Friday, December 26, 2008

Waiting for Santa...

Some of you have asked to see our new granddaughter, well, here she is! At six months old, in her old-fashioned sleeping cap, Rebecca is waiting for Santa to deliver lots of gifts for her tree!

Hey - I think this one is for me!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Time is Here

From Charlie Brown Christmas
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of blessings!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Vintage Needlecraft

I recently purchased a lot of vintage linens found in an attic trunk. Some of them are Victorian. I am just so enamored with the detail work on these linens.... the cutwork, the embroidery, the edging - it is all fabulous! I always imagine the hours it must have taken someone to finish these beauties. Most of this fabulous needlework is done on huck linen toweling aka hucking and huckabuck (a relatively coarse weave of fabric originating in Sweden ca 1600 and before). They all washed up nice and white and are just a sight to behold and a pleasure to touch. Here are a few of my favorites...

Intricately Crocheted Doily

Beautiful Roses Cutwork and Embroidery Tablecloth

Tiny Pink Roses Trimming on Huck Linen Towel

Monogrammed Victorian Bath Towel - W

Lovely Cutwork Butterfly and Embroidery on Huck Linen Towel

These linens and many more in my shop.

Monday, December 8, 2008

White Christmas - Cottage Style

The Cottage Style Street Team on etsy is a wonderful group that I am proud to be affiliated with. They are genuinely caring and, did I mention, extremely talented. They tirelessly promote for each other and create some of the happiest art represented on etsy. This post is dedicated to the CSSTeam. I am presenting a sampling of the White Christmas goodness artfully crafted by these ladies...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Etsy's Front Page

My Homespun Christmas Wreath was on the front page of etsy today. I have had other items on the front page, but have never gotten to see myself on the front page - I didn't even know it was in a treasury. This wreath was made from jute webbing, a straw wreath, some straight pins and hot glue. I also made little ones to intermingle in with the garland going up my staircase. We are definitely having a homespun Christmas this year!

Thanks to Elllipsis for including it in with her treasury!