Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February Things

I'm dreaming of spring things to come every time I smell my lovely freesias.  I had white freesia in my wedding  bouquet, and after seeing some last week at the store I told Mr. Crafty World that nothing takes me back to that day like the scent of freesia.  So guess who comes home from work and surprises me with a lovely bunch?  I cut them short so they will hopefully last longer and put them in my sweet Meakin jug I bought at a church sale.  They are on their last few days but have been such a lovely treat to smell these last few days.

I finished my cross stitch Sweetheart Sampler.  Yay!  After three years!  Now I'm not exactly sure what to do with it.  I could frame it I suppose, but as I will have to go out and find the perfect frame I suspect the work will have to sit in the "finished yet unfinished" pile of cross stitch I have in the cupboard.

This past weekend I had both Saturday and Sunday off.  No one was ill so we headed back to Port Perry for a little jaunt.  I was absolutely sure I was going to come home with my very own piece of Shelley chintzware; I just didn't know which piece.  After much hemming and hawing I didn't actually buy any!  There were too many lovely things at this little antique store that I couldn't spend all my money on just one dish.  Instead I came home with a magazine from 1952; a beautifully done cross stitch dresser scarf; and a vintage quilt.

The magazine has all its pages - including lots of recipes - and does not smell like musty basement.  Those are the two most important things to look for when buying vintage magazines in my opinion.  Many a time have I been disappointed in an ebay purchase because of that.  I wonder if my Grammie perused this same issue 60 years ago?

Buying a vintage quilt is not something I ever thought I would do.  I have a number of my own, made by my own Grammie.  I know the stories behind the fabrics used which I don't on a quilt made by someone else.  I couldn't resist this one I saw on Saturday though - I think the pink sashing had something to do with it.

This is just half of it folded over.  Stretched out it will fit a single bed.  There are some really sweet fabrics in the patchwork; my favourite is the blue one in this nine patch:

I don't think I need to explain why!

On Sunday we went skating and then just puttered around the house.  It was a perfect weekend in my opinion, and I hope my next full weekend off is the same.

Have a great day!


Vinty Dam said...

The blue cross-stitched patterned fabric in that quilt is lovely! I hope spring is coming soon also - that would be quite grand, really, it hasn't even been a proper winter to begin with, so let's cut it off early!! xoxo, Jess

Sandra said...

Congrats on you sampler. How large is it? Maybe you could finish it as a needleroll.

The quilt is a lovely find!

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