selvedge, again, a British publication. Beautifully produced, I sometimes find it a bit pretentious, I wish it were a little more academic with longer articles but I am always interested in the subjects. The ads are always of interest too.
The subscription I would like is to Piecework, perhaps I will treat myself in the New Year. having a ghastly time with this new version of blogger, hope this post turns out OK, you all know what a techno dinosaur I am.
A treat arrived today. My copy of 'A Stitch in Time. vol 2" that I had ordered pre-publication sometime early in the year. As I always read 'Just Call me Ruby' , author Susan Crawford's blog, I know that there had been all sorts of glitches, so I assumed it would be for ever before it arrived in Canada, most likely whilst I was away.
But no....the very big book, plus some goodies, is here now.
Above, is a sweater that I would like to knit.....not saying that I actually will, but it is up my line. There are over 80 patterns from 1930 - 1959, all re-written and re-sized with very few items that I do not covet.
I have always been a fan of the original 'A Stitch in Time' even before it was called vol1. I believe it was published in the early 1970s. Here are some photographs of my granddaughter in 2010 wearing some of the 1940s patterns that I knit in the 80s. I still wear the red blackberry stitch cardi.
and I just dug out this Tyrolean cardi, again taken from the original volume from a 40s knitting pattern. I also have "the Mans Knitting Book' by Jane Waller, a social historian who collaborates with Susan, somewhere. I read old patterns like novels.
Since starting to sell on etsy I have become enamored with vintage sheets.
They are sold on that site whole, or in fat quarters or even in scrap bundles....thousands of listings. They are made into dresses, place mats, aprons, bunting, wreathes, quilts and purses. You name it, it can be found made of a vintage sheet.
Pam, of Warm Hugs Design decorates her booth with bunting made from sheets when she sets up at a craft show.
They even have their own very lively blog that I read almost every day. There is a whole community of sheet lovers out there.
Here are some I have picked up in the thrift stores recently, not sure what I am going to do with them yet...but I like 'em.
Lots of ' designer' scarves, not necessarily my favorites, nor even very good ( I will never sell them with a remark like that)
but these two Ferragamo are extremely nice. The bottom one was made for NYU....how very strange. I may also keep the yellow one for myself, it has the Hermes style inward rolling edge.
This Ungaro is defiantly staying with me, it is a very large oblong with wonderful saturated colour.
This seasons Hermes has a lot of colour bleed, a common accurance with Hermes silk scarves. I don't even like the equestrian theme, but hey! its Hermes.
made in Switzerland for/by Rolex...( whoops, just found it on line for $160, well, its most likely in better condition than mine, apparently it was printed in a 'limited edition! )
and this one for Grand Marnier. I often wonder if these 'corporate' silks were givaways, extra stock for their airport shops or corporate gifts. They usually are quite opulent, after all, who wants their very valuable brand name to be associated with schlock.
and two big baskets of beautiful silk scarves from the 40s - 80s ready for market. I am seriously thinking of opening another etsy shop just for scarves, I would have no problem with stock....what do you think?
I have a little quibble in an otherwise strong, visually delightful performance. Act 11, where Mercutio and Tybalt die, just did not do it for me...I felt no strong premonition of the inevitable tragedy. The male dancers were outstanding.
Here is what I would have liked to have worn. An imaginative, well cut dress from 13 Threads. Lois hails from Edinburgh and always has some interesting, hand made garments on offer.
I also fancy this bag, not necessarily for the theater, Free Rein Designs uses real, used horse tack to make her stock....what a great idea. Marci's bags are all handsome and one of a kind.
I have a passion for vintage textiles, I even have a degree in printed and embroidered textiles (many decades ago), and I still find them intriguing! I hope to be able to share my thrift stores and market finds from all over the world. Toronto has been my home for 45 years.
Where to find me
Saturday mornings 8 - 1. Brickworks Farmers Market, Toronto