Wednesday, February 10, 2016


This year, I'm thankful that Lent comes early. I feel a turning in myself, as though I am a flower turning toward the sun. "Tear your hearts, not your garments; and turn back to the LORD your God. For he is gracious and compassionate, slow to become angry, overflowing in gracious love, and grieves about this evil" (Joel 2:13, KJV).

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Little Hats, Big Hearts II

I am sure you have all be wondering: Did she really make the hats? And the answer is yes! I made seven hats and shipped them off to my local chapter of the American Heart Association today to be distributed to babies born in February.

A little back-story on the pattern: I searched high and low on Ravelry for the perfect pattern and came up with this Baby Beanie Hat by Judith Carter. I wanted to knit it in the round to avoid a seam that might irritate Baby's head, so that was a bit of a challenge since the pattern is written for flat knitting. But my double-pointed needles and I are now the best of friends, and I am on to knitting socks, thanks to my knitting muse and yarn patron, Liz.

I shall keep you informed...

Friday, November 06, 2015

Little Hats, Big Hearts

My dear friend Liz surpised me with a shipment of yarn from KnitPicks for a project I am most eager to undertake! Thank you for being my yarn patron, Liz!

The Little Hats, Big Hearts is a campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects in infants. Each baby born in February (American Hearth Month) is to receive a handmade red hat.

This project touches my heart because my grandfather died from heart complications and my sister A was born with a heart defect that wasn't discovered until she was 17. Thankfully, A was able to have a surgery that ensured better blood flow to her body and saved her life.

You can read more about the campaign here: Little Hats, Big Hearts.

You can order 100% arcrylic Brava worsted weight yarn from KnitPicks. It is wonderfully soft and has a bit of a shimmer, just a pleasure to work with!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

1959 Acrosonic by Baldwin

Did your grandmother have a piano? I spent hours at my grandmother's piano on the farm in Oklahoma. I've taken lessons off and on throughout the years, but I've mostly played electric keyboards. While keyboards have their place, certainly, I have found the overall experience less than soul-satisfying. I've been wanting an acoustic piano for years, but I hadn't found one that sounded or felt like my grandmother's Sohmer spinet. 

That is, until I sat down at this 1959 Acrosonic. We had gone out estate sale-ing early one Saturday a few weeks ago because I had seen an old sewing machine cabinet that looked intriguing. The sewing machine was an early electric Singer, in tip-top shape, but I didn't need it, even at $25. The piano, however, was love at first sound. The keyboard had a wonderful touch, the sound was rich and full, and the price was right: $150! It felt like I was playing my grandmother's piano.

My husband made the arrangements to have it moved. Now it sits in our vaulted living room on hardwood floors. I find myself sitting down at odd moments of the day, not necessarily to practice, but just to enjoy making music again.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Saga, a Norsk design

I found this charming mug at another estate sale a few weeks back. It is my happy mug for coffee and occasionally tea. I found more pieces on eBay, but I wouldn't want more than an accent piece. The little couples are so at home with our Danish modern table and chairs, mid century hutch and Colorwave Noritake dishes. What is your happy spot today?

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Ironstone Teapot

In my last post, I mentioned finding a set of white English ironstone dishes for my mother. In this very delayed post, another piece of the same pattern appears! It's called "Regency" by Johnson Bros. My husband found this gem at another estate sale for $10 on Saturday, unmarked except for "Made in England." We find a lot of older teapots, some veritable antiques, and I am learning I don't need every teapot I see.But this was for my mother, of course, so it was a completely justifiable purchase. 

What is your latest treasure acquisition? Where did you find it?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Getting away from it all

Mr. A and I decided it was time to get away for the weekend. Away from home. Away from the bathroom remodel. Away from the shop vacuum in the middle of the bedroom. Away from parched grass. Away from shaggy, shedding dogs.

So we did.

On Saturday, we took a little jaunt over to Chesterfield to pick up a vanity and granite top for the bathroom, only to discover the guy we were buying it from (Craigslist) was the guy Mr. A had bought his last house from. Small world. Then we hit a few estate sales.

At the last one, I found a full set of white Johnston Bros. English ironstone dishes for my mother for $45. With all the cereal and fruit bowls, salad, dessert and dinner plates, coffee and tea cups, saucers, platters and gravy boat! She was thrilled!

At the end of the day, we turned our toes up in the Drury after a swim and soak in the spa. Oh, yes.

On Sunday we drove to Steeleville, through a rain storm (!), to worship with our dear friends and attend a river baptism.

Such a blessed and relaxing time, and now Monday is upon us.